This morning we will have an early breakfast before setting off on our Cultural Tour of Maun. This is an immersive local experience, which brings to life many of the aspects of Batswana culture captured in the No.1 Ladies' books.
This tour offers an authentic glimpse of life in Botswana. We will learn about local customs and traditions from your host, intermingled with their own personal experiences. You will feast your senses on the sights, smells, and sounds of Botswana when walking through the vibrant marketplace. Along the way we will meet some of our resident talents and admire their crafts. We will visit a kgotla, a public meeting area which forms the heart of every local community, and hear about some of the local customs and how they are enforced. Visiting a women's basket weaving co-operative you'll have a chance to try your hand at the ancient practice of basket weaving and hear the stories behind the beautiful patterns. Finally, the tour ends with a delicious lunch of traditional dishes by one of Botswana's finest chefs.
After lunch we drive to the Airport to catch our flight to the Okavango Delta - our safari begins!
A 20 minute flight takes you to the north west of the Okavango, to the first camp, Qorokwe. Once you’ve settled into camp you will have some time to rest before your first game drive later that afternoon.
Qorokwe (pronounced ‘Korokwe’) is a luxurious lodge located in one of the finest game viewing areas in Botswana. The lodge sits on a private concession encompassing over 26 180 hectares (64 692 acres) in a high-density game area of the south-eastern Okavango, bordering the renowned Moremi Game Reserve. This area is well known for the high density of predators, with frequent and explosive big cat sightings. Elephants numbers are excellent too as well of course as general plains game. Exploring Qorokwe reveals a world of diverse Delta habitats supporting a wealth of wildlife, earning the area’s well-deserved reputation as a top Botswana safari destination. As for the level of guiding and service – you are in expert hands with Wilderness safaris, who we know well.
Qorokwe is a stylish property. Instead of traditional tented rooms the lodge has embraced a more contemporary look, with sharper box-like designs – it has a mostly open-plan structure of geometric wrought iron and wood in the main area. The views take in the edge of the permanent lagoon which attracts a steady stream of thirsty animals.
There are nine smart and spacious suites each with a lounge area with a sofa and chairs, with the bed set in the centre of the large room, draped in a mosquito net. There is a private deck on each room, with day beds to relax and take in the views. Each room has both standing fans and fans over the bed, wifi, and tea and coffee making facilities.