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This safari offers an insight into the culture and history of the Kalahari's oldest inhabitants. It is ideal for the adventure enthusiast offering breathtaking scenery, desert wildlife and the privilege of an introduction to the traditional lifestyle of the San Bushmen.



  • Bushman Experience
  • 4 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • 1 Overnight at a comfortable lodge in Maun

Trip Details

Bushways Map Kalahari16(all nights camping semi participation unless specified)

Day 1: Hainaveld region – nature walk with the San Bushmen

Day 2: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Passarge Valley – game drives

Day 3: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Passarge Valley – game drives

Day 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Deception Valley – game drives

Day 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Deception Valley – game drives

Day 6: Maun – room or chalet at Maun Lodge or similar – Optional scenic flight over the Delta

Contact us to check availability.

 CODE Safari Dates 2019 SEASON 
BWK 1910 16-Jun - 22-Jun Low
BWK 1911 30-Jun - 06-Jul High
BWK 1912 14-Jul - 20-Jul High
BWK 1913 28-Jul - 03-Aug High
BWK 1915 11-Aug - 17-Aug High
BWK 1917 25-Aug - 31-Aug High
BWK 1918 22-Sep - 28-Sep High
BWK 1919 20-Oct - 26-Oct High
BWK 1920 14-Nov - 20-Nov Low
BWK 1921 12-Dec - 18-Dec Low
 CODE Safari Dates 2020 SEASON 
 BWK 2000 02-Jan - 08-Jan Low
 BWK 2001 23-Jan - 29-Jan Low
 BWK 2002 13-Feb - 19-Feb Low
 BWK 2003 05-Mar - 11-Mar Low
 BWK 2005 09-Apr - 15-Apr Low
 BWK 2007 07-May - 13-May Low
 BWK 2008 28-May - 03-Jun Low
 BWK 2010 21-Jun - 27-Jun Low
 BWK 2011 05-Jul - 11-Jul High
 BWK 2012 19-Jul - 25-Jul High
 BWK 2013 02-Aug - 08-Aug High
 BWK 2015 16-Aug - 22-Aug High
 BWK 2017 30-Aug - 05-Sep High
 BWK 2018 13-Sep - 19-Sep High
 BWK 2019 27-Sep - 03-Oct High
 BWK 2020 11-Oct - 17-Oct High
 BWK 2021 25-Oct - 31-Oct High
 BWK2022 08-Nov  14-Nov  Low 
 BWK 2023 10-Dec  16-Dec  Low 




Low Season: EUR per 1,320 person sharing

High Season: EUR per 1,320 person sharing




Low Season: EUR 1,350 per person sharing

High Season: EUR 1,350 per person sharing


Price includes:

Camping Accommodation and equipment (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, any increase in National Park Fees.


Please note: As the safari starts at 07h30 on Day 1, you will need to pre-night in Maun and purchase drinks for your safari the day before your safari starts. Bush Ways Safaris can assist with pre-safari arrangements (accommodation, transfers).

Day 1: Hainaveld - Bushman Experience, camping

The safari begins in Maun where your guide will meet you at 07h30 at a pre-arranged meeting point. You will travel 180km 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 San Bushmen trackers. They will share their intricate bush knowledge and give you an insight into their unique and intriguing culture. Camping at a lodge campsite with fixed ablutions. (L, D)

Maun – Game Farm in Hainaveld area (northern border CKGR): 180km, 4h

Days 2: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Passarge Valley

You will wake up as the sun rises and enter the pristine wilderness of the largest game reserve in Botswana. The next four days will be spent exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari, moving from camp to camp. 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 private designated campsite with fixed & bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Game Farm in Hainaveld area – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 120km, 4-5h (including game drive)

Days 3: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Passarge Valley

Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Passarge Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with fixed & bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

Days 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Deception Valley

Transfer / game drive from Passarge Valley to Deception Valley. Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Deception Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

Days 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping in Deception Valley

Game drives to explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Deception Valley and surroundings. Camping is in a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Maun, comfortable lodge

After our final morning game drive in the Kalahari, we return to Maun. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Delta (45 min. Maun to Maun scenic flight, rate TBA – to be booked during the safari, payment in cash only). This magical experience provides another perspective of the Okavango Delta’s distinctive water system. During the flight, it is even possible to spot large game animals such as Elephant, Giraffe and Hippopotami.
The night will be enjoyed in the comfort of a lodge. Dinner is at your own expense. (B, L)

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

Day 7: Maun, comfortable lodge

The safari officially ends at 08h00 on Day 7 at the lodge. Bush Ways can assist with your onward travel arrangements. (B)


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.


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.


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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • Personal toiletries and medications in small bag, not a vanity case
  • Sunscreen
  • Malaria prophylaxis (see below section "medical precautions" 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • Drinks (bottled still water, soft and alcohol) are not included on all our camping safaris and are to be bought the day prior if your 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