The Great Plains Foundation, an iconic conservation organization, has enhanced its family offerings in Botswana and Kenya. The organization has introduced the Young Explorers Program in their Botswana and Kenya safari camps and has also launched new family accommodation for group bookings and multigenerational travelers in Kenya.
The new family accommodation will be available at the Mara Nyika Camp, which is in the process of building two spacious family suites and a modern private villa located in the trees, the Mara Jahazi Suite. The Mara Jahazi Suite, which will open June 1, consists of a three-bedroom suite that can accommodate up to six guests as well as a private game drive vehicle, guide and chef. The new villa in the trees is ideal for group travelers and multigenerational travel. Nightly rates during low season start at $4,800 per suite, per night based on four guests sharing.
During a Kenyan family safari with Great Plains, families can participate on game drives, horseback riding, hot-air balloon rides, mountain biking, guided walks and sundowners with Maasai warriors.
Upon arrival at camp, children will receive a Great Plains Young Explorers pack, including a compass, torch, an activity book, traditional board games and a letter from a Motswana pen pal. The activity books are filled with information and games, including basic Setswana or Swahili vocabulary, animal tracks guide, a safari journal and facts on flora, fauna and the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Young guests are paired with an trained guide who will host, teach and care for them with their families throughout their stay.
Botswana also has started offering the Young Explorers program. Sample activities for Young Explorers staying in the Great Plains Botswana properties include learning how to use binoculars in the wild, understanding Bayei survival skills such as animal tracking, casting a rod and learning how to fish on a boat or canoe -- all catch and release. Young Explorers will also have the opportunity to make local jewelry or a traditional bangle from grass and practice bush cooking by creating a family breakfast over an open fire under a bush chef's guidance.
"We aim to develop new naturalists, to encourage those who have already started on this journey and to provide a safe place for that outdoor experience that is unavailable to so many today. At the same time, for every family we host, we set aside some money to host local children in our Conservation Camps, so this naturalist journey is shared locally," said Dereck and Beverly Joubert, co-founders of Great Plains.