Botswana: A Luxury Gay Safari

a luxury tented camp with screen windows on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

 2018  October 24 to November 2

A Gay Travel Tour to the World’s Premier Safari Destination

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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!

$8998

  • 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

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, 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: Wild luxury with Liz…

hotel room with wall hangings and large windows in Chobe National Park on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

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: Lions, Hyena and Zebra…OH MY!

a hyena approaches quietly through tall grass on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

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: Elephants and more Elephants!

taking a pic of an elephant while on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

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: Learn to speak like a Bushman!

luxury thatched cottage on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana.

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: Watery Adventures Abound!

delicate lechwe leap splashing from the water on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

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: Wild Enough?

giraffe walks toward open safari vehicle on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

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: The Circle is complete…

a park ranger holds a creature for a guest to photograph on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

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: Homeward Bound

red and gold sunset silhouette of a kudu, an animal with curly horns on the HE Travel Gay Safari in Botswana

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!

Victoria Falls October 22 to 24, 2018

magnificent view overlooking Victoria Falls with rainbow and orange sky on the HE Travel Gay Safari

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.

 

Stay Longer and Visit Tanzania

masai tribe has a jumping contest on the HE Travel gay tanzania african safari

We invite you to join our gay Tanzania safari & explore of one of the most well-preserved wilderness areas on earth. Tanzania has more land devoted to wildlife than anywhere else in the world. See what draws celebrities from around the world to spend days or even weeks in Tanzania.

Botswana Main Tour

Price includes: Airport transfers; Superior accommodations for 9 nights (2 in Johanessburg, 7 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; Wildlife viewing by 4X4 open vehicles, driven by professional driver/guides; Laundry and all local beverages during safari in Botswana except for Champagne and imported spirits; Complimentary bottled water in vehicles throughout; Services of an HE Travel Tour Director (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 Johanessburg; Meals in Johannesburg; International departure taxes; Gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour director; Excess baggage charges levied by airlines; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, and telephone calls.

Optional Tour Choices:

$2400 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)

 

Victoria Falls Pre-Tour Extension

Price includes: Airport transfers; Superior accommodations for 1 night in Johannesburg and 2 nights at a luxury lodge in Victoria Falls, including all applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling; Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Ground transportation from Victoria Falls to Chobe to join the main tour; Entry fees and sightseeing as specified; All meals in Victoria Falls; Services of an HE Travel Tour Director (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: Visa for visit to Victoria Falls (purchased upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport – approximately US$30, payable in cash); Meals in Johanessburg; Excess baggage charges levied by airlines; Gratuities for guides and HE Travel tour director;

Victoria Falls Pre-Tour Choices:

$1990 per person in a shared room

$2800 per person Single (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)

“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

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.

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.

To fully enjoy this tour you should feel comfortable walking on hills, steps and uneven surfaces.

 

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.

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.

For answers to your additional questions, please email info@hetravel.com or call 305-294-8174


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