Ker & Downey Young Explorers Botswana is a truly unique concept designed to immerse an entire family in the beauties of Botswana’s wildernesses. Based out of Footsteps Camp, it has set the benchmark in area for involving children in nature and in making those crucial early links between appreciation and responsibility.
One of the special attractions of this safari is its exclusivity. Each family has the use of the Footsteps Camp, 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!
This is where the safari enthusiast can introduce their family, no matter how young, to their own passion and set youngsters off on a lifelong journey of their own.
food and service
The cuisine issuing from the bush kitchen is of the very highest quality. There is a well-stocked bar that includes South African wines and a range of beers, soft-drinks, bottled water and ice.
Footsteps camp sits on the edge of a serene lagoon where hippos are usually to be found loudly en-joying the water and mud. The tents are shaded by ebony and mango trees and hold twin beds, sewn-in floors and very effective insect-proofing; each has its own bucket shower and bush toilet, a daily laundry service is available.
In terms of what to do, Young Explorers offers a number of child-centred activities designed to introduce students to key elements of environmental conservation. These include learning how to track; to use signs (spoors etc) to build up mental pictures of animal activity; survival skills, such as making fire, shelter building, and finding water; and to understand the complexities of different types of animals and their behaviour.
Water-levels permitting, the camp offers rides in a mokoro (dugout canoe) through the maze of waterways leading to the lagoon.