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Family Adventures in the Kalahari
 
The Kalahari Desert covers most of Botswana. Seen from the air, this vast area of semi-arid savanna seems majestic in its emptiness, but once on the ground you realise your eyes have been playing tricks on you. This land is not empty at all. Salt pans give way to river beds, and when the rains do come, the life-giving water soon creates excellent grazing lands. Acacia trees, herbs, and grasses add colour to the landscape and provide sustenance for herbivores, who in turn become dinner for the carnivores.
The dry season is the best time to visit the Kalahari because that’s when the grasses start to die down and the animals and birds are drawn to the water holes to drink and bathe. Lasting from June to September, it coincides with the school summer holidays, making it an ideal destination for family adventures. The lodges are busier during this high season (though it is all relative -- you do after all still have 350,000 sq miles of desert to explore!), so we also recommend visiting at Easter when it’s quieter and you can get great deals at the lodges and camps.

What, then, can you expect from a Kalahari adventure? Africa Exclusive has ideas for families of all ages!
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Best options for young children
 
For most young children, it is the prospect of seeing wild animals up close that will drive them wild with excitement. It’s one thing watching a Disney cartoon packed with dancing birds and singing lion, and quite another to actually listen to a lion roar or follow a herd of gemsbok across the savanna.

Meerkat encounters are a fantastic start to your time in the Kalahari. You’ll be able to “compare the meerkat” (excuse the pun!) as these hilarious small creatures run and play all about you. Meerkat are energetic, curious, and completely unintimidating, so even the shyest child can’t help but be enthralled by their antics.

The Kalahari’s San bushmen are a nomadic bushmen who preserve their ancient desert traditions. Kids (and their parents) love listening to their clicking language and trying to imitate it. With a San guide, you can head out into the desert to trap ostrich, shoot a bow and arrow, and learn about traditional medicine. This is a culturally rich experience which shows how much indigenous communities have to teach us.

If your young ones are dinosaur mad, they’ll be in their element in Botswana as the Kalahari is a rich hunting ground for fossils. Guides will teach you about the ancient land and sea creatures which once lived here; and as you take a walking safari or go on a special fossil hunt you can keep your eyes peeled for fossilised bones from giant hippo, petrified wood, and even Stone Age tools.
Kalahari adventures for teens
 
Though the prospect of travelling with young children can be daunting, keeping teenagers entertained is often more demanding! Thankfully in the Kalahari there are plenty of opportunities for action, so you can easily keep everyone engaged.

If your teens have been on safari before, and find a game drive or nature walk too tame, let them try quad biking instead. Racing in the sand and along dirt roads, all while looking out for different wildlife, certainly has the “cool” factor, and you can cover quite large distances in a day.

Quieter and more environmentally friendly, why not try a horseback safari? Other animals rarely view horses as a threat, and so will allow them to approach quite close. From the saddle you also have elevated views, changing your perspective on the landscape and allowing you to see more easily into the trees.

We also encourage families with teenagers to explore the waterways where the Okavango Delta meets the Kalahari Desert in a mokoro. These traditional dugout canoes can be paddled almost silently under your own muscle power. You’ll slide amongst the waterbirds, and see animals coming down to the river bank to drink. Sitting in the mokoro as someone else paddles you is incredibly relaxing, but if you want one or more of your group to expend some excess energy, let them take the oars!
Why book with Africa Exclusive?
 
Family travel in the Kalahari can be both adventurous and safe: when you book a safari with Africa Exclusive you can be confident that we’ve sought out incredible, age-specific activities and places to stay just for you. At the likes of Camp Kalahari or Jack’s Camp, you and your family can swim in the pool, and come nightfall sit outside by the campfire beneath a starry sky. We’ll find you family suites so you can all stay together (if you want to!), and ensure that the menus are all child-friendly, too. The memories that you’ll make during your stay will last a lifetime: the Kalahari offers you the chance to spend quality time spent with you children, an amazing opportunity for your family to bond.
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