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11 Days Family Luxury Safari in Botswana and Zambia

  • Zambezi - Selinda Concession - Okavango Delta - Khwai Community Reserve - Makgadikgadi Pans

Epic Botswana Safari

This epic safari has been specifically created for the discerning family who are looking for spectacular wildlife viewing with exclusive private guiding whilst staying in the best family lodges available. Natural World Safaris truly believes that getting away from technology and immersing children in the bush can be one of the most rewarding and bonding experiences for a family.

Highlights

  • Big cats and the Big Five safari
  • Scenic helicopter flight above the Okavango Delta
  • Quad biking and live planetarium shows in the Kalahari
  • Private luxury mobile camping in the Okavango Delta
  • Transfer from the airport to the lodge
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily full board meals
  • 10 activity days
  • English
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Tongabezi Lodge (Zambia)

Tongabezi Lodge is set about 45 minutes upstream from the famous Victoria Falls. With a variety of cottages and houses all set on the mighty Zambezi River, the rooms all feature individual African fusion designs and offer guests the opportunity to sit back and unwind after indulging in the extensive range of activities around Victoria Falls. Each room has its own valet to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Many rooms are open fronted, truly bringing the African bush to your doorstep.

Zarafa Camp (Botswana)

Zarafa Camp is one of the most exclusive camps in Botswana and Africa. Luxury tents with stunning views of Zibadianja Lagoon, private plunge pools and excellent game viewing in the private concession are just a taste of what's on offer. Owned by Dereck and Beverly Joubert this is a camp not to be missed.

This intimate camp accommodates up to eight guests in marquis-style canvas tents. Positioned along the edge of a shady forest Zafara Camp ensures great views of the surrounding floodplain.

Each large tent has a personal plunge pool and a private lounge area with a copper fireplace, and en-suite bathrooms complete with a copper bathtub. This is possibly the only luxury eco-camp with all power coming from solar energy and all furniture sculpted from recycled hardwoods. This is a favourite of Natural World Safaris due to the small details.

Jack’s Camp (Botswana)

Jack’s Camp is located in the heart of the Kalahari Desert, next to the largest saltpans in the world. Set amidst palm trees, this remote camp aims to teach about the archaeology and anthropology of the area.

10 spacious tents at Jack’s Camp are beautifully constructed in a classic safari-style, each with en-suite private showers (indoor and out), a washbasin and flush toilet. Set amidst palm trees, Jack’s Camp is set around a large, central dining tent and a Persian-style 'tea tent', which comes complete with a small library of books, fascinating local artefacts, comfy cushions and rugs.

Throughout this safari you will have private guides and vehicles that are specifically trained to educate young children conservation and bush life using interactive and meaningful ways. The parents can get involved as much as they like too with lots of activities created for the whole family.

This is a tailor made safari and can be edited to suit your family. The guides are specifically trained to ensure children get the best out of their time in the bush and activities are tailored to suit each family.

Itinerary

Day 1 (arrival in Zambezi)

Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport (LVI), you will be welcomed by your guide and then drive to your lodge on the banks of the Zambezi. Your home for the next couple of days is the Dog House at Tongabezi Lodge.

This is the perfect place to explore Victoria Falls as it comes with its own valet, guide, vehicle and boat, dining room and plunge pool. This ensures you have full control over what you want to do during your stay. The lodge also has a dedicated children’s menu and can arrange separate meal times if required.

  • Accommodation: Tongabezi Lodge
  • Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 (activities at Victoria Falls)

A full day of activities lie ahead which either the whole family can get involved in or the parents can split from the children if they want a romantic sunset cruise! Learn to fish, visit Tujatane Village where your children can play games with the local children, try an African treasure hunt, visit the falls, ride and bathe elephant, enjoy a sunset cruise, go on a scenic helicopter flight; the options are endless.

  • Accommodation: Tongabezi Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 (Livingstone - Selinda Concession)

Depart the magnificent falls for the next chapter of your adventure and head deep into the Botswana bush, travelling by road and light aircraft. Your children will be spotting elephants before they’ve even landed!

Meet your private guide at the airstrip for a short game drive into the camp, your guide will be helping to identify wildlife en-route. After a hearty tea, head out on your first proper game drive in search of the roaring lions, towering giraffes and many other wildlife.

Return back to your own private exclusive suite for some delicious food, then sleep in Africa’s largest and most luxurious tented accommodation.

  • Accommodation: Zarafa Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4 - 5 (Selinda Concession)

Head out with your private guide to explore this spectacular concession which is renowned for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, packs of wild dog and predator sightings. Being a private concession means you can enjoy walking safaris as well as game viewing by boat on the Zibalianja lagoon. Enjoy picnic lunches and watch the sunset over the African plains after a day out on safari. When not on safari, take a dip in the pool or learn more about their “Rhinos Without Borders” project which the camp supports.

  • Accommodation: Zarafa Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6 (Selinda Concession - Khwai Community Reserve)

Enjoy a final game drive as you set off by helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta to the Khwai Community Reserve for some out of Africa style camping. You are now in the heart of the wilderness in a private campsite set up just for your family. This is quite possibly one of the most incredible experiences in Africa.

Whilst it is camping, it is far from basic and the most luxurious camping in Botswana. The highly experienced staff are attentive to your every need, the tents are en-suite, the food is exquisite and the evenings spent under the stars with just the sounds of the bush are magical.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7 - 8 (Khwai Community Reserve)

Wake up to the sounds of the bush as you start your traditional safari day with your private guide. It is entirely up to you how you want to spend your days but maximising your time in the bush is recommended, along with lazy afternoon siestas.

In addition, your itinerary may include boating, mokoro excursions and guided walks depending on which areas you select to visit and your preferences. Each evening, enjoy sundowners in the bush and some star gazing back around the camp fire.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9 (Khwai Community Reserve - Makgadikgadi Pans)

Spend one final morning at the camp before bidding farewell to your guide as you set off by flight to the Makgadikgadi Pans to the ultra-luxurious, award winning Jack’s Camp, run by the adventurer and pioneer Jack Bousfield.

You are now in the oldest deserts in the world and the rugged wilderness surrounding you is awe-inspiring. Head out and watch one of the best sunsets you ever will over this beautiful landscape and learn about the formation of the world’s largest super lake.

  • Accommodation: Jack’s Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10 (Makgadikgadi Pans)

Today is a very special day as you and your family get to meet ‘Timon’ and his friends, the habituated meerkats. You’ll have a chance to watch their captivating behaviour - a lovely occasion to get some family photos for the album. Enjoy a bush picnic whilst your guide explains life out in the bush.

Head to Africa’s third largest tree; Chapman’s Baobab, which was found by explorers in the bygone era. Finish your active day with a quad bike adventure across the pans (dry season only), whilst the sun sets and the stars rise.

  • Accommodation: Jack’s Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11 (Depart Botswana)

Today is a sad day as you depart the wonders of the Botswana bush, say goodbye to the wildlife and start your journey back home. After your morning activity, you will be driven back to the airstrip for your flight to Maun to connect with your onward flight.

Whilst you may not return to the bush for a while, your memories of your time here will remain at the forefront of your mind and your children will have developed leaps and bounds through their recently found bush skills!

  • Meals: Breakfast

This safari will take place in Zambia and Botswana visiting many interesting places for you and your family to enjoy.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Private luxury mobile camping in the Okavango Delta
  • Private naturalist guides and vehicles throughout
  • Quad biking and live planetarium shows in the Kalahari
  • Scenic helicopter flight above the Okavango Delta
  • International flights

Testimonials

  • Review by Rashna Ahmed Hayek from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Huge thank you to Tom Brown for organising a super trip for me and let the countdown begin. His expertise, knowledge and guidance is amazing and has made sure my needs were put first and the trip was tailor made for me which has made such a difference. I have used Natural World Safaris for over 8 years and again they have maintained their high class standards of being that reputable company that gives you that personal touch and listens to what you want. Will, you have an amazing team and thank you!"

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  • Review by Sian Bowles from Staffordshire, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Amazing trip of a life time. Met some lovely people and the crew on the M/S Malmo were fantastic and so welcoming."

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  • Review by Krishan Shah
    9 out of 10

    "We went on a tiger safari to India and it was honestly one of the best holidays I have ever been on! Natural World Safari is the best travel agent I have ever used and would 100% go back to them again! The holiday couldn't have been planned in a better way. Everything was absolutely perfect and we saw many tigers in the wild!"

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