An African safari is a bucket list travel experience. But an African safari in Botswana is truly a once in a lifetime family vacation. Exclusive Resort’s eight-day safari through desert and delta showcases two very different landscapes and is packed with bonding moments ranging from game drives to bush walks. Court Whelan, Chief Sustainability Officer at Natural Habitat Adventures, has guided on all seven continents, including Africa, for the last 15 years. “When people ask me what my favorite place or trip is in the world, a safari in Botswana is almost always my number one pick,” he says.
Here, he highlights the experiences making one of Exclusive Resorts' new 2023 Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys, a family safari through Botswana, truly unforgettable.
1. HAVING YOUR OWN PRIVATE SAFARI GUIDE
You’ll view the world’s most spectacular landscapes and wildlife together as a family in your own private safari vehicle. Expert guides and trackers will accompany you to ensure epic encounters with giraffes, zebras, elephants, and a friendly colony of meerkats. Learning about the area, plants, and animals from local experts who know it best allows you to come away with a profound understanding of life in Africa.
2. STARGAZING AROUND THE FIRE
A sublime location and highly exclusive private camp just for Exclusive Resorts is the perfect setting to recount moments that will last a lifetime. After an adventure-packed day, your family will gather around a crackling fire under a star-filled sky to recount the day’s highlights as the sounds of Africa’s wildlife serenade them from a safe distance away.
3. EXPLORE THE KALAHARI DESERT
You won’t just see the Kalahari Desert from the seat of a Jeep, you’ll experience the famed landscape in a multitude of ways. Family hikes, bush walks with the Zu’hoasi Bushmen and quad biking expeditions across the mighty salt pans create bonding moments the entire family can share.
4. VIEWING THE DESERT + DELTA FROM ABOVE
You’ll maximize time on safari drives by flying charter flights from camp to camp. En route, your family will get rare bird’s-eye-views of the mighty Kalahari and Okavango Delta. The fresh perspectives will make you appreciate the landscapes even more back on the ground.
5. GLAMPING IN THE WILD
The word "tent" doesn’t do your camp accommodations justice. Treehouse style tents at Tuludi Camp are specifically designed for families and feature luxe amenities like private plunge pools on the veranda overlooking the enormous floodplains.
Learn trip dates, in-depth itinerary details, and costs with the official OIAL Journeys announcement on March 16, 2022. Reservation requests will be accepted from March 16 – 29, 2022.
Learn more about our 2023 Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys and their not-to-be-missed moments here.