Family Holiday in the Makgadikgadi Pans

© Camp Kalahari in the Makgadikgadi
A safari holiday to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana is an ideal destination for those wanting to spend quality time with their families while enjoying a variety of activities from guided game drives to walking safaris and quad biking across the salt flats.

A family safari holiday is one of the best experiences you can give to your child while they are growing up. The sense of adventure, exploration and excitement as both you and your children delve into the world of the African bush will result in wonderful memories for the whole family to share and look back on for many years.

These family safari holiday are best suited for children aged 10 years or older. Considering that you are miles from anywhere, and the tendency for children to get sick due to a change of climate or diet, many safari lodges do not cater for children younger than 10. There are a few exceptions - and you should discuss this with your consultant.

The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is a popular tourist destination for visitors of all ages and many of the safari lodges in the area are specially set up to host and entertain families. Situated to the southeast of the Okavango Delta, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are one of the largest salt pans in the world spanning over 16,057.9 km2 (6,200 square miles) and are the remains of what was once an enormous lake; Lake Makgadikgadi.Today families can visit the area and enjoy a variety of activities from game drives and walking safaris to cultural walks with the local San Bushmen and quad bike rides across the Salt Pans themselves. There is so much to do in the area that it is guaranteed that each member of the family will find something to do that they will enjoy.An early morning wake-up call has the whole family up and ready to begin the next adventure with many new discoveries and excitements to looks forward to. One of the favourite experiences of a family safari in the Makgadikgadi is a visit to the nearby colony of meerkats. "Meerkat" is the word commonly used when referring the Suricate.

The meerkats have all been habituated to humans, and adults and children alike will enjoy being able to learn about and interact with these cute little creatures as they climb up and over you, treating you as a giant moving jungle gym that is solely there for their enjoyment.

A family holiday tour in the Makgadikgadi is not all about adventure and excitement, it is also about relaxation. At night, after a delicious meal, once the children have gone to bed, mom and dad can look forward to relaxing under the clear starry sky, sipping on a glass of wine while chatting about the day's activities, before turning in for a good night's sleep.

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