Botswana small group safari

“Two week small group mobile safari tour of Botswana. Spend 2 - 3 nights in 4 different areas in fully-supported en-suite tents. An authentic African escape.”

Highlights

Moremi Wildlife Reserve | Okavango Delta | Xakanaxa region, Mopane Peninsula | Khwai Community Area | Chobe National Park | Savuti Marsh | Boat ride on Chobe River |

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Small group vacation

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, traveling 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 vacation, 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 travelers’ 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 vacation 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?
Travelers 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 vacation.

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

Less confident travelers
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 travelers 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 travelers!”
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.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Botswana small group safari

Accommodation and Meals
On this trip, we will spend the nights wild camping in a mobile safari where all staff is employed locally and all the meals provided uses ingredients that are produced and sourced locally. We have three nights in the Khwai Community where all the fees are paid directly to the community while our local operator only takes 30% of the share. This thereby ensures that the money spent stays within the local economy and benefits the communities we visit directly. Our local operator is the first mobile safari company in Botswana to apply for an Eco-certification, portraying their strong belief and involvement in being a responsible operator. As a result, they have since made some notable changes such as installing solar charging systems on the back of their trucks, using eco-friendly detergents as well as introducing a recycling programme on the trip.

Local craft and culture
As this trip is predominantly wildlife based , there are not many opportunities for interaction with the local community. However, on the journey we do stop by Shorobe village and Kachikau village where we will meet traditional basket weavers. This is a good chance for us to support local craft and culture through interaction with the locals in these villages or even purchasing the weaved baskets. Definitely, our local guides will always advise clients on what to buy and what to avoid in situations.

Charities
Our local operator supports the Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS) which aims to build a community that respects, protects and cares for animals; domestic, livestock or wildlife and to prevent any indiscriminate breeding, disease or cruelty to be brought upon these animals. To show their support, our partner sponsors visiting veterinarians and are willing to provide complimentary safaris for them. They also support AGLOW Polokong which is an initiative to support the destitute elderly people of their home village, Maun. The directors of our operator are board members of Aglow and they strongly encourage their team to be involved in the community and make real changes to the lives of these elderly by providing home-cooked meals and fresh water daily.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through engergy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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