Kruger national park (Camping): The first night we camp at the same private lodge where the "bedded accommodation' clients are staying, where we have permanent erected tents. The tents are 3.0 x 3.0 (meters) in size with built in mosquito netting over the door and windows. Each tent has 2 proper single bed mattresses. A three course dinner will be served by the lodge. You will still require a sleeping bag.
The next morning we depart for Kruger national park, where we have a permanent camp inside Kruger national park. These tents are also permanently erected on platforms with two proper single bed mattresses. We further have a kitchen tent with gas stoves and a fridge to keep food fresh and drinks cold. The camp has separate male and female bathrooms with permanent hot water.
Kruger national park (Bedded): Bedded accommodation clients will stay at the private lodge every night while on the Kruger park leg of the package. You will leave the lodge early mornings to arrive at the gates of Kruger national park as they open. You will be inside the park the full day and return to the lodge in the evenings. Three course dinners will be served by the lodge.
Camping (first night) and bedded accommodation (every night): There are a number of local villages in the rural community close to the lodge. The children from these villages started their own dance and song routine and asked the lodge if they can dance for the guests staying at the lodge. The lodge assisted the kids by making traditional dancing outfits for them and allowing them to dance and sing for the guests staying at the lodge. The children work for themselves and do not work for the lodge. Therefore they do not get payment from the lodge, but earn an income from tips that they get from the guests. Please note that sometimes (not often) the kids do not come to do the dancing.
Overnight in Johannesburg: You will stay at a backpackers lodge close to the airport in Johannesburg, the last night of the Kruger park leg, before flying to Maun the next morning. The included accommodation is dormitory, but you do have the option to upgrade to private rooms (depending on availability). This must be arranged with the backpackers hostel when you are there and seen the private rooms. Livingstone Trails will pay the dormitory rate and clients who upgrade must pay the balance. The backpackers hostel will transfer you the next morning to Johannesburg (OR Tambo) airport, from where you will fly to Maun.
While staying in Maun (Day 1 Thursday & Day 4 Sunday) The included accommodation is camping. Livingstone Trails provide the tents, sleeping mattresses and camping equipment.
There are chalets at Sitatunga camp (where we will be staying these two nights). You do have the option to upgrade to bedded accommodation (depending on availability), once you arrived at the camp. Livingstone Trails will pay the camping rate and you will pay the balance.
While inside the Okavango Delta We enter the Okavango Delta with traditional transport used by the locals for a very long time. This form of transport (left) is called mokoros and the guy at the back with the long stick is called a poler. It is an awesome experience and very relaxing. More often than not, we will see animals such as elephant while travelling deeper and deeper into the Okavango Delta.
The area that Livingstone Trails visit while in the Okavango Delta is totally untouched. No power boats or planes and landing strips, no fancy lodges or villages. Just us and mother nature. Probably one of the most untouched areas in southern Africa, with an enormous variety of wildlife, depending on the season.
This means that you will not be staying in a lodge or camp site - we will be doing free camping. What is free camping? Well, any one of our guides will tell you that it is the best way of camping. We find an ideal patch of trees along the waterways that is suitable for us to camp. This means that there are no fences, electricity, buildings or bathrooms.
The local guides will dig a hole and build a toilet. Unfortunately we do not have a shower for these days, but we do have many natural swim holes in the rivers. These swim holes has crystal clear water and are extremely welcome when the temperatures reaches maximums during the afternoons.