GABORONE, Botswana, October 2019 — Wilderness Safaris’ Bush Buddy programme, available in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, has been carefully crafted to ensure that the company’s experiential family safaris are not only exciting and entertaining, but also educational. This complimentary service pairs children with a dedicated and highly-trained mentor for the duration of their stay, offering a life-changing journey that aims to inspire them to love and conserve Africa’s pristine natural heritage.
“With the global trend of multi-generational travel on the rise, we believe that we, as a leading authentic and sustainable ecotourism company, have an important opportunity (and obligation) to not only expose our younger guests to the natural world, but to share it with them in a way that inspires them to love and respect it, and to ultimately become future custodians of conservation”, says Wilderness Safaris MD, Dave Bennett.
In addition to the Bush Buddy service, all children and teenagers staying at Wilderness Safaris’ family-friendly camps across southern Africa receive a Bush Buddy bag or Teenage Pack respectively. The Bush Buddy Bag includes interesting safari keepsakes and an activity-packed children’s booklet called ‘My Wilderness Journey’.
This booklet was carefully designed to be an interactive and illustrative work book that features a wealth of interesting and fun information about animals, plants and the wilderness, to encourage younger guests to explore the natural environment that they are visiting. Interspersed with wonderful activities and games throughout, the three-part booklet also features a mammal and bird checklist and a map on which children can plot their journey.
“The Bush Buddy bags are obviously complemented by our dedicated staff who are trained to provide insightful information and fun family activities, as well as a well-rounded introduction to the bush – one that hopefully inspires them to make a difference to our world, especially once they return home”, adds Dave.
Entertaining activities led by Wilderness Safaris guides subtly encourage children to learn about and fall in love with the wildlife and natural environment around them. Each family-friendly camp offers different activities suited to its own particular environment; for example, water activities characterise the wetter regions in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, while land activities mostly take place around Wilderness Safaris camps in Namibia. Children can also take part in various arts and crafts, often geared towards acquiring particular traditional skills; giving them the opportunity to learn about the local culture and customs, while still having fun.
Spacious family accommodation is available at many camps to ensure that parents can sleep near their children without being crowded into one tent. There are several styles of family accommodation – some with shared facilities and others with separate bathrooms. Wilderness Safaris Journey Specialists are well-equipped to ensure that the best family safari offering is matched to each specific enquiry.
Wilderness Safaris’ Child Travel Policy also makes its family safari offering both affordable and flexible. At all camps that have family rooms, children receive a 65% discount during off-peak season and a 35% discount during peak season. This reduced rate is applicable for children up to, and including, age 16 – if sharing with an adult in a family room, triple or twin.
Whatever the age and personal tastes of the children, the kaleidoscopic spectrum of activities on offer, as well as Wilderness Safaris’ well-trained staff and family-friendly accommodation, is guaranteed to ensure that a family safari is enjoyed by all.
For more information about Wilderness Safaris Bush Buddy programme, click here.