“Feel like an early explorer as you follow the migration route across northern Botswana, taking in magnificent sights and staying in old-school African safari camps.”
Livingstone | Victoria Falls | Chobe National Park | Chobe River cruise | Linyanti | Savuti Channel | Light aircraft flight over Okavango Delta | Day and nighttime game drives | Mokoro dugout canoe trip on the delta | Guided bushwalks
2017: 4 May, 30 May, 15 Jul, 17 Aug, 22 Sep, 31 Oct
Our top tip:
Some guides are brilliant photographers. If you're keen to boost your camera skills, try and book onto a departure with a photography expert.
Small group, guided fly-in safari. Min. age 12.
Comfortable permanent tented camps with en suite facilities.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accomm., all meals, transport, transfers, expert naturalist guides, listed activities, local brand drinks, some laundry.
Responsible tourism: Botswana Great Wilderness journey
Jao Concession holders and the University of Botswana (under the auspices of the Biokavango Project) launched a committee to reduce conflict between the community and the Jao Concession – specifically with regard to curbing poaching and over-fishing.
Perhaps the most topical issue for Botswana is its very large elephant population and the possible impact on vegetation and other animal species. As a result we have facilitated and partially funded two MSc studies researching this challenge.
Toka Leya has a number of systems in place that aim to rehabilitate indigenous flora in the area. This includes a greenhouse and nursery project to grow seedlings, an environmentally friendly waste-water treatment plant and a worm farm. Read more: Toka Leya Green Camp Systems
The Linyanti Concession works closely with local government bodies to ensure the conservation of wildlife in the area. It carries out dedicated conservation and research focused on species on the IUCN Red List such as African wild dog, elephant, lion and roan antelope.
Xigera Camp supports the Bana Ba Metsi School in Shakawe which takes in problem or delinquent school drop-outs and encourages them to go back to school to get an education and thus a better chance in life.
Gomoti Tented Camp is part of a community partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the SankuyoKhwai Community represented. This partnership aims at bringing the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live alongside conservation areas.
The lodges work with and employ members of the local community, not just for employment in the lodges, but in the reserve to allow local communities members to understand their environment.
Cultural Sensitivity They have in partnership with the local community developed a Responsible Code of Visitor Behaviour that is shared with guests before they go into the community for village visits so as to protect traditional cultures and minimize the impacts of tourism on living culture. They also provide guests with an Insider's Guide to Responsible Safaris which includes important cultural aspects.
Reviews of Botswana Great Wilderness journey
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 26 Jan 2015 by Michele Grainger
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
To travel to an area of Botswana which we had not covered on previous trips ,with hope of seeing the Wild Dog. We chose three independent areas of Botswana to appreciate the diversity of the land and the wildlife. We were fortunate to see Honey Badgers, nocturnal Wild cats, Bat Eared Foxes, Black Striped Jackal, a family of Porcupines and other birds and Raptors. The big game didn't disappoint either. In Moremi all the big cats were visible, healthy herds of Elephant with young. The camps were excellent. Frank our guide was excellent and covered everyone's expectations. The camp in the desert was an amazing location, together with Desert Wildlife in abundance.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Where wildlife is concerned - go with an open mind, no expectation, as the wildlife are free to roam, no boundaries, therefore you may not see your chosen game.We lost out on our Wild Dogs. They had moved into a private concession in the Linyati Marshes, but there is always another time !!! Do your research very throroughly before you book your trip. Speak with different wildlife companies, ask questions. They should have the experience to take you through everything before you book.Check out the website of the camps you intend to visit and gather as much information as you require before deciding. Botswana is not a cheap place to visit, but this enables the camps and staff to offer you the experience and comfort which you ask for. If you have a specific interest in Birds or animals etc, always confirm with the operator that there is a qualified Guide in camp to meet your requiremnts. DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST !
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The staff and the guides at all of the camps were local, I believe and the game drives were conducted with respect for the wildlife and the environment. Plastic bottles for use with drinking water were nor promoted, but we were all given special drinking bottles supplied by the camps. Electricity and the use of water were managed correctly.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
As a Wildlife enthusiast and having visited over 100 countries, I generally don't make comparisons as all of my trips are excellent.The Company we used were excellent in their organisation and professional approach to my requirements and I would recommend anyone to view their website. Overall I was highly satisfied with the trip.