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Young Explorers

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Exclusive use of Footsteps Camp
- Personal guides for all purposes
- Designed for families with children
- Inspirational and educational children's activities

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Overview

One of a series of safari camps run by Ker & Downey Botswana, Young Explorers offers families with children of all ages to explore the Okavango Delta region together. Families who want to feel closer to nature at the expense of everyday treats such as running water and electricity will enjoy the emphasis on exploring the surrounding Okavango Delta area as the first African explorers did: by foot and under canvas.

Activities have been planned with the whole family in mind. Parents can relax in an African Tin Tub, by the campfire, in hammocks, or in their tents and look out at the incredible views the pans provide whilst expertly trained Young Explorers guides entertain the children with a multitude of activities suitable for all ages. Both educational and inspiring, a child’s day could be spent enjoying sundowners over Paul’s Pan, making bows and arrows, exploring the Delta, catching game, learning how to prepare and cook ‘a catch’ over an open fire, and fun quizzes aimed at testing their knowledge of the bush. Stargazing is always an option for those children who are able to stay awake long enough.

Walking as a family through the wetland wilderness is a highlight of this true safari experience. Passionate, professional, and fun personal guides join the family on their travels at dawn, dusk, and during the day, and share their knowledge of the nature to educate and inspire the children. Families can expect to bump into a range of game, including the Big Five, and prolific birdlife including African jacana, pygmy-geese, goliath heron and migrant waders. Game drives, fishing opportunities, and excursions by mokoro (a type of canoe commonly used in the Okavango Delta) are also available, which all cater to educate the children about the ecosystem and skills for survival developed by local people. A fun game guides like to play with the children is to see who can stalk up to a giraffe the closest.

This is an authentic safari camping experience based in Footsteps Camp, which is booked out exclusively for the family. A symbol of a bygone era of exploration is the Meru-style tent, which serves as guest accommodation. Three of these tents make up the Camp, which can home a maximum of six family members. Comfortable twin beds are included in each tent, whilst the en-suite facilities consist of hot-water-filled buckets for showers and porcelain flush toilets. However, the children won’t be spending much time in their tents.

True to its self-proclaimed ‘Bush Kitchen’, the Camp’s high tea is made from scratch for all appetites on an open fire and in a charcoal oven by excellent and friendly chefs, which can sometimes peak the curiosity of nearby game such as hyena, hippo, and even elephants. The camp’s location offers shade for children during the heat of the day and an amazing atmosphere for families gathered round the fire at night.

The minimum age is 7 but exceptions may be made on request. There are three twin tents in camp, so the maximum family size is a family of 6. One of the three tents can be converted to sleep three, but families of four or more will have to split across the tents. We usually plan this experience as a 4 day three night safari.

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Suggested Itineraries for Young Explorers

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

This itinerary is specifically designed with the right camps for families, either particular programmes or activities that appeal to children.

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Families from $14,314 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,548 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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