As a parent, booking a holiday for the whole family is never an easy task. Your main priority is always your children, not only do you want them to be safe, happy and having fun but also you as the parent, would like to be able to relax a little and enjoy the holiday that you have spent a great deal of hard earned money on.
With this in mind, when the opportunity came up for me to visit all of the properties within the Footsteps in Africa circuit with my husband and my just turning 3yr old, I jumped at the chance to experience these
‘child friendly camps’ first hand with a young child in tow.
From the moment we arrived in Maun, the friendly Delta Air staff not only assisted with carrying all our luggage but also my daughter, running to get her a cold drink, lifting her into the aircraft, assisting with her safety belt in the aircraft, just making sure that most of all, she was happy.
Every single staff member we met along the way at every Camp/Lodge were very friendly and accommodating. Some were even arguing amongst each other as to who was going to lift my daughter out of the vehicle. Management played games with my daughter while my husband and I enjoyed sundowners.
I had a few concerns before our trip, game drives were never a major concern, it is pretty easy to entertain a child while game viewing from a vehicle, generally you can keep them entertained and excited.
One of my concerns was walking and mokoro trips in the Delta. Knowing my daughter, I knew that there
was only so far she could walk before getting bored and tired. Well here I was very wrong, she was so interested and walked the majority of the time. When she got too tired to walk, our wonderful guides picked her up and carried her, leaving us as parents to continue enjoying the walk and not having to worry
Mokoro trips were a concern for me as I had bad experience as a teenager in a canoe that tipped, so
the thought of putting my 3yr old daughter in something similar, however made out of wood, made me just a little nervous. Although they look very similar to a canoe, the mokoro is much more comfortable, sturdy and, I can even say relaxing. Most of all, gliding through the Okavango Delta in a Mokoro is such an exciting
adventure for children, so much to look out for and see.
Finally, The Bushman experience in the Kalahari was another I wasn’t too sure about before our trip. Cultural experiences are brilliant for adults and older children who understand, I, however was slightly unsure for younger children. I couldn’t have been more wrong, this was a highlight for my 3yr old. She was so interested in everything the bushman had to show us, eager to join in with them and loved her giraffe made out of antelope droppings and twigs. She refused to wear shoes on our walk as in her words while pointing at the san children ‘the other children aren’t wearing shoes, so I also don’t want to’.
My husband and I, but most of all, our daughter loved every second of our trip to Botswana. We managed to relax and experience one of the Worlds most wonderful and beautiful countries. Botswana stole my heart the first time I visited, 7 years ago. I can very definitely say that it has now stolen my 3yr
old daughters heart as well, she continually talks about the trip and all we experienced.
I would happily, with very personal experience recommend every single one of the Footsteps in Africa properties to families wishing to experience the Botswana with their children.