In recent years, Botswana has become a magical and memorable safari destination for the entire family. Even 10 years ago, children under the age of twelve were largely unwelcome on safari, but that is the case no longer. Many lodges have imaginative and immersive specialized family programs, offering a range of family friendly activities like fishing, animal tracking, and cooking classes.
There are more lodges than ever available with family suites and private villas in the best game viewing areas. Many of these houses come with their own expert guides and private vehicles, which is important in making sure that the entire family has the flexibility that it needs.
Botswana makes for an excellent destination for families with its abundance of family friendly camps that offer safari programs for children. Paired with political stability, highly trained guides and a varied ecosystem that ensures there are activities to entertain all members of the family, Botswana should be high on your list for a seriously special family getaway.
The lush Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, and supports a huge diversity of game. The river splays out into snaking waterways and floodplains, creating a fertile habitat for the diversity of wildlife that lives there. Placed next to the Okavango is the Moremi Game Reserve, which is thought by many to offer the best game viewing in Africa. When finished with activities in the lily covered, wide-open plains and forests of the Okavango and Moremi, venture to game rich Linyanti Reserve.
If you’re looking to avoid National Parks whilst still benefiting from incredible wildlife sightings take your family to the Linyanti Reserve, an enormous private tract of bush known for its large elephant population and exciting routine sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog hyena and antelope.
Round out your family vacation in Botswana with a trip to The Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi provide an excellent contrast to the other regions of Botswana. Vast and silent, the spectacular skies in this area spread as far as the eye can see. The Kalahari Desert spans 7 countries and is one of Africa’s most prominent geographical features. It’s also home to a massive amount of species diversity, from bull elephants to adorable, playful meerkats and the impressive, black-maned Kalahari lion. You won’t want to leave this off of your family’s safari bucket list. While here, you can also dive into culture, meeting Africa’s original inhabitants, the San people. Your family can learn about their traditional hunter-gather lifestyle, a truly eye-opening and unforgettable experience.
Botswana is an ideal safari destination for families, you’ll feel like you are living in "The Lion King". If you and your loved ones are looking for a classic safari experience, complete with khaki clad guides, wide-open bush plains, exceptional views of game animals and complete luxury look no further. Botswana is waiting…