This child-friendly safari tour in Botswana has been specially designed to offer families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness together. Activities are planned with your whole family in mind - While you enjoy the peace and quiet of the African bush, your young ones are engaged in educational activities by the expertly trained Young Explorer guides. Accommodation is in twin-bedded Meru tents with a bucket shower and bush toilet attached to the back of the tent, and there is a daily laundry service. A chef will prepare delicious meals for the whole family to enjoy.
On arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met by a representative and board a light aircraft transfer to Shinde Private Concession. At the airstrip you are met by your guides and transferred in a 4x4 safari vehicle to camp. Indulge in a light lunch and safety briefing before proceeding onto the day's activities on your Botswana family safari.
Watch with pride as your young ones pursue their creative skills in a bush craft lesson, followed by a talk on animal behavior and the treatment of the wild. Once they've been briefed, they will embark on a guided walk around the area, exposed to the unfiltered sights, sounds and smells of the African bush.
After a day of introductions to the wild, you will all return to a bucket shower under the stars. Gather around the campfire as you treat your taste buds to a delicious dinner and discuss the lessons of the day. Learn more about Botswana and the history of the country and its people as you listen to the stories told by the guides. For those that can stay awake long enough, you can examine some of the stars in the African night sky before heading to bed.
Start the day with an early morning river cruise, before heading back to camp for brunch, and you are left to a lazy afternoon napping or reading while your young cub/s are watched over by your guides. The bushranger team will spend some time recording the morning's observations and discoveries in their Bush Journal.
After their work is done, they will get to have some creative fun by learning some traditional bush skills, such as basket weaving or carving the seed of the palm nut into a necklace for Mum! A trip along the water channels of the Okavango will prove to be fun for the whole family. Seated in a traditional dugout canoe, called a mokoro, your guides will teach you some of the ways to survive in this vast wetland wilderness.
If you're lucky, you may spot the sitatunga, one of the world's most unusual and secretive antelope. After an adventurous day in the Okavango, you will end the evening off with another delicious meal from the bush kitchen and be astounded as you learn how the mouthwatering fare is produced on the fire.
With the sunrise, comes an introduction to driving large 4x4 vehicles, which are vital out in the bush. Get your hands dirty as you try to change a tyre on one of these safari essentials. Look out for the many species of large mammals that inhabit the Okavango Delta including wild dogs, elephant, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wildebeest and impala. Spending time quietly observing these mammals will give you an insight into the structure of their habitat and how you may understand them through their body language.
Under the watchful eyes of trained and experienced guides, the trainees will be introduced to the world of firearms. They will be informed of the various safety measures necessary when handling a rifle and the importance of these measures will be emphasized. They will then be able to handle and shoot a pellet gun on the bush range! Dad will want to partake in this activity. Later, the trainees will try their angling skills in true Okavango style - either along the banks of lagoons and channels or, for the more adventurous from the traditional mokoro!
Here they will learn how to catch a fish correctly as well as handle and release it ensuring no harm is done to the fish. As the grown-ups drift off to sleep with the ever-present chorus of the hippos and the tinkle of the reed frogs, the young trainee rangers will head off into the wilderness with a spotlight to try and identify some of the many species that wake up as the sun sets.