Botswana adventure holiday
Description of Botswana adventure holiday
The emphasis of this holiday is adventure but not without a fair deal of comfort along the way. There's a good mix of hotel, lodge and houseboat accommodation to help you get a good grasp of Botswana from all manner of perspectives.
As the maximum group size is just 13 travellers you'll be able to experience life like a local as well as benefitting from the genuine passion and pleasure gained from your guide. The local guides taking this tour really are second to none and some of the unique insights that they'll introduce you to are way beyond anything you'll garner from a guide book.
This ten day small group holiday takes you from Namibia to Zimbabwe via the animal abundant national parks, salt pans and waterways of Botswana. Bookending Windoek and Victoria Falls at either end of the tour allows travellers to experience Africa on all sides with the lion’s share of the holiday in Botswana boasting a bountiful fun-packed filling to an exciting adventure sandwich.
Botswana is simply breathtaking with the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans and Chobe National Park providing plenty of opportunities to watch wildlife in their natural settings. Houseboats, safari lodges and the largest salt flats on earth allow you to truly appreciate the diversity of Africa with Zimbabwe's thundering Victoria Falls conjuring a thrilling finale to ten days on tour.
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PlanetWhile wildlife watching is a big part of this itinerary, we strive to only observe animals in their natural habitat and do so with the greatest level of respect. From an unfenced lodge where elephants frequent the watering hole, to Botswana’s inland delta and Chobe National Park. We actively discourage the participation of travellers in any activities that exploit wild or domestic/working animals.
Unfortunately, at Victoria Falls there are many businesses offering an optional 'walk with the lions' experience. We ask all travellers to steer clear of this activity as it’s contrary to our responsible travel policy. The lion walking industry directly contributes to the captive breeding and canned hunting of lions.
In an effort to reduce single use plastic on this trip we provide reusable cloth bags to all of our travellers. It’s easy to use plastic excessively, especially in the hot months. However, we encourage our travellers to buy large 5-10 litre bottles to refill their small water bottle.
Botswana is a semi-arid country with limited water resources. This coupled with extreme hot weather, means that the country can be prone to severe water shortages. Our trained tour leaders are well versed in advising travellers on initiatives to manage water consumption, and we are working with our suppliers to encourage better management of this precious commodity. We encourage our travellers to take short showers and to never leave the tap water running unnecessarily.
Unfortunately, on the vast majority of this itinerary, using local transport is not reliable or feasible. So, we use private, locally owned transport instead. We ensure our vehicles/fleets are well maintained and fuel-efficient. We also endeavour to include a range of other local transport options such as mokoro (a type of canoe) where possible.
PeopleThis trip is run by our own local South African operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as minimal a footprint as possible. Our local team are trained on our global responsible travel policies and practices. We also use a range of other local suppliers for different activities throughout this three-country itinerary.
All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by local Southern Africans (most of whom live locally) including all our leaders, vehicle drivers, local site guides, suppliers and accommodation providers.
On this trip we stay in a lodge just outside the small cattle ranching town of Ghanzi. The lodge is situated in the Kalahari region of Botswana that is inhabited by a large portion of Botswanas’ San/Bushman community. Unemployment is one of the main social issues that affect the San community, who have become an increasingly marginalized minority is Southern Africa . The lodge helps empower the community through employment.
The cloth bags provided to our travellers on every trip are sourced and supplied from a local community NGO.
Our philosophy is to act local and that means respecting the local traditions and ensuring both men and women are conservatively dressed with legs and arms covered when entering villages and other small communities. We also take care to form genuine and mutually beneficial relationships with local people.
We have a foundation which was set up to empower travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. It now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, the foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare.