7 Day Adventure Camping Safari through Botswana’s National Parks
For those hoping to explore Botswana on a budget, look no further. The 7 Day Botswana Adventurer offers a unique experience for the budget conscious traveller, with a full participation safari that will take you through some of Botswana’s best National Parks and Game Reserves. Participation means that the guests will participate in all camp duties including the erecting and dismantling of the camp, collecting of firewood, washing dishes etc which all lend to authentic experience of a mobile safari.
The Botswana Adventurer Safari meanders through Chobe National Park, Savute, Moremi Game Reserve, through the world-famous Okavango Delta and on to the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. This safari departs from Kasane every Thursday with a minimum of 2 guests. Kasane has easy access to Victoria Falls and the low-cost airlines which operate out of Livingstone in Zambia.
Price per person – USD
|Season||Tour Price – per person twin share||Single||Single Share (limited availability)|
|1 Jan to 31 Dec 2019||USD 1,299||USD 1,494||USD 1,299|
|1 Jan to 31 Dec 2020||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Number of Days: 7
1. Price is valid until 31 December 2020. If travelling after this date please contact us for revised prices.
2. Departs Kasane at 12:30pm on selected Thursdays (Please see below)
3. Returns to Kasane at around 2:00pm on selected Wednesday (please see below)
4. Due to the above times, pre and post accommodation maybe required due to flight times into and out of Kasane
5. Number of singles and single share is limited. No Single Supplement charged if willing to share with member of the same sex.
6. Minimum 2 passengers, maximum 9 passengers
7. Minimum age 10 years – Children 10-17 years receive 15% discount off the tour price if travelling with their parents
8. Guests assist in all camp duties, full participation required
9. Luggage is strictly limited to 20kg of luggage in a soft carrier bag and an additional small day bag plus limited camera equipment.
10. Subject to campsite availability at the time of booking
11. Subject to National Park Fee increase by Botswana Government without prior notice
12. Sleeping bag hire – USD 30 per person
13. Pillow hire – USD 15 per person
- Comfortable walk-in tented accommodation in a 2.5 metre bow tent with built in floors and mosquito gauze at windows and entrance.
- Approx 40-50mm Sleeping Mattresses
- Shared ablution facilities consisting of bucket shower and bush loo
- Licensed and experienced professional guide for the duration of your safari
- Game drives on safari and mokoro trip in the Okavango Delta
- Transportation in custom made safari vehicle
- All entrance and camping fees within the National Parks & Game Reserves
- Dedicated guide and cook as well as local mokoro polers in the Okavango Delta
- All activities as specified in the itinerary
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7
- Medical evacuation insurance
- International & domestic or charter flights and airport departure taxes
- Towel, sleeping bag and pillow – (Sleeping bag hire USD 30 and pillow hire USD 15 per person and need to be booked in advance at the time of booking)
- Laundry and bathroom amenities
- Travel, cancellation and medical insurance (essential on all safaris)
- Optional activities (Chobe boat cruise in the morning on the day of departure from Kasane, Okavango
Scenic Flight with a fixed wing or helicopter)
- Water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages – these can be purchased in Kasane prior to departure
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips and gratuities
Day 1 – Thursday – Kasane to Chobe National Park
The safari vehicle will collect you from the Zimbabwean border at 11am and will then proceed to Kasane to meet any
other guests at Kalahari Tours and Coffee Buzz at 12.30pm. Spend the afternoon on a game drive in Chobe National Park which is world renowned for large herds of elephant. The Chobe River Front boasts an impressive bio-diversity of species including Lion, Hippo, Buffalo and Puku, Wild Dog and Sable Antelope
Arrive early for a Chobe Boat Cruise from Kalahari Tours (additional cost) and meet the rest of the group at 12.30pm.
Overnight camping – Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 – Friday – Savuti, Chobe National Park
Chobe to Savuti is approximately a 4-6 hour drive via the village of Kachikau. From here we drive on 4×4 tracks through the Chobe Forest Reserve via Gcoha Gate. We arrive in Savuti around midday for lunch. A dominant feature of Savuti is the Hills, one of which has a few perfectly preserved bushmen paintings which are easily accessible. Savuti has a very healthy population of leopard who live on the hills and the best time to see them is either first or last light. The Savuti Channel now flows into the marsh for the first time in over 30 years turning the Savuti Marsh into a veritable paradise for birds and animals.
Overnight camping – Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 3 – Saturday – Savute to Moremi Game Reserve
Departing Savute early morning, the drive takes 4-5 hours but is hugely dependant on local conditions and arrive in Moremi around midday for lunch. You will spend the afternoon on Game Drive. Moremi area is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge diversity of wildlife and incredibly beautiful scenery. We camp for the night in either the Khwai, Xakanaxa, 3rd Bridge or South Gate area. The campsite for the night will be in the Moremi Game Reserve or the surrounding community managed wildlife management area.
Overnight camping – Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 4 – Sunday – Moremi Game Reserve to Maun
Moremi Game Reserve to Maun is approximately a 4-5 hour drive. The safari packs up & leaves camp following an early morning game drive and will enjoy a picnic lunch en-route to Maun arriving mid to late afternoon.
Overnight camping – Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 5 – Monday – Maun to Okavango Delta
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Today we venture out into the ‘Delta’ in mekoros (dug-out canoes) experiencing the myriads of waterways and secret lagoons. The mekoros are poled by polers from the local villages. The Delta is a huge inland water system dotted with thousands of islands that are a haven for a diverse array of wildlife. This is a unique environment where dry land and water collides. The group will leave Maun early morning and spend 3-4 hrs. In the delta and return to Maun between 2-3pm.
Optional activities include a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in a fixed wing aeroplane or helicopter. Alternatively a horse ride can be arranged. A scenic flight is highly recommended as it gives you a bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta.
Overnight camping – Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 6 – Tuesday – Maun to Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
From Maun we travel to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans approximately a 4-6 hour drive – vast shimmering salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari basin. The highlights of the Makgadikgadi vary dependant on the season and local conditions. The safari goes in search of the zebra migration along the Boteti River or will explore Nxai Pan famous for the movie “Roar Lions of the Kalahari“. The last night is spent sleeping out under a blanket of stars.
Overnight camping – Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 7 – Wednesday – Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to Kasane
The drive from the pans to Kasane is approx 350km which takes roughly 4-6 hrs. This is a transfer to reach the border at approximately 1 pm and back in Kasane at 2 pm. The safari will pack in the morning and head for Kasane via Nata. We pass through an agricultural area known as Pandamatenga, which is the only crop producing area in Botswana. Look out for elephant and sable antelope between Pandamatenga and Kasane.
Breakfast & lunch
2019 Departure Dates
A – Available
G – Guaranteed
GLA – Guaranteed with limited seats (less than 4 seats available)
X – Tour full or cancelled
A Typical Day on a Participation Safari
An early wake up means packing up your tent and luggage (a head lamp helps) and taking the tent to the vehicle for
packing. By this time the guide and cook would have prepared your breakfast. After breakfast it will just be getting light
and the game will be moving around. After washing the dishes and packing up the truck you will be off on your
morning game drive or transfer. If you are transferring to another camp you would want to be there around lunchtime.
Once arriving in the camp, lunch will be served and you erect the tents, shower and the loo.Once everyone is settled and
the camp is up, you depart on an afternoon game drive and return to camp just after sunset. Relax around the campfire
listening to the sounds of the night. Dinner should be ready by about 8pm and it is served under the stars, maybe with a
lion roaring in the distance or a little Scops owl in a tree nearby.
ROUTES AND ACTIVITIES
Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules, itineraries and activities, these are subject to change in light of
changing local conditions (weather and roads) as well as availability. You will be notified accordingly. Rates are subject to
National Park increase by Botswana Government without prior notice.
LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION
Full participation is required including tents, showers and toilets. This tour visits the best of Botswana’s Northern Parks
and Reserves in a 7 day circular route be advised that you will spend a large amount of time in the vehicle.
SPECIAL DIETERAY REQUIREMENTS
We do cater for vegetarians however please ensure we are notified prior to arrival.
The roads and tracks in Northern Botswana are seldom maintained and generally very rough and bumpy.
The campsites are unfenced wilderness campsites with no facilities.
Toilet facilities in camp is a “long drop” latrine which is erected each day in camp.
Showers are bucket showers and water may not be available every day.
Minimum 2 persons with a maximum of 9 per departure.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL EMERGENCY EVACUATION COVER
Safari Packing Guide:
When travelling on a mobile safari, luggage must be compact, light and easy to pack into the trailer. Each guest is strictly limited to 20kg of luggage in a soft carrier bag, an additional small day bag plus limited camera equipment. Please note that a mattress and sleeping bag are supplied on the Botswana Adventurer Safari.
We suggest you bring the following:
- Good quality flashlight and spare batteries/bulbs
- Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
- Camera with spare batteries, film or memory cards
- Good quality pair of binoculars (8×30 or better)
- Natural toned, light weight clothes, natural, earthy or khaki toned clothes (to prevent any undue attention from wild animals)
- Light weight long-sleeved tops and long trousers to help prevent insect and mosquito bites
- Comfortable walking shoes and sandals or flip-flops
- Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for sporadic summer thunderstorms (Nov – Apr)
- Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for colder winter nights (May – Aug)
- Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket due to colder nights during the winter season – May – Aug
- Beanies, scarf and gloves for the cold early morning game drives in winter – it can reach 0˚C
- Sun block, lip balm, sunglasses, hat, swimsuit, insect repellent, malaria prophylaxis
- Toiletries and any medicines
- Prepare for 4 seasons in one day no matter which month you travel
- South African plug adaptor for charging video/camera batteries – large round 3 prong type
- Each seat has a USB charger for charging video/camera batteries
Botswana has two distinct seasons: the dry season that extends from May to the end of October and the wet or ‘green’ season that lasts from November through to April. The arrival of the first rains after a long, hot dry season is one of the most exhilarating times in the Botswana bush.
• The Green Season
The very best time to visit the desert areas such as the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan and Savuti is during the rainy season, up until a few weeks after the last rains (November–May). During this time, the scenery is spectacular and the game is abundant. This is an excellent time to come on safari because the herbivores congregate on large open grasslands to give birth, while predators wait for an opportunity to pounce.
Although the herds of elephants and buffalo move into the mopane forests there are still plenty to be seen. The extensive grasslands become the scene of the annual zebra migrations as they move into Nxai Pan, the Makgadikgadi grasslands and Savuti. All the plants are in full flower at this time and migrant species of birds can be observed from mid-November until mid-April. Visitor numbers are very low at this time so it is easy to imagine that you are the only people in the parks.
• The Dry Season
This is when game viewing in the Okavango Delta is at its peak and all the big mammals are concentrated near water, making them relatively easy to find. Tall grasses and vegetation have died down after the wet season so game is easier to spot. The temperatures can get surprisingly cold during the winter (June–August) so warm clothing is essential for early morning game drives.
None of the campsites in Botswana are fenced and the game is free to move freely wherever it wants, sometimes right past or through camp. Most of our sites are completely private, however we mainly operate within the parks and reserves of Botswana, which are public areas used by other mobile safari operators, self-drive tourists and some lodges.
A variety of activities are available on safari. Game drives and bird watching do not incur any additional cost and some night drives are included in the price of the safari, but all other activities will be an additional expense.
• Game Drives
Explore the surrounding wilderness in search of wildlife in custom-made open safari vehicles. You will have the chance to see elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo, as well as lion, cheetah and leopard. On a smaller scale, there are several mongoose species and a large variety of reptiles.
• Night Drives (Khwai Community Area)
Exploring after dark with spotlights offers you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the nocturnal mammals that are rarely encountered during the day, including genets, porcupines, honey badgers, African wildcats and owls.
• Bird Watching
Botswana boasts a high level of avian biodiversity. The greatest number of birds may be seen from October to March when the migrants are present. Bright and colourful birds such as flycatchers, bee-eaters and rollers are common, as are several species of birds of prey. In the Okavango Delta there are many species of water birds, whereas flamingos are seen in the Makgadikgadi Pans during their breeding season.
Explore the endless networks of crystal clear waterways and secret lagoons of the Okavango Delta by motor boat. You might be lucky enough to see a hippo, crocodile or otter. Keep your eyes open for tiny reed frogs and striking kingfishers.
Experience the exhilaration of catching tiger fish and bream in the deep channels of the upper reaches of the Delta. See the barbel run as soon as the waters begin to recede. August to October is the best time for fishing.
• Scenic Flights – Fixed Wing or Helicopter Flights
Experience the thrill and beauty of a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and surrounding wilderness. Look out for elephants and giraffe crossing channels, while red lechwe splash through the floodplains and hippos warm themselves in the sun.
A mokoro is a traditional dug-out canoe that allows you access to the heart of the Okavango Delta. This is an ideal means of bird watching. Sit back and relax as you glide through quiet pools of abundant water lilies.
• Quad Bikes
Cruise across the vast baking expanse of the salt pans on four wheel drive quad bikes and sleep out under the five billion star-spangled ceiling of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Visa & Passport Requirements
Nationals of most countries receive an entry visa on arrival. These include most citizens of Europe and the UK, North America, South Africa and Commonwealth countries. Please check your status before you depart and for more information please visit: www.worldtravelguide.net/botswana/passport-visa
Most flights to Botswana originate in Johannesburg, South Africa. Please be aware that you must have two facing blank pages in your passport to enter South Africa. This is very important; you will be refused entry if you don’t meet these requirements, even if you are only transiting.
Please also note that if any of your own onward travel plans include spending time in or departing from Zambia (e.g. Livingstone Airport) then you will be required to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination when arriving in South Africa, even if you are only in transit to your final destination.
Four main commercial banks are represented in Botswana, namely Barclays Bank, First National Bank, Stanbic and Standard Chartered Bank, as well as numerous foreign currency bureaus. There are no currency controls in Botswana and most hotels, lodges, travel agents and larger shops will accept international credit cards and travellers’ cheques.
G.M.T. plus 2 hours
All of our vehicles are equipped with 12v-220v invertors for charging camera batteries. The sockets on the invertors are for the standard southern African 3-prong round plugs.
Tipping is welcomed in Botswana and in restaurants the usual 10% is acceptable as no service charge is levied. Guides and safari staff can be tipped at your own discretion according to the quality of their service.
What camping equipment do you provide?
- Walk in 2.5 metre x 2.5 metre dome tents
- All cutlery and crockery pots and pans
- Note: from 2015 no sleeping bags will be provided
- 50mm foam sleeping mattress
- Bush loo and bucket shower
- The vehicle is equipped with a small refrigerator
What should we bring? (Packing Guide)
When travelling on a mobile safari, luggage must be compact, light and easy to pack onto a roof rack or trailer. Guests are advised to limit their luggage and to pack in a soft carrier bag. An additional small day bag plus limited camera equipment can be carried by hand. See our “Packing Guide” for full details.
How close will we be to nature?
Extremely! A mobile safari allows you to get up close and personal to nature. The campsites are unfenced and game roams freely. Exhilarating!
How remote will the areas that we visit be?
The mobility of the camp allows us to access remote areas and enables you to visit a diversity of locations on one safari, ensuring that you get a thorough taste of all that Botswana has to offer.
Do we need to participate in camp chores?
Your safari does include a safari guide and cook, however the Botswana Adventurer Safari is a participation style safari and guests will be required to assist with all camp chores, e.g. pitching tents, making fires, dishes etc. which gives guests a true mobile camping bush experience.
Are the campsites fenced?
The campsites that we use are situated in Botswana’s National Parks and Game Reserves and are not fenced. This allows you to experience the true essence of the bush and ensures a safari like no other.
Each vehicle is equipped with satellite phone communication to guarantee contact with our Maun base. Our guides carry a first aid kit at all times and have been trained in its use. A safety briefing will be given on your first day.
Will I have to sign an indemnity form?
Yes, on arrival all guests are required to sign an indemnity form before the safari departs.
Will there be other guests on safari?
The Botswana Adventurer Safari departs with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 9 guests.
Is there a single supplement?
If you are a single traveller and are willing to share with another single guest of the same sex, there will be no single supplement. If you specifically require a single tent, there will be an additional charge of 15% of the total safari cost.
Do you cater for vegetarians?
Yes we do have a vegetarian menu, please advise us of your dietary requirements when booking.
Should we tip?
Tipping is welcomed in Botswana and in restaurants the usual 10% is acceptable as no service charge is levied. If you are extremely happy with our service – An average would be US$50 per person for the guide and US$30 per person for the cook for the 7 days is appropriate.
Can we charge batteries whilst on safari?
All of our vehicles are equipped with South African plug adaptor for charging video/camera batteries – large round 3 prong type. Each seat has a USB charger for charging video/camera batteries
What is the local currency?
Botswana Pula (BWP).
What are the pickup and drop off times in Kasane?
The pick-up time for the Botswana Adventurer Safari in Kasane on Thursday is:
• 11am from the Zimbabwe Border
• 12.30pm at Kalahari Tours and Coffee Buzz
Failure to be at designated pickup points will result in arranging your own transfers at your own expense to the campsite in Chobe National Park.
The drop off time for the Botswana Adventurer Safari in Kasane on Wednesday is:
• 1pm at the Zimbabwe Border
• 2pm at Kalahari Tours and Coffee Buzz
The Nitty Gritty?
• Is there a loo – yes bush loo also called a “long drop” loo
• Will I have a shower each day – Yes, showers are available to you on request.
• How much time do we spend driving – The safari in essence is a mobile safari so you spend a large part of the time in the vehicle. Please be aware that all roads are unpaved, some are mere tracks and some cross rivers – this can be bumpy and sandy!
We have a range of Botswana tours & safaris available which can be customised with more or less nights as well as activities.
Please contact us for a quote for your desired itinerary or for more information on a Botswana Tour & Safari option.