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 30 minute flight takes you to the north west of the Okavango, to the first camp, Tubu Tree. Once you’ve settled into camp you will have some time to rest before your first game drive later that afternoon.
Tubu Tree is a charming little camp, with a very special treehouse atmosphere thanks to the high wooden walkways which link up the camp and the stilted rooms, all nestled within the trees. This is a traditional Okavango camp, with comfortable tented rooms which are smart and comfortable without being fussy. Each has a private deck to sit quietly and enjoy the views of the Okavango.
The camp lies on a large dry island in the western Okavango on an exclusive private reserve called Jao. This is a beautiful and varied corner of the Delta, dominated by wetlands with deep-water channels, seasonal floodplains and islands. At this time of year the water levels are traditionally too low for water activities, so the focus will be on game drives- which is the best way to see big game.
The area is home to a rich range of wildlife from plains game like giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, red lechwe to predators including lion, wild dog, hyena and leopard. The bird life is fantastic, especially at this time of year, with all the migratory birds visiting.