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Three properties that LOVE kids and show totally different sides to Botswana’s diverse landscape and culture.
Youngsters and African Safari don’t always mix perfectly, but this itinerary combines iconic, statement properties in three vastly different areas of Botswana that LOVE kids. We know long flights can be tiresome for the whole family, so we start this holiday with a night just near the little Maun airport at the Okavango Delta. Once you’ve flown low into the heart of the Delta, you’ll be guided by a man of the swamp through the waterways filled with hippo, crocodiles, giraffe and elephants in a traditional canoe (mokoro) with no other guests in sight!
You’ll then travel to Planet Baobab just north of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - the remains of what used to be a huge ancient inland ocean. Planet Baobab isn’t a new planet in our solar system, it’s a quirky camp with family designed traditional grass huts and a funky swimming pool to jump into.
The last stop is the crème de-le-crème of Botswana’s awe-inspiring adventure: Grasslands Bushman Lodge on the Western boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Soak up the unique San Bushman culture and atmosphere of the camp, by the pool on hot desert days, and brave the owner’s ultimate predator conservation project experience. Escape on this 10 night, 13 day (including international travel time) safari:
- 1 night Maun Cresta Hotel, Central Botswana
- 2 nights Oddball's Camp, Okavango Delta
- 4 nights Planet Baobab
- 3 nights Grasslands Bushman Lodge
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Day 1: Flight to Maun, Botswana
Check in at London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Maun, via Johannesburg.
Day 2: Welcome to the Delta
After your international journey, you’ll step off the plane in Maun airport in time for lunch at Maun Cresta hotel where you’ll stay for one night in comfort. Your driver will meet you when you leave customs and will transfer you to the hotel, just a 15-minute drive away.
Day 3-4: Scenic Flight into the heart of the Delta
After breakfast, you will take a 20-minute scenic, light aircraft flight from Maun to Chief’s Island, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Take care to spot the elephants from the unique perspective in the sky. On arrival you will be met at the airstrip and welcomed to the island by your professional guide. He will show you to your incredibly authentic dome tent at Oddball’s Camp. On a raised wooden deck, sheltered by a thatched roof, or trees your en-suite tent has outdoor showers. All meals, drinks and activities are included in the rate.
With no motorized activities, your guide will take you to nearby islands in his mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe), where you will walk to view game and the spectacular landscape that is the world-famous Okavango.
Day 5: Road trippin to Salt Pans
After breakfast overlooking (or even in) the crystal-clear waterways, you’ll enjoy another 20-minute scenic flight out of the Delta, to Maun. From here, you’ll be met by a guide who’ll show you the vast landscapes to the East, towards Central Kalahari. From the moment you spot the giant concrete aardvark, marking the entrance to Planet Baobab, you’ll know why you sat in the car for two hours. This lively camp guarantees comfortable sleep in iconic (but modern) grass huts, lit by paraffin lamps, built in the way used by Bushmen of Botswana.
Day 6-8: Meerkats and Sorghum Beer
Nearby, two colonies of meerkats have become used to people, meaning you can get surprisingly close to observe them in their natural environment. Magical for the kids and adults alike. When the day is done, don’t forget to try the local traditional sorghum beer – sorry kids, but that’s just for the grown-ups.
Day 9: Bushman-Land Bound
Return to Maun – the town known as the heart of Delta safaris. From Maun take a chartered flight to Grasslands Bushman Lodge. All meals, drinks and activities are included in the rate. Guided bush walks reach a whole new level with semi-habituated Cape Hunting Dogs, otherwise known as, African Wild Dogs.
Day 10-11: Wild Dogs and Horses
Horse riding can also be arranged for those who fancy a thrilling ride in the wilderness with San Bushman to guide you through the 10,000 hectare private wildlife reserve.
Day 12: Take to the skies
Depart in the morning on a stunning, scenic, light aircraft flight back to Maun, from where you’ll leave back to London, via Johannesburg.
Day 13: Back to school
Unless it’s the weekend!
Location: Botswana, Africa
Our ‘Kids Tackle Botswana' itinerary from £3,304 includes: International flights (price based on London), all internal flights and all accommodation, meals, drinks and activities as indicated.
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