Botswana safari holiday
Description of Botswana safari holiday
This Botswana safari holiday immerses you in 15 days of unequivocal game viewing, dramatic landscapes and a sense of adventure as you experience the real Botswana with your fellow travellers and guide. This semi participation group safari is ideal for guests looking for something more authentic.
The safari begins in the town of Kasane which is north of the significant Okavango Delta in Botswana, and finishes on the Zambian side of the Famous Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Your group vehicle is supplied with your tented accommodation, cooking facilities, communication via radio and not forgetting a guide and camp helper for assistance.
This itinerary visits Maun, the Nxai Pan, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Victoria falls whilst maintaining excellent value for money.
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PlanetThe campsites that we use on our safaris are known as Wilderness sites, this means that they are pristine areas that are set aside for our use. We bring everything with us to set up the camp and once we leave the site, there is no trace of us being there. No permanent structures or dustbins, we carry everything we need with us and dispose of any rubbish correctly upon returning to base. We invest heavily in special transportable water filtration units which allows us to offer filtered water to our guests throughout the safari, this cuts down on an average of 300 plastic bottles per trip!
In order to stop human-wildlife conflict, the company did something very simple, they bought doors for huts in Khwai village! Most villagers only had curtains, which don't keep out the wildlife. This is an ongoing project.
They also back environmental education, by their guides going into local schools to raise awareness about wildlife, and also offering short safari trips for local kids. These are having a great impact on awareness of the young people in the Okavango region.
For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.
As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.
As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.
Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.
PeopleThe company offering the trip works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.
They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible.
The Botswanan company has always backed the local communities with things such as solar lamps, a school bus so the kids don't have to walk to school through wildlife areas, and teen mother projects. Pre-school education is also given backing, as Caroline Mazunga now teaches about 20 kids at the Kavimba pre-school under a tree at her house!
The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.