Botswana for Teens

Waiting until your child is a teenager to take them on safari is well worth it, and Botswana is the perfect destination for a memorable first safari. It checks all the boxes on a safari bucket list. This region has some of the best game viewing in all of Africa, and many comfortable lodges that cater to families.

Botswana for Teens

Kids over 12 are the ideal age to experience all of the excitement that a Botswana safari has to offer. Once your children reach this age, restrictions start to fall away. There are many more options for game drives, where your family will see cheetah, black-maned lion, elephants and antelope. And once they turn sweet sixteen, they are able to go on guided walking safaris, to get an unforgettable, up close and personal view of spectacular big game.

In Botswana, the possibilities are endless for teens who love the outdoors. There is horseback riding, quad biking, and even befriending meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Pans. Or head over to the Okavango Delta for fishing, game drives, boat safaris and walking with elephants. And to get a completely special perspective of the Delta, you can choose to go on an exhilarating helicopter ride.

Turn your teenager’s safari in Botswana into an educational experience, through meeting the San Bushman. Join them on a fascinating walk through their ancestral country, and as the sun sets over the Makgadikgadi, the bushman will perform a mythical and mesmerizing Spirit Dance around the crackling fire. A truly moving and culturally enriching experience for every family to be part of.

If you want to introduce your teen to the excitement of a classic safari, look no further, Botswana is the place for you. From exceptional viewing of wildlife to relaxing cruises down the Okavango Delta in a mokoro, every teen is sure to create memories to last a lifetime in Botswana.

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Helicopter ride over the Delta

Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!

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Game drives in the Okavango

Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.

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Horse riding safari from Jack's Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi pans, Botswana

Horse riding in the Makgadikgadi Pans with Ride Botswana is an incredible way to explore this unique landscape, cantering across the chalky white pans. Staying at Jack's Camp each night ensures a good dose of comfort after a day in the saddle, too.

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Mokoro trips in Botswana

Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels

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Quad biking on the Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari, Botswana

Staying in the Makgadikgadi during the dry season from May to November gives guests the opportunity to explore Botswana's salt pan by quad bike, a unique and fun adventure for the family.

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Waking with Elephants at Abu's

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Experience safari in a totally unique way, in the company of Abu's African elephant herd. Two of the elephants in the herd have a particularly special bond with their mahout and guests are able to walk with them as you move through the Botswana bush.

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Boat safari in the Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.

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Meerkats on the Makgadikgadi

Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari, Botswana

Down in the Makgadikgadi Pans, and accessible from both Jack's and San Camp, is a very special, habituated clan of meerkats, which have been studied by scientists for years. Guests to Jack's and San are able to visit and observe quietly.

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Jack’s Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans, Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari, Botswana

Jack's Camp was set up by the legendary African character Jack Bousfield, who was one of the great explorers and adventurers of the continent. There are just ten tents and this intimate camp is one of only two permanent camps in the Makgadikgadi.

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Camp Kalahari

Makgadikgadi Pans, Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari, Botswana

Run by Uncharted Africa Safaris, the simple and rustic little Camp Kalahari is found in the incredible Makgadikgadi Pans, and offers guests the chance to explore the vast and ever-changing moonscape of the pans by vehicle, on horseback or on foot.

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Footsteps

Shinde Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Footsteps camp is located on the edge of a beautiful lagoon in the north of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where highly vocal hippos wallow. The three traditional safari tents are shaded by magnificent evergreen trees including Africa ebony and mangosteen.

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Gomoti Plains Camp

Chitabe Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Set in a cool sheltered spot beneath a canopy of mature acacia trees, Gomoti Plains Camp is situated on the edge of the Gomoti river system and flood plains right in the centre of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, providing wild and pristine game viewing.

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Kanana Camp

Nxabega Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Kanana Camp sits on the Xudum river in the south west of Botswana's Okavango Delta, offering a comfortable tented base for their safari. Both land and water based activities are available here, from game drives and walks to mokoro trips and fishing.

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Letaka Mobile Camp - Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Letaka's Tented Camp's venture into Chobe National Park in northern Botswana offers game drives to Savuti and Zwe Zwe, into one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa, perfect for wildlife and birdlife aficionados alike.

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Machaba Camp

Khwai Private Reserve, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Machaba Camp is a luxury bush camp occupying a beautiful spot in the Khwai Concession, north of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Khwai is renowned for its great game-viewing which you can enjoy on game-drives, walking safaris and mokoro trips.

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Nxai Pan Camp

Nxai Pans, Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari, Botswana

Nxai Pan is situated on a fascinating fossil pan of the same name, overlooking beautiful grasslands so typical of this area. The game viewing is excellent, and the camp offers a true contrast to the Okavango Delta and other areas of Botswana.

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