Ten Hip Family Vacations

Botswana: Wild Things
The elephants have it…join ‘em (Corbis)

Thanks to Abercrombie & Kent you can book that dream vacation now. Their Signature Southern Africa Safari Trip to Botswana and Victoria Falls, recommended for ages nine and older, is everything you've always dreamed of Africa—animal safaris, epic landscapes, and more. And forget about the rumors of having to endure 1,001 hassles to get you and yours ready for a trip to Africa—chances are your kids already got all the immunization shots they'll need for the trip before enrolling in grade school. Besides, once you're in-country and your kids spot their first warthog, wildebeest, or giraffe in the wild, nothing else will matter.

Botswana is one of Africa's most stable nations and also offers some of the best game- viewing. And the relatively small lodges on private and public game parks ensure that you see many more critters than people in jeeps.

Go for broke and add a day-trip to Stanley's Camp, where led by guides you walk through the bushland inhabited with by semi-habituated elephants. They allow you to stroke their wrinkled sides and sit down on their huge feet.

Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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