Botswana Family Safaris

Family Safaris in Botswana

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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Itineraries

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.

Lovely combination of safari in Botswana's Chobe National Park, the majestic Victoria Falls and cosmopolitan Cape Town.

Tailor-made Classic 11 days

Adults from $3,639 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,722 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,060 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 $1,722 per person economy class from London

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

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $6,033 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,467 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,715 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 $1,467 per person economy class from London

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

Families from $3,271 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 $1,278 per person economy class from London

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

Adults from $5,829 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,276 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,558 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 $1,276 per person economy class from London

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 $13,946 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 $1,533 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Jack's Camp

Kalahari

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Incredible location
- Good facilities
- Unique game
- Family Friendly

Vumbura Plains

Okavango Delta

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxurious accommodation
- Strong game, year round
- Prime position
- Private plunge pools

Nxabega Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- &Beyond Camp
- Land & Water based safari activities
- Contemporary & Luxurious

Sandibe Safari Lodge

Okavango Delta

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- &Beyond Camp
- Luxury & Contemporary
- Private Concession
- Vehicle, Walking and night safari's

Khwai Guesthouse

Okavango Delta

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Modern, elegant chalets
- Excellent staff and guides
- Abundant wildlife
- Bushways Safaris portfolio

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Stunning lagoon location
- Superb dry-season wildlife
- Boat cruises and fishing

Zarafa Camp

Linyanti

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive, luxury camp
- Water and land-based safari
- Maximum 8 guests
- Spectacular wildlife

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- River Safaris
- Good facilities
- Excellent staff

Shinde Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Land and water based activities
- Reliable game
- Welcoming and attentive staff

Kanana Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Water based activities
- Spectacular views
- Excellent bird watching

Okuti Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

-Prime game viewing
-Rare bird species
-Unique accommodation

Pom Pom Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- scenic location
- land and water activities
- Competitive price

Kwando Kwara Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Simple lagoon-side camp
- Mokoro and motorboat excursions
- Game drives, nature walks
- Wonderful birdlife

San Camp

Kalahari

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Total isolation
- Bushmen guides
- Rare game
- Family friendly

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Located beside vibrant wildlife
- Incredible views
- Friendly staff
- Superb safari experience

Baines Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Spectacular riverside location
- 'Living with elephants' experience
- Intimate camp with impeccable service

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Abundant dry-season wildlife
- Remote hillside location
- Full day safaris

Stanleys Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Unique walks with elephants
- Traditional tented camp
- Private Game Reserve

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Private concession
- Peaceful, waterfront location
- Strong, seasonal game viewing
- Helicopter excursions

Chief's Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Fully refurbished
- Great Location
- Luxury accommodation

Machaba Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Excellent dry-season game viewing
- Tranquil riverside location
- Game drives and walking safaris
- Mokoro canoe excursions

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Abundant dry-season game viewing
- Tranquil waterside location
- Wide range of activities

Khwai Tented Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Superb dry season game viewing
- Private concession
- Day and night game drives
- Canoe excursions

Sango Safari Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Friendly, traditional safari camp
- Private concession
- Excellent dry season game viewing

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Great game spotting
- Rooms with private viewing decks
- Culturally immersive
- Banks of the Savute River

Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Waterfront

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Supreme game viewing
- Banks of the Chobe River
- Game drives and cruises
- Large 47 room lodge

Camp Okavango

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

-Tranquil lagoon-side location
-12 rooms, newly upgraded
-Boat trips, nature walks, seasonal fishing
-Friendly, efficient staff

Camp Moremi

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Excellent wildlife area
- Accessible location
- Private viewing decks
- Located in the Xakanaxa area

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Xugana Island Lodge

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Water-based safari activities only
- Situated on the Xugana Lagoon
- Outstanding bird-watching opportunities
- Incredible views from guest chalets

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Unique location
- Wonderfully authetic
- Privately owned and operated
- Cultural activities

Camp Xakanaxa

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Surrounded by amazing diverse game
- Relatively high traffic location
- Located on Khwai River bank
- Wheel chair accessible lodge

Chobe Under Canvas

Chobe Waterfront

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- &Beyond property
- Semi mobile tented camp
- Traditional safari experience
- Mix of water and land based safari

Footsteps Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Unique safari walks
- Authentic safari experience
- Located in the bush of the Okavango Delta
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff

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

- Beautiful waterfront location
- Spectacular wildlife
- Boat trips and fishing

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Superb game viewing
- Excellent predator action
- Vehicle and walking safaris
- Spectacular birdlife

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning waterside location
- Water and land-based safari
- Superb wildlife
- Small, intimate camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded location
- Tranquil activity programmes
- Canoeing and guided walks
- Game drives

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Canoeing and walking
- Mobile fly camping
- Superb wildlife
- Off the beaten track

Duba Expedition Camp

Okavango Delta

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive location
- Private concession
- Superb game viewing
- Birdwatcher's paradise

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Chobe Waterfront

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Privately owned
- Superb location
- Family friendly
- Range of activities

Kwando Nxai Pan Camp

Not used (Everywhere in Botswana)

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Unique wilderness area
- High quality guiding
- Abundant seasonal wildlife

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • 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 Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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Botswana for families


When to Go to Botswana

Botswana works best in May - October, so combines perfectly with Western Hemisphere summer holidays and British May Half Term and October Half Term Holidays.

Which areas of Botswana are most suitable for Families?

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.

  • With a week to play with and limited budget we would usually recommend combining Victoria Falls with Chobe National Park. Chobe is easy to reach by road from Vic Falls, so works well as a simple safari and Vic Falls holiday without breaking the bank.
  • A well balanced itinerary would focus on water based safari in a good Delta Camp with a good land-based camp in the Linyanti with a variety of activities on offer. The family can then relax on the banks of the Zambezi, seeing the falls and enjoying some good pool time.
  • The ultimate family experience would combine a wet safari camp in the Delta with a land-based camp in Linyanti, followed by the magnificent family friendly Kalahari and finishing it all off at Vic Falls.
  • For families looking to explore more broadly, a private mobile safari offers the advantages of a private guide and vehicle, the feeling of a traditional mobile safari, the ability to include most of the key areas (Delta, Moremi, Savuti, Chobe, Vic Falls) for less budget than a flying safari. However, don't kid yourself this is going to be a budget option, Conservancy fees, and private vehicles and guides all add up. This option is best for older families and can involve considerable driving between locations.

Combining Botswana Safari with Cape Town or the Beach

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.

How much does a family safari in Botswana cost?

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.

Alternatives to Botswana

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:

  • If your focus is seeing Victoria Falls, you can easily combine safari in Kruger with Vic Falls and Cape Town in a lovely family holiday.
  • If your focus is on an uncompromising wilderness family safari, then we find it hard to beat the Laikipia area in Kenya, where Camps such as Laikipia Wilderness Camp cater so well for families with a real outdoors adventurous ethos that takes the safari beyond the game drive to give a real feel for the African bush, from climbing rocky crags, to rafting gentle rivers, bush walking, horse riding and even camel safaris.
  • If you just looking for a relaxing safari and beach combination, then we would instead recommend Tanzania, Kenya or Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa.

Decisions...

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