The King of the beasts
Safari in an open jeep
Elephant close to the safari jeep
Makoro in Okavango
Large tents with real beds
Enjoy your meals in an open mess tent
That feeling when you're sat around the campfire at night and hear an elephant shake the trees just behind the mess tent where you will eat your dinner. A small dose of fear mixed with fascination and adrenaline. You never thought you'd come so close. That you would drink a cold beer with an elephant thirty feet away. An elephant that you can hear but not see. Because of the impenetrable darkness of the African night, the only thing visible beyond your campfire is the moon and the gleaming stars.
A safari in Botswana is about the peaceful silence and intimacy to the wild unspoiled nature. On our safaris in Botswana, you get the full safari experience. This safari ,Moremi Magic, include:
Day 1: Arrive in Botswana - Okavango
You will land in Botswana midday. Upon arrival at Maun Airport your safari guide will be waiting with the jeep. Once all travelers have gathered you will start the journey to Okavango and Moremi Game Reserve. After a short ride you will stop along the way for a picnic lunch. Afterwards your journey towards Moremi continues. If time allows it, you will do a shorter game drive through the reserve on the way to your campsite. Upon arrival at your private camp, staff have already set up your tens, made the beds and there is a hot shower waiting for you. After a shower and change of clothes, it's time to enjoy the dinner your chef has prepared. Caming in Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 2: Moremi Game Reserve - Xakanaxa area
This day will have an early start and breakfast will be served around 6.am. As the sun slowly comes up over the Okavango you head out on an early morning safari. There are blankets in the jeep to keep you warm during the first chilly morning hours. After 3-4 hours of safari you will head back to your campsite for lunch and a few hours of rest. Do not be surprised if you see animals like monkeys and even elephants very close to the campsite. At 3 p.m. it's time for the second gamed rive of the day. During your safari tours in Xakanaxa you will be in the middle of the Okavango Delta, with rivers, lakes and wetlands around you. The Delta is home to huge numbers of animals including lion, leopard, hyena, buffalo, elephant, zebra, antelopes, birds, monkeys, crocodiles, etc. The reason for the early morning/later afternoon safari times is because those are the hours the animals are most active. You will stay in Xakanax another night. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 3: Moremi Game Reserve -Kwai Community Area
You will wake up at 5:30 a.m. and start your safari at 7 .am. As you head out the remaining staff will take down your camp and transports it to the Kwai where you'll camp the following three nights. During the morning of this day, you will be in the Moremi Game Reserve for safari and stop for a picnic lunch in the park. At noon, you will leave the Moremi Game Reserve and enter the neighboring Kwai Community Area. Kwai is one of several Community Areas which lies between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. These areas are controlled by the local population which insurance that the money generated by tourism contribute to local development. The areas are large and basically untouched, the only ones who live here are a few hundred people in a small village. You will pass the village Kwai during the day and even fit in a a short game drive before you get to your campsite at Third Bridge. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 4 & 5: Kwai Communtiy Area
The days starts bright and early at 5:30 a.m. after breakfast you will be ready for your morning safari at 7 a.m. Lunch and siesta at your campsite before your afternoon game around 3 p.m. Kwai is an area of a bit more open ground than Xakanaxa and has an amazing wildlife. Here you can find many large predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and jackal and a variety of herbivores such as elephant, buffalo, impala and lechwe (antelope). One of the days in Kwai you will do a 2-2.5 hour tour in a Makoro (canoe made out of a dug-out tree trunk). You will cruise quietly down the river and with a little luck see animals coming down to the river to drink. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner including drinks.
Day 6: Kwai Community Area to Maun
After breakfast, you will leave your camp and drive to Maun. You stop for a picnic lunch along the way. Once you arrive at Maun Lodge it's time to say goodbye to your safari guide. Here you can process all the impressions from your safari and enjoy a large bed and a shower not limited to 15 liters. Accommodation at Maun Lodge. Meals: Breakfast and lunch, including drinks and dinner excluding drinks.
Day 7: Return
The hotel will arrange an airport shuttle service. You will leave your hotel about two hours before your flight departs. Transfer to the airport takes approximately 15min. You are most likely to fly via Johannesburg and may need to take out your luggage in Johannesbrg and check in again.
This trip can also be booked privately on other dates than the above. Price varies depending on season and group size. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get a quote.
For this trip you fly to/from Maun, Botswana via Johannesburg. Flights to Johannesburg are available with a number of airlines including British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Emirates and Air France. Flights between Johannesburg and Maun are operated by Air Botswana.
Changes in the exchange rate GBP/USD, changes in taxes and and other external factors beyond our control, as eg. state park fees, could cause a higher price than those presented on this page.
Note: You do not need a visa for Botswana!
For travel insurance and cancellation insurance, we recommend
Private mobile camp
On our safaris in Botswana you will live in a private mobile tented camp. The standing room tents all come with camping beds with mattress and bedding, lamp and a private toilet and shower in connection with your tent. Read more about our mobile tented camp here.
A nice mid-range safari lodge located just outside central Maun. The lodge offers nice large rooms with AC, safe, shower and toilet. Read more about Maun Lodge.
Before your departure you might want to go through our checklist below to make sure you have everything you need;
Visa to enter Botswana in not required from UK citizens.
Vaccinations, Visits you vaccination clinic well in advance to receive the vaccinations and any medications you might need. Bring your proof of vaccination to your destination.
Travel Currency, The currency of Botswana is Pula (BWP). It can be difficult to exchange to the currency in the UK, so we recommend brining USD in cash. VISA and MasterCard are accepted fairly often but Amex and Diners are rarely excepted.
Luggage: If your going on safari, please use soft sided luggage. Hard suitcases will be difficult to fit into your safari jeep.
Baggage Allowance, This varies between the different airline. Check with each airline website for their current conditions. Most domestic flights in Southern Africa only allow one bag with a limit of 20kg/person. Smaller safari planes often only allow 15kg/person including hand luggage. This only applies if your flying domestic flights in Botswana, the international flights usually allow 20/25 kg checked-in luggage plus carry-on bag,
Insurance; Before you travel make sure have an adequate travel insurance. Note that with several debit/ credit cards you travel insurance is included if you pay your trip with card. Check the conditions for your home insurance and card carefully before purchasing additional travel insurance. Africana Travel do not sell any travel insurance or cancelation insurance.
Terms of Purchasing; Trips booked with us are covered by general and special conditions. When purchasing a trip from Africana Travel your automatically accept these. Therefore, check our terms and conditions carefully.
To make your safari as pleasurable as possible we put together a checklist of things you should consider to include in your luggage.
Soft Luggage; Pack your belongings in soft bags so they easily fit into the limited space in the safari jeep. I
Binoculars; Many animals will be close to the car but it's good to bring a binocular if we happen to see a leopard or rhino in the distance.
Flashlight or headlamp; It gets very dark at night in the African wilderness, so bringing a flashlight or preferably a headlamp is recommended.
Wipes or/and Hand Sanitizer; Useful if you want to clean your hands before a meal. Can also be used to clean any grazes etc
Electrical adapter. In Botswana they use electrical outlets with three round sticks (Type D) but are also common that there are some English (Type G) outlets. It is still good to bring an adapter.
Hiking shoes (low): Hiking shoes are the absolute best to have on your feet whilst on safari, not only for your own comfort but also to protect your feet from any nasties on the ground such as scorpions, sharp rocks or acacia thorns. A lot of camping and hiking stores will recommend Gore-Tex shoes which are waterproof however you will want to make sure that whatever shoes you bring will be breathable as it can get quite hot. The absolute best is if you have comfortable walking shoes that are water resistant.
Sandals or Sneakers. It's nice to have a pair of comfortable well-worn shoes to wear at the lodge in the evening.
Hat or Cap; To protect you head from the sun
Sunglasses; The sun is extremely strong in East Africa so it's important to protect your eyes.
Sunscreen; Bring plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF. If your travelling during the European autumn/winter it's especially important to wear a sunscreen with high SPF in the beginning.
Light Clothes; Bring thin t-shirt and trousers/shorts. Functional materials are more comfortable than cotton. In some areas, such as the Ngorongoro crater you will experience chilly night (especially between May and September), so we recommend you to bring a light jacket or fleece.
Hooded Sweater and pants. It's pretty cold in the evenings, nights and mornings in Southern Africa, especially between May and September. Therefore it is good to bring a sweater, light jacket and long pants.
Small backpack or bag to carry camera and similar things during the day
IMPORTANT! Before your journey make sure to visit a vaccination clinic and get the vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis you need!
We have collected frequently asked questions here.
Botswana has a relatively dry climate with a marked dry respectively rain season. The dry season is from May to November, while the rainy season is from December to April. The whole country is relatively dry all year and it is fully possible to visit Botswana even during the rain season since the rain is rarely heavy or persistent for long periods. The accessibility to a safari in Botswana however is depended on season, specially during January-March since the area around Chobe Riber and the rivers of the Okowanve get flooded as a result of the heavy rains in central Angola. During the dry season it is usually sunny and completely cloudless with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees in the afternoons and cold clear nights with temperatures that can crawl under five degrees. Frost occurs a few nights each year. During the rainy season it is more clouds and some heavy rain which usually don't last long. The temperatures between November and February can reach around 40 degrees and because of the humidity the nights will be warm as well.
Botswana is a country in southern Africa that to the surface is about the same size as France but the population is only about two million. Botswana is a republic. It is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Lodges listed here are all located inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area very close to the crater but they do not have a view of the actual crater.
Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp
Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp