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Posted 29 March 2016 - 11:49 AM

Botswana Mobile Tented safari special for SAFARITALK members.

 

Itinerary 1 - Okavango Expedition

 

Starts in Maun on 19th September 2016

Arrives back in Maun 26th September 2016

 

Price: US$2,250.00 per person sharing. This is a 10% discount (US$250.00) on our standard high season pricing.

 

Requires a minimum of 4 clients travelling and a maximum of 6, meaning everyone gets a 'window' seat. Larger groups can be catered for on a private trip. 

 

This trip is open to people travelling with a SAFARITALK Member at the same price and the trips can run throughout the year on the same basis and minimum numbers on request.

 

Please note we are able to cater for all dietary requirements if we have advanced notice.

 

Minimum age is 12 years old (if you book the trip privately or all spaces then we can cater for children of any age) and includes Airport transfers if you stay in Maun the night before and after the trip. We can also arrange Maun accommodation should you need us to.

50% single supplement if you are the third client and no single supplement if you are the fifth client.

 

3 x nights Third Bridge, Moremi Game Reserve

3 x nights Khwai Community Private Concession, Okavango

 

Day 1

Your guide for this safari, Pilot, will pick you up from your accommodation or from your arrival flight and depart Maun for your first campsite to arrive before sunset. On the way you have a good chance of seeing wildlife including Elephant, Impala, Warthog and more.

 

Day 2

An early morning wake-up call will be followed by a light breakfast of toast and cereal. As soon as you are ready you will head out on your first game drive around this amazing area where the abundance of game is astonishing. Arriving back in camp some hours later, the time depending on what you’ve seen. After Lunch you will have a siesta and head back out after tea in mid-afternoon. Returning to camp sometime after dark you will have Dinner and enjoy the campfire and perhaps a few stories.

 

Day 3 

You will be woken again early in the morning for a light breakfast before your morning activity and return for lunch some hours later. After Lunch you can relax and enjoy a siesta until tea. After tea you will head out on your afternoon activity with the possibility of a night drive after dinner.

 

Day 4

Your early morning wake-up call will now be familiar and after your morning activity you will have lunch and then head on to your next destination in Khwai. The drive between areas is about 2 hours and when you arrive your camp will be set-up. Once you are settled in your new camp, you will have some tea and head out on your afternoon Game Drive, returning to camp for Dinner.

 

Day 5

You will be woken again early in the morning for a light breakfast before your morning activity and return for lunch some hours later. Here it may be possible, at the discretion of the guide with safety in mind, to do a walking safari. After Lunch you can relax and enjoy a siesta until tea. After tea you will head out on your afternoon activity with the possibility of a night drive after dinner.

 

Day 6

You will be woken again early in the morning for a light breakfast before your morning activity and return for lunch some hours later and it may be possible to do a dug-out canoe safari here, depending on water levels. After Lunch you can relax and enjoy a siesta until tea. After tea you will head out on your afternoon activity with the possibility of a night drive after dinner.

 

Day 7 

After your early breakfast will be followed by a slow game drive out of the area and then you will head back to Maun to arrive in time for your onward connections.

 

Please click here to see the itinerary on our website

 

Itinerary 2 - Large Herds of Botswana

 

Starts in Maun 14th November 2016

Arrives back in Maun 23rd November 2016

 

This is a special itinerary unique to this forum and we offer it nowhere else. In search of the huge herds of herbivores at the very end of the dry season in particular Elephant and Buffalo and the Lions that follow.

 

The price is US$3,240.00 and is a 10% discount on our usual off-season 9 night rates.

Requires a minimum of 4 clients travelling and a maximum of 6. Larger groups can be catered for on a private trip. 

Minimum age is 12 years old and includes Airport transfers if you stay in Maun the night before and after the trip. We can also arrange Maun accommodation should you need us to. 

50% single supplement if you are the third client and no single supplement if you are the fifth client.

 

3 x nights Khwai Community Private Concession, Okavango

3 x nights Linyanti, Chobe National Park

3 x nights Savuti, Chobe National Park

 

Day 1

Your guide for this safari, Pilot, will pick you up from your accommodation or from your arrival flight and depart Maun for your first campsite to arrive before sunset. On the way you have a good chance of seeing wildlife including Elephant, Impala, Warthog and more.

 

Day 2

An early morning wake-up call will be followed by a light breakfast of toast and cereal. As soon as you are ready you will head out on your first game drive around this amazing area where the abundance of game is astonishing. Arriving back in camp some hours later, the time depending on what you’ve seen. After Lunch you will have a siesta and head back out after tea in mid-afternoon. Returning to camp sometime after dark you will have Dinner and enjoy the campfire and perhaps a few stories.

 

Day 3 

You will be woken again early in the morning for a light breakfast before your morning activity and return for lunch some hours later. After Lunch you can relax and enjoy a siesta until tea. After tea you will head out on your afternoon activity with the possibility of a night drive after dinner.

 

Day 4

After breakfast you will head straight to Linyanti as this is a long drive of around 4 to 5 hours. It will, however take in Savuti on the way and you should consider this an extended Game Drive. On arrival camp will be set up and Lunch served. An afternoon drive will take you in search of Linaynti's Leopards. 

 

Day 5

After your usual wake-up you will head out looking for the huge herds of Elephant that Linyanti is famous for. This area also has an abundance of Buffalo at this time of year. The usual siesta will be followed by an afternoon drive again in search of the large amounts of Leopard in this area.

 

Day 6

Another day in Linyanti will take to the extremities of the area in search of special sightings of Roan and Sable.

 

Day 7

After a early breakfast and game drive Lunch will be served and you will head back down to Savuti. This road is excellent for Roan sightings. An afternoon drive around the Savuti Marsh will cap off your day.

 

Day 8

Today starts with the search for Lions and Elephant and the conflict between them at this time of year. With an abundance of Buffalo too Lions should be not far behind.

 

Day 9

Your last full day on safari will see you take in the Marsh again and see what is around. You guide, Pilot, will follow the wildlife to try and give you the most exciting experiences.

 

Day 10

An early morning breakfast will be followed by your drive back to Maun. This is up to 6 hours through some excellent game country arriving in Maun in time for your flight home.

 

Accommodation

 

We use 3x3m Bow Tents as standard, with an en-suite shower and bush toilet area. Although small from the outside these tents are remarkably spacious inside with more than enough room for the two beds and more.

 

Service

 

At Kingfisher Expeditions we pride ourselves on our outstanding service from start to finish. Unlike our competitors all our expeditions are fully serviced leaving you free to just enjoy yourself and the wildlife as we go that extra mile to make your stay in Botswana go well beyond expectations.

 

Included: all accommodation, activities, meals, local drinks & National Park Fees. Excludes: International flights, Insurance & Items of a personal nature, staff gratuities.

 

To qualify for the discounted Safaris please contact Martin in the UK via email: martin@ kingfishersafaris.co.uk stating SAFARITALK SPECIAL OFFER in the subject line and mentioning your Safaritalk screen name.

 

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or post them below.

 

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 12:41 AM

Looks tempting, particularly the second one. But I've already tied up 2 trips this year, so can't take any up anymore. :(


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Posted 30 March 2016 - 12:17 PM

I would like you to meet our Guide, Pilot Manga.

 

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Known throughout Botswana as ‘Pilot’ due to the similarity in his name to Pilate (as in the biblical Pontius Pilate) you will be shown this beautiful country by someone who is a born and bred ‘Motswana’ (the name given to citizens of Botswana) and is a genuine local. Pilot was born in a small village, Shorobe, on the edge of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

 

He spent his early life in the bush and on a remote cattle post attending Shorobe Primary School. Shopping trips with his parents would entail travel to Maun by Mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe). Pilot could not attend high school, due to the death of his Father, leaving Pilot to look after the family. His upbringing in the Okavango Delta led him to working with the founder of Wilderness  Safaris and was the first local guide to be employed by Wilderness, and to this day, Pilot is still friends with the founder of Wilderness Safaris. Pilot has spent many years working as a guide in Botswana, mainly as an Explorer guide for Wilderness Safaris, travelling on land throughout the country and guiding his guests in all the country’s National Parks and private areas. This job also took Pilot to the regional safari destinations of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

 

Recently Pilot has been working, again, as a mobile safari guide, mainly in the Khwai areas of the Okavango and Nxai Pan National Park during the Zebra migration. His greatest claim to fame is to have visited Canada for a Polar Bear Safari and to this day is still the only time he has left the African continent. Pilot is an extremely resourceful man and is fun to be around during a safari where he likes to give his guests outstanding wildlife experiences and service that is second to none. An accomplished vehicle Mechanic, Chef and guide there is no-one better to be with to show you this fabulous country, Botswana.

 

Pilot is the joint owner of Kingfisher Expeditions, the mobile safari arm of Kingfisher Safaris and runs all aspects of the business in Botswana.

 

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 11:22 AM

To update you all we have new equipment for this season and I will be travelling in Botswana this month and will provide some new photography of the tents on my return by the end of April.

We also have a new game drive vehicle arriving in Maun in the next week. It will take a few weeks to get it cut and ready for Mid-May.

We look forward to hosting you sometime in the future.

 

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 09:14 AM

Is the Khwai community campsite you mention Mogotho? We found this to be horribly overcrowded and its outside the gates to Moremi so to go into the park you have a long drive and have to pay park fees. Pen

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 12:04 PM

@penolva

 

Thank you very much for the comment. Mogotho is only one of a few sites inside the Private concession and we will be allocated one by the community based on availability and yes it is open to anyone to visit but the Khwai community area which offers activities that are not available inside the park, including off-roading, mokoro trips, night drives and walking safaris. There are lots of game drives routes within the Khwai community concession and there is often no need to go inside the national park. However, if you wish to do so, or our guide recommends it due to animal movements, National Park fees are all included in your safari and you would not need to pay anything extra, and the money we pay on your behalf goes to preserving these parks for the future. We are also able to offer campsites within the National Park (north gate) but the reasoning behind the Khwai community sites is to give the opportunity to our clients to experience the off-roading, mokoro trips and night drives that are not available inside the Moremi Game Reserve. We also want to support the community where we can and you cannot use this area unless you camp within it, and in my opinion it is fantastic for game.

 

Whilst we recommend certain routes based on our experience we are more than happy to change itineraries should people have particular preferences but please do remember that these are budget safaris and we can't offer the exclusivity and small numbers you get in the private concessions but all our campsites outside the Khwai Community are "Botswana Guides Association" sites within the parks and are exclusive and there will be no other campers close by. 

 

I hope this answers your questions and if you have any more, please don't hesitate to ask.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 07:41 AM

A few photos from our recent trip and our new equipment.

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 09:17 AM

Best sighting - one Eland in Savute, where they are rarely seen and my first ever sighting of Eland in Botswana, having lived there for 5 years and visited many other times. No photo though.

Excellent experience - watching a Lion hunt by two females in Savute, unsuccessful though.

 

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A first - Three pairs of mating Lions, a first for me and for our Guide, Pilot who has 29 years of experience. Seen in the Khwai Community concession.

 

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Superb sighting - tracking a Leopard in Khwai and watching it hunt Impala, again unsuccessfully.

 

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My favourites - Wild Dog & Baboon

 

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 01:44 PM

Savute was truly incredible. Not only did we see a Lion hunt we saw thousands of Zebra, easily reaching 10,000. This was a real treat as i've never seen this many Zebra in one place before and we also saw hundreds of them close to Mababe Gate, about 60kms away from savute. The photos don't quit covey the numbers as we saw them in person but it was quite astonishing.

 

Zebra close to Mababe gate.

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We heard Lions at night nearly every night of the trip and our first night they visited our camp in the Moremi at 4am calling at the top of their voices, very exciting!

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 05:22 PM

Can you stand the stare of a Lion? Seen on the hunt in Savute, Chobe National Park. The hunt was unsuccessful of a small herd of Zebra.

 


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Posted 29 April 2016 - 05:46 PM

A Leopard hunting in the Khwai Community concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

 


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:26 AM

Kingfisher Safaris Mobile Expeditions is a joint venture between me, Martin Smith and Pilot Manga, our guide who operates all the safaris in Botswana. All our staff are local and directly benefit from being employed by Pilot. All our campsites, with the exception of Khwai Community are Botswana Guides Association campsites and are solely for the use of citizen operators and all profits are put directly back into looking after the campsites. They are all wild campsites with no ablutions and are left by Pilot in the same way that they were found and aside from the vehicle tracks to access the sites, you would not know they were there, except for the sign. They are all exclusive campsites and there is no one else nearby giving you the feeling of really being in the bush, which of course you are. www.kingfishersafaris.co.uk/mobile-safaris.html

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 09:02 AM

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 09:14 AM

Lion Hunt Part 3

 


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