Our safari’s generally start or finish in either Maun in Botswana, Livingstone in Zambia, or Victoria Falls in nearby Zimbabwe. Direct flights from Johannesburg to Maun, Victoria Falls and Livingstone and vice versa are daily.
Botswana’s Visa Requirements can be found here. Many countries do not require a visa.
WHAT TO BRING
The most practical items to pack for an African safari are light cotton tops and cotton trousers or shorts in khaki, brown and beige. Morning and evenings can be cold during the winter months. If you are travelling between May and August it is recommended that you bring warm clothes, for early morning game drives and sitting around the camp fire in the evening. A track suit or similar is useful to sleep in, it makes it easier to get out of bed on chilly mornings! Travelers during these times should pack a fleece or sweater, as well as a warm jacket for game drives. A good hat (that doesn’t blow off easily), sunscreen, insect repellant and a good torch are also recommended. In hot weather a scarf or sarong that can be wet and put around your neck will cool you down considerably.
If you bring a video camera, it is essential to bring a 12 volt charger so the batteries can be charged off the vehicle in remote area’s. Electricity is only available in the towns, not in the National Parks or Reserves. Binoculars are a necessity for good game or bird viewing. A camera with a telephoto lens is also recommended, 400mm is ideal. Often the best game sightings are made early morning or late afternoon so fast film is also a good idea. Digital Camera’s are now the norm, please bring charging equipment for your batteries and hard drives. We have a 12v battery set up so you can charge your digital equipment 24 hrs a day.
A ‘Stubby Holder’ that fits drink cans is also useful!! Malaria prophylaxis is necessary from November to May, when there are mosquito’s about. There are also isolated cases outside of these times so please seek advice from your doctor or health centre on the necessary anti-malarials.
There is no such thing as the ideal time to visit Botswana, it is a matter of personal preferences, depending on what you want from your holiday, and seasonal variations, we never know how much rain we will get during the rainy season. During the rains the bush is thick, animals are not concentrated at water points, so game viewing is generally not as good. However most antelope species have their young during this period. Many area’s that are often impassable during the rains due to the road conditions.
Summer (November to March) – Frequent rain and thunderstorms, can be very hot but usually cools off after rain. Game generally dispersed due to availability of water, bush is thick so visibility is reduced.
Autumn (April to June) – Warm days with cooler nights. The game starts to concentrate as ground water dries up.
Winter (July to August) – Dry sunny warm days, but very cold at night (sometimes freezing or slightly below). Game concentrated more as water dries further, bush is thinning so visibility is improving.
Spring (September to November) – The hottest time of the year, water is at it’s least so game concentrations can be very high. Most tree’s are leafless, visibility is at it’s best – if you can handle the heat an excellent time for viewing wildlife.