12 days

Hungry, Hungry Hippos - Family Adventure

Hungry, Hungry Hippos - Family Adventure

Chobe National Park's river

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Moremi Game Reserve's concentration of wildlife

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Trip rating
  • Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 

    Our Family Adventures are designed specifically for the spirited family and operated by our sister company The Family Adventure Company. We understand that travelling with kids sometimes requires a slightly different perspective. Keeping this in mind, we travel at a slower speed - recognising that showing your family around our exotic destinations can take time. By travelling at a relaxed pace, while still offering plenty of optional activities along the way, we're providing your family with the ultimate travel experience together.

    Accommodation is chosen carefully to ensure your family gets the best of both worlds, with some of the creature comforts of home as well as experiencing accommodation unique to the region you are travelling through. Wherever possible you will stay in hotels with small comforts to make your stay more enjoyable - such as restaurants nearby, or accommodation with a pool. On some trips you may even find your family being rocked to sleep on an overnight sleeper train or drifting off while camped out under a canopy of stars - and we reckon it'll be these experiences the kids will love and remember the most.

    Best of all, we find trips with children are so successful because kids have such a special ability to break down barriers with their natural curiosity, and because delighted locals always greet them with much affection. For all these reasons and more, you'll discover that Family Adventures are an amazing experience for all.

     

     

    Why we love it

    • Safari through swampland in Okavango
    • Take a boat trip through the Okavango Delta
    • Learn to pole a traditional mokoro canoe
    • Meet the Kalahari’s San Bushmen
    • See the baobab ‘upside down’ tree
    • Track down wildlife on game drives
    • Search for Chobe’s elephant herds
    • Enjoy the spray from Victoria Falls

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Maun - Moremi Game Reserve

    • On arrival into Botswana you will be met at the airport at 14:30 and transferred to the Moremi Game Reserve to begin your Botswana Adventure.
    • If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability) and will pick you up from the hotel prior to meeting the rest of the group at the airport.
    • The fifth largest town in Botswana, Maun is known as the Gateway to the Delta. Although officially still a village, it has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town and its eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts have spread along the Thamalakane River. It now has shopping centres, hotels and lodges, although it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to bring their cattle to Maun to sell.
    • Day 2 - We awake in the Moremi Game Reserve, one of the finest wilderness areas in Botswana. Proclaimed a wildlife reserve by the Batawana people in 1963, it was the first wildlife sanctuary to be created by an African tribe in their own area, and as such it is unique. The landmark act was described at the time as a shining mark in African tribal history. It is a rich and fascinating area, which is an intricate part of the Okavango Delta.
    • The area is comprised of permanently swamped areas, lily-covered wetlands, seasonally swamped area and also dry land. After breakfast, we head off on a game drive in search for giraffe, hyena, kudu, elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, lion and leopard.
    • At sunset there is plenty of time to relax and absorb the sounds and beauty of this region. Later, we dine under the stars and no doubt exchange stories around the blazing camp fire, often called the Bush TV!
    • Accommodation at Moremi Mobile Camp for 2 nights :- Pre-erected Bush Camp 3 x 3m Dome tents, stretcher mattress, pillow, blanket & towel provided.

    Day 3 - Moremi Game Reserve

    • Today our Okavango adventure begins as we 4WD to the Mokoro (canoe) Station. Here we meet the mokoro guides and get assigned to your mokoro. We will travel two to three people per canoe with a local guide.
    • Our safari begins as our poler skillfully transports us along the Delta. Gliding silently along the water allows great game viewing opportunities that are sure take your breathe away at times! A quick stop for a picnic lunch on one of the islands gives us the chance to stretch our legs.
    • Formed by the Okavango River as it flows from the highlands of Angola down to a basin on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta is unlike anything else in the world. The river has no outlet from the desert and spreads out into thousands of small streams to form a wilderness that is totally unspoilt. The 16,000 sq km maze of wetlands is a wonderland of clear meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. The delta is filled with a diversity of flora and fauna that includes hippos, crocodiles, elephants and the big cats. However, it's not for the game that we come as it can't always be found. The delta is about exploring one of the world's most fascinating ecosystems
    • Accommodation:- Sedia Lodge Camping 1 night - 2 x 2m tents, height 1.7m.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Central Kalahari

    • Today we make our way to the Kalahari Desert ( approximately 3.5 hours ) a region which makes up two thirds of Botswana.
    • In the afternoon, enjoy a cultural experience and learn about the San Bushmen people. The Kalahari is the largest remaining territory for the San, who are one of Africa's oldest peoples. The San once roamed over most of Africa, however now there are only small numbers in Botswana and Namibia. Spend the day discovering their fascinating culture and going on bush walks to learn about how they track animals and survive in the wilderness.
    • Later, we reach our campsite and the safari adventure begins. We set up camp on a private concession just outside of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Kids will love the freedom of being outdoors and getting stuck in with the chores of the day. In the evening, take the chance to learn some of the star formations in the Southern Hemisphere's clear skies.
    • Accommodation :- 3 x 3 m Dome tents.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Kalahari Game Reserve

    • Today we explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, one of the largest protected areas on earth.
    • Making an early start, we drive to Deception Valley (approximately 3 hours). This is the second largest game reserve in the world. Wildlife such as gemsbok, springbok and wildebeest can be spotted. The chances of seeing the king of the jungle are good, as there are numerous prides plus cheetah and jackal residing in the reserve.
    • There are also some interesting drought resistant plants that have evolved to survive these harsh conditions. Later, return to camp.
    • Accommodation :- 3 x 3 m Dome tents.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Gweta

    • Pack up camp this morning and head off on a long journey to Gweta (approx 5 hours driving). Today is a long travelling day and a chance to rest a little ready for your next adventures. Gweta is a traditional thatched village with towering palm trees, grey sand, vagrant donkeys and horses, and a petrol station. Gweta in San means "where the big frogs meet". You set up camp for overnight beside some large Baobab trees, this distinctive African tree is very unique and appears rather like it has been planted upside down.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

    • This morning we set off on a drive to Nata (approx 2 hours).
    • Makgadikgadi Pans is an impressively large area of 12,000 square kilometres. About 2 million years ago the Okavango Delta and the pans were part of an enormous lake that flooded across northern Botswana. The deepest parts of the basin became today's Makgadikgadi Pans. The surfaces of the pans are a smooth, blemish free grey clay.
    • The feeling of space, together with the silence and isolation is strikingly overwhelming. You will only explore the area during dry season. You visit the Nata sanctuary on the Makgadikgadi Pans in the afternoon. The sanctuary hosts 165 different species of birds, including pelicans, spoonbills, eagles, ostriches and both greater and lesser flamingos seasonally visit at different times of year. In addition plains game and predators wander the sanctuary, including springbok, jackal and wildebeest.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Nata to Kasane

    • Make a drive from Nata to Kasane (approx. 5 hours). Kasane is a small town and a popular access point to Chobe National Park. Arriving at our campsite, set up camp and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Take the chance to stock up on any supplies you need from the town.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Chobe National Park

    • Today starts with a game drive (approx 2.5 hours) in Chobe National Park, the park entrance is just a few minutes away from your campsite. Chobe is a raw and compelling wilderness packed with game. The park was created in 1968 and named after the river that passes through it. Watch for herds of elephant and buffalo, rhino, giraffe, kudu, hyena, waterbuck, eland and other game.
    • This afternoon take a cruise on the river (3 hours) where you can watch out for elephants on the waters edge or crossing the river next to you. Spot hippo lazing in their pods and spot water monitor lizzards and crocodiles basking in the sunshine on the river edge.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 10 - Victoria Falls

    • This morning we leave Botswana behind and enter Zimbabwe (approx 2 hours drive).
    • This afternoon we get to check out one of the most awesome sights in the world; ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’- the Smoke That Thunders (the name given to the falls by the Makololo people). The waterfalls are without a doubt one of the greatest and most unforgettably scenic spectacles in Africa, guaranteed to make your jaw drop. It’s hot and humid here, and walking through the rainforest that thrives in the spray from the falls, you can feel the immense power generated by the Zambezi River. It plummets over a width of nearly 2km into a deep gorge over 100m below, causing the ground to vibrate under your feet. The wide basalt cliff over which the falls thunder transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent, cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 11-12 - Victoria Falls

    • Today is a free day, there are a number of excursions available for those interested (at additional cost). You can choose to go on a spectacular helicopter ride over the falls, canoe along the Zambezi river (minimum age is 12), or go white water rafting (minimum age is 18).
    • If you would prefer to simply relax by the pool at the hotel, that is also an option.
    • Your trip will come to an end after breakfast on Day 12.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of an English-speaking dedicated Family local tour leader
    • Authentic accommodation
    • On-tour transportation
    • Most meals (except those specified in your itinerary)
    • Entrance and park fees as indicated in your itinerary

    Not Included

    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for two or more nights.
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
    • Sleeping bag - bring one with you or hire one when booking.
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Trip Code PTOV
Group size 6 - 16
Start City: Maun, Botswana
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Style: Family

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