New Year. New horizons. Here's to responsible travel in 2018.
Why Botswana should be on your bucket list.
Botswana is synonymous with great wildlife spectacles and swathes of pristine wilderness – it offers exclusive camps, romantic vistas and exceptional levels of guiding and hospitality. For a high quality, low density safari experience, Botswana undeniably excels.
But Botswana’s qualities run more than skin deep. The country stands out for its consistent commitment to conservation. Over 38% of Botswana’s land is now protected making it a clear leader in eco-tourism. Given the space and safety, rare species thrive here, from critically endangered black rhino, wild dog and black maned Kalahari lion to lechwe, puku, sitatunga, pangolin and aardvark.
The ambitious rhino relocation to the Okavango Delta is just one compelling reason to travel to Botswana in 2018. The Moremi Game Reserve on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and the 1000th UNESCO World Heritage site, is now a place that guests can see all the Big Five once again thanks to the efforts of Botswana’s government and to conservation charity Rhino Conservation Botswana. RCB’s newly appointed Royal Patron HRH Prince Harry, who is passionate about protecting iconic species, knows only too well how special this country is, spending as much time as he can there.
It’s a real privilege to be able to observe black rhino in the wild with only around 5,000 remaining in Africa. Guests can add a new dimension to their travels by enjoying a behind-the-scenes conservation experience in Botswana – at certain camps it is possible to meet with rhino monitoring teams to learn more about the rhino’s return to the Okavango.
Puppy 'Primaa' pictured left. She will join RCB teams safeguarding black and white rhino in Botswana in summer 2018 along with 'Savas'. Both dogs have been funded by Real Africa.
"We are proud, through our Explorers against Extinction campaign to have collaborated with Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals to bring the first ever canine unit to Botswana. A team of two rhino protection dogs are currently in training in the UK and will be deployed to Botswana this summer."
Sara White, Marketing Director
A fantastic diversity of activities from 4×4 game drives, by day and night, to walking and horseback safaris and boat excursions help guests get under the skin of Botswana. Float serenely by mokoro down the Delta’s maze of papyrus edged channels, safari in Chobe National Park, dubbed ‘Land of Giants’ where more than 120,000 elephants roam, canoe the remote Selinda Spillway, fly camping on deserted islands as you go, walk with San Bushmen in the desolate Kalahari, the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa,marvel at magical starry southern skies, visit the mysterious Savute region or witness the zebra migrations from the Chobe River and the border with Namibia to Nxai and Makgadikgadi pans, the longest-known terrestrial wildlife migration in Africa.
To explore sample holidays and learn more about Botswana please visit our dedicated section on Botswana.
Rhino protection dogs funded by the Real Africa Trust - learn more
The Real Africa Trust has now funded rhino protection dogs for three key black rhino breeding areas in Africa: the Save Valley in Zimbabwe, the Moremi in Botswana and Ol Pejeta in Kenya. In 2016 Vaala was trained and deployed by our partner Animals saving Animals to Save Valley, while Ol Pejeta in Laikipia will receive a new tracking Spaniel and the Moremi Game Reserve will reveive two rhino protection dogs in 2018 as detailed above - each one trained and equipped ready for action, funded with your generous support by our Explorers against Extinction campaign.
Interview above taken from A Luxury Travel Blog.
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