Botswana Footprints

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  1. Hi everyone, and welcome to the Lodge, camp and operator news Just to let those of you finding it hard to book self drive holidays in Botswana, that we offer a booking service for self drive here. We know all the operators, the National parks, lodges/camps/guides and current road conditions. For a booking fee of P500 (added to your final invoice so you only do one payment to me) for Self drive Camping Bookings - we can pay/arrange for all campsites/lodges and national park entry fees that you will need. We can then email copies (or courier the originals if you prefer) to you so you have all paperwork that you need for your trip (and don’t have to fuss about trying to get permits when you arrive!). Payments to us can be done once off - by bank transfer or credit card (online and secure). Email us today to start your trip planning! or
  2. Has anyone done a Birding Tour to Madagascar? If so, how many of the 110 endemics did you see and who did you tour with?
  3. Reference to our Company : Botswana Footprints offers booking services for self drive in Botswana. Botswana is a beautiful country for self drive - 4x4 dirt roads through the National Parks with many parks, there's much to discover! We charge a once-off P500 booking fee for Self drive Camping Bookings (added to your final invoice so you only do one payment to me) for Self drive Camping Bookings and can pay/arrange for all campsites/lodges and national park entry fees that you will need. We can then email copies (or courier the originals if you prefer) to you so you have all paperwork that you need for your trip (and don’t have to fuss about trying to get permits when you arrive!). Payments to us can be done once off - by bank transfer or credit card (online and secure).
  4. Welcome to the forum! You do need a 4x4, and these are best hired in SA or Namibia and driven through. There are vehicles for hire in Botswana if you wish to fly in, but these are slightly more expensive than vehicles from Namibia or SA. I wouldn't drive any roads in the parks in Botswana without 4x4
  5. Botswana campsites are booked well in advance and much time is needed. There are parks you can visit for just a few days, but availabilities depend on what time of year you're visiting/which areas you would like to see. It's a good idea to try and allocate a good block of time to thoroughly explore!
  6. To book Kgalagadi, you must book well in advance!! The campsites here go a year in advance, in both the SA and Botswana side of the park (the park is shared between the two countries). The main route is Twee Rivieren up towards Nossob, then across Matopi into the Mabuasehube area - but book early, or you may find yourself stuck at the gate with no workable route to drive through! And yes, some of the tracks are "Wilderness trails" which require two vehicles together to enter and with designated stopover campsites you have to stop at.
  7. Yes, any park in Botswana is not manageable with a 2x4.. always best to drive a 4x4 (with GPS and Sat phone)
  8. The baboons like the trees (mainly around campsite # 9) but if you keep your food locked away at night, and don't park directly underneath any trees - then you should be absolutely fine. Baboons are part of the wildlife and this is their territory, we are just visitors. The Chobe park is stunning and Ihaha is always worth the visit. Theft is not an issue anymore - the police & camp staff patrol the area constantly. There are plans to fix the ablutions this month and should be up and running shortly!
  9. Botswana Footprints is looking for a Reservations Consultant to join their Maun based office. Applicants must be computer literate and able to use programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook and the Internet. Preference will be given to applicants who are aware of various tourism establishments in Botswana and be able to work well with people, be motivated, have a friendly disposition and be able to work on their own at times. English language is essential. Email your C.V to: – EMAIL applications only, successful applicants will be contacted. Please also tell me more about yourself and your work experience in your email. Thank you
  10. Air Botswana is a safe airline - however, a lot of people are complaining lately about the "rescheduling" of flights - and delays. I fly AB to Gaborone often and each time, I've had one leg of my journey cancelled (usually my flight there) and moved to another day.. So as long as you are flexible, AB is perfectly fine. SA Airlink are very reliable, but yes, more expensive on some days - but keep checking - sometimes, they are the same price as AB or cheaper.
  11. You have to go through a company to help you - as permits have to be handed in at the office itself. Email Jambalaya who do permits for people and companies here in Maun : - or find them on skpe (jambalaya)
  12. Botswana’s uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and diversity it holds offer a safari experience of a lifetime. The true African nature of the country from the dry Kalahari shrub to the wet Okavango delta and the salt pans inbetween guarantee you’ll leave with amazing memories and beautiful photographs. We’re based on the ground in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango delta and we’ve personally visited each lodge and camp we book and are in constant contact with them during your safari to make sure you’re safe and enjoying your time with us. We know the seasons, the state of the annual Okavango Delta flood, the lodge staff themselves and the ever-changing regulations for travelling the protected wildlife areas of Botswana. The logistics of planning a safari are something we can do for you. Tell us where you’d like to travel and when and we’ll do all the rest, leaving you to relax and enjoy your time with us in Africa. Safaris, quad biking, elephant riding, boating, mokoro riding, fishing, birding, hunting, walking, photography, horse riding and scenic flights - we can book them all for you. From a luxurious safari retreat in the wilderness sipping cocktails under a dreamy sunset, to a self drive camping trip with the bush surrounding you while you listen to the calls of the wild, we’re here to make sure you experience a trip of a lifetime. The warmth, smell of rhythm of Africa will touch you forever...
  13. @@Paolo Machaba Camp has reopened at the end of last year. We have been to stay there to have a look and it's stunning! Along the river Khwai. On our evening game drive, we met up with a leopard along the road who let us watch him for quite a while before wandering off. We saw Wilddog, elephant, buffalo.. the area is stunning and the staff really friendly. From Machaba : It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the opening of our new camp in Botswana from November 2012. Machaba Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area, on the eastern tongue of the Okavango Delta, and is currently being constructed on the same site as the previous Machaba camp. The name Machaba is the local Setswana name for the Sycamore Fig Tree, the tree of life. The Machaba tree abounds in the Okavango Delta and most African riverine forests. Machaba trees are renowned for their abundant fruit, which feed a vast array of animals throughout the year, including elephant, baboons, bush buck, green pigeons and many more. The camp is being built in the classic 1950’s style, with luxury safari tents, en-suite bathrooms and living areas, not forgetting the romantic outdoor showers. All the tents are situated on the ground and the pathways to the tents meander between the large riverine trees. One old time safari legend said, quote” This is the best entrance to any lodge I have ever seen”. All 10 luxury tents are situated in the beautiful riverine treeline on the Khwai River, overlooking the famous Moremi Game Reserve. From these tented verandas one can watch the daily parade of animals coming down to drink at the river in front of camp.
  14. Air Botswana have informed us of the decision to reinstate services on the Maun - Cape Town - Maun and the Maun - Kasane - Maun routes, effective immediately. The reinstatement comes after a favourable evaluation of the seasonal and economic variations which Airlines experience We are awaiting the flights to be reloaded on the system for sales.
  15. Introducing… Little Tubu February 2013 – Exciting news! A brand-new camp is being built in the Jao Concession, adjacent to Tubu Tree and thus its sister camp, to be known as Little Tubu. Little Tubu offers an intimate and exclusive experience for a maximum of six guests in three traditional-style tents, all with en-suite bathroom facilities, and private decks to maximise the spectacular views across the grassy floodplain. Elevated dining and main area decks are shaded by a riverine tree canopy and look out over a seasonal floodplain that ebbs and flows with the passage of time, attracting a variety of game. The bar will be set into a waterberry tree, while the pool will be placed between Tubu Tree and Little Tubu in a spectacular and private setting. Activities, like Tubu Tree, include day and night game drives with boating, seasonal fishing and mokoro trips offered during the dry season (normally May to late September). Little Tubu is scheduled to open on 1st June 2013. Meanwhile, Tubu Tree itself is undergoing a light rebuild, with its size being increased from five to eight tented rooms, including one family, one honeymoon and six twins. The tents themselves will be larger with increased deck space and the interiors upgraded. The main area will also be refurbished. Wildlife seen around Tubu Tree and Little Tubu includes elephant, Burchell’s zebra, red lechwe, giraffe, tsessebe, and blue wildebeest on the floodplains. Kudu, impala, bushbuck and leopard are also seen in the forested areas. The variety of birdlife is impressive, with dry-land species seen on the larger islands and a multitude of wetland birds seen on the floodplains and waterways.

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