Private Botswana Mobile Safari & Jacks Camp

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Day 1

    

Missing Point

Day notes

Arrival in to Johannesburg OR Tambo International ( flight details TBA). VIP fast track clearance arrange airside and transit to onward private aircraft for onward flight to Maun, Botswana (1hrs 53 mins flight duration)

Arrive Maun, clear customs and immigration in to Botswana. At this point you will meet your private guide who will remain with you for the duration of the Botswana safari experience.

Continue with private charters Maun to Xakanaka / Khwai Airstrip.


Once in the Moremi, a slow meander/ game drive to familiarise yourselves with the area and then into your first camp in good time to shower and unpack before sundowners and dinner.

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Day 2

    

Missing Point

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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 predators such as wild dog and cheetah.

Return to camp for lunch and a siesta.

Head out for sundowners after consuming an embarrassingly large spread of tea and cakes. 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.

Day 3

    

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After breakfast, take a slow drive to the lagoon’s edge and board a boat to explore the waters of the Delta. The deep open lagoons provide a wonderful contrast in habitat after the dry forest areas and floodplains of your first camp. 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. Learn about the ecology of the waters and look at all the important components of the ecosystem.

Have a picnic lunch on a sandy bank in the river and cool off at a safe swimming spot.
Arrive at your private, lantern-lit camp on an island, deep in the delta, just after sunset. Shower and relax around the fire before dinner under the stars.

Sleep in a mosquito net tent and luxuriate in the freedom of a night in the open, surrounded by nature at her very best.

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Day 4

    

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Rise early and after a short walk around the island, hop back into your boat for a meander through the waterways, absorbing the tranquility of the lagoons and narrow, papyrus-fringed, hippo trails.

This will allow you to immerse yourself completely in the incredible spectacles that the Delta has to offer.

Search out hippo and bathing elephants to understand the importance of the Okavango to these enormous creatures. Marvel at the majesty of elephants from only a few yards away as they wash and feed on the roots of aquatic plants.

Drift back to the vehicles.

Picnic and siesta in the arms of a giant shady baobab. Spend the afternoon seeking out hyena dens and, as the day cools down, watch for hunting cats.

Head on to camp for a refreshing shower and delectable dinner.

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Day 5

    

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After a hearty breakfast, head out for the whole day to explore the wider area around your second camp.
Search out the creatures and plants typical of the ecosystem and explore the interrelationships of species and the systems in which they live.
Seek out the elusive predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard and observe and interpret their behaviour.

Picnic and siesta under a shady mangosteen. Spend your afternoon indulging yourself completely in seeking out your favourite species. Leopard spotting, lion tracking, cheetah chasing and dog discovering. If you want to watch lions mating for two hours or prefer to watch bee eaters hawking insects on the wing then so be it.

Return to camp for dinner - tired, but happy.

Day 6

    

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Day notes

Following final safari activity and breakfast at camp, transfer to the airstrip for onward private charter(s) from Xakanka / Khwai to Tsigaro Airstrip ( Jacks Camp)

Arrive at Jack’s Camp, pitched on a low grassland knoll amongst an oasis of dignified desert palms and Kalahari acacia.

The following itinerary is an outline of the activities offered during your stay at Jack’s Camp. The order in which the activities are experienced may vary depending on weather and/or other factors.

The camp’s hub is a romantic canvas pavilion of low spires and finials with a fluttering valance beneath its eaves and could be the site for a medieval jousting tourney were it not a deciduous green. Three poles support the main chamber where everyone meets for meals at a long communal dining table.

Ten green roomy and stylish canvas tents with ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers (for those who want to feel the Kalahari breeze on their skin) have been fashioned in classical 1940’s style creating an oasis of civilization in what can be the harshest of stark environments…

Persian rugs underfoot, cool cotton sheets and mahogany and brass campaign-style kit from the family safari stores form a striking contrast with the rugged wilderness viewed from the comfort of one’s own veranda.

After settling in to your tent, join your Guide for tea before driving into the grasslands and the beautiful evening light. Stop to watch the sun set and listen to an explanation of how the Makgadikgadi pans, the remnants of the world’s largest ever superlake, were formed.

Return to camp for dinner in the elegant mess tent, a designated national museum of Botswana.

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Day 7

    

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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Set off in the morning to visit some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.

As a meerkat’s wake up time is weather dependent, breakfast might be enjoyed in camp on cooler and rainy days, or as a picnic on warmer, sunnier days.

Due to an ongoing habituation programme, it’s possible for Guests to get up close and personal with these captivating creatures. Remember, they are not tame – just used toour 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 it’s 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 cattle-post. Here you will learn about the traditional culture of the Batswana people.

Close by is the famous Chapman’s Baobab (Also known as the Seven Sisters) which is acknowledged to be the third largest tree in Africa, and was the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area. This gives you an opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the history of the early

explorers.

Return to camp for a rest and refreshing lunch. Uncharted Africa Safari co. is renowned

throughout the industry for menus that emphasis 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 full cooked English breakfasts are on

offer every morning.

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 one’s sense of perspective - 16,000 square kilometres of baking soda void, are inhabited only by you and a few gazillion invisible brine

shrimp!

Day 8

    

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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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 a huge brunch.

After another decadent tea, head off to see some unique desert species such as springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest and the elusive brown hyaena; these consummate desert specialists survive in arid areas where both food and water are scarce. The brown hyaena is a timid nocturnal, solitary forager, rarely seen by humans, but in spite of this, 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 inhabitants such as aardvark, bat eared foxes, aardwolves, porcupine, honey badgers and perhaps

even a black maned Kalahari Lion.

Arrive at Jack’s Camp in time for dinner.

Day 9

    

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Day notes

Spend the morning walking with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen. Uncharted Africa has pioneered and

passionately supported cultural tourism in Botswana since the company’s inception in 1993. It has long been their belief that it is a vitally important tool in terms of preserving this unique, but sadly fast-vanishing, culture. They 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 preschool children comprised of four generations, living at Jack’s 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 ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills.

The Zu/’hoasi lead a semi-traditional lifestyle, 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 fastvanishing, traditional way of life, but by no means an attempt to keep them

frozen in time. Through their initiative, a community is able to work together and share their

knowledge with each other and 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 traditions of their incredible ancient culture into the modern world with a sense of pride and

personal empowerment.

After breakfast, walk 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 community’s permanent accommodation.

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 species.

Spontaneous gathering and discussions about the uses of plants and wildlife by your Bushmen Guides provide the link between culture and wild environment that Uncharted Africa seek to offer Guests.

For those of you who would prefer to spend a little less time exploring and little more time lounging – Jack’s Camp is perfectly adapted…

Time for one more delectable lunch; before you bid farewell to Jack’s Camp and transfer to Tsigaro airstrip for return flight to Maun.

Connect with private charter arranged for flight back to Johannesburg. (1hrs 53 mins flight duration)

Arrival in to Johannesburg fasttrack VIP assistance, where you remain in transit for onward connecting flights international (details TBA)

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