Young Explorers

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Young Explorers safari is a specially designed safari which offers families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness

The Young Explorers safari is a specially designed safari which offers families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness – together. One of the special attractions of this safari is its exclusivity. Each family has the use of a private six-bedded camp, a professional guide, personal chef, waiter, housekeeper and dedicated Mokoro guides. It literally allows guests to explore the bush at their leisure, while never losing sight of the fact that being in the wilderness is also about having fun!

The Young Explorers Family Adventure safari is based at Footsteps Camp in the Okavango Delta. This comfortable, private camp accommodates six guests in three specially-designed twin-bedded Meru tents complete with sewn-in floors. One of the three tents can be converted into a family tent that sleeps three. Each tent has its own bucket shower and porcelain flush toilet, which is attached to the back of the tent and there is a daily laundry service. The ‘bush kitchen’ is run by our chef and prepares menus for all appetites.

The Young Explorers’ emphasis is on learning how to track game – both on foot and in 4×4 safari vehicles. We also teach children how to make small animal traps and how to start a fire from nothing more than two sticks. The children learn how to: recognise different animal spoor; identify a range of birds; try their hand at poling a Mokoro; drive a game drive vehicle; fish; and shoot an air rifle at tin cans (subject to water levels). On completion of the safari children receive a Young Explorers certificate, t-shirt and cap.

Young Explorers Family Adventure safari at Footsteps Camp (Okavango Delta) offers a personal safari experience. Hosting a maximum of six guests at a time, it is an ideal option for small groups of friends or family. The safari offers a personal service with two experienced guides, a personal chef, waiter, housekeeper and Mokoro guides (subject to water levels).

Fishing is available (with the exception of January and February) with excellent bream fishing from May to September and superb chances of landing Tiger fish during September to mid-November. This safari can also be conducted from Shinde Enclave at Enclave rates.

In Outline

Location

Access

Shinde Camp is accessed via light aircraft from Maun International Airport and other camps and lodges in northern Botswana.

Climate

The Okavango Delta region experiences summer rainfall (November to April).

SUMMER

Summers in the Okavango Delta are hot with temperatures reaching mid 30o Celsius.

WINTER

Winters are cold in the morning with midday temperatures reaching mid 20o Celsius.

Facilities

  • Three twin-bedded Meru tents (conversion to a triple is available on request)
  • Campfire under the Stars
  • Game Viewing Platform

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

With both wet and dry habitat Shinde ensures a wide variety of wildlife is consistently found in the area, including regular sightings of the rarely spotted Sitatunga antelope.

Best Time to Travel

The Shinde Concession provides good game viewing throughout the year, however game is most prolific in the winter.

Bird Sightings

The Okavango Delta has prolific birdlife. Including African jacana, pygmy-geese, goliath heron and migrant waders. Birding is particularly good in summer.

Guest Safety

Footsteps Across the Delta is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.