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Explore Botswana

Example holiday

Explore Botswana

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.

All the holidays we offer to our clients are tailor-made so we can adjust this trip to fit in with your travel dates, interests, preferred accommodation...and of course your budget.

All our travel consultants have extensive knowledge of travel throughout Southern and East Africa, and our strong relationships with suppliers mean that our rates to you will always be competitive.

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Explore Botswana

Example Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Explore Botswana

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: Explore Botswana

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Kasane Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall where you will be met and assisted with the check in for your onward flight to your first safari camp.

Delta Air Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kasane Airport (BBK) to Camp Savuti - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Camp Savuti. Camp Savuti epitomises the Botswana safari experience. With rewarding game viewing opportunities and authentic tented accommodation, this is the traditional way to spend time in one of Africa's most superb wildlife regions.

Chobe National Park

2 nights at Camp Savuti


Day 3

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

Delta Air Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Camp Savuti to Oddballs Enclave - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Oddballs Enclave, situated on a small island just off the south-western edge of Chiefʼs Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, and bordering Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is only accessible by light aircraft and on arrival, you will be welcomed to the island by your private guide, who will remain your guide for the duration of your stay. Activities here are centred around walking and mokoro trips, the traditional dug-out canoe of the swamps.


Day 6

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

Delta Air Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Oddballs Enclave to Deception Valley - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

Experience the Kalahari with bushmen and relax in total luxury at this unique destination.


Day 8

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

Delta Air Seat in Plane Rate (Light Aircraft): Fly from Deception Valley to Maun Airport (MUB) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

Check in for your onward flight.
 
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Camp Savuti

Chobe National Park: 2 Nights

Camp Savuti is located in the heart of the Chobe National Park, on the Savuti Channel. The emphasis of this camp is its natural appeal, and eco-friendly ethos, while maintaining a serene level of luxury. This traditional, understated camp is beautifully decorated with African-inspired woodwork, cattle skin rugs, and arts and crafts that give the camp an authentic feel.

The Savuti Marsh, fed by the Savuti Channel, has developed a reputation over the years as one of the world’s premier predator viewing areas, boasting one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent. A number of award-winning documentary films shot in Savuti have cemented its reputation.

The Channel, dry since 1982, started flowing again in 2010 and is now once again flooding the Marsh, an area of sweet grasses that attracts herbivores of every description and, this being Africa, their attendant predators.

The activities on offer are morning and afternoon game drives through the Park and along the fringes of the channel and marsh. The game-viewing vehicles are open to facilitate game-watching and photography, and your guide will delight in showing you the beauty and diversity of Savuti’s natural wonders.

Camp Savuti is a small, intimate camp of 5 en-suite Meru-style tents accommodating a maximum of 10 guests in comfort and style. The tents have been positioned to ensure privacy and peace for guests when in their rooms. Each tent sits on a raised wooden deckand has a private veranda facing the landscape beyond.

Other facilities at Camp Savuti include the dining and bar area, as well as small deck located next to the channel, a perfect venue to unwind. There is a library, which guests can make use of if they like. The bar and boma facilities are available for convivial drinks around a fire. 

Example Details For Camp Savuti

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Meru Tent
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; snacks; drinks (soft drinks, water, beers, selected wines and spirits); a laundry service; Park fees; and all scheduled shared activities are included.

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

Location

Camp Savuti Location Map
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Camp Savuti

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Oddballs' Enclave

Okavango Delta: 3 Nights

Oddballs' Enclave 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.

The camp offers only walking and mokoro activities - the mokoro being the traditional dug-out canoe of the swamps. Your private guide (maximum of 2 guests per guide) was born and raised in the area. He owns his mokoro (the genuine wooden article) and will take you out in it in the early mornings and afternoons, to nearby islands where he will walk with you to view game and the spectacular landscape that is the Okavango. On request, the camp will pack a picnic lunch for you, allowing you to stay out the whole day.

Walking amongst the full range of Africa’s wildlife is an experience that will also live with you for a long time. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of this landscape and he will share his knowledge of the big and little things that with both surprise and astound you.

Oddballs’ Enclave has 5 twin or double bedded mini-Meru tents, making it a classic and intimate camp. The tents are on elevated wooden decks, each with a semi-detached private bathroom with an al fresco bucket shower, and hot and cold running water.

The guest areas have a variety of comfortable seating and a raised viewing deck overlooks the sweep of the Delta - the perfect place to watch the sun or moon rise and view whatever wildlife may be visiting. Meals are enjoyed on the deck with spectacular views across the floodplains to distant island forests.

Meals are simple, yet wholesome and enjoyed in the main dining area.

Example Details For Oddballs' Enclave

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tent
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; snacks; drinks (soft drinks, water, beers, selected wines and spirits); a laundry service; Park fees; and all scheduled shared activities are included.

Children of any age are permitted on walking safaris and mokoro excursions.

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

Location

Oddballs' Enclave Location Map
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Oddballs' Enclave

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Deception Valley Lodge

Central Kalahari: 2 Nights

Set on a 15,000 hectare private reserve, bordering the northern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Deception Valley Lodge is the premier Kalahari destination in Botswana. With its own airstrip a short 15 minute drive from the lodge, Deception Valley Lodge is a mere 30 minutes by air from Maun.

Activities are varied. The reserve's extensive network of tracks make for perfect day and night driving terrain. The Kalahari sand offers excellent opportunities for tracking lion and leopard and where your guide can follow off road as this is a private game reserve.

A visit to Deception Valley Lodge would not be complete without experiencing a walk with the San (Bushmen). Walk through a terrain that appears to the uninitiated to offer little in the way of sustenance, but is a treasure-trove of fruits, berries, tubers, barks, herbs and flowers used in cooking, medicine, ceremonies and for a plethora of other purposes. Learn about their hunting and survival skills, and the culture and crafts of the San people, All this before looking at the mammals, birds, reptiles and insects that form part of this fascinating desert world.

The lodge offers all the facilities that ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. With a stunning location overlooking the waterhole, each of the 8 spacious suites has a bedroom, separate lounge area, and an en-suite bathroom with Victorian bath and outdoor shower.

The main lodge boasts a swimming pool, several indoor and outdoor areas in which to relax and dine and, in a nod to the remoteness of the location, wireless internet delivered by satellite.

Example Details For Deception Valley Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Suite
Includes: All meals; tea/coffee; snacks; drinks (soft drinks, water, beers, selected wines and spirits); a laundry service; Park fees; and all scheduled shared activities are included.

Location

Deception Valley Lodge Location Map
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Deception Valley Lodge

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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.

Financial protection for your Travel Butlers holiday

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.