Our guests about Botswana

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour to Botswana, all aspects of the tour were first class. I was delighted to share my holiday with you and Worldwide Birding Tours and I very much hope to join you again in the not too distant future. JB Spain

Had a fabulous time with you all in Botswana and like your photos.. pretty good for an ""amateur". Thanks for the many laughs and birding education. Best holiday we ever had. JL Andorra

Thanks for your company I don’t need to tell you in too many words how much fun it all was and how much I enjoyed our repartee and the rest of the crew. I believe this is the start of many trips for us. LG UK

Impressions of Botswana

leopard2We have now designed our second tour to Botswana – Africa’s most beautiful Wilderness. This tour will visit Komana and the nearby Lake Ngami and proceed through the Okavango Delta and end at the Victoria Falls.
For wildlife, Botswana is the very best and also the birding is magnificent. To get the best out of this birding/game drive Safari we have chosen a “luxury (mobile) camping safari”. Our camp gets taken down and put up by the staff at a different location every second or third day. Travelling will be by open game drive vehicle and for longer distances by chartered small aeroplanes. It is an exciting tour and gets us into areas where nature still holds sway over human activities.
Special CommentIt goes without saying that all our accommodation is of the usual very high standard as all Worldwide Birding Tours. This tour is relaxed and recommended if comfort and easy pace is required.
In the heart of southern Africa, Botswana shimmers in the heat of the Kalahari sands. It harbours the unique Okavango Delta and an incredible amount of wildlife. In Botswana, which is about 582,000 square km (of which 17% is protected!) one can find the Big Five and almost 600 different species of birds. In this peaceful country, with a population of less then 1 person/ square km, one can still find tranquility and serene beauty. Diamonds and tourism are the main sources of the economy and this has resulted in Botswana being stable and welcoming for tourists from all over the globe. 80% of the country is covered by Kalahari sand, though many areas are covered by grass and scrub or are lightly forested.
From the world’s biggest bird (the Ostrich) to the heaviest flying bird (the Kori Bustard) to the most numerous of all birds (the Red-billed Quelea), Botswana has a truly impressive variety and quantity (636 species recorded) of bird species.

Kori-BustardBirding is superb in Africa’s greatest wilderness areas:
  • The world-famous Okavango Delta, southern Africa’s finest wetland.
  • The fabulously bird-rich Chobe River Front in Kasane, Chobe National Park and surrounding forests.
  • The Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
  • Also Lake Ngami an IBA and Ramsar Site.
This luxury (mobile) camping safari maximises the time we can spend birding/game driving. We are sleeping In "classic" walk-in safari tents, 10 sqm, with en-suite bathroom facilities, on beds with mattresses. All linen provided as is electrical light, mosquito spray, soap, body lotion and drinking water on bedside tables.

And yes, there are no flush toilets, but showering under the African stars is unforgettable!

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And the best way to end an African Day in the bush is having a delicious meal taken in the mess tent or in the open if weather permits. We will also provide a good glass of wine to accompany the three-course, candlelit dinners under the African stars.
All our guests always have regular options, either join-in with the tour group birding and wildlife viewing or opt-out and enjoy your own company. You, the client, have choices unlike with so many other group tours!

Reserving your place is both easy and inexpensive. A deposit of € 250 is all we require! Book online...

Facts and Travel Tips

Tour Map of Botswana

Detailed Tour Description

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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.