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Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. It is best to consult with the high commission of the country being travelled to in the country being travelled from as requirements vary and change constantly. Botswana Safaris will not be held responsible for any incomplete or incorrect information regarding the visa process gathered by the traveller.

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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

In keeping with our child friendly policy, The Ker &Downey Botswana Safari  will contribute a percentage of its profit to Bana Ba Letsatsi – Ker & Downey Botswana's social responsibility programme.

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    Day One – Kanana – Fly into heart of Okavango Delta to begin your safari experience and settle into the rhythm of camp
    Day Two – Kanana – Enjoy the variety of activities on offer (Game drives, night drives, Mokoros , walks and fishing)
    Day Three – Okuti – After a short flight enter the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, spend the afternoon on a game drive
    Day Four – Okuti – More adventures in the Moremi, explore the waterways of the area on a power boat excursion
    Day Five – Shinde – Upon touching down at Shinde head out on Foot to gain a real appreciation for the Flora and Fauna
    Day Six – Shinde – Discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the private concession while out on a night drive
    Day Seven – Bid farewell to the Delta and continue your journey
    Note – Also available in the 4 night/5 day package, Choose between Kanana or Okuti

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Two nights either Kanana or Okuti and 2 nights Shinde (4 nights)
01 Apr  2017 to 30 Jun 2017 USD 3,305 pps
01 Jul 2017 to 30 Oct 2017 USD 4,325 pps
01 Jul 2017 to 30 Oct 2017 USD 5,415 single
01 Nov 2017 to 30 Nov 2017 USD 3,305 pps
01 Dec 2017 to 31 Dec 2017 USD 2,340 pps
01 Mar 2018 to 31 Mar 2018 USD 2,500 pps
01 Apr 2018 to  30 Jun 2018 USD 3,490 pps
01 Jul 2018 to  30 Oct 2018 USD 4,550 pps
01 Jul 2018 to  30 Oct 2018 USD 5,700 single
01 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2018 USD 3,490 pps
01 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2018 USD 2,500 pps
Two nights Kanana, two nights Okuti and two nights Shinde (6 nights)
01 Apr  2017 to 30 Jun 2017 USD 4,655 pps
01 Jul 2017 to 30 Oct 2017 USD 6,035 pps
01 Jul 2017 to 30 Oct 2017 USD 7,575 single
01 Nov 2017 to 30 Nov 2017 USD 4,655 pps
01 Dec 2017 to 31 Dec 2017 USD 3,275 pps
01 Mar 2018 to 31 Mar 2018 USD 3,515 pps
01 Apr 2018 to  30 Jun 2018 USD 4,925 pps
01 Jul 2018 to  30 Oct 2018 USD 6,365 pps
01 Jul 2018 to  30 Oct 2018 USD 7,955 single
01 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2018 USD 4,925 pps
01 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2018 USD 3,515 pps
Three nights either Kanana or Okuti and three nights Shinde (6 nights)
01 Apr  2017 to 30 Jun 2017 USD 4,580 pps
01 Jul 2017 to 30 Oct 2017 USD 6,040 pps
01 Jul 2017 to 30 Oct 2017 USD 7,655 single
01 Nov 2017 to 30 Nov 2017 USD 4,580 pps
01 Dec 2017 to 31 Dec 2017 USD 3,155 pps
01 Mar 2018 to 31 Mar 2018 USD 3,420 pps
01 Apr 2018 to  30 Jun 2018 USD 4,855 pps
01 Jul 2018 to  30 Oct 2018 USD 6,435 pps
01 Jul 2018 to  30 Oct 2018 USD 8,140 single
01 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2018 USD 4,855 pps
01 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2018 USD 3,420 pps

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    Moreover, the following is included:

    • A donation to Bana Ba Letsatsi
    • A donation to Bana Ba Letsatsi
    • All flights from Maun, between camps included in the package and back to Maun
    • Departure taxes where applicable
    • All game viewing activities as offered at the camps
    • All accommodation and meals
    • All drinks (South African wines and spirits)
    • Laundry
    • Park entrance fees (where applicable)

    NOTES

    • Flights to/from any property other than a Ker & Downey Botswana camp are an additional USD 180.00 per seat one way
    • Flights to/from any property other than a Ker & Downey Botswana camp are an additional USD 180.00 per seat one way
    • Flights to/from Kasane are available at an additional USD 180.00 per seat one way
    • Additional nights may be added at your regular nett nightly rate
    • Children do not get a discount on the above rates.
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    A hidden jewel on the Xudum River, Kanana is located in the southwest of the Okavango Delta. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to a myriad of birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta.

    Accommodation

    Kanana was refurbished at the beginning of 2016. Guests are accommodated in seven spacious twin and double-bedded safari tents and one family tent, each en-suite bathrooms has a large walk-in shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. Families are accommodated in a two-bedroomed tent, sharing an en-suite bathroom with the addition of an outdoor shower – ideal for families in this child-friendly camp. The tents are well spaced, affording privacy whilst remaining within a comfortable distance from the main camp area. The annual floods transform parts of this concession into a true water paradise, offering guests the best of both worlds. Due to the camps location guests can experience magnificent game sightings during drives as well as the unique experience of exploring the delta's beautiful waterways by boat or Mokoro. You may actually enjoy the breath-taking spectacle of the water visibly rising around the camp’s raised teak decks. The Sleep Out Deck that offers guests the opportunity to spend the night under the magnificent African night sky.

    Activities

    Situated in the Kanana Concession, the focus of activities at Kanana varies with the rising and falling levels of the Okavango Delta. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, with afternoon game drives often continuing into the evening. Our window seat guarantee ensures no more than four guests per vehicle when out on game drives. Alternatively, you may explore the crystal-clear waterways by Mokoro or motorboat, and enjoy the magnificent variety of birds, plant and reptile species found in the area. Birding is spectacular, and Kanana hosts a seasonal heronry that is one of the largest in Southern Africa which teems with activity, a Kanana highlight which converts all visitors to avid 'twitchers'. Guided bush walks are highly recommended as is fishing for tilapia, African pike and sharptooth catfish.

    Facilities

    Seven spacious twin/double bedded tents with en-suite bathrooms
    One family tent (sleeping five people in two bedrooms with shared en-suite bathroom – additional outdoor shower)
    Dining room, al fresco deck, bar, sitting area and campfire overlooking the Xudum River
    Private airstrip
    Swimming pool
    Sleep Out Deck
    Open season
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    Okuti, refurbished in 2014 draws its influence from the Maunachira River which flows in front of the camp, with its abundant birdlife, fish and sandy river banks, it remains an oasis of serenity and peacefulness. Okuti is built amidst the wilderness of one of Botswana's prime game viewing regions, Moremi Game Reserve.

    Accommodation

    Okuti comprises five twin-bedded “Masasas” (ancient tribal word for house of reeds), each with en-suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. The honeymoon unit features a double bed, indoor and outdoor shower along with an outdoor bath tub . An additional two family “Masasas” consist of two bedrooms which share spacious bathroom facilities – ideal for families in this child-friendly camp. Okuti’s spacious curved ‘Masasas ’ are located on raised decks with river views.

    Activities

    Situated in the heart of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, guests can experience unhindered views in specially-designed safari vehicles. Our window seat guarantee ensures no more than four guests per vehicle when out on game drives. The Moremi Game Reserve is rich in wildlife, and its consistent year-round game viewing makes it ideal for repeat and first time visitors to Botswana. Guests can also explore the Okavango Delta waterways by motorboat, and the areas open lagoons and winding channels make it a birder's paradise, complete with herons and storks in the breeding season.

    Facilities

    Five twin/double bedded “Masasas” with en-suite bathrooms (including Honeymoon “Masasa”)
    Two family “Masasas” (each sleeping five people in two bedrooms with shared en-suite bathroom)
    Dining room, bar, seating area and open deck for evenings around the campfire
    Accessible by air or road (self-drive options available)
    Swimming pool

    Open season and child policy

    1st March 2017 – 5 th January 2018.
    1 st March 2018 – 5 th January 2019.
    Minimum age is 7 years

    Attractions

    Okuti offers one of the best value safari experiences in the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta region of Botswana. It provides excellent game viewing due to its widely varied and protected habitats which support a huge variety of wildlife.
    Okuti can accommodate clients wishing to self-drive (in 4WD) into Moremi Game Reserve, offering an adventure and an alternative to flying.
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    Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is an intimate, classic camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon, which simply teems with animal and birdlife. The camps unique main area comprises a multi-tiered dining room and lounge which is set under canvas under the shade of ebony and mangosteen trees.

    Accommodation
    Shinde was refurbished in 2015. The elegance and historical charm of the iconic Shinde camp has been enhanced by enlarging the eight classic safari guest tents to incorporate a spacious bathroom with a large walk in shower and luxurious fittings. The larger bedroom with new linen and furniture in tasteful colours provide the perfect retreat. Wide sliding doors leading onto the extended front decks afford breath-taking views over the open floodplains or the mysterious waterways of the Delta.

    Experience
    Courtesy of its location Shinde can offer both water and land activities year round. Motorboats or Mokoro provide a chance to experience the incredible bird, plant and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta. Game drives are conducted by a personal guide in comfortable, specially designed game drive vehicles. For the more adventurous, guided walks are also available while fishing enthusiasts will enjoy fishing for a variety of species such as tilapia and tigerfish.
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    Luggage Restriction

    There is a strict luggage restriction for all guests travelling by light aircraft transfers of 20kg (44lbs), 25cm (10 inches) wide x 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm (24 inches) long per person in soft, manageable bags, which includes hand baggage and camera equipment. No hard suitcases and no bags with wheels or frame. This is for safety and logistical reasons.
    The aircraft in use are Grand Caravans, Airvans and a Kodiak which are perfect for the bush landing strips in the Okavango Delta. However, weight is a safety issue and the small luggage storage pod restricts the storage/transfer of any large or solid suitcases. Please do not bring  Samsonite or similar hard suitcases.
    Guests are welcome to store excess luggage in our Maun office provided that their safari begins and ends in Maun. If this is the case, guests must make sure they pack smaller bags in advance to avoid delays to onward travel at Maun Airport. Should clients arrive with excessive luggage they will be asked to re-pack into smaller bags or to leave their luggage behind UNLESS they have pre-arranged extra space in the plane by means of booking an additional seat (at full seat rate).

    Electricity in Camp

    Kanana has been converted to a solar system, Shinde and Okuti’s electricity is generator-powered, both systems allow the operation of lighting, fans and other basic camp facilities.
    The charging of camera and video batteries is possible, provided guests bring the appropriate adaptors along to suit Botswana’s 220V power source. An international multi-plug point is available in each tent.
    The electricity system (Okuti, Shinde and Kanana only) supports the use of hairdryers but only those issued by Ker & Downey Botswana.
    Please note that Footsteps Camp does not have electricity generated at the camp, but the charging of cameras is possible from a battery, provided the appropriate adaptor is brought by the guest.
    With regards to the sleep apnea machine, camp needs to be aware and a second power supply will be provided to ensure power throughout the night. This is in addition to the above-mentioned facilities.

    Dietary Requirements

    Special dietary requirements can be accommodated provided they are advised in advance. Please note that all meals are served with a wide variety of food that generally suits most guests.

    Medical Equipment and Insurance

    Specific medical conditions need to be advised upon booking; this assists the Camp Managers in making suitable prior arrangements and/or raising awareness in the case of a medical emergency. Ker & Downey Botswana camps have 24-hour radio access to MRI (Med- Rescue International) and in the case of emergency a medical evacuation facility is available.
    Emergency evacuation insurance is included in our rates, however the MRI professionals define the nature of the ‘emergency’ and the transfer is to the closest medical facility that has the capacity to deal with the specific injury/illness. Treatment once at the medical facility is not covered.
    It is strongly recommended that all guests take out private travel/medical insurance which will cover them for the duration of their stay and that the details of this insurance (policy number, insurance company and emergency contact number) is lodged with their agent and our Camp Managers. This assists with efficient processing of the emergency evacuation.
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    What is the best time of year to safari in Botswana?

    The best time to visit depends on what safari experience you are looking for and your tolerance of the varying weather conditions.

    Winter months (June, July and August) are marked by cloudless days and mild temperatures (average is 5-27°C). In the Okavango Delta, the floodwaters from Angola start to fill the countless lagoons and streams and the landscapes outside the Delta begin their drying process, gradually fading from lush green to dry khaki.

    Spring months (late August through September) are a wonderful time to visit Botswana. The timing, between the cold of winter and the intense heat before the rains, ensures temperatures of 15-31°C. It heats up toward the end of September and into October where highs can reach above 40°C. Game viewing is excellent due to the lack of thick vegetation and the water holes are drying up.

    Summer months (November, December through to March) enjoy temperatures averaging 16-35°C. These months include the rainy season (generally Jan/Feb), when you may encounter brief but heavy rain and thunderstorms. This period can offer excellent game viewing and you may be lucky to witness the miracle that the rains bring, transforming the dry land to a vibrant abundance of lush greenery.

    Autumn months (April and May) are marked by moderate temperatures, 15-30°C, which is a lovely time to visit Botswana with the lands lush and green after the summer rains.

    How safe is Botswana?

    Botswana is considered a safe travel destination and is both financially and politically stable having been spared much of the unrest and turmoil which plagues so many countries in Africa. As is the case elsewhere, the larger cities and population centres generally have the most crime, but once you are on safari, such problems are all but non-existent. It is, however, a good idea to leave your valuables (expensive watches, jewellery, etc.) at home thus eliminating the temptation for possible thievery. Luggage locks are always advisable when flying.

    What types of travel documentation do I need?

    Citizens of certain countries are required to obtain visas for entry into Botswana. As this list of countries changes from time to time it is important to check with your travel consultant regarding current visa requirements, well in advance of your departure. Other possible document requirements:

    New Immigration requirement for travelling to Botswana

    Parents travelling to South Africa and Botswana with children under 18 years old are required to produce an unabridged birth certificate (including details of the children’s father as well as mother) for all children travelling in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate. Adults travelling with children under 18 years old who are not the parents must produce a signed affidavit from both parents stating that the identified adult has been given their authority to travel with their child, said adult will need unabridged birth certificate of all children in their care.

    Yellow Fever Vaccination

    All travellers from or through the countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas must provide an international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever upon arrival into Botswana. A list of the yellow fever declared countries can be obtained from your safari designer.

    Who will meet me upon my arrival, and where?

    You will be met at the airport in Maun. After passing through customs, you should look for a uniformed Ker & Downey Botswana representative with a sign showing Ker & Downey Botswana on it. The representative will then transfer you either to your flight to camp, your hotel or other appropriate destination.

    What type of clothing will I need for safari?

    Depending upon the time of year, lightweight clothing of cotton and cotton/blends are most suitable. During the winter months it can be very cold and a warm/windproof jacket will be needed for early morning and evening game viewing activities. During the summer months bring a lightweight water/windproof jacket in case of rain, but otherwise temperatures are very warm. For evenings bring lightweight long sleeved clothing as protection from mosquitoes. Neutral colours such as khaki and drab or olive green are appropriate, and are less conspicuous to the animals. Laundry is done daily in camp, so it is not necessary to over pack.

    What type of food will I be eating?

    Dining in the bush is a delight in itself. A typical day’s menu might be as follows:

    Breakfast

    Assorted fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, homemade toast, (muffins or flapjacks) with preserves, and a cooked breakfast to order, tea, coffee & fruit juice.

    Lunch

    A delicious hot meat dish such as a local beef bobotie or honey mustard chicken skewers, for those who enjoy a vegetarian option on offer you can enjoy a scrumptious lentil shepherd’s pie or baby marrow and chickpea fritters, there is always a choice of 3 salads, green salad, tomato, red onion and basil salad or avo and paw paw salad, home-made bread, a fruit bowl, a cheese platter, tea, coffee, soft drinks and a home-made fruit smoothie.

    Dinner

    Tomato & basil soup, Fillet with green pepper sauce, a vegetarian option of Chickpea, potato and cashew nut curry, creamed potatoes, glazed carrots, beans and Chocolate Cream with black cherries. A cheese platter. We will make every effort to cater to special dietary requirements, with advance notification.

    What medical precautions should I take?

    When travelling to any foreign destination, we strongly suggest that you check with your local immunisation authority, public health facility or personal physician to find out what immunisations and medications are required/suggested for your travels. Botswana is considered a malarial area, and preventative medications should be taken. You should bring any personal medications or prescription medications.

    Malaria including Plasmodium Falciparum exists in certain areas. All clients must consult with their own Medical Doctor, the Center for Disease Control or their National Health Authority regarding the use of anti-malarial tablets prior to departure. There are many brands available and we recommend that clients consult their doctor, health clinic or health department as to which brand they should take.

    What if there is a medical emergency?

    In the case of a genuine medical emergency, Ker & Downey Botswana can have a Medivac aircraft dispatched to camp. Depending upon the needs of the patient, he/she will be transported either to a hospital in Maun or Johannesburg for treatment. Minor medical needs can be treated in camp.

    NOTE: Our Medivac coverage is restricted. It does not extend to those who have pre-existing conditions, are pregnant or are over 81 years of age. It is imperative that you arrange your own comprehensive travel/medical insurance policy prior to travelling.

    Is the water safe to drink?

    Each of our camps has a reverse osmosis water treatment system that produces drinking water for the whole camp. The system is Botswana Bureau of Standards approved and is laboratory tested quarterly.
    As part of our drive to reduce, if not eliminate, plastics in our pristine environment we provide 500ml glass bottles in our camps for guests’ use, which they can refill at any time from the chiller dispensers in the main areas. At Footsteps RO water supplied by Shinde is served in glass bottles kept in a cooler box.

    What type of safari vehicles will I be game viewing in?

    Ker & Downey Botswana use Toyota Land cruisers which have been specially built for game viewing and photography. All have completely open seating areas and cabs for unhindered photography. Each has ample seating (although we normally keep occupancy to four in each vehicle), with seat pockets, reference books, snacks, bottled water, toilet paper, insect spray and a cool box for refreshments. Window seats are guaranteed on game drives at Shinde, Kanana and Okuti. The vehicles roof can be removed for excellent bird viewing.

    Is electricity available in the safari camps?

    A solar system at Kanana then generators at Shinde and Okuti provide electricity. Due to their noise, these generators are normally used during the day, when guests are out of camp. In the evenings, the generator is switched off, and lighting is provided by battery. Camera batteries may be recharged in the guest tents during the day.

    How long do camp transfers take?

    On our standard fly-in safaris, inter-camp transfers are provided by light aircraft Transfer times are minimal, averaging 30 minutes, but can be longer to areas outside the Delta.

    What about tipping?

    Tipping is not obligatory. It is, however, appropriate if you feel that the measure of service you received warrants a show of your personal appreciation. This is purely discretionary. The average tip amounts are approximately per guest, per day. Customarily, per day will go to your driver/guide directly and per day is placed in the Tip Box provided in the camps. Camp Managers distribute the latter among the camp employees.

    Is a safari strenuous?

    No. Getting into and out of vehicles and light aircraft as well as some walking is the most strenuous activity you will encounter. Our safaris are considered 'soft adventure'.

    How much baggage can I bring on safari?

    Since most safari travel is done in small aircraft, each passenger is limited to one soft-sided bag, weighing no more than 20kgs. This includes your hand baggage.

    How much money will I need?

    Most major currencies are accepted throughout Botswana. You will not need large sums of cash while on safari, as our camps are all inclusive. However, some guests enjoy shopping in Maun. Each camp has a small gift shop stocked with various curios and safari items;
    credit card are accepted (Master or Visa cards). Otherwise, you may need money for any accommodations, meals and shopping before or after your scheduled safari as well as for visas (Zimbabwe etc.) and taxes. The amount needed, of course, is your personal decision.

    What about insects or snakes?

    Surprisingly, there are very few insect or snake problems in Botswana. Insect repellent is provided in all tents and safari vehicles. However, for your personal comfort, we recommend you bring some insect repellent of your own. It is also a good idea to bring some sunscreen.

    What contact details should be left at my home/office?

    Leave the contact details for the Ker & Downey Botswana Maun office. You can be contacted in the camps by radio from Maun in the case of an emergency. Our booking form asks for an emergency contact for your next of kin, in case we should need to send an urgent message  through. All camps have satellite phones providing guests an option to call home if required, this service carries a charge which clients settle direct in camp based on the length of time on the phone call.

    What to bring

    TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
    Passport with appropriate visas
    Health Certificates as recommended by your physician for your specific destination(s)
    Airline tickets (always reconfirm reservations 72 hours in advance)
    Customs registration (sometimes required for cameras, videos, binoculars and expensive watches)

    ACCESSORIES

    Good binoculars
    Flashlight – optional (provided in all Ker & Downey Botswana camps, only necessary if you go to other camps)
    Reading materials
    Pen and paper, or writing journal/diary
    Locks for luggage

    Pack your equipment in a good, soft-sided case, and carry it on the plane with you. Africa can be dusty and you should protect your equipment well. Plastic ‘Ziploc’ bags or cloth pillowcases are ideal means of covering and storing your photographic equipment during your safari.
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