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July 19-26, 2016
L:R Zafara Dhow Suite & Josh Iremonger (under that hat!) 
"My job as a guide is to educate my guests whilst on our safari, but not only that,
it is to make the bond between Africa and the guest a real and thrilling experience." 
- Josh Iremonger
Cape Town, South Africa - (November 24, 2015) - With nearly 40% of its territory set aside for National Parks, Botswana is one of Africa’s most distinguished countries for wildlife exploration. Passage to Africa has crafted a unique canoe safari adventure through the Botswana's Selinda Nature Reserve, July 19-26, 2016, for a party of four people. In the spirit of ‘giving back’, a portion of the safari cost will go directly to Rhinos Without Borders, securing the safety of rhinos from poaching across the continent.
Canoeing experience is helpful but not necessary, as this itinerary begins with five days of easy paddling and shoreline foot explorations along the Selinda Canoe Trail. The 30-mile canoe trail links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando water systems, navigating deep into spillway islands and lagoons that cannot be accessed by other means. Fly camping on the banks of the river at night and exploring its snaky bends during the day enables close encounters with the diverse wildlife of Botswana in these vast floodplains and grasslands.  
After the canoe trek, the group will enjoy three days of wild luxury whilst lodging at the Zafara Dhow Suites. The new 2,200-square-feet suites are known as the ultimate private retreat in Botswana and can accommodate up to six guests in the 1920s safari-style campaign tent complete with two master suites and separate bath tents. The suites offer a private outdoor deck with swimming pool, dining and campfire areas with panoramic lagoon views coupled with private chef and dedicated host staff. 
(African rhinos are on the fast track to extinction with about 20,000 white rhinos and 5,000 black rhinos throughout the continent; subspecies like the northern white rhino have only 4 surviving rhinos.)
The itinerary will be led by famed Expedition Okavango guide, Josh Iremonger, who recently completed a three-month journey across three African countries canoeing six rivers and more than 1,000 miles of wild water. 
Safari highlights at Selinda Nature Reserve include: 
  • Encounters with Botswana’s largest herds of elephant, buffalo, and antelope

  • Observing the lagoons crowded with hippos, crocodiles and water birds

  • Sleeping in the wild whilst being serenaded by nature 

  • Exploring a predator-rich environment, home to cheetah, lion, wild dog, and leopard

Dedicated to conserving and maintaining Earth's natural habitats, Passage to Africa along with its partner, Great Plains Conservation, have teamed up with Rhinos Without Borders on a brilliant initiative to protect Africa's rhinos. 20% of the safari cost will be donated directly to Rhinos Without Borders, a conservation program that is moving rhinos away from poaching zones and into secure Botswana Parks, safe from the threat of poachers.