Wilderness Safaris


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.

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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).

 

The beginning of December saw a thrilling transformation to Safari Adventure Company (or SAC as it is fondly called), when its name changed to  Wilderness Adventures

Safari Adventure Company has gone from strength to strength since its inception some five years ago, and Wilderness Safaris (WS) felt that it was time to express its spirit and its roots in one name. The spirit of adventure is a primary focus of WS, walking, driving, boating or just being in the pristine, wild places of southern Africa. However, the Co remains committed to their roots – that of protecting the wildlife while benefitting the neighbouring communities. In short, the operation remains the same as it has always been, it is just the name that they are changing!

Air Botswana

There have been occasions where Air Botswana has left luggage behind in Maun and luggage has thus not accompanied the guests on their flight. The aircraft type being used on the Maun/Johannesburg route and the high temperatures that are experienced at this time of year do not allow sufficient capacity for the weight of both passengers and luggage. The luggage left behind in Maun is sent on a later flight which may cause delays of up to a couple of days. We recommend that essentials such as basic toiletries, change of underwear/clothing and medication are packed in guests’ hand luggage.

Wilderness Safaris Flying Policy

Please find below the updated weight and dimensions policy for Wilderness Safaris charter flights. It is critical that these parameters are adhered to by everyone due to safety requirements. The Co will have no flexibility within the luggage policy and will be strictly implementing this as detailed below:

. 20kgs (44lbs) luggage per person in a soft bag (i.e. no wheels/frame/rigid structures), inclusive of hand luggage and camera equipment for all regions except Malawi where the luggage weight restriction is only 12kgs (26lbs). If a guest requires additional space for additional baggage, an additional seat must be purchased per sector.

. Dimensions are 25cm (10 inches) wide x 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm (24 inches) long in SOFT BAGS ONLY – no wheels/frame/rigid structures.

. Private / Sole Use Charter weight allowances may vary and are dependant on distances travelled and guests travelling. This will be quoted on a case-by-case basis.

. A collapsible wheeled luggage frame/trolley (separate to the bag) is allowed, as long as basic dimensions are similar to that of the bag.

. 100kgs (220lbs) personal body weight, per person. For passengers exceeding weight restriction, an additional seat must be purchased per sector.

The main priority is safety and aviation regulations  (WS has strict measures in place to ensure weight allowances are not exceeded) and practicality– the physical limitations of the aircraft they use…the size and type, including the size of the luggage pod and seats.

Non adherence to these policies will cause inconvenience and delays to guests which we need to avoid.

 

Although over 80 fish species occur in the Okavango Delta, the species most sought after by recreational fishermen include tigerfish, nembwe with various other tilapia (bream) species and African pike. In the winter months fishing is not that productive due to cooler conditions. The summer months (Sept-April), when waters are warmer, offer far better fishing opportunities with the peak being October and November. A new fishing law prohibits fishing in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes.

Catch and release is practised at all Wilderness Safaris and Safari Adventure Company camps. Whilst none of their camps in Botswana are sold as ‘fishing camps’ per se, they are able to offer this as an activity at the following camps: Banoka Bush Camp, Xigera, Jacana, Jao, Kwetsani, Tubu Tree, Little Vumbura, Vumbura Plains, Seba, Abu, Selinda, Zarafa, Savuti, Kings Pool and DumaTau. Only a basic supply of equipment is offered, so avid fishermen are welcome to bring their own equipment along.

Family Room At Banoka Bush Camp

The family suite at Banoka Bush Camp consists of two separate canvas tents on elevated platforms. Both rooms have separate entrances and their own bathrooms, with the children’s tent being a little smaller.

Since the camp’s opening, wildlife sightings have been excellent, including: pack of 14 African wild dogs with pups (a regular sight at the moment), herd of approximately 1 000 Cape buffalo, leopard chasing and catching a squirrel, pride of seven lion feeding on a young buffalo carcass, common waterbuck in camp, elephant and general game such as southern giraffe, red lechwe, spotted hyaena, common reedbuck and impala.

The camp also recently ran its first cultural village trip for enthusiastic guests.

 

Banoka Bush Camp Now Open

The much-anticipated opening of Banoka Bush Camp took place on 20th September, and was met with very positive feedback from guests that have already paid a visit. The site for Banoka is situated on the banks of the Khwai River, which forms a natural border between the Khwai wildlife reserve to the north and Moremi Game Reserve to the south.

Banoka, apart from being 100% solar powered, features a spacious main area overlooking a tranquil lagoon and 10 comfortable tents built along the tree line. Twice daily guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, explore the Khwai Concession, and adjoining Moremi Game Reserve. Ecologically, the area is very diverse; wildlife to be seen include elephant, hippo, roan, lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyaena, to name a few. Spectacular birding opportunities also abound, with some 450 species recorded. Other activities include seasonal boating and mekoro excursions, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing and a cultural experience. For more images please see: Banoka Bush Camp

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