Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

When you travel to Botswana with us on a Golden Africa safari, you become a guest in our home, a part of our family and a fellow explorer in one of the most beautiful and magical places on earth – the wilderness of Botswana. The time that we spend together on safari is not merely a vacation; it is a life changing event, and we understand how important that is for every one of our guests. That is why every safari is curated from start to finish with your group’s unique personality, background and desires embedded in our itinerary for you.

The Golden African Family

Every member of the Golden Africa team has a deep passion for Botswana and our lives are dedicated to sharing it with the world. Our deep and intuitive knowledge of Botswana’s spectacular wildlife, and our respect for, and honoured relationship with the country’s indigenous people are the foundations for the experiences that you will have with us. Our staff is hired for character, trained for skill and nurtured for success. All of these qualities translate to an experience for the guest that is safe, inspired, welcoming – and most important of all, heart- stopping!

An Honored Guest in Our Home

From the moment our staff greets you in Botswana, you are a guest in our home. Our small, intimate team is inspired by a commitment to joyful service, embracing you as a friend, and respecting you as a client. The Golden Africa family is dedicated to continuous innovation to offer the highest level of comfort. Our vehicles are well designed and comfortable to accommodate your daily excursions, and our tented camp is pure luxury located in the middle of the African bush. We believe deeply in supporting the local artisans and economy, so you will find bold and beautiful furnishings featuring the designs of African designers. Our cuisine is locally sourced and prepared on site by our own chef. From early morning when we wake you gently for your morning drive, until the final embers around the campfire die out, you will be nurtured and cared for as a family member.

Your Safety is our Priority

We understand that being on safari among wild and exotic animals with unfamiliar terrain is tremendously exciting, but it can also be uncomfortable at first for some guests. Safety is the main concern in everything we do. All of our staff and guides are mature, experienced local wildlife experts and naturalists with at least 15 years of experience. Owner, Rob Barber, has more than 20 years as a certified, professional safari guide. Our core staff members are trained in first aid, and we are intimately familiar with all available medical services and facilities in the highly unlikely circumstance they might be needed.

Our very first and highest priority is to NEVER put a guest in harm’s way.

Of course, COVID-19 has added to the necessity for even more stringent safety and sanitation protocols. View our COVID-19 protocols document here. We work closely with each group to ensure that all COVID-19 procedures demanded by each country visited on the journey are followed.

Preservation of Wildlife and Culture is Our Core Belief

Golden Africa is deeply dedicated to the preservation of the wildlife and ecosystem of Botswana and Africa, and we are honoured to contribute to the preservation and enrichment of our country’s indigenous tribes.

We are deeply passionate and caring about the welfare for all animals; wild and domestic. At present, we are home to 13 rescue animals and have fostered many more. We also support the Maun Animal Welfare Society (MAWS), and serve as a member of the MAWS Committee. Part of this support motivated us to set up our camp in Habu, a remote area located far away from veterinary care, for MAWS to use as a base for an outreach program. These outreach programs are vital not only to provide veterinary care to the community’s animals, but to educate the communities on animal welfare, and to protect wildlife through the prevention of the transmission of rabies and canine distemper from domestic dogs to wildlife such as wild dogs, jackals, lions, leopards and cheetah.

We have developed a deep and longstanding relationship with the Khoi San indigenous people from the XaiXai region of western Botswana. As a result, the elders of the tribe have granted Golden Africa and our guests a unique access to their community so we can experience, understand and even engage in their culture and lifestyle.

As another gesture of friendship, we were married by elders of the tribe in a magical wedding ceremony in the bush. See Okavango weddings for some photos of our wedding!

We believe that as visitors to this land, we receive innumerable gifts – the light of the African sun, spectacular sunsets, sounds of brilliant birds never seen outside of this country, the experience of living in the moment with a leopard as she hunts, or seeing a giraffe towering above the tallest trees. We receive the welcome of the people who have lived in and loved this land for thousands of years.

And thus, we believe that we must give back for those privileges. A portion of the proceeds of each safari is contributed to the Golden Africa Trust for youth empowerment and education programs in the Xai Xai community. In addition to our contributions, we are committed to continuous innovation to ensure that all of our operations are sustainable for the land, the culture and the wildlife of Botswana.


Botswana

Africa’s Finest Safari Destination

Key Facts:

Capital: Gaborone
Area: 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles)
Population: 2.4 million
Major Languages: English (official), Setswana (National)
Currency: Pula (BWP)
Time Zone: UTC+02:00

One of Africa’s most exclusive safari destinations, Botswana is a country of striking and diverse beauty. From the richly populated waterways of the Okavango Delta to the barren openness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, and the remoteness of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is a paradise for stunning scenery and wildlife. It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world: the low population and vast areas of protected wilderness provide a haven for wildlife and offers a more exclusive and remote safari.

Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa and bordered by four countries: South Africa to the South, Namibia to the West, Zimbabwe to the East and Zambia to the North. Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe all meet in a cross at the Kazangula border crossing, one of the only places in the world where four major international boundaries meet. On 10th May 2021, the President’s of Botswana and Zambia opened the very striking Kazangula bridge, making travel between Botswana and Zambia even more efficient.

Botswana is roughly the size of France or Texas and has protected over 40% of this vast area for wildlife managements areas (WMAs). Therefore, there is a huge variety of choice in terms of habitats to explore, wildlife to see and activities on offer. In addition to traditional game drives, you can explore the Okavango’s channels peacefully by mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe), discover what you miss from the vehicle by exploring areas on foot, see the floods of the Delta via a scenic flight, get up close with meerkats in the salt pans, spend time with the awe-inspiring Ju!hoasi Khoi San bushmen of the Kalahari and plenty more!

Arguably the most exclusive safari destination in Africa, Botswana is well worth a visit.

To see the areas where we operate in are located, and for more information on them, please see the maps below.

To see the areas where we operate in are located, and for more information on them, please see the maps below.


Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice

Effective Date: 01/01/2021

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Golden Africa. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this website, except where stated otherwise. It will notify you of the following:

• What information we collect;
• With whom it is shared;
• How it can be corrected;
• How it is secured;
• How policy changes will be communicated; and
• How to address concerns over misuse of personal data.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g., to ship an order.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number provided on our website:

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Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

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We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (e.g, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

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Numerous other provisions and/or practices may be required as a result of laws, international treaties, or industry practices. It is up to you to determine what additional practices must be followed and/or what additional disclosures are required. Please take special notice of the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), which is frequently amended and now includes a disclosure requirement for “Do Not Track” signals.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls represents a spectacular sight of awe inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometres, into a gorge over one hundred meters below.

The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.

Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.

One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.