Botswana - Wildlife Safari and Learning Adventure

July 17-30, 2024
Exclusive OSU Tour

$7,975 per person, double capacity. plus airfare

Solo traveler: $9,000 for a solo room plus airfare
Final payment due March 14, 2024
Land tour with Holbrook Travel
*Minimum of 10 participants to operate  

OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION: Continue your safari experience with an optional post-trip extension to Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta, Jul. 29 - Aug. 3, 2024. Details coming soon!

 

Watch our Botswana Travel Talk to learn more about this custom OSU tour! 

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South Africa and Botswana are rich with cultural history, vast landscapes and a host of diverse animals to match. This 14-day learning program with OSU alumni embraces it all, while acquainting you with the important social initiatives currently being undertaken by OSU students and alumni in the region. Set out on wildlife-viewing drives across a variety of habitats in search of flora and fauna, meet with residents to learn about their daily way of life, and enjoy special insights into these communities for a deeper understanding of their surroundings.

  • Explore the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, home to a wild dog reserve, more than 300 bird species and all of the “Big Five” game species.
  • Experience rural life in Botswana together with Dr. Sunil Khanna, Oregon State University professor of Public Health and Human Services, and his students from the Botswana Global Health Initiative (BGHI) during a full day of immersion in the village of Maunatlala.
  • Visit two libraries founded by Bob and Sara Rothschild and the communities the libraries serve and enjoy dinner in Bob and Sara’s home in Gabarone.
  • Marvel at the seemingly endless desert landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and explore the nearby Nata Bird Sanctuary.
  • Attend a lecture about Elephants Without Borders, a conservation organization that teaches people how to live in harmony with wildlife. 
  • Embark on several wildlife-viewing drives in Botswana’s renowned Chobe National Park, looking for iconic wildlife like lions, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and herds of Cape buffalo.

Itinerary:

Depart U.S. on July 16 or 17, depending on flight schedule 

July 18: Johannesburg

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be met for your approximately 40-minute transfer to Sandton Sun. Check-in and time to rest. Johannesburg informally known as Jozi, Joburg, or "The City of Gold", is the largest city in South Africa, classified as a megacity, and is one of the 100 largest urban areas in the world. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. Johannesburg is the seat of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the center of large-scale gold and diamond trade. The city was established in 1886 following the discovery of gold on what had been a farm. Due to the extremely large gold deposit found along the Witwatersrand, within ten years, the population had grown to 100,000 inhabitants.

Overnight at Sandton Sun Hotel

July 19: Madikwe

After breakfast, you will be transferred approximately 4.5 hours to aha Thakadu River Camp in Madikwe Game Reserve. Bordering Botswana in South Africa's North West Province, the lesser-known Madikwe Game Reserve is the fifth largest reserve in South Africa. It is home to a wild dog reserve and is home to abundant wildlife including the world renowned Big Five and over 300 bird species such as vulture, ostrich and the large Kori bustard. The landscape is characterized by vast grasslands, woodlands and the rugged Tshwene Tshwene hills sheltering a host of wildlife. Upon arrival, check into the luxurious tented suite accommodations, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. All suites include an indoor bath and shower. The main lodge area is built on stilts within the riverfront vegetation and guarantees a serene setting for breakfast, dinners and relaxation.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Aha Thakadu River Camp

July 20: Madikwe

Spend the day viewing wildlife and in the evening enjoying the sunset overlooking the Madikwe Dam.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Aha Thakadu River Camp

July 21: Gabarone

After your morning wildlife drive and breakfast you will be transferred approximately 2.5 hours to the Botswana border post, Tlokweng Border Control, where you will change vehicles and where the Botswana portion of your journey will begin. Continue approximately 1 hour to the Avani Gaborone Resort, located in the heart of Gaborone. Have lunch at the hotel. This evening, enjoy a light dinner at the home of Sara and Robert Rothschild. Enjoy meeting and hearing from a member of the Ministry of Youth, Gender Sport and Culture about Botswana's educational system. Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With a full 38 percent of its total land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas - for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free - travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland. Botswana is a rarity in our overpopulated, over-developed world. Untamed and untamable, it is one of the last great refuges for Nature's magnificent pageantry of life.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Avani Gabarone Resort & Casino

July 22: Palapye

After breakfast, depart for Palapye. En route, stop at the library in Mookane to learn about the important role the Robert and Sara Rothschild Family Foundation libraries play in the community. As part of the foundation's initiative to empower underserved communities and aid in their development and education, they have established more than 19 libraries across Botswana, including the one in Mookane. Enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation before enjoying dinner at your hotel. Dr. Sunil Khanna will be joining you for dinner this evening.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Majestic Five Hotel or similar

July 23: Palapye

This morning, depart for Maunatlala for a day of immersion into rural life in Botswana and the work Oregon State University students in the Global Learning Internship program led by Dr. Khanna. Here you we welcomed by and engage with local community members and students - perhaps observe a class or get involved in sharing what you know. We will also enjoy lunch with the community and students. As part of visit, you will have the opportunity to see the Community Engagement Center being constructed with support from Bob and Sara Rothchild. After our activities in Maunatlala, we will travel back to Palapye for a relaxing dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Majestic Five Hotel or similar

July 24: Nata

Transfer approximately 5.5 hours to Nata Lodge with a stop in Francistown for lunch to break up the journey and stretch your legs. The white sand, tall termite mounds and Mokolwane palm trees are all features of the area around this small village. Nata is the best place from which to explore the eastern section of the Makgadikgadi Pans.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Nata Lodge

July 25: Nata

This morning optional visit to Nata Village. Have lunch and then later this afternoon explore the Nata Bird Sanctuary and Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. Three-hour sunset drive in open wildlife viewing vehicles. The Nata River delta feeds the Sua Pan in the Nata sanctuary and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands (Dec-Apr), transforming the shore line into a pink haze blending into the western sky.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Nata Lodge

July 26: Chobe National Park

This morning depart Nata and travel approximately 4.5 hours to Chobe National Park, en route visit the Nata library and Women's Cooperative. Arrive to the lodge near Chobe, where you will enjoy several days of wildlife-viewing drives in the National Park. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations, but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. Later in the afternoon, go on a sunset cruise in an electric powered boat on the Chobe River, where there are plentiful views of hippos, crocodiles, elephants, water buffalo and rich birdlife.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Mowana Safari Lodge

July 27: Chobe National Park

Today, enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife drives in Chobe National Park. Have dinner back at the lodge. This evening, there will be a lecture about Elephants Without Borders, a conservation organization that teaches people how to live in harmony with wildlife.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Mowana Safari Lodge

July 28: Chobe National Park

After breakfast, drive to the countryside, visit a local village and learn about living in the bush. After lunch at the lodge, have free time to rest and relax. This afternoon enjoy more wildlife viewing during a river safari or a wildlife drive. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the lodge in the evening.

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner included. Overnight at Mowana Safari Lodge

July 29: Departure

After breakfast, transfer approximately 40 minutes to Kasane airport for flight to Johannesburg and connect with return flight home.

Breakfast- included

July 30: Arrive home

OPTIONAL POST-TRIP EXTENSION: Continue your safari experience with an optional post-trip extension to Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta, Jul. 29 - Aug. 3, 2024. Details coming soon!

A $1500 per person deposit and enrollment form is due to hold your space on this trip. This deposit is refundable 125 days prior to departure excluding a $300 cancellation fee. Cancellations after this date are non refundable.

Please note: Your participation as a traveler indicates acceptance of Holbrook Travel’s Covid-19 protocols in place at time of travel.

OSU BOTSWANA GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Oregon State University Botswana Global Health Initiative (BGHI) serves as a platform for supporting teaching, research and outreach in global health and for developing sustainable solutions to the health challenges facing families and communities in Botswana and globally. The BGHI actively engages in exploring, developing and sharing concrete solutions that communities, government organizations and civil society groups can use in addressing practical problems facing needy populations in Botswana and globally. OSU students travel to Botswana as part of the Botswana Global Learning Internship Program for “hands on” global learning, cross-cultural training, and community-based work opportunities. During this tour, we will have the opportunity to interact with OSU students who are studying with Dr. Sunil Khanna and participating the in the program. Learn more about the program visit: https://health.oregonstate.edu/gh/botswana

ABOUT THE ROTHSCHILD FOUNDATION IN BOTSWANA

Oregon State University Alumni Robert Rothschild and his wife Sara Rothschild have established 19 libraries in rural areas that are now operating as part of the Botswana National Library Service. During this program, we will be hosted for dinner by Bob and Sara in their home in Botswana’s capital city of Gabarone. In the towns of Palapye and Nata, we will also be visiting two libraries that are part of the network the Rothschilds have established, as well as meeting with the local community members who enjoy this incredible resource. Click here for more details.

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