Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari

A 13 Day Exploration of Botswana's Ancient Cultures & Abundant Wildlife

 Botswana is one of Africa’s most remarkable destinations for wildlife, conservation, and culture. It has the highest concentration of elephants left in Africa, the largest African wild dog population and one of only nine viable lion populations on the continent. Botswana is also home to one of the oldest cultures on earth - the San Bushmen.

Travel to a remote San Bushmen village of Xai Xai (which few tourists see) and spend two nights interacting with the villagers, learning about their customs, daily lives, and the challenges of living in the harsh Kalahari Desert. You'll join them around their evening campfires and learn about the local environment on a bush walk. The Khoisan speaking people are the oldest link with our past. Thankfully, and partly due to people like yourselves visiting the region, there is an incentive for the people to maintain their language and culture in a dignified manner.

Next, you’ll travel to the Tsodilo Hills World Heritage Site, a sacred place to the San Bushmen and one of the best sites for ancient Bushmen rock art.  Finally, spend six nights camping in the wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai River Concession.

Accommodation will be in a lodge while in Maun. On the road, the camp staff will set up mobile safari campsites, which are comfortable dome tents with cots and an en-suite private toilet/shower. We feel camping is the best way to experience the African wilderness. While the camp staff takes care of all the chores, you will be immersed in the bush and surrounded by the sights and sounds of Botswana's abundant wildlife.

As this is a sample itinerary, GrassTrack Safaris can adjust any aspect of this safari.  We can add on more nights at the San Bushmen village or replace the mobile camps with lodges or tented camps.

A past client who took this trip wrote a couple of interesting blog posts for us on her experience at the Xai Xai village and about a nocturnal visitor to her tent.  Follow these links to read them:

Connecting to the Past with Xai Xai Bushmen of Botswana

Wild Camping in Botswana: A Long Night Under a Black Moon

Brief Itinerary 

Day 1 | Arrive in Maun | River Nest Cottages

Days 2-3 | Xai Xai Village & San Bushmen Experience | Comfortable Camping

Days 4-5 | Tsodilo Hills World Heritage Site | Comfortable Camping

Day 6 | Return to Maun | River Nest Cottages

Days 7-9 | Moremi Game Reserve | Comfortable Camping

Days 10-12  | Khwai River Community Area | Comfortable Camping

Day 13 | Return to Maun for departing flight or extend your safari to Chobe National Park or Victoria Falls (highly recommended for those visiting Africa for the first time)

As this is a tailor made itinerary, contact us with your preferred departure dates and we will check on availability and provide a rate.

River Nest Cottages: Located in the frontier town of Maun, Botswana, the River Nest offers an exceptionally tranquil environment under indigenous trees on the banks of the Boronyane River. The River Nest Cottages offer simple and comfortable lodging with a quiet garden area, pool, restaurant and bar.

Mobile Camping Tents: Accommodation is in spacious 3 x 3-meter tents each with a made-up stretcher bed. Two basins are located outside each tent. We use bucket showers (best experience!) and long drop loos for ablutions that are attached to each tent.

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Vehicles: Our vehicles are ones adapted to carry 6 people. Each person has a window seat to maximize their experience. The vehicles carry bean bags to support camera equipment, a tea box for morning break and a cooler box or fridge. Each vehicle has a charging facility to recharge cameras, iPads, iPods and laptops.

GROUP SIZE:  A minimum of 4 guests is required to confirm this safari.  Maximum group size is 12. 

PAYMENT:  A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm booking and due within 7 days of receiving an invoice from GrassTrack Safaris.  Full balance due by 8 weeks before departure.  Other terms & conditions apply.

INCLUDES:  Lodging, meals and local drinks (while on safari), dinner in Maun, activities as indicated; professionalguide, camp crew, and transport in 4x4 game vehicle, private flight from Shakawe to Maun; Botswana park fees;  Maun airport transfers.

EXCLUDES: All flights, pre- or post-safari accommodation/extensions, premium drinks/wine, drinks in Maun, optional activities, visas, travel insurance, gratuities, personal items.

2024 Rates

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As this is a sample itinerary, we'll need dates and number of people to finalize a rate.  Please contact us if you're interested!

Rate is per person sharing and for cash payment by check or bank transfer.  Credit card payments incur a 3.7% service fee will be added.   Single supplement applies.

Length: 13 days/12 nights

Route:  Starts and ends in Maun, Botswana

What's Calling You to Africa?

Vast plains teeming with wildlife?  Exploring the bush on foot?  Tracking mountain gorillas?  Summiting Kilimanjaro?  Meaningful interactions with the local cultures?

Contact us with your dream of Africa and we'll get you started on your African adventure!