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Bush Skills Adventure in Botswana
Best time to go: March to November
3 Nights | from £1,995pp
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- Immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyles of Botswana's native peoples
- Pole yourself along the hippo- and croc-studded waterways on a mokoro (dugout canoe)
- Relax on your stylish camp's deck overlooking a permanent lagoon, watching for visiting wildlife
- Learn to fish, forage, track and trap food using age-old methods
- Meet local women and discover how to build shelters and weave baskets
Day 1 Maun / Okavango Delta
Launch your adventure in the delta with a scenic flight from Maun Airport to the edge of Moremi Game Reserve, gazing down at the glittering ribbons and verdant carpet of the Okavango. The short drive to the camp is your first introduction to safari: watch for giraffe, elephant, impala and perhaps even lion on the 45-minute ride.The intimate, luxurious Sanctuary Baines' Camp, named after renowned 19th-century explorer and artist Thomas Baines. is set among shady trees overlooking the Boro River on a 260,000-acre private concession in the Okavango Delta. Settle into your raised suite overlooking the permanent lagoon before setting out on your bush adventure, learning how to survive in the delta by garnering skills taught by deeply knowledgeable local guides.
Sanctuary Baines' Camp | Meals Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Okavango Delta
The quintessential way to traverse the delta's waterways is aboard a mokoro –a traditional dugout canoe. Poling a mokoro is trickier than it looks, but immensely rewarding: learn to stand aside the canoe's stern and handle the pole to glide through the channels –watching for hippos and crocs. Discover the art of making traditional fish-spears and fishing with a rod, then practise tracking an animal on foot, honing your ability to identify the prints of various species. You'll also learn how to find and identify edible plants, make rope out of natural materials and locate precious fresh water in the bush.
Sanctuary Baines' Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Okavango Delta
So now you know how to fish, forage and find water. But there's much more to master if you want to survive in this wild environment. Once you've tracked your prey, how do you catch it? Learn how to build and set animal traps (don't worry –you won't actually be putting this theory into practice!), then weave your own basket to carry your bounty, taught traditional methods by the local women. Collect materials from the bush to build a shelter –your guides will show you just which materials work best. Out in the wilds, navigation is key: learn to steer your course by sun or stars –a delight for avid astronomers. Now you've mastered the basic skills for survival in this beautiful, demanding land –and spotted a wealth of wildlife in the process.
Sanctuary Baines' Camp | Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Okavango Delta / Maun
Enjoy a final game drive back to the airstrip for your light aircraft charter flight to Maun to connect with your onward flight.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 4 day suggested holiday will cost from £1,995 per person, based on two people travelling together, excluding international flights.
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12 hours 40 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
March - November
The best time to travel is between March and November, rain fall is at a minimum and the days are cooler but clear. Early mornings and evenings can be chilly. The Delta is normally in flood from May until August.