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 the rising of the sun. Your wake-up call will be between 5am and 6am - a gentle “koko” (‘knock knock’ in Setswana) at the entrance of your tent. Your hand-wash basin will be filled with steaming hot water and freshly made tea and coffee will be served around the campfire. A light breakfast will be served before the early morning walking excursion or game drive. We do our best to get out as early as possible as this is key game viewing time of the day.
Having spent the morning exploring the surrounding wilderness in search of Botswana’s hidden treasures either on foot or by game drive, you will return to camp for a bountiful lunch spread. Just as the animals retreat to escape the heat of mid-day, so will you. This siesta is your time to enjoy reading, chatting, taking a shower, just relaxing or taking a nap. If you are on an explorer’s walking safari, we do spend some of the lunch and siesta time of the day out in the bush rather than returning to camp, especially during days where we are walking from one location to another. In this case, we will be carrying lunch with us or have a bush lunch set up where we too will take a little snooze mid-day to recuperate for the rest of the days walk.
Later in the afternoon you will head out into the wilderness once more as the animals awake from their days slumber and gather at the watering holes. We marvel at the sheer splendor of an African sunset and with refreshments in hand, toast to the wonder of nature. We do warn you that this is prime game viewing time of the day, so don’t be surprised if our guide gets you back out for more game viewing action with your drink in hand! On your return to camp, you can enjoy a hot shower under the starry night sky and gather around the warmth of the camp fire with your fellow companions to relive the day’s events and excitement. Enjoy a three-course dinner served with a selection of wines against the magical backdrop of the African night sky. Retreating to the comfort of your tent after enjoying a night cap around the campfire, you can fall asleep to the calls of the African wild.
On moving days, the safari team will pack down the camp, traveling ahead in the back up vehicle to prepare the camp for your arrival at the next location. When moving between locations, the route is most commonly through the parks and reserves and is therefore an extension of your daily game drives. A picnic lunch can be enjoyed en-route.
Meals are specially prepared over the fire and served in the dining tent by our very own safari chef. Meals and snacks are abundant and fresh despite the remote setting. Our safari chefs pride themselves on being able to prepare quality meals despite it being over the fire, guaranteeing surprise and awe from our guests. 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 very 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, symptoms of which include but are not limited to migraines and nausea. In September and October both the days and nights are incredibly hot and may cause discomfort. See temperature chart below: