Discovering the African wilderness as a family is one of the most special trips you’ll ever take. Seeing their faces light up as they see an elephant or lion for the first time becomes a cherished memory. It’s the kind of trip you might worry about, especially if your kids are still young. Is it safe? Will there be things for them to do? What about malaria?
We work with suppliers who design safaris especially for families. They are safe, many are held in malaria-free game reserves and they specialise in activity programmes for kids, giving you time together as a family as well as relaxation time for you while the kids enjoy their own fun.
The Young Explorers safari in Botswana is perfect for your first safari as a family. One of the key attractions is its exclusivity, featuring sole use of the Footsteps Camp, a 6 bedded camp within the Shinde private concession. The camp comes with a professional ranger guide, personal chef, waiter, housekeeper and specialised guides who will paddle you down the Okavango Delta in a mokoro (dugout canoe). You can explore the bush at your own pace, deciding on the length and frequency of your bush excursions.
Footsteps Camp has three twin-bedded Meru tents complete with sewn-in floors. One of the tents can be converted into a family unit that sleeps five. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and bush shower. The bush kitchen is run by the camp chef who understands picky eaters and will happily cater for all dietary requirements and appetites.
There is a wide selection of activities planned with the whole family in mind – some are for everyone and some are just for the kids, leaving you to get some peace and quiet while they are educated and inspired by specially trained Young Explorer guides. Your children will learn how to track game on foot and in safari vehicles, how to make small animal traps and how to start a fire from nothing but two sticks. They’ll have tracking lessons where they’ll learn to recognise different spoor (tracks), and they’ll spend time in the bush spotting birds and learning their names. There are also options to pole a mokoro, drive a game vehicle and shoot an air rifle at tin cans. At the end of the safari, kids get a Young Explorers certificate, t-shirt and cap to remind them of their achievements.
Young Explorer safaris can be tailored to any length, depending on the ages of the kids, preferences of the family and other added itineraries. This is what a 4-day Young Explorers safari looks like.