Botswana safari holiday on a shoestring
Price includes meals as specified (B= breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner), all camping equipment, transfer to and from airport, entrance and camping fees, professional guide and cook, med-evac cover.
Single supplement £180.
This trip can also be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements.
Description of Botswana safari holiday on a shoestring
Explore Botswana on a shoestring with this magical mobile camping experience. Armed with a professional guide, a private vehicle and all your supplies, you will set out across some of the most unique and beautiful terrain in the world.
Mobile camping means undertaking your share of camp duties. Erecting and dismantling camp tents, and packing away camp items all leads to an authentic camping experience. There will be early morning starts to ensure you can maximize the days sightseeing and there is a professional cook to ensure you dine like royalty during your 7 wonderful days camping in the heart of the Botswana wilderness.
Your mobile safari is as Covid-19 secure as possible. Tents are spaced well apart from each other in the campsite and guests are asked to sanitise their hands prior to boarding the game drive vehicle. Masks should also be worn whilst on a game drive. We hope that these measures will help you to feel safe while travelling with us, and will protect the guides who accompany you.
The tour starts and ends in Maun and all transportation is overground, reducing flying time and reaping the benefits of exploring as much as Botswana face to face as possible.
Chobe National Park is an un-crowded sanctuary that boasts plentiful wildlife. This 'land of the elephants' is also home to concentrations of buffalo, zebra, giraffe and uniquely, lion that hunt hippos!
Moremi Game Reserve is possibly one of the most beautiful and varied reserves and lies in the eastern corner of the Delta. Amidst the 4,800 square hectares of lush parkland, lagoons and forests, a huge concentration of wildlife such as lion, cheetah, wild dog and the Sitatunga Antelope can be found.
You will also enjoy the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls, where you will spend your last night in a lodge and explore the beauty surrounding one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
This type of camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests, i.e.: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying
their bag from/to vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by the team made up of one guide and one
Equipment: Tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m. A 5cm high density foam mattress is provided for each guest. Ablutions are shared
and bush ablutions set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.
Vehicle: 4x4 safari vehicles & trailers are custom-built
Max 12 pax - departure is guaranteed
Tour extensions and flights can all be arranged for you - please enquire to discover endless possibilities!
|Day 1:||You will be met on arrival in Maun and transfer to Thamalakane River Lodge, with a stop en route to purchase the snacks and drinks you want for the duration of the safari.|
|Day 2-4:||Western Moremi Game Reserve (3rd Bridge / Xakanaxa area), camping Drive through to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. During a short break en-route, your guide will give you a full overview of your safari. The next three days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After your morning game drives, you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. (B, L, D)|
|Day 5-7:||Chobe National Park (Savuti / Zwei Zwei), camping. Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination. As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains. You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions, first in the Savuti area , then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront .(B, L, D)|
|Day 8:||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Pioneer lodge After a short morning game drive you will then drive to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios. Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge. (B, L)|
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1 Reviews of Botswana safari holiday on a shoestring
Reviewed on 09 Aug 2022 by Michelle Kirby
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
So many to chose from, we never imagined we would see such quantities of wildlife.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Long days in the safari truck and some days not a chance to shower - which is fine but good to know in advance.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, particularly as they have suffered 2 years of no income.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The most amazing and wonderful experience.
PlanetOur ground operators have been working in Botswana for many years and understand the need to ensure that they give back to the local communities and leave as small an impact on the environment as possible.
They actively promote recycling of all waste products on both their safaris and in their offices. This means that all glass, plastic tin and paper products are separated and delivered to a collection depot in Maun where they are sent for recycling.
Driving is a key part of any safari so they ensure that all their used engine oil is collected by Champs Botswana where it is either recycled or responsibly disposed of, helping to minimise the impact of the vehicles on the environment.
All staff are encouraged to commit to their recycling initiative and through education and training they are becoming the captains of this initiative within their communities.
Serviced safaris spend 30% of the duration of the safari on local community owned and managed properties. This means that any income raised goes directly to the property or park to help maintain it and the animals within it.
PeopleOur ground agents recognise that their employees are their most valuable asset. Each has an individual training and goal oriented program to ensure that they can progress and develop to the best of the their ability within the company. Wages are paid directly to local employees and local tradesmen (eg polers) are used wherever possible. All park entry fees are paid directly to the communities in and around them.
They also run a sponsored community football team and have donated a piece of land to be used as a community vegetable garden in Maun and plan to use some of the produce on the mobile Safaris that they run. The remaining produce will be sold at local markets and the profits returned to the community.
They are also aware of the significant toll that HIV and Aids have taken on Botswana. Recognising that behaviour change and education about the disease is its best prevention, they have sponsored the production of over 500 copies of the HIV & Aids handbook for distribution to local communities to help make them make positive health changes.
Our ground agents also sponsor Aglow International which help to care for Botswana's elderly community.