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 your departure. 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 prepared you are physically for this adventure, the more you'll be able to enjoy your surroundings and feel rewarded by the overall experience.
A TYPICAL SAFARI DAY
The day starts with your wake-up call at sunrise—a gentle “koko” (‘knock knock’ in Setswana) at the entrance to your tent. A hand-washing basin is filled with steaming hot water, allowing you to freshen up. After enjoying some coffee or tea and a light breakfast around the campfire, we set out by foot from our camp, taking advantage of the optimal game viewing during the cooler hours of the morning.
Following our daybreak adventures, we return to camp for a bountiful lunch spread. Just as the animals retreat to escape the heat of midday, so will we! This siesta period is ideal for enjoying some downtime at camp. If you are on an ‘Explorer’ walking safari, we’ll spend our lunch and siesta hours out in the bush and prolong our return to camp, especially on days when we are walking from one location to another.
Later in the afternoon, we’ll head out once again into the wilderness as the animals awake from their midday slumber and gather at nearby watering holes. There is plenty of time to marvel at the sheer splendor of an African sunset, refreshments in hand, as we toast to the day's adventures. Upon return to camp, you may choose to take a hot shower under the starry night sky before gathering around the warmth of our campfire. 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 nightcap against the backdrop of a glittering, African sky—we fall asleep to the calls of the wild.
On moving days, the safari team will break down our camp, traveling ahead in a back-up vehicle to prepare our next camp for arrival. When moving between locations, our route often traverses parks and reserves where there is plenty to see, including ample wildlife-viewing opportunities. A picnic lunch will also be enjoyed en-route.
Meals are prepared over the open fire by our very own safari chefs. They pride themselves on being able to create quality meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, including produce grown in 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 plan to arrive in Gaborone from your international flight one night prior to the first day of your safari. South African Airways offers direct flights from New York City airports to Johannesburg, South Africa, with good connections to Gaborone. We are happy to arrange a pre-tour hotel in Gaborone for you (at additional expense) 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; please see our Zimbabwe extension page). 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 that you plan to spend a night in Maun after your safari and book your international flights out for the following day. We can assist with booking post-tour accommodations for you upon request.
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 in order to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. In September and October, both the days and nights are incredibly hot, and may cause discomfort. See the temperature chart below:
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