Botswana family safari
A family safari? Why not! Children will be just as excited, enthralled and entranced as the grownups, if not more so. This trip showcases the best wildlife, includes 4x4 drives, motorboat rides and mokoro trips, all led by guides who know just how to capture the imagination and interest of youngsters (and the rest of us!). Downtime’s important, too, and all these lodges and camps have first rate facilities including family rooms, swimming pools and tasty home-cooked food. NB Minimum age 7 years
Days 2-3 You have two full days to explore and enjoy the variety of activities for which Victoria Falls is famous. It’s safe to say it has something for everyone, from falls walks that will leave you soaked in spray, to exciting helicopter flights, from an island picnic to a fishing trip. For something a little different you can join a staff member for a walk in the local village and a chance to meet children and adults and find out about their lives. A visit to the school funded by a 2013 Comic Relief project, is a lovely idea if it’s open, and a warm welcome is assured.
Day 4 After breakfast you will be driven to the Botswana border and on to your lodge near Chobe National Park. You’ll have time to relax before lunch, admiring views of the Chobe River and enjoying a quick dip in the pool. Then it’s safari time! Climb aboard the open landrover and prepare for excitement. As well as the herds of elephants synonymous with Chobe, you can expect to see zebra, buffalo and giraffe and keep a look out for lion and leopard. You’ll be back for a yummy dinner. Chobe Elephant Camp
Day 5 The thrills continue today. The choice of activities is excellent, especially for families, and you’ll find yourselves enjoying not only game drives, but also boating on the river and visiting local villages and meeting the families of the Sibuya tribe. Of course you can just relax by the pool and let the staff look after you – this is a holiday after all!
Day 6 After breakfast you’ll board a light aircraft for the flight to the Okavango Delta. Your next camp, Okuti, is great with children, with two tented suites specially designed for families, a swimming pool for cooling off and staff who adore youngsters. You’ll arrive at lunchtime and, fully refreshed, you’ll embark on an afternoon game drive. Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for its abundant wildlife and it’s sure to be an afternoon to remember. Okuti
Days 7-8 Game drives allow you to explore the diverse range of habitats within the reserve with spectacular game viewing year round. The sheer numbers of game make this an ideal location for first time safari goers, with no shortage of sightings. Children will be awed and enthralled, completely under the spell of the natural world. You can also venture out onto the open waters of the Okavango by motorboat which is a more relaxed way to enjoy the animal and bird life and get some superb photos.
Day 9 After your final morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast it’s time to pack your bags and bid farewell to the camp staff as you’re homeward bound. You’ll fly to Maun and your onward travel arrangements.
This trip starts in Victoria Falls and ends in Maun. From the UK, we recommend getting a flight with a combination of British Airways, Air Botswana and/or South African Airways via Johannesburg. A rough price guide per person would be £900 – £1400 in economy depending on the season.
This is a private tailor made fly-in safari which we can arrange for you at any time you like from march to October, subject to availability.
Tailor make your safari:
We can change this trip in any way, from duration to places and lodges. This will of course affect the price. This holiday can be done in the reverse direction.
March 2019 (closed Jan & Feb)
Apr – Jun 2019
July – October 2019
Rates based on 2 adults and 2 children (7-12) travelling together and divided by 4. This holiday can be operated for 2 people on request with rates from £3380 pp.
Accommodation, meals, local drinks on safari, road and light aircraft transfers, daily activities on safari, child discounts, and park and concession fees.
Visas, international flights, vaccinations, drinks, lunches & dinners at the falls, premium drinks on safari, optional activities, travel insurance, personal expenses. International flights from roughly £1200 pp.
When to go
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|JanuaryPeak of the wet season, though it still doesn’t rain every day. Warm days (average 30°c but can be as hot as 40°c) and nights (20°c). Lush green foliage and flowers and birds in song. Peak breeding time for many migrant birds. Great month for photography, with gorgeous colours and dramatic skies. Predators have an easy time preying on the young plains game. The Kalahari and Salt Pans are now flush with fresh grass attracting lots of wildlife. In the Pans, thousands of zebras and wildebeest have come to graze here from the west. Lions and other predators benefit from this surfeit of game.|
|FebruaryPeak of the wet season, though it still doesn’t rain every day. Still very hot. It can reach up to 40° during the day but the average is still about 30°c. Waterlilies are at their best, as are many of the smaller creatures such as birds, frogs and butterflies. The Kalahari and the Pans are still at their best for wildlife. It’s still a great month for photography.|
|MarchStill hot days and warm nights, but cooling a little, and the rain is dwindling. The Kalahari and the Pans are still generally good for wildlife. Birding is still very good. Nearby Victoria Falls is in full flood. Marula trees are in fruit and elephants go a long way to find these tasty treats.|
|AprilThe rain has stopped. Nights begin to cool off, though days can still be very hot. The impala rutting season is well under way, with males in peak health displaying to females and trying to ward off rivals. In the Salt Pans the herds can begin to move from between about now and May over to the permanent water source of the Boteti River. The aptly named sausage trees are now bearing their pendulous fruit. In Nxai Pan the waterhole is the focus as general groundwater has mostly dried up now. Large numbers of mammals, and especially elephants hog the waterhole for as long as they can.|
|MayTemperatures begin to drop more noticeably, with nights averaging about 15°c and daytime temperatures still around 30° but rarely getting above 35°c. Floodwaters begin to reach the top of the Okavango Delta. Migratory birds begin to depart for winter. The land begins to dry out and animals start moving towards permanent water sources.|
|JuneIt’s getting colder. You’ll need warm clothes for the cold nights, evenings (down to around 5°c, less in the desert) and mornings, but these give way to sunny warm days in the mid-20s. Wild dogs begin to den. For the next 3-4 months the dogs are generally easier to find as they are never too far from the den. All but the largest seasonal waterholes have dried up by now, so the main rivers and lagoons are the focus for wildlife. It’s getting dusty, grasses are dying back and trees are shedding leaves. It’s all turning brown.|
|July This is winter and it can be very cold in mornings and evenings. By now, most areas of the Delta have felt the arrival of the floods. It’s a godsend for an increasingly parched landscape and its inhabitants. Mokoro and boat trips trips are available in many Delta camps near the water now. Game viewing is excellent.|
|August This is winter and it can be very cold in mornings and evenings. Thousands of breeding birds such as storks and herons begin to congregate to nest in heronries such as the one at Godikwe near Kwara in the Delta. It’s dry and dusty away from the water sources, and wildlife is finding itself in smaller areas close to water which can sometimes cause tensions and drama. It’s a good time for bush walks now that the high grasses have died down.|
|September It starts to get hot now and the heat builds up quickly over this month and the next. Temperatures of mid-30s are common and night temperatures are back to around 15°c. The floodwaters start to slowly drop from now on. Carmine bee-eaters and other migratory birds begin to arrive back in good numbers. The Godikwe heronry is jam-packed now. September and October are the peak months for elephants and buffalos by the Delta and rivers such as the Chobe, Linyanti and Kwando. This is a time of plenty for predators as the dry season inevitably takes its toll on some of the plains game. In the Kalahari, solitary black-maned lions begin to call the females to them once more – it’s a great sight (and sounds), but be warned that it is seriously hot.|
|October This is the hottest month in Botswana with daytime temperatures often well over 40°c. If you can stand the heat, this is one of the very best months for game viewing, but you (and the wildlife) definitely need to avoid the midday heat. September and October are the peak months for elephants and buffalos by the Delta and rivers such as the Chobe, Linyanti and Kwando. This is a time of plenty for predators as the dry season inevitably takes its toll on some of the plains game. The heronries are now absolutely full of birds – an awesome sight. The Kalahari is off-limits for most visitors due to the heat often reaching the high 40s.|
|November It’s stiflingly hot until the rains arrive. The first rains come about mid-late November and everyone and everything breathes a sigh of relief. With the rains come the newborns – first the tsessabe, then the impala, red lechwe and more. It is feast time for the predators once more. Herds once again begin to move away from permanent rivers to seasonal grasslands. Life seems to begin again and colour and freshness returns to the landscape. Migrant birds start to arrive later in the month.|
|December Antelope youngsters grow quickly, and the wildebeest begin calving. The first rains hit the desert regions and very quickly the temperature drops and the arid plains become bright green grasslands which attract herds of antelopes and more. The pans such as Nxai and Makgadikgadi once again fill with zebra and wildebeest and other wildlife, to the joy of attendant predators. Thunderstorms come every few days and this is again a dramatic time for photographers. Most of the migrant birds have returned by now.|