Botswana offers something for all the family from the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta to the desert of the Kalahari. Botswana is now becoming more and more popular for family holidays and at the right camp, a holiday in Botswana can provide you and your children with an outstanding wildlife experience. There is a huge range of accommodation on offer amid vast amounts of wildlife in this magnificent game country and there are many options to suit all ages of children. Some accommodation options offer slightly separated family suites or you could choose to book on an exclusive-use basis for your family.
Big game is abundant and among the many extraordinary animal encounters, in a world of vanishing natural treasures, Botswana offers you and your family the chance to experience the wonders of Africa. Explore the Chobe River’s elephant-filled channels, marvel at the dry, open plains of Linyanti with its herds and predators or explore the marshes of the Okavango Delta. There's nothing more exciting than seeing 'Africa' through the eyes of your own children. Sharing their wonder and watching every little detail being digested, savoured and stored for life.
For Experienced Riders | Alternative Activities are Ideal for Families
RAW (Ride & Walk) Botswana offers exclusive, personalised Riding and Walking Safaris based in the remote and beautiful Selinda Reserve in Northern Botswana.
Safaris are camp based (with a seasonal fly camping option) at the beautiful Motswiri Camp, which was completely renovated in 2010, and incorporates the latest in comfort and environmental standards. Camp is staffed by a team with more than 50 years' experience of hosting low impact safaris in Botswana.
There are no set departures and arrangements are very flexible, however we recommend a minimum of 3 nights and suggest that the optimum stay is either 5 or 7 nights to include a night out at the fly camp. Up to six hours per day are spent in the saddle - riding fitness is a distinct bonus! You must be able to rise to the trot, and control your horse at all speeds.
The reserve is unusual in its clear definition between floodplains and permanently dry areas, making it uniquely suited to both riding and walking safaris. Whether you wish to spend your whole safari on a horse or on foot, or to mix the two, RAW Botswana offers a unique experience in a majestic part of the country.
Ker & Downey Botswana camps offer something particularly special for families. Their Young Explorers package 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. The Young Explorers family adventure safari is based at one of two adventure camps – Footsteps Camp (Okavango Delta) or Saile (Linyanti). A selection of activities are planned with the whole family in mind enabling parents to enjoy some peace and quiet whilst the expertly trained Young Explorers guide entertains your children with a multitude of activities to suit all ages. Activities are designed to be both educational and inspiring, and the time spent at the Young Explorers camp is sure to leave a lasting impression and fond memories in the minds of all the family.
Why not combine a few nights around the Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zambia which makes a very good addition to a Botswana family safari.
Elephant interaction programmes, walks with San Bushman, identification of animal tracks, learning about local cultures, guided nature walks and bush skills are just some of the activities on offer which will leave long lasting memories for you and your children.
You could also choose to have a private vehicle, guide and camp all to yourselves allowing you to set your own schedule and adapt your safari to the age, interests and wishes of your children.
From 01 Oct 2016, new rules apply when travelling to Botswana with children.