Friday, 7 December 2012

Photographic Safaris Along the Chobe River





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Photographic Safaris Along the Chobe River

  
Valid 1st September 2012 to 31st December 2013

NB: PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN DURING THE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE

   

DOUBLE PHOTO SAFARI

·         2  x  3 Hour Photo Activites in Chobe National Park (excluding park entry fees) – One activity on a boat and the other on a game viewer, both within a 24 hour period.
·         Pick up and drop offs from points detailed in itinerary.
·         Use of our Cameras and Lenses

USD $ 240 per person sharing


TRIPLE PHOTO SAFARI

·         3 x 3 Hour Photo Activities in Chobe National Park (excluding park entry fees).
·         Pick up and drop offs from points detailed in itinerary.
·         Use of our Cameras and Lenses

USD $ 360 per person sharing


PHOTO WEEKENDER

·         Two night’s accommodation at Mowana Lodge (4 star) on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis, or similar accommodation type.
·         4 Photo Activities in Chobe National Park, either on the photo boat or unimog game viewer.
·         Transfers as per itinerary
·         National Park Entry Fees
·         Use of our Cameras and Lenses

USD $ 1050 per person sharing  /  USD $ 1300 single

USD $ 850  :  Non- photographer
(as above, excluding photo activites but including a round of Golf or full body massage per stay at Mowana)


BETTER WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

·         Two night’s accommodation at Mowana Lodge (4 star) on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis, or similar accommodation type.
·         Two night’s accommodation at Savanna Lodge (4 star), full board.
·         8 Photo Activities in Chobe National Park, either on the photo boat or unimog game viewer.
·         Full Better Wildlife Photography Course
·         Transfers as per itinerary
·         National Park Entry Fees
·         Use of our Cameras and Lenses

USD $ 2500 per person sharing  /  USD $ 3100 single

USD $ 1800  :  Non- photographer
(as above, excluding photo activites but including a round of Golf or full body massage per stay at Mowana)


ELEPHANT WEEKEND

·         Two night’s accommodation at Mowana Lodge (4 star) on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis, or similar accommodation type.
·         One night accommodation at Elephant Camp (Zimbabwe), full board.
·         One Guided tour of Victoria Falls
·         4 Photo Activities, either on the photo boat or unimog game viewer.
·         Transfers as per itinerary
·         National Park Entry Fees
·         Use of our Cameras and Lenses

USD $ 1450 per person sharing  /  USD $ 1850 single


* EXTRA NIGHT STAY ON THE ABOVE PACKAGES

·         Accommodation at Mowana Lodge (4 star) on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast basis, or similar accommodation type.
·         2 Photo Activities
·         Use of our Cameras and Lenses

USD $ 400 per person sharing


  
Contact us today and secure your seat!

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Botswana Gets Google Street View


Gaborone - Botswana on Monday became the second African country to be featured on Google Maps' Street View, allowing users to explore landmarks such as the Okavango Delta.

"Whether you are planning a safari, doing a homework assignment on Botswana, or promoting your local business, Street View will allow you to experience a slice of the country," said Ory Okolloh, policy manager for Google Sub-Saharan Africa.

Users will now be able to virtually explore the Okavango Delta as well as the Kalahari desert and Chobe National Park - home to the largest concentration of African elephants in the world.

Street View is already available in more than 30 countries around the world. "We hope to add more cultures, landscapes and sites as Street View continues to expand to new places," Okolloh said.

For the News24 report :  
http://www.news24.com/Technology/News/Botswana-gets-Google-Street-View-20121203


Monday, 22 October 2012

Chobe National Park Decongestion Strategy


Chobe National Park Decongestion Strategy

Effective February 1, 2012

Over 75 vehicles enter the Chobe NP at Sedudu Gate everyday. This includes day trippers, camp and lodge vehicles, mobile safari operators and self drive vehicles. Often in peak hours and high season, scenarios like what has happened in the Masai Mara and Ngoro Crater - too many vehicles on wildlife sightings and related issues, has contributed to the DWNP designing a new convuluted system to make our safari experience more difficult.

We must now deal with a reservation system of route(s) usage. Lodges, camps, safari operators will have the early morning and late afternoon hour time slots available for their exclusive use. Day-trippers and self drive, midday.

We believe the objective is to implement the plan on 'The River Bank Route' which runs along the Chobe River from Sedudu gate to Serondela.

Seasonal period                                           Tour operators                  Self drives and day trippers
1st April – 30th September                           Morning: 0600-0900 hrs                    0900-1430hrs
                                                                Afternoon: 1430-1830hrs
1st October - 31st March                              Morning:0530-0900hrs                      0900-1430hrs
                                                                 Afternoon: 1430-1900hrs

If you are booked at Ihaha campsite, you must enter at the Nantanga entrance, (also called route 15) which takes one straight to Ihaha. If you want to game drive on the regulated river front route, you must book the day and time slot, up to 7 days in advance, based on availability of space (limited to 25 vehicles in that midday time slot each day).

It is not clear yet on how one goes about booking this reservation except at Sedudu Gate. Extra fees have been proposed for each route, 3 routes in total. The safari operators, lodges and camps will have their own telephone reservation hotline and eventually via internet. 

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS CODE OF CONDUCT
The aim of this code of conduct is to enhance the quality of experience and safety offered to visitors to Chobe National Park and to ensure the sustainability of its ecotourism.
GAME DRIVES
1. Entry into the park should always be at designated entry points where payments are made.
2. A reasonable following distance of 300 to 500m should be kept between vehicles.
3. Maximum driving speed should be 40km/hr.
4. Only four vehicles are allowed per sighting and a maximum of 5 minutes should be spent by each vehicle.
5. Parking should be done with two-side wheels on the road and the other two-side wheels off the road to avoid off-road driving.
6. DRIVING OFF THE ROAD IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
7. Minimise disturbance to animals to avoid wilful obstruction to other park users.
8. Do not inform another of a sighting through a mobile device, radios and/or cell phones are for emergency purposes only.
9. Respect the animal’s living space; do not go too close to animals.
10. The first person at the sighting should be given priority, never block another vehicle.
11. Always stick/park to the side where the sighting is, to give way to other vehicles.
12. Slow down to avoid accidents and unnecessary dust when you approach another vehicle head on.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Road Conditions Update Botswana August 2012


Road and Track Conditions - August 2012

Shorobe to South Gate:
Is still in a terrible state - it still has to be graded, plenty of corrugations and huge potholes.  Between Shorobe and Mawana Vet Fence, be very careful when cresting some of the little rises as on two of them there are major potholes on top, you can not see them until you are bouncing out of them, one is the width of the road and about 50 cm deep.  From the vet fence to South Gate it is still bumpy and corrugated, but a little better.

Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe Village:
Is also in a terrible state - Bad corrugations and big potholes and some washouts across the road from thelast rainy season, the excuse for not grading the road is that the grader is broken down.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge:
Is fine - the usual sandy patches here and there.  1st bridge has been rebuilt but you can still drive around it as the water hasn’t risen that high this year, 2nd bridge they have half-rebuilt and again you can drive around it as there is no water there. 3rd bridge has been repaired as it was broken last month and undrivable for about 2 weeks. It has been fixed and you can cross  it.

3rd bridge to Xakanaxa:
Is fine -no water crossings. 4th bridge has also been rebuilt as the new bridge was sinking on the one side.  It’s better to use the old bridge, three weeks ago the Game scouts were stripping the new bridge to try and repair it. After 4th bridge the road is fine and one still has to go via the airstrip to Xakanaxa.

South Gate to Xakanaxa:
The road is the normal sandy and dusty track.

South Gate to Khwai (North Gate):
Same as the Xakanaxa road, fine and dusty  -just watch out for the community vehicles flying up  and down the road.

Xakanaxa to Khwai:
The route is sandy in patches and dry. The river crossing is still there but there is also the dry route road
which detours around the river crossing and joins the road at the Dombo turn off.

Khwai to Mababe Gate:
After Khwai bridge the road is dry through the village, when the road does its 90 degree bend to the left and then onto the big crossing, enter the crossing and keep to the extreme far right all the way around, at the deepest it is up to a land-cruiser’s head lights. After the crossing head back to the gravel road and on to the White concrete bridge. After the bridge it is a little corrugated in places but mostly ok until Mababe Gate.

Mababe Gate to Savuti:
After Mababe Gate most people are going right at the fork along the Mababe Depression. After about 20 km the road forks again and most people are going left along the sand ridge route. Some people are going right at this fork, but I have heard it is very bumpy as the Elephants walked through here last rainy season, so many Potholes.

Savuti to Kachikau:
Is all ok - a little sandy here and there but nothing to worry about, From Kachikau of course is all tar, watch out for stray animals between Kachikau and Ngoma Gate.

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Road Conditions June 2012



Botswana Road Conditions  June 2012

Maun to South Gate

From Shorobe to South Gate Via Mawana Vet Fence Is Very Bumpy and Corrugated. The  Grader is still broken. It is also very bumpy and corrugated from Mawana Vet Fence to Mababe.

South Gate to Xakanaxa

Is not bad, A little Bumpy and Dusty.

South Gate to 3rd Bridge

Is the usual bumpy with sandy patches, 1st and 2nd Bridges have been repaired for when the flood arrives.

3rd Bridge to Xakanaxa

Is the usual sandy road, 4th Bridge has been repaired (the old bridge) and the new one is still driveable although leaning a little to the left.

Xakanaxa to Khwai

Is dusty. At the river crossing there is a new road detouring around and is completely dry, this new road comes out almost directly opposite the entrance to Dombo Hippo Pools. The rest of the way from Dombo to Khwai is fine. You can also drive on the Flood Plains but be careful as the flood is arriving now and some roads could be under water.

Khwai to Savuti

From Khwai (North Gate) through the village the road is dry at the moment, but again be careful of the flood waters.  Head over the Concrete (White) Bridge and proceed to Mababe Gate. Once through Mababe Gate most people are going right at the fork, the old Depression road, the “New Road” which is left at the fork is getting sandy and very bumpy. Once at the sand ridge it is getting quite sandy with many vehicles getting stuck already, mostly driver error, wrong gearing. After the sand ridge the road is fine all the way to Savuti.

Savuti to Kasane

Around Savuti the Marsh is getting quite wet so be careful when driving along some of the old roads. From Savuti the road is fine, there are the usual sandy patches, but all is good. From Kachikau the road is tarred of course and is smooth driving; just keep an eye out for both wild and domestic animals running across the road to the river. Once at Ngoma Gate there is a new Game Scout (Very Strict) and he is checking all paper work before letting you through, even if you are taking the transit road he is still checking your camping and entrance vouchers from where you have been. From Ngoma Gate down along the river to Ihaha is a little bumpy and stoney but ok.

Sedudu Gate to Ihaha

I have avoided this section this year due to the ‘Congestion’ problems, most people have!! But now for the last month or so the river route has been under water so no-one can use it anyway!!!!! Any one camping at Ihaha and coming from Kasane has to take the NANTANGA turn off which is 20km on the tar road from Sedudu Gate or at Ngoma Gate.

Safe Driving!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Bana Ba Letsatsi Children's home

We are very proud to support the Bana Ba Letsatsi Childrens Home in Maun.


For more information, or to help support them too - email tara@ngami.net


Bana Ba Letsatsi (Sunshine Children) based in Maun, Northern Botswana.  A centre that supports over 250 vulnerable, at-risk and orphaned children and youths. Bana Ba Letsatsi was registered as an NGO in 2004 and have grown every year since, offering more help to more children in need.

Our centre offers a place of safety for education and counselling, providing food, medical attention, clothes, showers, training, haircuts and meeting any other needs encountered by the children.





Amazing sightings in Botswana this month!

So many sightings in Botswana this month!


Wild dog pack spotted at Tuli 
Brown hyeana spotted at Haina Kalahari
3 newborn lion cubs born at Deception Valley
& 4 Cheetah in the Central Kalahari! 


What a stunning time to be on safari....


Photos taken this week :


"Is this close enough for you?  are you getting my good side?"


"If you aren't going to use that camera and come find me, I'll come to you!"






Elephants came in, inspected and wandered off, no one was harmed in any way!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

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There is lots happening in Botswana in May...
Floodwaters from the Angolan highlands should reach the top of the Okavango Delta panhandle and begin their slow and deliberate progress through the Delta. The rains are over and the nights are cooler with temperatures averaging 15°C. The days are still warm with temperatures up to 35°C. Buffalo begin to group into large herds and visit the river areas more often as the seasonal pans begin to dry. Breeding herds of elephant increase in density daily as they visit the permanent waters. The vivid green bush starts fading to duller dry season colours and the predators begin to enjoy themselves as their colours blend in with their surroundings once again. The migratory birds begin their flights to winter-feeding and breeding grounds overseas.



Road Conditions at the moment....
The Maun to Moremi road past the Vetinerary fence and onto South Gate is very bumpy and corrugated so please drive carefully.  South Gate to Xakanaxa is mostly ok with a few puddles here and there.  In the Xakanaxa area the water is rising so be careful when driving around on the back roads.  Xakanaxa to Khwai, North Gate, is bumpy with some of the bigger holes filled with mud or water making some interesting driving. The new detour road around the water crossing is all dry. It is sign posted so one can't miss it.  Khwai to Savuti : The crossing in the village is dry. The big crossing is big and deep.  I used a different crossing and the water still came over my bull bar and nearly onto the bonnet on my Defender. It's possibly safer to head via South Gate. After the crossing the gravel road is fine to Mababe Gate. After Mababe Gate it is dusty in sections, but still manageable in 2 hrs.  Savuti to Kachikau is all fine. It's the normal bumpy sections with sandy patches.


New Flights from/to Maun in June!

SAA Airlink will be flying daily from South Africa to Maun from 15th June.  This will tie in with the earlier SAA flight from New York, allowing a days travel to the bush in Botswana!
 Air Botswana will also be opening it's daily Cape Town to Maun flights again from 1st June.




Tshima Bush Camp opens 1st June...
A new lodge along the Ghanzi Road, 26kms from Maun, will soon open it's luxury safari tent flaps to show a stunning and convenient location and great bird life along the river.. Amazing hosts Rienie & Michel provide some peace and quiet in the bush before the hustle and bustle of Maun...  P750 per tent per night Bed & Breakfast, definately worth a visit!






Photographic Safaris along the Chobe River...
There is nothing more rewarding than getting the shot you've only dreamed about and what a better location for it.  The Chobe River provides spectacular game viewing.  Our Photographic Safaris allow you to shoot off specialised boats, with free camera usage & tuition.  Day trips on a Unimog into the National Park also available... 




We wish you safe travels and a wonderful month...

Contact us through www.botswanafootprints.com to book a safari of a lifetime..
The warmth & rhythm of Africa will stay with you forever.
Tara......