Announcing my Botswana safari for 2017 is now available for you to join!  This is an exclusive safari for just 8 people with me, combining the World Heritage wetlands and wildlife fiesta of the Okavango Delta, the elephant-rich woodlands of the Khwai region and the Makgadigadi Pan among the San Bushmen.  It's 7 nights in one of the world's last great wildernesses and a safari not to be missed if you love animals and Africa at its wildest!

 

One of the great things about being in Botswana is you can see lions like this big guy at close range and completely unworried about our vehicle. One of the great things about being in Botswana is you can see lions like this big guy at close range and completely unworried about our vehicle.

 


As with all my safaris, we've focused on ethical safari camps that make a difference, but also keeping to the highest standard, especially when it comes to the wildlife experience.  On my last Botswana safari, my group were blown away by how much wildlife we saw at close range, including lion after lion after lion, tonnes of elephants (Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa), spotted hyaena pups at a den, African wild dogs stalking a giraffe, cheetah, baby impalas.... We were there then in the low season (green season) but this time we're going just after the Okavango floods so we will see the wetlands in all their glory!  Take a look at the amazing shots from my 2014 safari to Botswana here.  As with all the safaris I personally lead, I'll be talking through the animal behaviours and conservation issues as we go along, and there are always great conversations by the campfire after a day out in the bush.

 

 

 

Seeing the Delta from a mokoro is a must-do experience and incredibly peaceful. Last time we were lucky enough to see some sitatunga! Seeing the Delta from a mokoro is a must-do experience and incredibly peaceful. Last time we were lucky enough to see some sitatunga!

 


Here's the itinerary for June 2017:

You will make your way from wherever you are in the world to Maun, Botswana, where the safari starts and ends.  International flights are not included in the price, but all internal flights and transfers from the start of the safari in Maun to the end in Maun are included, as are all activities, meals, drinks, conservation and park fees.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy elephants in the Okavango, Botswana, taken on my last group safari there in November 2014 Happy elephants in the Okavango, Botswana, taken on my last group safari there in November 2014

 


June 16:  Light aircraft charter to Khwai area, staying at the community-owned Khwai Camp for 2 nights among the elephants in the mopane woodlands.  (NB. This camp has just changed hands so the new website is coming soon, but for those in the know it was previously on my itinerary in 2014.  For full details of the camp, contact me for the itinerary. Suffice to say it is in awesome part of the Okavango with tonnes of elephants!!)

June 18: Light aircraft charter from Khwai area to Pelo Camp for 2 nights, to experience the wetlands for which the Okavango is famous.  Here we will try out a mokoro (wooden dugout canoe) to see the wildlife up close on the water.

June 20: Light aircraft charter from Pelo Camp to Maun, followed by 1 hour road transfer to Meno a Kwena Camp, where we will overnight for 3 nights.  Experience traditional life on a walk with the Bushmen, watch the elephants and other wildlife drinking at the river in front of camp (including at a floating hide on the Boteti River!), and see desert-adapted wildlife in the Makgadigadi Pans National Park or the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, both within easy reach of the camp.  We can even do a sleep out on bedrolls in the park if you like!  Click here for more on Meno a Kwena Camp & activities.

June 23: Return to Maun by 1 hour road transfer for your international flight out.

Only 8 people can come on this safari with me as I am limited by room availability, so please register your interest ASAP!

Price is US$5900/person sharing.  The price goes down to US$5750/person if you bring a friend to share your room!  Note this includes almost everything other than your international flights.  You will need to keep some money aside for souvenirs and tips, but there are no visa entry fees for Botswana.  Single supplement for those who want their own room is possible.

 

 

 

 

 

This photo of young wildlife crusader Alice Bertram was taken at Banoka Camp in 2014 during my group safari, just near where our 2017 safari will be going first.... This photo of young Aussie wildlife crusader Alice Bertram was taken at Banoka Camp in 2014 during my group safari, just near where our 2017 safari will be going first....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana Pelo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelo Camp, inside a guest room - boutique luxury in the bush! Pelo Camp, inside a guest room - boutique luxury in the bush... I love being behind canvas at night in Botswana as it lets all the wonderful sounds of the animal world in (while keeping the lions out!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelo Camp guest room Pelo Camp guest room - the exact right amount of comfort in the bush....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching elephants in the Boteti River at Meno a Kwena Camp Watching elephants having a bath in the Boteti River at Meno a Kwena Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the elephants in the river while you have your own relaxing time in the pool (Meno a Kwena) Watch the elephants in the river at sunset while you have your own relaxing time in the pool  at Meno a Kwena Camp.  Look at that sky!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016 08 11 at 2.54.50 pm Experiencing the traditional culture of the San Bushmen is something else (at Meno a Kwena)

 


What more could you want from an African safari?  I'd love to have you along with me on this magical journey into the heartland of Africa's elephants, Botswana, in June 2017.  Contact me for the full itinerary now and register your interest!

 

 

 

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