PLANNING YOUR SAFARI
Desert & Delta Safaris’ lodges and camps are located, for the most part, in remote areas and our guests are linked from one camp to the other by means of light aircraft.
MAUN and KASANE are the HUBS to transfer to the network of lodges and camps. Desert and Delta Safaris offer a fully integrated air charter service, operated by their sister company, Safari Air. Established in 1989, Safari Air has a proven safety record in the destination. Safari Air operates a fleet of aircraft in Botswana which include single-engine Gippsland Aeronautics Airvan GA8, Cessna Grand Caravan C208B, Cessna Caravan C208A, as well as the only Quest Kodiak 100 in Botswana.
All the properties are in close proximity to airfields and some of the lodges have their own private airstrips. Unless a private charter is requested and booked as such, your flight transfers will be booked on a ‘seat on plane’ basis. Flight times are arranged according to each day's requirements to fit in with activities and the movements of all guests on any given day. Therefore, aircraft and the day’s scheduling may pick up and drop off other guests en route to your destination. Times will vary from day to day and will be communicated to you the afternoon before departure. Flights to Kasane for the Chobe lodges and for Victoria Falls/Livingstone depart early to meet the scheduled road transfers; so early morning activities for guests departing on these flights could be curtailed. Should you wish, private charters can be arranged, in which case you will be the only guests in the plane and you may specify your departure times.
Luggage is restricted to 20 kg per person on Safari Air flights. This 20 kg includes both hand luggage and travel luggage. Bags should be soft sided, flexible bags. Bags with a solid frame do not constitute ‘soft bags’. Bags MUST be completely flexible to facilitate being stowed in the ‘belly pod’ luggage compartment of the light inter-camp transfer aircraft. By not adhering to these luggage requirements,guests stand to cause delays and incur additional costs to themselves.
WHAT TO PACK
MONTHS TO VISIT
Generally, comfortable casual clothing is suitable throughout the year. The most practical items to pack for safari are:
• T-shirts and shorts
• Blouses with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
• Safari trousers or jeans for evenings, cooler days and walking at the water properties
• Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives (necessary, even in summer)
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Sun block, lip balm, sunglasses, hat and insect repellent
• Camera (extra memory card & battery for avid photographers)
• Light, compact raincoat is a good idea for the summer
• Swimsuit – all the Desert & Delta Safaris properties have swimming pools
• In the winter months (May-August) bring beanie, gloves, scarf, warm jacket for the morning and evenings as it can get very cold
Layers of clothing are most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures of Botswana. Dull and/or neutral colours are more suitable for safari; white is not practical. It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing.
WINTER – April to September
The days are dry, sunny, clear and cool to seductively warm, while in the evening temperatures drop sharply. Daytime temperatures generally reach 25 °C, and may fall as low as 2 °C (and plummet below freezing in some areas) at night. Virtually no rain falls during the winter months.
SUMMER – October to March
The summer or rainy season begins in October and ends in March. In October the weeks preceding the coming of the rains tend to be the hottest, with temperatures soaring up to 40 °C or more. Cloud cover and the arrival of the first rains towards the end of November or in early December cool things down considerably, although usually only for a short period. During the rainy period, which lasts until the end of February or early March, the days are hot and generally sunny in the morning with afternoon thunderstorms – usually in short, torrential downpours during the late afternoon. Daytime temperatures can rise to 38 °C and night-time temperatures may drop to between 20 and 25 °C. Northern areas receive up to 700 mm of rain per annum while the Kalahari Desert area averages as low as 225 mm per annum. Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly localised.