Okavango Coach House – budget mobile camping safaris

Our equipment & other useful info

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Luggage

One large kit bag, one with soft sides, is preferable. This is because bags need to be packed into trailers and possibly light aircraft if this is part of your itinerary. If your luggage is in a hard suitcase it will pose packing problems! If part of your itinerary incorporates light aircraft transfers then weight is restricted to 20kg.

Personal Equipment

Torch with spare batteries
Hat / cap
Gloves, warm fleece / jumper more for the winter months (May – Sept)
Waterproof jacket in summer months (Nov – March)
Natural coloured clothing. T-shirts, shorts, pair of lightweight long trousers and a lightweight long sleeve shirt. Long sleeves help with sun protection and mosquito protection in the evening.
Comfortable shoes
Camera equipment. Binoculars, spare batteries and spare memory cards. There is no opportunity to recharge batteries or download images while on safari. Small day pack.
Personal toiletries (no toiletries are provided)
Personal medication – A first aid kit will be present throughout the safari but personal medicines must be bought for duration of safari.

Medical Precautions

Check with your personal doctor or visit the World Health Organisation (www.who.int) for up to date information.
Botswana is considered a malaria area and medication should be taken. Consult your doctor.
All our safaris include cover with Okavango Air Rescue (www.okavangoairrescue.com). They will transport medical assistance directly to you, by helicopter, should you have a medical emergency in the bush. The fully equipped helicopter with an emergency doctor to treat and stabilize you and take you to the nearest appropriate location from where further arrangement will be made.
It is compulsory that all safari guests have adequate medical insurance. All guests will be required to fill in indemnity forms and medical insurance details will be noted in the event of an emergency.

Travel Documentation

Valid passport – must have at least 6 months validity and at least 6 blank pages.
Visas – most nationalities can obtain tourism visa at the border/airport on arrival. For up to date visa requirements please check with your local embassy or travel consultant.

Travel Insurance

Cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage and emergency evacuation is compulsory for all our safaris. We do not provide travel insurance.
Before you depart on safari your guide will ask for your insurance details and will ask that you sign an indemnity form. All guests must do this before departing on their safari.

Tipping

It is not compulsory to tip but highly appreciated. Should you wish to tip it should reflect the level of service you have received throughout your safari.

Safari Drinks

On safari we supply:
Water 2.5l per person per day.
1 bottle red wine and 1 bottle white wine for every 2 persons at dinner.
Breakfast juice is available along with tea and coffee.
If you would prefer additional drinks then they must be purchased at your own account before the safari departs.

Safari Food

On safari we supply:
All meals are cooked on an open fire.
We can cater for specific dietary requirement but please advise beforehand so we have time to plan appropriately! It is important to advise of any allergies etc.
Breakfast will comprise of muesli, yogurt, boiled egg, muffins (porridge in winter!), tea & coffee, rusks, toast and jam.
Lunch will be a combination of salads and cold meats.
Dinner is 2 courses, a main and a simple pudding.

Camping Equipment

On safari we supply:
Dome tents 2.5m x 2.5 m easy to erect. They have mesh covering all windows and doors.
Bedrolls are provided which includes a mattress, pillow and all linen and a towel.
When using public sites ablution blocks are provided. When camping in Khwai we set up a bucket shower and bush toilet.

Who will join me on safari?

Our safaris have a maximum of 8 people.
You will be accompanied by your professional guide and a cook.

The meaning of semi-participation?

This means that some assistance maybe required in camp duties. You will be asked to carry your own luggage from the vehicle to your tent.
We may ask for your assistance in setting up your tent and placing your bedroll.
Our chef will take care of food preparation and cooking and other camp duties!