Namibia and Botswana safari

“A 14 day, small group overland tour through Namibia, Botswana and ending in Zimbabwe. Travelling by special truck and staying at mix of hotels, lodges and local guesthouses. ”

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Namibia: Swakopmund | Khorixas | Spitzkoppe | Visit Himba community | Etosha National Park | Windhoek Botswana: Kalahari Desert | Maun | Okavango Delta | Makgadigadi National Park | Nxai Pan | Chobe National Park Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls

Description of Namibia and Botswana safari

This two week Namibia & Botswana tour offers the perfect introduction to these interesting and culturally unique countries. As well as a getting a glimpse of Zimbabwe and its most spectacular natural heritage site of Victoria Falls. Travelling in a small group on an overland truck specially designed for long trips through this wide variety of terrain, your journey starts in Namibia at its adventure hub of Swakopmund. If you arrive early you will have an option to take on a variety of experiences here from skydiving to sand boarding.

One of the cultural highlights of our time in Namibia is meeting the Himba people, semi-nomadic bush people who share with us some of the fascinating aspects of their lifestyles, from painting their skin with ochre and ask to communal pastoralism. After our time with the Himba, we head to the country’s celebrated Etosha National park. Here we spend two days taking in the Etosha Pan’s superb wildlife including lions, elephants and rhinos. Before heading into Botswana on day seven of the trip, we take some time in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek.

Botswana boasts the most spectacular array of wildlife experiences, the first being the Okavango Delta where we spend three days. Before that we spend time with the San community in Ghanzi, thought to be ancestors of all the world’s human beings, due to their high genetic diversity. At Okavango, we explore the immense inland data on foot and by boat, taking in its network of winding channels and small forested islands. All of which act as a giant watering hole and feeding fest for 164 different mammal species. This is followed by a day at Chobe National Park, Botswana’s oldest park, which also has one of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa, especially elephant herds.

There are few better finales to a trip through southern Africa than at Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls known locally as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’.

**Important Note:** The itinerary below is written with an optional activity package so that you can pick and choose adventures according to your budget. You need to book these in advance so do chat to us about your interests.
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Responsible tourism: Namibia and Botswana safari

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How our company is making a difference:
We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.

We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner.

Namibia is an arid area, which means the sources of fresh water are scarce. Travelers are encouraged not to take long showers and they are also briefed at all times of the negative causes that throwing trash in water sources may cause. Also, we brief them with simple ways of saving water, such as not keeping the tap running when they brush their teeth.

In Botswana, the major environmental problem is drought. Travelers are briefed at how vital it is so save water as much as possible when touring through this country.

Through this trip, the travelers will encounter wild life. They are strongly encouraged not to litter by any means. If one of these animals consume the litter, death is the most likely cause. Also, we never encourage travelers to feed the smaller animals such as monkeys and birds. This tames them to a certain degree, which could result in them getting hurt or even hurting the travelers. Lastly, we encourage them to go back home and spread the world of wild life conservation in terms of protecting the natural habitat, not littering, and possibilities of wild life sponsorship.

For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.

Community

Throughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations.

We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, directly by donating money to charity organizations, financially supporting some local communities and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community. We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. We help indirectly through capacity building projects we implement with our employees and through the experiences and culture exchanges that take place between the locals and the travelers during our tours.

We promise to support the local community of every destination we take our travelers to. We will do this by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.

We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts.

The first objective is to operate our tours in the most perfect way possible. Our second objective, but not second in importance, is to benefit the local community, protect the environment, and have a positive social impact on the inhabitants living in our host destinations. One of the ways of doing this is to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour.

We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.

The concept of community support tourism is very big in Namibia. Tourists who visit this country are encouraged to support the handful of associations by means of funds and physical donations. Buying handicrafts that are specifically displayed by these associations, are also for the benefit of the community.

In Botswana, the upbringing of children has taken high priority. Travelers are encouraged to bring with them children’s books. One of the most valuable, and free, gifts one can give is to spend some five minutes with these friendly little people. It would mean the world to them.

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Reviewed on 27 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Elephants by my tent - just seeing all the animals. Himba and Herera tribes - and seeing the town where they all interact.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Long travel in truck but it is good fun and part of the trip, lots of stops and spotting animals as you go.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant loved it.

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Okavengo Delta and the amazing lodge .... exciting knowing the animals could come into camp any time and we had an elephant camped outside all night which was frightening as well as exciting

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for no excercise for 2 weeks unless you book sepaerate actvities


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Hopefully

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The wildlife - all of it!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you're going in the winter - its colder than you think! Take layers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to an extent

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



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