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Camping safari in Botswana: an adventure out of the ordinary! - 14 days

A camping safari in Botswana in the famous reserves!

The highlights of this atypical safari in Botswana (14 days):

  • This part of the world is still really authentic.
  • Surprise and wonder are always present along the way on your safari in Botswana.
  • The Okavango Delta , with the local canoes (mokoro)
  • The Moremi reserve.
  • The Chobe Reserve ( South and North)
  • Zambezi Falls, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls)
  • Few kilometers (+/- 750) No time lost in long transfers.
  • This safari trip to Botswana is designed to allow the greatest number of people, by prices studied at the fairest, to access the fabulous nature reserves of Botswana, whose reputation is second to none.
  • We have therefore developed a “camping” circuit offering maximum comfort.
  • Large tent, camp bed, comfortable seats, excellent food, impeccable service offered by our experienced local team who never leave your side.
  • Every day is a different stop, in exclusive locations, referred to as BOGA. It is an association of Safari Companies that manages these “wild” campsites in the middle of Nature. Without barriers, we set up our camps to spend the night there.

And that’s not all !!

  • SAFARIS 4×4 VEHICLES, LAND CRUISER TROOP CARRIER 4 to 7 SEATS or 10 seats Travel comfortably and safely . Our OPEN 4×4 vehicle fleet is adapted to allow you to spend the best animal safari possible. Offer maximum comfort during journeys between two points of interest. Allowing the best wildlife viewing and spectacular scenery thanks to the open sides. Totally “open” for maximum view.
  • A support vehicle (with camping equipment and logistics)
  • A cook, 1 or 2 assistants (depending on the number of travellers), 1 or 2 driver-guides speaking French.
  • The vehicles are all connected by radio .
  • Ensure a high level of security thanks to our presence in the field since 1974. In terms of security, the professional Botswana guide who supervises you is there to explain to you how to behave in the bush. Our experienced Agency accompanies you all the time!
  • You will have to adapt to the wild environment, far from being hostile . You must accept that hazards can occur during the safari, such as breakdowns (rare but possible), silting up (sometimes), sometimes execrable weather conditions, depending on the season.

Camping equipment :

Dome tent for 2 people, quick pitch type. Perfect for this safari in Botswana. Camp bed and bedding. High density foam mattress and pillow. Possibility to rent a sleeping bag and blanket if needed. Folding camping chairs with backrest & folding bowl. Outdoor showers and outdoor toilets. They are very spacious: 2.10 x 2.10 x 1.75M. from above.

Méru tent for 2 people. Luxury formula. High density foam mattress and pillow. WC & shower en suite = small lodge. Supplement to subscribe to the registration if desired.

No participation is required for the assembly/disassembly of the tents.

The course of the daily Safaris :

(2 per day. morning and evening, according to program) in 4×4 with experienced guide.

In the morning : GET UP VERY EARLY for the 1st game drive (take a hot drink and hop in a 4×4 in search of wild animals. Back in the daytime for breakfast.

Rest. Lunch.

Afternoon : Departure around 4:00 p.m. and until nightfall.

Return for dinner and overnight.

Atypic Travel promotes the trips of ESPRIT D’AFRIQUE SAFARIS CC /VISIT NAMIBIA which is a Namibian company registered with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, N° CC/2003/1780 , at the Ministry of Tourism N° TSO 00094. To the Ministry of Finance No. 3603535-01-05. With an accounting body (Taxconnect/Windhoek/Namibia) . In Southern Africa since 1974.

Civil liability insurance (Prosperity Insurance Policy N° P040 009463) CC : is a legal form of a company in its own name.

Esprit d’Afrique CC is the continuation of Makala Safaris Pty/Ltd (Société anonyme) created in 1988 in Botswana

Botswana Safari PROGRAM

Maun, the city which is located in the North of Botswana and which is the gateway to the Moremi reserve and the famous Okavango Delta. THE OKAVANGO: hydrological anomaly which pushed a river, eponymous of the Delta, to divert towards the desert instead of the ocean, forming an immense delta, refuge of an incredible wild fauna.

The first night will be spent in town, in a small, comfortable lodge.

PS: Option: possibility of flying over the Delta in a Cesna-type private plane (or similar). Easy to organize on site in the afternoon (depending on your arrival and availability). Note that this flight will be paid on site in cash if you wish (US$ or PULA. € not recommended)

Dinner offered according to your arrival time.

A stay in the North of Botswana is inconceivable without a canoe trip (called “mokoro” in local language) in the meanders of the Okavango delta. Change of scenery guaranteed in the middle of an aquatic biotope. The fauna is totally adapted to this universe. Hippos, crocs, elephants, antelopes are legion. Departure early in the morning towards the village where the canoes are. It takes 30 to 40 minutes drive. Depending on the level of the Delta, the transfer can be done by motorboat (20 to 25 minutes). Picnic along the way. Return to Maun at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner and accommodation at the same place

Depart early in the morning, after an excellent “British” type breakfast. Our 4×4 are there, ready for your adventure, your safari in Botswana, with our well-trained drivers driving in the sand. 60 km of paved road. 100 km of track. Total: 160 km to get to the North of the Morémi reserve, sanctuary of the Lycaons. Lycaons: these wild dogs with variegated colors, unfortunately endangered. After this first short safari we will arrive at the camp for lunch. In the afternoon, sunset safari. Return to camp.

Dinner at camp. Accommodation at BOGA campsite

Day, which will be our daily life throughout our journey in the reserves. Safari early in the morning. As every day, breakfast can be taken before or after the safari. Return to camp for lunch. A little free time, then second safari, until sunset. Dinner at camp. Accommodation at BOGA campsite

After breakfast, drive to Kwaï, the northern part of Moremi. 50 km of track, crossing a beautiful not very dense forest, mopanes (the common tree of the region) and well discovered clearings. Mare à Hippos, Impala and other antelopes will accompany our safari. We’re not talking about surprises…Safari day. Picnic lunch en route. Dinner at camp. Accommodation at BOGA campsite

As every day, breakfast can be taken before or after the safari. Great plains, mopane forests. We are looking for the rare! Return to camp for lunch. A little free time, then second safari, until sunset. Dinner at camp

Accommodation at BOGA campsite

Let’s be honest, this day will be the longest in the car. 6 to 7 hours of driving on a sometimes infernal track. Compulsory passage, there is no other…and it is the National which connects Maun to Kasane…so we go with it! On the other hand, animals, especially elephants, antelopes (mainly impalas, but others too…or nothing!!!). Savuti, is an immense plain, a former dry lake, sheltering a fabulous quantity of mammals, especially if the rainy season has been plentiful. Not easy to predict, but great chances of seeing lions, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest etc. Dinner at the camp. Accommodation at BOGA campsite

As you have understood, a second day is needed in the area! Same program as the other days, never getting tired, you are like us, crazy, crazy, nature and wildlife! Lunch at camp. Dinner at camp.

Accommodation at BOGA campsite

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A last part of track a little difficult (+/- 100 km) including a safari. Then 35 km of paved road to reach the southern gate of Chobé Nord (you follow, huh….). In fact, Chobé is a huge reserve, divided into 2 portions, South, with Savuti as a point of interest, and North, with the Chobé River, which attracts a maximum of elephants, up to herds of 1,000 individuals, or even more. Just completely unreal!

Picnic on the way. Safari at the end of the day. Dinner at camp. Accommodation at BOGA campsite

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Let’s take our time! And let’s taste what will come our way. You will take a morning cruise on the Chobe River , which serves as the border between Namibia and Botswana, and which borders the national park of the same name (Chobe). Relaxing, interesting, rich in sensations, we have integrated it into our program, with no extras or options.

Picnic en route (or at camp). Safari at the end of the day, depending on the time available and the seasons (shorter day in winter). Dinner at camp. Accommodation at BOGA campsite

Last morning game drive between our camp and the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe. Crossing border formalities. We are going to “abandon” our Botswanan companions at this stage of the circuit to meet our Zimbabwean team, in charge of transfers in the country. Minibus and paved road (70 km) to get to Victoria Falls, the tourist showcase of Zimbabwe. Installation at the Lodge (Charming guest house, in principle and depending on availability, or another Lodge, close to the city). Guest house / city center transfers are included as long as you use our shuttle, at a fixed time. If you want another means of transport, it will be at your expense. Free lunch in town.Afternoon, visit of the falls (included) and optional activities, such as flying over these same falls. Simply magic! Or others depending on the time available and your wishes. Dinner at the restaurant (included)

Accommodation in B&B, at the Lokuthula lodge (in principle and depending on availability, or another lodge, near the city)

Yes, it’s the last morning… You have a few hours free before the transfer to Victoria Falls airport, located 25 km from the city (30 to 45 minutes driving on a paved road). Boarding formalities and “Goodbye” hoping that this trip was equal to your expectations! End of our services.

PRICE FROM: FROM €3415/p.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION for traveling to Botsawana:

The Botswana visa is settled at the border. Same for Zimbabwe.

Provide just in case: 2 to 3 passport photos. The cost is around 35 to 50 us$ to date per person and per visa.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Money : The local currency is the Pula for Botswana. €0.081 (March 1 , 2020) –

You can take € (or preferably US dollars = 0.91 € on March 1 , 2020)

Exchange is possible only in banks (it is better to change at the airport). Credit cards (especially the Visa card) are accepted from time to time everywhere provided that the connection is established with your bank… the network is very often faulty.

Electricity: 220-240 volts. UK type sockets: adapter required.

(To make it easier for you, if you forgot your adapter, we can of course help you out)

Telephone: to Botswana: 00 (dial tone) + 267 (country code) + 7-digit caller’s number (there is no area code).
From Botswana abroad: 00 + country code (32 for Belgium, 33 for France, 41 for Switzerland, 1 for Canada) + correspondent’s number without the 0.

Address and telephone of the Embassy / Consulate of Botswana is in Belgium : 169, avenue de Tervuren – 1040 Brussels
Telephone of the embassy: 00 32 2 739 11 20

Time difference: No time difference.

HEALTH: Vaccination against yellow fever not mandatory (becomes mandatory if you have previously stayed in a country located in the endemic zone). • We strongly advise you to be up to date with classic vaccinations: diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B.

Malaria Antimalarial treatment is recommended.

Consult your doctor.

Provide a tropical repellent especially for Botswana (Okavango).

Dentist and doctor: We recommend that you have a check-up before your departure.

For more information on the precautions to be taken, you can consult the SMI website

(International Medical Service): www.smi-voyage-sante.com

INSURANCE AND ASSISTANCE

No travel insurance (luggage, cancellation, repatriation, etc.) is included in our rates. It is strongly advised not to travel without this insurance. Like all Atypic Travel trips, the change of dates is always possible : a voucher is provided to you in case of impossibility to travel.