March 2016 – Wilderness Safaris offers a continuously-evolving range of privately-guided, experience-based Explorations, providing guests with the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in some of Africa’s most pristine and remote wilderness areas.
“We are delighted to launch three new Explorations in Botswana and an exciting walking safari in Hwange, Zimbabwe”, said Simon Stobbs, Wilderness Safaris Explorations Manager. “Rather than simply being spectators, today’s experiential travellers tend to seek out highly personalised offerings that allow them to participate in the adventure. Our Explorations, most of which take place in private wildlife concessions exclusive to Wilderness Safaris guests, have been created with this in mind and include a range of activities that allow our guests to experience the bush in a completely immersive way – whether it’s tracking wildlife on foot, or enjoying a dinner in the middle of the wilderness”.
Each exclusive Exploration is led by one passionate and experienced guide from start to finish, sharing his or her in-depth knowledge while also tailoring the journey to the personal interests and preferences of the guests along the way. “Added to this, our guides are accomplished wildlife photographers in their own right, and are keen to share their tips and experience to ensure guests capture that perfect image to show their friends and family back home”, adds Stobbs.
Explorations are limited to just seven guests per departure, guaranteeing an intimate, personal experience as well as a “window seat” on game drive vehicles. With no single supplement for new bookings, Explorations are also a great option for solo travellers, while a minimum of two guests are required for each trip.
Wilderness Safaris has recently launched a number of new Explorations, which have been designed to cater for specific traveller types, from first-time safari-goers to adventure seekers:
- Into the Wilderness Botswana (6 nights / 7 days) – This peak season itinerary takes guests into Botswana’s Okavango Delta, with three nights at Xigera Camp, and the Linyanti, with three nights at Linyanti Tented Camp. This Exploration is ideally suited to first-time safari-goers.
- Okavango Channels and Plains (6 nights / 7 days) – Taking place in the summer months from January to April, this itinerary sees guests spend three nights exploring the prime wildlife areas surrounding Gomoti Tented Camp followed by three nights at Xigera Camp. This Exploration is ideally suited to first-time safari-goers.
- Hwange Walking Safari (4 nights / 5 days) – Adventure-seekers are able to explore Hwange’s wildlife-rich Linkwasha Concession by foot and vehicle. Guests will spend one night at Davison’s Camp, followed by two nights of wild camping in dome tents, and the final night at the luxurious Linkwasha Camp.
- The Trans-Okavango (9 nights / 10 days) – With just one departure a year, this exclusive Exploration gives guests the rare opportunity to walk, boat, fly and helicopter from camp to camp. Guests will stay at the following Wilderness Safaris camps: Tubu Tree, Pelo, Xigera, Mombo and Chitabe.
These new itineraries complement Wilderness Safaris Explorations’ existing portfolio, which includes a range of journeys through Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Guests also have the option of tailor-making their own Exploration, ensuring a privately-guided journey that meets their own requirements, dates and interests.
Privately-Guided Exploration Activities: Mokoro trips in the Delta, walking safaris in Hwange and game drives at Chitabe