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Botswana Safari

Kalahari and Delta Safari

Small group participation camping safari - 14 nights / 15 days

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San Bushman Mekoro safari in the Okavango Lioness and cub in Botswana The Victoria Falls
Tour code: BK15

A true exploration of Botswana. We visit the awe inspiring Central Kalahari, the famous Okavango Delta, the game rich Nxai Pan, the vastness of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the elephant herds of Chobe, and finish off with a natural wonder of the world – Victoria Falls! A true African adventure!

Departs: Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday at 6:30am.      
Ends: Livingstone, Zambia on Saturday at 8:00am.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum.

• A true wildlife expedition through the Botswana – see it all!
• All inclusive trip with, adventure, wildlife during the beautiful summer months.
• Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Baines Baobabs, Chobe & Victoria Falls.

• Khama – Rhino Sanctuary
• Central Kalahari – open 4WD game drives
• Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion and bush walks
• Nxai Pan – large herds of plains game
• Makgadikgadi Pans – feel the vastness of Africa
• Chobe – watch huge herds of elephants
• Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion and bush walks
• Victoria Falls – adventure activities

• 14 nights camping
• Entrance fees
• Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags & pillows)
• Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
• Meals as per itinerary
• Professional guide
• Central Kalahari & Okavango Delta mokoro excursion

SAFARI COST (2013): $2,290 per person sharing, plus local payment of US$ 300 (in cash).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (2013): Single supplement US$105.

If you are a single traveler, you will be assigned to room with another same gender single traveler and there is no supplemental payment required.  If you request to room alone, then a price supplement will be charged.


Kalahari & Delta Safari map

DAY 1; (1 Night)

Rhino at Khama SanctuaryAn early start as we depart Johannesburg at 6:30am and head north across the border into Botswana at Martins Drift. The Kharma Rhino Sanctuary is a 4,300-hectare community based wildlife reserve and is an integral part of the conservation and re-introduction of the white rhino to Botswana. We arrive in the late afternoon, set up camp and enjoy a game drive in search of rhino, zebra and wildebeest. Our evening is enjoyed around a campfire and we fall asleep to the sounds of the African wilderness.

Includes: Lunch & dinner. Entrance fees to Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers.
Distance / Time: 630km, ± 7½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: N/A

DAYS 2 - 4; (3 Nights)

San bushman drinkingThe Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is one of the largest game reserves in the world (52,800 square kilometre). Made famous by Mark and Delia Owen in the book Cry of the Kalahari, its remoteness, unforgiving climate and harsh terrain have kept it pristine and untamed. This reserve is characterised by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. During the summer months, when the rains fall, the Kalahari grasslands turn green and lush and the good grazing attracts large herds of zebra, wildebeest springbok and gemsbok (oryx). Following the herds we hope to find the Kalahari lions. We use 4WD vehicles to visit the northern portion of the reserve and camp wild for 3 nights.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Entrance fees to Central Kalahari, and morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle.
Wild camping – basic ablution, bucket showers.
Distance / Time: 420km, ± 6 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & game drives.
Optional Activities: N/A

DAY 5; (1 Night)
MAUN, Botswana 

Children in Maun, BotswanaOur next stop is Maun the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Here we restock on provisions and enjoy a swim in the pool, a cool drink in the bar and a restaurant meal (own expense). Opportunity to take a light aircraft flight over the channels Okavango in the late afternoon (own expense).

Includes: Breakfast & lunch.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities with hot showers, restaurant & bar.
Distance / Time: 300kms, ± 5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

DAYS 6 - 7; (2 Nights)

Leopard in Moremi Game ReserveWe venture by 4WD into the vast wilderness of the Okavango Delta where we meet our local community guides. Relax as your poler expertly guides your mokoro (dugout) through the winding channels of the delta. Camp is set up on the islands under a towering canopy of trees. We set out on foot for morning and evening game walks with local guides. During the heat of the day, time is spent relaxing in camp or swimming in the clear delta waters. Birdlife in the Okavango during the summer months is spectacular with all of the summer migrants returning to this water wonderland. The sound of birds is sure to wake you at dawn each morning!

Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Entrance to Okavango Delta, mokoro excursion, morning & afternoon game walks with local guides.
Overnight: Wild camping - basic facilities with bucket shower.
Distance / Time: 2 hours 4WD transfer into the Delta, each way.
Optional Activities: N/A

DAYS 8 - 9; (2 Nights)

Makgadikgadi Pans in BotswanaWe return to the “poling station” and continue with our 4WD to the vast fossil lake beds which form the unique and beautiful Nxai Pan national park. These pans surrounded by baobab and umbrella thorn trees are covered with short nutritious grass that attracts the wildlife. One of few parks that is best in rainy season, we spend the next two days on a game drives hoping to spot large herds of springbok and gemsbok and zebra. The seven giant trees that form the famous Baines Baobabs are a highlight of the visit.

Includes: Breakfast x2, lunch x1, dinner x2. Entrance fees to Nxai Pan National Park, game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicles.
Overnight: Wild camping - basic facilities with bucket showers.
Distance / Time: 300kms, ± 5½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing, shopping & lunch.
Optional Activities: N/A

DAY 10; (1 Night)

Cocktails beside the Makgadikgadi PansCamping wild on the flat Makgadikgadi pans is an experience you’ll never forget. After watching the sunset over the pans, the evening is spent enjoying wide open spaces and the canopy of stars.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Entrance fees to Makgadikgadi Pans.
Overnight: Wild camping – basic facilities with bucket shower.
Distance / Time: 250kms, ± 5 hours excluding stops for sightseeing.
Optional Activities: N/A

DAYS 11 - 12; (2 Nights)

ZebrasChobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephants. We set up camp in Chobe and enjoy afternoon and morning game drives. The afternoon of day 12 we embark on a cruise on the Chobe River, a brilliant wildlife experience where we get close to the hippopotamus, crocodiles and elephants. Keep an eye out for the endemic Chobe puku.

Includes: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Entrance to Chobe National Park, morning & afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicles.
Overnight: Wild camping – basic facilities with bucket shower.
Distance / Time: 450km, ± 5½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: N/A

DAYS 13 - 14; (2 Nights)

Tour of Victoria Falls in ZambiaWe cross the border into Zambia at the Kazangula Ferry. Our afternoon is spent exploring the Mosi au Tunya NP and enjoying the views as the mighty Zambezi plunges 100m over the Victoria Falls. The following day is free to enjoy the range of adventure activities including river rafting, bungee jumping and the Flight of Angels over the falls (own expense). We sample the local cuisine at a variety of restaurants in the evening (own expense).

Includes: Breakfast x2. Entrance Fees to see the Victoria Falls.
Overnight: Campsite - good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, bar & restaurant.
Distance / Time: 85km, ± 1 hour, excluding border formalities (which can take 2 to 4+ hours).
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, elephant back safaris, scenic flights & many more.

DAY 15
Zambia  [Tour ends - breakfast]

At the Victoria FallsThis morning the tour ends at 8:00 am on Day 15.

Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!
Sustainable Tourism: A Botswana guide travels with us through the national parks. This ensures employment for local people and direct benefits for the community from tourism. The local guides are highly knowledgeable so please ask plenty of questions, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn.



Detailed Accommodation Information:
• Camping - for 4 nights on safari we stay at designated campsites in national parks, on private land and in towns. Campsite facilities are generally very good but in places can be basic. There are hot and cold showers, restaurants, washing facilities and telephones available at most of the campsites. Some camps in Botswana have simple reed enclosures for showers but do have flush toilets! Sunway supplies all the camping equipment with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metres and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest.
• Wild camping - for 10 nights while in the Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans & Chobe National Park, we camp wild in private campsites. Wild camps have no facilities; we will need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild camping is very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. Toilets will be of the “dig and bury” variety.

Why travelers like this trip
Variety - a tour that explores Botswana. Visit the awe inspiring Central Kalahrai, famous Okavango Delta, the fame rich Nxai Pan, the vastness of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the elephant herd of Chobe and finish off with the awesome Victoria Falls - a natural wonder of the world!
National Parks and wildlife areas - we visit Khama Rhino Sancturay, Central Kalahar, the wilderness of the Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Baines Baobabs, Chobe as well as other lesser-known wildlife areas and Victoria Falls. This trip visits some fantastic wildlife areas.
Culture and history - we try to introduce you to the people of the areas we visit. We also get to spend several days with our local Okavango guides where we have the opportunity to experience a living contact with local people.
Small group - traveling in groups of up to 12 people creates a friendly, holiday atmosphere.
Walking - every opportunity to get out and walk in the areas such as Namib Desert, Spitzkoppe, Brandberg, Victoria Falls and Okavango Delta. Walks are easy to moderate exertion and optional. Duration from ½ - 4 hours.
Adventure - activities available include: rafting the mighty Zambezi, Bungi jumping, sky diving, horse riding, scenic flight over the Delta, mokoro trail and game walks!
Mokoro Trail - the tour includes an excursion into the Okavango Delta with local guides in mekoros (dugout canoes). This is an escape into untouched African wilderness!


• On foot - easy to moderate walks throughout the tour – Victoria Falls, Kalahari & Okavango Delta. Duration from ½ - 4 hours.
• Mokoro - In the Okavango we use mekoros (dugout canoes), “poled” by our local guides; 2 people and their kit per mokoro.
• Open Game drive vehicles - The transfer into the delta is also with an open 4WD vehicle. This allows us the opportunity to really feel part of the bush, the smells, sounds and of course great views.
• Vehicle - for longer distance travel, place to place, we use custom-built Sunway Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats. Comfortable touring and good for game viewing. Large, sliding windows and viewing hatches give everyone a good view; or Toyota Hiace minibuses with 10 forward facing seats (roof rack and trailer for equipment and baggage). There are a couple of long days of travelling but the vehicles have a comfortable cruising speed. The emphasis of the trip is “getting out and doing things.”

Local Payment
A local cash payment is required on this safari and this will be collected by the tour leader on departure. This payment covers a portion of the local operational costs including entrance and park fees, which are paid in cash locally. This ensures that a major portion of your tour price goes directly into the country you are visiting, benefiting local communities and contributing to the conservation of the area.

An essential part of this safari is participation – from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing away in the morning to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun!

Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Livingstone, Zambia which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Crafts from change from region to region.

We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and provide 3 meals per day unless otherwise specified in the outline.
• The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
• We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
• We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The outdoor enthusiast enjoys simple campsites and basic wild camps, you will get dusty on occasion; but this is Africa!
• Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days, but also plenty of outdoor activity with some relaxing time. This is a long distance trans Africa safari - there is a lot of distance to be covered and so there will be some long travelling days. Due to local conditions, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route / schedule - please remember that this continent has its own time scale and things work differently here. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour - it’s all part of the adventure!
• Everyone is asked to help out with the running of camp on tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time setting up camp, preparing meals and cleaning up then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know
• Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
• As this tour spends most of the time in wilderness areas it is essential that clients adhere to the tour leaders (and local guides) instructions regarding interaction with wildlife, camp safety and game walk/drive rules.
• You will need a valid passport and visas for entry into South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.
• Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Also bring day pack for walks and keeping in the vehicle.
• We recommend that you bring Euro, US$ or South African Rand for personal expenses on this trip but please note that in South Africa and US$ will need to changed into South African Rand as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept ZAR. In Botswana please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswana Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Livingstone can be paid in US$ or Euro and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities throughout this tour. Travellers checks can be changed in Maun and Livingstone.
• The trip begins and ends at a local address; if you require transfers, please advise. Transfers are US$45 each way.

Common questions about this trip
What do I need to bring?
A warm sleeping bag, comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, a water bottle and a small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly - a sense of adventure!
• Is it safe?
Botswana and Zambia are relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavour to show you the best parts while looking after you. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip! Every precaution is taking to ensure a happy holiday!
• Do I need malaria tablets?  Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
• Can I charge camera batteries?  We recommend that you bring extra batteries as well as a 12/24-volt cigarette lighter adapter for charging in the vehicle if necessary. Charging in the vehicle will be at the discretion of the guide, as it will not be allowed if there is a risk of draining the vehicle's battery. The power supply of most of the countries you will be visiting is 220-240 volts.
• Can I wash my clothes on tour?  There are facilities for hand washing your clothes along the way.



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