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A Botswana Adventure

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A Botswana Adventure

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, followed by a detailed page on each destination.

Important travel information for visitors to Botswana is included at the back of this document.

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A Botswana Adventure

Example Itinerary

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Holiday Title: A Botswana Adventure

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Botswana for 7 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

*Excludes international flights from your home country - please ask us if you would like us to include these for you.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: A Botswana Adventure

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Kasane Airport. Once you have gone through Immigration and collected your luggage, make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your transfer driver will meet you.

You will then be transferred onto Kubu Lodge. Set upon rolling lawns and shaded beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees, Kubu Lodge offers a haven just outside the centre of Kasane, with panoramic views of the Chobe River. Game viewing activities which can be booked directly with the lodge include game drives into the Chobe National Park and boat cruises on the Chobe River. The main Sedudu Gate into the Chobe National Park is a 20 minute drive away, and boat cruises depart from Kasane Town just a 10 minute drive away.

Chobe National Park

2 nights at Kubu Lodge


Day 3

After breakfast, you will be collected and transferred back to Kasane Airport, where you will check in for your flight across to the Delta.

Moremi Air Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kasane (BBK) to Khwai Guest House - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Khwai Guest House, situated in the traditional rural village of Khwai on the edge of Moremi Game Reserve. Activities include game drives in Moremi Game Reserve or the Khwai concession, traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) excursions along the narrow Khwai River, night drives and cultural tours of the Khwai community.


Day 6

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip where you will board your flight to Oddballs Camp.

Delta Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Khwai Guest House to Oddballs Camp - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

Oddballs' is situated on the edge of Chief's Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. On arrival, you are met at the airstrip by your personal guide and welcomed to the island. He remains your guide for the duration of your stay. Accommodation is in 2.3m x 2.3m dome tents, fully equipped, and set on elevated wooden decks shaded by reed shelters. Each tent has its own, semi-detached bathroom with hot and cold running water and an al fresco bucket shower - in true safari style. Oddballsʼ offers no motorized activities. Each guide has his own mokoro (the genuine wooden article, not the plastic replica), in which heʼll take you gliding through the Okavango to nearby islands, where heʼll walk you through magnificent scenery to view game, birds, insects, medicinal plants, tracks, signs, droppings, and other fascinating natural phenomena.


Day 8

After breakfast and a morning activity (time permitting), you will be transferred back to the airstrip, where you will board your flight back to Maun.

Delta Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Oddballs Camp to Maun (MUB) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

Check in for your onward flight.
 
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Kubu Lodge

Chobe National Park: 2 Nights

On the doorstep of the world famous Chobe National Park, just outside the centre of Kasane, and only an hour away from the mighty Victoria Falls, Kubu Lodge is an ideal place from which to explore this fascinating region. Set on 30 hectares of riverine forest on the banks of the Chobe River, comfortable thatched chalets on stilts overlook a shaded lawn that spreads beneath giant ebony and wild fig trees to the river's edge. Although wildlife may pass through the area, Kazungula does not offer a typical bush experience, but rather is a quieter town base with river frontage and easy access to the Chobe National Park.

The lodge can arrange game drives or boat cruises into the Chobe National Park, where guests can see a variety of big game and birdlife. The main Sedudu Gate into the Chobe National Park is a 20 minute drive away, and boat cruises depart from Kasane Town just a 10 minute drive away.

Alternatively, take a walk along the 2 km Nature Trail that meanders through some pristine indigenous riverine habitat on the Chobe.

In between activities, relax around the private and secluded swimming pool, with a view of the river.

Kubu Lodge has 11 wooden chalets, spread out under large shady trees with an expansive lawn that helps provide a cool and verdant ambience.

Dining at Kubu Lodge is a pleasant experience, as the lodge is well known for its excellent cuisine. Enjoy dinner under the stars on the restaurant deck, or the romance of the private boma for special occasions.

The fully stocked bar is also centrally located in the thatched restaurant, and commands a magnificent view over the grounds and the Chobe River.

Example Details For Kubu Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Chalet
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included. All activities are an additional cost and payable directly to the lodge.

Location

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Khwai Guest House

Okavango Delta: 3 Nights

Nestled on the edge of the traditional village of Khwai, Khwai Guest House offers amazingly affordable safari lodging set on the outskirts of the Okavango Delta. This charming guesthouse is easily accessible whether you embark on an adventurous self-drive safari or opt for the deluxe option of a fly-in safari.

Bordering both the community-run Khwai Concession and the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Guest House offers an astounding variety of activities and safari experiences. Jump on a game viewing vehicle and explore with an immensely experienced local guide or relax while peacefully gliding over water on a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro) while your poler unveils the hidden treasures of the Delta.

The guest house is actively involved with local schools and invite the children to visit to educate them on conservation and tourism as well as taking them into the National Park to experience a game-drive as guests do.

Village tours are offered to guests too - these are authentic experiences which show guests how the local people grow up and survive living amongst Africa's wild animals and it also educates the local communities about other cultures as they have the opportunity to interact. It is their firm belief that the conservation of these incredible wilderness areas will only succeed if the local communities see direct and identifiable benefits from the tourism industry and see a value in conservation.

There are 6 thatched bungalows each providing a warm and modern appeal combined with rustic wooden features and a charming original deco. They all feature attached bathrooms with open-air showers.

Example Details For Khwai Guest House

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Bungalow - Full Board Package
Includes: All meals and 2 activities per day are included.

Location

Khwai Guest House Location Map
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Oddballs' Camp

Okavango Delta: 2 Nights

Oddballs' Camp is situated on the edge of Chief's Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp is accessible by light aircraft only, and on arrival you will be met at the airstrip and welcomed to the island by your guide.

Oddballs' caters to the active traveller and undoubtedly represents excellent value for money in the Okavango Delta. Activities are conducted by your own professional guide (a maximum of 2 guests per guide), who is native to the area. He has his own mokoro (dug-out canoe) in which he will take you to nearby islands, where you will walk to view game and the spectacular landscape that is the Okavango. It might also be possible to visit his village, meet the elders and perhaps his family.  The camp also offers overnight camping trails by mokoro for guests staying 4+ nights, and these trails are amongst the most sought-after wilderness experiences in the Delta today.

Walking is an integral and significant part of the experience at any time of year, and the extent of the walks will depend on your tastes and level of fitness. Guests usually go out in the early morning, having a late breakfast on their return, and again in the afternoon after the midday heat has dissipated, but some elect to go out for the whole day with a packed picnic lunch.

Accommodation is in 14 simple but comfortable canvas 3m x 3m tents, set on elevated wooden decks shaded by canvas shelters with views of the surrounding bush. Each tent has it's own rustic en-suite facilities including hot and cold running water for the al fresch bucket shower - in true safari style.

The main bar and lounge areas have comfortable seating, and a raised viewing deck overlooks the sweep of the delta - the perfect place to watch the sun set over the palms, and view whatever wildlife may be visiting. Meals are simple, yet wholesome and enjoyed in the main dining area.

Example Details For Oddballs' Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee and snacks; a laundry service; guided walks; private mokoro excursions (water permitting); and Park fees are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

Oddballs' Camp Location Map
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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of Botswana deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports do not require a visa to enter Botswana when travelling as a tourist for stays up to 90 days:

United Kingdom; United States of America; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Ireland; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; South Africa.

If you are a passport holder from another country,  you can check to see if you require a visa and  apply for an eVisa here: https://evisa.gov.bw/#/home.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Botswana and have sufficient blank pages for the Botswana entry/exit stamps (at least 2).

TRAVELLING TO/FROM BOTSWANA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: The following requirements apply regardless of nationality.

Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned.

If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced.

If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 6 months old from the date of travel), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent.

Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details.

There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request.

PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced.

For more information, please contact your local Botswana High Commission.

IMPORTANT:  Plastic bags are banned in Botswana. This ban is primarily aimed to reduce plastic in commercial use (as opposed to tourists bringing in plastic bags to carry personal property), however, we would strongly recommend guests avoid bringing plastic bags into the country if possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Botswana.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in the northern half of Botswana, including Chobe and the Okavango Delta, particularly during the months of November to June - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Botswana, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is Botswana. However, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Botswana requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Languages And Culture

English is the official language of Botswana and widely spoken with all guides and general staff in camps and lodges having a good command. In the broader population, however, not everyone will speak English fluently as many have grown up speaking different tribal languages. 

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Although homosexuality is no longer prohibited by law in Botswana, public attitudes are less tolerant and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. Whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients of the LGBT+ community to refrain from public displays of affection (including kissing and holding hands) and to be as discrete as possible about their relationship.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph. Taking photographs of military and government buildings is prohibited.

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Book With Confidence

Travel Butlers have nearly 20 years of experience booking travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean for our clients from all around the world.  In this time we have supported clients through disruptions caused by numerous unexpected events including natural disasters, localised disease outbreaks and airline cancellations. Nobody can be certain exactly what will happen in the future with the current Covid-19 pandemic, however Travel Butlers can offer you peace of mind and flexibility to ensure that you feel confident booking a holiday with us.

Flexibility and peace of mind before you travel

Our team are specialists in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean, and we are constantly monitoring the changing situation regarding travel to the region. If your trip cannot go ahead due to specific travel restrictions related to Covid-19 then we will get in touch to offer you the choice of the following:

The specific Covid-19 travel restrictions are defined as follows:

We would not normally be able to confirm that your trip cannot proceed due to travel restrictions until a couple of weeks before the start of your trip, however should you want to look at postponing or altering your trip before then we would aim to be as flexible as possible in accommodating this.

If we confirm that your trip is unable to proceed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, then we will not charge you an amendment fee if you choose to postpone your trip or move it to another destination. We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect the new dates, particularly if those coincide with a more expensive season of travel or higher grade of accommodation. Equally, if the cost of your postponed trip is less, we will reduce the cost accordingly.

You should still take out travel insurance that includes Covid-19  to cover you in the event that your trip can go ahead but you are unable to travel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances. If there are no travel restrictions in place that mean your trip could not go ahead but you need to cancel due to illness or a change in your personal circumstances then our normal terms and conditions would apply. You should ensure that your travel insurance provides adequate cover for cancelling due to illness, including Covid-19, and you may be able to make a claim against your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.

Support whilst you are away

We offer 24/7 telephone assistance to all our clients whilst they are away, and also have partners in each country that are able to assist with any PCR tests or other issues that might arise during your trip.

If you fall ill whilst you are away, or if your trip is disrupted due to Covid-19 whilst you are travelling, then our experienced team will be on hand to assist you in whatever way you need.  You would need to pay any additional costs incurred due to illness or travel disruption whilst you are away, however you may be able reclaim these expenses on your travel insurance depending on the cover offered by your policy.  Travel Butlers will be able to assist by providing supporting documentation for your claim.

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All of the holidays we sell are 100% financially protected through our ATOL and ABTOT bonding so your money is in safe hands when you book a Travel Butlers holiday. Furthermore, our business is well positioned to navigate through the challenges which the travel industry is currently facing.

Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Finding suitable travel insurance that covers Covid-19

You can now get insurance that offers cover for disruption related to Covid-19, and these policies could include cover for:

Not all policies offer this kind of cover, not necessarily even all policies from the same provider, so you should ensure you check the policy details carefully before buying your insurance. 

You can read more about choosing suitable travel insurance in the FCDO guide to travel insurance.