Wilderness Safaris’ Bush Buddies service is now available at its family-friendly camps in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This complimentary service pairs children with a dedicated and highly-trained mentor for the duration of their stay, offering an experiential and life-changing journey that aims to inspire them to love and conserve Africa’s pristine natural heritage.
“We are thrilled to have introduced this new service to our Bush Buddy programme in the Zambezi region. Our Bush Buddies are chosen based on the extensive experience they all have in childcare. They have now received additional specialist training on the educational aspects of looking after children in the bush, to ensure that children get the most out of their Wilderness journey – learning about wildlife and the natural environment while still having fun”, commented Dean Morton, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi Operations Manager.
This complimentary service is available on request prior to arrival. The Bush Buddy arrives a day before the family to ensure that all the necessary arrangements have been made before they arrive in camp. After meeting the family, the Bush Buddy will discuss the wide range of entertaining and educational activities available, tailor-making each experience to suit the children’s ages and individual interests.
Daytime activities may include nature walks, where the Bush Buddy will explain the minutiae of the natural world often missed during game drives, tracking lessons, bird- and animal-call identification, treasure hunts, creating natural sculptures out of collected materials, painting with natural dyes, and jewellery making. In the evenings, children are introduced to frogging, star-gazing and storytelling. All activities are supervised by the Bush Buddy, who does everything they can to ensure the children have a life-changing safari adventure.
On arrival at all Wilderness Safaris’ family-friendly camps, children up to the age of 12 are given a unique Bush Buddy bag, filled with interesting safari keepsakes, such as a bug viewer, ‘My Wilderness Journey’ booklet, water bottle, cap and eco-friendly wind-up torch. Teenage Packs include a Mini-Maglite torch and cap, and are given to children between the ages of 13 and 17.
“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 our natural heritage”, Dean added.
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, 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.
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