7 days from £1055pp plus international flights.
This camping safari is an exciting journey through Botswana, aimed at the budget-conscious traveller.
It takes you to the highlights of Botswana - Chobe National Park, Savuti, the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and the Makgadikgadi Pans.
You travel is a specially-designed safari vehicle which seats a maximum of 16 people. It is open, though there are sides and a roof which can be added in inclement weather, so you don't have to sit there and get soggy!
Minimum age for this trip is 10 years (reduced from 12 years in 2018). Most children from about this age will love the adventure of this experience.
You have an excellent drive/guide, and you'll be pleased to hear that there is a cook with you too. This is, however, a full participation safari so you will need to help with camp chores. This will mean putting up and dismantling your own tent, helping with the cooking and washing up, packing and unpacking the equipment and so on. It's not too arduous though, and everyone helps everyone else.
You sleep in 2.5m bow tents with a mattress (included). There is a shared drop loo and bucket shower. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towel.
If you are a keen photographer, don't worry, you can charge your camera (and other) equipment in the vehicle.
This budget camping safari in Botswana is perfect if you want to see a lot, have some great wildlife and wilderness experiences, and good fun.
The safari starts in Kasane in mid morning. You'll have lunch and spend the afternoon game driving in Chobe National Park, which is world-renowned for its large herds of elephants. Lunch, dinner
You will be driven from Chobe to Savuti. It is about a 4-6 hour drive, so you should arrive in time for lunch. You'll take a late afternoon 2-3 hour game drive in Savuti, trying to find some of the leopards among the hills for which this area is known perhaps, but certainly enjoying the scenery and all the other wildlife in this area. Full board
You'll leave for Moremi early this morning. The journey takes between 4-5 hours, depending on game drives en-route and you should arrive about lunchtime. In the late afternoon you'll take a game drive in the varied landscapes of Moremi Game Reserve. This is some of Botswana's prime wildlife viewing. You'll spend the night in either the Khwai, Xakanaxa, Third Bridge or South Gate area. Full board
This morning we have an early game drive, then pack up camp and drive to Maun, about 4-5 hours. You'll have a tasty picnic lunch on the way and should arrive mid to late afternoon. Full board
You'll journey into the Okavango Delta in mokoros (dugout canoes), gently poled along the waterways and lagoons, keeping a lookout for wildlife. The delta is a huge inland water system dotted with thousands of islands that are a haven for a diverse range of wildlife. This is a unique environment where dry land and water collide. Optional activities include a scenic aeroplane or helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta - highly recommended, and horse riding. This can be booked and paid for locally. In the afternoon you head back to Maun where you spend the night. Full board
From Maun you'll travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans, about 4-6 hours' drive. The pans are vast salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari basin. Depending on the season you may stop for lunch at Chapman's Baobabs - huge ancient trees, which explorers of old would have known. You'll spend the night on the Pans near Nata sleeping out under a blanket of stars (seasonally dependant). Full board
Today you'll drive from the pans to Kasane (4-6 hours) passing through the village of Nata, then through the only crop-producing area in Botswana. Look out for elephants and sable antelope on this drive. You should reach the border at about 1pm. Breakfast, lunch
(Tribes can help you with transfers and any extra days you might want add, for example in nearby Victoria Falls).
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1055 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: The above price is a guide for 2018.
6 nights full participation camping; services of a guide/driver and cook and local polers in the Okavango Delta; meals as indicated; game drives and transfers as indicated; park fees (subject to increase without prior notice); entrance and camping fees in the national parks and game reserves
International flights; visas; all drinks including water (which can be bought in Kasane before departure); sleeping bag, pillow and towel; tips; travel insurance, transfers to/from airport (but which Tribes can arrange for you), optional scenic flight over the Delta.
Getting there: The trip starts and finishes in Kasane, not far from Victoria Falls. Livingstone airport in Zambia is the closest airport, but there are other alternatives. Return flights from the UK will cost from roughly £800 - £1400 per person depending on the season. We usually book these for you. We are ATOL-bonded.
Departure dates: Departs Kasane every Thursday.
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Time: GMT +2hrs
Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.
Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.