Botswana Family Safari with Teenagers

10 Days | Travel to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe and see some of the world’s greatest waterfalls and wildlife

4.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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EUR €1,625
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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 canoe 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.

Trip overview

Map of Botswana Family Safari With Teenagers including Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Johannesburg, South Africa
Theme
Family, Wildlife
Destinations
Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 10
Group size
Min 2 - Max 16
Trip code
UWFB
This trip generates 36 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Get a load of Victoria Falls, an amazing thundering spectacle. Optional activities for those arriving early include white water rafting, canoeing and flying fox rides
  • Go wildlife-spotting along the river at Chobe National Park, home of the world's highest concentration of African elephants
  • Enjoy some truly unique accommodation in Elephant Sands. Greet elephants as they come to drink from the pool!
  • Get familiar with the fine art of 'poling' as you and your family ride a traditional dugout canoe through the waterways of the Okavango Delta
  • Camping on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness is an experience you and your family will never forget. As night falls, the sounds of the African bush are like nothing else
  • Support local conservation by visiting the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, setting up your own tent with some long travelling days. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. There will be some early starts and long travelling days.  It's as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/africa/overland
  • Camping out in the Okavango wilderness means digging a bush toilet and going without a shower. For most travellers this is a small price to pay for such a gorgeous remote island location. It’s all part of the adventure.
  • The going can be slow over the long distances and often bumpy roads. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful land. There are some long travelling days.
  • This is a participatory camping trip, so team spirit is key. You and your family will be helping out with camp setup, food preparation and cleaning.

Itinerary

Map of Botswana Family Safari With Teenagers including Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Truck

Accommodation

Camping with facilities (7 nights), Camping with no facilities (2 nights)

Activities
  • 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
Add on activities
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight of the Angels (12 mins - Excludes US$25 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - Jet Boat (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD110
  • Victoria Falls - River Song Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD75
  • Victoria Falls - Whitewater rafting (Seasonal - excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD126
  • Victoria Falls - Flying Fox / Bridge Slide / Zipline - USD48
  • Victoria Falls - Traditional Village Tour - USD55
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Swing - USD168
  • Victoria Falls - Standard Sunset Cruise (excludes USD10 NP Fee) - USD45
  • Victoria Falls - Bridge Tour - USD68

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Important notes

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: http://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.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 34 reviews submitted.
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Fiona · Traveled December 2023
What a trip of a lifetime! It was just the most amazing trip where we fell in love with Botswana - the people, the landscape and the animals. Our leader Admore was so knowledgeable about everything and our driver was fantastic - helping us packing our tents every day too! THe food was wonderful and the welcome from the local people so inviting. To be so close to so many animals was so special.
Review submitted 08 Jan 2024

Fiona · Traveled December 2023
We would highly recommend this trip for families with teenagers. Our two boys (aged 11 and 13) have made friends for life. Botswana is a beautiful, happy and safe country. The itinerary is well planned to take in a lot of wildlife viewing in natural habitats. At no point do you feel that you're in a safari park, which can be the case with some reserves. Great campsites, often with a swimming pool. Highlights: Okavango Delta and Elephant Sands.
Review submitted 18 Jan 2024

Simon · Traveled December 2023
Excellent trip overall. Admore, Amore and Leroy were an excellent team that took great care of us.
Review submitted 07 Jan 2024

Melissa · Traveled December 2023
Amazing 10 day african safari adventure that we can 100% recommend to any family with teenagers. So many parks, so much wildlife spotted, varying scenery and never a dull moment. The Delta was the trip highlight. Camping sufficient but recommend you bring an extra mattress. Direct contact with local African people, never a moment that felt unsafe. A trip of a lifetime that we will all never forget
Review submitted 08 Jan 2024

Rebecca · Traveled September 2023
A trip of a lifetime. Spectacular Victoria Falls, amazing up close wildlife encounters (Elephant Sands a real surprise) and meeting beautiful local people (Okavango Delta a real highlight!). We had a wonderful crew and great families. A trip that has left us all fully content and happy.
Review submitted 03 Oct 2023
Botswana Family Safari with Teenagers
From
EUR €1,625