Botswana is by no means a cheap destination for families but it works brilliantly for those families wanting an entirely uncompromising safari experience with the highest degrees of exclusivity. The landscapes and wildlife of the Okavango Delta are second to none, Victoria Falls are the perfect combination of wow factor, pool side relaxation and play and the superb Camps in the Kalahari are utterly unique and wonderful.
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A simple combination of two safari experiences in Botswana with the Victoria Falls.
Tailor-made Classic 9 days
From $4,868 per person
8 day safari combining Botswana's Chobe National Park, Zimbabwe's Hwange National Parks and Victoria Falls, areas renowned for their significant elephant populations and superb game viewing.
Tailor-made Classic 9 days
From $3,573 per person
7-day private mobile family safari in Northern Botswana. Excellent option for more adventurous families wanting to experience the wildlife of Botswana on more modest budget.
Tailor-made Adventure 10 days
From $3,372 per person
Lovely combination of safari in Botswana's Chobe National Park, the majestic Victoria Falls and cosmopolitan Cape Town.
Tailor-made Classic 11 days
From $3,159 per person
We know every family is unique. Your dedicated travel consultant will develop a bespoke trip just for you.
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• 12 luxury tents with private plunge pools
• Stylishly comfortable lodge, numerous activities & discovery ambiance
• Spectacular vistas & stunning landscape
• Water-based camp with sense of exclusivity
• Fishing & excellent birding
- &Beyond Camp
- Luxury & Contemporary
- Private Concession
- Vehicle, Walking and night safari's
- Stunning lagoon location
- Superb dry-season wildlife
- Boat cruises and fishing
- Exclusive, luxury camp
- Water and land-based safari
- Maximum 8 guests
- Spectacular wildlife
- &Beyond Camp
- Land & Water based safari activities
- Contemporary & Luxurious
- Modern, elegant chalets
- Excellent staff and guides
- Abundant wildlife
- Bushways Safaris portfolio
- Luxurious accommodation
- Strong game, year round
- Prime position
- Private plunge pools
Botswana works best in May - October, so combines perfectly with Western Hemisphere summer holidays and British May Half Term and October Half Term Holidays.
All the key areas work to some extent for families, Vic Falls is a fantastic relaxing base, Chobe is easy to reach from Vic Falls (keeping transport and cost down), the Delta offers a variety of activities and the diverse activities and cultural experience in the Kalahari works fantastically for families. So it becomes a question of where to draw the line.
We often combine Botswana with Cape Town in South Africa, there are good flight connections and the contrast of Cosmopolitan City & Coast in Cape Town works well with Botswana's wilderness.
Combining a Botswana safari with some beach time can be a challenge. The best option is combining with Mauritius, but this will require an overnight in Johannesburg. Therefore, if you just looking for a good quality safari and relaxing beach experience, with the minimum of transport hassle, then we would rather recommend Tanzania, Kenya or even KwaZulu Natal in South Africa simply because the beach is so much easier to access from the safari location.
Costs can vary massively depending on family size, the age of children, time of year, length of stay and the quality of the camps, but with Botswana, one thing is always for sure, it won't be cheap. As a very approximate guide, starting budgets (inclusive of international flights) are around £3,000/$4,500 per person* and staying at the best camps and combining three locations, budgets can easily reach £10,000/$15,000 per person*. So a typical family of 4 could end up spending between £12,000/$18,000 - £40,000/$60,000.
Whilst Botswana is expensive, remember that the cost of managing a vast reserve the size of a small country is shared over a very small number of guests each year and the level of service and guiding is second to none.
* Per person price is the average per person price across the family.
Botswana's key selling point is the opportunity to witness magnificent wildlife spectacles in rare exclusivity. With the exception of Chobe and some of the National Park areas, visitor numbers are very tightly controlled. Other areas in Africa can offer comparable wildlife experiences (Masai Mara, Serengeti etc.) and similarly lightly touristed wilderness (Laikipia, Selous etc.), but the combination of both is what marks Botswana out. This is also what makes it expensive, so if you find your budget is being stretched too far, then consider the following alternatives: