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Best of Botswana for Families

This itinerary is specifically designed with the right camps for families, either particular programmes or activities that appeal to children. This is all tailor-made and you can handpick parts of this to perhaps include with Cape Town or some time on the beach in Mozambique or Mauritius or Seychelles.

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Itinerary

Overview

The Victoria Falls area spectacular year round and this makes for a perfect way to end or start a safari. There are many things to enjoy from cruises on the Zambezi River, Adrenalin activities or visits to local villages to name a few.

The Linyanti Reserve is part of the Great Chobe National park with a variety of private concessions accessed by light aircraft, enjoying game drives, walking and water activities (subject to water levels)

Okavango Delta is a bird watchers paradise but this wet land area has a surprising amount of pockets of big game. Depending on the camp location and water levels, you will explore the waterways by vehicle, boat, on foot and traditional dug out canoe (mekoro)

There is literally something for everyone in Botswana, this itinerary ends with the extraordinary salt pans of the Makgadikgadi. There are a variety of activities from drives on the pans, seasonal quad biking, bushman experience and meerkat interaction.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: VICTORIA FALLS
On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to your lodge. Afternoon to relax and perhaps enjoy a cruise on the Zambezi River.
Accommodation: Tongabezi Lodge in the Garden House
Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2: VICTORIA FALLS
This morning I would suggest you visit the Victoria Falls and explore Livingstone Town, returning to the lodge for lunch and perhaps an afternoon river cruise.
Accommodation: Tongabezi Lodge in the Garden House
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 3: VICTORIA FALLS
Today you could enjoy a guided canoe trail (depending on water levels), a picnic lunch on islands in the Zambezi River with guided walk, fishing, a game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, walk in the gorge bellow the Victoria Falls, a local village visits or mountain bike trail to local village.
Accommodation: Tongabezi Lodge in the Garden House
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 4: LINYANTI
Two hour road and boat transfer to Kasane Airport for light aircraft flight into the Linyanti.
On arrival you will have time to relax and settle into camp. The guide will take the children to meet the camp staff and start with an educational walk around the camp showing them trees, plants, birds and animal/bird tracks and signs.
First game drive with the guide showing children how the species check list works and the all important binoculars. You will have a private vehicle so you can go out at your leisure for the duration your children are comfortable with.
Return to the lodge for dinner and hot cocoa around the fire to enjoy star gazing and taking a torch to find some night time creatures around camp.
Accommodation: Selinda Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 5: LINYANTI
Early morning activity and start to gather some items for the art project. After brunch make a conservation poster and begin the survival skills course, from making fire with sticks, using a traditional bow and arrow and fish trap.
Late afternoon activity, perhaps stoping to see some local subsistence fishermen or trying to catch some fish.
Return to the camp for dinner and movie night with popcorn and the Joubert's National Geographic documentaries.
Accommodation: Selinda Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 6: LINYANTI
Early morning activity and continue bush skills course putting the tracking skills into practise in the field.
After brunch, children are encouraged to share the conservation message with a new pen pal. And enjoy a tour of the back of house bio gas and solar systems work.
Late afternoon game drive and dinner in camp, perhaps learning to cook on the open fire. The guide will present children with their certificate and graduate as a conservation ambassador.
Accommodation: Selinda Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 7: OKAVANGO DELTA
Light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta.
Your Young Explorers guide in the Okavango Delta will meet you at the airstrip and introduce you to camp. Afternoon activity and dinner in camp
Accommodation: Young Explorers Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 8: OKAVANGO DELTA
Full day of activities with your private guide including making bows and arrows, exploring the area and making local crafts
Accommodation: Young Explorers Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 9: OKAVANGO DELTA
Fishing in the Okavango Delta, taking your catch back to camp, learning how to prepare and cook it for dinner
Accommodation: Young Explorers Camp
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 10: MAKGADIKGADI
Light aircraft flight to the Makgadikgadi. From about the middle of April to end of October you can enjoy quad biking across the salt pans. In the green season from November to mid April there is the second largest zebra and wildebeest migration in Africa.
Afternoon game drive and return to camp for dinner
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 11: MAKGADIKGADI
Pre-dawn wake up to head out to the meerkat burrow to catch them as they come out to warm up in the morning sun and start to interact with each other. Leave the meerkats as they head our on their foraging expedition and return to the camp for lunch.
Afternoon activity and return to camp for dinner
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 12: MAKGADIKGADI
This unique area offers walks with Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for a rare insight into this once nomadic tribe, their knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills in this arid landscape
Afternoon game drives to enjoy the desert landscape, visit to one of the oldest and largest Baobabs in Africa
Accommodation: Camp Kalahari
Meals Included: All meals

DAY 13: DEPART
Light aircraft flight to Maun Airport
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Tongabezi Lodge

Everywhere in Zambia

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Huge array of activities
- Quirky architectural style
- Spectacular views from every room
- High level of service

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive Selinda location
- Strong Game viewing
- High end camp
- 9 tented villas

Young Explorers

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

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

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Family Friendly
- Authentic cultural experience
- Stunning wilderness
- Habituated meerkats

Details

Getting there

This option is based on arriving into Victoria Falls and ending in Maun or v.v which both accessed via Johannesburg. Kenya Airways and some Middle Eastern carriers are expanding with flights into Livingstone. There are also connections from neighboring Namibian and from Lusaka the capital of Zambian.

Price includes

All meals, lodge activities as specified, road and air transfers as mentioned and park fees

When is best?

This itinerary is possible year round, peak times are from about May until the end of October, which is the best time for game viewing and viewing the Falls with medium - high water levels.

Is it for me?

This option is an excellent choice for couples and families.
Tongabezi has a beautiful location on the banks of the Zambezi River with many activities to enjoy from the lodge. There are hotels in Livingstone town which means you will be closer to the entrance of the Falls and they usually have lovely gardens and pools for children to enjoy.

Selinda Camps accepts children from the age of 6, there is a family room and a private vehicle is required, which allows you to venture out for the duration you prefer.

Young Explorers is a comfortable private camping experience in the Okavango Delta with guides who enjoy being in the bush and sharing their knowledge with children, children from the age of 7 years accepted.

Camp Kalahari has a family room and accepts children of all ages. Children under the age of 6 years will be required to take a private vehicle for the family.

All safari lodges reserve to the right assess children's behaviour on arrival to ensure their safety on activities. There is no child care or children's activities available and they are your responsibility at all times.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

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    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

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    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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A simple combination of two safari experiences in Botswana with the Victoria Falls.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $6,144 pp plus flights

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Flights are typically an additional $1,505 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,802 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 $1,505 per person economy class from London

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