Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari
An 11 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.
Join Kiki Keating of KikiNetwork, Steve Stockhall of Earth Ark Travel, and GrassTrack Safaris for a cultural and wildlife safari to Botswana. On this unique safari, you'll visit a remote San Bushmen village 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.
You'll also witness Botswana's stunning wildlife in some of Africa's best game parks. The safari begins in the Savute region of Chobe National Park. Savute's hilly landscape is well-known for large bull elephants and excellent leopard sightings. You next move south to the Khwai River Concession on the border of Moremi Game Reserve. This eastern section of the Okavango Delta protects a wide variety of habitats - rivers, lagoons, floodplains, forests and grasslands - that are home to a staggering range of birds, plants, and wildlife. This is perhaps the best place to see Africa's most endangered predator, the African Wild Dog. The safari ends in the Kalahari Desert, an arid landscape completely in contrast to the parks further north. Here you'll experience the San and see wildlife that is not present in Moremi or Chobe, including oryx and springbok.
Accommodation will be a mix of lodges and comfortable camping in private, unfenced campsites deep in the bush. Tents are large and spacious with comfortable beds and an en-suite private toilet/shower. The camp staff takes care of all the chores so you can relax and enjoy an authentic bush experience. We feel camping is the best way to experience the African wilderness as you will be immersed in the bush and surrounded by the sights and sounds of Botswana's abundant wildlife.
We are offering TWO departure dates for this safari:
Aug 31-Sept 10, 2021
Nov 8-18, 2021
Space is limited so contact us soon to reserve your seat!
Join Us On Zoom!
We recently held a virtual information session on Zoom discussing the Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari.
If you missed it, you can watch at the link below. It's about an hour in length. Steve & Robyn Stockhall (owners of Earth Ark Travel), Dan Hopkins (owner of GrassTrack Safaris) and Kiki Keating (your safari host and owner of KikiNetworks) talked about the itinerary, accommodations, activities, covid protocols, and much more.
Brief Itinerary : Aug 31-Sept 10, 2021
See Here for Detailed Itinerary
Aug 31 | Arrive in Maun | Crocodile Camp
Sept 1-3 | Savute, Chobe National Park | Mobile Safari Camp
Sept 4-6 | Khwai River Community Area | Mobile Safari Camp
Sept 7-9 | San Bushmen & Kalahari Desert | Grassland Bushman Lodge
Sept 10 | Return to Maun for departing flight or extend your safari to Victoria Falls or Cape Town, South Africa (highly recommended for those visiting Africa for the first time)
We're offering two departure dates:
Aug 31-Sept 10, 2021
Nov 8-18, 2021
Space is limited to 10 guests. Contact Us to reserve your seat.
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. Other terms & conditions apply. Itinerary may vary due to wildlife movements or weather conditions. We reserve the right to change rate due to increases in government taxes or other fees.
- Lodging, meals and local drinks at Grassland and on mobile safari only
- Activities as indicated
- Mokoro (canoe) tour in Khwai
- English speaking, professional guides
- Transport in 4x4 game vehicle
- Flights from Maun to Savute, Khwai to Grasslands, Grasslands to Maun
- Maun Airport transfers
- Okavango Air Rescue emergency evacuation coverage
- Current government taxes/fees
- All international flights
- Pre/post safari accommodation or extensions
- Premium drinks/wine
- All drinks at Crocodile Camp
- Optional activities not indicated
- Entry visas
- Travel insurance (mandatory for booking)
- Guide & camp staff gratuities
- Items of a personal nature
Steve Stockhall - Steve is the owner of Earth Ark Travel and is passionate about the safaris he conducts into the last wild spaces in Africa. Many people who undertake these safaris are left with a sense of awe of the natural world and often come back again and again to see and experience more of what Africa has to offer. Steve has been guiding safaris and photographing Botswana for over 18 years. He has published two books - "Earth Ark: A Photographic Safari through Northern Botswana" and Wildlife Photography in Botswana - A Practical Guide". He donates his time and photography to many conservation projects including Cheetah conservation Botswana, The Lion Corridor Project and Rhino Conservation Botswana, as well as sitting on the board of Elephants for Africa. He's also the founder of Cameras for Conservation, a photographic platform showcasing the diverse talent and wilderness of Botswana. In September 2017 Steve received Honors in Nature's Best Africa. Along with his repertoire of songs and jokes, he provides an experience you'll want to live again and again.
Kiki Keating - Kiki is the founder of KikiNetwork and has been traveling her entire life and started to lead international trips for the dean and professors at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2020. Those trips led to a passion for taking small groups on life changing adventures. She works on each adventure with the best experts and guides in the world to make sure each trip is curated and run at the highest level. She's excited to be working with GrassTrack Safaris and Earth Ark Travel to explore the best of Botswana.
Rates are per person sharing & based on 10 people traveling. Single supplement applies.
Length/Route: 10 nights/11 days; Starts & ends in Maun, Botswana