Family Botswana

Historically, this southern African nation hasn’t been the most family-friendly destination, but thanks to the recent emergence of new family tents in some of our favourite camps, specialised children’s safari guiding programmes and dedicated family activities, Botswana family holidays are now among the best in Africa.

Our Africa specialists are here to tailor-make your ideal Botswana family holidays, designed to your exact specifications, and including our exclusive Original Travel additional services, such as fast-track check-in and security at the airport, and lounge access even if you're flying in economy. Then there are our fun packs for younger children (3-10) designed by children's party people Sharky & George and containing challenges and destination-specific quizzes for that all-important educational element. In Botswana itself, you have access to our clued-up local Concierge to make any last-minute tweaks to the trip.

So, what to actually do on your Botswana family holiday? If you have the time, we'd recommend a combination of a super-charged safari in the lush floodplains of the Okavango Delta with a stay in the pristine wilderness of the Kalahari Desert. Then, pack in activities from classic 4x4 safari drives to fishing and canoeing in the delta, and quad biking across the lunar-like Kalahari salt pans (children riding pillion, of course) for the ultimate, intrepid family safari.

The Okavango Delta is THE place to introduce children to the magical wildlife (and birdlife) that calls Botswana home. Even better, we can arrange for expert photography guides to tutor your tweens or teenagers on the art of photography during game drive and capturing details, whether they are using a DSLR, GoPro or iPhone.

To teach the children something else on their Botswana family holidays - this time about other ways of life - you can spend time with hunter-gatherer Zu/hoasi Bushmen, who have the lived in the harsh desert environment of the Western Kalahari for thousands of years. Set off on foot with hunters to learn from their vast knowledge of the plants, animal behavior and desert survival skills.

Also in the Kalahari, you can spend a morning with a family of meerkats, following them as they forage and observing how they socialise and interact with their environment. Although wild, these captivating creatures are used to humans, making for some excellent photo opportunities for the family album.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From knowing the most family-friendly hotels to holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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Matt and Charlotte C are our 'Family Botswana' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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