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  1. A Leopard looking for a meal The meal looking for the diner..... The missed opportunity
  2. An fantastic encounter with hunting Lions at Savuti Tented Camp
  3. Khwai River Tented Camp and its surroundings A close Leopard encounter in the Khwai area
  4. Moremi Tented Camp
  5. If you want to see the migration then in July you will need to be in Tanzania in the Serengeti not in Kenya. However there will still be plenty to see in the Mara.
  6. Khwai River Tented Camp
  7. Some more photos from our camps: Savuti Tented Camp
  8. We have decided that a fly-in safari in Botswana should not just be for the luxury market and we are now offering 'mobile-style' camps in Botswana's most popular National Parks so that more people can enjoy the experience without the long overland transfers. We have called our new operation 'Botswana Tented Camps'. Each Camp will be open for booking from April to November and there is a maximum of 6 people in camp at any one time which means everyone gets a 'window' seat on our vehicles. We can provide charging for cameras and phones on our vehicles, even when they do not have the engine on. All our camps consist of 3m x 3m Dome Tents with ensuite bush toilet and bucket shower. Included is all meals, drinks (including alcoholic), activities and National Park Fees. These can also be used for self-drive safaris. We have three locations: Moremi Tented Camp. Located in the Moremi Game Reserve at exclusive campsites here you can explore the Third Bridge, Xakanaxa, South Gate and Black Pools areas with our superb guide, Tumelo Charles. Known simply as 'Charles' Tumelo comes from the village of Sankuyo which borders the Moremi Game Reserve and has been guiding in the Okavango for more than 10 years. He has excellent knowledge of the area he works in and is great fun to be around on safari. Khwai River Tented Camp. Located in the Khwai Private concession here you can go 'off-road' and get a little closer to the wildlife. This fantastic area is well known for its abundance of Predators, particularly Leopard which are frequently seen. Khwai River Tented Camp is run by Pilot Manga who has 30 years of experience working, guiding and living in the Okavango. Pilot is well known in Botswana and wherever you go someone will know him and on top of this he is without doubt one of Botswana's best guides. Savuti Tented Camp. Located in the heart of the Savuti area of Chobe National Park this fantastic area is again great for Predators. The subject of numerous recent documentaries on the Lions, Leopards, Hyena and Elephants there is always something going on here. Savuti is run by Mike Tebogo who has been working on safari all his adult life. A former assistant to Pilot he gained his guiding license with Pilots' help and has now been guiding for over 10 years. Mike is one of those unassuming guides whose knowledge and passion for what he does shines through the calm exterior. The price is US$280.00 per person per night sharing with a minimum of 3 nights per camp or 6 nights across 2 or 3 camps. If you wish to self-drive this is all you will pay. Flying itineraries: 6 nights at 2 camps - US$2,400 per person sharing (or US$2,425 if you include Khwai, the higher price is due to the landing fees at the airstrip which is owned privately) which includes flights from Maun, between camps and back to Maun. You can fly to Kasane instead at an extra cost. 9 nights - US$3,525 per person sharing which includes flights from Maun, between camps and back to Maun. You can fly to Kasane instead at an extra cost. Please click here to see the costs on our website Tumelo Charles Pilot Manga Mike Tebogo
  9. Here are some fantastic special offers for late 2017 & 2018 Botswana and Zimbabwe Special Get 11 nights in Africa including 2 nights in Victoria Falls for the incredible price of US$4,375 per person sharing. Includes 3 nights at the newly refurbished Khwai Tented Camp, 3 nights at Linyanti Ebony Camp, 2 nights at Ilala Lodge and 3 nights at Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park. This special applies from 1st January 2018 to 31st March 2018 and can start in Botswana or Zimbabwe. Click through to our website for photos and more information. Pure South Luangwa - Zambia Spend 8 nights in South Luangwa National Park with Sanctuary Retreats and get an incredible 40% discount on their standard rates. Staying at Chichele Presidential Lodge and Puku Ridge for 4 nights each these two camps are very close together but the sheer size of South Luangwa means you will still not see the same areas twice. 2017 - 6th January to 14th June & 1st November to 20th December - US$2,750 per person sharing 2017 - 15th June to 31st October & 21st December 6th January - US$4,005 per person sharing 2018 - 6th January to 14th June & 1st November to 20th December - US$2,925 per person sharing 2018 - 15th June to 31st October & 21st December 6th January - US$4,475 per person sharing This includes return flights from Lusaka but please note the flight prices are subject to change. Sabi Sands Chitwa Chitwa Special South Africa - 3 nights at Chitwa Chitwa including 3 nights in Cape Town Free of Charge. This luxury getaway includes three nights in a luxury suite at chitwa Chitwa Lodge and you get three nights free at a luxury apartment in Cape Town. only return flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit are included, not the flights to Cape Town. At the current exchange rate the price is US$3,050 per person sharing and is subject to accommodation availability and if you have ever visited Cape town you will know to book early!! Kwando Botswana 5 Rivers Special As always the fantastic Kwando Special is still available and waiting for you. Please click here to see the special There are also many other specials across Africa from 3 nights for the price of 2, 4 for 3 and 6 for 4. If you're looking for a special and your intended destination is not here then please get in touch and i'll see what is available. martin@kingfishersafaris.co.uk The new Khwai tented Camp
  10. Looking for a last minute safari in Botswana? Join us on a mobile tented safari with one of our 2 rigs with either Pilot or Tumelo and have a fantastic trip in a year that is looking spectacular for game. We have access to many different campsites all are private and in superb areas including the Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park (in Savute and Chobe River), Nxai Pan National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Our itineraries are: Okavango Expedition - 6 nights in the heart of the Okavango - US$2,100 per person for 2 to 6 travelling Moremi Expedition - 6 nights in the Moremi Game Reserve - US$2,100 per person for 2 to 6 travelling Desert & Delta Expedition - 6 nights in Nxai Pan and the Moremi - US$2,100 per person for 2 to 6 travelling Moremi & Chobe Expedition - 9 nights in the Moremi, Okavango & Savuti - US$3,150 per person for 2 to 6 travelling Okavango Elephant Expedition - 12 nights in the Moremi, Okavango, Savuti & Linyanti - US$3,900 per person for 2 to 6 travelling Plus we have the Desert Safari Expedition which is best enjoyed in the rainy season. If you want your own bespoke routing, anything is possible just get in touch: martin@kingfishersafaris.co.uk
  11. In most safari lodges Travel Insurance is a requirement of travel and even the AMREF insurance will claim their costs back from your travel insurance company should you need to use it. Unfortunately travel insurance for US citizens and residents is a lot more expensive than from many other countries. You should absolutely buy insurance and should never travel without it as you never know what might happen at home or in country from lost baggage to cancelled flights and curtailment for many other reasons including illness and hospitalisation. Make sure you have repatriation included and a good level of medical coverage as hospitals are very, very expensive and travelling in remote areas, medical evacuations can be very costly, you would definitely not want this hanging over you should one of you become ill.
  12. @@madaboutcheetah Actually it's a little bit of both as one of them doesn't like the small aircraft so Pilot, our guide, is taking them overland and they are using him as a private guide in several Lodges. I'll explore your second option as i have worked with the BTO before but only in Maun. I will keep you posted.
  13. @@madaboutcheetah Thanks a lot, really appreciate the help!!
  14. @@madaboutcheetah Thank you very much indeed, do you have a link for their website so i can get the right one, there seem to be quite a few when i Google it? Is it VFS Global? (http://www.vfsglobal.com)
  15. I was hoping someone here may be able to help a client of mine in India. She is looking at applying for a visa to Botswana and wanted to know if there was a service to help her get a visa as she has heard some are rejected. Does anybody know if this is possible or needed?

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