For those who want to truly disconnect from the pings, tweets, emails and vibrations of the modern world – without sacrificing any of the comfort – and immerse themselves in true African wilderness.
Delve into an untamed and exclusive luxury safari in Botswana where for nine days you awake to the sound of nature, not notifications, and where the only social networks you’ll interact with are those of wild animals, indigenous communities and expert guides.
Begin by meeting your expert naturalist guide in the small town of Maun where you’ll board a light aircraft and fly out deep into the Okavango Delta, one of the most iconic ecosystems in all Africa.
Head back to the times of the original Western explorers on an exquisitely luxurious mobile safari for six days, discovering the remotest areas of the Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. A patchwork of permanent waters, seasonal wetlands, and islands covered in forests and Savannah, this region is home to a incredible array of animals. Elephants are in abundance, along with buffalo, lion, leopard, African wild dog, giraffe and cheetah. Numerous antelope species abound, as do hundreds of bird species. You’ll head out to meet the wild residents on game drives, bush walks and boating trips, learning about this unique environment and reconnecting with nature.
Your camp is a throwback to the 1920s, with traditional canvas tents, wrought iron beds and thick feather bedding, all lit by paraffin lamps. Start the days with freshly baked bread and full English breakfasts, indulge at tea time and take three course dinners out under the stars each night. All without a hint of Wi-Fi or mobile signal to distract you from now.
Next, fly south and east to the lunar landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the middle of the central Kalahari desert. There are few places on earth as empty, the vast nothingness and all encompassing horizon a place to get a truer sense of scale and self reflect. You’ll be staying at one of the most unique camps in Africa – the legendary Jack’s Camp, owned and run by Ralph Bousfield. An oasis right out on the pans, it too harkens back to simpler, intrepid and more glamorous age of safari, with antique furniture, superb dining and impeccable hospitality.
This area is about more than game viewing – in fact for most of the year very little ventures out this far from the lush Delta. Instead it is about exploring the landscape, the isolated rocky outcrops and ancient baobabs, and learning about the traditions and skills of the bushmen, an incredible people who have survived in this otherworldly place for millennia.