Okavango Houseboats

5May

Okavango Houseboats – FAQ’S

fishing holidays
boats moored in the Okavango delta channels

A “typical” day on board.

07h00 : generator starts which serves as a wake up call and operates the shower pressure pump
08h00 : breakfast, fishing or birding from tenders
11h00/12h00 : brunch
15h00 : fishing and exploring islands and channels
17h30 : snacks
18h00 : cocktails
20h00 : dinner
The above is just a suggestion; times and activities can be changed.
There are also optional extras like mokoros and game flights.

The boat moves once a day.

What game can we expect to see from the houseboats?
The houseboat operates on the Okavango mainstream which is covered by papyrus both sides. In places the papyrus stretches up to five kilometers both sides. The only game to be met will be hippos, crocodiles and abundant bird life.


What are the fuel requirements for the boat ?
The average fuel consumption is about 200 litres per day if fishing is part of the itinerary down to 100 litres depending on your needs.

Out Board Oil is used for two-stroke motors only and we are in the process of replacing them with four-stroke motors. The mix proportion is 1:50 , expect to use about 4 liters per 200 litres petrol.

poling through the mekoro channels
mekoro excursion

Catering & Self Catering
If we choose to self cater, what does this mean ?
You will need to provide the food, however the norm is that the houseboat staff do the cooking. If you want to cook the meals yourself you can.

The catered option includes all food supplied by the Houseboats & the meals are prepared by the crew.
If however you wish to bring any items with due to special dietaries or you prefer a specific type of snack, you are most welcome to bring this with.

If choosing the catered option, is it possible to see & discuss menus beforehand?
In the case of a catered trip we normally call for preferences and then send a menu for approval. We are happy to send through our sample menu’s upon request.

fishing boat moored for the night
sunset over the river


Security
Where can we park and will or cars and equipment be secure?
Your parking at both Sepopa and Seronga will be secure however we do not take responsibility for any losses.

Policy on Children
Is there an age limit on the houseboats? Are children allowed (if so, is there a different rate?)
There is no age limit, but due to the nature of the boat, it is not advisable to bring babies and toddlers on board.
Any children on board are the parent’s responsibility.Children younger than seven years are charged half the rate.

Personal Goods
Do you have a guide to what our people should bring with them?
Bring along items that you would normally pack when visiting friends and family. We provide bedding, towels, toilet paper etc.

What is the situation as regards charging batteries for laptops, cameras etc?
We have an inverter on board and if you are close to Seronga, you can charge your accessories there

We see you sell ice, is it safe for human consumption?
We make our ice from the local town bore hole water and it is safe for consumption. The water is however rich in minerals and oxides and sometimes have a brownish colour. If this is not acceptable then guests are advised to bring their own ice on board.

Okavango Delta Facts & Guide

25Mar

Okavango Delta Facts & Guide

prime safari area in Botswana and Africa

The Okavango Delta is a large inland delta, formed where the Okavango River reaches the central part of the basin of the Kalahari. All the water reaching the Delta is ultimately evaporated and transpired, and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water spreads over the 6,000-15,000 km² area. Some flood-waters drain into Lake Ngami and Moremi Game Reserve

Okavango delta
aerial view of delta

It takes the shape of a hand, with the palm permanently filled with water, and the fingertips seasonally flooded with a blue-green wilderness of freshwater, shaping million of islands and a labyrinth of papyrus-lined canals, water-lily lagoons, shady forest glades and rich savanna grasslands – an incredible source of life in a country that is 80% arid.

Sometimes dried out with salt, the islands are inhabited by hundreds of species of birds, while hippos, elephants and crocodiles move from one to another in very pure waters. From the smaller tropical fish to the larger animal, there is always something that will catch your eye and admiration, making a safari to the Okavango Delta one of Africa’s top game safari spots

Okavango delta
the elephant march

Lions, leopards, elephants and buffalo are regularly seen in the Delta – the White Rhino is more difficult to spot.

The Big Five are in good company with a remarkable number of species:

164 mammals –400 birds –157 reptiles –84 species of fish –5,000 different insects

The Okavango Delta

Millions of years ago it used to flow into what is now known as the Makgadikgadi Pans. But activity in the earth’s crust causing a break in the layers of rock interrupting the flow of the river, caused it to backup and reform as what is now known as the Okavango Delta. This transformation has created an unparalleled system of waterways and channels, that support a unique kingdom of flora and fauna

It does fluctuate with the seasons, and changes from year to year depending on the rains and flood waters.

The Okavango River drains the summer (January–February) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1,200 kilometres in approximately one month. The waters then spread over the 250 km by 150 km area of the delta over the next four months (March–June)

The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level, creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife

flights over the delta
charter flight

When to Travel

Many travellers will prefer thedrier season(April to October) to visit the delta, as it normally guarantees the best wildlife viewing activities – animals have to get close to permanent water points. Most of the Okavango progressively dries out, apart from permanent rivers in Moremi Game Reserve and other Northern areas.

But thewet season(December through March) offers spectacular highlights as well, with amazing colors from waters, skies, grass and flowers for the pleasure of photographers, and a fertile animal activity – many mammals have babies during the rainy season, and predators are busy spotting the young families.

The Okavango Delta shapes an immense and amazing oasis in the Kalahari desert, that constitutes one of thevery best all-encompassing safari destinations in the world

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Moremi Game Reserve – A history of conservation

Beautifully preserved, the Moremi Game Reserve spreads across the eastern side of the delta, offering a patchwork of ecosystems to the visitor.

Adjacent to Northern Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai community area provides a rare experience of a community that lives in harmony with nature and wildlife

Moremi was the first wildlife sanctuary to be set aside by a Southern African community on their own land, when in 1963 the wife of Moremi III decided to protect a third of the Okavango delta for the future, and declared the Moremi Game Reserve in the honor of the late Batawana chief. That was 7 years after a government department had been formed to administer wildlife conservation, making Botswana one of Africa’s leader in this matter. The tribe agreed to vacate the land; the Reserve was later enlarged with the Addition of Chief’s Island in the 1970′s, and further to the Northwest in 1991: the Moremi Game Reserve now covers nearly 5,000 km2, the core of the Okavango Delta.

From this inspiration, the state-run Moremi Game Reserve has been incredibly well-preserved. Together with the natural wonder of the Okavango delta, this exemplary management makes the Moremi Game Reserve one of very best all-encompassing safari destination in the world.

Ecosystem & wildlife in Moremi

The lush and varied ecosystem – a patchwork of lagoons, shallow flooded pans, plains and forests – provides outstanding game viewing activities whether on foot, in game-viewing vehicles or on boat. Among the finest areas are Chief’s Island, that used to be the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting grounds and offers nowadays amazing game viewing opportunities, in particular large herds of buffalos who enjoy grazing the sweet grasses and drinking in the pans. Mobile safaris may also reach the Mopane Tongue, the Khwai River area, Xakanaxa Lagoon and Third Bridge.

Khwai Community Area

Adjacent to the Northern/Eastern parts of Moremi Game Reserve and to the Southern/Western corner of Chobe National Park, Khwaï community area provides the perfect setting of a wilderness area where a community lives in harmony with nature and wildlife, along the Khwaï river

San hunting
San people

A San village

Khwai village hosts about 400 Babukahwe, a section of San (river Bushmen) who relocated from the reserve area.They nowadays develop eco-tourism activities and participate actively in the conservation of the environment.
The San people of southern Africa are among Africa’s most intriguing people

Wildlife seen

The magnificent Khwai river is the hub for some of the most outstanding wildlife viewing both on the Moremi and in the Khwai area. Species to be viewed include elephant, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and various other nocturnal species

Maun gateway to the Okavango Safari Camps

Maun means ‘the place of the short reeds and is the operational centre for the safari companies in the Okavango delta

Maun Game Reserve-Go to the Maun Game Reserve and see the ‘Big 5’. Great for kids of all ages. Go visit the Maun Game Reserve and see all the live wildlife inside

Safari Camps and Accommodation

The safari camps in the Okavango cater to small numbers of guests – each one operating in its own private concession area, affording complete privacy and exclusivity on a Botswana safari

The higher than normal prices deter larger budget tour groups and maintain a low density of safari travelers throughout the Okavango.

By Road to Okavango

Traveling direct from Maun (Okavango) to Kasane (Chobe) via Moremi game park is 4×4 dirt road only and takes at least 8 hours during the dry season and normally requires a stop over in The Savuti region. From Maun to Mababe gate (Chobe park-west entrance) is 141 km’s or alternatively sedan cars can travel on a tarred road from Maun via Nata to Kasane [616 km’s]

Climate – Okavango

The Okavango in winter (May to August) is warm during the day and cool in the evenings.

In summer, however, it is hot and humid during the day while the night temperature rarely drops below 18 degrees C.
The “wet” season normally begins late November / December and lasts through early March. with hot sunny days and afternoon thundershowers.
This is a fantastic time to visit and enjoy a quality safari at best rates
“The wet season” ( December – March) enjoys an average of 14 rain days in a 120 day period which makes the chance of being rained on 1 in 9 or 10%.
The rain that Botswana gets is usually in the form of quick thunderstorms, usually in the late afternoon. The thunderstorms disappear almost as quickly as they came.

November – March is a fantastic time to visit and enjoy aquality safariat affordable prices

Okavango wildlife
leopard on lookout

Okavango Delta, one of the very best all-encompassing safari destinations in the world

Kalahari Mobile Safaris Fact Sheet

25Mar

All Mobile Safaris depart and return from the Safari Lodge in Central Kalahari, Botswana. You journey into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the second largest national park in the world.

You will explore the area around Deception Valley which is an ancient fossil river, game viewing is especially good as there are open plains and it is common to see very large herds ofantelope. Sightings of predators iscommon as they lie in wait on the “river” banks, watching the antelope. We visit the camp site of Mark and Delia Owens, the authors of the book “Cry of the Kalahari”, we will learn more about their journeys in this fascinating region of Africa

Travel:Roads are all dirt and you willbe travelling in a 4×4 vehicle with a back up vehicle in attendance. You will be accompanied by a professional guide, cook and camp assistant.

Camping:National park camp sites are used and on arrival your camp site will be set up for you. You will sleep in domed tents on padded stretchers. Top quality sleeping bags are provided. Safari chairs and table will be set out for your convenience. There is no water in the Kalahari so our safari group needs to bring in its own water. Ablutions are all environmentally friendly units and are supplied by the National Parkand bucket bush showers are used as well as ‘long drops”. There is no electricity and your lights at night will be provided by candlelight and Paraffin lanterns. Meals will be prepared on the camp fire by your top class cook

What to bring:All camping equipment is provided, you need to bring only your clothing and personal items, we suggest that they include:Walking shoes,Hat, binoculars, cameras and sunscreen.

Clothing should preferably be comfortable and in colours that blend in with the bush and should include shorts and long trousers, a bush jacket for the evenings is recommended. Winters are very cold in the Kalahari and all though it gets very hot during the summer days, it could be cool during the evenings.

Itineraries:The safaris are all tailor made to suit your specific needs, and the longer the duration the further into the Park we will be able to explore.

Below is a suggested four night itinerary:

Day one:Arriving at your lodge at around noon where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Here you will spend your first night in a luxury en suite safari tent. You will be given the opportunity to settle before going on a late afternoon bush walk or game drive. Sundowners around the campfire, followed bydinner under the African skies.

Day two: Depart early morning (± 06h00 depending on season) we make our way to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The driving time is approximately 3hours to Deception Valley inside the Park. We explore as we travel and meals are served either en route or at the campsite depending on the game viewing opportunities. On arrival at the campsite in the park, your campsite will be set up for you. After settling in you can have some leisure time or may decide to do an afternoon game drive with sundowner drinks. Dinner will be served around the camp fire after a refreshing bush shower.

Day three: Today we journey south from Deception Valley to Deception pans, we will visit the camp site of Mark and Delia Owens, the authors of the book “Cry of the Kalahari”, we will learn more about their journeys in this fascinating region of Africa.

Today is all about the African bushand the animals, we go where the animals lead. Overnight at the campsite again.

Dayfour:Wake up around 6h00, have an early continental breakfast and coffee. Leisurely game drive where you simply soak up Africa whilst heading back to your lodge. Arrive in time for a superb lunch.

Besides the overnight safari which allows one the opportunity living the “African Dream” Central Kalahari Mobile Safaris offers day excursions in the park. They will depart the lodge at around 06h00 and return in the early evening with packed lunch

Tuli Safari Lodge Fact Sheet

25Mar

Tuli Safari Lodge – Fact Sheet

On the eastern side of Botswana. The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a hidden gem

Tuli Safari Lodge provides an idyllic base from which to explore the Northern Tuli Game Reserve – a unique, timeless corner of Africa where nature and culture combine in spectacular wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and fascinating history.

Set in spacious gardens along the banks of the Limpopo River against a backdrop of stunning sandstone outcrops, Tuli Safari Lodge is also unique. Here the welcome is genuinely warm and the ambience is charmingly ageless. The lodge traces its origins back to 1964 when the Northern Tuli Game Reserve was created, and as such it is unconventional in design and layout

Accommodation

Eight tented suiteswith draped canvas over timber frames are spacious, airy and elevated

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Large wrap-around decks are designed to provide a relaxing outdoor space with views over the Tuli grounds and surrounding bush.

All suites feature an island bed, lounge area, freestanding bath, separate wet room shower, double basin vanity area, toilet and lots of all-important hanging and drawer space plus tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer and safe.

Tented suites are called Phofu (Eland), Phala (Impala), Thutwa (Giraffe), Manole (Kingfisher), Kgokong (Wildebeest), Kgaka (Guinea Fowl), Letlhakela (Lilac-breasted roller) and Lekototo (Mongoose)

Tuli Safari Lodge
luxurious interiors

The interiors are a modern take on classic ‘out of Africa’ décor, with a flowing open plan design.

Two classic suitesare furnished and designed to the same high standard, with very similar internal layouts and features to our tented suites. They are thatched with solid walls, air conditioning and a shaded veranda area.

Classic suites are Kolobe (Warthog) and Nkwe (Leopard). Tlou (Elephant) is ideal for anyone wanting to stay close to the main lodge

Tuli Safari Lodge pool
pool and lounge area

We pride ourselves on a personalised approach, and do our utmost to accommodate our guests’ particular interests or requirements – so if there’s something particular you’d like to do pleasejust let us know

Daily Safari Activities

A ‘normal’ day at Tuli Safari Lodge is as follows, with timings adjusted to meet our guests’ requirements and to suit the time of year:

Tea/coffee served in the lounge

Early morning guided game activity (drive or bush walk*) with stop for refreshments

game walk near Tuli Lodge
game walk

Brunch on your return – followed by time to rest, swim, soak up the sun, spot the wildlife around the lodge or take a stroll around our self-guided walking trail (for more info please see our lodge facilities page).

High tea (including savoury and sweet options) served in the lounge or on the bar deck.

Afternoon guided game activity (drive or bush walk*), with snacks and sundowners before a twilight drive back to the lodge
* Bush walks give a real opportunity to experience Africa at ground level, taking in the sounds and smells of the bush as well as the sights.

The slower pace also enables your guide to explain fascinating facts such as the traditional medicinal use of plants, or to understand more about the dramatic geology or interesting history of the area.

In addition to the ‘normal’ activities above which are included in your stay, there are many other things that you may wish to do whilst at Tuli. Please note that children must be aged over 12 to participate in bush walks.

Hides– there are several hides situated at key sites across the Tuli reserve. You can spend time in these with your guide as part of a morning or afternoon drive, or if you prefer you can spend some time on your own at the hides with just your binoculars, some drinks and snacks for company. There is also the option of sleeping out at the hides overnight, subject to availability.

After dinner drive– an optional extra if you are particularly keen to try and spot some nocturnal species.

Visit to the confluence– a morning trip across the Eastern section of the reserve to the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, the scenic spot where two African rivers and three countries (Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe) meet. A picnic lunch is included.

Additional activities at Tuli

In addition to the activities which are included in your stay, there are many other things that you may wish to do whilst at Tuli. Please note there is an additional charge for some of these activities

landscape views
Tuli Block landscape

Additional bush walks– two guided game activities per day are included in your stay, but subject to availability we can arrange additional guided walks for you.

Community visit– an opportunity to visit the village of Mohlabaneng. Our tour includes a visit to the school, a wine-tasting experience with a difference (at the lala-palm ‘distillery’) and a chance to see traditional basket-weaving, as well as the opportunity to see some of our community projects in action. Guests also have the option to visit the village of Lentswe-le-Moriti with its traditional culture house, where they can learn more about local customs, enjoy a traditional Setswana meal, see the ‘kgotla’ (court) and visit the local school. Community visits are normally in the afternoon and last approx. 2 hours. 50% of the community visit charge is allocated to our community fund.

Horse rides– we can arrange for morning/afternoon or day rides with a well-established horseback safari operator based a few minutes from the lodge.

Tuli Safari Lodge
hore riding at Tuli safari lodge

Getting There– Self Drive

When the Limpopo River is flowing the river is crossed by cable car (P35 per person per crossing) and vehicles left at the border post.

Please always contact the lodge prior to travel in order to check on the status of the Limpopo River.

Road transfers

Road transfers can be arranged from Johannesburg, Polokwane, Gaborone or other locations. Please enquire for more information.

Getting ThereBy Air

Flights are available with Flying Mission from Gaborone to Tuli on Friday afternoons and from Tuli back to Gaborone on Sunday afternoons. SA Airlink operates several flights a day from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg to Polokwane (Pietersburg). Depending on your itinerary, you can then hire a car and drive to the lodge (approx 2 hours) or we can arrange for a transfer

Charter flights to the Limpopo Valley Airfield, located 5 minutes from the lodge, can also be arranged. GPS coordinates: S22 11 21 E 290737. The runway is 1500m long and has a tarmac surface.

Border facilities

The closest border facilities for those arriving by road from South Africa are at Pont Drift, opening hours 08.00-16.00. Border facilities are also provided at the Limpopo Valley Airfield for those arriving by air.

visa requirements

There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles.Directions

Limpopo at Tuli
Limpopo river

NB: please contact us prior to travel to check on the status of the Limpopo and other rivers so that we can advise the best route available at the time of your travel.

Directions via Pont Drift from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge

Driving from Johannesburg guests should follow the N1 to Polokwane then the R521 to Alldays. At Alldays take a right turn signed to Pont Drift. Cars can be left at the Pont Drift border post, and the short transfer to Tuli Safari Lodge is free of charge. If guests prefer to drive to the lodge, the lodge is approx.5km away and signed from the Botswana border post at Pont Drift … please note that this is not possible when the Limpopo River is flowing, in which case guests can either leave their vehicle(s) at Pont Drift on the SA side and utilise the cable car to cross the Limpopo River and we’ll then transfer them to the lodge/camp; alternatively for those that wish to self-drive directly to the respective camps, please see

the below directions via Platjan border (4×4’s required).
When the Limpopo River is flowing the river must be crossed by cable car at Pont Drift (P35 per person per crossing – approx. 3 people and their luggage can be carried on the cable car) and vehicles left at the border post. Please note the Pont Drift border facilities open at 08:00 and close at 16:00 daily. There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required).

Directions via Platjan from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge
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lease note that the Limpopo River crossing at Platjan is only a 3m wide causeway. If the Limpopo River is flowing too strongly, it cannot be crossed – the alternative then is to drive down to Martin’s Drift which is approximately three to four hour’s drive from Tuli Safari Lodge.

The Platjan border facilities open at 06:00 and close at 18:00 daily. There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required). Follow the N1 north past Pretoria to Polokwane (Pietersburg). Turn left onto the R521 (sign post – Dendron). Follow the 210 km route (north-west) Dendron-Vivo-Alldays. Drive through Alldays past the Bosveld garage. After 4kms there will be a sign post “Platjan” on the right hand side of the dirt road.

Follow the sign to Platjan border post. From the turnoff to the border is approximately 30kms.

Cross the Platjan border post … at the T-junction turn right towards Tuli Wilderness / Talana farms. At the beginning of the tar road (on the left hand side), follow the tar road until you reach the sign Motlhabaneng, through the village of Motlhabaneng, past the graveyard on your left, then you get to a fork in the road stay right. You will cross over into the North Eastern Tuli Game Reserve; carry on with the road until you get to a four way intersection. Turn left here, follow the road and you will go through a veterinary gate.

Drive until you get to the Tuli Safari Lodge sign on a wooden board. Here you will

turn right and follow the road that leads into the lodge.

Directions via Martins Drift from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge

Driving from Johannesburg guests should follow the N1 to Mokopane (Potgietersrus), once in Mokopane follow the signs to the N11, once on the N11 continue on this road straight to Martins Drift /Groblersbrug. Please note the Martins Drift border facilities open at 06:00 and close at 22:00 daily. There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required). Once through the border post follow the road northwest out of Martins Drift, then turn right after 19.7kms on the road to Selebi-Phikwe / Sefhophe.

From Sefhophe follow the signs to Bobonong … drive straight into Bobonong, at the circle … go round and keep to the right, follow the road straight past the Co-op and Aunty Dorah’s. At the T-junction turn right, cross over the bridge and carry on for a few metres then turn left on the main road. You will drive past Molalatau and Mathathane … and then youwill get to a sign on the left to Motlhabaneng turn left onto the dirt road.

Drive through the village of Motlhabaneng, past the graveyard on your left, then you get to a fork in the road stay right. You will cross over into the North Eastern Tuli Game Reserve; carry on with the road until you get to a four way intersection. Turn left here, follow the road and you will go through a veterinary gate.

Drive until you get to the Tuli Safari Lodge sign on a wooden board. Here you will turn right and follow the road that leads into the lodge.

Directions from Gaborone to Tuli Safari Lodge
From Gaborone drive to Bobonong via Mahalapye, Palapye and Sefhophe following the signs to Bobonong … drive straight into Bobonong, at the circle … go round and keep to the right, follow the road straight past the Co-op and Aunty Dorah’s. At the T-junction turn right, cross over the bridge and carry on for a few metres then turn left on the main road. You will drive past Molalatau and Mathathane …and then you will get to a sign on the left to Motlhabaneng turn left onto the dirt road.

Drive through the village of Motlhabaneng, past the graveyard on your left, then you get to a fork in the road stay right. You will cross over into the North Eastern Tuli Game Reserve; carry on with the road until you get to a four way intersection. Turn left here, follow the road and you will go through a veterinary gate.

Drive until you get to the Tuli Safari Lodge sign on a wooden board. Here you will turn right and follow the road that leads into the lodge.

Directions from Francistown to Tuli Safari Lodge

From Francistown drive to Selebi-Phikwe, and then follow the signs to Bobonong … drive straight into Bobonong, at the circle … go round and keep to the right, follow the road straight past the Co-op and Aunty Dorah’s. At the T-junction turn right, cross over the bridge and carry on for a few metres then turn left on the main road. You will drive past Molalatau and Mathathane … and then you will get to a sign on the left to Motlhabaneng turn left onto the dirt road.

Drive through the village of Motlhabaneng, past the graveyard on your left, then you get to a fork in the road stay right. You will cross over into the North Eastern Tuli Game Reserve; carry on with the road until you get to a four way intersection. Turn left here, follow the road and you will go through a veterinary gate.

Drive until you get to the Tuli Safari Lodge sign on a wooden board. Here you will turn right and follow the road that leads into the lodge.

Molema Fact Sheet

25Mar

Molema – Fact Sheet

Botswana side of the transfrontier Mapungubwe National Park access from South Africa

Molema bush camp
the Limpopo river

Accommodation

Molema
chalet interior

Molema offers 4 wooden chalets each with an en-suite bathroom (shower, toilet and basin), veranda and braai stand. There are three twin chalets and one family chalet (double bed & bunk bed), each +/- 20m2. One chalet is at a very private site overlooking the Limpopo River but please note that it is 300m from the kitchen.
Towels, bedding and bathroom amenities are provided. Daily housekeeping service also provided. Fully-equipped kitchen (fridge/freezer, gas stove, cutlery, crockery, glasses and cooking utensils) and boma area available for chalet guests.

Please note that the chalets are unfenced, with no electricity provided – paraffin lanterns provide lighting at night. Fire wood can be purchased at Molema, from the office, however there are no shops near Molema – please ensure you have all food and drinks/ice for the duration of your stay.

Traveling from SA the last shops prior to your arrival at Molema are in Alldays/Musina, and from within Botswana in Bobonong/Mothlabaneng.

Activities

Molema is great for birding, and guests may walk within the designated grounds which includes an attractive riverine area.

A self-drive trail is available for Molema guests.

There are many other activities available through Tuli Safari Lodge subject to availability, including game drives and bush walks, horse rides for experienced riders (not on site & by prior arrangement), meaningful visits with the local community and a special trip to the confluence of the Limpopo & Shashe Rivers.
As from May 2012 game drive activities are available on site at Molema, at the standard game drive rate as applicable at Tuli Safari Lodge. Please discuss and arrange the activities you would like to partake in with our camp manager at Molema.

Please note that self-driving within the Northern Tuli Game Reserve is not permitted.

General Information

There is no electricity at Molema Bush Camp, lighting is provided by paraffin lanterns. Molema Bush Camp is unfenced. Please note that there are no shops near Molema – please ensure you have all food and drinks/ice for the duration of your stay. Traveling from SA last shops in Alldays/Musina, and from within Botswana last shops in Bobonong/Mothlabaneng. There are no credit card facilities at Molema, Pula / Rand / USD are accepted at Molema. The P15pp entrance fee at Molema applies to all guests including each child regardless of their age.

Weather/when to visit:Molema is a good destination year-round. Generally hot (daytime min 15C max 40C) from September to March, and cooler from April to August (daytime min 10C max 30C). Birding is particularly good between October and March, depending on when the rains arrive. At this time the bush is also particularly lush with wildflowers blooming. The bush thins out from March onwards and is at its driest from July to September.

Insurance:Molema carries public liability insurance. Guests should have their own travel insurance in place.

Malaria:Molema is officially in a low risk malaria area. Due to above average rainfall in Botswana this year, malaria may be more prevalent than usual. Guests should consult their doctor about appropriate malaria prophylactics.

Children:All children are welcome at Molema Bush Camps under strict adult supervision. Children under the age of 2 will be at no charge when sharing with two adults; rates forchildren aged 2-12 yrs applicable as per rate sheets. With regards to activities, please note that children under 12 may not participate in bush walks. If parents would like children under the age of 12 to participate in game drives, please advise the Tuli Safari Lodge in advance as it may be necessary to arrange an exclusive vehicle for which there may be a charge depending on how busy the lodge is.

Laundry: Laundry can be arranged at Molema for an additional charge.

Special occasions: We have many options to help you celebrate any special occasions whilst you are staying at Molema Bush Camp – please do not hesitate to discuss this at the time of booking or when you arrive at the camp. Should you wish to book Molema Bush Camp, exclusively for a function or special occasion, kindly contact our reservations department for a tailored quotation

Getting There

Directions to Tuli Safari Lodge & Tuli Bush Camps
NB: PLEASE CONTACT US PRIOR TO TRAVEL TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF THE LIMPOPO & OTHER RIVERS SO THAT WE CAN ADVISE THE BEST ROUTE AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF YOUR TRAVEL IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING FROM SOUTH AFRICA – THANK YOU. DIRECTIONS TO TULI SAFARI LODGE AND TULI BUSH CAMPS FROM GABORONE AND FRANCISTOWN ARE PROVIDED WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT TOO.

Directions via Pont Drift from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps

Driving from Johannesburg guests should follow the N1 to Polokwane then the R521 to Alldays. At Alldays take a right turn signed to Pont Drift. (approx 6 hrs) Cars can be left at the Pont Drift border post, and the short transfer to the Tuli Safari Lodge / Nokalodi Tented Camp is free of charge. If guests prefer to drive to the lodge, the lodge is approx. 5km away and sign posted from the Botswana border post at Pont Drift (Nokalodi Tented Camp guests check-in at Tuli Safari Lodge) … please note that this is not possible when the Limpopo River is flowing, in which case guests can either leave their vehicle(s) at Pont Drift on the SA side and utilise the cable car to cross the Limpopo River and we’ll then transfer them to the lodge/camp; alternatively for those that wish to self-drive directly to the respective camps, please see

the below directions via Platjan border (4×4’s required). When the Limpopo River is flowing the river must be crossed by cable car at Pont Drift (P35 per person per crossing – approx. 3 people and their luggage can be carried on the cable car) and vehicles left at the border post.
Please note the Pont Drift border facilities open at 08:00 and close at 16:00 daily. There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required).

For Molema Bush Camp Guests,
Platjan border post is the most suitable border to cross for accessing Molema Bush Camp, hence please follow the directions below from JHB via Platjan, thank you.

Directions via Platjan from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps

Please note that the Limpopo River crossing at Platjan is only a 3m wide causeway. If the Limpopo River is flowing too strongly, it cannot be crossed – the alternative then is to drive down to Martin’s Drift which is approximately three to four hour’s drive from Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps. The Platjan border facilities open at 06:00 and close at 18:00 daily. There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required). Follow the N1 north past Pretoria to Polokwane (Pietersburg). Turn left onto the R521 (sign post – Dendron). Follow the 210km route (north-west) Dendron-Vivo-Alldays.

Drive through Alldays past the Bosveld garage. After 4kms there will be a sign post “Platjan” on the right hand side of the dirt road. Follow the sign to Platjan border post. From the turn off to the border is approximately 30kms. Cross the Platjan border post …

for Molema Bush Camp Guests:-

… after the border, continue straight on to a T-junction where you turn right. Follow this road for 25km until you see the Molema signboard on your right hand side. Molema is 3.8km from this point.

Directions via Martins Drift from Johannesburg to Tuli Safari Lodge and Tuli Bush Camps

Driving from Johannesburg guests should follow the N1 to Mokopane (Potgietersrus), once in Mokopane follow the signs to the N11, once on the N11 continue on this road straight to Martins Drift /Groblersbrug. Please note the Martins Drift border facilities open at 06:00 and close at 22:00 daily.

There is a third party permit required for all foreign registered vehicles. The cost is approximately P130 per vehicle, payable at the border (vehicle registration papers required).

Once through the border post follow the road northwest out of Martins Drift, then turn right after 19.7kms on the road to Selebi-Phikwe / Sefhophe. From Sefhophe follow the signs to Bobonong … drive straight into Bobonong, at the circle … go round and keep to the right, follow the road straight past the Co-op and Aunty Dorah’s. At the T-junction turn right, cross over the bridge and carry on for a few metres then turn left on the main road. You will drive past Molalatau and Mathathane …

… for Molema Bush Camp Guests:-

… and then you will drive past the turnoff to Motlhabaneng carrying on straight with the tar road. When you reach the Lekkerport T-junction (tar road meets dirt road) turn left and follow this road until you see the Molema signboard on your right hand side. Molema is 3.8km from this point.

Nata lodge Info Sheet

25Mar

Nata Lodge : Info Sheet

Junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas

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Botswana map

Set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans – close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary, 10 km from Nata village.

Nata Bird Sanctuary

Located 17 kms south of Nata Village, the sanctuary was established in the early 1990’s on the north eastern edge of Sowa Pan. The sanctuary is a community project and a refuge for wildlife around Sua Pan including various species of antelope such as hartebeest, kudu, reedbuck, springbok and steenbok – and springhares, jackals, foxes, monkeys and squirrels.

Eland, gemsbok and zebra are being re-introduced, and current plans include engineering a permanent water hole, which will be filled with pumped water from the Nata riverbed

Nata Sanctuary is home to more than 165 bird species including flamingoes * kingfisher* ostrich* eagles * bustards* pelicans

Nata Birding Spots & Attractions

Sowa Pan with its unique beauty and beaches of rolled quartz pebbles also offers good birding opportunities.

Sowa Spit – Botswana’s soda ash industry mines on part of the pan

Eastern Ntwetwe Pan: fascinating landscapes and beautiful sunsets is also worth visiting

Nata basketry is available for purchase at the village

Travel Note: access to the Makgadikgadi Pan is by four-wheel drive vehicles only.

When the Nata River flows, this corner of Sua Pan becomes a paradise for water-loving birds from all around Africa: teals, ducks, geese and hosts of pelicans, spoonbills and both greater and lesser flamingoes.

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Nata bird sanctuary

This area is also an important breeding ground for flamingoes, pelicans & Crowned Cranes

Dominated by a fallen baobab tree of immense age and girth – this huge tree collapsed in 1992 but, amazingly, has survived and continues to grow horizontally with new shoots sprouting along the length of its trunk

Plane lunch is served

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the salt pans of Botswana

Access roads throughout the sanctuary are well maintained but access to certain areas may be restricted to 4 – wheel drive, particularly in the wet season

Elephant Sands Camp Review

25Mar

Where Elephants Rule – Ellie Sands

BY GILL STADEN, | FEB 25, 2010

Ellie Sands is 54 km north of Nata, Botswana. Set in the wilderness not far from the road, the elephants have come to call this place home. The byline of Elephant Sands is “where elephants rule.” and they definitely do

As we arrived after our short trip from Nata, we were welcomed by an elephant wandering through the campsite. This is going to be fun, we thought. And then it wasn’t long after that an elephant plodded up to the swimming pool to take a drink

It is amazing how quiet an elephant can be when it approaches. Ben, the owner, told us that a few weeks previously, three girls were lounging around in the pool and, not hearing the elephant approach, were totally stunned and frozen when an enormous bull elephant came for a drink, lowering his trunk into the pool, not more than a meter or two away from them.

Elephants may rule at Elephant Sands, but they are seriously friendly and loveable. I wouldn’t, though, go so far as to say cuddly.

The lodge had been recommended to us –a must-stay. And I am glad that I took the advice. The lodge is one of those special places which are relatively new (4½ years), and the owner had built it because he loves the bush and wants people to enjoy it, too. It is a far cry from the corporate lodge-chains, which are prevalent through the interior these days.

After a lazy day watching the nearby waterhole and the elephants wandering down to drink, we climbed on the safari vehicle for a tour of a nearby conservancy. The conservancy is government owned and protected by them on behalf of the community. One day, the hope is that the conservancy will provide an income for the nearby communities. The conservancy is also a short distance from the Zimbabwe border and Hwange National Park. There are no fences. The animals move freely with only their instincts to direct them

We drove up the main road, through the foot-and-mouth gate, and into the conservancy. The grass is high and the bush is thick at this time of year. The road is bumpy. There was not much to see, not surprising, of course. But it didn’t matter at all; the beauty of the bush at this time of year is the impenetrability of it.

We arrived at a pan called Motsweri Wamudimu (God’s Leadwood). The pan is named after an ancient leadwood tree, which was standing in the water looking seriously old and patriarchal.

The tradition goes that any hunter in the area has to come to the tree to pay homage before he sets off on a hunt.

We had really seen nothing on the way to the pan. I suppose it was disappointing because the conservancy is home to all sorts of animals including lion, leopard, wild dog, and lots more. It was just one of those things. We hadn’t even seen many elephants either. But the elephants performed on the way back. We met up with a family herd of twenty or so, with young. They were seriously cautious with the little ones around, raising their trunks in the air to smell for intruders. We were no threat, though, and sat and watched the herd in the darkening skies for some time.

We were late back to the lodge. Me, being totally nonsensical, thought that we had time to cook a meal and eat it. We did, but it was 10:00 pm before we snuggled under the duvets to sleep. And then, during the night, the elephants continued to entertain, even though we were not in the mood and just wanted to sleep. They came to the waterhole; they came to the swimming pool. They drank, they played – seriously disturbing. I almost got out of my tent to tell them so.

In the morning we had a plan to move on to Zimbabwe and Robins Camp in Hwange. We were in no hurry, though, and didn’t leave until 10:00 am after chatting, watching the waterhole, and enjoying Elephant Sands ambience –very special.Try it sometime.

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Lion Safari Departure Dates

14Mar

15 day safari begins in Kasane, Botswana, ends Vic Falls, Zambia

Departure Dates 2018
(14 nights/15 days)

CODE

SAFARI DATES

SEASON

BWL 1800

06 -20 jan

Low

BWL 1801

27 jan – 10 feb

Low

BWL 1802

17 feb – 03 march

Low

BWL 1803

10 – 24 march

Low

BWL 1804

24 march – 07 april

Low

BWL 1805

07 – 21 april

Low

BWL 1806

21 april – 05 may

Low

BWL 1807

05 – 19 may

Low

BWL 1808

19 may – 02 june

Low

BWL 1809

09 – 23 june

Low

BWL 1810

23 june – 07 july

High

BWL 1811

07 – 21 july

High

BWL 1812

21 july – 04 august

High

BWL 1813

04 – 18 august

High

BWL 1814

18 aug- 01 sept

High

BWL 1815

01 – 15 sept

High

BWL 1816

15- 29 sept

High

BWL 1817

29 sept – 13 oct

High

BWL 1818

20 oct – 03 nov

High

BWL 1819

03 – 17 nov

Low

BWL 1820

24 nov – 08 dec

Low

BWL 1821

15 – 29 dec

Low


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Mobile Safari Semi Participation Guide

14Mar

Mobile Safari Kit List & Tips

Toiletries and First Aid
• Personal toiletries and medications in a small bag, not a vanity case

• Sunscreen lotion and block out for the face

• Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken

• Malaria prophylaxis

• Mosquito repellents / lotion / spray

• Toilet paper (this is only necessary if you prefer 2 or 3 ply toilet paper)

• Waterproof/zip lock bags for storing personal items and camera cards to keep dust free and/or dry.

• Personal First Aid Kit

Please note: A First Aid Kit will be present throughout the safari but personal

medicines must be brought for the duration of the safari

What to bring

luggage to consist of

• one large kit bag.

• no hard suitcases (max. weight = 12kg).

• one item of hand luggage (e.g. A small backpack).

Personal Equipment

• Passport (must be valid at least another 6 months from date of entry) and valid visas

• Warm Sleeping Bag.

• Torch with spare batteries and globes.

• Hat/Cap.

• Warm Jacket.

• Swimming Costume.

• Natural Clothing (i.e. No bright colours).

• A pair of lightweight long pants and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (to use against the sun).

• Comfortable walking shoes and strops/sandals.

• Camera Equipment, Binoculars, and lots of spare memory cards & batteries.

• Water bottle.

Toiletries

• Personal Toiletries in small bag, not a vanity case.

• Suntan Lotion and block out for the face.

• Malaria Prophylaxis.

• Mosquito repellant lotion/spray.

Safaris are equipped with the luxuries required for travel comfort and peaceful relaxation (custom-built safari vehicles, a mobile kitchen serving good wholesome food with an African flavour and ice-cold drinks for that tropical sundowner) while still maintaining the exhilarating adventurous spirit of the pioneer.

The vehicle model we have come to trust is a Landrover Defender TD5. We strip the vehicles apart and made them 2m wide and 5 m long. This now allows us to seat up to 16 guests. However, to make it even more comfortable, we have limited our maximum capacity to 12 guests on our Semi Participation Safaris and a maximum of 9 guests on our Fully Serviced Safaris. This allows plenty of space on each row for daypacks, camera equipment and space between guests. Each vehicle has 4 rows with a maximum of 3 guests per row for increased guest comfort and space. Our seats are bench seats to allow for great flexibility and are not bucket seats which can be restricting. Each vehicle has coil springs with double shocks – this reduces the bouncing felt by guests on very bumpy bush roads.

Another crucial feature beside the comfort and provided space is visibility out of the vehicle. All our

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Safari Vehicles are fitted with a windscreen that can be placed flat on the bonnet so guests can enjoy unobstructed views/photographic opportunities on game drives. Further the canvas roof is removable, which enables guests to stand up on seats and enjoy the sights and smells of the African bush from a higher perspective. Perspex windows can be easily put up to protect against the cold and rain or wind on long drives. There is no separation between the guide and the guests which allows for communication and interaction between the guest/guide at any time.

Additionally, we also provide extra features which we found important during a safari. Every vehicle has a fridge for cold beverages for that perfect sun downers or a cool drink during game drives in the hot African Bush. There is an inverter (220VAC with two pin euro plug adapter) that guests are welcome to use to charge camera batteries. The side door can be folded down completely and provides easy access and exits – which is more convenient than climbing up and down a high vehicle as it is with the usual safari vehicles

All our customised safari vehicles are extra wide allowing for more seating space and have:

Folding windscreen

Removable canvas roof

Perspex windows for the cold and rain

Fridge for cold beverages

Folding side door

Comfortable coil spring suspension

120L water tank with tap

Open sides for unobstructed views.

Our custom designed vehicles and trailers are ideally suited for photographic safaris in the African bush.

– Chair box for easy access

– Easy modular packing system – saves time

– Folding side table complete with full kitchen behind

We offer two styles of camping safaris: Semi Participation Safaris and Fully Serviced Safaris

Semi Participation

Shower tent new

– High slung bucket showers

– 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m easy-to-erect bow tents which have treated mosquito mesh covering all the windows and doors.

– Comfortable 5cm high density foam camping mattresses

Fully Serviced
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– 3m x 3m x 1.95m bow tents which have treated mosquito mesh covering all the windows and doors.

– Comfortable camp bed with bedrolls and bedding for each guest.

– En-suite bush ablutions consist of high slung bucket showers and bush toilets with private canvas screens

Life at camp / on safari

Meals are served in a tranquil setting next to the campfire in the African bush. Traditional meals are prepared on the open fire by the camp assistant.(towels are also provided).

Accommodated Safari Vehicle

A 14-seater air-conditioned minibus with integrated fridge and trailer
BWA Quantum 007

BWA Quantum 009

Approximate time frame between camping areas

Maun to Xakanaxa : 3 hours

Xakanaxa to Khwai : .2 hours

Khwai to Savuti : 3 hour

Savuti to Chobe River : 2 hours

Maun to Makgadigadi Pan : 3.5 hours

Maun to Naxi Pan : .3.5 hours

Maun to Deception Valley : 6 hours

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Leopard Safari Departure Dates

14Mar

Leopard Safari – Departure Dates 2018

Leopard Camping Safari

Departures2018 – starts Maun Botswana / ends Livingstone Zambia

code

Safari dates

season

BWP 1800

04 – 20 january

low

BWP 1801

25 jan – 10 february

low

BWP 1802

15 feb – 03 march

low

BWP 1803

08 – 24 march

low

BWP 1805

05 – 21 april

low

BWP 1807

03 – 19 may

low

BWP 1808

24 may – 09 june

low

BWP 1810

17 jun – 03 july

low

BWP 1811

01 – 17 july

high

BWP 1812

15 – 31 july

high

BWP 1813

29 jul – 14 august

high

BWP 1815

26 august – 11 september

high

BWP 1817

23 september – 09 october

high

BWP 1818

07 – 23 october

high

BWP 1819

08 – 24 november

low

BWP 1820

22 november – 08 december

low

BWP 1821

13 – 29 december

low

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