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TOUR:5 Day Private Scheduled Moremi or Salt Pan Safari 
ROUTE:Maun – Maun
DEPARTURES: Selected Dates through year

VEHICLE : Open Game Drive Vehicles
DURATION : 2 nights Lodge, 2 nights services camping
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The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometer upon kilometer of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. However, to the north lies the magnificent Okavango waterway, with its green and fertile plains, flowing straight into the sea of sand, the Kalahari Desert, and creating a unique natural wonderland – home to a multitude of Africa’s Fauna and Flora. Almost a quarter of this country is devoted to wildlife sanctuaries and these remote and unspoilt wilderness areas are widely acknowledged as offering the finest game viewing in Africa.

Drifters offers two options for these tours
Guests can either book the 5 Day Moremi/Kwhwai tour or the 5 Day Makgadikgadi Salt Pans tour. Please see detailed itineraries for more info.

DAY 1: Arrival – Maun Lodge
You will be met by Drifter’s staff at Maun Airport, and transferred to the Drifters Maun Lodge. The lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Boteti River outside Maun, and offers comfortable accommodation in tented units overlooking the river. This afternoon there will be time to relax at the pool, or a walk to explore the local village of Chenoga can be arranged. Tonight you enjoy a catered meal at the lodge.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Drifters Maun Lodge

DAY 2 – 3: Moremi / Khwai
You have breakfast at the lodge, before departing for Moremi National Park. You will travel in a well-equipped, open 4×4 Land Cruiser, with our local Motswana guide and a camp assistant. The 4×4 isn’t just for show, as the national parks are truly wild places, the roads just tracks in the sand. We will game drive in the park for most of the day, arriving towards sunset at our exclusive private campsite, which is no more than a GPS point in the bush, completely secluded and undeveloped. It is as if we are the first people here, and are alone in the world. We bring everything we will need with us, and leave nothing behind when we depart.
We spend a second night, camping at either the same site, and spending the day game driving, or moving to a new site, game driving on the way. Road and weather conditions, and booking availability will determine the exact itinerary.

The Private Botswana Tour offers the added value of a serviced camping experience in the national parks. During the camping part of the tour Drifters staff will handle the camp setup, with our staff erecting your tent and taking care of all camp duties. There is no participation required from you.

Meals:B L D; B L D
Distance: +- 200 km
Accommodation: Serviced Camping in true wilderness
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive
– Kwhai / Moremi Game Drive
– Wild Caming under the stars
– Stargazing (If weather permits)

DAY 4: Maun Lodge
This morning we do our last game drive, on the way out of the park. We then head back to the Drifters Maun Lodge. This afternoon there is time to relax and unwind after the adventure, to enjoy a cold drink or two, and perhaps enjoy a swim after the dusty trail. You enjoy a catered meal at the lodge tonight.

Meals: B L D
Distance: +- 120 km
Accommodation: Drifters Maun Lodge

DAY 5: Maun
An easy morning, depending on our flight times, we make our way back to the Maun after breakfast. Upon reaching Maun, we will say goodbye to our guide and prepare for our onward or homeward flight.

Meals: B (Lunch own expense)
Distance: +- 30 km

DAY 1: ARRIVAL – MAUN LODGE
On arrival at the Maun Airport we are met by the Drifters staff and transferred to the Drifters Maun Lodge. The Lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Boteti river and offer comfortable accommodation in tented units overlooking the river.

This afternoon there will be time for a swim in the pool or just to relax and enjoy the serenity of the area. We enjoy a catered meal prepared by the Lodge.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Drifters Maun Lodge

DAY 2: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Today we venture eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans after breakfast. Besides the stark scenery, the Pans are known for their prolific birdlife and the other desert adapted animals.

We will enter Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in the west. After entry we will spend most of the day on game drive in this truly unique area where we will be searching for the animals surrounding the edge of the pans.

We slowly make our way to the edge of this magical wonderland. Depending on the time, we will then be able to take a walk out into the pans and experience the beauty of “Nothing”. No sound, No people, No traffic!!! Just us. Although we set up tents, we encourage clients to enjoy a night out under the canopy of stars. If the weather permits, this night you will be able to witness some of the finest stargazing evenings as you slowly fall asleep.

Meals: L D
Distance: +- 200 km
Accommodation: Serviced Camping in true wilderness
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive
– Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
– Wild Caming under the stars
– Stargazing (If weather permits)

DAY 3: NXAI PANS
Today we travel north towards Nxai pan, which is part of the larger Makgadikgadi Pans in northeastern Botswana. Nxai Pan National Park is a seasonal home to large herds of zebra and home to the famous Baine’s Baobabs. Today we will be exploring another section of the park in search of some Giraffe, Zebra, Elephant bulls as well as any predators we could find in this area. After our full day game drive, we camp in the park at the famous Baine’s Baobabs where star-trek photography is a must under these ancient looking trees. We spend the night under the stars listening to any sounds that the African bush has in store for us.

Meals: B L D
Distance: +- 150 km
Accommodation: Serviced Camping in true wilderness
Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive
– Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
– Nxai Pans National Park
– Wild Caming under the stars
– Stargazing (If weather permits)
– Bain’s Baobabs

DAY 4: MAUN LODGE
After a relaxed morning we make our way out of the pans and back to the Drifters Maun Lodge.
This afternoon there will be time for a swim in the pool or just to relax and enjoy the serenity of the area. We enjoy a catered meal prepared by the Lodge.

Meals: B L D
Distance: +- 120 km
Optional Highlights/Activities\

DAY 5: MAUN
An easy morning, depending on our flight times, we make our way back to the Maun after breakfast. Upon reaching Maun, we will say goodbye to our guide and prepare for our onward or homeward flight.

Meals: B (Lunch own expense)
Distance: +- 30 km

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This trip requires a valid passport and for certain nationalities, a visa for Botswana. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. Drifters will supply linen during the tour (sheets, blanket, sleeping bag, pillow and towel) A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra day bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips and curios. Our price includes all food as specified (we do not use the food kitty system), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees.

Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax and airfares.

Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information. Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries that you will visit (BOTSWANA). If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although we will endeavour to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.

FOREIGN CURRENCY

Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.

While on tour our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the course of the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops.

INSURANCE
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season.  During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold, temperatures may drop well below 0°C, although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C. 

For more accurate information, please visit AccuWeather and choose your destination.
http://www.accuweather.com/en/browse-locations

CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Camera
Binoculars
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)
Sandals
Hat and Sun Cream
Water Bottle
Smaller day pack

For general travelling
Personal iPod
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers

Our vehicles are well equipped with charging facilities while driving.

Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Shorts
Waterproof Windbreaker
Jersey / Jumper
T-Shirts / Shirts
Insect Repellent
Socks & Underwear
Personal toiletries
Swimming Costume & Towel
Hat or cap

General Accessories
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please enquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Torch / Flashlight / Batteries
Refreshments
Pen

Luggage and Packing space on our vehicles
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s
Backpacks, Barrel bags or Soft Suitcases are strongly advisable as your standard Hard Suitcases.

MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up for a couple of days.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our Drifters Brochure, bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.

In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.

In Southern and East Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.

This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 50 per day or equivalent amount of R50 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern and East Africa.

Makgadikgadi Pans Included Highlights/Activity:
– Scenic Drive
– Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
– Wild Caming under the stars
– Stargazing (If weather permits)

Moremi / Khwa included Highlights/Activity:
– Serviced camping in national parks
– Pristine & remote campsites
– Maun
– Moremi / Khwai
– Private tour

PRE AND POST NIGHT ACCOMMODATION

PRE and POST night accommodation can be arranged at the Drifters Maun Lodge.  Accommodation at the Drifters Maun Lodge can be arranged through Drifters or your travel representative.  The Lodge is located outside Maun on the banks of the Boteti River and has a lovely swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

DEPARTURE POINT
The 5 Day Botswana tour departs from the Drifters Maun Lodge which is situated on the Boteti River roughly 30km outside of Maun City Centre on the Maun-Nata road. Clients will be picked up from the Maun International Airport and will be taken to our Drifters Lodge where you will meet the manager on duty as well as your guide for your tour.

ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR:
Serviced Camping

The Private Botswana tour offers guests a serviced camping experience in private campsites. During our nights on safari the Drifters staff will handle the camp setup and our staff will put up your tent and take care of all the camp duties which mean there is no participation required from guests

Please note that linen will be provided for the duration of your tour and there is no need to bring along a sleeping bag or pillow.

ON SAFARI
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari.

We are travelling in developing countries therefore please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavour to run according to the itinerary as best as possible.

5 Day Private Botswana Tours Tour Rate starting at min 2 clients
2020 € 1200

DAY TOURS

Guests have the opportunity to go on a guided village walk to visit the local village. One of the Drifters staff will take guests on the village walk and show them the village and its people. (Walks can be arranged on arrival).

“I really enjoyed the tour! I would definitely do the adventure again and I will recommend it! Thank you so much.”
17 Day Namibia, Sep 2017, Ursi, Switzerland
“Great Tour! Great Crowd! I will come back to Africa as soon as possible!”
12 Day Kenya Tanzania, May 2017, Maaike, Dutch
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