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Celebrating 50 years of Independence
PULA, PULA, PULA!
30th September marks fifty years since Botswana gained independence from Britain and today it stands as a pillar of the African community – safe, peaceful & democratic.

Aside from its Smart Traveller green stamp of approval, Botswana boasts endless possibilities for the luxury lover, the rugged adventurer, the star gazer, the birder and the anthropologist. You can tear across the Magkadigkadi’s milky salt pan horizon on a quad bike or sit and watch the brooding thunderclouds roll across its vast emptiness; You can glide across silent waters, through clouds of dazzling birdlife, or approach a mighty herd of elephant on foot, heart in mouth as you step quietly closer; You can walk with the wizened San Bushmen or sit with the resident meerkats as they climb upon your head for a better view. At the end of a long day exploring you can sit by a campfire, then retreat to a five star hideaway or a simple mosquito net, soaking up the residual heat from the ground beneath you to drift off under a thick blanket of stars…

Botswana holds a very special place in our hearts. It’s a true success story of natural riches, visionary politics and sustainability – a paradise for creatures great and small.

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CAMPFIRE KUDOS ‘GO WILD!’ WITH A GANG
OKAVANGO EXPEDITIONS SMALL GROUP ESCORTED JOURNEY
A mobile safari in the truest sense. Change location every couple of days, witness the transition in landscape, move with the wildlife and access remote areas far beyond the reaches of a lodge’s morning game drive. As night falls take a bush shower under a starry sky, collapse into your feather soft bed under canvas and drift off to the distant whoop of a hyena. This is the very essence of Africa – the stuff that childhood adventures are made of.
A bespoke, eleven-day small group journey escorted by Margaret Jones, designed for afrophiles and first time safari-goers alike. Take in Botswana’s prolific wildlife, stunning diversity and vast landscapes as you explore the unique water wonderland of the Okavango Delta and the surreal wilderness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, then round it all off in Zimbabwe at the infamous wet and wild Victoria Falls.
April to November 2017
Itineraries to suit all budgets and
interests
June & July 2017
2 departures only
From USD $7550 pp twin share
WALLOW WITH WILDLIFE DESERT BY DESIGN
HORSEBACK SAFARIS IN THE DELTA THE UNDISCOVERED KALAHARI
Riding alongside giraffe and zebra, splashing through the sparkling flood waters and galloping across the grassy plains, this is the ultimate African adventure. Led by qualified guides on calm, experienced horses, 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness is yours to explore. The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world and home to lion, elephant, hyena, wild dog, hippo & more and riding on horseback brings you closer than ever to birds, game and nature.
The Kalahari is not to be overlooked. Think inquisitive meerkats, desert adapted lion, fascinating fossil geology and endless saltpan horizons. Clouds of flamingos and herds of game flock here when the rains come and the masterful San people have thrived for millennia in harmony with the land. Add stylish camps, adventurous activities and phenomenal photography and you’ve got a whole new destination to add to your bucketlist!
Operates year-round
Choose your own departure date
Year-round, seasonal
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An exclusive pre-release screening
We are delighted to offer our clients the opportunity to attend a first look pre-release screening of this fabulous film in an exclusive Sydney venue. Dates and details are to be announced but please register your interest below and we will keep you updated and send you an invitation when the time comes.

Starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl); and directed by Amma Asante (Belle), A UNITED KINGDOM tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

See you out there.

Ella Collins

Ella Collins

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