Travel to Southern Africa to choose the best sites, camps, and activities to incorporate into a future Princeton Journeys program.

Please join Princeton Journeys and a select group of travelers on a special adventure to Botswana. In order to create the best possible Journey for future travelers, Leslie will travel to Botswana to observe a number of wildlife areas, field camps, and accommodations; meet with conservation experts and Princeton in Africa fellows at their project sites; and pack in more than the average traveler might undertake—all for the sake of putting together a knock-out Journey. You are invited to provide your feedback in the creation of this new program.

Highlights of this invitation only experience include opportunities to:

  • Meet with current Princeton in Africa Fellows (all members of Princeton's great Class of 2010) at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, the Baylor/Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Center in Gaborone, and African Impact in Livingstone.
  • Spend three days in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, one of the most remote and unspoiled places on the African continent and over 20,000 square miles in area, and enjoy guided wildlife drives and more active walking safaris.
  • Explore the richness of the Okavango Delta from two camps—one that allows the perfect base for night drives and another that lets you glide through remote waterways and fertile islands in mokoros, or small dugout canoes, putting you on eye-level with riverine wildlife.
  • Evaluate all aspects of the trip, talking around the fire each night with fellow travelers and trip staff about the accommodations (all quite luxurious), transportation, meetings, and experiences.
  • Extend the Journey with a post-trip extension to the Zambian side of the legendary Victoria Falls, again meeting with Leslie and other staff to register your impressions.

The group size on this carefully crafted sampling itinerary will be capped at 14.

About the Study Leader

Graham Johansson will join the group as lead guide. Graham is a professional guide and an accomplished wildlife photographer. He has been leading private and specialist photographic tours and safaris since 1994 in Botswana, his first love and an area he knows intimately, as well as in Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Graham was born and raised on a farm in Zambia, educated in Zimbabwe, and moved to South Africa to further his studies, train, and pursue a career in tourism. Graham is now based out of Cape Town where he lives with his wife and two sons. His passion is found in the intangible harmony and beauty of the wilds and outdoors. An avid naturalist with a well published portfolio of wildlife photographs that have appeared in a variety of publications, he is well suited to interpret natural history and what can capture that special moment by camera. He will be joined by other local driver/guides. Commentary from local experts, including three Princeton in Africa fellows and a conservation biologist, will round out the program’s educational offerings.


Trip Details

  • Dates: May 1-11, 2011
  • Cost: From $6,450 per person, double occupancy; extension: $1,695 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $750 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Classic Escapes

Trip Resources

View photos from 2011 trip

CIA World Factbook: Botswana

Botswana Map [PDF]

Botswana Tourism Board

Princeton in Africa Website

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