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Eco-farm & Wilderness Retreat in the Okavango Delta

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Spend 3-days immersed in nature with eco-farming, cooking classes and chilling poolside at a boutique lodge in the lush Okavango Delta

Days

3 days, 1 country

Accommodation

3 nights in Lodge

Meals

2 Breakfasts

Transport

Safari Vehicles

Travel style

Detour

Group Size

Maximum 10 people

Team

Local Host

Map & Itinerary

Day 1

Traveler cooking on open fire on day 1 of the Eco Farm and Wilderness Retreat in Okavango Delta, South Africa

Okavango Delta

Touching down in Maun, we'll jump in an open game viewer vehicle to transfer to our beautiful boutique lodge, the Tshilli Farm, approximately 45 minutes drive north of Maun and nestled in the African bush. Here we'll meet our hosts, Sophie and Adi, and have a look around the magical nature paradise at the gateway to the Okavango Delta that will be our home for the next 3 days. Next, after grabbing a bite of lunch from the a la carte menu at the Tshilli Cafe, we'll let you get settled into your luxurious, rustic chalet rooms scattered around the property. This afternoon you'll have time for a dip in the pool, followed by a drink from the bar and a rendezvous at the sundowner deck to catch one of the best sunsets in northern Botswana. After the sun goes down, the fireplace is calling, the on-site chef will take orders for dinner, and we'll be served family-style in the large open-plan dining room. Already this place feels like home!

Day 2

Traveler in Safari Truck on day 2 of Eco Farm and Wilderness Retreat Trip Okavango Delta, South Africa

Okavango Delta

Jump up at sunrise the next morning to grab some breakfast before our first big adventure with our host, Adi. Adi will take us on a morning game drive to see some of Botswana's wildest creatures (both small and large) in their natural habitat - and if we're lucky, we might even find a hippo-studded lagoon to stop next to for a cup of coffee and some biscuits.

Back at the Tshilli Farm by late morning, we'll have time to relax by the pool or explore the property a little more. Lunch is at our own leisure and can be enjoyed wherever you find a comfortable spot.

Meeting back with Adi in the early afternoon, we'll take a walk together through his farm, listening to his gardening philosophies, how he creates his own natural fertilizer and how to remove a python from the chicken coop! We'll also collect a selection of herbs and plants to use after our walk, when we'll gather in the kitchen for a unique type of cooking class - preparing herbal tinctures.

Depending on what we gathered earlier, we'll create our own immune boosting power mix of herbs, spices, leaves and fruit, full of goodness, that Adi uses daily to keep both himself and his plants healthy. Once our potions are boiled and ready to take back with us, we'll head over to the bar for an evening drink. After a full day immersed in learning about the natural world, we'll unwind here around the fire before another chef-cooked meal again tonight. 

Day 3

Travelers on a boat viewing elephants on Okavango Delta, South Africa

Okavango Delta

With nothing officially scheduled for this morning, this is your chance to experience the Tshilli Farm in your own way. Think lying in bed with a coffee listening to the sounds of the forest awakening, rising early to visit the farm's vegetable patch and free-range chickens, or finding Adi to join him in his morning wanders and activities. This is also your chance to explore the mountain bike trails throughout the property, or if the season is right, borrow a Mokoro (dugout canoe) and pole yourself through the waterways. However you choose to spend your morning, make the most of it before we part ways, ending with a transfer to Maun Airport in time for your departure flight.

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