Botswana's ancient land radiates secrets. Indigenous tribes preserve traditions while wildlife perennially migrates with nature's cycles. Mystique fills these wild lands, and most can only glimpse at its complexities. This unique itinerary has been tailored to take your family closer, inspiring everyone with a mix of safari activities and bush skills. You'll learn about living life in the wilderness while also intimately discovering the iconic big game of Botswana.
Chobe National Park – Luxury Along the River
Elephants bulldoze through the forests of Chobe, barging down trees with insatiable abandon. Lion prides peek their heads out and wander languidly before the safari truck. Giraffes stand high above your vehicle, enchanting sights just a few meters away. And then down at the river, there's another giant, a huge collection of hippos wallowing in the shallows. Chobe is a haven for nature's biggest, and you don't need to look far to find them. Land at Livingstone International Airport and you'll be transferred to the north of Botswana and Chobe National Park, a relaxing 90-minute journey. Settle into your lodge and it's impossible to miss the hippos and elephants.
On an afternoon game drive, you get closer, every corner seems to reveal another giant herd. There are other families here, swinging their trunks and bathing in the river. And there are many babies, giraffes, and hippos that look tiny until you get up close. Today is a chance to get up close and savor the first thrills of an African safari. Return to the lodge and the sights continue as Botswana's giants frolic in the river beneath the lodge. You can watch it all from the verandah.
Chobe National Park – Surrounded by Elephants, Giraffe, and More
Okavango Delta – An Intimate Walking Adventure in the Bush
Okavango Delta – The Indigenous Way to Navigate the Delta
Day 5 - 6
Okavango Delta – Game Drives and Learning the Essential Bush Survival Skills
Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Black-maned Lions and Exclusive Luxury
Day 8 - 9
Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Flexible Safari and Practicing the Bush Skills
Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Departure
- Spend three days learning bush survival in the Okavango Delta, with indigenous guides taking your family through all the essentials, from foraging for food to building shelters
- Chobe National Park offers a sublime introduction to the thrills of safari, the landscape packed with elephant herds, hippos pods, giraffe towers, and predatory jaws
- Travel in traditional mokoro canoes and learn the timeless bushmen techniques for hunting and gathering in the wilderness
- Combine the bush skills with inspiring game drives through the Okavango, bringing intimate moments with all the famous wildlife
- Complete the itinerary in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where black-maned lions are amongst the safari treats
- Throughout the afternoons, parents can relax amongst the luxury of the camps while children continue their bush skills immersion
- Savor the exclusivity of the Okavango and Central Kalahari by staying in remote camps that are miles from other tourists
Raw and untouched, Botswana delights in preserving a traditional way of life. It's as far from the Western world as you could imagine. Elephants roam in huge herds, black-maned lions chase zebra beside waterholes, and hippos grunt through the night. Indigenous tribes throw spears at fish and forage for herbs in the bush. There are no fences and no interruption to indigenous cultures and nature's rhythm of life. You might think that it's not a suitable place for a family vacation. But Botswana teaches something very special. Its wilderness inspires while its characters unravel the ancient secrets or our planet. And exclusive safari camps are providing a family-friendly comfort in the remote and inspiring lands of bushmen and big game.
This unique 10-day safari combines bush skill adventure with thrilling safari, taking your family across Botswana's three premier destinations. During the dry season, these destinations have only a very minute malaria risk. Chobe offers an indelible and luxurious safari introduction, a national park that's famed for its tens of thousands of elephants, yet often remembered by its predators and hippo pods. Explore woodland and rivers, savoring the first impressions of Botswana's wildlife and feeling the thrill of Africa's wilderness. Game drives and boat cruises offer a relaxed start to the vacation, a chance to recover from the flight while watching the wildlife realm.
A light aircraft takes you to the Okavango Delta, for four days of safari and bush skills with indigenous guides. Start on foot, discovering the bounty of the savannah and the use of some 200 plants. Animals leave clues everywhere, and you learn how to find them by using the clues. With the barefoot guides, you track antelope across the landscape and savor the intimate thrill of wild Botswana. The journey is by traditional canoe, a new lesson in bush survival that's combined with sublime wildlife viewing. Two more days are spent combining game drives with bush skills and local community involvement. Build shelters and animal traps, weave baskets, share experiences with local families and immerse yourself in a culture that's unchanged for tens of thousands of years.
All activities are private, and they're tailored to your energy levels. In particular, the luxury camps provide a relaxing space through the heat of the afternoon, a chance for you to lounge on the verandah and watch a sequence of animals roam by. At the same time, children are entertained by local guides, through walking safaris, animal identification lessons, and continued bush skills lessons. You complete the family safari in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a broad and expansive wilderness that's as remote as they come. Predator sightings dominate the itinerary, leopards and black-maned lions offering enchanting scenes that define the cycle of life. Like always on this luxury vacation, the accommodation offers an escapist luxury in the wilderness.
$8,055 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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