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SEMI PARTICIPATION CAMPING • 13 OR 17 NIGHTS

THE HYENA SAFARI

This safari brings you to the beautiful north western part of Zambia. This remote area is completely unexplored and offers 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.
Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure – Max 10 guests.

MAKE A BOOKING ENQUIRY

 

Highlights

  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River
  • 4 Nights in Liuwa Plains, Zambia
  • Optional visit to the Victoria Falls
  • 3 Nights Chobe National Park
  • 2 Nights Moremi Game Reserve

Trip Details 2018

Bushways Map Hyena16(all nights camping semi participation unless specified)

Day 01: Northern Chobe, camping

Day 02: Northern Chobe Area, camping

Day 03: Full day drive - Mango Tree Road wild camping

Day 04: Full day drive – camping just outside Liuwa Plains National Park boundary

Day 05: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 06: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 07: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 08: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 09: Full day drive - Mango Tree Road wild camping

Day 10: Sioma Falls, camping

Day 11: Sioma Falls, camping

Day 12: Livingstone – standard ensuite tent at Maramba River Lodge or similar

Day 13: Livingstone – standard ensuite tent at Maramba River Lodge or similar

Day 14: END of the safari at the lodge after breakfast

Extension

Day 14: Northern Chobe, camping

Day 15: Southern Chobe, camping

Day 16: Moremi / Khwai, camping

Day 17: Moremi / Khwai, camping

Day 18: End in Maun around noon

Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure – Max 10 guests.

Contact us to check availability.

CODE

Safari Dates 2018

BWH 1801 13 nights 10 Nov  23 Nov 
 BWH 1801 17 nights 10 Nov  27 Nov

 

Rates

2018

13 nights: EUR 2,515 per person sharing

17 nights: EUR 3,015 per person sharing

 

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 Fees.

Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure – Max 10 guests.

 

Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure – Max 10 guests.

Days 1-2: Chobe Area, camping

This safari expedition starts in Kasane, Botswana at 13h00. Bush Ways Safaris is 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 over lunch and take you shopping for your safari drinks. You will then enjoy a game drive into the park and set up camp. The next day you will enjoy a morning game drive and an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions.(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 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. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Days 4-8: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

You will 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. 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. You will camp wild 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 breath-taking 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. Bush Ways is 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. (Day 12 B, L/Day 13 & 14 B only)

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. You will 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 Savute (Savute Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) where elephants dot the plains. Camping will be in designated campsites with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Days 16-17: Moremi Game Reserve

You will rise with the sun and head south east 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, you will travel south to Maun. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers in Maun at an additional cost. (B, L)

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

Description

Camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests, i.e.: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying their bag from/to the vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by our team made up of one guide and one camp assistant.

Equipment

Tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m. A 5cm high-density foam mattress is provided for each guest. Ablutions are shared and bush ablutions set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.

Vehicle

4x4 safari vehicles custom-built by Bush Ways - custom built trailers.
# of guests: Max 12 pax - departure is guaranteed as soon as we have confirmed 1 guest (except Hyena Safari: min. 6 pax - max 10 pax)

Check out the following page (link to Semi Participation page)

LUGGAGE

  • One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.
  • One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet
  • Main luggage: max weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
  • The sleeping bag can be carried outside the main luggage.
  • 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 in a secured area while you will be staying on a small island, with transfers by traditional dugout canoes.
  • Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (note that nights can be chilly all year round and cold in winter, therefore, a warm sleeping bag is advised). A sleeping bag and small pillow can be hired (EUR 20 for the duration of the safari, please book this in advance)
  • Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
  • Hat/cap
  • Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months – note that if you also have gardening or working gloves, they can be convenient to set up & pack your tent)
  • 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 fine 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 films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
  • Adapters for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station
  • Water bottle and a small daypack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

  • Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case
  • Sunscreen
  • Malaria prophylaxis (see section 5 for further information)
  • 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 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.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
  • Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

  • Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.
  • Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.
  • For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
  • For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy
  • If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.
  • Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry
    Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
  • As of 1 June 2017, all travelers to Botswana are required to pay a Tourism Development Levy of USD 30 per person to enter the country. For more information please check: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • Bush Ways Safaris does not provide travel insurance.
  • Bush Ways Safaris can assist you to sign up for the Okavango Air Rescue membership. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. Although the OAR membership is not compulsory and does not replace an international medical insurance and evacuation (which remains compulsory with or without OAR membership), we highly recommend to sign up for the OAR membership which is only BWP175 / USD 17 / EUR 15.
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer's Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana - USA 800 numbers don't work from here).

SAFARI DRINKS

  • Drinks (water, soft and alcohol) are not included on all our camping safaris and are to be bought the day prior if you safari leaves early on day 1 or on the day if your safari starts at 13h00.
  • Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.
  • A minimum 3 litres of drinking water is recommended per person per day
  • At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis

Trip Details 2019

Bushways Map Hyena16(all nights camping semi participation unless specified)

Day 01: Northern Chobe, camping

Day 02: Northern Chobe Area, camping

Day 03: Full day drive - Mango Tree Road wild camping

Day 04: Full day drive – camping just outside Liuwa Plains National Park boundary

Day 05: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 06: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 07: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 08: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

Day 09: Full day drive - Mango Tree Road wild camping

Day 10: Sioma Falls, camping

Day 11: Sioma Falls, camping

Day 12: Victoria Falls – comfortable lodge

Day 13: Victoria Falls – comfortable lodge

Day 14: END of the safari at the lodge after breakfast

Extension

Day 14: Northern Chobe, camping

Day 15: Southern Chobe, camping

Day 16: Moremi / Khwai, camping

Day 17: Moremi / Khwai, camping

Day 18: End in Maun around noon

Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure – Max 10 guests.

Contact us to check availability.

CODE Safari Dates 2019

BWH 1901 13 nights

09-Nov - 22-Nov

BWH 1901 17 nights

09-Nov - 26-Nov

 

Rates

2019

13 nights: EUR 2,590 per person sharing

17 nights: EUR 3,100 per person sharing

 

Price includes:

All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at a comfortable lodge in Victoria Falls, 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 (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe), entrance to the Falls, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions (scenic flight over the Delta and activities in 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 Fees.

Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure – Max 10 guests.

 

Min 6 guests must be booked on this trip to confirm its departure – Max 10 guests.

Days 1-2: Chobe Area, camping

This safari expedition starts in Kasane, Botswana at 13h00. Bush Ways Safaris is 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 over lunch and take you shopping for your safari drinks. You will then enjoy a game drive into the park and set up camp. The next day you will enjoy a morning game drive and an afternoon sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River. Camping will be in private designated campsites with bush ablutions.(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 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. You will camp wild with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Days 4-8: Liuwa Plains National Park, camping

You will 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. 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. You will camp wild 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 breath-taking 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: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, lodge accommodation

After descending the gruelling road along the western bank of the Zambezi, we cross over to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You will spend the next 2 nights staying at a comfortable lodge. During your stay in Victoria Falls, there will be time to visit the thunderous Victoria Falls, enjoy one or more of the many activities on offer in Victoria Falls and shop for curios. The safari officially ends at 10h00 on Day 14. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers to Victoria Falls airport or lodges,  Livingstone airport or lodges or Kasane, Botswana, at an additional cost. Activities in Victoria Falls include White Water Rafting down the Zambezi Gorge, Canoeing on the upper Zambezi and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls, please ask your guide for further details. (Day 12 B, L/Day 13 & 14 B only)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION (4 Nights/5 Days)

Days 14-15: Chobe National Park, camping

You will depart early from Victoria Falls to 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 Savute (Savute Main or Zwei Zwei Pan) where elephants dot the plains. Camping will be in designated campsites with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Days 16-17: Moremi Game Reserve

You will rise with the sun and head south east 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, you will travel south to Maun. Bush Ways is happy to arrange post-tour accommodation, activities and transfers in Maun at an additional cost. (B, L)

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

Description

Camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests, i.e.: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying their bag from/to the vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by our team made up of one guide and one camp assistant.

Equipment

Tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m. A 5cm high-density foam mattress is provided for each guest. Ablutions are shared and bush ablutions set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.

Vehicle

4x4 safari vehicles custom-built by Bush Ways - custom built trailers.
# of guests: Max 12 pax - departure is guaranteed as soon as we have confirmed 1 guest (except Hyena Safari: min. 6 pax - max 10 pax)

Check out the following page (link to Semi Participation page)

LUGGAGE

  • One large kit bag (preferably a rucksack or a bag with soft sides – Please do not bring hard suitcases as they are very difficult to pack in our trailers and can pose a problem for any light aircraft flights you may take as part of your safari. Semi-hard suitcases should be avoided as well.
  • One item of hand luggage (e.g. a small backpack) – there will be room for this at your feet
  • Main luggage: max weight = 12kg, max. size = 700mm x 350mm x 350mm
  • The sleeping bag can be carried outside the main luggage.
  • 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 in a secured area while you will be staying on a small island, with transfers by traditional dugout canoes.
  • Remember that on safari you need far fewer clothes than you think so bear this in mind when packing

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

  • Sleeping bag (note that nights can be chilly all year round and cold in winter, therefore, a warm sleeping bag is advised). A sleeping bag and small pillow can be hired (EUR 20 for the duration of the safari, please book this in advance)
  • Torch with spare batteries and bulbs – a head torch is a good idea
  • Hat/cap
  • Scarf and gloves (especially for winter months – note that if you also have gardening or working gloves, they can be convenient to set up & pack your tent)
  • 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 fine 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 films, batteries and spare memory cards for digital cameras are essential as the opportunity to download photos is limited.
  • Adapters for cables, chargers, USB, etc.: note that we recommend you label them to avoid confusion on the vehicle charging station
  • Water bottle and a small daypack for walks

TOILETRIES AND FIRST AID

  • Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case
  • Sunscreen
  • Malaria prophylaxis (see section 5 for further information)
  • 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 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.

MEDICAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Check with your local immunisation authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION website for up to date information www.who.int
  • Botswana is considered a malaria area and preventative medications should be taken
  • Between 2012 and 2015, both South Africa and Botswana required that all travelers coming from / going to Zambia should have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Beginning of 2015, both South Africa and Botswana officially communicated that they shall not require the yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers coming from / going to Zambia. However, beware that regulations could change again without prior notice.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

  • Valid passport: your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the end date of your trip and there must be at least 6 blank visa pages.
  • Many nationalities are able to obtain tourist visas for Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the border posts HOWEVER citizens of certain countries are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please note that certain visas can take up to 3 months to be processed so please consider this when booking.
  • For more information see www.botswanatourism.co.bw, www.zambiatourism.com, www.zimbabwetourism.co.zw and www.namibiatourism.com.na
  • Valid visas – it is your responsibility to arrange visas
  • For up-to-date visa requirements please check with your travel consultant and/or Embassy
  • If you need to get a visa for one of the countries visited during your safari, please check when and where the visa can be obtained, and which currency is required for its payment.
  • Requirements for minor traveling through all Botswana ports of entry
    Effective from the 1st October 2016 minors travelling through the country’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their valid passports. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be availed. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
  • As of 1 June 2017, all travelers to Botswana are required to pay a Tourism Development Levy of USD 30 per person to enter the country. For more information please check: www.botswanatourism.co.bw/tourismlevy

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • For all our safaris, it is COMPULSORY to take out travel insurance covering for: cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation.
  • Bush Ways Safaris does not provide travel insurance.
  • Bush Ways Safaris can assist you to sign up for the Okavango Air Rescue membership. The service provides medical evacuation from isolated areas of the bush by a medically equipped helicopter and emergency doctor, ensuring smooth and swift operations. International insurance companies are not always familiar with the practicalities of dealing with emergencies in the Botswana bush, which can add to delays in obtaining medical care. Although the OAR membership is not compulsory and does not replace an international medical insurance and evacuation (which remains compulsory with or without OAR membership), we highly recommend to sign up for the OAR membership which is only BWP175 / USD 17 / EUR 15.
  • Please note that you will be required to provide your insurance details prior to your arrival so we can liaise with your insurance company in the shortest amount of time in case of an emergency. Required details include: medical evacuation insurer's Name, medical evacuation policy number, 24-hour contact number of Medical evacuation insurer (must be able to phone it from Botswana - USA 800 numbers don't work from here).

SAFARI DRINKS

  • Drinks (water, soft and alcohol) are not included on all our camping safaris and are to be bought the day prior if you safari leaves early on day 1 or on the day if your safari starts at 13h00.
  • Please note that our safari teams do not sell drinks during the safari and drinks can only be bought in town prior to and/or during the safari.
  • A minimum 3 litres of drinking water is recommended per person per day
  • At all hotel/lodge accommodation drinks are on a cash bar basis
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