May 7 – 15, 2020







About This Tour

“Safari” is a Swahili word meaning “long journey.” In a less politically correct era, a safari usually meant a game hunt by men shooting big animals for sport. While such barbaric pastimes still exist in some places, a “safari” is better defined as an opportunity to glimpse nature and wildlife from a safe, unobtrusive distance and “shoot” them through the lens of a camera. Throughout Africa, many countries offer safari packages, but large cities threaten to swallow up the countryside, including the protected reserves and parks. There are not many places where you can find truly unspoiled Africa anymore, but Botswana comes pretty close. It has just two million residents, making it one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Comprised of distinctive wildlife habitats, most of the country is devoid of large population centers and the government protects its wildlife refuges.

In addition to the Kalahari Desert which covers 70% of the country, there are grasslands, savannas and the Okavango Delta, earth’s largest inland water system and wetlands area. In Northern Botswana, one can find Blue Wildebeest, antelopes, lions, giraffes, water buffalo, leopard and one of the few remaining large populations of the endangered African Wild Dog. Chobe National Park has the world's largest concentration of African elephants. The park covers about 4,250 square miles and supports about 350 species of birds.

Take the ultimate adventure wrapped in luxury in Botswana, where you wing your way from camp to camp on small private planes. No lines, no check-in for these taxis in the sky. The view over the Okavango Delta is spectacular, flying low enough to witness abundant wildlife across a wetland wilderness of looping channels, palm-forested islands and wide grassy floodplains. Explore this natural paradise in open 4x4 vehicles, on foot and in mokoros (dugout canoes) before returning to exclusive, luxury tented camps.

Tour Highlights

  • Pre-tour extension to Cape Town, South Africa
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Makgadikgadi Pan National Park
  • Nxai Pans National Park
  • Okavango Delta *
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Game drives
  • “Big five” game – lions, leopards, elephant, cape buffalo, rhino Luxury tented camps
  • Lodge to lodge flights in Botswana
  • Post-tour extension to Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe *
  • * UNESCO World Heritage Sites