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Family Safaris

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Family Safaris

I want to do a tour with three children aged 8, 12, 14 in Botswana for about 10 days from about 13 April 2012. Priority is animals. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Family Safaris

Hi there,

You may need to give a few more guidelines as everyone has different ideas. It really depends on your budget as to what can be recommended. you could either go to lodges, or do a private camping safari (which would then be very flexible to suit you) or a combination of both.

Areas to visit for most first time visitors would be Okavango/Moremi/Chobe and Victoria Falls, but you can veer off this route to include Linyanti/Savute area and/or the Kalahari, however time will not permit you to do it all.

Your kids are old enough to visit most of the camps and lodges now (barring a few that do not accept children under 12 yrs). Some lodges put restrictions on activities (particularly guided walks and traditional mokoros in the delta) and some lodges may require private vehicle hire.

If price is an issue, most lodges do not discount for children under 12, but in April there are many more options available as it is out of 'peak' travel season.

Desert and Deta and Ker & Downey are particularly good value for children all the way up to and between them cover a good range of areas.

Kwando is known for being family friendly with family rooms, a relaxed atmosphere and enthusiastic guides. Also with 5 of you travelling you will not have to pay for a private vehicle at Kwando, but no discount for the children.

Unfortuanately budget plays a big part in what direction you go, as well as your preferences for accomodation and how you think the children will enjoy the different camp styles and comforts (ie is a swimming pool important, do you want a family room, do you need ensuite bathrooms, do you want a private safari or do you prefer to be with others etc ).

Kind Regards

Erica

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Excellent advice by Erica. Botswana is a much more expensive safari destination than for example South Africa, so budget plays a key role in recommending suitable lodges.

As Erica mentioned, Desert and Delta offer good value for money but most of their lodges are situated in the national parks so no off-road driving, no night drives and no bush walks. Lodges in private concession areas allow off-road driving, night drives and bush walks, although the 8 year old and even the 12 year old are too young for bush walks, some lodges don't allow under 16's on bush walks.

Footsteps in Africa offers some value for money camps in private concession areas, without being too expensive. Take note that some camps offer only water-based activities, it would be best to choose lodges that offer game drives as well. Going out on a mekoro would be fun for the kids though.

In the Chobe area, you can look at Chobe Safari Lodge which is a large resort style lodge with family rooms, and plenty for the kids to do. And I would definitely add a few days at Victoria Falls where there is a lot to do.

In Botswana, you don't really get camps like the big public restcamps in South Africa's Kruger National Park, some of which are very family friendly including pools and play areas which the 8 year old may still enjoy.

Have fun!

Onne from Wild Wings Safaris

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Footsteps camp on the shinde concession would be a fabulous addition for a family going to normal camps. We don't have children but from the description of the "young explorers" programme from Paul the camp guide it sounds like a trip few youngster would forget. Footsteps is a walking camp, but you can also do vehicle safari and mekoro. It's rustic , but a step up from mobile and they specialise in family trips where they teach the kids how to build a fire, make s bow etc. I lost my heart to Botswana at that camp.

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the Young Explorers programe is WONDERFUL , particularly if Paul is guiding, and probably the best childrens /family experience at a permament camp as you get to book out the entire camp and it is all tailored to suit you. It is pretty expensive for a smaller family but for a family of 5 it works out better value.

It is not a luxury camp - rather a bush camp, so this has to be what you are looking for and you can perhaps balance it with some more comforts in Chobe and so on.

I am thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed it LD as I used to work for K&D and have a very soft spot for their ethos and hospitality. Ker & Downey has partnered up with African Bush Camps and now can offer a Linyanti area experience as well so you can construct a really interesting itinerary with Kanana/Footsteps/Linyanti Ebony Camp - that is great value for children/families.

Regards

Erica

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Erica, we stayed at Lebala and little kwara too. Footsteps was by far my favourite though, the walking, the staff all first rate. We were very lucky to have the camp to ourselves. Paul is a talented guide and I swear the sun shines just that little bit brighter at footsteps than anywhere else. It's very difficult to put into words, but walking into the sunset with a journey of Giraffe was as serene and beautiful as it sounds and surely four rivers is the most beautiful spot in the delta, if not the whole of Africa.

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BillyBoy did you decide where to go? I'm looking at options for my family which will include our daughters who'll be 10 and 13 next June when we want to go. I've heard some camps don't allow kids under 16 on mekoro rides. I'm going to look at the places mentioned in here, thanks for this thread!

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