Wilderness Safaris Botswana Enhances Family Offering

To coincide with the arrival of the annual inundation of water from Angola into Botswana’s extraordinary Okavango Delta World Heritage Site, Wilderness Safaris has curated the ultimate nine-night family adventure to the Delta and Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. With exceptional land- and water-based game viewing and other exciting activities on offer, combined with Wilderness’ enhanced family programme, children’s menus and Bush Buddy offering, families of all ages will be guaranteed an enriching journey – one that also gives back. For every family booking, Wilderness will contribute USD20 to its non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness’ unique educational programmes.

Each family safari is customised so that parents, grandparents, and children all feel supremely cared for – whether it’s time together or time apart. As young eco-warriors in the making, children (aged 6 to 12 years) and teens can choose from a range of exciting and safe bush activities, whether in camp or further afield. They can learn how to pole a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe), enjoy the thrill of a boat ride along the magical watery channels or try their hand at catch-and-release fishing, followed by a scrumptious picnic in the bush. Once-in-a-lifetime hot-air balloon or helicopter rides provide a unique view of the pristine landscape, while for teens, adventurous sleep-outs on elevated Star Beds offer an exciting close-to-nature experience. Arts and crafts, like basket weaving, are geared towards appreciating traditional skills, offering opportunities to learn about local cultures and customs. An adventure-packed day ends with evening activities including drumming, star gazing, frogging, storytelling or watching a movie under the African sky.

Part of the staff complement at all Wilderness’ family-friendly camps in Botswana, Bush Buddies offer supervision and companionship to both younger children and teens. They are in charge of keeping the children in their care safe, curious, and busy, and available to accompany families on game drives, fill downtime in camp with age-appropriate activities, or simply bring children to the dining room for morning hot chocolate while parents sleep in.

Wilderness also recognises the significance of meal times, and along with its celebrated and sophisticated food offering, a newly reinvigorated children’s menu has been introduced to satisfy the youngest taste buds. “We have introduced local dishes to the children’s menus for those adventurous eaters who feel like trying something different; so in addition to the usual favourites, children can also choose dishes like Okavango Bream with Sweet Potato Fries and Morogo (local spinach), Botswana Beef Seswaa Taco or Pie, or Beef Oxtail served with Papa (ground corn) and Tomato Relish”, added Claire.

The drinks menu also includes new options like iced rooibos tea with Kalahari honey, or a delicious Delta Breeze (freshly squeezed pineapple, lime and cranberry juice). Wilderness’ chefs are happy to cater to any allergens, preferences, and dietary restrictions. Boma evenings around the fire showcase traditional African dishes, and kids can often get creative in the kitchen, helping the camp chef make pizza, cookies, and other delights.

For detailed information on Wilderness’ Family Safaris, click here, or here to read more about Wilderness’ Ultimate Family Safari in Botswana.