Botswana Culture & Wildlife

A 12 Day Camping Adventure

Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari


We’re still in the process of finalizing all the details (costs, exact itinerary, etc) for this epic safari.  As of now (early Sept 2018), we’re planning a 12-day safari tentatively scheduled between Aug 28-Sept 10, 2019.  Once everything is in place, we'll update this page and the itinerary will be announced in our Oct 2018 newsletter (to join our mailing list, complete the form at the bottom of this page).  Here's what we're working on:

Join Bonnie Fladung for this cultural and wildlife safari to Botswana. Bonnie specializes in nature and travel writing and is coauthor of When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer, a 2016 National Geographic book recommendation. We’ll travel to a remote San Bushmen village (which few tourists see) and spend 2 nights interacting with the villagers, learning about their customs, daily lives, and the challenges of living in the harsh Kalahari Desert.  We'll join them around their evening campfires and learn about the local environment on a bush walk. From here we’ll travel to the Tsodilo Hills, a sacred place to the San Bushmen and one of the best sites for ancient Bushmen rock art.  Finally, you’ll spend 6 nights camping in the wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve.

Accommodation will be in a lodge in Maun and mobile camping.  This is comfortable camping with dome tents & cots, an en-suite private toilet/show, and camp staff to take care of all the chores.  We feel camping is the best way to experience the African wilderness.  You will be immersed in the bush and surrounded by the sights & sounds of Botswana's abundant wildlife.

In January 2019, Bonnie and Dan Hopkins (owner of GrassTrack Safaris) will be teaching an Osher@Dartmouth course (“Botswana, Gem of Africa”) in Hanover, NH.  In this course we will explore why Botswana is considered a role model for developing countries in Africa; the current economic environment; the history of the San people, and the strict wildlife conservation methods that make it the last stronghold for a number of endangered bird and mammal species. Along the way, we will discover that Botswana is not without its challenges as we look at the marginalization of the San Bushmen by the diamond industry and the pharmaceutical companies. We will view film documentaries such as “Bushman’s Secret” and read “Collector of Treasures” by Botswanan author Bessie Head.

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We're still finalizing the final itinerary so the following is subject to change, but it should give you an idea of what to expect.  We may fly back to Maun from the Tsodilo Hills and from Khwai River.

Day 1 | Arrive in Maun | Sedia Hotel or similar

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

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

Days 6-8 | Moremi Game Reserve | Comfortable Camping

Days 9-11  | Khwai River Community Area | Comfortable Camping

Day 12 | Return to Maun

Our tentative dates are between Aug 28-Sept 10, 2019.

Under construction.  We'll have photos of the tents and vehicles by the end of Oct 2018.

Under construction.  Will have rates, deposit, min/max number of people, what is/isn't included, and other details finalized by the end of Oct 2018.


Safari Rate

Rate will be available in Oct 2018

*Rates are per person sharing

Length: 12 days/14 nights

Route:  Starts and ends in Maun, Botswana.

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