Botswana: Safari to benefit rhino relocation effort
Extraordinary Journeys’ latest safari has a philanthropic bent, raising funds to benefit the Great Plains Foundation’s Zeros for Rhinos. The initiative seeks to relocate 100 rhinos to Botswana’s Okavango Delta from poaching zones in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The safari begins with three days in the Okavango, one of Botswana’s prime wildlife viewing areas, where activities can include game drives (both day and night) and excursions by dugout canoe. Accommodations are at the remote -- but luxurious -- Duba Plains Camp, built on an island and surrounded by 86,000 acres of game reserves.
The next four days are spent in the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve, in northern Botswana, home to large herds of elephants as well as zebras and African wild dogs. Nights will be spent at the Zarafa Camp, known for its turn-of-the-20th-century safari ambiance.
The excursion ends with three nights at the luxury tent camp Islands of Siankaba Lodge, built on the banks of the Zambezi River on the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. Guests here will have their choice of activities such as elephant-back safaris or white-water rafting on the river.
Dates: Travel is valid Nov. 1 to May 31.
Price: From $12,000 per person (with almost $6,000, the cost of the stay at Zarafa Camp, going to Zeros for Rhinos). Includes accommodations at the three camps, meals and in-country transportation. International airfare is not included.
Info: Extraordinary Journeys, (212) 226-7331