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Botswana – the ultimate family holiday

Botswana is fast becoming a popular family destination as it is safe and stable, plus many lodges and safari companies have relaxed their minimum age requirements and are offering lower prices for children.

Safety in the bush is an important factor for families and this is emphasized greatly in pre-trip briefings and lodge orientations, but it is always the parents who are ultimately responsible for the safety and well-being of their children.

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 if your little one gets bored early or has his 5th toilet break!

Many lodges have dedicated family rooms which consist of two rooms with a connecting bathroom, or others will offer extra beds/mattresses in the room to accommodate the children. When it comes to meal times, because the lodges in Botswana are so small they are often very flexible and happy to accommodate early dining or special kids meals.

Certain lodges have also devised special “kids programmes” where especially trained guides show the children how to track, identify spoor, pole a mokoro and share many other bush stories and experiences. For most families it is a hugely memorable and educational experience that is so totally different from their normal lives, and one they will remember for many years and that will make you want to return time and again.

Certain areas of Botswana work better for children than others and we can recommend the best options for your family. 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.

Mobile camping safaris also work well for families with children over 8 years old, being less expensive and more personal for a family unit. Guides are excellent at showing the children the ‘small 5′ and teaching them bush knowledge such as tracking and spoor identification.

For a family safari of a lifetime, consider Botswana as your destination of choice.


Ghoha Hills – our lodge of the month

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge is positioned in Chobe National Park, just a 45 minute drive away from Savuti. It’s position high up in the hills allows for some of the most spectacular views that Botswana has to offer, while the lodge itself is the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. These are just some of the reasons why Ghoha Hils is our lodge of the month!

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We were lucky enough to visit Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge for lunch while passing through and to have a look around. The managers are warm and welcoming, inviting you to make yourself at home. The lounge and dining area consists of soft and neutral tones and completely open sides to maximise the views. Meanwhile, the waterhole in front attracts an array of wildlife and allows for game viewing from the lodge itself. We were lucky to witness a passing elephant stop for a drink.

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After a delicious, filing lunch we went to have a look at the rooms. Spacious en suite canvas rooms offer views which could be cut out and put on a postcard, while the private deck is ideal for relaxing between activities.

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Ghoha Hills offers daily game drives in the area or a full day excursion to the Savuti marsh. As a result, the lodge manages to give you both the exclusivity of being away from the lodges and campsites by the marsh, yet still allowing guests to enjoy the Savuti experience.