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Bush Skills Adventure in Botswana


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Mention Botswana and two things readily spring to mind: outstanding safari and ultimate luxury. These are both delivered with resounding success, but also seemingly with ease, making it the perfect destination for a totally carefree safari. The majority of accommodation on offer in Botswana is tent-based due to strict eco-friendly regulations: if the camps are ever required to move then they leave nothing behind. When we say tents though, we mean rather more of a canvas castle – nothing quite prepares you for stepping into your first safari tent.

A Botswanan safari is diverse in so many ways. The arid, dusty Kalahari plains cover vast swathes of the country, giving way to savannah grasslands, lush green forests and streams in the north while the wending sapphire waters of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta, are home to a wide array of animals that have all adapted to live in this remarkable landscape. The stark, lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the most unique safari experiences on the continent;walk with San bushmen, quad bike over the eerie salt pan, frolic with semi-habituated meerkat, or search for the elusive brown hyena. The Moremi Game Reserve is considered to be one of the best game reserves in the whole of Africa, and once you witness the sheer numbers of wildlife (particularly big cats) here we think you will whole-heartedly agree. Cap this off with a simply spectacular sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River, cruising alongside elephants and hippos and you will leave (if you can) with an overwhelming array of surreal memories.

Botswana with A&K

Now this is an emergency. An A&K emergency. As our guests watched a family of bathing elephants in Botswana’s tannin-hued Okavango Delta they noticed the calm confident guide making a slightly agitated,surreptitious radio call. Were they in danger?

‘No,’ the guide assured them. ‘Everything’s under control.’ He wasn’t bluffing. A few minutes later, a motor launch rounded the river bend and sped towards them, before its driver, with James Bond panache, lobbed a couple of limes to the guide. Crisis averted. Sunset G&T could now be served with ice and a slice.

Immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyles of Botswana's native peoples

Pole yourself along the hippo- and croc-studded waterways on a mokoro (dugout canoe)

Relax on your stylish camp's deck overlooking a permanent lagoon, watching for visiting wildlife

Learn to fish, forage, track and trap food using age-old methods

Meet local women and discover how to build shelters and weave baskets

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At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 4 day suggested holiday is based on four people travelling together, excluding international flights.

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  • Day1 - 2
    Maun / Okavango Delta Launch your adventure in the delta with a scenic flight from Maun Airport to the edge of Moremi Game Reserve, gazing down at the glittering ribbons and verdant carpet of the Okavango. The short drive to the camp is your first introduction to safari: watch for giraffe, elephant, impala and perhaps even lion on the 45-minute ride.The intimate, luxurious Sanctuary Baines' Camp, named after renowned 19th-century explorer and artist Thomas Baines. is set among shady trees overlooking the Boro River on a 260,000-acre private concession in the Okavango Delta. Settle into your raised suite overlooking the permanent lagoon before setting out on your bush adventure, learning how to survive in the delta by garnering skills taught by deeply knowledgeable local guides. Meals Lunch, Dinner
    Sanctuary Baines' Camp
  • Day2 - 3
    Okavango Delta The quintessential way to traverse the delta's waterways is aboard a mokoro –a traditional dugout canoe. Poling a mokoro is trickier than it looks, but immensely rewarding: learn to stand aside the canoe's stern and handle the pole to glide through the channels –watching for hippos and crocs. Discover the art of making traditional fish-spears and fishing with a rod, then practise tracking an animal on foot, honing your ability to identify the prints of various species. You'll also learn how to find and identify edible plants, make rope out of natural materials and locate precious fresh water in the bush. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Sanctuary Baines' Camp
  • Day3 - 4
    Okavango Delta So now you know how to fish, forage and find water. But there's much more to master if you want to survive in this wild environment. Once you've tracked your prey, how do you catch it? Learn how to build and set animal traps (don't worry –you won't actually be putting this theory into practice!), then weave your own basket to carry your bounty, taught traditional methods by the local women. Collect materials from the bush to build a shelter –your guides will show you just which materials work best. Out in the wilds, navigation is key: learn to steer your course by sun or stars –a delight for avid astronomers. Now you've mastered the basic skills for survival in this beautiful, demanding land –and spotted a wealth of wildlife in the process. Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Sanctuary Baines' Camp
  • Day4 - 5
    Enjoy a final game drive back to the airstrip for your light aircraft charter flight to Maun to connect with your onward flight. Meals: Breakfast
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