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  • Dear Rob, as you know from my earlier note the holiday was an outstanding success and fulfilled all the hopes of our wide age range. We felt the amount of time at each place was just right (except for Theo who howled for two hours when it was time to leave Jembisa) and we all enjoyed the contrasts – warm embrace of Jembisa, stark exciting Mashatu, ritzy Cape Town, side trip back to Europe at Franschhoek and ending on a high with strong winds and a heaving sea full of whales at Hermanus. You worked it out so we didn’t lose too much time in travelling and what we did by road gave us the chance to glimpse the real world – which we needed to put the luxury into context. We really appreciated how much you put into two weeks. Thank you for taking so much trouble to interpret our wishes and if the piggy bank miraculously replenishes itself we shall be back!

    Carol and family travelled to South Africa and the Tuli Block in south-eastern Botswana
Chobe River cruise, BotswanaFamily fishing in the Okavango Delta, BotswanaFamily fun on safari in BotswanaFamily walking safari in the Okavango DeltaGreater Kudu doeKalahari children, BotswanaMakoro with children in the Okavango DeltaWarthog family

Botswana

Family holidays

Family holidays in Botswana

Provided your children are old enough, Botswana is an amazing family safari destination to consider. Botswana offers fantastic wildlife, genuine wilderness, varied activities and exclusivity. Families can really enjoy an adventure into the wild, with fantastic guiding and a complete escape from modern facilities and communications. However, if your children are still young (perhaps under 10 years old, but there is no set age) then you may find countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia or South Africa more appropriate.

In terms of accommodation, some camps in Botswana have two-bedroomed ‘family units’ and safari tents are often large enough to include one extra bed. However, quadruple accommodation is rarely possible, especially on more adventurous safaris (private mobile camps or more down to earth properties) and it would be usual for a family of 4 to take two individual units rather than any specific ‘family accommodation’. If you are keen on adventure and exclusivity as a family, then you could consider a private mobile tented safari, either for your whole safari or just for a few ‘adventurous’ days (minimum three nights).

Botswana offers a wide range of safari activities, though many of the more adventurous activities (walking, horse-riding etc) will have lower age limits (normally around 14). In certain camps, or on private mobile safaris, specialist private guides can be arranged and activities can be orientated towards the kids as much as is required.

Please visit our Family Safaris page for more general information on travelling to Africa with children, or contact us with your specific ideas and questions.