The aftermath of the pandemic saw the country’s income from its low-volume, high-cost tourism industry plummet by 76% in 2020. Yet among the redevelopments and reconstructions of lodges, this year announced a trio of new camps. prestigious, proving that Botswana remains the jewel in the crown of African safari.
Wilderness Safaris has launched Little DumaTau, the intimate little sister of nearby DumaTau Camp in the wildlife-rich Linyanti Game Reserve bordering Namibia. In the Khwai concession of the Okavango Delta, African Bush Camps unveiled its magnificent new Khwai Leadwood camp. Offering walking, mokoro tours, helicopter tours and bird watching, the camp has strong ties to the community, its design inspired by local basket-weaving traditions.
Red Carnation also unveiled the Xigera Safari Lodge near the western borders of the Moremi Preserve. As much a walk-in art collection as it is one of the most elite lodges on the entire continent, Xigera showcases some of Africa’s most talented artists and designers in the heart of the delta. Okavango.
How to do: Far & Wild Travel (01768 603715; farandwild.travel) offers a bespoke Okavango Delta tour with four nights in Khwai Leadwood and three in Xigera all inclusive from £ 11,995 per person including flights.
Common wisdom has it that Canada is a superlative kingdom of color-coded bears, herds of caribou, spy killer whales, rail adventures, arctic blue lakes and skies filled with the Northern Lights. Admirably, it fills that bucket list potential, but more than ever it feels like a marketing dream for times like these: Nature is on the rise, adventures are steeped in the landscape, and social distancing – in a country of this size – is practically a human right. Here, space is plentiful.
Since 2019 – a banner year for Canada, with 22.1 million arrivals, including 876,000 British – many small tourism operators and First Nations communities have turned to more sustainable and informed experiences.
The thrill of Indigenous Niagara Living Museum Tours is to experience something new and intimate about the all too familiar Horseshoe Falls south of Toronto, while the off-grid Klahoose Wilderness Resort in British Columbia, now owned by First Nations Nations, is a top level example of a community – run an eco lodge and spiritual resting place. You can watch grizzly bears on Toba Inlet, hike the shoreline islands of Desolation Sound, and learn about Aboriginal Klahoose culture.