A Botswana expedition takes you into a rich world of diverse landscapes. The Kalahari Desert covers much of Botswana, home to the nomadic Bushmen famed for their powers of survival in a harsh and arid environment.
To the north the Okavango River flows into the desert to form an inland delta, a watery paradise characterised by a myriad of channels and islands. Frequently referred to as the jewel in the Kalahari’s crown, this vibrant and lush ecosystem makes a startling contrast to the surrounding plains. All the major African game species gather here, drawn from the desert in search of a watering hole.
On this incredible school trip you will learn survival skills with the help of 20,000 years of Bushman culture and enjoy Africa at its best!
BOTSWANA EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Botswana expedition:
Botswana offers a range of fantastic and exciting acclimatisation options. These include exploring the Kalahari and learning valuable survival techniques from the desert bushmen to experiencing the lush environment of the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dug out canoe) and on foot. Explore its waterways, being poled through the delta by local guides. Camping at night to the sound of the local wildlife, you can experience this amazing area of Botswana up close.
Community & Conservation Projects
Making a Difference
Based in orphanages, schools and even national parks, Botswana’s project portfolio allows teams to mix soft and hard skills, and interact with their host community at the same time as contributing towards development goals.
Past teams have made a huge difference to small schools, providing them with playgrounds, sport pitches or vegetable gardens, and repairing and painting run down buildings as well as helping with teaching. Last year a team helped a community in the Kalahari Desert obtain their first water tap, saving them miles of walking each day.
Botswana Project Case Study –
Mma Chaba AIDS Orphanage
At Mma Chaba’s AIDS Orphanage, teams have taken inspiration and guidance from the energy of the project host herself, getting involved in helping to improve the lives of local children by providing funding and manpower on a range of projects. Teams have aided in financing the supply of running water. This basic human need which we at times take for granted, has not been available to them for two years.
Last year more than 10 teams worked in Botswana in local schools. Tasks include the renovation of nurseries and orphanages and building infrastructure such as vegetable gardens to improve the lives of local children.
Learn bushman skills from the San people of the Kalahari
Based in the Kalahari Desert, you get to learn a host of traditional practices such as cooking, tracking wildlife, finding water, and building shelter. All of this is taught by San bushmen who are your guides. You camp under the stars each night and finish your trek with a friendly competition to show what you’ve learned.
Rest & Relaxation
Get up close with the ‘big five’ on a game drive
Botswana offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa! Teams will have the option to go on safari in one of the most famous safari parks in the world, Chobe National Park seeking out elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo, bathe elephants or experience a walking safari in Mokolodi Game Reserve or track rhinos in Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
Alternatively you may want to head to Namibia and go sandboarding on the sand dunes at Sesriem.
- Botswana, Southern Africa
- Population: 2 million
- Languages spoken: English & Setswana.
- Time zone: GMT +2
- Terrain: Desert, rivers, forest, Okavango Delta (Itinerary dependent).
- When can I travel there?: May – October.
- Climate: During the winter months of May-Sep days are dry, sunny and dusty with average temperatures of 25°C. Mornings and evenings can be very cold. Temperatures from Oct-Apr (Summer) can be very hot, reaching 38°C, with some rain.
- Expedition Physical Rating: Medium
- Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days
- Culture Shock: Medium
- Typical accommodation: Tents and approx 4 nights in hostels.
- Ideal for: An active team looking for an African adventure!
- Around 70% of Botswana is arid desert. In contrast, its largest water feature and the world’s biggest inland delta, the Okavango Delta, is so vast that it can be seen from space.
- Handshaking is an important part of the normal greeting ritual – there is a three part handshake which is used in Southern Africa!
- Don’t forget a warm fleece in July and August as you can expect frost on your tent in the Kalahari Desert.
- The languages spoken in Botswana are English and Setswana.
Tsholofelo Moitobo brings the warmth and hospitality of the Botswanan people into everything she does. Working for a local travel company, Tsholo knows everything there is about travelling around Botswana and how to get the most out of your time in-country.
Embark on an epic adventure in Southern Africa. From the Skeleton Coast to the lush Okavango, via the spectacular Kalahari and Namib deserts, with world class safari opportunities en route. Learn survival skills with the help of 20,000 years of Bushman culture and enjoy Africa at its best. Click here for more information on Namibia.
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- Destination and itinerary planning
- Fundraising ideas and events
- Budgeting and money management
- Preparation, fitness and nutrition
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