Okavango Delta Circuit

18 Feb

Okavango Delta Circuit 3 star Safari Lodges  

All Safaris around Okavango Delta

Okavango delta & Chobe

 

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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Fish Eagle Safari

15 Feb

Fish Eagle Safari

Die Fish Eagle Safari bietet einen sehr ausführlichen Einblick in die wilde und tierreiche Naturschönheit Botswanas

Tour Code: BWF : 10 Nächte / 11 Tage Trail

 Die Teilnehmer erleben eines der größten Naturwunder, das Okavango Delta, sowie die phantastischen Wildreservate Moremi, Savuti und Chobe.

Highlights

  • Okavango Delta &  Mokoro Exkursion
  • Motorbootfahrt im Delta
  • Optional kann ein Flug über das Delta gebucht werden (EUR TBA pro Person)
  • 3 Nächte Moremi Game Reserve
  • 3 Nächte Chobe National Park
  • Freiwilliger Besuch der Victoria Wasserfälle, Livingstone, Sambia (US$ 20, Preis kann varieren)
  • 1 Nacht in einer komfortablen Lodge in Livingstone

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Bemerkung: Da die Safari am ersten Tag um 07.30 Uhr beginnt, müssen die Gäste die vorhergehende Nacht in Maun verbringen und die Getränke für die Safari kaufen, bevor die Safari anfängt. AfriSafaris.com kann Ihnen gerne beim Organisieren (Buchen dieser ersten Nacht, Transport) behilflich sein.

Tag 1-2 Okavango Delta, Camping:

Die Safari beginnt in Maun, wo Sie sich um 07.30 Uhr mit Ihrem Reiseführer bei einem abgesprochenen Treffpunkt treffen. Ihr Abenteuer bringt Sie von Maun aus in Richtung Nordwesten zur westlichen Seite des Okanvango Deltas, eine paradiesische Ecke. Während einer kurzen Pause unterwegs wird Ihnen Ihr Reiseleiter eine umfassende Uebersicht über Ihre Safari geben. Nachdem die Ausrüstung auf Motorboote verladen ist, fahren Sie entlang von Papyrus gesäumten Kanälen und geniessen die einmalige Vogelwelt und die erstaunliche Landschaft. Tiefer im Delta steigen Sie vom Motorboot auf traditionellen Mokoros (Einbäume) um und geniessen die ruhige Fahrt zu einer Insel. Sie werden zwei Tage damit verbringen, diese wunderschöne Gegend auf Mokorofahrten und geführten Wanderungen auf den Inslen des Okavangodeltas zu erkunden. Wildes Campen mit  Buschtoilette und Buschdusche.

(1.Tag F, A / 2. und 3.Tag F, M, A)

Tag 1: Maun – Okavango Delta: 320km, 4h

WICHTIG: Das Fahrzeug und der Anhänger werden vom 1. Tag (13h) bis zum 3.Tag (9h) auf einem privaten Platz am Rand des Deltas zurückgelassen. Sie werden Ihr Hauptgepäck im Anhänger lassen und nur ein kleines Gepäck (Rucksack, Handgepäck) mit dem, was Sie für 2Tage benötigen, mitnehmen. Die Fahrt vom Festland erfolgt mit dem Motorboot und den traditionellen Einbaumbooten (Mokoros).

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Tag 3 Maun, Camping:

Inspiriert von der Schönheit des Okavangos, kehren Sie zurück zu Ihrem Fahrzeug und fahren nach Maun. Als Alternative zur Fahrt besteht die Möglichkeit eines Fluges zurück nach Maun über das Okavango-Delta (EUR TBA pro Person). Diese magische Erfahrung zeigt Ihnen das einmalige Wassersystem des Okavangodeltas aus einer anderen Perspektive. Falls Sie sich für den Flug entscheiden, verbringen Sie bis zum Abflug einen gemütlichen Nachmittag auf dem Zeltplatz im Delta, wo Sie Zeit haben zu lesen oder Postkarten zu schreiben. Ihr Guide fährt zurück nach Maun, um dort die Vorräte aufzufüllen und die nächste Etappe Ihres Abenteuers vorzubereiten. Nachdem Sie vom Flughafen abgeholt wurden, haben Sie Zeit die Getränke einzukaufen und werden danach auf einem Zeltplatz ausserhalb von Maun übernachten (fixe Duschen /Toiletten).   (F, M, A)

Tag 3: Okavango Delta – Maun: 320km, 4h

 

Tage 4-6 Moremi Game Reserve, Camping: 

Von Maun  aus werden wir das Moremi Game Reserve, das als eines der besten Wildbeobachtungsgebiete Botswanas gilt, durchqueren. Moremi bietet sowohl Sumpf- als auch Trockenzonen. Die nächsten drei Tage werden Sie die für ihren enormen Wild- und Vogelreichtum bekannte Region erforschen und die Schönheit und Stille der Natur auf sich wirken lassen können. Pirschfahrten am frühen Morgen bei Sonnenaufgang und am späten Nachmittag bis Sonnenuntergang machen die Tage im Moremi Game Reserve zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis. Nach den Morgendlichen Pirschfahrten kehren Sie fürs Mittagessen und eine Siesta zurück zum Kamp. Am 6.Tag werden sie den Campingplatz wechseln, um eine andere Gegend des facettenreichen Naturgebiets zu erforschen. Die privaten Campingplätze sind mitten im Busch, mit Buschtoilette und Buschdusche. (F,M,A)

Tag 4: Maun – Moremi Game Reserve: 150km, 6h (inkl. Pirschfahrt)

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Tage 7-9 Chobe National Park, Camping:

Der Chobe Nationalpark mit seiner abwechslungsreichen und atemberaubenden Landschaft wird Ihr nächstes Ziel sein. Auf der Suche nach Wildtieren werden Sie die Trockengebiete von Savuti durchqueren, wo Elefantenbullen die Landschaft dominieren. Ihre Reise führt Sie weiter nach Norden zum Chobe River, wo wir entlang des Flussufers auf Pirschfahrt gehen werden und dabei den Rufen des majestätischen Schreiseeadlers lauschen. Die privaten Campingplätze sind mitten im Busch, mit Buschtoilette und Buschdusche. Die erste Nacht verbringen Sie im Savuti-Sumpfgebiet (7.Tag), danach im  nördlichen Teil des Parks näher beim Fluss (8.und 9.Tag) (F,M,A)

Tag 7: Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 5-6h

Tag 8: Savuti – Chobe Fluss: 170km, 5h

Tage 10-11 komfortable Lodge in Livingstone:

Nach einer morgendlichen Pirschfahrt überqueren Sie mit der Fähre den Sambesi und fahren nach Livingstone auf der sambischen Seite der Victoria-Fälle (ein Visum wird benötigt), wo sie die Nacht in einer komfortablen Lodge verbringen werden. Im Nachmittag haben Sie Freizeit und können die Wasserfälle besuchen und Souvenirs kaufen. Das Abendessen in der Lodge ist nicht einbegriffen. Die Safari endet offiziell um 10.00 Uhr am Tag 11.

Bush Ways ist Ihnen gegen Aufpreis gerne behilflich bei der Buchung von Unterkunft, Ausflügen und Transfers nach Livingstone Flughafen oder zur Lodge, zu den Victoria Fällen, oder nach Kasane in Botswana.

Weitere Aktivitäten wie Wildwasser-Rafting in der Sambesischlucht, Kanufahren auf dem oberen Sambesi, Elefantenritte und Helikopter-Rundflüge über die Fälle können unternommen werden.  Der Reiseführer kann Ihnen weitere Informationen geben.

Tag 10: Chobe – Victoria Falls: 100km, 2-3h (inkl. Grenzübergang)

F = Frühstück

M = Mittagessen

A = Abendessen

Der Preis enthält alle Unterkünfte (große 2-Personen-Zelte mit Matratzen), Unterkunft in einer Lodge Livingstone, alle Aktivitäten, Transfers und Mahlzeiten wie angegeben (F = Frühstück, M = Mittagessen

A = Abendessen), Leitung durch professionellen, englisch-sprachigen Safari-Guide und Camp Assistant, alle Parkeintritte in Botswana, Transport in offenen, spezialisierten Allrad-Safari-Fahrzeugen.

Nicht enthalten sind: Restaurantmahlzeiten (Livingstone, Sambia), Eintritt zu den Wasserfällen, Getränke (wie Cola und Mineralwasser) und alkoholische Getränke, Visa, Flughafentransfers, optionale Exkursionen (Flug über Delta, Aktivitäte in Livingstone/Victoria Falls), Trinkgelder, Schlafsack (und kleines Kopfkissen), persönliche Ausgaben, Versicherung (Stornierung, Krankenkasse, Gepäck, Evakuierung im Notfall), jede Erhöhung der Nationalpark Gebühren.

        

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Kalahari Camping Safari – Botswana

15 Feb

The Kalahari Camping Safari 

 7 days safari offering an insight into the culture of the San Bushmen

exceptional bush experiences and safari adventures with a difference

It’s ideal for the adventure enthusiast offering breathtaking scenery, desert wildlife & the privilege of an introduction to the traditional lifestyle of the Bushman

 We are glad you will be coming along with us to the heart of the Kalahari, into the mouth of adventure and to the edge of your wildest dreams.

Highlights Bushman Experience

4 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve 

1 Overnight at a comfortable lodge in Maun. 

Please note: As the safari starts at 07h30 on Day 1 it is a requirement that you pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. We can assist with pre-safari arrangements

Itinerary  Bushman Experience

Day 1: Hainaveld – Bushman Experience, camping

The safari begins in Maun, where your guide will meet you at 07h30 at a prearranged meeting point.

You will travel 170km to a game farm on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game reserve, set up camp and have a safari briefing. In the afternoon you will participate in a nature walk led by local Bushmen trackers.

They will share their intricate bush knowledge and give you an insight into their unique and intriguing culture. (L, D)
Day 1:  Maun – game farm in Hainaveld area (northern border CKGR) : 180km, 4hours

 Days 2-5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping

You will wake up as the sun rises and enter the pristine wilderness of the largest game reserve in Botswana. (45km) The next four days will be exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari, moving from camp to camp.                                          

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You will visit Passarge Valley and Deception Valley in your exploration of the Kalahari.

Savour the vast open spaces, clear night skies and uninterrupted beauty on game drives and at camp.

This is adventure camping in its purest form as water and communications are limited and we travel as a self-sufficient group.

Camping is in a designated campsite with fixed/bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

 

Day 2: Game Farm in Hainaveld – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 120km, 4 – 5 hours (including game drive)
Days 3 – 5: Extended game drives

Day 6:  Maun, comfortable lodge

After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari we break camp and return to Maun where our last night will be enjoyed in the comfort of a lodge. Dinner is at your own expense at the lodge.

The safari officially ends at 08h00 on Day 7. We can assist with your onward travel arrangements. (B, L)

 Deception Valley, Central Kalahari – Maun: 340km, 5-6 hours 

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Price includes:

All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at a comfortable lodge in Maun, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D -Dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles.

Does not include:

Restaurant meals (Maun), visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions, beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors.

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The San People- Africa’s Ultimate Survivors

courtesy of The AfricaPoint Insider newsletter © 2008 Africa Point 

The San people of southern Africa are among Africa’s most intriguing people. Genetic evidence suggests that they are some of the earth’s most ancient people, having been around for the past 22,000 years.

These itinerant hunter-gatherer people have for ages resided in and around the Kalahari Desert. They have amazingly defied the Kalahari’s harshness, and can even claim to have mastered it


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The San have always lived a distinctly aboriginal lifestyle. Through the generations, they have told their story through song and folklore, and the rock paintings that are found across large areas of southern Africa. Commonly referred to as the Bushman tribe, there are today about 100,000 of them. In Botswana (50,000),  South Africa (4,500), Namibia (38,000), Zambia (1,600), and Zimbabwe (1,200) by the count of the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA).

The San are believed to have inhabited the entire south of the African continent, way before the migration of the Bantu. They were displaced by the southward movement of the Zulu, Nguni, Sotho, Khoi Khoi, Nama, and other African groups. As they did not keep livestock, they did not appear to have any use for pasture. They retreated northwards and permanently occupied the drier regions. It is by their adaptation in the Kalahari- which means ‘Great Thirst’ – that they have earned a name for themselves as ultimate survivors.

Though a new birth is important, death is even more significant. The spot where a San dies is avoided, and camp must be shifted after the event. The family immediately buries its dead, and never intentionally goes back or crosses the place of burial. If accident or necessity forces them back, they throw small stones at the grave, and mumble under their breath as they seek peace with the spirit of the departed.

The San have no centralised political system or social hierarchy, and decisions touching on community affairs are arrived at through consensus of both male and female adults, and at times even children are consulted. When consensus fails, the opinion of the older members of the band is granted more weight. But when a tie is apparent among the elders or among age-mates, the name rule is invoked. The controversy is resolved in favour of the individual named after a more elderly member of the clan.

The San practice a division of labour based on gender: the men hunt, while the women gather. The children usually just trail along, helping where they can as they assimilate the experience of adults. The older members of the band mostly remain at camp, and watch over the children when their parents are out hunting and gathering.

This is an opportunity for the elders to pass on their extensive knowledge of their world to the children in the form of stories and song. The San are excellent mimics, and it is fun all round as they mimic various animals, while asking the children to name the animal in play. The elderly are the pillars of San spiritual life. This is an important role as the San are quite a spiritual people, believing in the supernatural world and the existence of a supreme God. This belief permeates everyday life, and nearly every aspect of their simple lives has a spiritual dimension. For example, they believe that to hunt is to dance in the spirit.

The San have a keen and highly trained eye for the hunt. Fresh animal droppings are an easy giveaway. But most of the time, it is not so easy. By analysing animal tracks, they are able to guess how far an animal has gone. This involves observing grass blades, trampled termite nests and other clues in the path taken by an animal.

These observations can yield surprisingly precise details: species, age, sex, and size of an animal. For example an examination of the texture of animal droppings hints at the roughage content, and thus an estimate of an animal’s age: high fibre points a tired digestive system of an older animal

Animals and their interaction with man -especially in the hunt, have a significant role in San society. The men hunt with simple but very effective weapons –bows and arrows. Their hunting and tracking skills are second to none. They tip their arrows with poison obtained from beetles, snakes, scorpions, tree gum and many others from their catalogue of poisonous animals and plants. The arrows are carried in quivers, and are made in such a way that the shaft dislodges from the head on impact. This is to prevent the animal from extricating the poisonous arrowhead and running off

In a hunt, utmost silence is essential for some animals have very sensitive hearing. Hunters communicate only through hand signals and signs.

The hunt is a team work experience, and is a test of character and discipline. Tracking can sometimes go for more than a day, calling for patience and endurance. Once the prey falls within shooting range, the most advantageously placed hunter releases his arrow. There is no rush to immediately subdue the animal, for the poison must be given time to take its toll.

If the prey runs off or goes into hiding, the San call on their intimate knowledge of animal behaviour. They stand at the point where the animal was shot, mimic its movements until they are able to retrace its tracks. This they believe is done from a spiritual dimension.

Knowledge of animal behaviour is an integral part of San socialization. Reading the mood of an animal determines the hunt technique to be deployed. For example the hunters may decide that no subterfuge is required and simply chase an animal to exhaustion. This practice is well captured in a recent documentary film,‘The Great Dance, a Hunter’s Story’. This film about San hunting and tracking was made by James Hersov, Craig and Damon Foster, and Ellen Windemuth.

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To the San, hunting is an imperative social and spiritual undertaking. It is a cooperative not a competitive affair, where all work together to bring down the prey and share in the reward equally. The person whose arrow brought down the animal has however first priority to pick his portion of choice.

With the San certain animals score higher on the spiritual scale. The eland in particular enjoys high esteem and has a sacred place in the heart of the San. It is only hunted when necessary or for special occasions, for the San believes the eland is first among animals, and is his nearest kin in the animal world.

Folklore instructs them that animals were once humans who after a disagreement turned into elands. All the other animals were subsequently born of the eland. Every time an eland is hunted, is a time of great celebration, divination and dancing. These animals are a great subject in most San rock paintings. The primary daily task of San women is to gather food from the open country, and to take care of the young and the elderly. All the women of a band go out gathering together, each taking her baby kaross, a digging stick and small leather bags. They gather berries and other fruits, tubers, bulbs, nuts, tortoises, lizards, snakes, insects, eggs and small mammals. These foods make a healthy low fat and low calorie diet which keeps the San very lean.

The women are very knowledgeable about the wild things of the veld. They seek out many indicators and can tell what to find where.

For girls, initiation into womanhood is entrusted to nature. Girls are taken as children until their first experience of menstruation. Because of the San’s low fat and calorie diet, this is unlikely to happen until about the age of 19 years. After this event, the women hold a party in the girl’s honour. They perform the ‘eland bull dance’ in which they imitate the animal’s mating dance. At this point, she is considered a woman, ready to be married off to a fine young hunter

It is acceptable for the parents to find a suitor for their daughter. But girls are not pressured to accept, and are still free to come up with their own choice. Like the rest of their lives, the San wedding ceremony is a simple affair. On a set day, the women apply a mixture of eland fat and red ochre on the bride. They sing and make merry as they wait for the groom to return from his hunt. On return, the groom presents his hunt to the bride’s parents, and takes his bride away

The newly weds build their tent-house and start their little hearth. They are free to choose whether to live with the bride’s or groom’s kin. There is no immediate pressure to start a family; the women chew on a special tree bark which has contraceptive properties. If a marriage fails to work, the wife simply returns to her parents’ fireplace, without any life sapping drama.

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As the Kalahari has no surface water, the San have had to figure out how to do with little or no water. San women have a way of prospecting for water from the ground using reeds. But this is usually not necessary as their main source of drinking water is the tsamma melon. This blessed fruit is a wild desert melon, whose leaves are usable as vegetables, and its seeds are a source of protein and oil.

The San’s stomach is very strong and versatile. They eat tortoise, lizards, insects, nuts -either raw or roasted, tubers, bulbs, and many little animals and birds. The San waste little – ostrich egg shells are used for water storage, and tortoise shells serve as cutlery.

San children are socialised together regardless of gender. But as the children grow older, the boys are required to tag along with their fathers on hunting trips. This marks the onset of their initiation process. As they gain in knowledge, they are allowed to shoot a few arrows. When judged to be ready they are taken on their first eland hunt, and actually allowed to lead. If the hunt is successful, a boy is automatically initiated into manhood. This is marked by a celebration following the hunt, after which the boy is at liberty to marry and start a family.  Unlike many African communities, the San do not practice circumcision.

The San thrive on an economy of gift exchange. They have little understanding of the concept of private ownership, as their demands on the world are so few. Since they are nomads, and are constantly on the move, movable wealth is an unwelcome burden. There is little cause for trade as they share nearly everything they need, while the rest can almost certainly be picked from the bush with only a little exertion.

Animal skins serve as clothing, while a nice robe can be made from fibrous and climber plants. Tools are made from stones, bones, sticks and occasionally, iron.

The San and their peculiar way of life have always confounded many. You can tell this from the names others have bestowed on them. Some communities in Zimbabwe call them ‘Batwa’, a Bantu word meaning ‘people of the unknown’. In Zambia they are referred to as Amasili; Kwankhala in Angola; Basarwa in Botswana, and San in Namibia and South Africa.

San is a Khoikhoi and Nama word meaning ‘outsider’. The Dutch called them ‘Boschjesmanne’ meaning ‘people of the boschveld’, from which the name Bushman is derived. But the different Kalahari San communities call themselves by different names: for example, a Kalahari group living on the border of Botswana and Namibia call themselves the Ju/’hoansi, or “the real people.” The bushman term is however today considered to be derogatory, and in South Africa they are officially referred to as the San.

The San people – and their culture and click consonant language- first came to the attention of the western world in the 1950s through Laurens van der Post’s book ‘The Lost World of the Kalahari’. This outstanding work was later turned into a BBC TV series.

Many more people came to know of the San through the hilarious and unforgettable 1980’s movie “The Gods Must be Crazy”. In this movie, a San band encounters the marvels of the outside world in the form of a coke bottle which falls from a light aircraft. They initially take the bottle to be a gift from heaven, but in the end come to see it as a curse.

Not all of the San are happy with change, and particularly at efforts to move them from their traditional habitats. Together with their international supporters they have recently waged a noisy media campaign against the Botswana government. In 2006 they obtained a reprieve when they won a court case against the government in contesting their forcible move from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve supposedly to preserve wildlife, but according to some to clear the way for diamond mining.

Today the San and their lifestyle arouse much of the curiosity of tourists. Their ancestral lands also harbour wildlife, and numerous rock art. These ancient artworks -some dating to the Stone Age, are Africa’s oldest art paintings. They can best be seen at Twyfelfontein in Namibia, Drakensberg in Lesotho, Tsodilo Botswana, Brandberg, Kruger and Kagga Kamma in South Africa, and the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe

The arrival of the Dutch and other colonials in the 17th century in San territory marked the beginning of a very difficult period for the San. They experienced the most barbaric treatment ever meted on a people. The colonials did not concede their humanity- they viewed them as animals, and treated them as such. They shot them at every encounter, and took over much of their land for farming and ranching.

The Dutch also captured the San to serve as slaves and servants. For such a free ranging people, this was a terrible fate, and very few adapted well. The British on their part made attempts to civilize them first, and then domesticate them. They met with little success, and thus began to look at them as vermin and competitors for good and vast grazing fields.

Believe it or not- the British began to issue licences to game hunters to wipe them out. By such measures, the San population in the affected areas was greatly thinned. By 1870, the San of the Cape of Good Hope had been hunted to extinction. The extermination lasted until 1936, when the last of the hunting licenses was issued in Namibia. Most of the San had meanwhile gone into hiding, their population reduced to less than a quarter of what they are today.

The shabby treatment of the San, and that it went on for so long appears shocking today. No one spoke loudly enough for them, and perhaps only the weeping of the angels in heaven finally moved their earthly masters.

At present, about 100,000 San exist across southern Africa, with the largest populations in Botswana and Namibia. The San have remained so stubbornly attached to their traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle, even into the recent past. The promise of stability, together with government efforts has pressured most of them to convert to a modern sedentary lifestyle.

It has been a long struggle -physically and spiritually: they have had to abandon the shaman’s divinations in favour of hospitals, and their children miss out on instruction from elders as they attend schools.

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Hyena Camping Safari – Code BWH

15 Feb

HYENA SAFARI (BWH)

13  nights / 14 day safari to the remote and unexplored north west Zambia    Map
offering some of the best hyena sightings in the whole of Africa.   If you choose to extend your safari you will explore Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve  wildbeest-migration-liuwa-plain-national-park.jpg

 

Much of Liuwa Plains becomes flooded from around December to April. The waters rise in the north, and spread south. This flooding drives the wildebeest & Zebra migration, for which the park is famous; the herds move out of the woodlands to the north, and onto the open plains for new, fresh grazing.  Liuwa Plains is 3,660km² of untouched Africa and can be as good as a safari ever gets.

Highlights – Extended

Boat cruise on the Chobe River

4 nights in Liuwa plains, Zambia

2 nights at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, Zambia
Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

3 nights Chobe National Park

2 nights Moremi Game Reserve.

Itinerary – Liuwa Plains

Days 1 & 2  | Chobe Area, camping

This safari expedition starts in Kasane, Botswana at 13h00.    We can assist with pre-tour arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Livingstone, Zambia or Kasane, Botswana, if required.

On arrival in Kasane your guide will give you a full safari briefing over lunch and take you shopping for your safari drinks.    You will then enjoy a game drive into Chobe park and set up camp.

The next day enjoy a morning game drive and an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River.

(Day 1 – L, D & Day 2 – B,L,D) 

 

Day 3 | Mango Tree Road, wild camping 

Today our journey to Liuwa Plains begins.   After a very early start you will travel from Botswana through Namibia, stopping shortly in Katima Mulilo to get some fresh supplies and then into Zambia (Visa required)

After crossing seemingly endless sand dunes covered in teak forests, you will descend onto the Zambezi floodplains and travel along the beautiful and picturesque Mango-Tree-Road which will lead you north to Kalabo.

Beautiful Zambian villages are the highlight of this journey.  At the end of this long day you set up camp in the forest to camp wild.
Wild camping with bush ablutions (B,L,D)

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Days 4-8  |  Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

rise with the sun and have an early breakfast before continuing your journey to Liuwa Plains National Park.                                

On arrival, you will set up camp before exploring this unique area. During this time of the year the wildebeest migration from the Angolan Kameia National Park to the Zambian Liuwa Plains National Park can be expected.

Thousands of wildebeest can be seen making this journey in search of palatable grass, following them are the kings of Liuwa plains, the hyena.

The birdlife is also exceptional in this area.

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The next 5 days will be spent exploring this National Park during morning and afternoon game drives.

Wild camping with bush ablutions (B,L,D) 

Day 9 |  Mango Tree Road, camping 

You will leave Liuwa Plains National Park after an early morning drive and retrace your journey back along Mango Tree Road.

Wild camping with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

 

Days 10-11 | Sioma Falls, camping

This morning there will be time to visit the local market in Kalabo. You will then head south toward the Sioma Falls.  Sioma Falls (also known as Ngonye Falls) are, next to Victoria Falls, the most breathtaking waterfalls in Southern Africa.

The horseshoe-shaped falls are mostly impressive because of the sheer volume of water that cascades over the staggered twenty metre drop.    Until now, this pristine wilderness is completely unknown to tourists.

The next two days will be spent exploring the falls, with a picnic lunch by the falls and swimming in the mighty Zambezi on Day 11.

Camping is at a designated campsite with permanent ablutions (B,L,D).

Days 12-14 | Livingstone, Zambia, lodge accommodation

After descending the gruelling road along the western bank of the Zambezi, we cross the river and arrive in Livingstone late afternoon.

You will spend the next 2 nights staying at a comfortable lodge.

                               

During your stay in Livingstone there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls, enjoy one or more of the many activities on offer in Livingstone and Victoria Falls and shop for curios.   The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 14.

(Day 12 B, L/Day 13 & 14 B only)

Activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Elephant rides and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. Reservations and camping Information

Slideshow   Hyena camping Safari

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Optional Extension (4 Nights/5 Days)

 Days 14-15 |  Chobe National Park, camping

You will depart early from Livingstone to catch the ferry at Kazangula across the Zambezi River.   Re-enter Botswana and drive to Chobe National Park through Kasane where we will resupply for the next 4 days in Botswana’s famous National Parks.  

On Day 14 you will enjoy an afternoon game drive along the Chobe River.

The next day you will leave northern Chobe and head south to the dryer region of Savuti where elephants dot the plains.

Camping will be in designated campsites with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

Days 16-17 | Moremi Game Reserve
Rise with the sun and head southeast to Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas.                            

The next two nights will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region.

Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Day 18 | Safari ends, Maun
After a morning game drive we travel south to Maun. (B,L)

 PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ZAMBIAN SECTION OF THIS ITINERARY MAY BE SUBJECT TO DAILY
CHANGES DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS
 

Min 6 pax must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure 

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Price includes:  All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner)

and tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles.

Does not include:  Restaurant meals (Livingstone, Zambia), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Livingstone/Victoria Falls,), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors, any increase in National Park

Lion Camping Safari – Botswana

15 Feb

Lion Camping Safari – Botswana

15 day safari starting in Kasane & ending at Vic Falls, Livingstone Zambia

Okavango delta & Chobe area map
exceptional bush experiences and safari adventures with a difference


This adventure safari covers some of the best wilderness areas in Botswana,  from the magic of Nxai Pan through the unique Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.  Starting in Kasane and ending at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, it offers unbeatable value for money.  

 Highlights – Lion Camping Safari

Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River
2 nights Nxai Pan National Park
Central Okavango Delta & mokoro excursions
Optional Game/Scenic Delta flight
3 nights Moremi Game Reserve
3 nights Chobe National Park
Optional visit to the Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
1 night at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, Zambia 

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Itinerary Lion Camping Safari 

Day 1: Chobe Area, camping

The safari officially begins in Kasane, Botswana, at 13h00.
We are happy to assist with pre-tour arrangements such as accommodation and transfers from Livingstone, Zambia or Kasane, Botswana, if required. On arrival in Kasane your guide will give you a full safari briefing and take you shopping for your safari drinks. The first highlight of your safari will be a sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. Camping will be in Kasane at a campsite with permanent ablutions. (L, D)

Day 2- 3: Nxai Pan National Park, private designated camp

Rising with the sun, your route takes you 500 kilometres south to Nxai Pan National Park where sweet grasses host a variety of wildlife.  You will stop en route for a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park before getting to your campsite.  The next day you will explore Nxai Pan and enjoy the plains which are often dotted with grazing herds of impala and springbok. In the afternoon you will visit the magnificent Baines Baobabs.  These regal trees, immortalised by the explorer Baines’ painting, are situated on the edge of an expansive salt pan. Camping with be at a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

Day 2 : Kasane – Nxai Pan: 500km, 6h

Day 4: Maun, camping

After enjoying a morning game drive, you will leave Nxai Pan and continue your safari to Maun – the gateway to the Okavango Delta.  In Maun you will have time to visit the shops and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. You will camp overnight at a site with permanent ablution facilities. (B, L, D)
Day 4 : Nxai – Maun: 180km, 3-4h

Days 5 – 7 : Okavango Delta, camping

Your adventure will take you to the southern tip of the Okavango Delta, a special corner of paradise. Once you have reached the edge of the Delta, you will meet your polers from the local community with their mekoros (traditional dugout canoes).

Quietly cruising along reed lined channels and floodplains, you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of this unique region during the tranquil transfer taking you deeper inside the Delta. You will spend two days exploring this beautiful area with mokoro excursions and guided nature walks on the islands and floodplains of the Okavango, camping wild with bush ablutions on a small island for two nights.
On day 7, you will start making your way towards the drier regions of the delta and camp in a concession outside the Moremi Game Reserve. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Maun – Okavango Delta: 60km, 1.5-2h

Day 7: Okavango Delta – campsite outside Moremi 50km, 1.5-2h  

NOTE: on day 5 you will leave your main luggage in the trailer and will need to pack a smaller bag (small backpack, hand luggage) with what you need for the 2 days on the island. Transfers from the

mainland to the island where you will stay are done on traditional dugout canoes (mekoros) which cannot accommodate large bags. Your main luggage will safely remain in the vehicle that will be parked in a secured area while you are on the island.

Days 8-10: Moremi Game Reserve, camping

Early morning of Day 8, you will enter Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana which covers swamp and dry areas. The next three days will be spent searching for the wide variety of wildlife and birds that this area is renowned for while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives in the early morning as the sun rises and in the late afternoon as the sun sets will be the norm. After your morning game drives, you will return to camp for lunch and a siesta. On Day 10 you will move campsites to explore a different area of this diverse park. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions (2 nights in Western Moremi and 1 night in Eastern Moremi). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Community campsite outside Moremi – Western Moremi: 80km, 3-4h (transfer and game drive)

Days 11-13: Chobe National Park, camping

Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, will be your next destination.  As you continue your search for wildlife, you will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains.  You will then head northwards to the Chobe River where your game drives will meander along the banks of the river, followed by the call of the majestic African Fish Eagle. Camping will be in private designated areas with bush ablutions, first in the Savuti area (Day 11), then in the northern part of the park closer to the riverfront

Days 12 & 13). (B, L, D

Day 11: Eastern Moremi – Savuti: 120km, 7-8h (transfer and game drive)
Day 12: Savuti – Chobe River: 170km, 5-6h (transfer and game drive)
Days 14-15: Livingstone, Zambia, comfortable lodge

After a morning game drive you will cross the Zambezi River by ferry and then drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls (Visa required), where you will spend the night at a comfortable lodge. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls and shop for curios.  Dinner will be at your own expense at the lodge.  The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 15.
Day 14 – B, L &
Day 15 – B

Day 14: Chobe River – Livingstone: 100km, 2-3h (including border crossing)

We are happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Livingstone airport or lodges, Victoria Falls airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost.  Activities in Livingstone include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi, Elephant rides and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details.

 

Price includes:

camping equipment and accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), room at a comfortable lodge in Livingstone, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles.

 Price does not include:

Restaurant meals (Livingstone, Zambia), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in Livingstone/Victoria Falls,), beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors.

On line quote / booking reservation for Lion Camping Safari

Semi Participation Guest Info

semi-participatory safaris – means that you are only asked to carry your own luggage to / from your tent and to put up / take down your own ‘user-friendly’ tent 

Personal Equipment 

• Passport and valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
• Warm sleeping bag. A sleeping bag and small pillow can be hired
 Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
• Hat/cap and gloves in winter months (May – Sept)
• Warm jacket/fleece/jumper – windproof in winter months (May – Sept), waterproof in summer months (Nov – Mar)
• Swimming costume & Towel
• Natural clothing (i.e. no bright colours and no white), t-shirts, shorts, a pair of lightweight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt (long sleeves are extremely useful for sun protection during the day and mosquito protection during the evening)
• Please note that camouflage printed clothing is okay for the bush but please do not to wear in towns or when crossing borders
• Comfortable walking shoes and flip flops/sandals
• Camera equipment, binoculars, lots of spare batteries and spare memory cards are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
• Water bottle and a small day pack for walks 

Luggage 

• One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides)
• One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack)
• Main luggage: max. weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
• Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari
• If you are travelling with us to the Delta we request that you take only what you need for the 2/3 nights in a smaller pack. You can leave the large bag with the vehicle which will be locked and secure

Travel Documentation

• Valid passport – it must have at least 6 months validity before your passport expires and at least 6 blank visa pages
• Citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Botswana. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking
• For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy

Safari Vehicle
 * The safari vehicle utilised is a custom fitted 4 x 4 vehicle

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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


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 

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Camping equipment 

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

Provided are 5cm high-density foam camping mattresses for each guest

Bush ablutions consist of high-slung bucket showers and bush toilets with private canvas screens.

– 200V/2pin (round) power units are available on vehicles to recharge cameras. Please bring  suitable adapters.

Please note that there are Internet cafes/photo shops that will download digital photos in Maun

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– 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).

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Botswana & Zimbabwe Encounte

15 Feb

Botswana & Zimbabwe Encounter

A 15 day small group lodge safari visiting some of the world’s premier wildlife

areas, exploring iconic Victoria Falls, see endangered wild dogs, do some rhino tracking, enjoy a traditional canoe trip.

Minimum 4 guests / maximum 12

Included
Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
All transport in appropriate vehicles
Game drives and activities as mentioned in itinerary
Park entrance fees
Experienced guide

Excluded
Travel Insurance
Flights
Pre and post tour accommodation
Optional activities
All drinks, tips and curios
All personal expenses

Departures 2018
21 March : 08 April : 09 May : 25 May : 13 June : 04 July : 16 July : 01 August : 27 August : 05 September : 25 September : 10 October : 30 October : 09 November

Accommodation

In  mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Day 1: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Day 2 & 3: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Day 4 & 5: Sable Sands or similar
Day 6 & 7: Umbozha Houseboats or similar
Day 8 & 9: Camp Amalinda or similar
Day 10: Nata Lodge or similar
Day 11: Planet Baobab or similar
Day 12: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
Day 13 & 14: Hyena Pan Tented Camp or similar

Itinerary

Day 1 victoria falls zimbabwe

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

Day 2 victoria falls to chobe national park botswana

After breakfast your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. We then travel to Kasane in Botswana, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

Day 3 chobe national park botswana

Start your morning with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

Days 4 & 5 chobe botswana to hwange national park zimbabwe

This morning we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park. Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to great herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

On arrival, we will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species. If time allows, you can partake in an optional game drive on the concession in the afternoon. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area on a full day game drive in Hwange National Park.

Days 6 & 7  lake kariba zimbabwe

Today we head off to Binga located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Nested in mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, earth and water.

Our voyage takes us to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset, followed by drinks and dinner on board. In the morning we set out early for some leisurely fishing, guided walks or game viewing depending on your preference. When we return, brunch will be served whilst cruising to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands with a sandy beach. Watch the sunset over lake, relaxing around a camp fire and enjoying a beach barbecue under the starry sky.

Days 8 & 9 matobo hills zimbabwe

We end our houseboat experience with some morning game viewing activities on Lake Kariba and cruise back to Binga where our voyage started. After disembarking we travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the “Hill of the Benevolent Spirit” or “World’s View” as named by him.

We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave.

Day 10 matobo hills zimbabwe to nata botswana

We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints.) We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

Day 11 makgadikgadi pans botswana

 
A very early morning departure leads us to Planet Baobab near Gweta, from where we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures.

Day 12 maun botswana

Today we travel to Maun, a bustling safari town which serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.

Day 13 khwai river botswana

After breakfast we take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion and lunch, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Khwai River region. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

Day 14 moremi game reserve botswana

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Day 15 end of tour

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Maun Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventure

On line quote and/or booking reservation for Botswana & Zimbabwe Encounter

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Zambezi Kariba – Fishing

15 Feb

Lake Kariba –  Fishing & Species

Tiger Fishing Competition

Discover: the amazing Tiger Fish, one of the top freshwater fighters in the world.


Houseboat berthing in wild and remote areas where you will likely be the only fisher person around, no crowds, no vehicles, no one else except you and nature

Tiger Fishing Times  ( January & February are breeding months on Zambezi so they are the only taboo months)

on the Lower and Upper Zambezi the months of May, June and July are best using lure and feather.

By May the river has reached its highest level over the floodplains and starts to empty into its main channel.

Mid January on the floodplains sees such species as barbs and bream, feeding and breeding and fishing is not permitted on the Upper Zambezi.

Before the water levels drop they must make their way into the main channel

The tigerfish, and other predatory fish such as the Nembwe bream and sharp tooth catfish, feed on these “baitfish”.

In June there is a mass exodus of these bait fish, moving downstream to areas of more cover and structure. This movement causes “bait balls” to be formed as they separate from the safety of the clay bank edges and move out into deeper waters.

As the water level drop from August to November, so the targeting of shallow water tigers becomes more of a reality from the confines of wooden dugout mokoro

This is truly the most natural way of fishing for tigerfish, also lending itself to great bird watching and the feeling of really being one with the river

By the end of November, the rainy season starts, and water levels start to steadily rise again, bringing with it dirty water and an end to fly fishing in the Zambezi

For the experienced fly fisherman, the Upper-Zambezi yellowfish and Thinface can also be found amongst the rapids

Catch and release is encouraged as much as possible

Kariba & Lower Zambezi

Tiger Fish 

Game fishing in never complete until you have fished the beautiful waters of Lake Kariba. People from all over the world come to these waters to fish for one fish alone, the ferocious tigerfish.Good fishing occurs throughout the year, August to October is best, however during the rainy season between October and February, it is extremely hot and humid, and not for the faint hearted.

True game fish, they head for the open, believing that sheer strength, speed and somersaults will grant them freedom. And they’re right, most of the time Although not unique to Zimbabwe, it is certainly more prolific than elsewhere in Africa.

The tigerfish is extremely streamlined and have a fine set of razor sharp, pointed, interlocking teeth- it does not attack humans.

There are many fish caught these days in the 3 to 6 kgs bracket with some still tipping the scales in the region of 8-10kgs

Sharptooth Catfish-Barbel (Clarias gariepinus) 

This catfish has been known to leap out of the water at birds perched on low overhanging branches.

These can be found throughout the lake in the shallow waters and using its ancillary breathing organs, it can survive in almost any type of water. They eat anything including frogs, insects, and fish

Feeding mainly at night, when hooked, the angler will feel a constant steady pull. The fish will not hesitate to attempt to free itself by swimming into obstacles. The Sharptooth is fished extensively for commercial purposes and although the average catch weight is 3kg, they can reach about 6kg.

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Electric Catfish (Malapterurus electricus)

It also puts on a good fight but only grows to about 5kg. Feeding almost exclusively on other fish, they stun their prey with a high voltage shock at close range.

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If you touch it you will more likely than not, be put off fishing for life with a jolt of up to 450 volts


Vundu

The largest fish in the Zambezi system, only found below Victoria Falls, is the vundu (Heterobranchis longifilis), a giant catfish which attains well over 60 kg (the very similar barbel, up to 20 kg, is found both above and below the Falls.) A bottom-feeding river species usually taken on fillet bait, Strangely, cheap strong smelling soap is an excellent bait.

The vundu is becoming rare in Kariba and should always be released; there’s no point in killing it.

Brown Squeaker (Synodontis zambezensis)

alternative name Chokachok This is a member of the catfish family and is quite common to the lake . It can be identified by the three spines, one dorsal and two lateral.

The name Brown Squeaker comes from the fact that when these fish are caught, they move their two lateral spines rapidly in their sockets which emits a squeaking sound. These spines are capable of inflicting a painful wound that is very likely to turn septic if not treated at once.

Some anglers are known to remove these spines with a knife or side cutters before handling the fish. You will not be the only one trying to catch this fish as the Squeaker is preyed upon by crocodiles and Tigerfish, and the spines can often cause fatal injuries to the predator

Bait – They eat anything, insects, mud, algae and fish, and are mostly caught at night. They are disliked by anglers who are fishing with worm on the bottom, as once they get a bite from this fish they rarely catch anything else.

The Brown Squeaker is surprisingly tasty but plays no significant role in the commercial catches on the lake. The fish seldom exceeds 0.5kg in weight

Red Breasted Tilapia (Tilapia rendally)

This pretty looking fish is commonly known as a ‘pinkie’ and was introduced into the Lake in the late 1950’s. Seldom exceeding a kilo but a hard fighter often encountered in large numbers.

In Lake Kariba the Nile bream (Oreochromis niloticus) is now also being taken by anglers.

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Kariba Tilapia (Oreochromis mortimeri) 

Known in South Africa as the blue kurper this fish was mistakenly known as a Mozambique bream and were called ‘mozzie’s, until it was found that the Mozambique bream was only found in the Zambezi River below the lake and beyond the dam

Chessa (Distichodus schenga) 

Nkupe (Distichodus mossambicus) The chessa and related nkupe are both rough-scaled, small-mouthed, broad-bodied fish renowned for their strength, speed and stamina. Both exceed six kilos and are usually caught on earthworm and small hooks, but will also take fish fillets

Found only in the mainstream of larger rivers and even in Lake Kariba prefers more riverine habitats. Omnivorous, feeds on insects, snails, small fish, and aquatic plants. Breeds in summer, moving upstream to suitable sites

Eastern Bottlenose ( Mormyrus longirostris)

Aptly named because of its elongated snout. It has a tiny mouth, so needs to be caught on small hooks with worms as bait. This species is active mainly at night, and is often caught in the early evening, in fairly deep pools where there is little or no current. It is not a good fighter, and, once hooked, feels much like reeling a heavy sack of potatoes to the surface! Sluggish… is a word that comes to mind.

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Purple Labeo (Labeo congoro)

A river fish living in the estuaries and feeding on algae

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Hunyani Labeo (Labeo altivelis)

Commonly called a “Pink Lady” this fish enjoys similar habitat and feeding preference to that of the Purple labeo

Kapenta
forms large schools. Mainly nocturnal and feeds on plankton (especially atyid shrimps, also copepods, prawns), but larger individuals take larval Stolothrissa. Cannibalism does occur. Breeds close to shore throughout the rainy seasons, but with peaks in May to June and December to January. Fire is used to attract the fish and caught by means of scoop nets

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Kapenta Forms large schools. Mainly nocturnal and feeds on plankton (especially atyid shrimps, also copepods, prawns), but larger individuals take larval Stolothrissa. Cannibalism does occur. Breeds close to shore throughout the rainy seasons, but with peaks in May to June and December to January. Fire is used to attract the fish and caught by means of scoop nets

Tiger Fishing Competition – Join The Event

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So popular is tiger fishing among the locals that the National Anglers union organizes the annual Kariba International Tiger fishing tournament. This event normally takes place at the beginning of October at Lake Kariba. It is a three-day event and the majority of facilities in the form of a well-appointed holiday camps and hotels are situated off the shores of lake Kariba for those who would like to try their hand at tigerfish and other game fish

Lake Kariba Fishing Permits and Fees

Guide to Kariba National Parks Costs and Regulations

Parks fees are paid directly to the officials before boarding and the receipt must be kept with clients at all times as the officials often do spot checks on the lake

National Parks also reserve the right to request proof of I.D. so please provide your I.D. cards/Passports.

As Lake Kariba is a National Park we request that all visitors to the area adhere to the regulations imposed by the Parks Board.

Littering is strictly prohibited.

Please do not try to touch or feed the wildlife and under no circumstances try to approach the wildlife on foot.

Swimming in Lake Kariba or the cages on the houseboats is done so entirely at your own risk.

Kariba is malaria area so please remember to take precaution against malaria at least 6 weeks before arriving in Kariba and continue with it for at least 3-4 weeks after your trip has ended.

Lake Navigation will not permit a charter to leave the harbour after 4:30p.m. so please ensure that you are onboard and ready to leave by 3:30p.m. the very latest.

For those passengers flying please check all tickets for arrival times to make sure you have given the transfer operator enough time to get you to the boat before this cut-off time. No refunds will be offered if you do not make the charter on time

There is a “Noise Pollution” rule that states, “all generators and ship to shore radio communications be shut down from 6:00p.m. through to 6:00a.m. and music players be turned down from 10:00p.m. onwards.”

We ask you to think of others who have also travelled from far to enjoy the natural sounds of nature.

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Karibezi Houseboat

15 Feb

Karibezi Houseboat Specification Sheet


Cabins :Total pax in cabins – 14 pax
All cabins have air-conditioning
2 x twin bedded cabins en-suite
1 x twin bedded cabin with bathroom opposite
2 x double bedded cabins en-suite
2 x double bunk children’s cabins, these branch off from the main double en-suite cabins creating family cabins.
Total in cabins: 14 pax

Other sleeping possibilities for a family group traveling together who don’t mind using the reception areas: In the main lounge on the second deck there are 6 fold out single beds.
There is a separate toilet and shower facility on this deck for guests using this area.

Reception areas: On the 2nd deck via a spiral staircase Karabezi has a large (9m x 7m) fully air-conditioned lounge /dining area , tastefully furnished with a beautiful Teak bar.
There is also a small breakfast bar area at the rear on the 1st deck.

Television (for DVDs only) – please bring your own DVDs

Music system: Full modern music system, please bring your own music

Mooring: The vessel is moored at Andora Habour, Kariba

Crew: On charter work there is a captain 2 deckhands and a chef

Fishing; Basic fishing equipment is provided, but it is essential that any serious fishermen/women bring their own rods and tackle and make special arrangements with us for bait etc.

We do provide the facility of having a professional fishing guide/host at an additional fee.

Additional fishing boats and bait will form part of these costs.

 

Usual tender boat supplied: 2 x Pontoon Boats with covered roof and fold away comfortable seating

Pool: At the front of the boat on the 1st deck there is a shaded jacuzzi for 6 pax

Deck areas: There are 2 main deck areas for tanning and relaxing as well as another smaller area next to the Captain’s wheelhouse.

Power: All of the Umbozha fleet have generators powering the lighting and wall sockets at 240v as well as a 12v battery system when the generators are not running, all plug points are UK Square pin (please bring suitable adaptors) Generally the main generators are switched off between 10 & 11pm whereby the 12v battery system takes over until morning 

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San People Bushmen – Kalahari Desert

15 Feb

San People – Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert

San People – Culture , Kinship, Hunting, Pictures

san people picture : Close up of woman ( notice the absence of a ear lobe)

San People today

San people kinship

San bush people hunting

The San People- Africa’s Ultimate Survivors

courtesy of The AfricaPoint Insider newsletter © 2008 Africa Point


The San people of southern Africa are among Africa’s most intriguing people. Genetic evidence suggests that they are some of the earth’s most ancient people, having been around for the past 22,000 years.

These itinerant hunter-gatherer people have for ages resided in and around the Kalahari Desert. They have amazingly defied the Kalahari’s harshness, and can even claim to have mastered it


san people picture : close up of woman ( notice the absence of a ear lobe)

The San have always lived a distinctly aboriginal lifestyle. Through the generations, they have told their story through song and folklore, and the rock paintings that are found across large areas of southern Africa. Commonly referred to as the Bushman tribe, there are today about 100,000 of them. In Botswana (50,000),  South Africa (4,500), Namibia (38,000), Zambia (1,600), and Zimbabwe (1,200) by the count of the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA).

The San are believed to have inhabited the entire south of the African continent, way before the migration of the Bantu. They were displaced by the southward movement of the Zulu, Nguni, Sotho, Khoi Khoi, Nama, and other African groups. As they did not keep livestock, they did not appear to have any use for pasture. They retreated northwards and permanently occupied the drier regions. It is by their adaptation in the Kalahari- which means ‘Great Thirst’ – that they have earned a name for themselves as ultimate survivors.

Kalahari  – Central Kalahari Game Reserve 

The Kalahari Basin stretches over Botswana, Namibia and the north of South Africa, and has a little spillover into Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The parched basin covers 2,500,000 square km, with a desert core that spreads over 900,000 square km. The Kalahari is challenging, but it is really not a true desert of the Sahara kind. Most of the region is semi-arid, except for the southwest which is truly arid. It receives about 250 mm of rainfall annually. This allows it to support a rich count of flora and fauna, and its landscape is painted with vast grasslands, thorn shrubs, and strands of acacia.

The lifeline of the Kalahari and the only permanent river in the region is the Okavango. The river flows into Botswana’s delta of the same name. It hosts 3 game reserves: Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Kutse Game Reserve in Botswana, and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park shared by Botswana and South Africa.

The Kalahari wilderness supports a variety of wildlife species including: the meerkat, wild dog, jackal and hyena, eland, and an array of antelopes –including oryx and gemsbok. Occasionally, some big cats -lion, leopard and cheetah are spotted.

The San are a light skinned folk, whose distinct yellow-brown skin wrinkles prematurely. They have a body structure slightly smaller than that of the average person. They appear to have bulging foreheads, ears without lobes, and have taut tufts of flimsy hair. The women tend to have ponderous posteriors- an excellent way for storing fat for lean seasons.

San people clothing

They wear hide slings to cover their essentials. On the move they always carry their animal skin blankets, and a small hide bag, and a cloak called ‘kaross’. The kaross is a multipurpose carrier pouch in which they carry their very modest material belongings, veld goodies, babies and tools.

They speak in Khoisan, a language characterized by numerous clicks and many idiosyncratic sounds. Their phonetics are complex, such that in writing, symbols rather than letters are frequently employed. Various click sounds are expressed differently, for example, the slash (/) for the dental click, the Alveolar (!) for the palatal click, and double slash (//) for the lateral click. They have influenced the languages of many southern African tribes who have interacted with them

San People today

The San have been under great pressure to abandon their itinerant lifestyle, and from the 1950’s most have become farmers. For example, today in Botswana- the country with the largest San population, out of a population of 50,000, only about 3,000 follow the ancient way of life.

The traditional San live in small groups called bands. Each band comprises of 15 to 25 related individuals who form a close-knit clan unit. As nomads, they have no need for permanent shelters

San people kinship

At times they live in rough and ready accommodation – such as caves or erect tent-like structures. These makeshift structures are made with frames of sticks and thatched with grass and twigs. In unfavourable weather, animal hide is used in place of grass. The band clusters their shelters together to form a ring, with each family living in a single tent.

Each tent has its own campfire, but there is a central fireplace where the clan gathers to bond and unwind as nightly stories are told. The fires are kept alive at all times. Here, stories of hunting experiences, gathering jaunts, daily goings-on, ancient legends, past music and dance, and religious beliefs are exchanged and passed on.

Though a new birth is important, death is even more significant. The spot where a San dies is avoided, and camp must be shifted after the event. The family immediately buries its dead, and never intentionally goes back or crosses the place of burial. If accident or necessity forces them back, they throw small stones at the grave, and mumble under their breath as they seek peace with the spirit of the departed.

The San have no centralised political system or social hierarchy, and decisions touching on community affairs are arrived at through consensus of both male and female adults, and at times even children are consulted. When consensus fails, the opinion of the older members of the band is granted more weight. But when a tie is apparent among the elders or among age-mates, the name rule is invoked. The controversy is resolved in favour of the individual named after a more elderly member of the clan.

The San practice a division of labour based on gender: the men hunt, while the women gather. The children usually just trail along, helping where they can as they assimilate the experience of adults. The older members of the band mostly remain at camp, and watch over the children when their parents are out hunting and gathering.

This is an opportunity for the elders to pass on their extensive knowledge of their world to the children in the form of stories and song. The San are excellent mimics, and it is fun all round as they mimic various animals, while asking the children to name the animal in play. The elderly are the pillars of San spiritual life. This is an important role as the San are quite a spiritual people, believing in the supernatural world and the existence of a supreme God. This belief permeates everyday life, and nearly every aspect of their simple lives has a spiritual dimension. For example, they believe that to hunt is to dance in the spirit.

The San have a keen and highly trained eye for the hunt. Fresh animal droppings are an easy giveaway. But most of the time, it is not so easy. By analysing animal tracks, they are able to guess how far an animal has gone. This involves observing grass blades, trampled termite nests and other clues in the path taken by an animal.


Tsodilo Hills Botswana

These observations can yield surprisingly precise details: species, age, sex, and size of an animal. For example an examination of the texture of animal droppings hints at the roughage content, and thus an estimate of an animal’s age: high fibre points a tired digestive system of an older animal

Animals and their interaction with man -especially in the hunt, have a significant role in San society. The men hunt with simple but very effective weapons –bows and arrows. Their hunting and tracking skills are second to none. They tip their arrows with poison obtained from beetles, snakes, scorpions, tree gum and many others from their catalogue of poisonous animals and plants. The arrows are carried in quivers, and are made in such a way that the shaft dislodges from the head on impact. This is to prevent the animal from extricating the poisonous arrowhead and running off

In a hunt, utmost silence is essential for some animals have very sensitive hearing. Hunters communicate only through hand signals and signs.

The hunt is a team work experience, and is a test of character and discipline. Tracking can sometimes go for more than a day, calling for patience and endurance. Once the prey falls within shooting range, the most advantageously placed hunter releases his arrow. There is no rush to immediately subdue the animal, for the poison must be given time to take its toll.

If the prey runs off or goes into hiding, the San call on their intimate knowledge of animal behaviour. They stand at the point where the animal was shot, mimic its movements until they are able to retrace its tracks. This they believe is done from a spiritual dimension.

Knowledge of animal behaviour is an integral part of San socialization. Reading the mood of an animal determines the hunt technique to be deployed. For example the hunters may decide that no subterfuge is required and simply chase an animal to exhaustion. This practice is well captured in a recent documentary film,‘The Great Dance, a Hunter’s Story’. This film about San hunting and tracking was made by James Hersov, Craig and Damon Foster, and Ellen Windemuth.

San bush people hunting

To the San, hunting is an imperative social and spiritual undertaking. It is a cooperative not a competitive affair, where all work together to bring down the prey and share in the reward equally. The person whose arrow brought down the animal has however first priority to pick his portion of choice.

With the San certain animals score higher on the spiritual scale. The eland in particular enjoys high esteem and has a sacred place in the heart of the San. It is only hunted when necessary or for special occasions, for the San believes the eland is first among animals, and is his nearest kin in the animal world.

Folklore instructs them that animals were once humans who after a disagreement turned into elands. All the other animals were subsequently born of the eland. Every time an eland is hunted, is a time of great celebration, divination and dancing. These animals are a great subject in most San rock paintings. The primary daily task of San women is to gather food from the open country, and to take care of the young and the elderly. All the women of a band go out gathering together, each taking her baby kaross, a digging stick and small leather bags. They gather berries and other fruits, tubers, bulbs, nuts, tortoises, lizards, snakes, insects, eggs and small mammals. These foods make a healthy low fat and low calorie diet which keeps the San very lean.

The women are very knowledgeable about the wild things of the veld. They seek out many indicators and can tell what to find where.

For girls, initiation into womanhood is entrusted to nature. Girls are taken as children until their first experience of menstruation. Because of the San’s low fat and calorie diet, this is unlikely to happen until about the age of 19 years. After this event, the women hold a party in the girl’s honour. They perform the ‘eland bull dance’ in which they imitate the animal’s mating dance. At this point, she is considered a woman, ready to be married off to a fine young hunter

It is acceptable for the parents to find a suitor for their daughter. But girls are not pressured to accept, and are still free to come up with their own choice. Like the rest of their lives, the San wedding ceremony is a simple affair. On a set day, the women apply a mixture of eland fat and red ochre on the bride. They sing and make merry as they wait for the groom to return from his hunt. On return, the groom presents his hunt to the bride’s parents, and takes his bride away

The newly weds build their tent-house and start their little hearth. They are free to choose whether to live with the bride’s or groom’s kin. There is no immediate pressure to start a family; the women chew on a special tree bark which has contraceptive properties. If a marriage fails to work, the wife simply returns to her parents’ fireplace, without any life sapping drama.

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As the Kalahari has no surface water, the San have had to figure out how to do with little or no water. San women have a way of prospecting for water from the ground using reeds. But this is usually not necessary as their main source of drinking water is the tsamma melon. This blessed fruit is a wild desert melon, whose leaves are usable as vegetables, and its seeds are a source of protein and oil.

The San’s stomach is very strong and versatile. They eat tortoise, lizards, insects, nuts -either raw or roasted, tubers, bulbs, and many little animals and birds. The San waste little – ostrich egg shells are used for water storage, and tortoise shells serve as cutlery.

San children are socialised together regardless of gender. But as the children grow older, the boys are required to tag along with their fathers on hunting trips. This marks the onset of their initiation process. As they gain in knowledge, they are allowed to shoot a few arrows. When judged to be ready they are taken on their first eland hunt, and actually allowed to lead. If the hunt is successful, a boy is automatically initiated into manhood. This is marked by a celebration following the hunt, after which the boy is at liberty to marry and start a family.  Unlike many African communities, the San do not practice circumcision.

The San thrive on an economy of gift exchange. They have little understanding of the concept of private ownership, as their demands on the world are so few. Since they are nomads, and are constantly on the move, movable wealth is an unwelcome burden. There is little cause for trade as they share nearly everything they need, while the rest can almost certainly be picked from the bush with only a little exertion.

Animal skins serve as clothing, while a nice robe can be made from fibrous and climber plants. Tools are made from stones, bones, sticks and occasionally, iron.

The San and their peculiar way of life have always confounded many. You can tell this from the names others have bestowed on them. Some communities in Zimbabwe call them ‘Batwa’, a Bantu word meaning ‘people of the unknown’. In Zambia they are referred to as Amasili; Kwankhala in Angola; Basarwa in Botswana, and San in Namibia and South Africa.

San is a Khoikhoi and Nama word meaning ‘outsider’. The Dutch called them ‘Boschjesmanne’ meaning ‘people of the boschveld’, from which the name Bushman is derived. But the different Kalahari San communities call themselves by different names: for example, a Kalahari group living on the border of Botswana and Namibia call themselves the Ju/’hoansi, or “the real people.” The bushman term is however today considered to be derogatory, and in South Africa they are officially referred to as the San.

The San people – and their culture and click consonant language- first came to the attention of the western world in the 1950s through Laurens van der Post’s book ‘The Lost World of the Kalahari’. This outstanding work was later turned into a BBC TV series.

Many more people came to know of the San through the hilarious and unforgettable 1980’s movie “The Gods Must be Crazy”. In this movie, a San band encounters the marvels of the outside world in the form of a coke bottle which falls from a light aircraft. They initially take the bottle to be a gift from heaven, but in the end come to see it as a curse.

Not all of the San are happy with change, and particularly at efforts to move them from their traditional habitats. Together with their international supporters they have recently waged a noisy media campaign against the Botswana government. In 2006 they obtained a reprieve when they won a court case against the government in contesting their forcible move from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve supposedly to preserve wildlife, but according to some to clear the way for diamond mining.

Today the San and their lifestyle arouse much of the curiosity of tourists. Their ancestral lands also harbour wildlife, and numerous rock art. These ancient artworks -some dating to the Stone Age, are Africa’s oldest art paintings. They can best be seen at Twyfelfontein in Namibia, Drakensberg in Lesotho, Tsodilo Botswana, Brandberg, Kruger and Kagga Kamma in South Africa, and the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe


Tsodilo Hills – Botswana

The arrival of the Dutch and other colonials in the 17th century in San territory marked the beginning of a very difficult period for the San. They experienced the most barbaric treatment ever meted on a people. The colonials did not concede their humanity- they viewed them as animals, and treated them as such. They shot them at every encounter, and took over much of their land for farming and ranching.

The Dutch also captured the San to serve as slaves and servants. For such a free ranging people, this was a terrible fate, and very few adapted well. The British on their part made attempts to civilize them first, and then domesticate them. They met with little success, and thus began to look at them as vermin and competitors for good and vast grazing fields.

Believe it or not- the British began to issue licences to game hunters to wipe them out. By such measures, the San population in the affected areas was greatly thinned. By 1870, the San of the Cape of Good Hope had been hunted to extinction. The extermination lasted until 1936, when the last of the hunting licenses was issued in Namibia. Most of the San had meanwhile gone into hiding, their population reduced to less than a quarter of what they are today.

The shabby treatment of the San, and that it went on for so long appears shocking today. No one spoke loudly enough for them, and perhaps only the weeping of the angels in heaven finally moved their earthly masters.

At present, about 100,000 San exist across southern Africa, with the largest populations in Botswana and Namibia. The San have remained so stubbornly attached to their traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle, even into the recent past. The promise of stability, together with government efforts has pressured most of them to convert to a modern sedentary lifestyle.

It has been a long struggle -physically and spiritually: they have had to abandon the shaman’s divinations in favour of hospitals, and their children miss out on instruction from elders as they attend schools.

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Okavango Houseboats

15 Feb

Okavango Houseboats
FAQ’S

A “typical” day on board.
A typical day on the houseboat might be something like this:

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.

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.


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.

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