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  • Botswana safari S E T D A T E D E P A R T U R E

    D R y S E A S o n I T I n E R A R y


  • DELTA & SALT PANS... ON sAfAri wiTh uNchArTed AfricA SAfrAi cO.Join us on a six night adventure packed safari to explore the two iconic and totally different features of

    Botswana - the worlds largest inland delta system and the makgadikgadi, a salt pan system the size of

    switzerland. this is the genuine article an authentic three night moBile safari expedition, set up in the Best

    location, in the greatest of comfort. track lion, follow herds of elephant, experience the okavango delta,

    then head off for three nights at camp kalahari, a traditional Bush camp in the heart of the makgadikgadi.

    explore the vast salt pans on quad Bikes, walk with Bushmen guides, visit chapmans BaoBaB, and get up close

    and personal with the coolest meerkats in the kalahari. its real adventure in unreal style!

    InTRoDUCTIon PG 2

  • fLuSh LOOS, Down piLLows, Pure cOTTON SheeTS, PerSiAN rugS, bonE-hAnDLED siLvEr cuTLery, DAmAsk TAbLe LiNeN, TeAk ANd brASS cOmbiNe comforT wiTh sTyLE...

    we deploy only the most experienced and

    qualified of the companys guides on our

    mobile expeditions. carefully trained by

    ralph Bousfield, each qualified Biologist

    guide must have a minimum of at least

    two years guiding experience in the kala-

    hari allowing us to give our guests a holistic

    understanding of this magical and pristine

    wilderness environment.

    uncharted africa safari cos vehicles are

    top-of-the-range, extremely comfortable

    toyota landcruisers. the multiple thought-

    ful details including roof top seats, leather

    beanbags for photography and ponchos, to

    keep one warm during sunrise drives, make

    them perfect for game viewing.

    camp will be comprised of large tents

    equipped in a luxurious fashion unequalled

    on any other mobile safari.

    real beds, flush loos, down pillows,

    pure cotton sheets, persian rugs, bone-

    handled silver cutlery, damask table linen,

    teak and brass classically styled campaign

    kit combine comfort with style. the only

    concessions to roughing it are the bucket

    showers, which are private and en suite.

    uncharted africa safari co. is renowned

    throughout the industry for menus that

    emphasise fresh tastes and originality.

    three course meals under the stars

    include such treats as fresh tomato and basil

    soup, ostrich piccata, roast Botswana beef,

    delectable orange tarts and impossibly

    rich, but light, chocolate puddings.

    teas are indulgent affairs with treats like

    triple layer, banana caramel cake, tangy

    lemon curd biscuits and the best brownies

    in the bush!

    all bread is baked daily, and delicious full

    cooked english breakfasts are on offer

    every morning.



  • GAmE & wATer...3 NighTS iN The morEmi GAmE rEsErvE & The okAvAnGo DELTA

    The unsurpassed diversiTy ThaT BoTswana has To offer is BesT experienced

    on The move. This prisTine wilderness is Teeming wiTh game and has more

    wildlife species Than anywhere else in africa!


  • PArk AT The edge Of A LAgOON ANd wATch hErDs of ELEphAnT ANd A myriAd Of birDs cOmiNg dOwN TO driNk whiLST The sun sETs

    DAY 1

    on arrival, you will be met at maun air-

    port and transferred by air into the more-

    mi game reserve, where you will meet

    your guide.

    once in the moremi, a slow meander/

    game drive to familiarise yourselves

    with the area and then into your camp in

    good time to shower and unpack before

    sundowners and dinner.

    DAY 2

    Breakfast in the first light of day and

    head out in the safari vehicles for your

    introduction to some of the animals of

    the dry floodplain environment, looking

    for zebra, wildebeest, impala and preda-

    tors such as wild dog and cheetah.

    return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

    after a delicious spread of tea and cake,

    head out for sundowners. park at the

    edge of a lagoon and watch herds of

    elephant and a myriad of birds coming

    down to drink whilst the sun sets and

    you are given an informal talk on the

    geological history of the area.

    return to camp for a sumptuous dinner.

    mor e m i gam e r e s e rve & okavango de lta pg 6

  • DAY 3

    after breakfast, take a game drive to the

    lagoons edge and board a boat to ex-

    plore the waters of the delta.

    the open lagoons provide a wonderful

    contrast in habitat after the dry forest ar-

    eas and floodplains. putt along the maze

    of channels, stopping to admire rare birds

    and the diversity of aquatic life.

    spot small crocodiles basking in the sun

    on sparkling white sandbanks and hippos

    jousting for territories with spectacular

    splashes and clashes of jaws and some

    serious dental equipment.

    have a picnic lunch on a sandy bank in

    the river and cool off at a safe swimming

    spot. relax and sneak in a short siesta.

    return to your boat and head back along

    the waterways towards camp. search out

    creatures typical of the ecosystem and

    explore the interrelationships of species

    and the systems in which they live.

    arrive at camp, freshen up, relax and en-

    joy the camp fire and your last candle

    light dinner in the moremi.

    DAY 4

    say your farewells and transfer out of the

    delta to camp kalahari.

    PuTT ALONg The mAzE of chAnnELs, STOPPiNg TO ADmirE rArE birDs & The DivErsiTy Of AquATic Life.

    mor e m i gam e r e s e rve & okavango de lta pg 7


  • AcAciAS & ADvEnTurE...3 NighTS iN The mAkGADikGADi pAns & The kALAhAri DEsErT


    DAY 1

    arrive at camp kalahari, nestled amongst the acacias and

    mokolwane palms of Brown hyaena island, on the edge of

    the makgadikgadi salt pans, adjacent to the makgadikga-

    di-nxai pans national park, Botswana.

    this traditional bush camp has ten spacious meru tents,

    comprised of six twin tents, three double tents and one

    family unit which has two adjacent tents, accommodating

    two guests in each with an inter-leading bathroom.

    all tents have en-suite outdoor bathrooms, hot and cold

    running water and flush loos along with comfy beds,

    crunchy cotton sheets, traditional african blankets and hot

    water bottles in winter.

    The following iTinerary is an ouTline of The acTiviTies offered

    during your sTay aT camp kalahari. The order in which The

    acTiviTies are experienced may vary depending on weaTher and/or

    oTher facTors. please noTe ThaT guesTs wiTh an early morning

    deparTure will noT Be aBle To do The final mornings acTiviTy.



    due TO AN ONgOiNg hAbiTuATiON PrOgrAmme, iTS POSSibLe fOr gueSTS

    TO GET up cLosE & pErsonAL wiTh TheSe cApTivATinG creATureS!

    a thatched central library, lounge and dining

    area, allow one to relax and enjoy the se-

    renity of this enchanting area, and for those

    whod like to cool off, or enjoy a lazy siesta

    in or out of the sun, theres the thatched

    swimming pool pavilion.

    head off after tea in the beautiful afternoon

    light, stop to watch the sun set and listen

    to an explanation of how the makgadikgadi

    pans, the remnants of the worlds largest

    ever super-lake, were formed.

    return to camp kalahari for dinner.

    DAY 2

    set off in the morning to visit some of the

    kalaharis most fascinating inhabitants, the

    meerkats. as a meerkats wake up time is

    weather dependent, breakfast might be en-

    joyed in camp on cooler and rainy days, or

    as a picnic on warmer, sunnier days.

    due to an ongoing habituation programme,

    its possible for guests to get up close and

    personal with these captivating creatures.

    remember, they are not tame just used

    to our non-threatening presence. on chilly

    mornings, you might well find a meerkat

    snuggling up to you for warmth.

    or, in the absence of a termite mound or

    tree, using your head as a sentry lookout

    post By spending quality time with these

    incredibly social, superbly adapted animals,

    you will be able to see how they interact with

    each other and their environment.

    you also get the chance to see the desert

    through the eyes of a meerkat which,

    despite the fact that its only a foot off the

    ground, is a pretty spectacular vantage

    point, and definitely one of the most special

    and memorable game experiences you will

    encounter in Botswana.

    leave the meerkats as they continue with

    their eternal foraging, to visit a remote cat-

    tle-post. here you will learn about the tradi-

    tional culture of the Batswana people.

    close by is the famous chapmans Baobab

    (also known as the seven sisters) which is

    acknowledged to be the third largest tree in

    africa, and was the campsite of early explor-

    ers like livingstone and selous when they

    pioneered the area.

    this gives you an opportunity to gain a fas-

    cinating insight into the history of the early


    return to camp for a refreshing lunch and



    ONe Of The ONLy PLAceS iN The wOrLd where The siLEncE is so compLETE yOu cAN heAr The bLOOd circuLATiNg ThrOugh yOur eArS...after tea, travel down to the pans where

    you will be given a brief safety talk before

    mounting your trusty quad bike to head off

    across the pans.

    watch the sun set and the stars rise. this

    is one of the only places in the world where

    the silence is so complete you can hear the

    blood circulating through your ears.

    there is not one visual landmark to be seen,

    and one swiftly loses ones sense of per-

    spective where 16000 square kilometers of

    baking soda void are, inhabited only by you

    and a few gazillion invisible brine shrimp!

    DAY 3

    early in the morning, comb the edge of the

    extinct lakeshore to find some of the many

    stone tools and fossils that litter the pan

    surface and learn of the origins of early man.

    return to camp for brunch.

    after tea, head off in search of some unique

    desert species such as aardvark, bat eared

    foxes, aardwolves, and the elusive brown hy-

    aena, which is the third rarest large carnivore

    in africa, with only about 8,000 in the wild.

    Brown hyaenas are the consummate desert

    specialists, surviving in arid areas where

    both food and water are scarce. a timid,

    nocturnal species rarely seen by humans,

    but in spite of being solitary foragers; they

    are very social animals, living in clans of

    up to 10-12 hyaenas. enjoy a night game

    drive back to camp, and with the aid of a

    spot light, look for nocturnal desert inhab-

    itants such as aardvark, bat eared foxes,

    aardwolves, porcupine, honey badgers and

    perhaps even a black maned kalahari lion!

    arrive at camp kalahari in time for dinner.


    uNchArTed AfricA hAS PiONeered ANd pAssionATELy supporTED cuLTurAL Tourism iN bOTSwANA SiNce The cOmPANyS iNcePTiON iN 1993.

    DAY 4

    spend the morning walking with the

    zu/hoasi Bushmen.

    uncharted africa has pioneered and pas-

    sionately supported cultural tourism in

    Botswana since the companys inception

    in 1993.

    it has long been our belief that it is a vitally

    important tool in terms of preserving this

    unique, but sadly fast-vanishing, culture.

    we have been working closely with the

    zu/hoasi people of the western kalahari

    for many years and are privileged to have

    Bushmen women, men and pre-school chil-

    dren comprised of four generations, living

    at Jacks camp in the makgadikgadi.

    offering a window into the past, they teach

    us how they have survived in this harshest

    of environments, using their vast and an-

    cient knowledge of plants, animal behav-

    iour and survival skills.

    the zu/hoasi lead a semi-traditional life-

    style, and share their traditional hunting and

    food-gathering skills as well as how they

    make jewellery and hunting equipment, it

    is a glimpse into their fast-vanishing, tradi-

    tional way of life, but by no means an at-

    tempt to keep them frozen in time.

  • cam p kalahar i pg 14

    through our initiative, a community is able

    to work together and share their knowl-

    edge with each other and our guests,

    allowing the older generation to pass the

    knowledge on to the next generation. the

    young children are the future and we hope

    that they carry the knowledge and tradi-

    tions of their incredible ancient culture into

    the modern world with a sense of pride

    and personal empowerment.

    after breakfast, drive through the bush

    to the traditionally built Bushmen village

    where the community gathers during the

    day. the huts provide shelter from the

    harsh kalahari environment, but are not

    the communitys permanent accommoda-


    on arrival, the elders of the community

    will meet you in a traditional manner after

    which you will walk out into the bush with

    the men, women and children.

    the focus of the walk will be to provide

    a gentle introduction to the kalahari and

    Bushmen way of life. the group will point

    out the distinct ecological characteristics

    of this area and its animal and bird spe-


    spontaneous gathering and discussions

    about the uses of plants and wildlife by

    your Bushmen guides provide the link be-

    tween culture and wild environment that

    we seek to offer our guests.

    enjoy one more camp kalahari lunch; be-

    fore you bid farewell to the makgadikgadi

    in preparation for your onward journey.

    meeTiNg The buShmeN iS Like fiNdiNg OuT who you rEALLy ArE. ANd, iTS A wONderfuL diScOvery, becAuSe Theyre Such LOveLy, GEnTLE pEopLE. Alex Shoumatoff, vanity fair


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