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Highlights

  • A Trip with a Purpose supporting local communities through cultural and school visits
  • Luxury safari lodges and camps in Botswana
  • Water- and land-based activities including game drives and mokoro excursions
  • Helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta
  • Unrivalled bird watching including kingfishers, herons, storks and fish eagles
  • Guided nature walks on of the many islands in the Delta
  • Incredible year-round game viewing

Overview

This 7-day itinerary combines two of the best safari destinations in Botswana, the Okavango Delta and the Chobe National Park. This is a specially designed Trip with a Purpose that contributes travel spend to the upliftment of local communities, while you enjoy unforgettable cultural activities.

The journey begins at Chobe Game Lodge, the only permanent lodge situated on the banks of the Chobe River within the Chobe National Park. It is an elegant, five-star, fully eco-tourism certified safari lodge where you will spend your days seeking out the Big Five and exploring the landscape by either vehicle or boat. There are healthy populations of predators here including lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. You will also have an opportunity to visit the local pre-primary school which facilitates children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

You will then move on to Camp Okavango, where you will explore the Okavango Delta’s winding, reed-lined channels and thick riverine forests, looking out for large mammals including elephant, giraffe and buffalo. While staying at Camp Okavango, you will enjoy a helicopter ride over the Delta’s pristine waterways and visit the local village, Eretsa. This is where you will meet with the local community and delve into their lives and practices, living alongside some of Africa’s wildest areas and some of its wildest inhabitants.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 7 Days

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Itinerary

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Day 1-3: Your Adventure Begins

Chobe National Park
Detailed breakdown

Day 1-3: Your Adventure Begins | 3 Nights

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Chobe National Park

Your trip begins in the city of Maun. On arrival, a guide will be there to greet you and transfer you to Chobe Game Lodge. An icon in the Chobe area, it is the only safari lodge that is situated within the Chobe National Park. Right on the Chobe River, a luxury boardwalk deck is where you will have unhindered views of this wild landscape. The lodge retains a nostalgic ambience and is set in a beautifully manicured garden. Put your feet up and revel in mystic African touches from Bedouin-style lanterns to big lounge areas.

When staying at Chobe Game Lodge, dedicated guides (mostly made up of local women) will take you on thrilling excursions to encounter some of the wildest inhabitants, from the river swimming elephants to the endangered African wild dog. You will join on open-sided 4X4 vehicles or on one of the solar-electric powered safari boats.

During your stay, you may also have the unique opportunity to visit the Kazungula Children’s Ark, a small pre-primary school that caters for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Learn how people have adapted to living in such wild places and gain a fascinating insight into the different cultures of the Botswana people - the life and soul of the country.

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Day 4-6: Explore a Watery Paradise | 3 Nights

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Okavango Delta, Botswana

The next part of your adventure takes you to Camp Okavango. This safari camp is located on the remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Africa’s dubbed ‘Garden of Eden’. This camp offers a year-round water wilderness experience, and you can explore this watery paradise by mokoro or motorboat. The main lodge boasts a wildlife reference library, lounge, curio shop, swimming pool and cocktail bar, for relaxation time spent whiling away the hours.

The highlight of your stay at Camp Okavango will be an early morning flight to a remote village, Eretsa, where you will be greeted by a local farmer who will educate you on farming practices alongside such wild areas. You will then join a representative who will host a talk about life in the village and living in harmony with wild species, like elephant. It’s a true cultural immersion into the life of the locals and how they manage to coexist with some of Africa’s most celebrated wildlife. Your travel spend will also contribute to their livelihoods and aid sustainable tourism.

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Day 7: Farewell Botswana

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Your day begins with a delicious breakfast before being transferred back to Maun to catch your flight back home.

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Inclusions

  • Electric boating and game drives, mokoro, walking safaris and helicopter flight over the delta.
  • Local remote village visit
  • Transfers as mentioned in the tour
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Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature