2 nights in Xigera Mekoro Trails Camp
4 nights in bush camps (2 nights in each of 2 camps)
Days 1 & 2 – Xigera Mekoro Trails Camp
You will be met at Maun Airport by your guide or a company representative, after having been safely carried by one of our internal Airlines. Arrival time is usually around midday. You will be led to your private charter and flown to the central delta, arriving at Xigera airstrip after a 40 min flight. We will spend the next two evenings at Xigera Mekoro trails camp.
This is a very scenic area, which we will explore by mekoro (dug out canoe). We will use our mekoros to reach some of the bigger lagoons and channels. We will search for wildlife commonly found in this area such as the hippo, elephant, giraffe and lechwe.
After an early wake up and breakfast we will do a short walk around the Island that we are staying on, looking at the birds. We will also learn about some of the trees as well as how the islands were formed. We will then venture out onto the water for a couple of hours, returning to camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, after tea and coffee, we will head back out on the water to look for game/ birdlife and explore the channels. Sundowner drinks will be served on the boat before heading back to camp for hot showers and dinner.
This day will be spent exploring the general area, the morning by mekoro and the afternoon using our boats. This is a vast area, with the potential for some very special bird sightings such as Okavango’s famous Pel’s fishing owl.
Days 3 & 4 – Bush camp 1
After an early breakfast we will continue our journey downstream, traversing the famous Xor flats. We will have a packed lunch with us and our aim will be to relax and enjoy our surrounds. Travel time between Xigera and our next camp is approximately 5 hours. We may however decide to enjoy the entire day on the water, with a late afternoon arrival in our readymade camp. Our back-up boat, staff and chef will have dinner and a welcoming fire prepared for our arrival. Bush toilets and hot bucket showers will be available.
The day will begin with a wake-up call and a simple breakfast with coffee around the fire. There is again the opportunity to do a short walk on the island before heading out on the boats to discover our new surrounds. There will be the possibility of seeing hippos, crocodiles, elephants, lechwes and giraffes. Lions are very often heard in this area at night with occasional sightings in the vicinity of the river. Lunch will be served in camp, with time after for showers, relaxing and a siesta. In the afternoon, after tea and coffee, we will head
out on the boats again, this time in the opposite direction, exploring some new channels. We will enjoy a sundowner on the water before returning to camp for our evening meal around the campfire.
Days 5 & 6 – Bush camp 2
We will pack up our personal belongings and leave camp with a packed lunch on board. Our back up staff will break the camp, ensuring nothing is left behind. They will then go ahead of us and set up the new camp on another island approximately 3-4 hours further downstream. This will be a very relaxing day, with much to see and experience. We will arrive at our new camp in the late afternoon. We will finish the day with dinner and time to relax around the campfire.
Day six will be taken up with exploring our new area with short walks and boating. Sundowners and dinner will be served in camp, with a traditional campfire. Sadly, this will be our last evening in the wild.
Day 7 – Maun
The day will begin with a wake-up call and breakfast, after which we will depart once again in a southerly direction towards. Lunch will be served en-route, with a late afternoon arrival in Maun. Transfer will be arranged to take you to your accommodation.
Day 8 – Departure
We will enjoy a leisurely breakfast after which transfers will be arranged to the various extension options that are available, or for your flight homeward.
Botswana is in the southern part of Africa, north of South Africa and east of Namibia.
Time difference: Botswana is 2 hours ahead of GMT and five hours ahead of EST.
Money: The official currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula but Euro, British Pounds, US Dollars, South African Rand and other major currencies can be exchanged locally or in advance of departure. Exchange facilities are available at various bureau de changes and banks in major towns have ATMs. It's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities. Traveller's Cheques are not recommended as they're often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.
Health: You should seek medical advice before travelling to Botswana and ensure that you receive all the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Polio, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are strongly recommended. Rabies may also be recommended. There is the risk of malaria in certain areas of Botswana so it is very important to check with your doctor before you go, to see whether malarial medication is required for the areas you are visiting. A valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is also required if travelling into Botswana and you have previously been in an infected country.
Water: The tap water in Botswana is generally considered safe to drink, but as a precaution you may want to drink bottled mineral water, which is available from shops, hotels and restaurants.
Climate: Botswana's climate is semi-arid. Though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months. However, rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional.