In celebration of Women’s Month (August), we are extremely proud and excited to announce that the Chobe Game Lodge all-female guiding team were featured in a Sunday edition of the New York Times in a wonderful travel piece titled – Yes, It’s Her Safari written by Hillary Richard. The article was printed on the 27 August edition of the New York Times on the front page of the travel section. There is also an online version of the article available on their website. The online article is titled The Wonder Women of Botswana Safari.
Hillary visited us to experience first-hand what it’s like to be guided by our team of female guides who have made their mark in the industry and call the Chobe National Park their home.
“This unassuming little piece of the country holds a special place in Botswana’s history: Chobe Game Lodge, located in Botswana’s first national park, has the first and only all-female guiding team in Africa. The lodge is one of the most progressive safari destinations in Africa, thanks in part to the success of its female guide team with guests.”
Our female guide recruitment policy back in 2005 when it employed it’s first two female guides. Today, the entire guiding team consists of women – all professionally trained, passionate and ready to show you the wonders of the Chobe National Park.
While on safari with us, Hillary immersed herself in her safari, discovering exactly what it is about the Chobe National Park that makes it one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations. From early morning game drives, to late afternoon river safaris on the Chobe River, she did it all, enjoying some exceptional sightings along the way.
But it wasn’t only about the guides and wildlife encounters that caught Hillary’s attention, she also took the time to learn more about Chobe Game Lodge, the lodges unique history and strong focus in responsible tourism.
“Botswana’s tourism industry is heavily focused on conservation, a concept echoed in environmental initiatives at the lodge, like its recycling plant that handles 95 percent of the lodge’s waste, a closed-circuit water treatment plant and an on-site biogas plant (the building itself is made from recycled glass bottles). In addition to the electric boats (similar to wide, flat pontoon boats), the property has one electric Land Cruiser and three electric Land Rovers, with plans to convert the remaining seven Land Cruisers later on.”
Thank you to Hillary for visiting us and for featuring our guides in your latest travel piece! For more information on our guiding team, visit our About Chobe Game Lodge page.