WILDERNESS WALKING SAFARI
In order to prepare for the walks on this trip, we encourage you to exercise 3-4 days per week for 1-2 hours at a time for several months leading up to the trip. Activities such as biking, hiking, walking, skiing, and running are great for conditioning. Please consult your physician about your participation on this safari if you have any concerns regarding your health. The better physically prepared you are for this adventure, the more you'll be able to enjoy your surroundings and feel rewarded from the overall experience.
A TYPICAL SAFARI DAY
The day starts with a wake-up call at sunrise - a gentle “koko” (‘knock knock’ in Setswana) at the entrance of your tent. A hand-wash basin is filled with steaming hot water to freshen up. After enjoying coffee or tea and light breakfast around the campfire, we set out by foot from our camp to take advantage of the optimal game viewing during the cooler hours of the morning.
Following our morning's adventures, we return to camp for a bountiful lunch spread. Just as the animals retreat to escape the heat of mid-day, so will we. This siesta is our time to enjoy some down time. If you are on an explorer walking safari, we spend our lunch and siesta time of the day out in the bush, rather than returning to camp, especially on days where we are walking from one location to another.
Later in the afternoon we head out once again into the wilderness as the animals awake from their mid-day slumber and gather at the watering holes. We marvel at the sheer splendor of an African sunset and with refreshments in hand we toast to the day's adventures. Upon our return to camp, we may take a hot shower under the starry night sky before gathering around the warmth of the camp fire. Here we relive our day's adventures with our fellow travel companions while lingering over a three-course dinner served with a selection of wines. Retreating to the comfort of our tents, perhaps after enjoying a night cap against the magical backdrop of the African night sky, we fall asleep to the calls of the African wild.
On moving days, the safari team will take down our camp, traveling ahead in a back-up vehicle to prepare our next camp for our arrival. When moving between locations, the route is most commonly through the parks and reserves where there are ample wildlife viewing opportunities. A picnic lunch can be enjoyed en-route.
Meals are prepared over the open fire by our very own safari chefs. They pride themselves on being able to prepare quality meals using fresh and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, including farm fresh food from Robyn and Gareth's family farm in Maun. Alcoholic beverages, sodas, juice and water are provided throughout the safari. In major towns such as Gaborone, Maun and Victoria Falls, you will be booked on a bed & breakfast basis.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
It is important that you arrive in Gaborone from your international flight one night prior to the first day of your safari. South Africa Airways offers direct flights from New York City airports to Johannesburg, South Africa with good connections to Gaborone. We will arrange a pre-tour hotel in Gaborone upon request.
Your safari will end in Maun, Botswana unless you choose to book an extension to Victoria Falls (Walk Botswana can arrange transfers and accommodations for this extension - see Zimbabwe extension). You may book your return international flight departing from Maun on the afternoon of the final day of your safari, however to play it safe, we advise spending a night in Maun after your safari and booking your international flights out for the following day. We can assist with booking post-tour accommodations for you if this is what you choose.
In winter (May – September), expect warm temperatures during the day and relatively cold nights in accommodations with canvas walls. Hot water bottles, extra blankets and ponchos may be provided to keep you warm in camp and on your game drives. In summer (November – April) you will experience hot days and nights with rainstorms in the afternoons. It is imperative to increase your fluid intake considerably, to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. In September and October both the days and nights are incredibly hot and may cause discomfort. See temperature chart below: