A wonderful family safari exploring the wilds of northern Botswana, ending in a beautiful luxury safari lodge near Victoria Falls. This itinerary combines three great family friendly lodges which offer a host of activities with a child friendly focus to keep youngsters engaged. Each of the lodges are well located on private concessions, in game rich areas of the Okavango Delta and Chobe. A full range of safari activities hosted by specialist guides keeps the days fresh and exciting. Ending on the banks of the Zambezi River in a luxury safari lodge completes the adventure – with rhino tracking on foot and visits to Victoria Falls. A magical family adventure.
This 9 night itinerary combines a 6 night Botswana safari with 3 nights at a luxury safari lodge only 12 kms from Victoria Falls – a chance to end your trip with a full range of activities in a very spoiling setting. Khwai Bush Lodge, Linyanti Ebony and Thorntree River Lodge accept children of all ages and all offer specially designed family rooms to bring that ‘under one roof’ feel at the same time ensuring everyone has enough space to spread out.
Staying in game rich areas ensures your sightings will be varied and exciting. The itinerary begins the eastern Okavango at Khwai Bush Lodge, this area has some of the best year round game viewing in Botswana. It is a scenic area too, so sightings are often set against beautiful backdrops. Moving to Linyanti Ebony, set in the private Chobe enclave area, showcases the huge elephant numbers which Botswana is so famous for. Buffalo numbers are good here too- and the pedators are never far from the buffalo…. these are big game areas, and especially in dry season you can expect from fantastic sightings.
Finally ending the safari at Thorntree River Lodge, in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the safari experience continues. This is one of the best places to see rhino, tracking on foot is even possible. Victoria Falls is close by and a wonderful range of activities are on offer here to suit all interests and ages. It is also a truly beautiful lodge and the perfect spot to wind down after all those early starts.
With an understanding that children need more than long game drives to keep them engaged on longer safaris this itinerary has been specially designed with younger families in mind. A fantastic range of activities await, as well as a specially designed children’s program, brought to life by specialist guides who know how to bring the wonders of the natural world to life.
African Bush Camps have created a special program for children on safari, called the Ngwana Club. Meaning the “explorer” in Setswana, the local language, this family friendly program
offers a variety of safari related activities for children of all ages. This offers parents the chance to relax at times while children enjoy exciting, educational and fun games with the guides. The child specialist guides craft the days on safari to each family, taking into consideration the age of the children and any special interests or requests, always embracing the spirit of adventure, as families in the wild.
Activities include nature walks around camp with their guide and accompanied by a parent, where they are presented with fun bush focussed learning opportunities. Spoor identification, discovering the traditional uses of plants, bird watching and hunting for the ‘Little 5’ highlight the intangible experiences that they can’t get in the ‘real’ world. After a bush walk, children will be given a ‘Junior Guide’ certificate, which will encourage them to become future conservationists with a passion for wildlife.
Traditional Story-Telling is another popular activity, as guides enjoy sharing the history and folklore of the area and their people. Some guides will dress in authentic tribal outfits and perform a play, imparting their traditional history and legends, including an interactive drumming session.
Arts and Crafts/Beading are also offered, where a corner is set up for children as a place where they can let their creativity run wild after the stimulation and inspiration of their new surroundings takes hold. Here, children can thread beads to make a bracelet or necklace to take home as a memento of their time in the bush, as well as colouring in and picture painting.
A wonderful family safari for all ages.