8 days from £1075pp plus international flights.
This is a great value semi-participation camping safari which takes you to some of the best places in Botswana for spotting excellent wildlife plus one of Africa's most iconic sights, Victoria Falls.
Botswana safaris offer some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, but they can be very expensive. The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and Savuti are all included on this trip, as well as Victoria Falls, so this might be cheaper than some trips, but you're not losing out wonderful experiences.
This is not run solely for Tribes' clients, but you will be joining people from other companies and of other nationalities. You don't have to cook as there will a cook travelling with you (and he WILL impress you with what he can conjour up on the fire!), but you will be asked to help put tents up and down (it's not hard!).
Importantly, the professional guide on this safari will have excellent knowledge of the wildlife, and the benefit of staying with the same guide throughout a safari is that he gets to know what you want so can try to tailor experiences to the wishes of the group.
Tribes MD, Amanda Marks, has travelled with this safari company so knows first hand about their services and rates them highly in their sphere.
The safari vehicle
The vehicle takes max 12 people, and has a trailer for mobile kitchen and luggage. If the weather is good the vehicle will be kept open, though hard perspex sides can be put up if it's rainy, and there is a canvas roll-top. There is a fridge so cold drinks are on hand, and there is even a charger so that you always have charging facilities at your disposal - night and day.
The two-man dome tents are roughly 2.5m square. You will be given a decent mattress, but either need to bring your own sleeping bag or we can rent you one.
If you are a single person and willing to share a tent with someone of the same sex, then even if you end up with your own tent, you are not charged a single supplement. You can however guarantee your own tent if you want to pay a single supplement.
For every 8 people there is one bush shower and one bush toilet. Both are within a tented cubicle for privacy. There is also an awning which is used to shade the dining table and chairs. Of course there is also the kitchen trailer and all the equipment need for the cooking - all very important!
A few other details
The minimum age for this trip is about 12 years. Average age tends to be around 40yrs. There is a first aid box on board, and there is communication via radio.
Oh, and did we mention ... these trips are great fun!
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1075 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide prices pp sharing: Jan-June and Nov-Dec £1075, July-Oct £1150.
Guide and camp assistant, activities as shown, park fees in Botswana,6 days full board, 1 day breakfast & lunch, 1 day breakfast, transport in safari vehicle, camping for 6 nights and 1 night in a comfortable lodge chalet.
Sleeping bag,towels and all other items of a personal nature, visas, vaccinations, tips, drinks (each person buys drinks at the start of the trip to be stored in the trailer), night in Maun before the trip start date, airport transfers (can be arranged).
Getting there: International flights UK-Johannesburg-Maun and Livingstone-Johannesburg-UK will cost from £1000.
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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.