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Botswana for families

 
Botswana is Africa’s most exclusive safari destination. Each enormous private reserve has just one or two luxury lodges guaranteeing a series of private experiences as you travel from one exquisite location to the next. Expert guides will take your family on safari among big cats and vast elephant herds in beautiful deltas and deserts.
Some of these superb lodges have a two-bedroom family suite which comes with a private safari guide. So you can head out by open vehicle, on foot, by canoe and even on horseback seeing almost no-one else, on a family holiday you’ll treasure forever. Although this is an all year destination, each delta and desert region is complex and changes seasonally so your safari requires expert planning. 30 years’ experience means that we know these places intimately.

Botswana has around 100,000 elephants; far more than any other country, and a huge variety of other wildlife. The settings are idyllic, especially the Okavango Delta which is a network of shallow channels and fertile grassland and forest. Surrounding areas like Savuti, Chobe and Makgadikgadi have their own unique appeal, and in some we can arrange safaris with San bushmen.
Viewing elephants from deck at Chief's Camp
Children and guide on boat safari Okavango Delta
Walking safari with San bushmen
Game drive viewing a solitary male lion
Children toasting marshmallows with guide
seba camp exterior view with family swimming pool
Zarafa Dhow Suite Botswana
family horseride
Okuti Camp Botswana Moremi Reserve
Geoffrey Kent Suite Exterior
children roasting marshmallows with guide at footsteps camp
Elephant herd walking past little mombo
Splash camp exterior
pool and exterior at linyanti ebony camp
Viewing elephants from deck at Chief's Camp
 
Botswana has consistently pursued a policy of low volume, high value luxury tourism and in the areas we use you will not see safari minibuses and large numbers of tourists. This policy conserves fragile ecosystems and means that when you are on safari you are unlikely to see many, if any other vehicles.
 
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Botswana is a complex country of deltas, deserts and savannahs. Conditions, and the safari experience differ significantly as seasons progress throughout the year. We have 30 years’ experience arranging amazing family safaris to Botswana. We know every wildlife reserve and every lodge and our team of experts understand how to create the perfect safari, whenever you choose to travel.
 
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Children and guide on boat safari Okavango Delta
 
Your family can enjoy a superb Botswana safari at any time of year. The seasonality of the deserts and deltas is complex and choosing the ideal time to travel for what you have in mind requires expert advice. In this section we explain the fundamentals of the seasons and the effect that they have on the landscapes and wildlife. It is best to call us so that we can discuss your family’s plans and prepare the perfect itinerary for the time of year you wish to travel.
 
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Walking safari with San bushmen
 
Booking your family safari to Botswana opens a door to a world of exciting adventures. From the minute your Cessna touches the bush strip, your family will explore the wilds with expert guides. These extraordinary enthusiasts love to share their understanding of the bush and its wildlife. They will take you into the beating heart of Botswana walking, driving, on the water and even riding horses.
 
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Botswana is a great choice for a luxury family safari. Roaming the spectacular deserts, deltas and savannahs are literally millions of animals. The fertility and abundant water of the Okavango and Linyanti deltas supports an incredible 200 different mammal species. The Government’s high value, low volume tourism policy helps conservation and enables you to enjoy a top quality, private safari.
 
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Game drive viewing a solitary male lion
 
The exclusive lodges that we use employ the most personable, knowledgeable guides. Having a top guide is the biggest factor in a successful, enjoyable safari. Imagine gliding silently along an Okavango waterway in a mokoro canoe, as zebra and impala graze the grasslands. Or cantering on horseback with your guide alongside giraffe. In the Kalahari, take an early morning walk with a San Bushman as he explains the ancestral secrets of survival.
 
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Here’s something you might not expect. The people looking after you on safari might create some of your happiest safari memories. You’ll remember laughter and those after dinner stories and jokes around the campfire. During a three-night stay in a luxury camp, you’ll get to make friends with your guide, the chef, the vegetable gardener and the other people who love their work.
 
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Children toasting marshmallows with guide
 
Between safaris there is plenty for children to do in camp while the adults relax. Safari lodges may be small and in remote locations but they have excellent facilities and your hosts’ purpose is to give you the best possible time. In this section we also suggest a couple of places that combine easily to complement your Botswana safari.
 
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The best way to give your family the facilities it seeks may be to book out an entire camp or lodge. Perhaps you are planning a multi-generation safari. Or you may want to fulfil a dream of walking, mokoroing and camping out in the Okavango. You may simply crave an extra degree of privacy. Most lodges we use take fewer than 16 guests, some take only eight, so booking a whole lodge is a viable option.
 
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seba camp exterior view with family swimming pool
 
Seba Camp is located in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a vast expanse of open grasslands, rich forests, swaying palm trees and crystal pure waterways. This is one of the most family-friendly properties in Botswana, with two family suites and specialist guides and activities that are both engaging and fun for children.
 
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Zarafa Dhow Suite Botswana
 
Zarafa is one of the most exclusive camps in Botswana with just four luxuriously appointed marquee style tented suites. With a maximum of eight guests, the emphasis here is on individual hospitality, privacy and serenity. A family of up to five may like to treat themselves to the sumptuous Dhow Suites – the most exclusive private property in Botswana.
 
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Ignite your inner explorer with a stay at Camp Kalahari, where the comfortable canvas tented suites are reminiscent of an African adventure from an earlier era. With a range of activities for all ages and two family suites, this is an excellent camp for discovering the enchantment of the Kalahari with your youngsters.
 
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Okuti Camp Botswana Moremi Reserve
 
With amazing wildlife and a spectacular kids programme, Okuti Camp is one of our favourite properties for first time family safari-goers. The Maunachira River serves as a permanent water source, offering exciting boating safaris year round. Children seven and up are welcomed and the camp is wheelchair accessible, making it a truly accommodating luxury travel destination.
 
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Geoffrey Kent Suite Exterior
 
It’s no question that Botswana, Africa’s most exclusive safari destination, has its share of stunning camps. The Geoffrey Kent suite at Chief’s Camp takes luxury to lofty new heights and is the perfect abode for discerning families. Set on pristine Chief’s Island in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, the only word that can sufficiently describe this safari-chic haven is palatial.
 
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children roasting marshmallows with guide at footsteps camp
 
Craving an adventurous family safari? Footsteps Camp is one of our favourite properties in the Okavango Delta for intrepid travellers looking to get out and explore the wilds of Botswana. You’ll have three tents, a chef, guide and vehicle all to yourselves, as you spend your days learning to track wildlife. The skills you will learn are interactive for all ages and together, you’ll forge some of your best travel memories.
 
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Elephant herd walking past little mombo
 
Known as ‘the Place of Plenty’, the Mombo wildlife area on Chief’s Island is one of the most game rich in the Okavango. Little Mombo is the smaller, more intimate sister property to Mombo Camp. With just four tented suites and strikingly lavish decor, the camp is every bit as private as it is luxurious. It’s a must-stay for families with older children seeking 5-star accommodation in the wilds of Botswana.
 
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Splash camp exterior
 
Located on the Private Kwara Reserve, Splash Camp is an excellent safari property for single families and groups alike. We love it for its versatility, but also for its array of activities and top-notch guiding. Read on to learn more and then speak to our experts to begin planning your family travel to Botswana.
 
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pool and exterior at linyanti ebony camp
 
Linyanti Ebony is the ultimate luxury family safari camp in northern Botswana. Tucked away between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, Linyanti is a series of river-fed marshes with prime wildlife viewing. Linyanti Ebony welcomes children of all ages and we love the specialist guides who tailor activities for all ages.
 
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For luxury, privacy and activities for all ages, we recommend Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. The lodge is stunning in its natural-hued design and sits within 55,000+ acres of wilderness with exclusive traversing rights. There are only twelve suites, so all that land is yours to explore free from other tourists. Exciting safari activities await young children with &Beyond’s WILDChild programme.
 
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