Botswana is educational, interactive, and its well-equipped lodges offer family tents, activities and safe areas for children.
However, check with your operator before travelling in Botswana with kids – and be sure to let them know how old your children are.
Eight year olds can sometimes go on standard game drives, but bush walks and many water-based activities are only suitable for those aged 10 or even 12.
Drives are long, hot and uncomfortable, and game viewing requires patience and silence – not skills younger children are likely to possess. Teenagers, however, can have a thrilling time, and you can travel during the school holidays – Apr-Nov are the best months to see wildlife. With any luck they’ll be too distracted to realise there's no mobile phone signal or Internet!