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YOUNG EXPLORES FAMILY SAFARI

YOUNG EXPLORES FAMILY SAFARI

  1. On the tour page:
  2. Essential information
  3. Tour Highlights
  4. Tour Description
  5. Photos
  6. What’s included and excluded
  7. Tour Itinerary
  8. Additional information
  9. Prices & Availability
  10. Pick-Up locations
  11. Pick-Up time
  12. Cancellation policy
  1. Duration - 7 days
  2. Private Tours
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    If you cancel between 13 and 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee charged from the paid deposit.

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  6. Aeroportul Maun

Enjoy this 7-night world-class family safari and discover the game rich and diverse region of Moremi Game Reserve, the world’s largest inland delta – Okavango Delta as well as the incredible Central Kalahari. With exceptionally trained guides, kids will learn unique skills.

  • Spend days on safari, discovering Botswana's untamed, pristine nature.
YOUNG EXPLORES FAMILY SAFARI

YOUNG EXPLORES FAMILY SAFARI

Enjoy this 7-night world-class family safari and discover the game rich and diverse region of Moremi Game Reserve, the world’s largest inland delta – Okavango Delta as well as the incredible Central Kalahari. With exceptionally trained guides, kids will learn unique skills throughout the safari which will create them memories which will last lifetime in "Botswana, the pinnacle of safari destinations. The pristine wilderness areas offer the ultimate in exclusive safari experiences. Rich in diversity, each unique ecosystem offers a variety of birds, plants and wildlife."

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What's included


  • Inclusions:
  • A donation to Bana Ba Letsatsi
  • All game viewing activities as offered at the camps
  • All accommodation and meals
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All flights from Maun, between camps included in the package and back to Maun.
  • Rhino Fund Contribution for nights at Dinaka Camp.
  • Departure taxes out of Maun
  • Laundry
  • Park entrance fees where applicable
  • Exclusions:
  • • International flights
  • • Premium imported drinks
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Visas
  • • Discretionary tips
  • • Gratuities, curio shop purchases and items of personal nature.

Itinerary


  1. Visited Places:
  2. Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  3. Okavango Delta
  4. Moremi Game Reserve

Day 1 & 2: Okuti Camp (Moremi Game Reserve)

On arrival into Maun Airport, there will be a representative waiting for you with a signboard printed your name to welcome you. After collecting your luggage, you will be provided with your light aircraft ticket and you will be escorted to the light charter to meet your pilot for a short flight to Okuti. A guide will be waiting for you at the airstrip who will then transfer you on an open safari vehicle to the camp.

Okuti camp draws its influence from the Maunachira River which flows in front of the camp, with its abundant birdlife, fish and sandy river banks, it remains oasis of serenity and peacefulness. The camp is built amidst the wilderness of one f Botswana’s prime game viewing regions, Moremi Game Reserve. Guest staying at Okuti can experience game drives with unhindered views in specially-designed safari vehicles. The Moremi Game Reserve is rich in wildlife, and its consistent year-round game viewing makes it ideal for repeat and first time visitors to Botswana. Okuti comprises of five very spacious twin and double-bedded “Masasas’’ (ancient tribal word for house of reeds), exceptionally unique in style and architecture all rooms overlooking the permanent Maunachira channel. There is a family room ideal for families traveling with children. Each en-suite bathroom provides both an indoor and outdoor shower. Connected by raised wooden walkways and all areas of the camp are wheelchair accessible.

Okuti offers one of the best value safari experience in the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta waterways by motorboat, and the areas open lagoons and winding channels make it a birder’s paradise, complete with herons and storks in the breeding season. This camp provides excellent game viewing due to its widely varied and protected habitats which support a huge variety of wildlife.

Day 3: Young Explorers - Okavango Delta

This morning after breakfast and morning activity (time permitting) you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board a light aircraft and enjoy a scenic flight across the Okavango Delta to Shinde Camp. On arrival at the Shinde airstrip, you will be met by your personal guide and continue to Footsteps Camp in an open safari vehicle. The adventure begins as the drive allows you to acclimatise to the bush, while your guide gives you tips on how to spot game animals and birds in the wilderness. On arrival in your private tented camp, a refreshing drink and light lunch awaits. Over lunch your guide will brief you on safety, and then it is time to settle into camp, while planning your activities with your guide.

Later in the afternoon, as the temperatures cool, it is time to begin your introduction to bush craft and some basic rules regarding animal behaviour. One of the most important lessons is to treat all the inhabitants of the wilderness with respect and you will learn that the bush is a safe and fascinating place to be. A short walk from camp allows you to become accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells that make up the language of the African bush. The wilderness is constantly talking to you and your guides will begin to show you some of basics. The more you are aware of what is happening around you, the more you will take away from your adventure!

On return to camp, a piping hot bucket shower under the stars awaits, followed by a tasty dinner. Around the campfire we consider the lessons of the day and learn more about Botswana, the history of the country and its people. For those that can stay awake long enough we can view the stars and interesting constellations of the African sky before heading to bed, ready for an early start the following day.

Day 4: Young Explorers (Okavango Delta)

The day begins before sunrise with a gentle wakeup call at your tent, piping hot coffee and light breakfast at the fireside, before heading out on foot to see what the bush has in store for us. One of the most amazing aspects of this bush camp is that the direction of a walk or type of activity is entirely up to you and your guide. An interesting track, circling vultures or even the call of a jackal can lead you on an adventure every time you leave camp! Following the water’s edge gives us the chance to examine some of the tracks left overnight, as well as identifying some of the multitude of animals, birds and insects that inhabit the riverine forests. By the end of the walk, you should be able to recognize many tracks and have put some of your new bush skills to use. Can you follow a track and find a herd of zebra that passed by earlier that morning? How close can you stalk up to a giraffe? It’s tough with their excellent vision and long necks!

Following another delicious lunch prepared on a camp fire, parents are left to a lazy afternoon napping or reading while the younger members of the family are watched over by their guides. Now is a chance to learn some more traditional skills, using the natural products to create jewellery and tools. Using the palm leaves we learn to weave baskets and carve the palm seed, known as plant ivory into a necklace for Mum! Or perhaps try to build your own digging sticks and bow and arrows from the materials available around you?

In no time at all, it is time to venture out again, this time it’s a water adventure! Using the traditional dugout canoe (mokoro), we explore the reed beds and Okavango waterways. Her we learn many skills developed by local people, allowing them to survive in this environment. How do you get a drink of cold water using a water lily stem? If we are especially quiet, we may even spot the sitatunga, one of the world’s most unusual and secretive antelope, which has adapted perfectly to live in aquatic environments. They are capable of hiding underwater leaving only their nostrils above water to breathe!

Before dinner this evening, we are off to visit the bush kitchen. You will be astounded as you learn how the mouthwatering fare is produced in camp. There’s no electricity here, all the food, savory and dessert, fresh bread, cakes are cooked on the campfire or in the steel bush oven! Spend some time with the staff and learn how it is possible to live comfortably in the wilderness without electricity and modern gadgets. It worked well enough for our ancestors after all!

Day 5: Young Explorers (Okavango Delta)

With the sunrise comes an introduction to working in the African bush and some of the many tools which we use. Any idea how to drive a 4×4 across a river or through thick sand or mud? Ever changed a tyre on a 4×4? While out and about we are sure to bump into some of the many species of large mammals that inhabit the Okavango Delta including wild dogs, elephants, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wildebeest and impala. Spending time quietly observing these mammals will give you an insight into the structure of their society and how we may understand their moods through their body language. Reading animals’ body language is vital in being able to safely live and move among the other inhabitants of the bush.

That afternoon while in camp you will learn some of the rules required in order to handle a rifle safely. This is an important tool in our world and is not a toy and should be respected at all times! Once you understand the safety of handling a firearm, perhaps you can put your new found skills to the test with a pellet gun, on our very own bush range! No doubt Dad will be hanging around for a go as well, and a little family competition usually results!

Later, you may wish to try your angling skills Okavango style, either along the banks of lagoons and channels or, for the more adventurous from the Mokoro! Here you will learn how to catch, handle and release a fish correctly, ensuring you do it no harm. We may choose to keep a couple for dinner, in which case be ready to learn how to clean and prepare it yourself!

Though the safari draws to an end, the final dinner is still cause for celebration toasting new friends, reminiscing over many unique experiences, many new bush skills and lifelong memories. The grown-ups would like to drift off to sleep with the ever-present chorus of the hippos and the tinkle of the reed frogs. But for the young bush rangers it is the perfect opportunity to head off with a spotlight to try and identify some of the many species that wake up as the sun sets!

Day 6-7: Dinaka Camp - Central Kalahari

The morning is spent discussing your stay and your guides will ask you to identify several tracks, birds and animals, and to explain some of the skills that you might use to survive in the bush. After this informal bush evaluation, you will then be awarded your Okavango Delta certificate and shirt making you an official member of a truly select group of bushrangers, the Ker & Downey Young Explorers!! After farewells to the camp staff and your guides it’s now time to transfer back to the airstrip to board the light aircraft and enjoy a scenic flight across from the Okavango Delta into the Kalahari Desert. You will be met at the Dinaka Airstrip by your guide and from there it is a short road transfer to camp.

Dinaka “Horns’’ is situated alongside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the focus of activities at Dinaka is exploring the Kalahari experience with wildlife ranging from giraffe to the antelope, small mammals like honey badger, bat eared fox and porcupine to predators including the Kalahari lion, cheetah, leopard and brown hyena. Dinaka camp has seven spacious twin and double-bedded safari tents, each en-suite bathroom has an indoor and outdoor shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. There is a family room ideal for families traveling with children. The sleep out at Dinaka Camp offers guests a panoramic view and the opportunity to spend the night under the magnificent African night sky. Birding is also particularly spectacular as Dinka hosts over 200 different bird species including the Kori Bustard and Crimson Breasted Shrike and a high concentration of pale Chanting Goshawks.

Day 8: Maun

After breakfast and morning activity (time permitting) you will transfer by light aircraft to Maun Airport for your onward flight.

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