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Travel advice

Terrebonne, Oregon
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Travel advice

We are traveling to Victoria Falls then would like to go to Chobe National Park. After that we are to meet our Riding Tour group at Brown Hyaena Island. There is a guide to take us from the Tsigaro Airstrip to the camp but we must get to the airstrip. Looking to find a driving guide for transportation instead of charter flight. Or other transportation if any available. Date to get to airstrip is May 3 mid-morning.

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1. Re: Travel advice

Which camp are you going to be staying at in the Makgadikgadi - are you coming directly from Chobe National Park- it sounds like you will probably be basing yourself at Kasane for Chobe.

Mark, Gondwana Tours & Safaris, Maun

Terrebonne, Oregon
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2. Re: Travel advice

We will be at Camp Kalahari for a riding tour. Think we are looking at more remote camps than Chobe so having difficulty deciding which moderate camp at this time of year is the best for viewing the big 5 . Not interested in sitting around so like diversity, flexability and low numbers of people. We will be in Livingstone I guess for 2 days hopefully with friends, then want to find a camp for 3 nights and then get to Camp Kalahari without breaking the bank. :)

Edited: 3:58 pm, January 09, 2012
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3. Re: Travel advice

ok regarding Chobe first.

Firstly, you will not be able to see all the big 5 anywhere in Chobe as they do not have rhinos there. Elephants, buffalo, lion and leopard are all present although leopards are notoriously shy so there is no guarantee you will see them. Do not get too hung up on seeing the big 5 though. There are so many other amazing animals to see that you will still have a great time.

In terms of where to stay, Kasane has the cheapest accommodation and the easiest access to the park. You will probably also need to get back to Kasane to get down to Camp Kalahari so if you are already there it makes that bit easier.

However, most of the moderately priced lodges in Kasane are in the village itself so they lack that real feeling of being on safari and staying out in the bush. Also the Kasane area of Chobe can get very busy although this is more of a problem in the July- September peak season.

If you would like to have something quieter and more remote then I would look at the Savute area of Chobe. There are several camps in this area although probably the most reasonable is Savute Safari Lodge owned by Desert & delta. &beyond safaris also have 2 very good semi mobile camps which are Chobe under canvas and Savute under canvas although these could be quite expensive so it depends on your budget.

Thinking a little out of the box there are 2 other options:

The Three Baobabs - www.threebaobabs.com- is a luxurious bushcamp located on a working farm. It is not actually in Chobe and game in the immediate area is not plentiful. However you can do full day game drives into the Savute area from here and the location is gorgeous. It is also likely to be cheaper than the tented camps in the park.

The Ichobezi Houseboat is another real favourite of mine. They do not do game drives but do all the game viewing from small speedboats on the Chobe River. There is a surprising amount of wildlife to be seen along the Chobe riverfront so this can be a wonderful and peaceful way to do game viewing.

Regarding the transfer to Camp Kalahari this is going to be tricky and unfortunately whichever way you do it it is going to be pricey.

If you are wanting to go straight from your camp in Chobe and get to Camp Kalahari by mid morning then I am afraid your only option is to book a charter flight from Kasane to Tsigaro. This is very expensive but you will not have time to do it any other way.

Can you afford to arrive later in the day? Air Botswana have a scheduled flight from Kasane to Maun on the 3 May - this arrives in Maun at 13:50 and tickets can be very cheap. You could then get a charter flight from Maun to Tsigaro which would be a bit cheaper.

You might be able to get Camp Kalahari to do a road transfer for you from Maun to the camp although this would be quite long- it would take at least 4-5 hours and you would really need to be leaving Maun early morning.

Potentially the cheapest option could be to hire a car and self drive although it depends how long your riding trip is for. This is not as complicated as it sounds!! It would need to be a 4WD car but you could hire it in Kasane then drive to Planet Baobab(owned by uncharted Africa who also own Camp Kalahari). This is easy to get to as it is just off the main road near Gweta and it is a now reasonably good tarmac road from Kasane to Gweta. At Planet Baobab you could pick up a guide and they would navigate you across the salt pans to Camp Kalahari. Coming back you may be able to arrange to drop the car off in Maun and pay a fee to have it taken back to Kasane. Again though you would need to be leaving Kasane early morning and you would not be getting to Camp Kalahari until late afternoon so it depends how crucial it is what time you get there.

Whoever, you are booking Camp Kalahari with though should be able to advise on costs of charter flights or road transfers.

Mark, Gondwana Tours & Safaris, Maun

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4. Re: Travel advice

Another vote for Ichobezi, we loved it.We have done a number of safaris and this was undoubtedly the best viewing for elephants and crocs, and very relaxing.

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