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Luxury Under Canvas in Botswana

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Luxury Under Canvas in 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, and then there is a page on each place that is included.

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

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Luxury Under Canvas in Botswana

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Holiday Title: Luxury Under Canvas in 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: Luxury Under Canvas in Botswana

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Kasane Airport. In the Arrivals Hall, you will be met by a representative and introduced to your driver, and then transferred by road through to your first safari camp.

One of the top wilderness areas in the world, Chobe is home to some of the largest elephant herds on the African continent. Your en-suite safari tent is tucked in the shade of a dense forest deep in the pristine African bush, and just a maximum of 10 guests at the camp revel in the total isolation of this private wildlife sites. Night time noises filter through canvas walls and well-used animal trails bring unexpected visitors to thrill and delight.


Day 3

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kasane Airport.

Mack Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Kasane (BBK) to Savute Under Canvas - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp. Game viewing in Savute is remote and wild, and is a famous battleground for lions and spotted hyena. Guests can also enjoy frequent sightings of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, tsessebe and kudu. Your campsite provides a base for 2 nights under canvas, filled with adventure and discovery as the rustic charm of camping combines with the comfort of exceptional service.


Day 5

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Mack Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Savute Under Canvas to Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your safari camp. Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp enjoys luxurious solitude on its own Delta island within an exclusive 272,500 hectare wildlife concession. During your 3 nights here, experience guided walking safaris, interpretive game drives, helicopter flights, and seasonal water-based experiences including motorised boat, traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) and fishing excursions.


Day 8

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airstrip.

Mack Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge to Maun (MUB) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

You will be met at Maun Airport and assisted with the check in of your onward international flight.
 
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AndBeyond Chobe Under Canvas

Chobe National Park: 2 Nights

Live out the adventure of a lifetime as close to nature as you can get in the relaxing solitude of the African wilderness at AndBeyond Chobe Under Canvas. Comfortable tents with en-suite bathrooms at secluded campsites in the game-rich wilderness of Chobe National Park offer up close and personal encounters with Botswana's wildlife.

Renowned as one of the top wildlife reserves in the world, morning and afternoon game drives explore the game rich landscape of the Park. AndBeyond’s professionally trained guides will ask you about your favourite wildlife and will do their best to ensure that your preferences are met, whether it is tracking a particular species or spending more time enjoying each sighting and getting to know the habits of the animals. They will also tell you about the vegetation of the region and will explain the behaviour of the animals that you come across.

The camp moves to a different site every 5-6 days, ensuring that game drives constantly explore fresh areas.

Tented guest areas create shady spaces to relax in the heat of the day or share a drink with friends in the evening hours, as dishes full of flavour find their way to dining tables. Draw your chair closer to the fire as talk and laughter merge into the starry night, swapping stories meant to last a lifetime.

Five en-suite safari tents form an intimate cluster of warmth and comfort. Tucked in the shade of a dense forest deep in the pristine African bush, a maximum of 10 guests revel in the total isolation of these private wilderness sites.

Steaming hot water in your en-suite bathroom's bucket shower refreshes and revitalises for the day ahead.  Crisp linens and a spacious double bed welcome weary bodies after a long day filled with discovery. 

Night time noises filter through canvas walls and well-used animal trails bring unexpected visitors to thrill and delight.  Green shadows on the walls of your tent, faint birdsong filtering through the trees and the sweet fragrance of morning dew on bush vegetation welcome each new day.

Example Details For AndBeyond Chobe Under Canvas

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Three meals daily; soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers; teas/coffees; refreshments on game drives; scheduled shared safari activities; and transfers to and from the airstrip (where applicable) are included.

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

Location

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AndBeyond Chobe Under Canvas

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AndBeyond Savute Under Canvas

Chobe National Park: 2 Nights

Spend nights under canvas at AndBeyond Savute Under Canvas, close to nature in the Savute corner of the game-rich Chobe National Park, which hosts the annual zebra migration.

Game viewing in Savute is remote and wild. Sizable numbers of elephant bulls are also invariably present at Savute, and the area also supports the greatest concentration of the king of all beasts - the lion.  Other predators, including leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and bat-eared fox may also be encountered, as well as frequent sightings of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, tsessebe and kudu.

As dawn breaks, climb into an open 4x4 safari vehicle with your guide and tracker, and set off through the waking bush.  After a morning spent tracking down wildlife, return to the camp for a hearty bush breakfast. While away the next few hours watching the wonders of the bush directly from your tent's veranda.  Depart on an afternoon game drive as the heat of the day starts to break, before returning back to camp for cocktails around a blazing fire, followed by dinner under the starry African sky.

Carefully positioned as close as possible to the resident game, Savute Under Canvas offers a true African experience. Secluded campsites in the wilderness, where guests can expect to see few other people or vehicles, provide a base for up close and personal adventure and discovery.  The camp moves to a different site every 5-6 days.

Five safari tents with en-suite bathrooms and al fresco hot bucket showers form the basis of each campsite, combining the natural beauty of the breathtaking setting with comfort and personalised service.

Example Details For AndBeyond Savute Under Canvas

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Three meals daily; soft drinks, house wines, local branded spirits and beers; teas/coffees; refreshments on game drives; scheduled shared safari activities; and transfers to and from the airstrip (where applicable) are included.

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

Location

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AndBeyond Savute Under Canvas

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AndBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Okavango Delta: 3 Nights

Unobtrusive and constructed to "float" in its secluded location in the clear waters, AndBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is superbly located to explore the fascinating and fragile Okavango ecosystem. It is the only camp in a 272,500 hectare concession and is only reachable by boat during the high water season (from May to September).

With very few vehicles sharing the concession, game viewing here is remote and secluded. Sensitive off-road driving practices in 4x4 vehicles out onto the savanna grasslands allow guests to get up close to the area’s exceptional wildlife. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as ostrich, tsessebe and roan antelope. The afternoon drives continue after night, allowing for an opportunity to see the many animals that are more active after sunset, including leopard and serval. Lion also frequently hunt at night and there is always a chance of coming upon them feeding on a kill.

During the high water season, guests can enjoy a safari excursion on a mokoro, gliding silently through the maze like channels and shallow lagoons of the Delta. You will see many animals that feed on the grass and reeds on the palm islands here such as lechwe, sitatunga, elephant, hippo and crocodile. Game viewing is also offered during these months in motorised boats, allowing you to cover more ground and see more of the landscape. Fishing excursions on a 'catch and release' basis can also be arranged. Guided bush walks and helicopter flights are also experiences not to be missed during your stay here.

The overall atmosphere of the camp is cool, light and airy, in keeping with the gentle beauty of its environment.

There are 9 sleek tented suites, made out of canvas and bleached wood to echo the shimmering watery surrounds. The suites have en-suite bathrooms with luxuriant baths as well as indoor and al fresco showers and large private plunge pools. A romantic sala on your private deck provides a contemplative space with a view to either read a book, nap or listen to the birdlife in paradise.

The intimate main guest areas boasts a spacious reading area, perfect for afternoon relaxation. The elevated dining area features shady verandas with mesmerising views leading out onto an open-air boma where exotic candlelit dinners are served beneath the stars.

Example Details For AndBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tented Suite
Includes: 3 meals daily; soft drinks, house wines, local branded spirits and beers; tea/coffee; refreshments on game drives; laundry; shared safari activities; and transfers to and from the lodge airstrip are included.

Children aged 16 years and older can participate in guided walks and mokoro excursions. For all walking activities a medical certificate is required for guests aged 60 years and over.

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

Location

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AndBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

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Important Travel Information For Botswana

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

CURRENT ENTRY RULES IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Updated 09 November 2020:  From 09 November, air travel will resume to and from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun International Airport and Kasane International Airport.

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required. Visitors will also be screened on arrival. If you show symptoms you will be need to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation or quarantine at your own cost. After arrival, you will have to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days for self-monitoring.

COVID-19 entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at little notice. You should monitor the Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for the latest developments or contact the Government of Botswana's 24 hour COVID-19 helpline on 16649 or 0800 600 111.

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, please contact your local Botswana High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements, as citizens of certain countries are required to obtain visas before travelling. Please note that if you are applying to the Embassy for your visa, some visas can take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel.

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.