BirdingTours Africa Botswana Facts and Travel tips

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Extra information
The game drive vehicles are equipped with radios, which enables us to speak to each other as well as to the office of our ground agent in Maun. The radios are also connected to Europe Assist, a medical rescue service in Botswana. So although we are in the bush, we are not completely "out of touch".We will camp on private campsites, so there will be no disturbance by other campers.We will have freezers and fridges with us to keep food and drinks cold. English is the official language. Setswana is the local language.
Local time is G.M.T. plus 2
Electricity 230 V AC 50hz.
Iinternational telephone dialing: Int. Code + 267

Travel documents
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport, but visas are required by all nationals of foreign countries excluding the following: All Commonwealth countries, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece., Iceland, Rep. of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Samoa (Western), San Marino, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and USA.
On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.
Zimbabwe Visas are required by citizens of the US, Australia and New Zealand, and can be processed at the border (US$30/45 for a single-/double-entry visa).

What to Bring
  • Casual, comfortable, neutral coloured clothing for the daytime, shirt with long sleeves and trousers for the evenings (also good against the mosquitoes)
  • Morning game drives especially can be very cold .
  • Hat or cap and sunglasses against the sun. High factor suncream.
  • Comfortable shoes and strops or sandals.
  • Binoculars
  • Extra camera film/memory cards, extra camera and batteries for flash
  • Bird / animal books of Southern Africa

Insurance
We advise you to arrange the following insurances according to your own needs prior to your departure :
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Cancellation insurance

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Climate
The summer season begins in November and ends in March. It usually brings very high temperatures. However, summer is also the rainy season, and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for a short period of time. The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas, especially in the south-west. The in-between periods - April/early May and September/October - still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter.

Healthcare
Malaria is a particular risk in Botswana between November and June in the northern parts of the country. Visitors who are camping or walking in the bush should be cautious of tick bites. There are no compulsory vaccinations, but a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from infected countries. Occasional outbreaks of anthrax occur among wild animals, and visitors to affected areas should seek local advice and not touch dead animal carcasses. Botswana has a good public health system, but facilities are limited outside urban areas. Health insurance for visitors is vital. Tap water in towns is safe to drink, and all foodstuffs are safe to consume. We strongly advise you to take heed of these recommendations.
For all health requirements and recommendations travellers should check with a local Department of Health Service.

Currency
Botswana’s unit of currency is the pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. ‘Pula’ means ‘rain’ – a valuable commodity in this desert land. Full banking services are available only in major towns, although ATMs are sprouting up all over the country. Most credit cards are accepted at hotels and restaurants and cash advances are available at major banks (but not through ATMs). 1 Pula = 0,15 US$

Facts and Travel Tips

Tour Map of Botswana

Detailed Tour Description

Photo Gallery Botswana

Botswana Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    29th October - 11th November 2014
  • Price
    € 3.950 p.p.
    € 650 Single supplement.
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals including drinks in the mobile camps, all transport (including charter flights), fulltime guiding, Nature Reserve entrance fees, and airport transfers.
  • Excludes
    International flights, costs for visas for Botswana and Zimbabwe, insurance and personal costs.
  • Flights to Johannesburg - Maun and Victoria Falls - Johannesburg can be arranged by us for the current prices (around US$ 500 )
  • Tour party
    Minimum 4, maximum 8 persons
  • Your flight planning: Arrival on the 19th of October before 14.00 PM at Maun Airport. Departure on 11th of November after 12.00 PM from Victoria Falls Airport

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Tamalakane River Lodge Maun - Arrival in Maun, boat ride
  • Day 2 - Camping Komana - Birding and game drive
  • Day 3 - Camping Komana - Birding and boat ride Lake Ngami
  • Day 4 - Camping Komana - Birding and game drive
  • Day 5 - Camping Xakanaxa - Charter flight, birding and boat ride Okavango Delta
  • Day 6 - Camping Khwai Reserve - Birding and game drive
  • Day 7 - Camping Khwai Reserve - Birding and game drive
  • Day 8 - Camping Sengo - Birding and game drive during transfer option for pm Mokoro trip
  • Day 9 - Camping Savuti - Charter flight, birding and game drive
  • Day 10 - Camping Savuti - Birding and game drive
  • Day 11 - Camping Chobe - transfer, birding and game drive during transfer
  • Day 12 - Camping Chobe - Birding and game drive
  • Day 13 - Safari Lodge Victoria Falls - Transfer to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • Day 14 - AM : birding, visit Victoria Falls. PM : flight to Johannesburg to get connecting international flight

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Latest Trip Report Botswana

36.LionThis Trip Report tells you our experiences of our first visit to Botswana. We made this "Recce Tour" in October 2011, accompanied by 5 brave fellow travellers

Tour Leader : Peter Jones
Local Guide : Kurt Mckenzie

The Group arrived in the midday heat of Maun. We transferred to the Lodge about 20km outside of Maun. After everyone was checked in and settled we travelled to Okavango River Lodge where we did an afternoon Boat cruise on the Thamalakane River. It’s hard to believe that we are on the river so close to town yet it is so tranquil. Sycamore Figs, Jackal Berries, Large fever Berries and Real Fan Palms were some of the tree’s lining the river.


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Meet your Tour Guide for Botswana

Kurt1Born in KwaZulu Natal surrounded by the sugar cane industry Kurt McKenzie loved the outdoors walking or cycling around the rural areas looking for what little game was around. Kurt started working in Botswana in 1997 where he got his Botswana Guides Licence and started conducting Mobile Safaris in 1998. Doing mobile safaris through Northern Botswana, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park and across the border to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. He learned as much about the bush as possible and tried to translate this to his clients. In 2001 he went to the UK for some work experience and to do some travelling. Eventually missing the Constant sunshine and the wildlife of Africa he returned to Botswana. He wrote his South African Guides exam (FGASA) to give him a chance to possibly guide in South Africa as well as Botswana. Kurt has been in Botswana since 2008 freelance guiding for several Mobile Safari Companies, guiding through Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game reserve, Nxai and Makgadikgadi National Parks.
Tour leader: Each tour will have a representative of Worldwide Birding Tours to accompany it, ensuring attention to detail, and fullfilling our pledge not to send you on holiday, but to take you.