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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Botswana Family Safari
Duration: 9 days
Pickup location: Maun International Airport [MUB]

Overview

Taking kids on a safari can be tricky, but here a range of activities, with expert guides and family-friendly camps, cater for all ages, in one of Africa’s most awe-inspiring countries.

Welcoming Botswana is known for the friendliness of its people. On the World’s safest countries index in 2019 it comes in at 41, well ahead of The United States at 65, making it an easy choice when travelling with children. But that doesn’t mean it is boring. Young and old alike will love the thrills exploring the watery channels of the Okavango Delta by traditional mokoro canoe. The endless white salt pans of Makgadikgadi are a perfect place for a spell-binding camp out! (Not to mention endless, perspective-defying funny photos!) Cheeky meerkats will come and say hello, elephants will crash through the trees and lazy hippo will yawn at you from the water. This is an incredible trip packed full of memorable experiences, if you are eight or eighty!

Itinerary

Itinerary summary:

Day 1 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Day 2 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Day 3 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Day 4 - Okavango Delta
Day 5 - Okavango Delta
Day 6 - Okavango Delta
Day 7 - Okavango Delta
Day 8 - Okavango Delta
Day 9 - Maun and home

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Day 1 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

You will be met by a Big Safari Company representative at Maun International Airport and transferred by charter flight to Camp Kalahari in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (this will take approximately 40 - 60 minutes.)

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are all that remains of a great lake which once covered most of northern Botswana. No vegetation grows on the salty surface of the pans, and no animals live here. Rather than a traditional safari game experience, the salt pans provide a unique and unforgettable landscape with a bewildering lack of perspective and incredible sunsets and sunrises, reaching far into the horizon.

Included meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari

Day 2 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Camp Kalahari is the ideal camp for those who want fun, comfort, style and adventure. It accepts children of all ages and makes for a fantastic family safari destination. The camp is nestled amongst the acacia’s and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyena Island, on the edge of the salt pans.

The Meru safari style tents have comfy, four-poster beds, en-suite outdoor bathrooms and the hottest showers in the Kalahari! The main area, in the style of original explorer camps, comprises a large and comfortable thatched library, lounge and dining area. Here guests can relax and enjoy the serenity and peace of this enchanting place.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari
Optional extras: horse riding

Day 3 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

There are a huge range of activities to do here. You can go quad biking on the salt pans and experience a thrilling sleep out in this vast landscape, as the sun sets and a planetarium show unfolds, with horizon-to horizon stars. You can visit a resident family of habituated Meerkats, walk with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen or San people for a glimpse into their ancient culture or go on archeological walks. On game drives you can experience unique desert wildlife such as brown hyena, bat eared foxes and if you're lucky enough, lion & elephant. You can also visit the awe inspiring fallen Chapman’s Baobab - one of the largest trees in Africa.

During the rainy season, the spectacular zebra and wildebeest migration passes through the pans. When it rains, the pans are transformed into a giant powder blue lake and the floods attract huge numbers of flamingos. All activities in this area are subject to weather conditions as the slightest rainfall can make the pans completely inaccessible.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari
Optional extras: horse riding

Day 4 - Okavango Delta

After breakfast, transfer by air to the stunning Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta is where the wild things are: an immense, waterlogged oasis alive with elephants and birdlife. The real magic of the Delta lies in its water, transforming the floodplains into a Noah’s Ark of African wildlife. Waterways open and close on the whim of wide-bottomed hippos, carving out channels where they crash through reeds, and leaving room behind them for exploration by mokoro. Where and when you stay in the Okavango Delta will hugely influence what you do in the bush each day, the animals you’re most likely to see and finally, the safari experience you’ll have.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Footsteps Across The Delta

Day 5 - Okavango Delta

Footsteps is situated in one of the most diverse regions of the Okavango Delta. Rustic, simply furnished tents, come with an open-air bush shower and adjoining toilet. The main dining area is under canvas with evenings spent relaxing around the campfire sharing stories of the day.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Footsteps Across the Delta

Day 6 - Okavango Delta

The Footsteps experience focuses on walking in the delta led by a highly specialised armed guide, suitable for those looking for a little more than your average safari (minimum age is 16). Other activity options at the camp include fishing and mokoro excursions and possibly game drives, depending on water levels.

There is also a highly successful Young Explorers programme, where families have exclusive use of the camp and a specialised guide runs a family oriented safari.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Footsteps Across the Delta

Day 7 - Okavango Delta

Today you will have a short transfer by air to Shinde private concession, a wildlife abundant, magical hideaway, on the edge of the northern Okavango Delta.

Large safari style tents have en-suite bathrooms and an indoor/outdoor shower. The main lodge is known as the ‘tree house’ and has several lounging areas offering different aspects across the delta. Shinde has an alfresco dining deck, swimming pool and a fire deck which provides a meeting point for guests to stargaze in the evenings.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Shinde

Day 8 - Okavango Delta

Activities at Shinde include day and night game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles which offer some of the finest dry land game viewing, guided nature walks, fishing and motor boat excursions. For the ultimate in Okavango experiences, climb aboard a Mokoro with your ?poler' and enjoy exploring the Delta's tranquil waterways. All water activities are dependent on adequate water levels.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Shinde

Day 9 - Maun and home

After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Maun Airport and your connection to your international flight home.

Included meals: Breakfast

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • All transfers as specified
  • Accommodation, meals and local drinks as specified
  • Safaris and activities specified
  • Park & conservation fees and guided activities
  • English speaking guide

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Botswana visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks (unless specified)
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Personal purchases
  • Tips and gratuities

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Botswana. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require a visa to visit Botswana.
  • Passengers weighing over 100kg should please advise us at the time of booking as we may need to cost in an additional seat on internal flights for your safety and comfort.
  • There are strict luggage restrictions of 20kg per person. Only soft bags will be accepted as hard suitcases or bags with wheels cannot fit into the aircraft.
  • Please let The Big Safari Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Cancellation 90 - 0 days prior to departure: cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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