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Downtime and Combinations

 
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.
Child eating on safari

Enjoy the food

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Lunch buffet in Botswana

Enjoy the food

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Dining over boma with view

Enjoy the food

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The quality of food at the exclusive lodges we use is remarkable. And there’s lots of it! The aroma of fresh bread and hot coffee will enliven your tastebuds first thing. Then there is breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cakes, nibbles with sundowners and finally, a delicious dinner with something from the wine cellar. The finest ingredients are flown in and herbs are grown in the lodge garden. The chefs are highly trained and work miracles in their bush kitchen. The kids might like to help bake a cake or make a pizza!
Children in pool at Seba Camp

Relax

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Child cooking with staff member

Relax

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Family playing Jenga during safari downtime

Relax

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It may surprise you to hear that many of the lodges we use have a pool, usually with a great view. Some also have private pools set into the decking of your suite. Safari purists may hate it, but most lodges also have WiFi and electric generators. There’s usually a spacious lounge with comfy chairs and a library, so you can research what you’ve seen that morning. Your guide can even help you edit your photographs.
Couple watching elephant from platform at Abu Camp

Explore the lodge grounds

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Boy and guide inspecting tracks around the lodge

Explore the lodge grounds

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Tortoise in Botswana

Explore the lodge grounds

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There are strict rules about keeping to the elevated and ground level walkways! But if your children get itchy feet between safaris, your guide will be happy to take them on a ramble around the camp. Maybe they could look for some of the “little five”; elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, rhino beetle, antlion and buffalo weaver.
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls

Hop across to Victoria Falls

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White water rafting on Zambezi River

Hop across to Victoria Falls

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Bungee jump in gorge near Victoria Falls

Hop across to Victoria Falls

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The mile-wide waterfall is a light aircraft hop away from Botswana’s safari regions. You might like to base your family at one of the superb lodges beside the Zambezi, just upstream from the Falls. Or, a hotel at the Falls on the Zambian or Zimbabwe side. If you’re feeling active, try white water rafting, a microlight above the Falls or even a bungee jump from the Victorian bridge over the raging cataracts.
Hiking near Cape Town

Head south to Cape Town

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Victoria and Albert waterfront in Cape Town

Head south to Cape Town

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Surf lessons in South Africa

Head south to Cape Town

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Having travelled all the way to southern Africa, you might be tempted to add a few days in the Cape. It makes an enjoyable counterpoint to the wilds of Botswana, especially from November to April when weather in the Cape is glorious. Ascend Table Mountain, shop, eat, watch live sport, spot whales, play a round of golf — the possibilities are as limitless as the two great oceans that meet there.
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