Join HE Travel on our most luxurious gay safari to date! The combination and contrast of 5-star elegance and wild African jungle mystique make for an unbelievable adventure you will never forget! Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods. Unique wildlife of delta and desert.
We have pulled out all the stops on this amazing gay safari tour! Not only are we going to be visiting some of the more exclusive and remote areas of Africa to view seldom-seen rare and exotic wildlife, but we will do it all at a level of unparalleled luxury usually reserved for visiting royalty! Botswana is without a doubt the world’s premier luxury safari destination. Join us as we explore a corner of this unique continent in a way that few get to experience. We know you will never be the same!
• Realize your safari dreams
• Explore Wild Africa
• Cruise tranquil lagoons
• Sleep where Liz and Dick did
• Visit bustling Jo’burg
• Relax in our luxurious safari camps
• Swim with a crocodile
• Savor local bush specialties by candlelight
• Experience exotic wildlife found nowhere else on Earth
Day 1 -
Today you land at O.R. Tambo International Airport in the amazing city of Johannesburg, “Jo’burg” is the country’s largest city and financial center with ultra-modern skyscrapers and a bustling way of life. We will escort you to your 5-star hotel which sets the tone for the gold standard of luxury on our trip.
Tonight, meet your tour director and gather with your fellow travelers to get to know one another and dine on regional specialties in one of Johannesburg’s local restaurants.
Day 2 -
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we are off for adventure! We fly to Kasane, Botswana, then drive to Chobe National Park. World-renowned for its wildlife, Chobe is a symbol for so many of the things that are unusual, exciting and interesting in Botswana, and we will explore it all while living in exquisite comfort.
Channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor at the legendary Chobe Game Lodge as we settle in for three nights. This was the honeymoon spot for Liz and Richard Burton’s second marriage and is the only lodge located in the park. Gold stucco décor, with wide open spaces and a colonial flair make this lodge one of the most sought-after accommodations in Southern Africa.
Take in the breathtaking views of the Chobe River from your balcony or cool down in the landscaped swimming pool.
For the next two days we will spend our time mingling with the animals, birds and fish on safari by land and sea! 4×4 vehicles and pontoon boats will take up deep into the heart of wild Africa!
Day 3 -
Safari, Safari, Safari! There is a great deal of diversity of habitats in Chobe making for a wide variety of wildlife, ranging from water animals such as hippo, crocodile, otter and fish, to dry land species such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and eland. In all areas predators abound – lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena are plentiful. The Chobe River is also well known for its magnificent bird viewing, with over 400 different species, ranging from eagles to kingfishers and from Marabou Storks to bee-eaters. By land and sea and with our trusty guides, we will attempt to spot them all!
We will spend our days on safari, and our nights relaxing around the lodge with a cocktail, exchanging stories with our new best friends.
Day 4 -
A major feature of Chobe National Park is its abundance of elephants often seen at the riverfront, bathing in the water. It is possible to see as many as 1,000 of these magnificent animals in one two-hour wildlife drive. The largest surviving continuous elephant population is here and includes the Chobe elephant, covering most of northern Botswana and northwestern Zimbabwe. In the early 1900s there were only a few thousand elephants here in Botswana, and the population has grown to an estimated 120,000. Luckily the Chobe elephant has escaped the massive illegal hunting that decimated other populations in the 1970s and 1980s, in part because of their brittle ivory, and you will not see too many big tuskers. These elephants have the distinction of having the largest body size of any living elephant, and we will get up close and personal with these gentle giants!
Day 5 -
Today’s flight takes you to one of the world’s most distinctive regions, the Okavango Delta – earth’s largest inland water system. Rivers with ever-changing names flow through the heart of Southern Africa ending in Botswana where prehistoric earthquakes and subsequent faults have created the magic that is now the Okavango Delta. This unique system of waterways now supports a vast array of animal and plant life that you can find nowhere else on earth.
You will have to practice the pronunciation of our next two nights’ accommodation since it involves a tongue click! Xugana Island Lodge is Botswana’s shining light and perhaps Africa’s most distinctive wildlife and wilderness sanctuary. Xugana means “kneel down to drink,” and Xugana Lagoon for thousands of years has been a safe haven for the Bushman people who hunted in this pristine water world. We will experience tranquil lagoons and crystal-clear waters as we head out in search of this unique and amazing wildlife.
Day 6 -
We shall leave the sanctuary of our lodge again today, with its tranquil lagoon, secluded tea garden and quiet reading benches reminding us to come home soon, but adventure awaits! We shall hop in our eco-friendly dugout canoes built to a traditional design, and head out with our guides in search of the unique wildlife of this region. Sitatunga and lechwe antelope, crocodile and hippo are some of the many animals we will encounter on our boat safaris and/or wilderness walks this afternoon!
When we return to our African home tonight, how about a swim in the lagoon with a real live crocodile? Don’t worry, the lodge swimming pool is a unique construction, allowing guests to swim in the clear fresh water of the lagoon protected by a heavy metal cage, designed to deter “Fat Albert,” a long-time lagoon resident.
Days 7 and 8 -
We have saved one of the best for last, as we fly to the Moremi Game Reserve, rated as being one of the finest wildlife viewing areas in all of Africa with a vast selection of exotic wildlife. Wild dog, cheetah and leopard are highlights, with resident species like lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, kudu, lechwe, tsessebe, and Sable and Roan antelope being plentiful. This is indeed a wilderness paradise, with great game viewing throughout the year.
Our home for the next two nights is one of the few Okavango lodges which can offer comprehensive year-round boating trips, as well as extensive nature drives into good wildlife country. With our team of experienced, professional guides we will see a wide variety of wildlife during the day and come home to relax in luxury every night. Who knew “Glamping” could be so swanky? Our camp offers wholesome meals, candle-lit dinners and a selection of fine wines that will more than satisfy. The only thing better than the scenery is the service!
Day 9 -
We will enjoy breakfast and one last activity together this morning before we transfer to the airstrip for a light aircraft transfer to Maun where we will board a scheduled commercial flight to Johannesburg.
Upon arrival we will return to our 5-star home away from home in Jo’Burg. Take some time for last minute souvenir shopping and exchange stories with your fellow travelers at our farewell dinner.
Day 10 -
Transfer back to the airport to board your flight back home or to your next destination, bringing with you the memories of new friends and Africa!
For those with a little extra time, we invite you to come early and join us for a 2-night visit to Victoria Falls.
For our October 2018 tour, those participating in the extension will arrive in Johannesburg two days early and have their night at our Johannesburg hotel on the night of October 22, 2018. Then they will fly to Victoria Falls for a 2-night stay. On “Day 2” of our tour, we will provide a driver for the 2-hour drive from Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park where you will meet up with the rest of the group and start your Botswana adventure.
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