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Shared Room: $TBA
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Realize your safari dreams
Explore Wild Africa
Cruise tranquil lagoons
Visit bustling Jo’burg
Relax in our luxurious safari camps
Savor local bush specialties by candlelight
Experience exotic wildlife found nowhere else on Earth
“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! The people of Botswana long ago realized that they had both an abundance of wildlife found almost nowhere else on earth, and also an incredibly fragile eco-system. 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
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!
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. We will escort you to your 5-star hotel which sets the tone for the gold standard of luxury on our trip.
Tonight, relax after your long journey, as the adventures start the next morning. Depending on arrival flight times, your tour host will reach out to arrange meeting up this evening for those that are interested.
Day 2 and 3: Wild luxury and Nxai Pan National Park
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we are off for adventure! We fly to Maun, Botswana, then to Leroo La Tau at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pan National Park. World-renowned for its wildlife, there are so many things that are unusual, exciting and interesting 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!
Day 4 and 5: Lions, Hyena and Zebra…OH MY!
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.
There is a great deal of diversity of habitats here, making for a wide variety of wildlife. Our activities here will be centered around mokoro rides(dugout canoes), boat excursions and walking 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 East African style tents with private sundecks and 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 6 and 7: Wild Enough?
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!
Days 8 and 9: Victoria Falls
Today we will make our to Zimbabwe to our final stop of Victoria Falls! Enjoy two nights here in our stylish colonial lodge with the best restaurant in the country. Enjoy a guided tour along the edge of Victoria Falls and a variety of optional excursions for the remainder of our stay. Enjoy bungee jumping, a helicopter ride over the falls, ziplining or many other exhilarating activities.
Day 10: The Circle is complete…
We will enjoy breakfast and one last activity together this morning before we transfer to the Victoria Falls airport where we will board a scheduled commercial flight to Johannesburg and connect to our flights home.
Botswana Main Tour
Price includes: Airport transfers; Superior accommodations for 9 nights (1 in Johanessburg, 8 at luxury safari lodges in Botswana) including all applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling; Round-trip flights between from Johannesburg to all Botswana camps and lodges; Park entry fees and sightseeing as specified; All meals in Botswana starting on Day 2; Wildlife viewing by 4X4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides; Laundry and 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 and from Johannesburg; Meals in Johannesburg; International departure taxes; Gratuities for guides and HE Travel host; Excess baggage charges levied by airlines; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, and telephone calls.
Optional Tour Choices:
$TBA Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
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- 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 and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa. 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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