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Young Explorers

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8/10

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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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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

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  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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