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Wonderful Wild Botswana

“10 day women Only Safari & Retreat in Botswana, Hosted by Gesa & Frank”

Price $4700 USD
Country
Botswana
Duration
9 Nights
Dates
2 Mar 2020 — 11 Mar 2020
6 Spots Left
Safari Type
Lodge and Canvas, Mobile Safari
Kids Min Age
18

Join bestselling-writer Gesa Neitzel & safari expert Frank Steenhuisen, as they host you on an exclusive safari to their favourite spots in Botswana – including a visit to the Meerkats! Immerse yourself in the African wilderness and reconnect to your own wildness amongst like-minded women, whilst sharing stories around the campfire and listening to the sounds of the African savannah.

Ladies, let’s howl at the moon together and sing songs under a canopy of stars! Here is one thing I know for certain: That I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the people who inspired and helped me – some of them are a part of my journey; most of them were my mentors from afar: writers, motivational speakers, leaders… awesome people 😉 Together with safariFRANK I have finally managed to come up with a trip that incorporates everything I have learnt along the way into one unforgettable wilderness experience. Bearing in mind that most of you lovely people who follow me on social media and who have read my book are in fact WOMEN, I felt very strongly about the idea to design a tour based on the female spirit and for wild women hearts. This safari aims to cater to women of all ages and from all parts of the world to meet each other on an epic trip of self-discovery, mindfulness, awareness and wilderness. It is made with love and I can’t wait to see you out here.

Lots of love from Africa,

Gesa

Safari Rating

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highlights

  • The one and only WONDERFUL WILD Safari with Gesa Neitzel
  • Inspired by Gesas’ 2nd book “The Wonderful Wild”
  • Mindfulness & Wilderness experiences
  • An incredible 8-day mobile tented safari in Botswana – all inclusive!
  • Experience the Okavango, the Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi Pans!
  • Witness the annual zebra migration at Nxai Pan!
  • Funky accommodation at Planet Baobab.
  • Incredible wildlife sightings – Bring your cameras!
  • Music & Storytelling around the campfire
  • Gesa’s mentor and friend Okwa Sarefo as your private safari guide (one of the best in Bots!)
  • Travel around as one exclusive small group – LADIES ONLY!
  • Digital Detox
  • MEERKAT Experience!!!

map and overview

Day 1                        Arrive in Maun around 2pm, meet Gesa and Frank, set-off to Khwai!

Day 2-4                    Game viewing drives in the Khwai area of the Okavango Delta

Day 5                        Morning game-drive, then drive via Maun to Nxai Pan National Park.

Day 6-7                    Game viewing drives in Nxai Pan National Park.

Day 8                        Morning drive and transfer back to Planet Baobab.

Day 9                        Half day Makgadikgadi Pans expedition with Meerkat visit!

Day 10                      Transfer back to Maun for onward connections.

guides

Frank Steenhuisen

Originally born in Pretoria South Africa, Franks passion for Africa’s wildlife started at the age of 5, with frequent trips to his family’s property in the Greater Kruger area. 20 years later, with a stint of Australia living in-between, Frank now travels Africa extensively as a photographer, private safari guide and director of safariFRANK – identifying and visiting some of the finest safari destinations on the continent.

Gesa Neitzel

Gesa worked as a television editor in Berlin before the call of the wilderness lured her to the African continent. After several long-term trips around the globe, she discovered her love for the African bush and decided without further ado to dare being trained as a ranger in South Africa. Her book about this bold career change “Breakfast with Elephants” became a bestseller shortly after publication. Gesa is now a photographer, author and freelance tour leader exclusively for safariFRANK, who films her life every week in her “SAFARI SUNDAYS” and definitely has not seen enough baby elephants yet …

Okwa Sarefo

  • Born and raised in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
  • Has 18 years’ guiding experience.
  • Proudly Botswana professional trails guide and guide trainer.
  • Enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge of the wilderness with people.
  • Loves to meet people from all over the world.
  • He enjoys ecology and hospitality.
  • Loves elephants and tracking!
  • This is not just a job but his life.

start dates

2 March 2020 - 11 March 2020

detailed itinerary

THE EXPERIENCE:

For ten nights we will share our stories and learn from each other in the midst of the Botswana wilderness. We have designed a unique and once-in-a-lifetime safari that will stay with you for the rest of your life. This trip will give you the chance to experience first-hand what Gesa’s books are all about: Go back to the roots, reconnect with your inner wild child and be completely and unapologetically your true SELF. We have tried to pack this experience with as many features, specials, knowledge and learnings as we can, to make sure that you walk away from this trip with plenty of new input, friends, memories and ideas.

This WONDERFUL WILD Mindfulness & Wilderness Safari is aimed at women who are in the process of discovering their own truth. It’s designed for wild women who want to experience one of the last pieces of true Wilderness on Earth and who would like to exchange ideas with like-minded people who share the values of love, awareness, compassion and who embrace a gentler way of life. Our goal for this trip is to take you on a journey to your wild hearts, creating moments shared with animals and people that call Africa home; explaining in detail the complexities and intricate relationships of all that is natural.

THE ROUTE:

We start off in the stunning Khwai Community Reserve for a strong dose of wildlife as we explore this diverse and stunning section of the Okavango Delta. Then – we venture out to the remote Nxai Pan where we expect to see the annual zebra migration mixed with the resident Kalahari species that call this unique region home. For both Khwai and Nxai Pan we will sleep in tents under the stars and relax around the most authentic campfire for a real wilderness experience in our own exclusive mobile camp! The last camp will lead us to the most fun activity to have in the whole of Botswana: The MEERKATS of the Magkadigaki Salt Pans! The meerkats live a totally wild life but are very used to humans and are known to use us as vantage points to look out for predators! Bring your cameras, because this is going to be the best bucket list photo memory you will ever get the chance to take!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

We would like to encourage you to not wear make-up during the trip (BE NATURAL) and pack as little clothing as possible. There will be time for daily journaling-sessions, Yoga if you’d like to practice a bit, and deep conversations around the fire. We would like to invite you to just go with the flow and live in the moment.

accommodation

The trip will see you comfortably accommodated, well fed and very well looked after. The mobile tented safari is fully serviced by our personal camp crew who cook exceptional meals, serve cold drinks (everything is included here!), pitch comfortable tents and make the camp spotless and ready for your arrival. This is far from traditional camping and should be seen more as a “mobile tented lodge” with your own personal crew who do all of the work. The tents are 3×3 metre dome tents which sleep two guests on proper bed frames with mattresses and quality linen. Each tent has an en-suite bush bathroom which contains a bucket shower and short pitfall toilet.

price

Price is USD$ 4700 Per Person Sharing.

(The price will be converted fromUSD$ to your currency at the time of booking. Any price indicated in another currency other than USD is merely indicative.)

Maximum of 6 Ladies sharing

Enquire for single supplement.

Included

  • Accommodation as stated above.
  • All inter-camp transfers between locations, starting and ending in Maun.
  • Game viewing activities
  • All meals (meals excluded at Planet Baobab).
  • Services of Gesa and Frank as your safari hosts.
  • Services of Okwa Sarefo as your private professional guide for the entire duration.
  • Entrance/park fees and excursions.
  • Half Day meerkat and Pans visit with breakfast included. (weather dependent)
  • A daily allocation of a selection of local beverages including beer, wine, waters and cold drinks – at Khwai Mobile Camp & Nxai Pan Mobile Camp Only. (Planet Baobab drinks and meals excluded)

Excluded

  • International Flights and airport taxes.
  • Pre and post safari accommodation.
  • Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
  • Laundry.
  • Meals & Drinks at Planet Baobab.
  • Gratuities.
  • Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
  • ENTRY VISA FEES.
  • BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).

additional information

Expectations:

  • Must be willing to sleep in comfortable yet basic tents in the Mobile Camp.
  • Expect warm to hot temperatures with chances of rain (Trip is towards the end of Botswana’s Rainy season).
  • Its green season so vegetation will be lush green and beautiful for photographs.
  • Mobile camps have no permanent ablution facilities; however, each tent has en-suite short drop bush toilets & bucket shower.
  • Charging facilities available throughout.
  • The Mobile Camps are eco-friendly, designed to be erected and dismantled within hours, leaving no trace on the environment.
  • Meerkat activity included, however is weather dependent.

Additional Info:

  • Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Times of activities, meals, transfers is subject to change.
  • Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 18 years paying full fare.
  • Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
  • Women only as guests.
  • PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
  • As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip. The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • Rates are quoted as per person sharing.
  • You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favorable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favorable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.

Helpful tips

  • Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from South Africa; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
  • Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Botswana are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
  • Luggage: Is restricted to 20 kg (including hand luggage) per person in a soft bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. If adding extensions that involve light aircraft transfers the luggage limit may be reduced further to 12 kg in soft bags (please enquire if this may apply to you)

 

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