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10-day Tour Led by Allen Monroe President/CEO of The Living Desert

Contact: Erin Scott
Sr. Marketing and Public Relations Manager
760-346-5694 x.2610

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is sponsoring a trip of a lifetime with an extraordinary opportunity to visit Botswana, Southern Africa, October 21-30, 2018. The Living Desert's Botswana Great Wing Safari 10-day adventure highlights three amazing destinations with the chance to experience dry game drives, canoeing wet safaris, walking safaris, and more.

Leading the tour is Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “Botswana is truly a wild destination where the animals will roam free amongst us. This is a unique experience and one that I can’t wait to share with friends of The Living Desert,” expressed Monroe. "Throughout the trip, I will be one of your expert guides, interpreting what we see via land, water and by foot."

The itinerary begins with an overnight stop in Johannesburg before heading off to Maun, where attendees will board small bush flights to remote regions of Botswana, stay at three different camps: Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta; Camp Moremi in the Moremi Wildlife Game Reserve; and Chobe Game Lodge in Chobe National Park.

Each day, guests will branch out for a different exciting encounter including a big game drive in a 4x4 open vehicle with the chance to see huge herds of water buffalo, antelope, and elephant, observe lions, cheetahs, and leopards, watch for hippo and crocodiles as you cruise the delta waterways in mekoro (canoes), and take advantage of a walking safari from camp into grassland savannah where you will touch, hear, smell and taste the nature all around.

Situated in the center of Southern Africa, Botswana is known as “Old Africa’s Last Refuge,” a land where the animals roam free. Because of the wind-blown sands in the Kalahari Desert, the area has a small human population, making it one of the most rewarding countries in Africa to experience a big game safari.

The trip includes luxury accommodations, all meals at camp, all wildlife viewing and light aircraft transfers between lodges. International airfare is not included. There is also an optional trip extension to the stunning Victoria Falls, October 30 – November 1.

This trip is open to everyone, but space is extremely limited. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind safari opportunity, contact Amy Crabb at (760) 340-4954 or via email: Additional trip information can be found at

About The Living Desert:
The Living Desert is an AZA-accredited zoo and gardens that is dedicated to conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful experiences for guests that are remembered for a lifetime.
For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit The Living Desert is located at: 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260.