It’s just you and 100,000 elephants rumbling amiably to each other. It’s just you and overgrown hippo pods lazing about the waterways. It’s just you and intelligently adapted lion prides roaming the desert. This is not a road well traveled. This is the real deal. This is one of the last true wildernesses on the planet and you get to watch your kids experiencing it.
The place to see the ‘other’ migration that most of your kid’s teachers won’t know about. 25,000 zebra following the rain from the north of Botswana down to the Nxai and Makgadikgadi pans to breed. Timing is key and, as the rains are unpredictable, you need to be flexible (tricky unless your headteacher is wonderfully pro-wild adventures). Alternatively factor in a few tries to have the best chance of witnessing the herd on the move.
The ‘getting there’ in Botswana. Camp-to-camp journeys are usually by light aircraft flying low over 360° scenery, providing an exhilarating perspective of the surroundings. The charming pilots (both male and female) contribute to tipping these little flighted journeys into a distinct category of their own and add to an itinerary much more than the sum of their parts.
Sustainable Wildlife Conservation. As mankind continues its charge headfirst into the desecration of our planet, conscious traveling is vital. Botswana’s low-volume tourism ensures that your trip is considered part of a conscientious conservation plan. All accommodations and activities are operated with the utmost respect for the natural environment.
Why Avoid Botswana
There’s a compelling reason we advise looking at Botswana as your second or third vacation: it’s expensive. Expect to pay around $1,300 / £1,000 per person per night as a comfortable average (for those looking to splash out, we offer accommodation up to $2,500 per person per night).
Although this is a turnoff for many, we support the pricing wholeheartedly: this is what it takes to conserve the land for the animals.
“Low impact, high-value tourism”, the Hon Tourism Minister told us when we met him last year. “There aren’t any half measures when it comes to conservation”.
Warming to the subject (and to us) he told us “Occasionally the wrong finger flies up when I get angry”, which we respect when it comes to the protection of the planet. A committed and honest minister of tourism, for a committed and honest country with a belief in protecting its voiceless inhabitants.