Lodge / Safari Updates


The CAAB has advised that all passengers travelling by light aircraft out of Maun airport (applicable to both domestic and international travel) are required to present official personal identification documents at the security check-point.

The only acceptable documents are National Identity Cards (Omang) for Botswana citizens, Passports for non-Batswana and Birth Certificates for children without Passports or Omangs.

Driver’s licences, photocopies or any other form of picture identification that is not a Passport, Omang or Birth Certificate will not be accepted.

So, it’s very important that passengers are in possession of the relevant identification document when they check-in at Maun airport, and throughout their travels in Botswana. (This is especially relevant to residents of Botswana who are self-driving to Maun, as they may not think it necessary to bring with passports for domestic travel!)

Should passengers not be able to produce one of these identification documents to Airport Security when checking in for their flight, they will be denied boarding.

 

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From 1 July 2011 all passengers travelling betweenSouth AfricaandZambiawill be required to have a yellow fever vaccination certificate. A yellow fever vaccination needs to be completed no less than 10 days prior to travelling. Please also be aware that all transit passengers between the two destinations, irrespective of the transit time period, will require proof of vaccination. Passengers travelling between Europe andZambiawithout passing throughSouth Africawill not be required to have a yellow fever certificate.

Same people, same place – just better…

Lagoon has always been a favourite – the place that people just keep coming back to. Rebuilding a camp that brings out such sentimental feelings in people was always going to be a challenge, trying to make sure none of that emotion was lost.

The favourite bits, hasn’t been changed – the views and the deck out into the Lagoon are all still there. The camp has been designed to incorporate as much of that view as possible. From the lounge, bar, dining room, library, and every bed in the camp, all views are looking straight out onto the water.

The two-level bar and lounge area is open-fronted, and leads out to the pool area on one side, and connects through to the dining area on the other. Stepping down off the dining room deck is our fireside area, and the main deck out over the Lagoon – a great place to relax and enjoy the views. This area is overlooked by the cosy library on the upper floor of the central reception area.

Another favourite part of Lagoon – the wild dogs – are incorporated into the bar and dining area, with photographic prints of them. The décor is a blend of old and new – antique-style vases and morris chairs, modern loungers. The camp has used as much natural material as possible too: old sleepers that were reused from the original camp, large slabs of locally found wood was converted into a bar top, new cabinets were made from recycled teak.

The rooms are spacious and airy, with huge shade net windows that let all the natural light in, and those spectacular views. A thatch roof helps keep everything insulated. Each room has a sundeck, lounge area, and a large changing area that continues through to the bathroom. Little reminders of the safari days gone by: Persian carpets, comfy leather chairs, and a claw-foot bath. But it all comes with the mod-cons: indoor and outdoor showers, solar hot-water with a back up electric element for the odd cloudy day.

Lagoon Camp has changed a lot. But her magic remains!!

In line with the rebranding process taking place throughout Wilderness and in order to further enhance the close relationships between the various arms of the conservation and tourism organisation, Sefofane Air Charters has changed its name to Wilderness Air. The name signifies a logical and strategic move of the 20-year-old air charter company to strengthen its position as a proud member of the extended Wilderness family, while still providing the same excellent service to guests. 

The charter company has been working around the clock to ensure that the new branding is on all aircraft and uniforms. While the name has changed, Wilderness Air is still flying to same remote areas, with the same superb safety record, all with the aim of connecting guests to the wilderness.

What a better way to experience 2 distinct and comparatively different areas of Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Okavango Delta:

Camp Kalahari which is adjacent to Makgadikgadi National Park, is the best way to experience Makgadikgadi and Kalahari and is home to annual zebra and wildebeest migration. 

Xakanaxa Camp located in Moremi which is rated as one of Africa’s finest game-viewing areas, offering sanctuary to abundant herds of elephant, sable, giraffe, tsessebe, lechwe, wildebeest, impala and waterbuck. Lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena complete the picture. 

 

THE SERENE MOONSCAPE OF THE MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

THE PRISTINE WATERWAYS OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA

4 NIGHT / 5 DAYS PACKAGE RATE:

FROM ONLY USD 2 105.00 PER PERSON SHARING!

Camp Kalahari        Xakanaxa Camp

Rates Include: Four nights Accommodation (two nights at each camp), all meals, activities, drinks (except premium brands), park fees, charter flights (seat in plane basis, min. 2 passengers) Maun / CK / Xak / Maun or v.v.

(Laundry & emergency evacuation insurance at Xakanaxa.)

 Rates Exclude: International flights, personal  travel insurance, visas, gratuities.

(Laundry and evacuation insurance at Camp Kalahari.)

Terms & Conditions apply!

Sanctuary Retreats new luxury walking safari camp, Sanctuary Zebra Plains, in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park has been voted one of Travel + Leisure’s “Hottest Destinations for 2011”. The new camp will be opening on 1 June 2011 offering guests the ultimate safari experience without forsaking luxurious comfort and personalised service.

BOOK A STAY AT SANCTUARY ZEBRA PLAINS FOR TWO AND YOUR PARTNER ONLY PAYS 50%, A SAVING OF UP TO US$825! This offer is valid for travel between 1 June-31 July 2011 for new bookings made between 1 February–30 April 2011.

Take a walk on the wild side…

Kalahari Plains Camp is delighted to announce that Wildlife Walks are now offered as an optional morning activity. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is an ideal place to experience the excitement and ‘back to nature’ experience of walking in the wild. Guides safely take guests out onto the plains, onto the dune scarp and to a couple of large pans – a wonderful expanse of scenery and habitats offering the chance of seeing as much game as possible. Bird life in the area is known to be superb, and the unobtrusive, discreet nature of these walks heightens the odds of seeing more species. 
 
Conditions:

· Walking is dependent on a qualified walking guide being in camp and for this reason cannot be confirmed.

· As per Wilderness Adventures’ terms, walking cannot be pre-booked or guaranteed as a private activity.

· A maximum of six guests allowed at any time on a walking activity. 

· Minimum age is 13. There is no maximum age; however participation depends on fitness and ability to cope with the heat. The guide conducting the walk will decide as to whether guests may or may not join the walk.

· The guide is professional, qualified and armed.

· Walks are done within a 3km radius of camp (as per the walking licence).

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