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Help me plan a family safari for three generations!

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Since the forums have helped during my prior planning efforts I am here again seeking ideas. I am especially indebted to Ekscrunchy for pointing me to the villa near Bologna where we celebrated our 50th with kids and grandkids. So now I am hoping Ekscrunchy and others can help plan a family trip to Africa!

First a little background – We (the grandparents) have been to southern Africa in 2010 and Tanzania in 2012. We loved every minute! Our kids and grandkids (ages 16, 14 and 9 when we travel in mid-2018) have all traveled to Europe and the older ones have been to the South Pacific. They are good travelers and can handle long flights. We think Africa is a great experience to share with them. We all enjoy photography. We like nice settings and accommodations – not necessarily “over the top” but definitely nice. There are some parameters that are not negotiable.

1. Our daughter will not, I repeat WILL NOT, fly on little planes! So any itineraries that require fly-in such as the Okavango are out.
2. We need to travel during summer 2018 since the kids’ school vacations are not aligned otherwise. The second half of July is probably the best bet. Trip will be two weeks in length – give or take the international flight days.
3. We are also realizing that Botswana, which was our first choice, is probably out of our price range; we are generous parents/grandparents but Botswana rates for our group of eight is too high. We could be convinced otherwise of course!
4. We (eight of us) all want to be in the same safari vehicle during the game drives. Everyone might not participate in every game drive but we don’t want to be separated into two vehicles when we are all going on the drive.
5. Lodges/camps that have one or two family units (two bedrooms) would be great. Also, programs for the grandkids would be desirable even though the teens might disagree!
6. We would like a quiet initial two night stop to get over jet lag – we thought Vic Falls was perfect for that when we were in southern Africa but not sure how it can work for this trip.
7. Even though we will be traveling in “winter” we would prefer having a swimming pool at each lodge/camp.
8. Eight to ten nights in safari camps or lodges at no more than three locations – two locations might be preferred. No need to explore the cities of Cape Town or Johannesburg on this trip.
9. Malaria-free areas are preferred but not essential. However, no mobile camps on this trip! We would prefer floors and some walls!
10. Predators are important to the kids and grandkids! Birds are entertaining for us but we know they are everywhere to some degree.

These “criteria” have developed after hours scanning the web, conversations with our kids, and the experiences we had on our previous trips. First we focused on Botswana (Chobe NP) since the river is a great experience and it fits with Vic Falls so well, but then we could not determine what to combine with Chobe since Okavango is not possible. We then shifted our attention to South Africa since the family aspect seemed stronger there. I have been looking at Samara and Madikew since they have family options and are malaria-free but I cannot figure out how to assemble the itinerary. I just found Kwandwe which looks magnificent!

I know there are many unasked questions.
1. Here is one to start… How cold will it be in South Africa in July when we set off for a morning drive?
2. And another one… Are night drives and off-road drives more or less common in the areas I have mentioned?
3. Next one… Does anything we are considering compare to the river experience of Chobe?
4. Final questions for now… Can anyone recommend a safari consultant who works with families to plan a trip such as ours? Is it better to deal with a safari consultant rather than contacting the lodges directly?

So I have tried to do some homework but I need some advice and ideas. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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