Botswana wildlife safaris
Botswana
Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls Safari

There are perhaps no wilder parts of Africa than Botswana's Okavango Delta, Linyanti Concession, and the banks of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. Our Botswana safari provides access to exclusive camps in wildlife-rich areas, and visits the remarkable Victoria Falls.

Botswana & Zambia Safari Overview

Botswana's Okavango Delta, Linyanti Concession, and the banks of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers are intensely beautiful wetlands attracting a diversity of wildlife that is breathtaking to behold – including lion, leopard, cheetah, numerous plains animals, and huge herds of elephants. Our safari in Botswana and Zambia provides access to remote and exclusive camps on private concessions bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, and near Zambia’s Victoria Falls, allowing for exploration of wildlife-rich areas seen by few other travelers.

Safari at a Glance

Botswana and Okavango Delta Safari MapDays 1-4: Safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana; activities include game drives, nature walks, and mokoro canoeing; all based from some of the most luxurious permanent safari camps in Botswana.

Days 5-7: Safari in the Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park, Botswana; from our deluxe permanent tented camp, embark on game drives and river explorations.

Days 8-9: Safari in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia; cruise the Zambezi River at sunset and visit the incredible Victoria Falls.

Why trust your safari to Boundless Journeys?

Botswana SafarisBoundless Journeys has partnered with Wilderness Safaris, widely recognized as the best safari outfitter in Southern Africa, to develop a truly unique adventure safari. In addition to experienced guides who seamlessly lead your entire journey, first-class vehicles, and a diverse selection of camp and lodge options, Wilderness Safaris’ conservation efforts and community-mindedness are great matches for Boundless Journeys’ core philosophy.

 THE BOUNDLESS JOURNEYS SAFARI ADVANTAGE

  • Unique, award-winning itineraries. Our flexible, hand-crafted journeys have received accolades from the world’s most revered travel publications. Our chosen luxury camps allow us to be close to the action in privacy and in comfort. Hotel quality linens, full-sized beds (not cots), ensuite facilities with hot and cold water, a professional staff and food that is to-die-for make our selection of Okavango Delta camps an experience not to be missed.
  • Small groups. We tread softly, and our group size is never more than 8 guests. We limit passengers in each vehicle so everyone has plenty of space, and open sides allow for an exciting, authentic safari experience.
  • Flexibility to suit your travel style. We offer both small-group departures and Private Collection safaris, so that you can choose which works best for you.
  • Insider connections. There is simply no substitute for traveling with a knowledgeable insider. Our Botswana and Zambia guides are enthusiastic naturalists, and are some of the most experienced guides in Southern Africa.
  • A passion for travel. Simply put, we love to travel, and that is woven into every one of our journeys.
  • Customer service that goes the extra mile. There is no request that is too big – or too small – for our staff to handle.
  • Sustainability. We are committed to traveling responsibly – striving to preserve traditions and cultures around the world, and to protect fragile natural habitats.
RESERVE EARLY!
Our tours often fill months in advance, and our maximum group size is smaller than most tour operators. It's very quick and easy to reserve a trip. Give us a call at 800-941-8010 or complete the online Reserve a Trip form. We will confirm your reservation with a $500 per person deposit, payable by check or credit card.
 
QUESTIONS?...CONTACT US.
If you have any questions about the level of comfort, difficulty, or any activities included in this trip, please call Boundless Journeys at 800-941-8010, or Contact Us by e-mail. Our travel experts look forward to helping you choose the perfect adventure!

Group Size

4-8 guests

Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)

Description of Trip Ratings

Adventure travel may involve exotic destinations, varying levels of physical exertion, and activities that may be new to you. We want to make sure that you choose the adventure that's right for you from our many one-of-a-kind trips. Each trip is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the most strenuous. A few of our trips have had a "+" added to the number, indicating something that falls in between. Our Trip Ratings may be found on the trip schedule and on our website. Our detailed itineraries provide additional information on what to expect on the trip you are considering (detailed itineraries are available by mail or e-mail; or you can find them on our website: www.BoundlessJourneys.com). We encourage you to call one of our travel experts with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate adventure for you.
 
EASIEST 1
 
Our easiest trips are generally hotel-based cultural and nature journeys that offer light activity. Walks and hikes (approximately 2 to 4 hours) are through gentle terrain with little elevation gain or loss. Altitude is not a factor on these tours. Other activities, such as snorkeling or sea kayaking, are optional. Examples: Galapagos Islands Cruise, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
 
EASY TO MODERATE 2
 
Hotel nights and/or deluxe, safari-style camping. Walking, hiking (approximately 3 to 5 hours), kayaking, or other activities on most days. Trails and paths are through rolling countryside, with occasional steep trails with up to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Many of our hotel-based walking trips are in this category. Examples: Tuscany & Umbria, Turkey, and Bhutan.
 
MODERATE 3
 
Hotel or inn-based hiking trips, that involve full day hikes (approximately 4 to 6 hours), mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. There may be occasional steep sections of trail. Examples: Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Spain.
 
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS 4
 
Full day hikes (approximately 5 to 7 hours) through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (2,000 to 3,000 feet). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths. The average altitude is generally no more than 12,000 feet. Vehicle support is limited. These trips may involve some full-service camping or simple accommodations in remote locations. Examples: Tour du Mont Blanc, Peru Trek, Haute Route.
 
MOST STRENUOUS 5
 
Full-day trekking (approximately 6 to 8 hours) through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents and the following present: elevation gains and losses of as much as 4,000 feet, altitude that exceeds 12,000 feet, and rugged uneven footpaths with some exposure. These trips typically offer minimal to no vehicle support and include full-service camping in a remote setting.

Activity Details

Optional easy walks; games drives on bumpy terrain

Meeting Point

Maun, Botswana

Departure Point

Livingstone, Zambia

Traveling to and From

Most Convenient Airport (please note May 16-24, 2014 departure runs in reverse, so the recommended arrival departure airports are also reversed):

  • For international flights into Africa: O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB)
  • For arrival into Botswana on Day 1: Maun Airport, Maun, Botswana (MUB)
  • For departure from Zambia on Day 10: Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, Livingstone, Zambia (LVI)

Meeting Time and Place:
1:15 p.m., Maun Airport, Maun, Botswana

Departure Time and Place:
10:30 a.m., Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, Livingstone, Zambia

WHAT TO EXPECT

Physical Activity
Boundless Journeys’ trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. The Okavango Delta & Victoria Falls is rated 1, easy, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). Our primary activities require little aerobic fitness, but some agility for getting in and out of vehicles and mokoro canoes, and walking through uneven terrain. This trip can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health. We will walk where possible, but this is often determined by the local area and country regulations. NOTE: These optional walks are at your own risk, and can take you close to potentially dangerous wild animals.

Preparing for this Trip
If you would like to take advantage of the optional nature walks, you may wish to engage in easy aerobic activities for 30-45 minutes a few times a week for several weeks before the trip. Consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program. 

The Safari Experience
A variety of activities are included on this safari, but the primary activity is game driving. The wildlife is typically most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (these times also provide the best light for photography), and therefore we plan our activities accordingly. Typically, one of the camp staff will knock at your tent door early in the morning, and the group will gather for a quick, light breakfast and coffee or tea before departing camp as the sun rises. We move slowly, and even when animals are not present, the landscape and sounds of the bush are entrancing. We spend a few hours exploring and observing animals at watering holes or on the move from one region to another. As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. Our guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the animals. We keep a respectful distance – although the same cannot always be said about the animals, and it is not unusual to come nose-to-car with baboons, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and elephants. By mid-late morning, we return to camp where a delicious brunch awaits.

After brunch, we enjoy a few hours of down time, enjoying the amenities of camp, resting, birdwatching, photographing, or perhaps reading about the region you are visiting.

In the afternoon, we gather for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, before heading out for the afternoon activity. Some days this will be another game drive, while other times we may board mokoros for a quiet exploration of the waterways near camp or explore the area on foot in the company of our guide and a ranger. “Sundowners” – a light snack and cocktails in the bush, are an African safari tradition, and a great way to enjoy unforgettable African sunsets. We then make our way back to camp, sometimes driving with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals.

In the evenings, dinner is enjoyed as a group, and will vary from seated meals ordered from the daily menu, to dining in the camp boma  (a traditional style protected outdoor dining area) with a feast of traditional African foods and entertainment by the camp staff. These are joyful performances where it is often difficult to tell who is having more fun – the staff or the camp guests!

Weather
Summer is from November to the end of March and usually brings very high temperatures. It is also the rainy season and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down, although usually for a short period of time.

The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing in some areas. Please be prepared for cold weather in the evening/night/morning and bring plenty of warm clothing, including a hat, gloves, long pants, fleece/wool top, and  a windbreaker jacket. Tents and public areas are not heated, though the public areas do have fire pits, and beds are warmed with hot water bottles on cold nights. Ponchos are available for use in the safari vehicles.

The in-between periods – April/early May and September/October – still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.

The following are average temperatures in the regions we’ll be visiting:

                      high         low

May:               82°F        48°F

You may obtain other regional weather information on www.weatherbase.com.

When to Go
There are excellent reasons to visit Botswana and Zambia at any time of year. We have chosen May and August departures, which offer slightly different experiences. 

May: The summer rainy season has drawn to a close. The tall grasses are starting to lay down and some trees begin losing their foliage, allowing for easier game viewing. At the same time, the annual flooding of the Okavango Delta is on its way in from the mountains of Angola, creating abundant waterways of incredible beauty, and attracting a wide diversity of wildlife. Animals tend to be in good condition at this time of year, as the food supplies remain plentiful. Baby ungulates born in December are now adolescent, and can be observed testing the skills they’ll need as adults.

Traveler’s Responsibility
Trip participants have certain responsibilities to both Boundless Journeys and your fellow travelers. This includes understanding the conditions described in the trip itinerary and making sure it is appropriate for your interests and abilities, based on a review of the trip ratings, consultation with Boundless Journeys’ staff, and perhaps your doctor. In addition, trip participants are responsible for preparing for a trip by undertaking the proper fitness training. At the guide’s discretion, a participant may be asked to leave the trip if the guide feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip participants. If you have any questions about the difficulty level of the trip you have chosen, please contact Boundless Journeys to speak with one of our Destination Managers.

Small group travel affords us the opportunity to seek out the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet. Often we are exploring these locales with just 6-12 guests. The nature of active group travel is such that not all participants have the same ability level or interests. Traveling at a pace that is comfortable for the entire group, with a spirit of flexibility and adventure are all part of this intimate experience.

Botswana & Zambia Safari Accommodations

Overview: Very comfortable, luxury permanent camps on mostly private wildlife concessions (all with full size beds, private baths, excellent cuisine, and extensive amenities).

Nights 1, 2 & 3: Chitabe Camp
Chitabe Concession, Okavango Delta
Botswana


Botswana Safari - Chitabe Camp Private Reserve Okavango Delta BotswanaA luxury safari camp consisting of eight “Meru-style” tents built on raised platforms, each with a private deck in front, en suite bathroom facilities, and indoor and private outdoor shower. The main dining, lounge, and pool areas are thatched structures on raised platforms, with glorious views across the floodplains and a pool for cooling off midday.


Nights 4 & 5: Kwetsani Camp
Jao Concession, Okavango Delta
Botswana

Botswana Safari -  Kwetsani Camp Okavango Delta BotswanaThis five room luxury tented camp is raised on stilts, overlooking expansive floodplains. The main area includes a lounge, bar and tented dining area, along with a plunge pool. The spacious tented tree-house chalets are each built under a thatch roof and have en suite facilities including a shower, separate flush toilet, wash basin with running water, and outdoor shower.


Nights 6 & 7: Savuti Camp
Linyanti Concession, Northeast Okavango Delta
Botswana

Botswana Safari - Linyanti Discoverer Camp Linyanti Wildlife Reserve BotswanaThis intimate camp’s en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents that are raised off the ground and face onto the famed Savute Channel. From the camp’s thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the Savute Channel and its wildlife.


Night 8: Toka Leya Camp
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park
Zambia

Recipient of Condé Nast's 2009 hotel "Hot List" award.

Botswana Safari - Toka Leya Camp, Mosi-Oa-Tunya National, Park ZambiaOverlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp consists of 12 spacious en suite safari-style tents. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area. Tent interiors boast cool wooden flooring, tasteful, uncluttered African decor in earthy hues, climate-control for a cool summer sanctuary, and expansive wooden decks. The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas offer ample space for relaxation and are complemented by an infinity pool, with meals served on the sundeck, the pool deck or dining room; all overlooking the Zambezi.

 

 

A Boundless Moment in Botswana...

There is a soft swish as our mokoro parts a tuft of reeds in front of us, and the shoreline disappears from view. Our guide shifts his pole and drops down in the canoe beside us, murmuring, “Straight ahead,” and we follow the direction of his pointed finger toward a section of the river where dark, stirring shapes are suddenly visible. “Hippo,” he whispers.

BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA SAFARI ITINERARY

DAYS 1- 3
Moremi Game Reserve


Twice daily safari activities - Game driving and optional nature walks with an armed ranger – easy, approximate total of 5-6 hours of activities per day.

Upon arrival in Maun, you will be met by your guide and flown by light aircraft over the shimmering waters of the Okavango Delta. This initial flight provides a remarkable and beautifully scenic introduction to one of the world’s most unusual ecosystems. The Delta represents life at its most fertile – abundant water, sunlight, and rich soil combine to form a paradise bursting with life and a landscape of indescribable beauty.

By early afternoon, we arrive at our home for the next three nights, a five-room luxury tented camp located in the private Chitabe reserve to the southeast of the renowned Moremi Game Reserve.

While here, our guide introduces us to the wilderness on day and night game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles, as well as on nature walks. Chitabe Lediba’s variety of habitats ensures diverse and interesting wildlife viewing, including elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, tsessebe, and impala, as well as the very special possible sighting of wild dogs.
Chitabe Camp (three nights), Chitabe Concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

 

DAYS 4 & 5  
Okavango Delta


Twice daily safari activities - Day and night game drives, guided nature walks, and mokoro canoe excursions – easy, approximate total of 5-6 hours of activities per day.

After a final morning game drive and brunch at our camp on Day 4, a late morning bush flight brings us to Kwetsani Camp, situated in the western Okavango Delta. This camp is among the most remote in the entire delta and offers an unparalleled sense of wilderness. Surrounded by water and woods, all the Okavango big game can be found here – including excellent chances of spotting predators.

Activities over the next two days may include mokoroing (think Africa’s version of the Venetian gondola), walking on palm-fringed islands, and game drives during the day and night – all advantages of staying on a private reserve. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, buffalo, and elephant are all found in this area, as well as excellent concentrations of zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, and all of the plains animals.
Kwetsani Camp (two nights), Jao Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana

DAYS 6 & 7
The Linyanti

Twice daily safari activities – easy, approximate total of 5-6 hours of activities per day.


After breakfast on Day 6 we fly northeast, departing the Okavango and entering the Linyanti Concession. After a short game drive we arrive at our next deluxe camp, which is elegantly set up facing the Savute Channel.

The landscape of the Linyanti region varies from floodplains to open, dry savannah and forest with sweeping views, creating a paradise for a high diversity of wildlife and bird species. During our days here, our activities will include game drives in the private northern region of the concession. Here we explore a range of habitats, from riverbanks to scrub and forest, which reveal a myriad of wildlife en route to slake their thirst from the river. In particular, the world’s largest densities of elephants can be found in this region during the dry season (May-October). Impressive even in small family groups, when these animals gather together in numbers, it becomes an awe-inspiring sight you won’t soon forget. In addition to the elephants, seldom-seen sitatunga can often be spotted in the waterways, as well as rare plains game such as roan and sable antelope, and of course their predators, the lion and leopard – with the endangered wild dog as an incredible bonus.
Savuti Camp (two nights), Linyanti Concession, Botswana
 


DAY 8  
Into Zambia

Morning safari activities – easy, approximately 2 hours.


After a morning drive and final brunch in Botswana, we depart by light aircraft to Kasane, for a brief stop and possible plane change before continuing on to Zambia.

As we leave Botswana, we fly over the Kazangula border, a point where the four countries of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Namibia meet. We may also see the spray of the renowned Victoria Falls as we approach Livingstone.

As evening falls, we arrive at Toka Leya Camp. This camp, on Condé Nast’s “Hot List”, is set beautifully on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a few miles upstream from the falls. Before dinner, enjoy a sundowner overlooking the mighty Zambezi – a perfect way to cap off our African adventure.
Toka Leya Camp (one night), Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia


DAY 9  
Victoria Falls and Departure

Walking tour of Victoria Falls – easy, about 1 hour.


The grand finale of our journey is a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 meters wide, it is the largest curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 meters into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. It is a truly spectacular sight to behold and a fitting end to our exploration of the wonders of southern Africa.

By mid-morning we transfer to Livingstone’s Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport and bid farewell to our adventure in time for early afternoon flights homeward.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience.  Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.

 

Trip Length

9 Days

Trip Dates

Upcoming Trips:

  • May 16–24, 2015

Prefer a group departure?
Africa | Asia | Europe | Latin America | South Pacific

2014 Safari Land Cost

$8,595 per person

Single Supplement

First one reserved on each departure: $775; Additional singles: $1550

View Single Supplement Policy

Single Supplements: (Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.)

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement may be charged to participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. We have made every effort to eliminate or greatly reduce this cost for most of our scheduled small-group departures; however, these savings are limited to two single supplements per departure. Therefore, the first two single participants to reserve will receive the savings. This is not applicable to our Private Collection journeys.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 90 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary).* Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

*This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Please see these trip pages for more details.

Internal Airfare

$700 per person (may be subject to change)

View Internal Airfare Description

Bush flights during your safari, between Maun, Botswana, and Livingstone, Zambia.

What's Included

  • Expert naturalist guide
  • Services of safari camp staff, including laundry service
  • Scheduled bush flights
  • All accommodations
  • All meals and select alcoholic beverages
  • All activities noted in the itinerary, such as daily game drives, night drives, mokoro excursions, and tracking walks
  • Gratuities for porterage, camp staff, mokoro paddlers, rangers, and transfer drivers
  • Mountainsmith duffle bag for each participant; the perfect size to pack for a safari!

International Airfare is not included in the price of your trip. If you would like assistance booking your international flights, Boundless Journeys can request flights on your behalf from our partner, Exito Travel. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this complimentary service. Otherwise, please contact your local travel agency or the airlines directly to make any arrangements you may need.

Please complete the following information to request a reservation. A trip deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your reservation (payable by check or major credit card). Once we receive your request we will contact you within one business day to confirm availability and answer any questions you may have.

Reserve A Trip
Total People in Party:
Trip Name:*
Departure Date:*
Title:
First Name:*
Last Name:*
Date of Birth:*
Address 1:*
Address 2:
City:*
State/Province:*
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
E-mail Address:
Day Phone:*
Evening Phone:*

*Required. Your e-mail address will not be distributed to other organizations, and you may opt-out at any time.

Name and Address of one additional person in your party, if applicable

Title:
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State/Province:
Zip/Postal Code:
Country:
E-mail Address:
Day Phone:
Evening Phone:

Accomodations Type & Traveler Information

Double: One bed Two beds
Roommate's name:
(if not listed above)
Single: I prefer single accomodations
(single supplement required/space-available basis)*
Shared: Please assist me in finding a roommate*

*please click General Information for further information
about our single supplement policy.

I give permission to Boundless Journeys to give my name and phone number to a potential roommate.

Do you have any dietary restrictions or allergies we should be aware of? Yes No
Comments:
Would you like to celebrate a special occasion on this trip? Yes No
Comments:
Please describe your outdoor experience and regular physical activities:
Please describe your health (including prescription medications), physical condition, or limitations:
How did you hear about Boundless Journeys?

About our guides
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own.

Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

Meet some of our Botswana safari guides:

Botswana Safari guide - Victor Horatius- Boundless JourneysVictor Horatius: Born and raised in Maun, Botswana, Victor spent his weekends helping out on a farm in the Kalahari, the beauty of which fascinated him. His calling to nature grew, and he began searching for a career in the beautiful Botswana wilderness.

In addition to managing safari camps in the Delta, Victor spent five years guiding at Jao Camp, ultimately obtaining both guiding and walking certifications. Tracking, botany, and photography are his passions, and he has had photos published in Africa Geographic, among other prestigious publications. He is also a contributing member of the Botswana Birdlife Association, reporting sightings of rare species.

In addition to guiding, Victor has been involved with Children in the Wilderness since 2002, and has traveled to the United States and through most southern African countries.

 

Botswana Safari guide - Thuto Moutloatsi - Boundless JourneysThuto Moutloatsi: With his father involved in tourism and conservation, Thuto had the privilege of enjoying the superb wildlife areas of Botswana from a young age. His childhood love of the wild grew into a lifelong interest in learning its secrets. While he was at school in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains in neighboring South Africa, Thuto continued to hone his natural bush skills and passion for the wilderness through hiking, walking safaris and horse riding.

After school, he undertook volunteer work at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve and then returned to Botswana, beginning his career at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. He then was hired by our Southern Africa partner, Wilderness Safaris, to guide within the Linyanti Concession, where he remained for four years.

With an insatiable interest in the differing ecosystems of Botswana, Thuto began guiding “exploration” safaris in 2006. His natural sense for guiding and his personable rapport with travelers have made him an integral member of our team and a favorite of guests.

Botswana Tour guide - Brooks Kamanakao- Boundless JourneysBrooks Kamanakao: “I was really born in the bush” states Brooks. This rings true considering he grew up in the small village of Motopi, on the banks of the then flowing Boteti River and one of the main channels of the Okavango Delta.

Belonging to the Bayei tribe (the people who introduced mokoros to the Okavango Delta), Brooks had a fascination with Botswana’s wild areas from a young age. Determined to succeed, he began his career in tourism as a casual worker, soon being granted a position as a barman/waiter. As his interest was in the bush, he soon managed to move into the position of tracker which he pursued for a year before passing the guides course in 2000.

A combination of superlative bush knowledge, friendly hosting, and a wide interest in astronomy, birding, and the diverse cultures of Botswana make Brooks an excellent all around traveling companion.

What other guests have said about our Botswana & Zambia guides:

"I wish there were words to tell you what a remarkable guide and human being Brooks is. To say he is "the best" sounds trite and superficial, but I can honestly say that my two safaris with him have opened up the way I see the world. Thoreau wrote, "it's not what you look at that matters, it is what you see." Brooks helped all of us "see" the world around us more clearly, and he opened up our hearts to the world of Botswana."
- P.C., Malibu, CA

Ask a Question about our Private Collection Trips

Call us toll-free 1-800-941-8010 or send a message below

Picture Yourself Here:

Private wildlife tracking walks, mokoro canoe safaris, and night game drives—all advantages of staying in private concessions (some activities are dependant on flood levels)

Game drives in a private vehicle with an experienced guide

Epic and diverse African landscapes and Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the natural world

Deluxe permanent camps offer an authentic and luxurious safari experience in prime locations

Upcoming Trips:

  • May 16–24, 2015

You may also be interested in:

Prefer a private departure?

Extension Options:

Announcements:

RESERVE EARLY!

Our safaris in Botswana & Zambia are limited to just 8 guests, and often fill more than six months ahead of time. That said, you can always check for late availabliity by calling 1-800-941-8010 or e-mailing info@boundlessjourneys.com.

What others have said...

"I wish there were words to tell you what a remarkable guide and human being Brooks is.  To say he is "the best" sounds trite and superficial, but I can honestly say that my two safaris with him have opened up the way I see the world. Thoreau wrote, "it's not what you look at that matters, it is what you see." Brooks helped all of us "see" the world around us more clearly, and he opened up our hearts to the world of Botswana."
- Pat C., Malibu, CA

Testimonials

Palau snorkeling trip"The Boundless Journeys trip to kayak and snorkel through Palau is the best gift I could give myself and my spirit. The crew were experts and I will forever marvel at the abundance and diversity of marine habitats there – a marine Garden of Eden."
 - Denise Franz King, Palau: Oceania Odyssey

Boundless Journeys Facebook
Boundless Journeys Twitter




*Required

For Reservations & Customer Service:
Toll-free: (800) 941-8010
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
info@boundlessjourneys.com

Home Office:
Boundless Journeys
998 South Main Street, Suite 2
Stowe, VT 05672 USA
Phone: (802) 253-1840
Toll Free: (800) 941-8010
Fax: (802) 253-1844
Email: info@boundlessjourneys.com

Frequently Asked Questions
Click to view FAQs about our journeys.

Travel Editors & Writers:
Please visit our Media Gallery.