A safari in Botswana may be unlike any other holiday you’ve ever had – even if you have been on safari elsewhere in Africa. It is important to your enjoyment and satisfaction that what you find here approximates what you expect to find, and that you are properly equipped and prepared to reap the maximum benefit from what we hope will be the experience of a lifetime, and one which you will repeat, as many do, time and time again.
Perhaps the first thing is to properly understand is the environment – Botswana is Africa in the raw, and you will find yourself closer here to nature than you may ever have been. Be prepared for close encounters – with animals small and large, with insects, with reptiles and with people. Rest assured that a Botswana safari is not particularly dangerous, but it may challenge your preconceptions of what is and what is not dangerous.
Any holiday is full of hope and expectation. You may have had a friend or family member who described an experience or place that you wanted to capture for yourself ever since hearing their stories. Unfortunately, Botswana’s wilderness does not provide the same opportunity twice. What you may see in comparison to another visitor can vary drastically from day to day, season to season and year to year. Please keep that in mind and know that despite this, what you experience will be truly unadulterated and that you will be guided by people who want to share the untamable wilds of Botswana with you.
As far as our water camps are concerned, please be advised that the use of mekoro depends on a number of factors beyond our control – water levels, vegetation growth, changes in the Okavango’s channel-structure, and hippo activity, amongst others. These can and do change quickly and unpredictably. Consequently they may not be able to offer mokoro trails due to practical constraints or safety considerations. If this is the case they will recommend to guests that they stay in camp and enjoy other daily activities. We understand that you have chosen Footsteps in Africa to ensure a welcoming and professional safari experience. We maintain close relationships with all of our travel partners. Before traveling we ask questions about guest preferences. Answering these questions is essential for us to tailor each safari to the guest and to meet expectations.
On arrival in Maun or Kasane Delta Air ground staff will welcome each flight. Inter-camp transfer times will be communicated the day before your departure from them.
Inter-camp transfers will be effected by single and/or twin-engined ‘bush’ ‘planes – aircraft designed for the short, dirt strips that serve the various camps and lodges. Most of these aircraft have baggage pods underneath the fuselage, which assist in keeping the weight centralized. This is why it is essential that luggage is in SOFT bags WITHOUT WHEELS that can be manipulated into the baggage pod.
Transfers are usually flown at 1000 – 1500 ft above ground level, affording good views of the passing terrain and, sometimes, wildlife. Sectors are usually 15 – 60. Wherever possible transfers are arranged so you will not miss an activity on the day, but every day’s schedule is different. If you would like to guarantee a set departure time a charter flight must be purchased.
It is a regulation of the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana that each passenger’s weight is submitted on the necessary paperwork before flying. This is in order to determine a safe carrying capacity for each Delta Air flight and to ensure safe carriage of every passenger. We do need to have this information in advance of travel.
Luggage is restricted to 20 kilograms, including hand luggage, in SOFT bags WITHOUT WHEELS. Luggage needs to be stowed in the hold. A small camera bag that fits on the lap is allowed in the cabin. Any overweight luggage will be charged at a per kilo rate.
If you are entering South Africa, however briefly, at stage of your safari, ensure that you have two blank pages side by side in your passport with a minimum of six months validity from your date of return home. Upon entry into Botswana you will be given a visa for up to 90 days. There is no fee for this visa.
If you are traveling with children please make sure that you carry an unabridged birth certificate. If you are traveling without one of the parents you will need to have a notarized letter from the absent parent stating their approval for the specific travel. You will not be able to enter the country without these documents.