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Botswana Wilderness Safari

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Usual group size: min 2 / max 7 passengers

Age of travellers: min 12 / max 100 years old

Children from the age of 12 are welcome on all scheduled departures of the Botswana Wilderness Safari. For parties with children under 12, a private tailor-made safari will be quoted for on request.

Language

This safari to Botswana is always conducted in English.

Costs

The Botswana Wilderness Safari includes transport in a safari vehicle or a light aircraft; transfers; accommodation in safari camps offering relative luxury and situated in private reserves and usually three meals a day as specified in the itinerary.

Meals

This wilderness safari includes three meals on most days. The exception to this is lunch on Day 1 and on Day 11 - although a small sandwich or roll is usually served on the flights from and to Johannesburg.

Drinks

A good selection of drinks is included during your Botswana safari. Premium brands such as French champagne or single malt whiskies are not included in the safari price but may be available to buy at an additional cost.

Luggage

The Botswana Wilderness Safari includes some transfers by light aircraft. Because of this, there is a luggage limit of 20kg (44lbs) per person including reasonable camera equipment. Luggage must be packed in soft squashable bags - no hard suitcases or bags with large wheels can be transported as they physically cannot fit into the aircraft.

The maximum dimensions of the soft bags which can be accommodated are as follows: 25cm wide x 30cm high and 62cm long (10 x 12 x 24 inches). Please keep in mind that the baggage compartments on the light aircraft are only 25cm high, so the pilots must have the ability to manipulate the bag into the compartment. A collapsible wheeled luggage frame/trolley (separate to the bag) is allowed, as long as basic dimensions are similar to that of the bag. Incorrectly sized/weighted baggage will not be allowed, and you may be made to purchase/borrow a soft bag and re-pack your bags at the point of entry. Any costs of storing/repatriating your original bags will be at your cost.

This is seldom a problem as light, casual clothing along with at least one warm jumper or fleece is needed. Warmer clothing is recommended during the winter months (June to August). Speak to us if the luggage restrictions are concerning you because for an additional cost we may be able to book an extra 'seat' to allow for extra luggage allowance.

Weight distribution is important in light aircraft for safety reasons. Because of this, passengers weighing over 100kg (220lbs) must inform us prior to travel. It may be necessary to purchase an extra seat for anyone over the noted weight.

Laundry

A basic laundry service is available all safari camps when spending more than one night. For cultural reasons, the camp staff may not wash any underwear or smalls. Should you wish to hand wash these yourselves, washing soap can be supplied to you.

Tipping

Tipping whilst on your safari to Botswana is not compulsory. However, if you want to tip because you have received good service this is always appreciated. We recommend a discretionary US Dollars $10 per day for your safari guide, US Dollars $5 per day for mokoro polers or boatmen and US Dollars $5 per day for the safari camp staff. The latter should be placed in the camp's communal tipping box to be distributed equally amongst all the staff.

Passport and visa requirements

It is our current understanding that travellers on British, American, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian passports do not need visas for Botswana. You will require a visa for Zambia. Visa fees for entering Zambia are currently US$50 per person for a single entry and US$80 for a multiple entry. The visa fee is payable in US Dollars cash on arrival at Zambian Immigration. That said, it remains your responsibility to double-check these details with the nearest relevant embassy to you.

It is a requirement that you check that your passport will have at least six months left to run when you travel, we recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems. You should also ensure that you will have at least 3 clean pages for each time that you pass through customs (these must be visa pages, not pages for amendments and endorsements which are usually at the back of a passport). Most countries require this, and we have had recent reports of South Africa actively enforcing this restriction - and refusing entry to those who don't comply. (If you will be passing through customs in more than one country, you need to make sure that you have sufficient blank pages for entry and exit stamps at each destination.)

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