Your kids will be the envy of all of their friends after they return from an exciting holiday to rich and varied Botswana in Africa’s south, just above South Africa. While it may not be the easiest of holidays to organize, it is a very safe destination that is sure to create unforgettable memories for the whole family. Here are our top picks for things to do in Botswana with kids:
1. Chobe National Park or the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Almost all children love animals, and Botswana offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with creatures usually confined to iPad screens or encyclopedia pages. Some of the best places to view animals in Botswana include Chobe National Park or the Kalahari Game Reserve where the family can keep a look out for the “Big 5,”the lion, leopard, rhinoceros (both black and white species), elephant, and Cape buffalo. Kids (and adults) will love the jeep safaris through these typical African plains. Keep in mind that typical safaris can be a bit long and boring for children, especially young ones. It is therefore best to look for safari operators who are experienced in taking families on safari.
2. Okavango Delta
Another great wildlife destination in Botswana is the Okavango Delta. This rich environment is teeming with animals both on the water and on land. Your kids are certain to enjoy a boat ride in a traditional mokorro, before heading out for some true exploring or even just a picnic lunch. The Delta is a good option, as there is less “downtime” between animal sightings.
3. Safari Lodge stays, such as Delta Camp Okavango
Wherever you choose to go, look for a safari lodge that caters especially to children (do check the age requirements – some do not allow kids under 12), as they are likely to offer lots of different activities to keep your kids entertained.
Many family-friendly lodges such as Delta Camp Okavango offer comfortable accommodation and a huge range of things to do. While on holiday in Botswana, kids can participate in everything from traditional arts and crafts, learning to identify tracks, and more active fun like canoeing or horse-riding.
While it may not be the most well-known destination for family holidays, Botswana is a great destination to visit with kids. It is an exciting and intriguing place, which will broaden your children’s horizons and create memories that will stay with you all for a lifetime. It may take a little bit of organization, but we are certain you will adore your time in this terrific country.
This article is part of our popular series, Place To Go With Kids!