Botswana safari and Victoria Falls

“A compact but comprehensive 11 day tour, starting in Victoria Falls and taking in three of Botswana’s best wildlife centres, with walking safaris, canoe rides and night drives all included.”

Highlights

Victoria Falls | adventure sports activities | Chobe National Park | Khwai Community Area | Moremi Game Reserve | Okavango Delta | village walks, game drives, canoe safaris | domestic flights included

Description of Botswana safari and Victoria Falls

This Botswana safari holiday starts at the breathtaking Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, before following a comprehensive but time efficient itinerary that includes a host of spectacular Botswana highlights. This 11 day tailor made tour travels to the beautiful, wildlife rich northern reserves, including Chobe and the Okavango Delta, but also takes in the Khwai Area of the Moremi Game Reserve, which has spectacular big game viewing in winter. Here, enjoy traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) excursions, night drives and cultural tours of the Khwai community. In Chobe, you can encounter elephants in huge numbers – it has the highest density of African elephants in the world – while in the beautiful Okavango Delta take a full or half day walking safari, or spot hippos and birdlife from a mokoro.

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Botswana safari and Victoria Falls

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Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As with many of our worldwide adventure tours one of the main areas of focus on this Botswana trip will be the remarkable array of wildlife that you can expect to encounter. From huge herds of elephants to big cats and predators, Botswana is a country filled with fascinating and beautiful creatures, and we place a huge importance on ensuring that they are protected. You can expect to witness all of these majestic animals in their natural habitat and it has never been more important to ensure that these habitats are allowed to last. We believe that “good” tourism to these parts of the world directly has a very positive impact on the conservation efforts that are in place across the country. By opening up the eyes of people across the world to the ongoing fight to conserve the habitats of the country’s wildlife and by actively encouraging investment in these schemes we can help the people of Botswana to preserve the elements that make this country so unique.

Your pre-departure information on this trip will contain information on ways in which we can all help, including information on local wildlife charities and conservation organisations. As a company we support many wildlife organisations worldwide and further to this the ground handlers that we use for this trip are 100% committed to ensuring the ongoing protection of wildlife by supporting charities such as the Maun Animal Welfare Society which provides free veterinary treatment to low income individuals in Northern Botswana. In turn this vital service assists in preventing the spread of disease from domestic animals to the world famous Botswana wildlife population.

The pre-departure briefing on this tour will also include information on respecting the wildlife which you will encounter, including keeping a safe distance from all wildlife and ensuring not to encroach upon their habitats or do anything which may put the animal under any stress or danger. In most game reserves tourists are not permitted to leave their game vehicles, this is for the safety of both the tourists and the wildlife, and our local partners will ensure that the strict measures in place to conserve the habitats of this wildlife are stringently enforced.

As well as responsibility towards the ongoing survival of the wildlife species in Botswana we also place a huge importance on protecting the environments in which you will be travelling. Your pre-departure information will include advice on how to travel in an environmentally responsible way, including responsible use of water, a most precious commodity throughout the areas we will visit, and appropriate waste disposal.

We also ensure that all of the lodges and accommodations we use on this trip have appropriate “green” credentials and have policies in place for environmentally friendly operations. For example, the Bayete Guest Lodge where you will be staying during your time in the Victoria Falls region has an impeccable track record for creating accommodation which is as environmentally friendly as possible. They have recently achieved a Green Tourism bronze award and are constantly building upon their credentials to strive towards a silver award and inevitably a gold award. Practices in place include innovative composting methods, responsibly sourcing recyclable, biodegradable and sustainable products where possible, solely buying local produce, committing to the Keep It Clean Victoria Falls campaign by keeping the National Parks runway clear and assisting with litter collection, and assisting the National Parks with anti-poaching initiatives. They are also currently working on using solar energy throughout the property.

As a company we firmly believe that environmental responsibility starts at home. We encourage recycling of waste as a company and as individuals. Where possible for business use we use public transport. We are also heavily involved with a project to recycle used or damaged binoculars, which are then sent to conservation projects across the world.

Community

As a company we believe in promoting tourism as a sustainable natural resource with the power to conserve, protect and improve lives, and this is particularly relevant on our Botswana itineraries. Tourism in Botswana is an exceptionally important revenue stream and we take every step necessary to ensure that the tours we provide create a 100% positive impact on the communities of the regions we visit.

The providers that we use on this tour are passionate about protecting the communities, wildlife and landscapes of this remarkable country. The small, local ground handlers that we use are committed to creating and upholding transparent and honest relationships with the local people from the areas we visit, working tirelessly to ensure continued revenue streams for local communities. Solely hiring local people, our agents provide career opportunities that without the tourism aspect would not be possible, and through established in-house training programs, mentoring systems and ongoing training these individuals are given the chance to prosper and succeed in their careers.

As well as only working with providers who have a proven track record, we are also committed to ensuring that on all of our tours we only use lodges and hotels that are proven to be treating their staff well and fairly. This is evident in all of the accommodations we use, where staff are evidently happy and well cared for. On top of offering career opportunities the accommodations we work with are also continually investing in social responsibility initiatives and they support numerous local organisations.

As well as this our ground handlers are also exceptionally passionate about creating an overwhelmingly positive impact on the communities we visit. From bed night levies to funding a community bus, they are continually investing in social responsibility initiatives that support this philosophy.

Solely using local agencies and providers not only means that we can be assured that as much of the revenue created as possible is filtered straight through to the local communities, but it also means that we have access to up to date local information and can therefore provide the most relevant information in our pre-departure literature. This information includes advice on cultural etiquette and suggestions on how to engage with and help the local communities we will be visiting. We offer first-hand advice on creating meaningful and respectful relationships between tourists and residents, along with advice on where to buy souvenirs (to ensure the proceeds are going directly to the vendors), where to eat & where to drink.

As a company we are proud of our principle based values which our community can always depend on. We support several home and overseas charities, organisations and campaigns including AfriCat, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Save the Albatross, South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project, Wader Trust, Wildlife SOS India and sponsorship of individual and underprivileged children in many countries. We are committed to ethically working with overseas partners who employ and support local communities and local guides who know and love their region like no other, delighted to share knowledge and are dedicated to looking after our valued passengers.

5 Reviews of Botswana safari and Victoria Falls

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Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019 by

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


Everything. Every day brought new experiences and new people to meet. Seeing animals in their natural environment was amazing. The passion and commitment of all the local people we met to protect their environment and the animal life was awe inspiring. Botswana is a country that will stay with you forever.

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


Pack less than you think you need. Bring a warm jacket for early morning and late evening safari.


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


Yes. The passion of the local guides and trackers was evident in how they cared about the animal life and the environment. The camps and lodges bring a lot of employment to the people of Botswana, which is very positive.

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


The operator was a fantastic travel company to deal with, from the expert advice given in the pre-booking phase, to the level of detail and organisation that they went into for our 'once in a lifetime' trip to Botswana.It is a holiday that we will never forget.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Ruth for taking the time to write your review and the lovely comments. We are pleased to hear you had a fantastic trip and Botswana lived up to
your expectations and more! We hope you will share your photos with us please and we look forward to helping you plan your next adventure.

Wildfoot Travel



Reviewed on 10 Aug 2019 by

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


Not sure where to start...it was just fantastic from start to finish. You don't often get the chance to sit at a water hole in the African bush watching elephants, zebra, giraffe and jackals having their daily drink whilst the sun goes down and enjoying a gin and tonic with plenty of ice and lemon!

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


Be prepared for lots of dust, if you go in the African winter take the advice on taking warm clothing and hats and gloves for the morning game drives, you'll need every layer. The facilities in the tented camps are very basic but for us that was part of the attraction. Days bumping around in the vehicle can be long so if you have a bad back maybe this is not the trip for you. We took some colouring pencils, exercice books and i made some book bags which we took and passed on to a pre school in one of the villages near to one of our campsites, make sure you take all items out of plastic wrapping. The biggest problem we encountered was the road border between Kasane/Botswana and Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe.....it was a nightmare!!! Be prepared to wait up to 4 hours in the sun, very little shade, take plenty of water, a hat or umbrella for shade and maybe some food and (very un British like) also be prepared to employ some queue manoeuvring tactics!!!! The wait is nothing special, it's just the way it is.

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


We were told that the safari companies have started to invest in local communties. Our safari company has now started to sort the rubbish from the safaris into what can be recycled and what has to be disposed of by other means. They also now have a system whereby they filter water taken from a local source making it safe to drink which reduces the need for
single use plastic water bottles. There are several locally owned companies that run these safaris so if you can do some research and try and book with one of
these. Our safari company employed all local people but is actually South African owned so the vast majority of the profits go there.

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


It gets a 10/10 rating from us and is probably one of the best we have done. There are not too many frills but we had hot water every night for a shower, hot water when we needed to do laundry, the food was very good considering the cooking was done on a camp fire and in a metal oven (including a birthday cake). The guide, Sam, was brillaint, how he spotted the animals from such
distances is a complete mystery to us. The camp boys were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and they were all happy to engage with us and had senses of humour. The night sky was just indscribeable.......never seen anything like before. We were very fortunate in that there were only 5 of us on this trip and we all got on with each other. Look for safaris that only do a maximum of say 7 as we saw some vehicles that had 12 people in them and with that number you would not get the same experience we had.

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2019 by

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


The proximity and accessibility of the animals.

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


Be open to new experiences at each location; you will be delighted even if things don't seem immediately perfect.

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


The properties I stayed at had gone to great lengths to install every reasonable environmentally sustainable improvement, and they hire as many local staff as they can, in some cases rotating them so everyone gets something. They are active contributors to their communities.

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


Absolutely fantastic - I was so happy with everything I rate this my best holiday to date!

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2018 by

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


The stay at the Ottball tented camp. One morning 4 elephants showed up and stayed about 40 min right next to the dining area. Unforgettable.

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


Take enough cash with you in local currency.

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


Yes absolutely.

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


It was worth the money and can definitely recommend it!

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2018 by

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


The flight between Camp Savuti and Oddballs Camp. The pilot flew very low so we were able to see the animals very well from above. Also, taking a shower
and being visited by an elephant.

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


Pack light and be prepared for cool temperatures in the morning.

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


All staff members in the camps were locals, even the managers. That gave the trip a good flavour. In general, the tourism in Botswana is based on
sustainability.

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


On the last day, my wife got ill (bacterial infection) which ruined the next 3 days of our trip to South Africa. Everything until then was great and an amazing
experience with the animals, the nature and the people we met.

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