Okavango Big Five

Okavango Delta Botswana: (IT-BORT01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/botswana_okavango_big5_horseback_safari.aspx

Introduction
Okavango Delta Botswana
A remote and exciting horseback safari deep into the world renowned wilderness of the Okavango Delta!

The Okavango Delta is undoubtedly the most outstanding of Botswana’s natural wonders, a 15,000 square kilometer wilderness of floodplain and forest interlaced with lagoons and waterways, and teeming with game and birds. A riding safari through this spectacular wetland sanctuary is an exciting and memorable experience for experienced horse riding enthusiasts with a passion of nature and international travel. Botswana is quintessential African wilderness: A vast country of savannah, desert, wetlands and salt pans, making it an ideal and varied safari destination. While nearly three quarters of the country is covered by the magnificent Kalahari Desert, yet in the north lies the Okavango Delta, the largest wetland delta in the world and an amazing contrast to behold. Botswana's huge wildlife populations make for some of the best game viewing in all of Africa. On the safaris here, you regularly encounter elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a multitude of other plains game and the big cats!

This is an extremely professional establishment, owned and operated by PJ and Barney Bestelink for more than two decades. They offer the very best in African riding safaris today; among other accolades, they have most recently been given the title, 'Winnner of Best Riding Safari Property in Africa' for 2013 awarded by 'The Safari Awards.' The safaris operate in their own private concession of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Western region of the Okavango Delta. Guests will be riding for four to six hours a day through some of the most scenic and top quality game viewing areas available in the world! The immediate area includes three major river systems of the Okavango Delta: the Xudum, the Matsibie and the Kiri. These rivers have created palm islands, grassy flood plains, mopane forests and clear streams. When the flood plains are full, the horses can wade through the water from island to island. Game viewing includes the sought after Big Five, as well as equivocal African game such as meerkats, honey badgers and red lechwe.

Safari groups are kept small, which allows for a personal touch on each individual departure which usually last for five, seven or ten nights in the wilderness; your overnight accommodations will be at a selection of luxury bush camps, pending on the safaris trail chosen for the group. Kujwana Camp is the base camp with luxury tented chalets combining double or twin beds with ensuite bathrooms - each with private facilities. The other two camps - Moklowane Camp and Kiri Fly Camp - consist of dome tents or bed rolls under the stars. Meals are cooked by an expert chef and are prepared every day to suit the activities organized – saddlebag picnic breakfasts and lunches are a specialty before a three course candlelit gourmet dinner is served once back at camp. With over 50 horses schooled and brought up in the African bush, the guides can and do go to any length to make the best match of horse and rider.

The game trails you follow are sometimes the same routes used by the herds of elephant or buffalo, and when lucky, you may get the exhilarating opportunity to gallop alongside the giraffe or zebras. As you will be riding in an area of dangerous game, notably the elephant, buffalo and cats – these riding safaris in Botswana can only experienced riders who are confident and capable riding at all paces. Rides are usually early in the day to avoid the most intense heat and sun, while afternoons are spent at leisure with a siesta or relaxing bird walks or mokoro rides (water levels permitting), or jeep game drives. Non-Riders are welcome here too! They can have their own guide and enjoy game drives, walks and Mokoros while their friends are out riding. 
 

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a wilderness ride, so nights will be spent in safari tents in different locations.

6day/5night trip
Night 1, 2, & 5: Kujwana Camp
Night 3 & 4: Mokolowane Camp

8day/7night trip
Night 1, 2, 5, 6, & 7: Kujwana Camp
Night 3 & 4: Mokolowane Camp


Kujwana Camp
Kujwana camp is situated on the Xudum River south west of Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta. Tents are a mixture of pole-and-canvas lodging with sliding doors and Meru tents, with very comfortable handmade bespoke beds. There are two double-bedded tents and two twin bedded tents complete with attractive furnishings, bedside tables, hanging cupboard, luggage rack, floor rug, and chairs. Bathrooms are en-suite with flushing toilets and lovely hot showers. This camp has a swimming pool, a bar, and a library to keep you entertained for when you are not riding. WiFi access allows you to stay in touch with family. The areas between the three rivers contrast greatly and support different species of game and birds. Limited charging facilities available. Laundry and ironing is completed every day, inclusive of total cost.


Mokolwane Camp
Mokolwane camp is North West of Kujwana on the Matsebi River which is the main feeder for Lake Ngami. This camp is situated in the open flood plains, which receive floodwater 3 weeks earlier than Kujwana camp. The vegetation consists of smaller palm islands and wide-open spaces. Mokolwane is also an 8-bedded camp with 5 tree houses. The tree houses (accommodation) are 10 feet off the ground boasting superb views, each with private bathroom with flushing toilets and hot showers. There is no WIFI or laundry on this site.

Room Occupancy
The first three singles to book will have their own guaranteed “no single supplement”. After this guests would be requested to share or pay a single supplement.


Meals
All meals are included from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day. Safari cooks prepares three meals a day. Emphasis is on fresh vegetables and salads. Fresh bread is baked every day. Light lunches, cold meats, salads and three course dinners served by candle light at the dining table near the campfire. Beer, bottled water, an assortment of cool drinks, and a limited choice of spirits are available. Cordials, tea, and coffee are freely available, and house wine is served with dinner. Special requests can be catered for with advance notice and billed out accordingly.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice. Please let us know at the time of booking.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Ability
Participants all need to master the basic aids, be able to post to the trot for stretches of 10 minutes at a time, be comfortable at all paces and be able to gallop out of trouble. It is a great advantage if you are a fit and a proficient rider.

Pace
We spend between 4-6 hours in the saddle a day. This is broken by refreshment stops and a 10-minute walk for every two hours spent in the saddle. This eases up the rider using different muscles, and helps the horse from constant pressure of the rider’s weight.
The going is normally quite good and firm along the edges of the islands allowing the ride to move on at a trot and canter.

Horses
Full and part Thoroughbred, Pure Arab, Anglo Arab, Friesian cross, and Botswana Warmbloods (American Saddle bred cross African Boerperd) between 14 and 17 hands. All are well-schooled, responsive and even tempered. There is a wide range of horses (over 60) suitable for all kinds of riders. Every effort is made to match horse and rider.
The horses are chosen with temperament and suitability at the forefront. Many of the horses have either been sourced through close friends in Harare, Zimbabwe or are selected from well-known breeders in South Africa. In recent years, we have carefully selected mares to join our team and using Lamu, an American Saddlebred, we are breeding more of our own horses now.
When not on safari the horses freely graze the grassy molapos of the delta through the day. They graze loose and this truly is one of the amazing sights you will see while on safari with us.

Tack
Tack is English Style and South African Trail saddles. Each saddle has a seat saver for comfort. Tack is of high quality and kept in good condition. Saddles are well known makes such as Ideals, Albion, and Symonds. Most horses are in snaffle bridles.

Weight Limit
Maximum weight is 200 lbs (14 ½ stone or 90 kg). Guests may be required to step on the scales. We do not accept riders over that weight.

Children
We accept children over 12 years of age unless special arrangement is made with the camp for younger children and family groups. In order for a child to ride, we ask for a letter confirming the child's competence from an independent equine professional.

Safety
All rides are led by qualified, specialized and/or professional guides and a back up guide. A 375 rifle is carried on all the rides. All camps and vehicles have radio communication and guides ride with hand held radios. A demonstration is given at the beginning of the safari with a talk on how to handle big game situations. Should an accident happen all guests are registered with a helicopter evacuation service which can get you to a hospital within 20 minutes.
A medical kit is kept in the camp.

Non-Riding Activities
Although our priority is riding, we offer alternative activities during the afternoons that are not day rides. A 6-hour morning can be tiring so afternoons are spent at leisure with evening bird walks or mokoro rides (water levels permitting). Afternoon game drives and night spotting are also offered.

Non-Riders
We can accommodate non-riders but they must be booked in as such. Non-Riders have their own guide and enjoy game drives, walks and Mokoros. They move with the riding guests to the various fly camps and join non-riding activities and picnics.

Insurance
All guests must have adequate medical and travel insurance to join this trip. Guests must check that there travel insurance covers horse riding. This is often an extra that must be added on.

Itinerary

6day/ 5night Sample Itinerary- subject to changes
A 5-night itinerary is the perfect introduction to the delta. Guests explore both Kujwana and Mokolowane camps, enjoying at least one of our infamous picnic rides and a full day’s trek of around 30km in the saddle.

Day 1: Kujwana Camp
You are met at Maun Airport before a 25 minute transfer by helicopter straight into camp, or by light aircraft to Pompom airstrip, which is then roughly an hour’s drive to camp by vehicle or boat. Once you arrive in camp you will be given time to settle in before lunch and an introduction talk with demonstration on tack and advice on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 – 2 hours.

Day 2:
Kujwana Camp
Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. After breakfast, a morning ride in the Xudum area, wading through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island, surprising a timid reedbuck out his dense cover on a heavily wooded island, or enjoy the herds of lechwe and zebra moving through the open spaces. Return to camp for lunch followed by a siesta. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks and evening night drive with a spot light to end, returning to camp for a three course candlelit meal.

Day 3: Mokolowane Camp
Ride from Kujwana to Mokolowane camp. This is approximately 30km ride heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system, where you will see a wide variety of game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim, and then a further 2 hours ride to Mokolowane camp. Arrive at sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplain. The open skylines of Mokolowane camp make for great star gazing.

Day 4: Mokolowane Camp
Morning game drive. This camp is on the Matsebe river system and features wide open flood plains interspersed with Mokolowane palms, favorite food of elephant and baboon. It is also a good area for plains’ game. Alternatively take a peaceful mokoro trip up the river and enjoy the tranquility of the delta from our dug out canoes.
In the afternoon head out for a 2-3 hour ride and enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon.

Day 5: Kujwana Camp
A full day’s ride from Mokolowane to Kujwana with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35 km, with 4 hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. This ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum River at numerous hippo channels. Picnic lunch en route, arriving at Kujwana at sunset.

Day 6:
 Departure 
Early morning game ride out of Kujwana camp if flight times permit. Guests leave after breakfast. One hour’s game drive to the nearest airstrip for transfer by light aircraft into Maun or a 20 minute helicopter ride.

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8day/ 7night Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

A 7-night itinerary takes in the same as the 5 night itinerary, with an extra day at Kujwana camp, allowing guests to explore more of the area around the Matsebi river. and normally two picnic rides.

Day 1: Kujwana Camp
You are met at Maun Airport before a 25 minute transfer by helicopter straight into camp, or by light aircraft to Pompom airstrip, which is then roughly an hour’s drive to camp by vehicle or boat. Once you arrive in camp you will be given time to settle in before lunch and an introduction talk with demonstration on tack and advice on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 – 2 hours.

Day 2:
Kujwana Camp
Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. After breakfast, a morning ride in the Xudum area, wading through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island, surprising a timid reedbuck out his dense cover on a heavily wooded island, or enjoy the herds of lechwe and zebra moving through the open spaces. Return to camp for lunch followed by a siesta. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks and evening night drive with a spot light to end, returning to camp for a three course candlelit meal.

Day 3: Mokolowane Camp
Ride from Kujwana to Mokolowane camp. This is approximately 30km ride heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system, where you will see a wide variety of game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim, and then a further 2 hours ride to Mokolowane camp. Arrive at sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplain. The open skylines of Mokolowane camp make for great star gazing.

Day 4: Mokolowane Camp
Morning game drive. This camp is on the Matsebe river system and features wide open flood plains interspersed with Mokolowane palms, favorite food of elephant and baboon. It is also a good area for plains’ game. Alternatively take a peaceful mokoro trip up the river and enjoy the tranquility of the delta from our dug out canoes.
In the afternoon head out for a 2-3 hour ride and enjoy the beautiful colours of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon.

Day 5: Kujwana Camp
A full day’s ride from Mokolowane to Kujwana with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35 km, with 4 hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. This ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum River at numerous hippo channels. Picnic lunch en route, arriving at Kujwana at sunset.

Day 6:
 Kujwana Camp 
A morning ride around the East of Kujwana camp. Shady rain pans and thick riverine forest make this ride an ideal time to track a breeding herd of elephants. Break for a chocolate bar on the edge of a hippo pool, before riding on into more open areas with the chance of picking up a herd of buffalo moving through. Afternoon mokoro allows for a relaxing trip being poled through the watery wilderness surrounding Kujwana.

Day 7:
 Kujwana Camp 
A full morning ride exploring the western Baobab area. Small islands linked by numerous hippo channels eventually lead you onto Boabab Island. A good habitat for Cheetah and breeding grounds for Carmine Bee eaters, our summer visitor. Boabab Island has thick riverine forest and is a good area for general game viewing (and the unexpected).

Day 8: Departure
 
Early morning game ride out of Kujwana camp if flight times permit. Guests leave after breakfast. One hour’s game drive to the nearest airstrip for transfer by light aircraft into Maun or a 20 minute helicopter ride.

Note:
We reserve the right to alter the itinerary according to water levels and game movements. Mokoros (dugout Canoes) are offered as an activity depending on water levels. Re:10 night itinerary - on day 6 the horses are sometimes rested and other activities are offered, i.e.Mokoro with picnic lunch, game drive or bird walk.


Rates and Dates for Okavango Big Five

Rates include:

7 nights accommodations at the base camp and fly camp, all meals, local drinks within reason, 7 riding days, guided game drives & walks, laundry service, concession fees & taxes

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionGBP ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP (High Season)£5670$7600
  • B
    20198 day trip, AP (Mid Season)£4620$6195
  • C
    20198 day trip, AP (Low Season)£3990$5350
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.34
Minimum Deposit: ~$50.00 per person

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionGBP~US$
2019 Transfer from Maun via helicopter (25 min) per person (min of 2), per way £ 260 $350
2019 Fixed wing and boat or vehicle transfer from/ Maun via Xaranna, pp, per way (seasonal) £ 200 $270
2019 Road/boat from Maun (4 hrs) per person (min of 2), per way £ 100 $135
2019 Transfer from Kasane via plane and boat per person (min of 2), per way £ 320 $430
2019 Transfer from Xaranna airstrip via vehicle and boat per person (min of 2), per way £ 60 $80
2019 Upgrade to suite, per room £ 560 $750
2019 Single supplement is NOT available £ 0 $0
2019 Transfer from Kasane to Victoria Falls via vehicle £ 70 $95

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2019 05/18 - 05/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 05/21 - 05/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 05/25 - 06/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 05/28 - 06/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/01 - 06/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/04 - 06/11 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/08 - 06/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/11 - 06/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/15 - 06/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/18 - 06/25 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/22 - 06/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/25 - 07/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 06/29 - 07/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/02 - 07/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/06 - 07/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/09 - 07/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/13 - 07/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/16 - 07/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/20 - 07/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/23 - 07/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Expired
A 2019 07/27 - 08/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 07/30 - 08/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/03 - 08/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/06 - 08/13 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/10 - 08/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/13 - 08/20 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/17 - 08/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/20 - 08/27 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/24 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/27 - 09/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/03 - 09/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/07 - 09/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/10 - 09/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/14 - 09/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/17 - 09/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/21 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/24 - 10/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/28 - 10/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/01 - 10/08 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/05 - 10/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/08 - 10/15 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/12 - 10/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/15 - 10/22 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/19 - 10/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/22 - 10/29 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/26 - 11/02 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 10/29 - 11/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/02 - 11/09 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/05 - 11/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/09 - 11/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/12 - 11/19 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/16 - 11/23 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/19 - 11/26 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/23 - 11/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/26 - 12/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 11/30 - 12/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/03 - 12/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/07 - 12/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/10 - 12/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/14 - 12/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/17 - 12/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/21 - 12/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/24 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/28 - 01/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 12/31 - 01/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Low Season) 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note:
Trips can also be booked for January, February and December.
However, they are from the base camp only - no fly camps. Shorter stays during this time, minimum 2 riders.

Rates do not include:

Transfers, travel visas, travel and medical insurance, transfers from Maun, staff gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Xudum Camp
Airport: Maun
Transfer: Maun (charter flight) usually in at 12 noon, return by 1 pm.

Climate:


Maun area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

92

91

90

88

84

80

79

85

93

96

95

92

Average Low Temperature (°F)

68

68

66

60

53

47

46

52

60

67

68

68

Average High Temperature (°C)

33

33

32

31

29

27

26

30

34

36

35

33

Average Low Temperature (°C)

20

20

19

16

11

8

8

11

16

20

20

20

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

12

9

8

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

6

9

Source: NOAA


Seasons
 

Autumn (March- April)
Weather: Last of the rains fall during March. Temperatures start to drop toward the end of April. Temp 20 – 30 degree.
Area: Normally no flood water so molapos dry. Local rains over Dec – Feb create a very green environment and top up lagoons. Rain pans holding water big attraction for game as they become more concentrated.
Game: Zebra and wildebeest start their mini migration back to the delta from the rainpans. Migrant bird species start to leave. A lot of elephant in the dry area as the clay bottomed rain pans become their main source of water. Marula trees are ripe, good food for the elephant. Good sightings of hippo and crocodile in the lagoons as they await the arrival of the floodwater.

May- start of dry season
Weather: One of the most interesting months. The flood usually arrives in May.
Area: Dry riverbeds start flowing and the sudden growth of vegetation and sound is phenomenal.
Game: Usually exceptional game viewing on the tongue of the flood as it moves through the area.

Winter (June- July)
Weather: Coldest months especially in the evening. Pleasant during day and dry. Temperature varies 10 –20 degree. Sun shines every day.
Area: Flood normally arrives at Mokolwane mid May and Kujwana about 2 weeks later. Qwaapu receives water mid June. Exciting time to be in the delta. Watching the annual transformation of the delta. Deep wades and swimming begin.
Game: Great birding with the arrival of the floods. As the molapos start to fill they attract big herds of zebra, giraffe and impala. Large herds of buffalo. Elephant start feeding on Mokolwane palms.

Spring (August- October)
Weather: Warming up to hot.
Area: Trees start to flower. Water at its peak and starts to drop toward September and October. Molapas are green and lush. Water lilies fill the lagoons. Very pretty time of year.
Game: Migrant bird species start to arrive. Carmine bee-eaters start to nest. Wattled crane are nesting and in August the elephants feed on the fruit of the palm tree.

Summer (November)- start of rainy season
Weather: Temperatures reach 30 – 40 degrees.
Area: Water levels dropping fast. Good ground.
Game: Ungulates i.e. impala and tsessebe start to calve. Zebra start to foal. Big herds of buffalo.


What To Bring:
Luggage must be packed in soft sided bags only! Air transfers are in light charter aircraft - there is a weight restriction of 20 kg, including hand luggage, per person! We recommend all riding equipment/clothing be carried in hand luggage in case of lost luggage. Any extra luggage can be left with our office in Maun.

Riding clothes should be in neutral, khaki or bush colours, no red or white if possible.

Laundry is done daily in camp but not when moving to fly camp. All laundry is washed by hand by camp staff. Ladies underwear and other personal items may not be sent to the laundry. Washing powder is provided in the bathrooms. Soap, Shampoo, hair conditioner, and body lotion is provided in Kujwana camp. Bedrolls are complete with sheets, duvet and towels provided. A medical kit is kept in the camp.

A limited assortment of half chaps and riding gloves are kept in the camp for loan. Please let us know at the time of booking if you wish to borrow any items.

What to Bring
- Jodpurs or riding jeans: at least two pairs!
- Half or full leather chaps
- Light cotton pants to wear under chaps and or evenings
- Shorts for the midday break
- Helmet
- Riding shoes
- Riding gloves

- Long-sleeve shirt
- T-shirts
- Sweatshirt
- Warm jacket (April to September)
- Plastic poncho for rainy season
- Pants for evenings
- Swimsuit
- Kikoi or sarong
- Socks- 2 changes per day
- Rubber Flip Flop -1 pair
- Sneakers: when not riding
- Hat -wide brim /straw for shade

- Sunglasses
- Suntan lotion
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
- Antihistamine cream, medication, and malaria pills
- Bumbag (Fanny Pack)
- Camera and film
- Binoculars
- Flashlight and spare batteries
- Recharging batteries: facilities are available at Kujwana camp. Power point is British and Botswana (three prong round, or three prong square)

-For Extra Spending: accept cash USD, GBP and credit cards (charge 5% for any transaction)