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Why We Love Botswana



Why Botswana for your Family Safari

It is easy to understand why Botswana would be high on a shortlist for a family safari. This large country in Southern Africa quite rightly has a claim to being Africa’s premier big game safari destination. It is blessed with a wide variety of different habitats and landscapes, all home to fantastic wildlife and offering visitors a great range of activity options. In addition to this Botswana is easily accessed with multiple connecting flights linking the busy international hub of Johannesburg. Getting around the country is also easy with regular scheduled charter flights servicing bush airstrips across the safari regions in the north of the country.

For families Botswana also makes a lot of sense as the school Summer holidays fall right across the peak safari months. Travel between June and September offers cool and clear nights with blue skies and comfortable temperatures in the day. This season is the dry season and the lack of any rains means flying insects are kept to a minimum. Visitors are not required to travel with yellow fever certificates and much of the country is also malarial free. Additionally, a stable political situation and a government committed to sustainable tourism and great conservation practice is something which understandably appeals to parents when considering a safari destination for their children. It is important to note that families visiting Botswana with children under 18 years old must travel with unabridged birth certificates for immigration reasons.

Choosing a location

The safari experience varies hugely depending on the location you choose, one of a number of reasons why a Botswana safari is often best experienced over multiple different locations. Combining the Okavango with the Kalahari or Makgadikgadi Salt Pans offers incredible variety, it’s always best to speak to your experienced consultant at True Travel to guide you in what would be the best location for your family. An important consideration is the age of your children as some locations and lodges have a minimum age limit on game drives, whereas in other locations the activities can be particularly tailored to families in a way not seen in neighbouring countries.

Botswana’s position in the heart of southern Africa also makes it well placed to combine with other countries in the region. Direct flights from Cape Town to Maun are very popular as are the flights down to Johannesburg which provide access out to the coast and the Indian Ocean. Closer to the safari areas, it’s only a short hop across to Zimbabwe or Zambia to access the spectacular Victoria Falls.

A range of activities and experiences

Botswana is not all about the big game. One of the joys of a safari here is the variety of activities – key for keeping children and their parents enthused and entertained when in the bush. Of course the game viewing is phenomenal, but the opportunities for walking, boating, canoe trips, scenic flights, sleep-outs and wild-swimming are endless. In addition to this, if you are more adventurous and experience, the riding safaris in Botswana are amongst the best in on Earth.

The Pitchers

We had the most amazing time! John Barclay and his team were very special and the mobile safari exclusive and superb. Moremi was very quiet with few other tourists – no more than a dozen other vehicles seen in four days. Macatoo was also excellent with good riding and game. We were so grateful for the help that you offered when our BA flights went wrong. Many thanks again for the superb service and recommendations which made for a great holiday.

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The TRUE rating


These accommodations are the best of the best, showcasing top hospitality, exceptional design and world-class food, in the most exclusive locations around the world.


A very high standard of five-star properties, with top-notch service and a wide range of amenities and experiences ensuring an unforgettable stay.


These four to five-star accommodations offer the high level of service that our team look always look for, with a range of facilities on offer.


Four-star properties which offer enough amenities for a comfortable stay. We may offer these for a more price-competitive option, or in more remote areas which don't offer the most luxe hotels.


These properties won't necessarily offer all of the typical luxurious facilities, but will always provide memorable experiences, from camping out in the bush to climbing up to a treehouse.