2022 May 13 to 22 – In Progress
Prices listed are per person:
Shared Room: $10,398
Private Room: $12,798
“Never thought that I would be safely within a few feet of lions, leopards and other wild animals, amazing!” – Mike S. San Francisco, CA
“The trip was magical, I was reading by the pool when baboons came running across the deck, to be so close to wildlife is unforgettable.” – Matthew D. Los Angeles, CA
“After offering private tours to Botswana for many years, we are delighted to offer our first official group tour! Long ago, the people of Botswana realized that they had both an abundance of wildlife found almost nowhere else on earth and an incredibly fragile ecosystem. Because of this, most land is protected, and in most areas, only small boutique lodges are allowed – some of the original “eco-lodges” in the world. Avoiding the crowds and infrastructure of mass tourism has enabled Botswana to retain its pristine natural beauty. In turn, this safe environment has allowed once-endangered species such as the Chobe elephant to make remarkable comebacks, in their natural habitat. We look forward to welcoming our travelers on this wonderful journey!” – Philip Sheldon, President, HE Travel
Realize your safari dreams
Explore Wild Africa
Cruise tranquil lagoons
Visit bustling Jo’burg
Relax in our luxurious safari camps
Experience exotic wildlife found nowhere else on Earth
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! 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!
Day 1: Welcome to Jo’Burg!
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.
Tonight, relax after your long journey, as the adventures start the next morning.
Day 2: The Adventures Begins
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we are off for our adventure! Due to flight schedules, we will fly to Maun, Botswana in the late morning. In Maun, we will enjoy a relaxing afternoon and enjoy our Welcome Dinner.
Days 3 and 4: Wild luxury and Nxai Pan National Park
After breakfast, we will head to Leroo La Tau, at the Makgadikgadi Pan National Park edge. It is world-renowned for its wildlife, there are so many unusual, exciting, and interesting animals and places in Botswana, and we will explore it all while living in exquisite comfort.
Unbelievable numbers of migratory birds flock to the pans and the grasslands swarm with a living mantle of zebra and wildebeest, participants in the second biggest animal migration on the African continent.
We will spend some time mingling with the animals and enjoy a full-day excursion to Nxai Pans National Park. This is a classic desert region that entails springbok, oryx, and eland all year round. We will make our way back to the lodge around sunset.
Our lodging is built on the cliffs above the Boteti River which provides us a great vantage point for some spectacular wildlife sightings. The river was once dry for 28 years, but it is actively flowing once again! Common sightings are kudu, giraffe, elephants, zebra, and wildebeest.
These days will be mixed with a variety of game drives, night drives, and an amazing boat cruise on the Boteti River (pending water levels)! Safari, Safari, Safari!
Days 5, 6, and 7: Lions, Hyena, and Zebra…OH MY!
Today’s flight takes you to one of the world’s most distinctive regions, the Okavango Delta – the 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.
There is a great deal of diversity of habitats here, making for a wide variety of wildlife. Our activities here will be centered around boat excursions and driving safaris. Birding is excellent as we may observe Pels Fishing Owls and Wattled Cranes. More than 600 species reside within the 7,000 square miles of islands, marshes, floodplains, and channels. We should be able to spot larger species like elephant, red lechwe, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, baboon, monkey, warthog, and buffalo…..along with predators like lion, leopard, and hyena! By land and sea and with our trusty guides, we will attempt to spot them all!
Our lodging is quite amazing with our luxury tents with private decks and an en-suite hot shower. We will spend our days on safari, and our nights relaxing around the open-air lodge with a cocktail, exchanging stories with our new best friends around a blazing campfire.
Days 8 and 9: Wild Enough?
We have saved one of the best for last, as we fly to Chobe National Park, 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 lodges that borders the park, providing easy access for morning game drives. 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. Our lodge offers wholesome meals, a selection of fine wines, and an onsite spa. The only thing better than the scenery is the service!
Day 10: The Circle is complete…
We will enjoy breakfast this morning before we transfer to the Kasane airport for your scheduled flights home, or continue on to Victoria Falls for a 3-night extension.
Botswana Main Tour
Price includes: Airport transfers; Superior accommodations for 9 nights (1 in Johannesburg, 1 in Maun, and 7 at Botswana safari lodges) including all applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling; Flight from Johannesburg to Maun and to all Botswana camps and lodges; Park entry fees and sightseeing as specified; All breakfasts are included, 4 Lunches and 8 Dinners; Wildlife viewing by 4X4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides; All local beverages during the safaris in Botswana except for Champagne and imported spirits; Complimentary bottled water in vehicles throughout; Services of an HE Travel Host (pending minimum participation). HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: Airfare to Johannesburg, South Africa and from Kasane, Botswana; 5 Lunches and 1 Dinner; International departure taxes; Gratuities for National and local guides and HE Travel host; Excess baggage charges levied by airlines; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry service, and telephone calls.
Post Tour – Victoria Falls
Price includes: Airport transfers; three hotel nights, including all applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling; All breakfasts and 2 Dinners; Complimentary bottled water in vehicles throughout; Services of an HE Travel Host (pending minimum participation). HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: Airfare departing from Victoria Falls; International departure taxes; 2 Lunches and 1 Dinner; Gratuities for guides and HE Travel host; Excess baggage charges levied by airlines; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
Optional Tour Choices:
$1998 Shared Room per person cost
$2698 Private Room (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
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Post-tour Victoria Falls: May 22 to 25, 2022
Days 10, 11, and 12: Victoria Falls
We will make our way to Zimbabwe for our final stop at Victoria Falls! Enjoy three nights here in our stylish colonial lodge with the best restaurant in the country. We will help you decide on which optional guided tours you would like to enjoy, including a tour along the edge of Victoria Falls and a variety of optional excursions for the remainder of your stay. Enjoy bungee jumping, a helicopter ride over the falls, ziplining, or many other exhilarating activities.
Days 13: Depart
Today we will say our goodbyes with a transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport.
- What if I am traveling alone?
- Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
- What is the physical activity level of this tour?
Physical Activity Level
If you want to experience Africa in a way that very few people are privileged enough to enjoy, this is the trip for you. There is no safari experience more exclusive than our adventure in Botswana, Africa’s premier luxury safari destination.
- Where does the tour start and end?
- This tour starts in Johannesburg, South Africa and ends in Kasane, Botswana. If you join the extension the tours ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. All ground transportation, commercial flights within Southern Africa, and light aircraft flights to small lodges within Botswana are included in the price for the tour.
- What will the hotels be like?
- On this tour, we stay in one of Johannesburg’s most deluxe hotels that is convenient to the airport, since overnight stays in Johannesburg are needed due to flight schedules. During our safari days, we stay in some of the most exquisite game lodges in Botswana. They offer views of pristine natural environments outside while offering spacious and comfortable lodging inside.
- Additional Questions
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