I Dreamed of Africa: Botswana’s Legendary Landscapes & Wildlife
The Kalahari Desert's Makgadikgadi Pan Okavango Delta
Classic Safari in Green Season Botswana
Kalahari Camp ♦ Jacana Camp ♦ Tubu Tree Camp
“I travel to see places of epic scale and numinous beauty, for the feeling of transcendent wonder” T. Pitock
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Camp Kalahari is nestled among the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana, a relaxed, friendly traditional safari camp, ideal for those seeking adventure, without sacrificing comfort or style. The camp is an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles paired with campaign style furniture and colonial antiques. Guests can relax in a traditionally built thatch library, living, or dining area; and when it heats up, cool off in the plunge pool.
Camp Kalahari has 11 spacious traditional Meru-style tents – all with en-suite bath and outfitted with rich textiles, Moroccan kilims, and four poster beds.
Get unbelievably up close and personal with a gang of incredibly friendly habituated meerkats. Spend time walking with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for a glimpse into their ancient culture. Go on game drives to experience unique desert wildlife and the herbivore herds passing through after the rains bring life to the desert. Visit Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of legendary explorers Livingstone & Selous, and one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa!
During the wet season ,1st November - 15th April, if the weather patterns cooperate, visitors have a chance to witness the spectacular zebra and wildebeest migration.
Scheduled arrival in Maun, Botswana on your international flight. Upon arrival, clear customs, and check- in for your onward light aircraft transfer to Camp Kalahari. For safety and due to space restrictions, baggage is limited to a maximum of 20kg (44 lbs) per person in a soft bag.
*Note: Light aircraft times are finalized on the day of travel. Stops may be made en-route to drop off guests at other camps.
Upon arrival, camp staff will meet you off the aircraft and assist with your transfer to camp where you can settle in and enjoy a quick bite to eat before an afternoon activity.
Set off in the morning to visit some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. As a meerkat’s wake up time is weather dependent, breakfast might be enjoyed in camp on cooler and rainy days, or as a picnic on warmer, sunnier days. Due to an ongoing habituation programme, it’s possible for Guests to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures.
Leave the meerkats as they continue with their eternal foraging and head to the site of the famous Chapman’s Baobab (also known as the Seven Sisters) which was acknowledged to be the third largest tree in Africa until it recently fell to the ground. This was once the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area and a visit here gives you an opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the history of the early explorers.
After tea this afternoon, head off in search of some unique desert species such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, and the elusive brown hyena, which is the third rarest large carnivore in Africa, with only about 8,000 in the wild. Brown Hyenas are the consummate desert specialists, surviving in arid areas where both food and water are scarce.
Enjoy an evening game drive back to camp where dinner awaits.
Wake up to a delicious breakfast; then head off in search of the zebra and wildebeest migration. As the migration is constantly moving, sometimes you need go no further than the veranda of your very own tent to see hundreds of zebra, and on other days the search could take you into the Makgadikgadi National Park and beyond.
After a final game activity (time permitting), you will be transferred to the airstrip for your onward light aircraft transfer to Jacana Camp (via Maun).
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Situated on a small island in the beautiful Jao Flats area of the concession, Jacana Camp offers remote seclusion. Accommodation is in five spacious en-suite tents – each with an outdoor shower – built on raised wooden decks, all with stunning views over the water.
The main dining area is on an elevated wooden deck between two enormous sycamore trees, and surrounded by dense wild date palms. Downstairs, there is a cosy lounge with large viewing deck, and open area to sit around the fire. Behind this is another thatched relaxation area with hammocks. Meals are sometimes enjoyed outdoors in a traditional African boma.
Jacana Camp is a true water camp, where boating and mokoro excursions take advantage of the quiet channels and inundated floodplains and some of the fascinating creatures of the Delta – maybe even hippo and crocodile – as well as the wealth of waterbirds can be seen. Day game drives take place all year round.
Immerse yourself in the Okavango Delta’s water paradise with mokoro (dug out canoe) and boating trips.
After a final game activity (time permitting), you will be transferred to the airstrip for your onward light aircraft transfer to Tubu Tree Camp.
Upon arrival, a Tubu Tree representative will meet you off the aircraft and assist with your transfer to the lodge where you can get acquainted with your suite and relax before an afternoon game drive.
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Tubu Tree lies on the western side of the isolated Hunda Island. Elevated walkways through the canopy link the traditional style camp with eight secluded tents on raised platforms, taking in the marvellous scenery of the surrounding floodplain. Each tent has a private front deck, en-suite bathroom facilities and an outdoor shower. A family unit consisting of two adjoining tents with separate bathrooms and a shared lounge is available, while boardwalks connect the camp to its neighbour, Little Tubu.
The main dining and lounge areas are raised on platforms with an outdoor bar under the spreading boughs of a marula tree. The pool deck below affords uninterrupted views over the ever-changing plain.
Owing to its locale and easy access to diverse habitats, Tubu Tree ensures excellent game viewing. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with access to productive mopane and acacia woodlands. During the winter season (normally May to late September), boating, seasonal fishing and mokoro trips are also offered. A Star Bed located 20 minutes from camp is an ideal way to spend a night.
Waste no time in exploring the Concession with your ranger as you seek out an array of wildlife.
The final day of your momentous anniversary journey has arrived. Be sure to mark any remaining species from your “To Do” List.
After a morning game activity (time permitting), you will be transferred to the airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft transfer back to Maun. Upon arrival, a representative will assist with check in for your onward international flight.
End of Arrangements
Per person sharing $8,395
Accommodation as stated in itinerary
Transfers as stated in the itinerary
Light aircraft transfers as stated in the itinerary
Meals as detailed in itinerary, lunch day 1 through breakfast day 9
Scheduled game activities as stated in the itinerary
International air from US departure city to Maun, Botswana & taxes
All items of a personal nature, such as hotel extras, phone calls, laundry and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Gratuities to guides and game rangers
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Cancellation and interruption insurance
All Costs Based on 6 Passengers
If number of passengers changes, itinerary will be re-priced accordingly
Certain costs based on current exchange rate of 12.8 South African rand to 1 U.S. dollar
If rate of exchange differs at time of final payment, balance will be adjusted accordingly
DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS 20% non-refundable deposit, $1680, required to confirm the above mentioned arrangements.
FINAL PAYMENT due 60 days prior to departure
Time of deposit through 60 days prior to departure Forfeit deposit
59 days to 31 days prior to departure 50% of total package
30 days prior to departure 100% of total package
Any cancellations within the 30 day period are submitted to the ground operators and hotels. Refunds will be made at their discretion.
At time of deposit you will be offered a quote for Travel Insurance through our partner Travel Guard.
Medical, evacuation, repatriation coverage is required; trip expenses insurance is optional.
Please be aware that, although the vast majority of visitors complete their travels in Africa without incident, criminal activity does take place. As CNT and Karell Travel cannot guarantee your safety and security, we ask that you consult the latest state department advisories for further information.
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BAGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTION
For safety and due to space restrictions, strict weight limitations exist for all light aircraft transfers. Baggage is limited to a maximum of 20kg (44 lbs) per person in a soft bag, camera gear and carry-on baggage included.
PRECAUTIONS AGAINST MALARIA ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Please consult with your personal physician or pharmacist regarding Malaria prophylaxis as well as advice regarding other immunizations. For further information contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-311-3435 or visit their website at www.cdc.gov
ASSUMPTION OF RISK
Please note that safaris in the African wilderness necessarily involve risk, including the risk of accident, property damage, personal injury and even death from, among other things, civil unrest and wild animals. You agree to assume all of the risks and to waive any and all such claims against CNT and Karell.
USE OF THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS-DISCLAIMER
The travel services in connection with the above itinerary will be provided by third party suppliers who are independent of CNT and Karell Travel. Such third party suppliers are exclusively responsible for providing services including transportation, lodging, meals, recreational activities, etc. CNT and Karell maintain no control over the operation, equipment or personnel of such suppliers and therefore assumes no liability or responsibility for personal injury, property damage or other loss, accident, delay or inconvenience, which may be occasioned by any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions on the part of any company or person engaged in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. You agree to look solely to the actual suppliers of the services for any remedy in the event of any loss, damage, injury or claim.
This itinerary is personally planned by Ceiba Nature Tours working with Karell Travel, a US agent with Wilderness Safaris, our ground operator while on safari.