Botswana and Zambia lodge safari, small group

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28 Jun 2019
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20 Oct 2019
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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Botswana and Zambia lodge safari, small group

Environment

Wildlife:
On this safari trip, we have taken care to ensure we are game-watching in the most responsible way. We use a trusted and experienced team who understand the importance of protecting the wildlife. The crew will educate groups about Botswana's conservation efforts in recent history and about it's status as the last safe haven for the African elephant population.

Energy and suppliers:
A highlight of this trip is a stay at Hyena Pan tented camp. This very small and intimate camping experience, offers a natural elephant-trump wake-up call and excellent wildlife viewing over a glass of wine but it's also eco-friendly. Each of the eight tents are solar powered, the camp is run in joint partnership with the local community and 1.5% of revenue is donated to conservation initiatives.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

Community

A Fair Deal:
Our leaders and crew may come from anywhere in Southern Africa, will know the itineraries well and support our purpose to only have a positive impact on the local communities we visit. The teams working with our groups during this trip are locally recruited including the leaders and drivers and have been trained by an Operations Manager from the UK.

If guests would like to shop for a souvenir then our teams will encourage to buy local and responsibly. We have ample opportunity to visit local markets and eat at locally run restaurants, providing both well needed tourist dollars and much needed local employment.

Travelling with Respect:
This trip is about immersing yourself in nature, experiencing wild encounters up close and seeing the nature of Botswana. For this reason we have a maximum group size of 12 people, to ensure we travel in the most responsible way, minimising impact and disturbance on wildlife, and, very importantly, that we will be welcomed back to each place we visit.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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