August 2010

Children of all ages welcome…

Jacana Camp

Just a reminder that both Jacana and Seba camps welcome children of all ages and are ready to share the delights of the Okavango with family travelers.
Herewith an excerpt from the Seba family programme: “One of the biggest dilemmas facing families who want to go on safari is judging the best age to bring their children. If they are too young, you risk them not appreciating the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in this fascinating world. In addition, trying to keep their attention might simultaneously detract from the parents’ and other guests’ experience. But wait too long and you could miss that magical expression of wonderment when a child sees their first elephant in the wild. In an age where wilderness areas and the multitude of wildlife that inhabits them are constantly at threat, we believe that the next generation holds the key to environmental conservation in the future. Consequently, unlike many camps, we do not have a minimum age restriction for our younger guests (nor do we have a maximum either!).”
Fantastic news indeed – and an opportunity to experience the magic of the Okavango Delta in the company of your children – a family holiday of a lifetime!!!

Seba Camp


Wilderness Safaris in colaboration with Gunotsoga Village:

Guests are now able to take part in a village tour from Vumbura Plains, Little Vumbura or Duba Plains, travelling by helicopter on a 15-minute scenic flight each way. Gunotsoga is a small community village and has a population of about 750 people. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Okavango Community Trust (OCT) and is one of the five villages from which Wilderness Safaris leases the Kwedi Concession, on which the Vumbura camps are situated.

The economic base of the village is subsistence farming and fishing, and the village has also started a Community Development Fund whereby 20% of the money generated from these tours will be invested in community projects. The tour will include many facets including being met by the chief, seeing the primary school and local clinic and visiting the local ironmonger and see how various implements are forged. The approximate 3-hour trip is sure to enhance guests’ understanding of local Setswana life and culture.

Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains camp

Kalahari Plains Camp – Response to Continued Allegations of Wilderness Safaris’ involvement in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) by controversial NGO Survival International.
In response to press releases and postings in the social media space containing allegations regarding Wilderness Safaris presence in the northern Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Wilderness Safaris has prepared a briefing that addresses the concerns and allegations made. To view this briefing, please refer to the press release posted on the website here.
This is what Wildreness Safaris has to say about these allegations: “There is nothing untoward about our involvement at Kalahari Plains. Survival International seeks only to apply pressure on the tourism industry in order to exert pressure on the Botswana Government. The involvement of this organization has ironically been the single biggest obstacle to progress in the CKGR.”
Images of this newly built Kalahari Plains Camp in Central Kalahari Game Reserve:

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Experience  The Kalahari @ Khutse Game Reserve

Derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning “the great thirst”, or Kgalagadi, meaning “a waterless place”, the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water. The Kalahari has a number of game reserves—the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR, the world’s second largest protected area), Khutse Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with a focus on Khutse Game Reserve.

Khutse Game Reserve, which is the southern extension of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, was established to conserve the pans of the Central Kalahari. Khutse, meaning “place to kneel down and drink”, is renowned for its ancient pans that once formed part of Africa’s largest inland lake. The waterholes now attract a wide variety of game and bird-life and in turn attracting the predators including leopard, cheetah and the famous black mane lion.

Activities on offer are a combination of both wildlife and cultural experiences thus offering a complete range of bush experiences from game drives into the reserve, guided walks that interpret the tracks and signs of the wild. Here, one is able to absorb the local culture and traditions of the San (Basarwa) people by enjoying the bushman experience and reflect on centuries of the local history of the land. All activities are focussed into the Khutse Game Reserve.

What a great way to explore the bush in true luxury than by staying at the lovely Khutse Kalahari Lodge. This luxury lodge is situated at the eastern gate of the Khutse Game Reserve, just a three hour drive, 220 kms north-west from Gaborone, and is the final frontier before one enters the renowned Central Kalahari Desert and Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge is only reachable by 4×4 and therefore gives the outdoor enthusiast an unparalleled encounter with the bush. Simple, yet stylish decor ensure maximum comfort and opulence whilst remaining right on nature’s doorstep.