Botswana Safari Wet Season

  • Published on
    27-Mar-2016

  • View
    213

  • Download
    0

DESCRIPTION

 

Transcript

  • Botswana safari S E T D A T E D E P A R T U R E

    w E T S E A S o n I T I n E R A R Y

    3 nIGHTS In THE MoREMI GAME RESERVE & THE oKAVAnGo DELTA3 nIGHTS AT CAMP KALAHARI

  • DELTA & MIGRATION...ON sAfAri wITh uNchARTed AfRIcA sAfRAI cO.Join us on a six night adventure packed safari to explore the two iconic and totally different features of

    Botswana - the worlds largest inland delta system and the makgadikgadi, a salt pan system the size of

    switzerland. this is the genuine article an authentic three night moBile safari expedition, set up in the

    Best location, in the greatest of comfort. track lion, follow herds of elephant, experience the okavango

    delta, then head off for three nights at camp kalahari, a traditional Bush camp in the heart of the mak-

    gadikgadi. see the last surviving migration of zeBra and wildeBeest in southern africa, walk with Bushmen

    guides, visit chapmans BaoBaB, and get up close and personal with the coolest meerkats in the kalahari.

    its real adventure in unreal style!

    InTRoDUCTIon PG 2

  • flush lOOs, Down piLLows, puRe cOTTON sheeTs, peRsIAN RuGs, bonE-hAnDLED siLvEr cuTleRy, DAmAsk TAble lINeN, TeAk ANd bRAss cOMbINe comforT wiTh sTyLE...

    we deploy only the most experienced and

    qualified of the companys guides on our

    mobile expeditions. carefully trained by

    ralph Bousfield, each qualified Biologist

    guide must have a minimum of at least

    two years guiding experience in the kala-

    hari allowing us to give our guests a holistic

    understanding of this magical and pristine

    wilderness environment.

    uncharted africa safari cos vehicles are

    top-of-the-range, extremely comfortable

    toyota landcruisers. the multiple thought-

    ful details including roof top seats, leather

    beanbags for photography and ponchos, to

    keep one warm during sunrise drives, make

    them perfect for game viewing.

    camp will be comprised of large tents

    equipped in a luxurious fashion unequalled

    on any other mobile safari.

    real beds, flush loos, down pillows,

    pure cotton sheets, persian rugs, bone-

    handled silver cutlery, damask table linen,

    teak and brass classically styled campaign

    kit combine comfort with style. the only

    concessions to roughing it are the bucket

    showers, which are private and en suite.

    uncharted africa safari co. is renowned

    throughout the industry for menus that

    emphasise fresh tastes and originality.

    three course meals under the stars

    include such treats as fresh tomato and basil

    soup, ostrich piccata, roast Botswana beef,

    delectable orange tarts and impossibly

    rich, but light, chocolate puddings.

    teas are indulgent affairs with treats like

    triple layer, banana caramel cake, tangy

    lemon curd biscuits and the best brownies

    in the bush!

    all bread is baked daily, and delicious full

    cooked english breakfasts are on offer

    every morning.

    STYLES & STAnDARDS PG 3

  • STYLES & STAnDARDS PG 4

  • GAmE & wATeR...3 NIGhTs IN The morEmi GAmE rEsErvE & The okAvAnGo DELTA

    The unsurpassed diversiTy ThaT BoTswana has To offer is BesT experienced

    on The move. This prisTine wilderness is Teeming wiTh game and has more

    wildlife species Than anywhere else in africa!

    MoREMI GAME RESERVE & oKAVAnGo DELTA PG 5

  • pARk AT The edGe Of A lAGOON ANd wATch hErDs of ELEphAnT ANd A MyRIAd Of birDs cOMING dOwN TO dRINk whIlsT The sun sETs

    DAY 1

    on arrival, you will be met at maun

    airport and transferred by air into the

    moremi game reserve, where you will

    meet your guide.

    once in the moremi, a slow meander/

    game drive to familiarise yourselves

    with the area and then into your camp in

    good time to shower and unpack before

    sundowners and dinner.

    DAY 2

    Breakfast in the first light of day and

    head out in the safari vehicles for your

    introduction to some of the animals of

    the dry floodplain environment, looking

    for zebra, wildebeest, impala and preda-

    tors such as wild dog and cheetah.

    return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

    after a delicious spread of tea and cake,

    head out for sundowners. park at the

    edge of a lagoon and watch herds of

    elephant and a myriad of birds coming

    down to drink whilst the sun sets and

    you are given an informal talk on the

    geological history of the area.

    return to camp for a sumptuous dinner.

    mor e m i gam e r e s e rve & okavango de lta pg 6

  • DAY 3

    after breakfast, take a game drive to the

    lagoons edge and board a boat to ex-

    plore the waters of the delta.

    the open lagoons provide a wonderful

    contrast in habitat after the dry forest ar-

    eas and floodplains. putt along the maze

    of channels, stopping to admire rare birds

    and the diversity of aquatic life.

    spot small crocodiles basking in the sun

    on sparkling white sandbanks and hippos

    jousting for territories with spectacular

    splashes and clashes of jaws and some

    serious dental equipment.

    have a picnic lunch on a sandy bank in

    the river and cool off at a safe swimming

    spot.

    relax and sneak in a short siesta.

    return to your boat and head back along

    the waterways towards camp. search out

    creatures typical of the ecosystem and

    explore the interrelationships of species

    and the systems in which they live.

    arrive in camp. enjoy a relaxing time

    around the camp fire, and your last lamp

    lit dinner in the moremi.

    DAY 4

    say your farewells and transfer out of the

    delta to camp kalahari.

    puTT AlONG The mAzE of chAnnELs, sTOppING TO ADmirE rArE birDs & The DivErsiTy Of AquATIc lIfe.

    mor e m i gam e r e s e rve & okavango de lta pg 7

  • CAMP KALAHARI PG 8

    AcAcIAs & ADvEnTurE...3 NIGhTs IN The mAkGADikGADi pAns & The kALAhAri DEsErT

    Cam p kalaHar i pg 8

    DAY 1

    arrive at camp kalahari, nestled amongst the acacias and

    mokolwane palms of Brown hyaena island, on the edge of

    the makgadikgadi salt pans, adjacent to the makgadikga-

    di-nxai pans national park, Botswana.

    this traditional bush camp has ten spacious meru tents,

    comprised of six twin tents, three double tents and one

    family unit which has two adjacent tents, accommodating

    two guests in each with an inter-leading bathroom.

    all tents have en-suite outdoor bathrooms, hot and cold

    running water and flush loos along with comfy beds,

    crunchy cotton sheets, traditional african blankets and hot

    water bottles in winter.

    The following iTinerary is an ouTline of The acTiviTies offered

    during your sTay aT camp kalahari. The order in which The

    acTiviTies are experienced may vary depending on weaTher and/or

    oTher facTors. please noTe ThaT guesTs wiTh an early morning

    deparTure will noT Be aBle To do The final mornings acTiviTy.

  • CAMP KALAHARI PG 9

  • CAMP KALAHARI PG 10

    due TO AN ONGOING hAbITuATION pROGRAMMe, ITs pOssIble fOR GuesTs

    TO GET up cLosE & pErsonAL wITh These cApTivATinG cReATuRes!

    a thatched central library, lounge and dining

    area, allow one to relax and enjoy the se-

    renity of this enchanting area, and for those

    whod like to cool off, or enjoy a lazy siesta

    in or out of the sun, theres the thatched

    swimming pool pavilion.

    head off after tea in the beautiful afternoon

    light, stop to watch the sun set and listen

    to an explanation of how the makgadikgadi

    pans, the remnants of the worlds largest

    ever super-lake, were formed.

    return to camp kalahari for a delicious din-

    ner.

    DAY 2

    set off in the morning to visit some of the

    kalaharis most fascinating inhabitants, the

    meerkats. as a meerkats wake up time is

    weather dependent, breakfast might be en-

    joyed in camp on cooler and rainy days, or

    as a picnic on warmer, sunnier days.

    due to an ongoing habituation programme,

    its possible for guests to get up close and

    personal with these captivating creatures.

    remember, they are not tame just used

    to our non-threatening presence. on chilly

    mornings, you might well find a meerkat

    snuggling up to you for warmth.

    or, in the absence of a termite mound or

    tree, using your head as a sentry lookout

    post By spending quality time with these

    incredibly social, superbly adapted animals,

    you will be able to see how they interact with

    each other and their environment.

    you also get the chance to see the desert

    through the eyes of a meerkat which,

    despite the fact that its only a foot off the

    ground, is a pretty spectacular vantage

    point, and definitely one of the most special

    and memorable game experiences you will

    encounter in Botswana.

    leave the meerkats as they continue with

    their eternal foraging, to visit a remote cat-

    tle-post. here you will learn about the tradi-

    tional culture of the Batswana people.

    close by is the famous chapmans Baobab

    (also known as the seven sisters) which is

    acknowledged to be the third largest tree in

    africa, and was the campsite of early explor-

    ers like livingstone and selous when they

    pioneered the area.

    this gives you an opportunity to gain a fas-

    cinating insight into the history of the early

    explorers.

    return to camp for a refreshing lunch and

    siesta.

  • after tea, head off in search of some

    unique desert species such as aardvark,

    bat eared foxes, aardwolves, and the

    elusive brown hyaena, which is the third

    rarest large carnivore in africa, with only

    about 8,000 in the wild.

    Brown hyaenas are the consummate

    desert specialists, surviving in arid areas

    where both food and water are scarce. a

    timid, nocturnal species rarely seen by

    humans, but in spite of being solitary for-

    agers; they are very social animals, living

    in clans of up to 10-12 hyaenas.

    enjoy a night game drive back to camp,

    and with the aid of a spot light, look for

    nocturnal desert inhabitants such as

    aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves,

    porcupine, honey badgers and perhaps

    even a black maned kalahari lion!

    arrive at camp kalahari in time for dinner.

    DAY 3

    wake up to a delicious breakfast and

    head off for a full day in the makgadik-

    gadi national park to see the zebra and

    wildebeest migration.

    in the kalahari desert rain is the currency

    of life and it is incredible to see how, as

    soon as the rains arrive, the desert trans-

    forms into a green oasis teeming with life.

    within days of the first rain, thousands

    of Burchells zebra and blue wildebeest

    make their way across the makgadikgadi

    national park to feed on the sweet sum-

    mer grasses, and benefit from the high

    mineral content found in the salt pans.

    Cam p kalaHar i pg 11

    The kAlAhARI: The deseRT wITh The GrEATEsT spEciEs DivErsiTy IN The wORld!

  • As sOON As The rAins ArrivE, The deseRT TRANsfORMs INTO A GrEEn

    oAsis TeeMING wITh lIfe.

    until recently it was thought that the zebra

    and wildebeest came from the Boteti river,

    but new research has shown that some of

    the zebras come from as far away as the

    southern parts of the okavango delta. the

    route to the makgadikgadi from the southern

    delta is no easy trot and this new data has

    emphasised just how incredibly important

    the makgadikgadi area is to these animals.

    while enjoying a picnic lunch in the shade

    of a grove of trees, you will see the awe-in-

    spiring spectacle of the last surviving zebra

    and wildebeest migration in southern africa.

    this is the second largest migration of af-

    rican ungulates, with an estimated 30,000

    animals, the majority being zebra, partici-

    pating each year.

    close behind the zebra and wildebeest are

    the predators, and it is during the rainy sea-

    son that you might encounter lion, cheetah

    and, sometimes, even leopard or wild dog.

    resident all year round are the rare brown

    hyaena, which do not hunt, but mainly scav-

    enge, these fascinating and somewhat mis-

    understood animals benefit hugely from the

    arrival of the migration. also benefiting from

    this influx of life are the many birds of prey

    and vultures.

    the bird life in the makgadikgadi is as fas-

    cinating as the animals and you are sure to

    spot some unique desert birds, such as os-

    trich and sand grouse as well as the water

    birds, which arrive with the rains. waders,

    ibis, ducks, geese, storks, as well as the rare

    wattled crane can be seen during this time,

    and towards the end of the season, flamin-

    gos, can be seen resting on the pans before

    continuing on their migration.

    your guide will explain in great detail how

    mammals evolved; this process having been

    shaped by the complex but, fascinating re-

    lationship between predator and prey. the

    origins of hunting and water sourcing and

    its influence on mans development will also

    be explained. our guides are specialists,

    and are able to convey all the nuances of

    the desert and the clever adaptations of its

    inhabitants that we consider one of the most

    interesting features of the environment.

    return to camp kalahari after a jam packed

    day for hot showers, and a final delicious

    dinner.

    Cam p kalaHar i pg 12

  • uNchARTed AfRIcA hAs pIONeeRed ANd pAssionATELy supporTED cuLTurAL Tourism IN bOTswANA sINce The cOMpANys INcepTION IN 1993.

    DAY 4

    spend the morning walking with the

    zu/hoasi Bushmen.

    uncharted africa has pioneered and pas-

    sionately supported cultural tourism in

    Botswana since the companys inception

    in 1993.

    it has long been our belief that it is a vi-

    tally important tool in terms of preserv-

    ing this unique, but sadly fast-vanishing,

    culture.

    we have been working closely with the

    zu/hoasi people of the western kalahari

    for many years and are privileged to have

    Bushmen women, men and pre-school

    children comprised of four generations,

    living at Jacks camp in the makgadik-

    gadi.

    offering a window into the past, they

    teach us how they have survived in this

    harshest of environments, using their

    vast and ancient knowledge of plants,

    animal behaviour and survival skills.

    the zu/hoasi lead a semi-traditional life-

    style, and share their traditional hunting

    and food-gathering skills as well as how

    they make jewellery and hunting equip-

    ment, it is a glimpse into their fast-van-

    ishing, traditional way of life, but by no

    means an attempt to keep them frozen in

    time.

    Cam p kalaHar i pg 13

  • through our initiative, a community is able

    to work together and share their knowl-

    edge with each other and our guests,

    allowing the older generation to pass the

    knowledge on to the next generation.

    the young children are the future and we

    hope that they carry the knowledge and

    traditions of their incredible ancient cul-

    ture into the modern world with a sense of

    pride and personal empowerment.

    after breakfast, drive through the bush

    to the traditionally built Bushmen village

    where the community gathers during the

    day. the huts provide shelter from the

    harsh kalahari environment, but are not

    the communitys permanent accommoda-

    tion.

    on arrival, the elders of the community

    will meet you in a traditional manner after

    which you will walk out into the bush with

    the men, women and children.

    the focus of the walk will be to provide

    a gentle introduction to the kalahari and

    Bushmen way of life. the group will point

    out the distinct ecological characteristics

    of this area and its animal and bird spe-

    cies. spontaneous gathering and discus-

    sions about the uses of plants and wildlife

    by your Bushmen guides provide the link

    between culture and wild environment that

    we seek to offer our guests.

    enjoy one more camp kalahari lunch, be-

    fore you bid farewell to the makgadikgadi

    in preparation for your onward journey.

    MeeTING The bushMeN Is lIke fINdING OuT who you rEALLy ArE. ANd, ITs A wONdeRful dIscOveRy, becAuse TheyRe such lOvely, GEnTLE pEopLE. Alex shoumatoff, vanity fair

    Cam p kalaHar i pg 14

Recommended

View more >