Botswana Suggested Itineraries
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Botswana Suggested Itinerary - Okavango Delta Walking Safari (Footsteps Across The Delta) is an example itinerary of 3 nights but can be customized to your requirements.

Footsteps across the Delta walking
The Footsteps camp is in a remote part of the Okavango Delta and home to two safaris. Firstly 'Footsteps Across the Delta' a walking safari and secondly 'Young Explorers', a specialist family safari. From this wonderful base we are able to offer something very special – the opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot: to get up close and personal with the African bush.
At Footsteps Across The Delta (walking safari) you enter one of the great, untamed regions of Africa: the spectacular Okavango Delta. Experience the astonishing contrasts created when the mighty Okavango River flows into the arid Kalahari Desert – the result is a variety of habitats, riverine forest, palm islands, permanent swamps and dry sandveld all with an unparalleled wealth of animal diversity.
This safari maintains the elegance and eccentricity of the original ‘under canvas African safari’. The emphasis is on exploring this breathtakingly beautiful and diverse environment as the first African explorers did, either by Mokoro (dependent on water levels) or on foot.
This comfortable and private Footsteps camp accommodates guests in three specially designed twin-bedded Meru tents, complete with sewn-in floors. Each tent has its own bucket shower and porcelain flush toilet, which is attached to the back of the tent and there is even a daily laundry service. The ‘bush kitchen’ is run by our chef and prepares menus to whet all appetites.
Walking in the wilderness is the highlight of a true safari experience. No special training is required as the focus is on exploration and discovery – tracking fresh spoor each morning to reveal the night’s events. Guests will be in the hands of the best professional guides whose first passion is to interpret and bring to life every aspect of the bush. Other possible activities include game-drives, Mokoro or fishing trips, which vary throughout the year.
Day 1 – Footsteps Across the Delta (Okavango Delta)
Footsteps across the Delta accommodationOn arrival in Maun you will be met by a Ker & Downey Botswana representative, then board a light aircraft transfer to the Shinde Private concession. The flight is approximately 25 minutes and you will be amazed as the desert transforms to delta before your eyes. At the airstrip you are met by your guides and transfer in a 4x4 safari vehicle to camp. Over a refreshing drink and light lunch you will be briefed on activities and safety during your stay, then it is time to settle into camp.

Later in the afternoon begin your first lesson in bush craft and some basic pointers regarding animal behaviour and respect for all the inhabitants of the wilderness. Following this introduction over tea and cake, it is time to set out on your first short walk, allowing you to time to become accustomed to some of the sights, sounds and smells that make up the language of the African bush.
On return to camp take a piping hot, bucket shower under the stars, before aperitifs around the fire. During a sumptuous dinner, we discuss the lessons of the day, and learn more about Botswana, the history and its people.
Day 2 – Footsteps Across the Delta (Okavango Delta)
Footsteps across the Delta mekoroThe day begins before sunrise with coffee/tea around the fire, and breakfast before heading out to see what the bush has in store for us. Following the water’s edge provides spectacular views of curious hippos and the multitude of water birds often including many migratory visitors. Plains game abounds; giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, impala, wildebeest and herds of lechwe graze on the open flood plains. On return to camp walking along the forest’s edge you will often find bachelor elephants dozing in the shade, or bathing in the lagoons as the day heats up.
After a delicious lunch and a lazy afternoon napping or reading it is time to venture out again, this time (water level permitting) by mokoro on the lookout for the sitatunga, one of the world’s most unusual and secretive species mainly found in the Okavango Delta. The mokoro provides one of the best opportunities to view this wonderful semi aquatic antelope, while discovering some of the multitude of plants and animals that make up this diverse ecosystem.
Day 3 – Footsteps Across the Delta (Okavango Delta)
Woken early by the sounds of the bush we head out again in search of wildlife learning about tracking skills over the thick Kalahari sands. Lions can be found and other species of mammals seen on walks include buffalo, wild dog and cheetah. All can be viewed safely on foot from a respectable distance and encounters like these are the ones you’ll never forget! The afternoon is time to take it easy after the long morning walk! Perhaps trying a spot of fishing, Okavango style, either along the banks of lagoons and channels or, for the more adventurous from the mokoro! Alternatively should you wish to take a game drive to explore the area slightly further afield you may also do so as the safari vehicle is always at your disposal. The final dinner is cause for much celebration as the safari draws to an end, toasting new friends, reminiscing over unique experiences and lifelong memories, finally drifting off to sleep with the ever-present chorus of the hippos and the tinkle of the reed frogs.
Day 4 – Footsteps Across the Delta (Okavango Delta)
The morning is spent according to your departure time, and if time allows, a final activity. A final drive back to the airstrip and it is time for farewells to your guides, before taking off to your next destination.
Walking Safari Season:
Low Season: December 2017, 01 to 05 January 2018 & March 2018 & December 2018 & 01 to 05 January 2019
Shoulder Season: April to June 2018 & November 2018
High Season: July to October 2018
As there are only 3 tents in the Footsteps Across the Delta Camp, rates are dependent on the number of people traveling but for 2018, you can look at from US$1950 per person for low season.
Light aircraft flights as indicated in the itinerary
Road transfers as indicated on the itinerary
Accommodation on twin basis
All meals when in camp
Selected (local brand) beverages (South African wines and spirits)
Activities as indicated on the itinerary
Park fees and concession fees in accordance with the itinerary.

International flights, visas or taxes
Any optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
Any excluded beverages/items
Any extra purchases (curio shopping etc.)
Tips and gratuities
Medical and luggage insurance (Ker & Downey Botswana camps have emergency evacuation to the nearest regional medical facility, but this covers emergencies only).
Please note:
All transfer times in light aircraft will be advised the day prior to travel and are subject to fluctuations in accordance with aircraft scheduling. Movements are arranged to be as convenient as possible around activities and meals.
Operates from 1st March 2018 to 30th November 2018.
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