Botswana safari holiday on a shoestring
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, toilets and bathrooms and washing up 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 in Kasane, where you will meet your guides, before heading off to explore the Chobe National Park, the spectacular Okavango Delta at Savute and the Moremi Game Reserve and ending your trip at the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Along the way you will experience boat cruises in the Okavango Delta whilst being part of this roving mobile safari family.
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!
Okavango Delta is a watery paradise that teems with birdlife and is best explored by mokoro canoes which glide along crystal clear channels lined with palm-filled islands and mantles of water lilies.
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.
Your overnight accommodation is in 2.5 metre bow tents with built in floors and mosquito nets and a 40-50mm sleeping mattress. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towel. We also highly recommend a head torch as you will often be packing up your camp in the early mornings. The minimum age limit for the mobile safari is 12 years old.
If you would like to expand your tour, please speak to us about starting or finishing your holiday at Victoria Falls where you can witness the majesty of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Botswana where you will be transferred to Kasane to start your adventure. The first stop on your journey is Chobe and you will have plenty of time for your first experience of setting up your camp. Once everyone is settled, you will set out on your first game drive of the day, returning to the camp just after sunset. Chobe is home to a breath-taking variety of birds and animals including lion, hippo, buffalo, puka, wild dog and sable antelope. (L, D)|
|Day 2:||A 4-6 hour drive takes you to Savute via the village of Kachikau. From here, 4x4 tracks take you through the Chobe Forest Reserve via Gcocha Gate and arriving in Savute in time for lunch. Keep your eyes peeled for leopards and they are often seen in the area and you'll also find hippo, buffalo and crocodile around the Savute Channel. (B, L, D)|
|Day 3:||An early start this morning to ensure you arrive in Moremi in time for lunch before heading out on an afternoon game drive. Moremi is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge concentrations of wildlife and incredibly beautiful scenery. (B, L, D)|
|Day 4:||The drive between Moremi Game Reserve and Maun is approximately 4 hours. The safari packs up and leaves camp following an early morning game drive and you will enjoy a picnic lunch en-route to Maun, arriving late afternoon. (B, L, D)|
|Day 5:||Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and today you will experience the myriad of waterways and secret lagoons in 'mekoros' (dug out canoes), steered by polers from the local villages. You will have plenty of time to explore the Delta before returning to your camp in Maun. There are optional activities (time permitting) including a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in either a fixed wing airplane or helicopter. This is highly recommended as the views over the Delta are incredible. Horse riding can also be arranged. (B, L, D)|
|Day 6:||Today you will head to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. These vast shimmering salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari Basin started life some 30,000 years ago as the largest lake in Africa. Your last night is spent sleeping out under a blanket of stars on the pans near Nata (weather dependent). (B, L, D)|
|Day 7:||After packing up your camp in the morning, you will start your drive back to Kasane via the village of Nata. You will pass through an agricultural area known as Pandamatenga, which is the only crop producing area in Botswana. From Pandamatenga to Kasane there is a good chance to see elephants and Sable Antelope. On arrival in Kasane speak to us if you would like to include a visit to Victoria Falls in your trip. (B, L)|
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.