April 22, 2024

Explore the Wild: Celebrate Earth Day with Sustainable Ecotourism in Botswana and South Africa

Botswana, Chobe National Park. Lioness and cubs

In my role as Scenset’s Senior Travel Curator for Africa, I ensure I provide my clients with the very best in luxury travel. Having recently returned from a scouting trip to Botswana and South Africa, I was inspired – not only by the truly awe-inspiring natural beauty and diverse wildlife – but also each country’s deep commitment to promoting sustainable ecotourism. 

In honor of Earth Day, I’m highlighting these two remarkable destinations with custom itineraries that contribute to the preservation of fragile ecosystems and support local communities. There's no better time to explore the breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and conservation efforts in Botswana and South Africa. 

Wilderness DumaTau

Adventure in Botswana  

Experience the untamed beauty of Botswana in a 10-day journey through its iconic landscapes and rich wildlife. This journey offers a blend of adventure, luxury, and meaningful engagement with Botswana's natural wonders.

Exploring the Okavango Delta

Stay at Wilderness Chitabe for 3 nights. Known for its predator hotspots and rich wild dog population, Chitabe offers authentic tented accommodation amidst varied biodiversity. By staying at Chitabe, you directly impact the wild animals that call the Okavango Delta home. 

Stay at Moremi Game Reserve

Enjoy 3 nights at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, once reserved for royal hunting expeditions. A commitment to conservation and responsible tourism is an integral part of Sanctuary Retreats' DNA.

Encounters at Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

Spend 3 nights at Wilderness DumaTau, where exclusive excursions and up-close encounters await amidst a thriving ecosystem along the Linyanti River floodplain.

Learn more about this unique itinerary →

Elephants on safari

Explore South Africa  

South Africa beckons with its diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and thriving wildlife. But beyond its famed attractions lies a deeper connection to nature. Join us on a journey through the Big 5 of South Africa, exploring the trend of sustainable travel and conservation efforts that make each destination more than just a vacation spot.

Cape Town, Urban Chic Meets Natural Beauty

Explore Cape Town's blend of modernity and nature, from Table Mountain to the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Stay at The Silo for a luxurious sanctuary amidst the city bustle. Dive into history at Robben Island and immerse yourself in Bo-Kaap's colorful streets.

Conservation in Luxury at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 

Journey along the Garden Route to Grootbos, where Forest Lodge offers luxury amid wilderness. Experience horseback rides and marine safaris while supporting conservation through the Grootbos Foundation.

Explore the Wilderness at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Venture into the Kalahari at Tswalu Loapi, a luxury tented camp. Encounter unique wildlife such as the elusive pangolin on game drives and participate in rhino conservation efforts. At Tswalu, ecotourism means active participation in wildlife preservation.

Read on for more details about this unique itinerary →  

"There's no better time to explore the breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and conservation efforts in Botswana and South Africa."

Join me in celebrating Earth Day by promoting sustainable ecotourism in South Africa and Botswana. And if you’re interested in discussing these trips or any other adventures designed with a sustainable focus, please let us know here

About Christian Gibney 

A senior curator on Scenset's travel team, Christian is based in Austin, Texas. Coming from the biomedical engineering field, he brings a keen eye for detail and innovation to trip planning. Besides scouting out destinations for himself and his clients, he's often researching what cuisine to enjoy next – Cantonese, Caribbean, and American BBQ are a few of his favorites.