Day 1 – Guests travel to Farm
Days 2, 3 & 4 – Bushmen programme providing the range of interactive experiences referred’to under ‘The Bushmen Experience’ ending with a Bushmen healing dance on the final evening
Day 5 – Travel back to Maun
Get Real Africa also offers guests the option of a visit to the Delta to visit the water wonderland of the Okavango to enjoy a game viewing experiences, which matches the best that Africa has to offer. In this case
Day 5 – Travel on from Maun to Delta camping destination
Days 6,7 & 8 (or more) – Camping and Game viewing
Return to Maun
The private farm where the Bushmen experience is provided is situated East of Ghanzi. Overseas guests generally fly in to Maun from where transport is available to the farm.
1 April – 15 September are generally preferred times to visit but not exclusively so.
Visitors need to check on visa requirements with their travel agents
The area of operation is not a malaria area but guests may choose to take medication particularly if travelling on to malaria areas
Sunscreen and insect repellent are essential
What To Pack
Comfortable walking clothes preferably neutral in colour
Good walking boots/shoes suitable for walking in sand – worn in to avoid blisters
Warm jacket and long trousers. Visitors walking in the months June to August may want to pack gloves and a beanie/woollen hat.
A hat and sunglasses
(Note that some washing of clothes might be possible at times, but no ironing).
A headlight with new batteries is essential
Small back pack for carrying water and lunch
Guests are encouraged to travel light, with a 20kg bag limit the norm in Botswana.
Botswana Travel Guide (www.botswana-travel-guide.com)
A comprehensive guide to Botswana (www.bradt-travelguides.com)
The currency of Botswana is the Pula (meaning rain). Guests may wish to carry some cash in case they wish to purchase Bushmen crafts or contribute to staff gratuity.
During the operating period the Kalahari is warm to hot during the day and mild to cold at night. During mid-winter nights can be very cold. Rain is very rare and the days mostly cloudless.
Safety and Security
Generally speaking, Botswana is probably one of the safest countries, if not the safest country in Africa to visit. It is politically stable and has a small population, most of whom live in the south and in urban areas.
However, no true wilderness and wildlife experience is possible without some exposure to danger. The adventure may not be suitable for the faint-hearted and a rush of adrenalin through wildlife encounters is possible.
However, to mitigate the exposure to danger, Walking & Cultural Safaris provides the following:
- The presence of a properly trained and qualified guide who will be armed when necessary
- Bushmen, who together with the guide, are experienced in avoiding danger
- Communication technologies for emergencies
- Access to helicopters from the Okavango Air Rescue service (OAR)
- Walking is restricted to small manageable groups to best manage the security measures applied.