Botswana safari holiday

Description of Botswana safari holiday

Immerse yourself in 15 days of unequivocal game viewing, dramatic landscapes and a sense of adventure as you will be experiencing the REAL Botswana with your fellow travellers and guide. This semi participation 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.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1ARRIVE KASANE - Once you arrive into Kasane, by Chobe, you will be taken to a local shop to purchase drinks for the first part of the safari before settling into camp. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a cruise of the Chobe River that will provide stunning views of the sunset. Dinner time will allow you to familiarise yourself with your campmates for the next 2 weeks.
Day 2NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK - Today you will travel south to the national Park. Travelling around 500 kilometres, you will have a great opportunity to see a surprising range of wildlife. Once you arrive at your destination for the night you can enjoy a shower sitting down for a sociable camp dinner.
Day 3NXAI PAN AND BAINES BAOBABS - The Pan is a great opportunity to see herds of springbok Kudu and Impala as well as ostrich, zebra and giraffe. Later in the day you will have a trip to Baines Baobabs – seven large trees situated on the edge of the saltpan. The trees are named after the explorer Thomas Bains who first painted them in 1862. You will realise why the painting became famous as the scene has not changed to this day.
Day 4MAUN - After a mornings game drive, you will continue on to Maun – the gateway to the Okavango Delta. In Maun you will have the opportunity to relax and do some shopping as well as stock up on drinks for the next few days. There is also an opportunity here to take a scenic flight over the delta itself.
Day 5OKAVANGO DELTA MOKORO TRIP - Today you will climb aboard a traditional dugout canoe called a mokoro. This is an authentic way of viewing the southern tip of the delta and all the varied birdlife it has to offer. This is a quintessential Botswana experience so sit back, relax and enjoy your ride to camp for the night.
Day 6OKAVANGO DELTA WALKS - A full day spent walking on the islands in the delta. Your guide will explain how the ecosystem works on the largest inland delta in the world as well as helping you spot wildlife on the way. In the evening, you can share your stories next to the campfire with your fellow travellers.
Day 7TO MOREMI GAME RESERVE - This morning you will make your way up to the Moremi game reserve in the centre of the Okavango Delta. You may notice how the landscape changes in this much drier area of the Delta. Your camp for the night will be on the outskirts of the reserve itself.
Day 8MOREMI GAME RESERVE - After breakfast, you will cross into the Moremi game reserve. This area is widely appreciated as one of the beautiful reserves in the whole of Africa. You will spend the day on the lookout for the big 5 in this landscape consisting of lagoons, waterways, pans, grasslands and forest.
Day 9MOREMI GAME RESERVE - The day will begin with an early morning game drive, ensuring you are back at camp to relax during the hottest hours of the day and eat lunch. In the afternoon, you will venture out for a second game drive timed to take place when the animals are at their most active.
Day 10MOREMI GAME RESERVE - Today will give you another great opportunity for game viewing with a similar layout to the previous day. The skill and experience of your guide will ensure that you will not leave disappointed.
Day 11CHOBE NATIONAL PARK - Once you have finished breakfast it’s time to head north to Chobe National Park. The journey will pass through Savuti which will give you an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife including Elephant, Giraffe and Zebra. The journey should take between 5-6 hours.
Day 12CHOBE RIVER - Today you will hug the Chobe River northwards. This route is particularly famous for birdlife so make sure you have your camera ready. You will reach your camp for the next 2 nights after about 5-6 hours.
Day 13CHOBE NATIONAL PARK - You will spend the whole day in the park and this will be an excellent opportunity to see large herds of elephants. The area is also famous for Buffalo, waterbuck, lions, leopard and hyena. After a busy day, you will enjoy a relaxed dinner by the fire.
Day 14VICTORIA FALLS - After a morning game drive, you will be taken across the Zambezi River to your lodge and your final destination. The lodge is very close to the falls itself so you will be able to visit this natural wonder in the afternoon – an epic way to end your adventure.
Day 15DEPART FROM LIVINGSTONE - After breakfast and once you have checked out of the lodge it’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as you will be taken to the airport. We are sure you will be leaving with lots of happy memories.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Botswana safari holiday

Environment

The 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.

Carbon Offsetting: The tour operator is a multi-award winning responsible travel company. Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest. The Travel Forest plants indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation

Community

The 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.

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