Botswana Adventurer Camping SafariFrom $1,715 per person

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 – AUD

Season Tour Price – per person twin share Single Single Share (limited availability)
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2017 AUD 1,665  –  (USD 1,199) AUD 1,915  –  (USD 1,379) AUD 1,665  – (USD 1,199)
1 Jan to 31 Dec 2018 AUD 1,750  –  (USD 1,260) AUD 2,015  –  (USD 1,449) AUD 1,750  –  (USD 1,260)

Number of Days:  7

Note:

1. Price is valid until 31 December 2018. 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
6. Minimum 2 passengers, maximum 9 passengers
7. Minimum age 12 years
8. Guests assist in all camp duties, full participation required
9. Luggage is strictly limited to 12kg 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

Includes:

  • 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

Not included:

  • International & domestic or charter flights and airport departure taxes
    Visas
  • Towel, sleeping bag and pillow – (Sleeping bag hire USD 30 and pillow hire USD 15 per person)
  • 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 of helicopter)
  • Water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages – these can be purchased in Kasane prior to departure
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities

The 7 Day Botswana Adventurer Budget Safari includes:

  • Highly-experienced and licensed professional guide
  • Open game drive vehicles with shade roof, game viewing seats and long-range fuel tanks
  • Walk-in tents with built-in floors, mosquito gauze on door and windows and mattress
  • Shared bathroom facilities including a shower and bush loo
  • All meals and a dedicated cook
  • Game Drives and mokoro trip on Okavango Delta

Day 1 – Thursday – Kasane, Chobe National Park
The safari truck will collect clients 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.
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 3-4 hours but is hugely dependent on local conditions. The guide will game drive areas that have higher game densities and transfer in other areas. Moremi area is one of the most beautiful and varied reserves found on the African continent with huge concentrations of wildlife and incredibly beautiful scenery. We camp for the night in either the Khwai, Xakanaxa, Third 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 to Maun
Moremi Game Reserve to Maun is approximately a 4 hour drive. The safari packs and leaves camp following an early morning Game Drive and will enjoy a picnic lunch en-route to Maun. Arriving late afternoon. Optional activities (time permitting) include a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in either a fixed wing or helicopter or 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 5 – Monday – Maun to Okavango Delta
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Today we venture out into the ‘Delta’ in mokoros (dug-out canoes) experiencing the myriads of waterways and secret lagoons. The mokoros are poled by poler’s 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. Time spent in the Delta approximately 6-7 hours.
Overnight camping – Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6 – Tuesday – Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans
From Maun we travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans approximately a 4-6 hour drive – vast shimmering salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari basin.
We stop for lunch at Chapmans Baobabs also known as the seven sisters and reputed to be one of the largest trees in the world. The last night is spent sleeping out under the night sky under a blanket of stars on the pans near Nata (seasonally dependant).
Overnight camping – Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7 – Wednesday – Makgadikgadi 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. The safari will pack in the morning and head for Kasane via the villages of Gweta and Nata. Just after Nata you pass through an agricultural area known as Pandamatenga, which is the only crop producing area in Botswana. From Pandamatenga to Kasane look out for elephant and sable antelope.
Breakfast & lunch

2017 Departure Dates

Date Available Status
25-May  1  GLA
01-Jun  8  A
08-Jun  3  A
15-Jun  9  A
22-Jun  5  G
29-Jun  9  A
06-Jul  3  G
13-Jul  5  A
20-Jul  7  A
27-Jul  2  G
03-Aug  1 GLA
10-Aug  0 Full
17-Aug  0  Full
24-Aug  7  A
31-Aug  2  GLA
07-Sep  1  GLA
14-Sep  7  A
21-Sep  6  A
28-Sep  3  GLA
05-Oct  0  Full
12-Oct  0  Full
19-Oct  3  A
26-Oct  9  A
02-Nov  9  A
09-Nov  9  A
16-Nov  3  GLA
23-Nov  9  A
30-Nov  9  A

2018 Departure Dates

Date Available Status
29-Mar  9  A
05-Apr  9  A
12-Apr  9  A
19-Apr  9  A
26-Apr  7  G
03-May  9  A
10-May  9  A
17-May  9  A
24-May  9  A
31-May  9  A
07-Jun  9  A
14-Jun  9  A
21-Jun  9  A
28-Jun  9  A
05-Jul  9  A
12-Jul  9  A
19-Jul  9  A
26-Jul  9  A
02-Aug  9  A
09-Aug  9  A
16-Aug  9  A
23-Aug  9  A
30-Aug  9  A
06-Sep  9  A
13-Sep  9  A
20-Sep  9  A
27-Sep  9  A
04-Oct  9  A
11-Oct  9  A
18-Oct  9  A
25-Oct  9  A
01-Nov  9  A
08-Nov  9  A
15-Nov  3  A
22-Nov  9  A
29-Nov  9  A

Legend
A – Available
G – Guaranteed
GLA – Guaranteed with limited seats (less than 4 seats available)
X – Tour full or cancelled

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 12kg 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
  • Camera with spare batteries, film or memory cards
  • 12v (Cigarette lighter type) adaptor for charging
  • Good quality pair of binoculars (8×30 or better)
  • Pillow and towel (and sleeping bag from 2015)
  • 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 clothing during the summer months; e.g. t-shirts, shorts
  • Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the summer Nov – April (sporadic thunderstorms)
  • 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

Weather
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.

Activities 
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.

Boating 
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.

Fishing
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.

Mokoroing
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.

Commercial Banks 
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.

Local Time 
G.M.T. plus 2 hours

Electricity 
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 
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.

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