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Supporting conservation and the community at Desert & Delta’s camps

We want to not only minimise our footprint but have a positive impact on the people and wildlife around us…

By James Wilson
Director of Sales and Marketing at Desert & Delta Safaris

As a safari operator with camps in remote parts of Botswana, we know how important it is to make tourism sustainable – both in terms of supporting local communities and protecting the nature around us.

All of our camp staff are from Botswana and trained under our Citizen Development Program, which teaches them the skills they need to become camp managers. We’re also committed to gender equality – 50% of our camp managers are women, and Chobe Game Lodge has Africa’s first all-female safari guiding team. We also have a doctor and wellness team on hand for all staff at our camps.

We offer a number of initiatives to support local communities, such as a Youth Trainee Development Program targeted at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. At Leroo La Tau, we work closely with the primary school in the village of Khumaga, offering career advice, taking students on daytrips into the national park and helping with their education more generally. Guests visit the school and village on the last day of their stay, so they get to see the positive impact they’re having – $60 from every guest who books the Community and Conservation Package is put towards funding these initiatives.

The other half of our work is focused on the environment. Chobe Game Lodge is home to Africa’s first electric safari vehicles and boats, as well as a big recycling facility, while Camp Okavango runs entirely on renewable energy, with a solar plant on site.

Over the years we’ve also supported several conservation projects, including the government’s Rhino Relocation and Reintroduction Project, and the Chobe-Zambezi Lion Group, which monitors lion numbers. We work closely with Elephants Without Borders (EWB), which supports local farming communities in wildlife areas, helping them produce crops without conflict with elephants. We recently raised over $20,000 for the project through our Cares Movement, where we asked future travellers to buy open-dated travel vouchers and donated 10% of all proceeds to EWB.

By building a sustainable tourism model, we want to not only minimise our footprint but have a positive impact on the people and wildlife around us – helping local communities while ensuring guests can enjoy the best of this country for years to come.

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Alfred & James Wilson

James grew up in South Africa and has lived in Botswana for 10 years. He began as Marketing Manager at Chobe Game Lodge before being promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing at Desert & Delta Safaris’ head office in Maun. He has a passion for birding and wildlife photography and runs Inspiring African Travel, a podcast and digital platform promoting responsible travel in Africa.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like James, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.

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