Botswana: the destination of choice for intergenerational travel
There is a common misconception that Botswana is a pricey ‘couples only’ destination, but its appeal to family travel has soared over recent years. Botswana’s attraction as a safe and stable country, further aided by supplier co-operation in relaxed child policies, has resulted in a niche market for intergenerational travel.
Botswana is home to some of the best guides in Africa and there are many guides that have been specially trained in working with families and children. Whether it’s teaching the kids to track spoor, make a bow and arrow out of reeds or pole a mokoro for the first time, children will be inspired and educated, and most importantly have a lot of fun!
With an average minimum age of 6 years, safari camps are becoming increasingly child-friendly, although some activities are restricted for children under 12 years and booking of a private vehicle is often required (and recommended) for families with children between 6-12yrs. This allows ultimate flexibility for a family with no concerns over inconveniencing other guests. Child discounts apply at most lodges up to the age of 12 years, with many allowing discounts all the way up to 18 years, ensuring a family safari remains cost-effective.
Certain areas of Botswana work better for families than others and local experts can provide advice on this. The Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savute and Central Kalahari lodges normally have a minimum age of 6 years, but other lodges in Kasane, a great base for Chobe, have no age restriction, so this area is best for younger families.
Many lodges have family rooms, usually two bedrooms connected with a walkway or a shared bathroom, and others will offer extra beds/mattresses. There are a variety of lodges which offer suites or villas, allowing up to 6 or 8 people to share together. This is ideal for intergenerational travel as the communal lounge is perfect for the family to relax and catch up on the day’s adventures.
Mobile camping safaris are a great choice for intergenerational travel, being less expensive and more personal for a family unit. Most private mobile safaris require a minimum of 4 pax, so for a large family, this is the perfect way to experience an exclusive holiday together. Guests can choose a luxury mobile safari or a participation basis safari depending on the budget in mind.
Value for money and phenomenal guiding combined with some of the best scenery and wildlife in the world make Botswana proud to be a leading destination for family travel.