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The Wild Trans Kalahari Expedition

Botswana, South Africa
Wildlife
Guided Group
LEISURELY LEISURELY

An exclusive wild-camping safari exploring 3 of the most remote, and wildlife-filled, national parks and game reserves in Africa

Trip Code: TKB
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Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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The Wild Trans Kalahari Expedition

Highlights
  • Visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a vast wilderness spanning across South Africa and Botswana
  • See a variety of desert adapted African wildlife, including black-maned Kalahari Lions in the Khutse and Central Kalahari Game Reserves
  • Wild-camp in unfenced parkland under mesmerising star-filled African night skies
  • Venture ‘off-grid’ on a multi-day 4WD adventure in an exclusive group of just 8
  • Overnight at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary for an insight into rhino conservation in Botswana

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 8
  • 11 days remote wildlife safari
  • Multiple days off road 4wd
  • Rhino conservation project visit
  • Join In Johannesburg

Accommodation & Meals
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 14 Lunches
  • 10 Dinners
  • 1 nights Hotel
  • 12 nights Wild Camp
  • 1 nights Camping
Overview

Nothing can prepare you for the immense wilderness that you will experience on this holiday. The reserves are wild and remote, with a mysterious beauty and unending sense of space. Our small group of 8 will travel in our open sided safari vehicle to three of the most remote parks and game reserves in Africa. Throughout this African adventure we wild camp in the unfenced reserves. We start in the far south of Botswana at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is almost as large as Switzerland, and one of the few parks that straddles national borders. The entire park is completely unfenced, allowing wildlife to move freely along the ancient migration routes so necessary for their survival in the desert. We then move north travelling over the sandy tracks of Khutse Game Reserve until we reach the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the second largest wildlife reserve in the world. You will not be disappointed. This legendary desert is incredible and offers a world-class safari experience. It is likely that we will see many of the big cats including the black-maned lion, cheetah and hopefully the more elusive leopard. Giraffe, wildebeest and several species of antelope will be grazing on the grasses. Bird life is also prolific, including raptors such as kites and kestrels. Our holiday ends with a visit to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary to learn about Rhino conservatory before we head back to Johannesburg and home. With photographic opportunities in abundance and a serious expedition style adventure this is truly a holiday to savour.

This holiday is for travellers looking to visit new and exciting destinations. This is not a set tour, it is an exploration. An adventure like this requires flexibility, and an appreciation of the open style of travel. Much time is spent driving in the 4WD vehicle. It is possible we may face difficulties and delays, but the payoff will be experiencing a truly unique African journey - a real antidote to the modern world.

Is this holiday for you?

We will be wild camping in unfenced parks and game reserves. This means that wildlife could visit our campsite during the night. It is a very special and humbling experience. It is unlikely that any danger is incurred if we follow the instructions of our guide and ensure that we do not have food or snacks in our tents. The stars and the noise of the frogs at night is completely awe-inspiring and o …

We will be wild camping in unfenced parks and game reserves. This means that wildlife could visit our campsite during the night. It is a very special and humbling experience. It is unlikely that any danger is incurred if we follow the instructions of our guide and ensure that we do not have food or snacks in our tents. The stars and the noise of the frogs at night is completely awe-inspiring and one that you will never forget.   An essential part of this holiday is participation – from putting up your tent or packing away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your tour leader will do all the meal planning and food shopping however all participants will need to help with food preparation and washing up. At border crossings, the expedition leader will need help from the participants in queuing for paperwork etc. In the unlikely event of a vehicle breakdown (such as flat tyre), or the more likely event of vehicle becoming stuck in mud or sand, everyone will need to help solve the problem and get the group out of the situation. Team spirit is part of the fun.   There are several days in the 4WD vehicle, this gives us the opportunity to get into remote parts of these massive parks.   You travel with an experienced guide, and a maximum of 8 clients, in a 4WD vehicle, to explore these remote places.

Why KE?

This unique safari takes just 8 special clients on a 2 week adventure to some remote and truly wild game reserves. This is a real expedition and is perfect for hardy adventurers who are happy to get stuck in and help out should the vehicle gets stuck in the sand, or a tyre needs changing! Team work is part of the fun. Just imagine yourself off-grid, beneath vast African skies, surrounded by red sand dunes, dry river-beds and some of the most extraordinary wildlife in Africa.

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Itinerary

Your holiday starts at the group hotel near Johannesburg Airport. Airport transfers to the group hotel are provided. The rest of the day is yours to either relax or explore Johannesburg. We can arrange half-day tours of Soweto or Maropeng Cradle of Humankind.

Accommodation

Hotel

We depart on our expedition by driving in a south-westerly direction from Johannesburg early in the morning. The aim today is to get to our campsite in the area north of the town of Kuruman, which is still in South Africa. The majority of our driving today will be on tarmac roads. We get a feel for how vast the country is today, with great open expanses of countryside.

The essence of this holiday is expedition style. We want to visit unusual destinations as a small group of like-minded travellers. Our highly experienced guide will know the operations of the tour, how to get over the borders, do the meal planning, be apt in first aid, keep the vehicle moving and the various other key elements of guiding. There are several days driving in the vehicles. We book the special permits and campsites, but have a flexible itinerary during the days to take us where the best adventures and wildlife is at that time. Therefore the nature of this holiday becomes an exploration rather than a set tour itinerary. The itinerary that we have below is a flavour of what we can expect.

Approximately 6 hrs driving.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

L D

Our destination today is the remote Mabuasehube area in the east of the park. The area was integrated into Gemsbok National Park and then the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in 2000, which is one of the few parks in Africa which straddle country borders. The Botswana section of the park is remarkably wild and remote, full of shrub and wide-open savannah, and semi-desert sand dunes and star-crammed skies. Few visitors find their way here and it is vast (almost as big as Switzerland). We have an early start as we travel to the South Africa / Botswana border, the road starts to turn into gravel and then 4WD sand track as we approach the park.

This area of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises a series of exceptionally large pans (depressions which can hold water after rains), which are the main focus of the reserve.
Each pan is different. The floor of Mabuasehube pan is bare clay that is rich in salts, and this attracts animals that come to lick the surface for the essential minerals. Other areas are shrubby grassland, which antelope graze on, accompanied, of course, by predators.

To maintain the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park's pure wilderness experience, there are strict limits as to the number of vehicles that can travel the wilderness trails. We will of course have this special permit.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

880km, approximately 12h00 actual driving time spread over these 2 days (day 2 & 3) plus border crossing. Mostly on tarmac but turning to gravel and then 4WD sand track as we approach the park.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

One of the highlights here in this park is the incredible sense of solitude. Usually any wildlife that you see we will be the only vehicle watching. It is also a superb spot for wildlife photography. All of the major predators can be seen, including the many lion as well as cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, bat-eared fox, lynx, and silver fox. Small mammals, like the Cape fox, aardwolf and black-footed cat are seen at the pans in the evenings.

This immense wilderness (37 000 sq kms) is shared by both South Africa and Botswana as a protected area, and is jointly managed. The entire park is completely unfenced, allowing for wildlife to move freely along the ancient migration routes so necessary for their survival in the desert.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

We wild camp whilst in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The campsites here on the Botswanan side are very simple and are unfenced. All of our equipment including all our food and water we take with us. We camp around the various pans, and some areas are situated on slight promontories, with almost unimpeded outlooks, thus making for good game viewing right from your camp-side chair! It truly is a mesmerizing adventure being here in this vast African scenery with wildlife potentially hiding in the grasses all around.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

Today we drive north to the Khutse Game Reserve, situated on the southern boundary of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We will camp en route, with our location depending on the progress made today. The glory of this expedition is that it's not a problem if we get behind schedule if we are watching some lions or cheetah!

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

Khutse is typical Kalahari landscape - rolling grasslands, dry river beds, fossil sand dunes and small pans. There is plentiful wildlife here, with the desert-adapted species in abundance. These include springbok, gemsbok (oryx), giraffe, wildebeest, hartebeest & kudu. These antelope are of course preyed upon by the large lion population, leopard and cheetah.

We have 2 nights inside the Khutse Game Reserve to explore this out of the way game reserve on morning and afternoon game drives. We will camp wild in unfenced campsites where there is a very good chance of being visited by some of the nocturnal animals.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

500km, approximately 9h30 actual driving time spread over 2 days, some sand track 4WD and some tarmac.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

The sand tracks around the game reserve wind around the watering holes and pans. Our 4WD vehicle and guide negotiate these expertly whilst keeping an eye on the surrounding area for wildlife. This game reserve is again, a lesser visited site (especially during the week) and has little in regards to infrastructure. We must ensure our water tanks are full as well as our cool boxes!

Giraffe can be seen, as they gracefully walk in the distance or munching the highest tree shoots. In the early season (April to July) the area is green, in contrast to the drier weather in September to December.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

The name 'Kalahari' conjures up images of wide-open grassy plans, dry river beds, hardy wildlife and of course the famed black-maned Kalahari Lions. You will not be disappointed! The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second-largest wildlife reserve in the world, encompassing 52 800 sq kms (about three times the size of Wales). Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve or its wild, mysterious beauty. There is an impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself.

Our first night is planned to be spent at Xade campsite. But don't be fooled by the name, as it is just a sandy spot under a big tree with a fire pit…with not much else for some distance! As before we bring all of our kit for the camping and can rig up a bucket shower (with water warmed by the fire or the sun).

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

We journey through the Kalahari from south to north over a 4 day period camping wild en-route and staying in areas that offer good game viewing. The roads are sandy and heavy going, so be prepared for some long travelling days, but this is more than worthwhile because of the amazing environment that we are travelling through.

Legend says that once Kalahari sand gets into your shoes, you'll be drawn back again and again. We are in world of gently undulating sand ridges, and broken only by the occasional flat-topped acacia trees, it is romantic and intense in its beauty.

Tonight and tomorrow night we plan to spend at the remote Phokoje campsite (again a sandy clearing near some trees). We might have a Scops Owl or Eagle Owl at night near our camp wondering what we are doing.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L

It is likely that we will see some of the many lion in this park. The lions here at the Kalahari black-maned lion. They often lounge around during the heat of the day and are more active at night or in the coolness of the mornings. The beautiful and striking cheetah are also seen on a regular bases, as they are in one of the highest concentrations here in the whole of southern Africa. The more aloof leopard is also present in smaller numbers and sightings. Elephant need too much water for this dry environment so are not a usual visitor. After the rains (around April) the landscape is green and wildlife come to graze and drink. In the later months the landscape dries out and we can spot the wildlife congregating near the waterholes.

We will spend time watching the herds of wildebeest, springbok and gemsbok make their way across the sands. They are also joined by our gangly friend the giraffe moving through or hiding behind one of the flat-topped acacia trees.
Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L

Today we move to Deception Valley. This part of the Kalahari is dry and the mirage on the pans gives you the impression that it's full of water, but the majority of the time is it just an illusion, deceiving many over the years. The wooded dunes here support wildlife all year around. After the rains there is a large concentration of herbivories eating the sweet new grasses.

The endangered wild African dog have also been seen here. These are a rare occurrence these days, and a special moment if you see them. They are can reach amazing speeds of more than 44 miles per hour at top sprint. It is also likely that we'll see brown hyena, black-backed jackals, Cape fox and the gorgeous looking bat-eared fox.

Many birds, including the large secretary bird and ostrich are found here which are always amusing to spend time watching.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

Our last day in this unique untouched wilderness. The reserve was established in 1961 as a place for the San people to live their hunting/gathering lifestyle. Only in the 90s did the park open on a restricted bases to tourism. There has been little construction in regards to lodges or roads within the park, leaving it as an incredibly wild place…and it's vast. With magical sunrises and sunsets you will leave feeling enchanted by this remote African wilderness.

Approximate time on game vehicle safaris 4-5 hours.

380km approximately 19 hours spread over 5 days, but with game viewing stops expect to spend long hours in the vehicle.

Accommodation

Wild Camp

Meals

B L D

As our expedition draws to a close we have one more excitement before our return normal lives. We depart the Kalahari and drive through some wide open spaces on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This community wildlife project, was established in 1992 to assist the plight of dwindling rhino populations and restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state. Once we have arrived, we head out into the sanctuary on a game drive hoping to spot white or endangered black Rhino. With a number of lush waterholes, Khama supplies the perfect habitat for rhinos to breed. Whilst the focal point of this visit is the rhinos, 230 species of birdlife and towers of giraffe all flourish within this rich environment. Staying in our here provides the perfect finale to our Africa safari holiday.

Approximate actual drive time: 7-8 hours (380km)

Accommodation

Camping

Meals

B L

Making our final border crossing of our safari adventure, we cross back into South Africa and return to Johannesburg. Your holiday ends in the early evening at the accommodation with a drop off at Johannesburg Airport.

Approximate actual drive time: 7-8 hours by minibus on tarmac (650km). The border is usually quite quick and with a lunch stop en-route, we expect a 9h00 transit day.

Meals

B L
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified guide
  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • National Park entrance fees and special permit fees
  • All activities/excursions mentioned except where specified as 'optional'

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers
  • Most meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Any additional activities/excursions indicated as optional
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

The group will meet at the group hotel near Johannesburg Airport.

On arrival airport transfers are provided to the group hotel.

Return flights, on the last day of holiday, should not depart before 1900. The holiday will end in the late afternoon at the group hotel near Johannesburg Airport via one stop at the airport.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners are included. Non-included meals are on arrival at the hotel in Johannesburg. We recommend you budget £10 - 15 for each non-included meals.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

The majority of the meals are provided. Breakfast will be cereals and yoghurt, with coffee, tea, toast and the occasional cooked breakfast. Lunch will typically be picnic style - cold meats, cheese, salads, bread, rolls and fruit. Dinner will be potjies (traditional stews), braais (barbecue), stir fries, pasta dishes, curries etc. Very often cooking will be on an open fire. Fresh produce will be used wherever possible and fruit squash, tea and coffee will be served with breakfast and dinner. Many of the meals are prepared by the guides and it is good group etiquette to help with preparation and washing up on these days and this is usually done on rotation. Most dietary requirements (vegetarian or allergies) can usually be catered for, but it is essential that this information is received on booking.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

In Johannesburg we will stay in comfortable tourist standard hotels in twin rooms with en-suite facilities. For the one night at Khama Rhino Sanctuary we will use the campsite provided here with toilet and shower facilities.

Wild camping - for 12 nights we camp wild. Wild camps have no facilities; we take our own water and all equipment. Your guide will erect a bucket shower, with warm water from the fire, and a pit toilet tent. Wild camping is a true wilderness experience and we keep our impact on the environment to a minimum, taking out everything we take in.

We supply all the camping equipment with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 meters and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest.

You will need to put your tent up, and help pack up the truck in the mornings. Most of the meals are prepared by the guide and it is good group etiquette to help with preparation and washing up - it's all part of the adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip runs smoothly.

If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single tents and rooms are available for a supplementary cost.

All accommodation is subject to change without prior warning.

SAFARI VEHICLES
For the national parks of Botswana we use custom built 4WDs, with individual "bucket" seats, with trailers for the equipment. The vehicles are designed to handle all road conditions expected on the route. These open-sided land cruisers also have a bank of plug sockets or USB ports for charging. Game viewing from an "open" vehicle is the best way to go for Botswana - small groups in Land Rovers and Land Cruisers have the best wildlife sightings!

These custom built game viewing vehicles are the first of their kind in Botswana. Each new vehicle has a built in "roll cage" that conforms to the latest safety standards of South Africa, and each individual bucket seat has a lap belt. The vehicles are constructed by a registered coach builder and ensure structural integrity of the passenger cabin in the unlikely event of a roll.
There are a couple of long days of travelling but the vehicles have a comfortable cruising speed. The emphasis of the trip is "getting out and doing things".

For the transfers in South Africa at the beginning and end of the holiday we will probably travel by closed station wagon Land Cruiser or a Sprinter minibus.

Your guide is the key to any successful safari. On this adventure safari, you will travel with a qualified and experienced, registered field guide (FGASA). All our guides have a passion for Africa, her people and wildlife, and they love nothing more than sharing their knowledge with you.

We estimate that a total of around £150-200 per person (or equivalent in euros/dollars) should be allowed for personal spending. This amount should be sufficient to cover non-included meals and miscellaneous expenses, including tips to local staff. You can choose to take your money in pounds sterling, dollars or euros. There will be the opportunity to change money into local currency on arrival at the airport (which we advise you to do) and your local leader will advise further places to change money en-route and at borders. 

Many small traders will accept US$, Euro or GBP. Your notes should be clean and undamaged. And please avoid USD$100 and old issue ‘small head’ US$ notes as they might not be accepted.

On day 1, on arrival at the hotel in Johannesburg you can book a half-day SOWETO tour for $75 per person, or an afternoon tour to Maropeng Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontien Caves is also bookable for $100 per person (min 2 people). Please check that Sterkfontien Caves are open, as they can close due to high water levels. Both of these tours should be booked on arrival (before 12midday) with our local agent and are payable locally in cash.

Your guide works extremely hard to ensure that your holiday runs smoothly and that you are happy. We suggest that a tip of £2–5 per client per day for your tour leader is reasonable. As in all cases with tipping, the final decision of the amount tipped is up to the individual. It is up to you to decide if you thought the service was poor, or exceptional, and the amount tipped should reflect that. The amounts quoted above are guidelines for you to get an idea of what to tip.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. Your baggage will travel in the vehicle or trailer with the group, and there is a finite amount of space. Please keep the weight of your main luggage to 12kg. You should bring a soft bag as these are more suitable to pack in the vehicle.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

We sell this holiday in conjunction with our local operator in Southern Africa. This enables us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get the holiday up and running.

As a member of the South African Tourism Service Association, our ground agent in South Africa may require you to complete an indemnity form at the start of your holiday, which you will need your insurance details for. As a client of KE Adventure Travel, your rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangement Regulations (2018) are unaffected and KE Adventure Travel will remain liable for the actions of our suppliers.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

UK nationals do not normally need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days.

 

Travelling with children under 18yrs - Botswana

Parents travelling with children under 18 years will be asked to show the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. If the child is travelling with one parent, with another adult or unaccompanied, the parent or parents who aren't present will need to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel. Please note that they are very strict and they do not accept photocopies of birth certificates or short versions. This is also applicable if you are transiting through Botswana. For further details please see FCO website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana/entry-requirements

Visa South Africa

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. You must have 2 blank pages in your passport.

Rules on travelling with children under 18 years have been relaxed. Visa exempt children entering South Africa only need passports, and not birth certificates as previously required. This applies if the child is travelling with both parents, one parent or an adult who is not a biological parent, and school groups. There are some different requirements for unaccompanied children, and children who do not have UK passports or visa exempt passports. For full details please see the FCDO website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

VACCINATIONS

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis are required. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand.

The unit of currency in Botswana is the Pula.

This Central region of Southern Africa is subtropical being generally warm and mild to humid. October and November are hot, day and night. November to April is the hottest time of the year with chances of showers to heavy rains later in the season. May to September is cool and dry.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

You should bring the following items:

  • Lightweight walking shoes or trainers
  • Sandals
  • Socks and underwear
  • Long lightweight trousers
  • Shorts
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket & trousers
  • T-shirts
  • Casual shirts with sleeves
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff/scarf for dusty days
  • Sleeping bag* Comfort rating 0 degrees C (Jun-Sep) and thinner sleeping can be used during the rest of the year.
  • Small towel/Travel towel
  • Daypack 20-25 litres
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries (biodegradable soap is preferred)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Insect repellent
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, re-hydration salts (Dioralite), anti-nausea tablets and antihistamine cream/tablets.

The following items are optional:

  • Light cotton dress or sarong
  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • A selection of dry bags for daypack/kit bag
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (highly recommended)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes:

Please be aware than in the Southern African the winter months, June-September, the nights can be cold with an average of between 0-5 degrees Celsius in some places, and the days can be warm between 20-30 degrees Celsius

Bright bold colours and white are not suitable for game viewing or bush wear as they attract insects and the attention of animals. Please do not bring camouflage or military style clothes as they can cause problems with local authorities

Please dress appropriately for border crossings, village and market visits – ie: no bare feet, no bare chests, no bikinis and no hats.

Tents have mosquito netting on the windows and doors. Sleeping mattresses of 5cm thick are provided.

*It is possible to hire a sleeping bag for this holiday.

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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