Wilderness Safaris launches Bush Buddies in Zambezi Region

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. 

“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 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,” said commented Dean Morton, Wilderness Safaris Zambezi Operations Manager. 

The Bush Buddies service is available on request prior to arrival. The Bush Buddy arrives a day before the family to ensure that all the necessary arrangement 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. 

On arrival at all Wilderness Safaris’ family-friendly camps, children up to the age of 12 are given a Bush Buddy bag, filled with 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. 

At all Wilderness Safaris 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.