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Botswana Family Safari with Teenagers

Land Tour

Embark on an action-packed, teen-friendly adventure in south-east Africa. See the thundering spectacle of Victoria Falls, say hello to some new friends at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, explore the far-out Okavango Delta by traditional can and watch elephants drink from the Chobe River. Pack plenty of spare camera batteries, because this snap-happy trip, brimming with exciting animal encounters and landscapes like you’ve never seen, is one for the photo album.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

2. Minimum age for children on this trip is strictly 10 years old due to government safety restrictions in the Okavango Delta.

3. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years of age at time of travel.

4. This trip starts at 2PM on Day 1 with a group meeting at the campsite followed by a visit to Victoria Falls. On the last day you will arrive into Johannesburg late in the afternoon on Day 10. We recommend you don't book any departing flights until 8PM onwards

5. Travelling with children: Children travelling on a valid passport with one or both parents are no longer required to present a birth certificate, parental consent letter and other supporting documentation. To check the requirements for other situations, such as legal guardianship or unaccompanied travelling minors, visit the South African Department of Home Affairs.

6. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

7. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel.

8. During this trip you can upgrade to a lodge/hotel at the campgrounds we are staying in along the way with the exception of our time in the Okavango Delta (Days 5 & 6). If you wish to upgrade you can organise this directly during the trip with your leader and pay locally. Prices start at BWP 740 per person. All updates are subject to availability.

9. With effect from 1 October 2014, parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa will be asked to show the child’s full birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, proof of parental or legal authority to travel with the child.


The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. This is an requirement of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa
or: www.dha.gov.za

10. Border crossing delays in the region have been sporadic and difficult to predict. What takes an hour one day may take four hours the next. This may affect the order of activities in the itinerary. We understand this uncertainty can be frustrating, and we strongly recommend packing a bit of patience and flexibility.

Tour details Collapse
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Number Of Days
10
Price From
RRP: $2,910 Our price: $2,182
Price per person, twin share
Start Location
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Basic
Tour Themes
Adventure, Family
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Expand all
Day 1: Victoria Falls
Welcome to Africa! Once you arrive at the joining point accommodation, reception will advise you where our campsite is located. Make your way to the site, meet your leader and get settled in. Your adventure begins at 2pm with a group meeting at our campsite. After which we will visit Victoria Falls This thundering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 metres and the falls become an impressive raging torrent. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and you can see little islets in the river below. If you arrive early, get out and explore Victoria Falls. You can choose from various activities and excursions, including white water rafting and caning. For an incredible scenic helicopter flight, choose Zambezi Helicopter Company (CAA Zimbabwe), the only Intrepid-endorsed operator.
Day 2: Chobe National Park
After some breakfast and packing up camp we travel to Chobe National Park. Botswana's first national park is perhaps best known for its high concentration of elephants, which can often be seen swimming in the Chobe River. The river also attracts wallowing hippos, a variety of birdlife, crocodiles sunning themselves by the water's edge, and cheetahs and lions which come down to drink. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Chobe River, a relaxing way to spend the afternoon with the family.
Day 3: Nata
Hit the road early and head to Elephant Sands for the night. Elephant Sands has a natural waterhole right in front of the lodge where the local elephants come to drink. Watch these awesome creatures whilst they drink at only a couple of meters away from you. There is plenty of other wildlife around as well on this unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely. After setting up camp, head off on a bush walk activity which is a wonderful chance to learn about the smaller things in the bush which are often not noticed on game drives.
Day 4: Maun
After packing up camp it's another long travelling day to Maun. Maun is the gateway to one of the world's most renowned and complex ecosystems, the Okavango Delta. This place is unlike anything in the world – a 16,000 square kilometre maze of wetlands made up of meandering waterways, green islands, lush plains and prolific wildlife. You might see hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats. But it's not the animals that are the main attraction – it's the extremely diverse ecosystem and atmospheric waterscapes. Tonight you'll stay on the outskirts of Maun at a simple campsite with shared facilities and WiFi before heading into the Delta in the morning.
Day 5: Okavango Delta
Cruise around the waterways by mokoro, a traditional dugout can navigated by friendly local 'polers'. With some luck, you might spot some of the delta's unusual wildlife and exotic birdlife. Spend time exploring the maze of lagoons, lakes and streams on foot, led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Tonight you will camp on a remote island in the heart of the wilderness. In this far-out spot, facilities are non-existent, so you will dig a bush toilet and go without a shower. It's all part of the Okavango experience. At night, fall asleep to the humming and buzzing of the African wilderness.
Day 6: Okavango Delta
Wake up early and head out for a sunrise walk. Along the way, keep watch for some elephants. You might also come across some Cape buffalo, if the timing is right. These rather noble-looking creatures are more dangerous than they look, and their horns make for a kind of bone shield that's fittingly known as a 'boss'. Returning to camp for breakfast, take the rest of the day to relax. A refreshing swim, or perhaps a nap, is a good idea in the warmer part of the day. Alternatively, take another mokoro trip to soak up more of that delightful river atmosphere.
Day 7: Maun
After breakfast take the mokoro back to the poling station and then travel once again to Maun, where you will have the rest of the day free back at the campsite.
Day 8: Khama Rhino Sanctuary
It's an early morning start as we hit the road to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Situated on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a conversion of a former hunting area into a conservation project. Built to protect Botswana's only remaining populations of both black and white rhinos, the sanctuary is also home to other wildlife including zebras, giraffes, leopards, ostriches and wildebeest, all of which can be seen around the many natural waterholes. Visiting this project benefits local communities and contributes to the protection of the highly endangered white rhinoceros. Later, head out on a dusk game drive to see the rhinos when they are at their most active.
Day 9: Marakele National Park
Leaving Botswana behind, cross the border into South Africa and arrive at your overnight stop of Marakele National Park this afternoon. The national park has diverse terrain making it easy to spot wildlife. In the park you can spot gemsbok, mongoose, wild cat, warthog, all kinds of birds and may even be lucky to spot black mane lions, If time allows we will do an afternoon game drive in the park before settling into camp for your final night in the wilderness.
Day 10: Johannesburg
After breakfast we start the drive to Johannesburg. The group arrive late afternoon where the trip will end. if you have additional time why not get out and explore Johannesburg, a city of remarkable contrasts. Perhaps visit the culturally rich areas of Newtown, Braamfontein or Maboneng. The eye-opening Apartheid Museum is well worth your time. We recommend you don't book your departure flight until after 8pm..
Inclusions Expand
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners.
Transport: Truck.
Accommodation: Camping with facilities (7 nights), Camping with no facilities (2 nights).
Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls entrance.
Chobe National Park - River cruise.
Nata - Elephant Sands Bush Walk.
Okavango Delta - Mokoro safari.
Okavango Delta - Sunrise Walk.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Sunset Game Drive Open Vehicle.
Marakele National Park - game drive.
Departure dates Expand
Price per person, twin share
Start End Availability Price
27 Jul 2024 05 Aug 2024 5 $2,910
$2,764
31 Jul 2024 09 Aug 2024 11 $2,910
$2,328
04 Aug 2024 13 Aug 2024 12 $2,910
$2,182
18 Aug 2024 27 Aug 2024 4 $2,995
08 Sep 2024 17 Sep 2024 12 $3,025
$2,420
29 Sep 2024 08 Oct 2024 5 $3,115
21 Dec 2024 30 Dec 2024 8 $3,055
30 Dec 2024 08 Jan 2025 12 $2,940
05 Apr 2025 14 Apr 2025 13 $3,110
03 Jul 2025 12 Jul 2025 16 $3,110
10 Jul 2025 19 Jul 2025 9 $3,110
17 Jul 2025 26 Jul 2025 14 $3,110
24 Jul 2025 02 Aug 2025 15 $3,110
31 Jul 2025 09 Aug 2025 16 $3,110
03 Aug 2025 12 Aug 2025 15 $3,110
07 Aug 2025 16 Aug 2025 15 $3,110
15 Aug 2025 24 Aug 2025 16 $3,110
20 Sep 2025 29 Sep 2025 5 $3,235
26 Sep 2025 05 Oct 2025 16 $3,235
24 Oct 2025 02 Nov 2025 16 $3,110
18 Dec 2025 27 Dec 2025 16 $3,110
20 Dec 2025 29 Dec 2025 15 $3,110
26 Dec 2025 04 Jan 2026 15 $3,110
05 Apr 2026 14 Apr 2026 16 $3,240
03 Jul 2026 12 Jul 2026 16 $3,240
14 Jul 2026 23 Jul 2026 16 $3,240
21 Jul 2026 30 Jul 2026 16 $3,240
24 Jul 2026 02 Aug 2026 16 $3,240
31 Jul 2026 09 Aug 2026 16 $3,240
02 Aug 2026 11 Aug 2026 16 $3,240
04 Aug 2026 13 Aug 2026 16 $3,240
09 Aug 2026 18 Aug 2026 16 $3,240
13 Aug 2026 22 Aug 2026 16 $3,240
19 Sep 2026 28 Sep 2026 16 $3,240
24 Sep 2026 03 Oct 2026 16 $3,240
24 Oct 2026 02 Nov 2026 16 $3,240
20 Dec 2026 29 Dec 2026 16 $3,240
23 Dec 2026 01 Jan 2027 16 $3,240
26 Dec 2026 04 Jan 2027 16 $3,240

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