Wildlife Trails

8 Days

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28 September 2024 - 5 October 2024 Available $5,495
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Gain deep understanding of wildlife and animal behavior

This trail has been specially designed for participants wishing to deepen their understanding of the animal life in the bush. It builds on knowledge you may already have, but it starts with the basics so the trail is open to everyone. We will do a safety instruction and several short talks about the area we operate in, the system and organization of nature, the main species we will probably encounter on our walks and their fascinating social structures. But the most of our education will be through experiencing the bush while walking and watching animal behavior. On these adventures we will raise and answer questions like:

  • Why do animals do what they do?
  • What is their role in nature?
  • What is their social structure ans what is typical behavior?
  • How do they interact with each other?
  • How do they interact with the environment?
  • What are their relations with other species?

Witness and learn from animal behavior through close observation

The aim of all this is to experience, interpret and understand pure undisturbed animal behavior. We try to get as close to the animals as they and the circumstances (terrain, sun, wind, cover, …) allow us. We study their natural behavior and we leave them in peace again. Each day will be led by our guides. Together with you they develop the plan for the day based on the animal presence and activity in our area and on your wishes and those of other participants. Our guides will always encourage you to share your knowledge and insights with the group. Throughout the day we will evaluate the different activities and turn these into learning experiences for the group. Our guides will make sure everything is done in a safe and ethical way without impacting nature or its animals.

Highlights

  • Walking in a private ‘Big 5’ area
  • Staying in an unfenced camp and feeling at ease
  • Tracking and approaching big animals on foot
  • Developing a deeper understanding of wildlife and behavior
  • Gamedrives during day and night
  • Navigating using terrain, animals, sun, moon and stars
  • A two day walk including a sleep out and keeping watch
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Itinerary

Upon arrival at Maun Airport you will be picked up by your guides and driven to our camp in the Okavango Delta. In our unfenced camp you will get a an introduction to the guides and all guests will briefly introduce themselves to one another. After that a safety briefing will follow and we will have sundowners on your evening gamedrive. We will explore the concession in the next few days to get an understanding of the animal presence and their movements.

Dinner

After an early breakfast you will go on a guided drive after which you will have some lectures abou nature, the ecosystem, flag ship animal species and their typical behavior. In the afternoon you will go on a guided walk and learn about the bush in an interactive and dynamic way.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will go on a guided walk in the westside across the river and back to camp. You will learn how to walk and navigate in the bush and we will encounter and approach animals on foot and discuss and interpret their behavior. After lunch and a some free-time there will another lecture about typical animal behavior of especially potentially dangerous animals such as elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard. You will do a guided game drive in the late afternoon and return when it is dark in the evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will drive to the south along the river and explore this new area on foot. Focus will be on walking and navigating in the bush and tracking of animals we encounter on the trail. We will bring lunch and coffee/tea. During this long day we will track and trace different animals with a focus on potentially dangerous animals.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will pack your walking and some overnight stuff  for our sleep out. Our guides will lead this walk to a pre arranged beautiful overnight spot where we will camp in the wild. The staff will transport our overnight stuff, food and cooking equipment by vehicle. At night you will keep watch in pairs for two hours each while keeping a small fire going.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a special and hopefully peaceful night we will all witness the sunrise together. We will cook a hot breakfast over the fire and join the staff that picks us up in the vehicle. They will drop us off at another location for a walk back to main camp. On the walk we will track and observe animals, approach them and interpret their behavior. After dinner we will do a night drive.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The program today will be discussed and decided with the group based on the animal activity in the area and on the diverse interests of the guests. Together we will make a plan to fill in the last missing animals or information that you desire. We ask you to pack most of your stuff today as we will wake up early tomorrow.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On our last day we wake up early to do a last short gamedrive in our concession. At breakfast we will do a ‘post mortum’ of the trip and after breakfast and some last packing up we wil leave camp and drop you off in Maun to say goodbye.

• Check-in for flights

Breakfast

The following is included

  • Transfer from Maun to camp and back
  • All accommodation and facilities in camp
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Guiding and training/coaching activities
  • All meals and drinks in camp
  • Usage of books and other educational materials
  • Support with travel plans
  • Support with booking flights

The following is excluded

  • Flights
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation other than planned
  • Transport other than planned
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional excursions
What should I bring regarding my health?

We have a comprehensive First Aid kit in camp, on board our vehicles and on walks; we cannot however cover everything, if you have any medical problems or existing medical conditions please bring enough medication and inform us of these problems as soon as possible.

Do I need vaccinations?

We do not know what you have already been vaccinated for. So for vaccinations, please consult your local GP or health provider.

Do I need to take malaria pills?

Our camp is in a malaria area. Although it is very remote and therefore very unlikely for malaria to occur, it is better to be safe than sorry. We suggest you speak to your local GP or healthcare provider and take the action he/she recommends as there are various differing ideas about what prophylactics to take, if at all. Some of the prophylactics can cause side effects such as nausea, headaches and a lowering of your resistance to the sun and it is important to bear in mind that malaria can be contracted despite taking tablets. We provide insect repellent but you are welcome to bring your own and please use them liberally, especially in the warmer months.

What is the weather like?

Summer (October – April) is hot in the middle of the day, sometimes as high 40 degrees Celsius in October, our hottest month, but this is uncommon, becoming cooler but still warm at night. The average day time temperatures are in the mid 30’s dropping to the low 20’s during the night. Botswana is a summer rainfall region and late afternoon showers can be common from December to April.

What clothing should I bring?

Bring along a good jacket, scarf, gloves and woolen or fleece headwear if you are travelling in winter. It can get quite hot during the day so light summer clothing is also a must. The best was to deal with winter is to dress in layers.

Can I drink the local water?

Although Botswana’s water is generally safe to drink, we supply filtered water. It is important to remember to drink enough water while on safari. If you are traveling in the summer months you should bring rehydration salts to add to your water. One sachet per person per day will be sufficient and will prevent any dehydration problems. Rehydration salts are available in most pharmacies in powder form, which is the most suitable for travel.

Are all food and drinks included?

In Camp all meals are provided; please inform us if you have any special requirements or if you are allergic to any food. Water, tea and coffee and soft drinks are available all day. Wines, beers, spirits are available at sundowners and in the evening.

Are there any limitations for luggage?

On safari we prefer to travel light. If possible restrict to hand luggage only. Otherwise duffel/soft bags are preferable, as these pack easier into aircraft and vehicles, hard cases are not recommended.

Do I need to bring money?

Since your training is prepaid, you will not need to travel with much cash. Botswana currency is in Pula (P) and Thebe(t). Pulas can be collected with your credit- or bank-card at the ATM in Maun before departure to the bush. The best denominations to bring to Botswana are Euro and US Dollars.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping of our staff is optional and the amount is entirely up to you.

What are necessary items to bring?

Binoculars are a must for safari. 10*42 is an ideal magnification, but any will do.
A camera with extra rechargeable batteries.
A good torch, handheld or better: head torches with 3+ LED units (Petzl, Black Scorpion are good brands)

Is there electricity in camp?

As it is almost always sunny, we run on solar power. We have adequate electricity in camp and charging facilities for local, USB and European plugs. USA clients should bring converters to South African or European plugs.

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Wildlife Trails
From $5,495
/ Adult