Learn how to read the night sky, the tracks and trails of the animals around you, how to fish, how to pole a canoe and learn about the medicinal uses of plants and trees and appreciate nature itself. This is an opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness together.
There are several specialist programmes in Botswana one of which is the Young Explorers based out of ‘Footsteps Across the Delta’, an intimate six-bed camp in the private Shinde concession. Your guides specialise in taking families on safari and they have many years of experience working with youngsters.
They love introducing young visitors and local Batswana alike who they also take into the Okavango at certain times through the year. It is also very important that local youth learn about their own country and its natural and extremely precious resources. This is one of the most exciting programs in Botswana and we have had children who have been out there and not wanted to leave!
Another fun and dramatic place to visit is the Makgadikgadi Salt pans where you can walk with Bushmen, search vast pans looking for stone age tools – and there are many and look for desert wildlife such as the brown hyena.
But one of the most endearing activities is to spend a morning with meerkats – they are so much fun and in the early dawn you will see them emerge and warm up their sleepy eyes in the sun. Then when the whole meerkat family is ready, your family can accompany and follow them through the dry grass plains as they search for juicy grubs and crunchy scorpions – a favourite meal. You may find that if you stop and the meerkats need a perch – you will become that perch!
They often look for the highest point from which to scan the skies for danger – your head at this point may look rather appealing ….. stand still and help these cute and feisty creatures please.
Your days on safari will be full of excitement – perhaps have your own private guide and camp, so that you define your day and spend as much time focusing on what interests your family the most - larger animals, or predators, birds or bugs. It is all interesting.
On arrival you are briefed on activities and safety during your stay. Later in the afternoon, it will be time to spend your first lesson in bush craft and rules regarding animal behaviour. Slowly you will become accustomed to some of the sights, sounds and smells that make up the language of the African bush.
Learn more about our family safaris to Botswana on our family safaris page.