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Eco Farm and Wilderness Retreat in the Okavango Delta

DETOUR MINI ADVENTURE

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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

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Meals

    2 Breakfasts

  • Transport Style

    Safari Vehicles

  • Group Size

    Maximum 10 people

  • Team

    Local Host

Okavango Delta

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Welcome to Detour. This isn't just another holiday: this is travel that connects you, teaches you and changes you. Get off the tourist trail and learn new skills with a local host, discovering spectacular destinations through a local's eyes. These mini-adventures will change the way you look at the world.

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Meet your host

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Adrian Dandridge

The farm is run by Adrian Dandridge (Adi), an old character of Maun that has a deep love and knowledge for all things natural. Adrian is a key element to the experience. The “walk with Adi” will encompass spending some time with Adi during his normal routine (of which he has none!). He will take the travellers around the farm and chat about his various methods or current projects, these could range from harvesting mushrooms or fixing fences, to finding ways to keep elephant from his banana trees.

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DAY 1

cooking over open fire

Tshilli Farm

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

Safari car passing Elephants

Tshilli Farm

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

small boat passes Elephants

Depart Tshilli Farm

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.

All accommodation is included

Tshilli Farm

Okavango Delta, South Africa

About this trip

If you've just finished an incredible African safari, this 3-day excursion at the boutique, luxury, rustic Tshilli Farm is the perfect chance to sit back, relax and reminisce at luxury glamping accomodation on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Spend your days chilling by the pool, grabbing a drink for sundowners on the deck, going for game drives in the Delta, exploring the mountain bike trails, and experiencing life on a unique self-sustaining eco-farm and lodge.

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