So you’re thinking of taking the whole family for an unforgettable trip and you want an experience that will enrich all of your lives, from the grandparents right down to the toddlers. The choice of destination is obvious to us- Botswana, because why take the kids on rollercoasters when you can take them on safari? This six night safari trip will leave every generation in the family beaming as you immerse yourselves in the glamping lifestyle in ‘Africa’s last Eden’- the Okavango Delta- and see some spectacular African wildlife. From safari on foot to safari by canoe, a week spent in Botswana will make it anyone’s favorite vacation destination.
Where the wild things are
Touchdown in Maun and have a quick snack before hopping on a light aircraft to Khwai. Don’t drift off though, you’ll miss seeing the beautiful green wetlands of the Delta spreading out below you, it’s an extraordinary sight. In Khwai you and the kids (and maybe grandparents too) will be whisked off for three nights in Machaba Camp, a traditional 1950s camp that immerses you in the Delta without skimping on luxury. Set in the game rich Khwai Concession and on the banks of the Khwai River, Machaba is the perfect base from which to go in search of all the elephants, leopards and hippos the little ones have been dying to see. Spend your days here going on exciting 4×4 game drives during which you can expect to spot large predators, water buffalo and majestic elephants. If you aren’t too tired you can also head out on evening game drives to see the smaller, nocturnal animals at their most active before tucking in to some home cooked bush fare under the stars.
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In the heart of the Delta
After a fantastic three nights at Machaba you will be moving on to the peaceful Gomoti Plains Camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Staying in a seldom visited area on the Gomoti River System, you will have the benefit of being off the beaten track and therefore feeling as if you’re getting the wildlife all to yourself. Don’t be surprised if you see elephants wandering by from the comfort of your own luxury tented suite. You will stay at Gomoti for the remaining three nights of your safari adventure and will take full advantage of the waterways by taking the family on fun mokoro safaris where you will sit in a traditional Botswanan dug-out canoe and be punted around the Delta and its little islands. If that isn’t exhilarating enough you can opt for motor boat tours or walking safaris. When all the excitement begins to tire you out, fear not, because both Machaba and Gomoti have a swimming pool, library and spa therapist for ultimate Botswana relaxation.
After a bit of final night family bonding around the camp fire, head back to Maun for you flight home again. This is the sort of unforgettable experience the kids will cherish for the rest of their lives.