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Family Botswana Safari

Botswana, South Africa, Africa

from $7,995* per person 11 Days June-August
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Natural Habitat Adventures 8 people max
  • Livingstone airport, livingstone, southern, zambia
  • Family & Friends trips
    A classic fully-guided family safari to see elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras and more!
    Stay at authentic bush camps and explore by 4X4, boat and canoe for the widest range of
    wildlife encounters
    Stand before the spray and thunder of Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world!

For families, there’s no topping the adventure of an African wildlife safari, and in Africa, it’s hard to top Botswana. Big game is abundant here, and we get amazingly close from our private tented camps, situated deep within the bush and far from tourist crowds. In a world of rapidly vanishing natural treasures, the chance for a family to experience the wonders of Africa together is an unsurpassed gift. Watch a cheetah sprint across the savannah, or study the green glow of a hyena’s eyes at night, and wildlife takes on a whole
new meaning.

Locations visited/nearby

Botswana, South Africa, Africa

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2: Livingstone, Zambia & Victoria Falls
Arrive in Livingstone, meet our Expedition Leader and transfer to Toka Leya Camp. Toka Leya, overlooking the mighty Zambezi River, lies within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park near Victoria Falls. More than a mile wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world, plummeting more than 300 feet into the Zambezi Gorge. The cataract’s local name, which the park shares, means “the Smoke that Thunders.” Activities include a tour of Victoria Falls, game drives in the national park, river cruises from camp and guided nature walks. We also enjoy good birding around the camp. There are several optional activities available at an additional charge, but a few of the most popular options include helicopter flights over the falls or elephant-back safaris.

Days 3 - 5: Chobe / Linyanti Reserve
By road and ferry we journey to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, known for its vast elephant herds – a population that exceeds 70,000. On our boat cruise down the Chobe River we sometimes see 500 elephants in a single day. Water birds abound, including herons and storks, as well as hippos and crocodiles. This afternoon we drive to the private reserve of Linyanti, dramatic big-game country. This region is noted for its shifting landscapes, from riverine to savannah, and forest to plains. The Linyanti’s perennial waters attract herds of wildlife that walk well-worn game paths to slake their thirst in the dry season. Predators follow in their footsteps, making for exciting game viewing.

Days 6 - 8: Okavango Delta
After breakfast we transfer by light aircraft to Seba Camp, set in a private concession bordering the vast Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta. Seba Camp has been designed to blend into the ancient riverine forest of majestic hardwood trees such as sycamore fig and leadwood, against which it is built. Overlooking a perennial lagoon with prolific birdlife and resident pods of hippo, each of Seba’s tents has a private deck with magnificent vistas of the lagoon and the host of wildlife passing by. We expect to spot lion, territorial leopard, large herds of buffalo, and ever-present elephant, as well as general game including giraffe, zebra, red lechwe and impala.

Days 9 & 10: Southwestern Moremi Game Reserve
At our private adventure camp, we find the ultimate experience of the Okavango Delta, where serene waters flow through a maze of channels around isolated islands, nurturing a profusion of plant and animal life. There is no better way to encounter the Okavango than by mokoro, the traditional poled canoe by which we reach our private island and secluded camp. Surrounded by permanently flooded delta, our island base is nestled in riverine forest, home to the elusive sitatunga antelope and Pel’s fishing owl. On mokoro safaris we encounter a diversity of birdlife, frogs and game species, some of which are specially adapted to water, like the red lechwe. Guests are sometimes treated to close-up views of lion or leopard around our island camp.

Day 11: Maun / Home
Depart by air for Maun, where we connect with flights home.

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