Young Explorers

The Okavango Delta’s premier family safari

The Young Explorers safari is a specially designed safari which offers families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness – together. One of the special attractions of this safari is its exclusivity. Each family has the use of a private six-bedded camp, a professional guide, personal chef, waiter, housekeeper and dedicated Mokoro guides. It literally allows guests to explore the bush at their leisure, while never losing sight of the fact that being in the wilderness is also about having fun!

The Young Explorers Family Adventure safari is based at Footsteps Camp (Okavango Delta). This comfortable, private camp accommodates six guests in three specially-designed twin-bedded Meru tents complete with sewn-in floors. One of the three tents can be converted into a family tent that sleeps three. Each tent has its own bucket shower and porcelain flush toilet, which is attached to the back of the tent and there is a daily laundry service. The ‘bush kitchen’ is run by our chef and prepares menus for all appetites.

The Young Explorers’ emphasis is on learning how to track game – both on foot and in 4×4 safari vehicles. We also teach children how to make small animal traps and how to start a fire from nothing more than two sticks. The children learn how to: recognise different animal spoor; identify a range of birds; try their hand at poling a Mokoro; drive a game drive vehicle; fish; and shoot an air rifle at tin cans (subject to water levels). On completion of the safari children receive a Young Explorers certificate, t-shirt and cap.

Duration

This is a three night safari


Starts

Maun, Botswana


Ends

Maun, Botswana

Destinations

Shinde Concession


Accommodation

3 nights at Footsteps Camp

Day by Day Itinerary
On arrival in Maun you will be met by a Ker & Downey representative, then board a light aircraft transfer to the Shinde private concession. The flight is approximately 25 minutes and you will be amazed as the arid Kalahari Desert transforms in minutes into the lush expanse that is the Okavango Delta. Landing at the bush airstrip you are met by your personal guide and continue to camp in an open safari vehicle. The adventure begins as the drive allows you to acclimatise to the bush, while your guide gives you tips on how to spot game animals and birds in the wilderness. On arrival in your private tented camp, a refreshing drink and light lunch awaits. Over lunch your guide will brief you on safety, and then it is time to settle into camp, while planning your activities with your guide.

Later in the afternoon, as the temperatures cool, it is time to begin your introduction to bush craft and some basic rules regarding animal behaviour. One of the most important lessons is to treat all the inhabitants of the wilderness with respect and you will learn that the bush is a safe and fascinating place to be. A short walk from camp allows you to become accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells that make up the language of the African bush. The wilderness is constantly talking to you and your guides will begin to show you some of basics. The more you are aware of what is happening around you, the more you will take away from your adventure!

On return to camp, a piping hot bucket shower under the stars awaits, followed by a tasty dinner. Around the campfire we consider the lessons of the day and learn more about Botswana, the history of the country and its people. For those that can stay awake long enough we can view the stars and interesting constellations of the African sky before heading to bed, ready for an early start the following day.

RATES FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS
For family of four (two adults and two children)

Dates
Rate
Remarks
1 – 31 March 2017
USD 8800
1 April – 30 June 2017
USD 9600
1 July – 31 October 2017
USD 11875
1 – 31 November 2017
USD 9600
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Footsteps Camp
Footsteps Camp

This camp maintains the elegance and eccentricity of the original “under canvas African safari”. The emphasis is on exploring one or both of these breathtakingly beautiful and diverse environment as the first African explorers did.


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