|Please note that
we do not really like to offer itineraries as we feel that they are too
rigid and do not allow for spontaneity. One can also not guarantee sightings
and so please take this as a sampling of what could be on offer... and
the style in which it would be done. The schedule and the descriptions
of the island sleep out are all logistically correct.
Game and Water... In the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta (5 nights)
Day 1: Guests are met by their Guide and private vehicle at Maun airport and transferred by road into the Moremi Game Reserve. Once in the Moremi a slow meander/game drive to familiarise ourselves with the area and then into our first camp in good time to shower and unpack before sundowners and dinner. Camp will be comprised of large tents equipped in a luxurious fashion unequalled on any mobile safari that we know of. Real beds, down pillows, pure cotton sheets, bone-handled silver cutlery, damask table linen and wood and brass custom-designed furniture. The only concessions to roughing it are the bucket showers and long drop loos, which are private and attached to your tents for safety purposes but are still open air.
Day 2: Breakfast in the first light of day and out in the safari vehicles for the whole day. The Staff will load up a full lunch and picnic gear and the fridges will be packed. Head out to explore the wider area around our first camp. Search out the creatures and plants typical of each ecosystem and explore the interrelationships of both the species and the systems. Seek out the elusive predators and observe and interpret their behaviour.
For the mobile safaris, we deploy only the most experienced and well qualified of the company's crack corps of Guides - handpicked and hand- trained by our dearly beloved leader, the semi-star of the famed Discovery Channel series, Ralph Bousfield. Our Guides carry framed diplomas at all times, proof of their degrees in the biological sciences, and are often undertaking postgraduate research projects in the areas that Guests will visit. They are knowledgeable and, only occasionally pompous or boring. Picnic and siesta under a shady mangosteen.
Head out after another embarrassingly large spread of tea and cakes. Park at the edge of a water holes/lagoon and set off by mekoro, the traditional canoe used by the water Bushmen of Ngamiland to access the hidden nooks and crannies of the Okavango. Watch herds of elephants and a myriad of birds coming down to drink whilst the sun sets.
Return for dinner.
Food on an Uncharted Africa Safari is renowned for its fresh tastes and original versions of classic dishes. Three course meals under the stars include such treats as ostrich, fillet steak, delectable fruit tarts and chocolate soufflés.
Day 3: The staff pack the vehicles and a trailer with the overnight equipment for a fly camp. Mosquito net tents, folding stools, food, bedrolls, lanterns, bucket showers, long-drop loos etc. etc. Take a slow drive to the lagoon's edge and board the boats to explore the waters of the delta. Putt along the maze of channels stopping to admire the fantastic bird life and diversity of aquatic life. Learn about the ecology of the waters and look at the important components of the ecosystems.
Arrive at our island camp, deep in the lagoon systems, just after sunset to shower and relax around the fire before dinner.
Weather permitting, Guests sleep on bedrolls with individual mosquito net tents so that they can see the stars. Loo tents and bucket showers are supplied and Waiters and Chefs are there to supply your every need.
Day 4: Rise early and hop back into the boats. Meander back through the waterways absorbing the tranquillity and immersing yourself completely in the incredible spectacles the delta has to offer. Leave the boats and return to your vehicles waiting at the boat station.
Picnic and siesta in the arms of a giant baobab and spend the afternoon seeking out hyena dens and as the day cools down watch for hunting cats. Return to your new camp tired-but-happy once again.
Day 5: All day predator hunt. Spend the last day indulging yourself completely in seeking your favourite species. If you want to watch lions mating for two hours or prefer to watch bee-eaters hawking insects on the wing then so be it.
Leopard spotting, lion tracking, cheetah chasing and dog discovering.
Day 6: Say your farewells to the camp Staff and weep copiously as you drive to airstrip through the Moremi and get onto the plane to fly onto Jack's Camp.
Sand and Stars… The Makgadikgadi Pans and Desert Migrations - The Remains of Africa's largest Super lake (3 nights)
Jack's Camp, surely one of the most romantic camps in Africa... Classic tents hug the edge of the endless saltpans of the Makgadikgadi each shaded by a dignified cluster of desert palms.
During the following three days you will focus on learning all about the fascinating geological origins of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the Origins of Technology, the stone tool kit, how stone tools were made and how they were used, survival skills such as navigation using the stars as your compass and learn to identify the major constellations. You will also seek out the last surviving Southern migration of zebra and wildebeest.
Drive out after tea through the golden grasslands to the edge of the pans. Stop to watch the sunset and listen to an explanation of how the Makgadikgadi pans were formed, the remnants of the world’s largest ever super lake.
Return to camp for a lavish dinner in the elegant mess tent.
Day 7: After breakfast, take an all day game drive into the Makgadikgadi National Park to look for the awe-inspiring sight of the zebra and wildebeest migration. During the green season vast herds cover the grasslands from horizon to horizon, often with the famed black maned Kalahari lion in attendance.
During the day discover how the Kalahari was formed and also how unique desert species such as brown hyena, suricates and gemsbok are adapted. Perhaps even catch sight of the brown hyena, the third rarest carnivore in Africa.
Fortified by tea, coffee and muffins in the morning sunlight and a picnic lunch under the shade of a spreading acacia return to camp at sunset for drinks and dinner.
Day 8: Early in the morning, comb the edge of the extinct lakeshore to find some of the many stone tools that litter the pan surface and learn of the origins of early man. Return to camp for a huge brunch and siesta the midday away...In the late afternoon, visit to one of the remote traditional cattle posts to learn about the traditional culture of the Batswana. Close by, is the famous Seven Sisters Baobab which is supposedly the biggest tree in Africa and was also the campsite of Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area. This gives the Guests an opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the history of the early explorers.
Hunting and Gathering… A visit to the Jo/hoansi in the Remote Western Kalahari (4 nights)
Day 9: Arrive by midday at the Airstrip by light aircraft from Jack's Camp where you shall be met and transferred to a remote campsite deep in the ancestral gathering lands of the Joan/huansi Bushmen.
Settle into your traditional grass hut or tent either one replete with proper bed, feather bedding and all the accoutrements of a proper safari. Partake of a fresh and tasty lunch under the shade of a fragrant shelter of wild grass thatch and retire for a peaceful siesta to recover from your journey.
After a delicious tea, walk through the bush to the nearby Bushman village where you will be met in a traditional manner by the elders of the Joan/huansi community.
Around the fire before dinner, listen to the history of the Bushmen people from their origins to the complex political challenges that are confronting them today.
Day 10: In the morning, walk out into the bush with the men, women, children and your Guides.
The focus of the walk will be to provide a gentle introduction to the Kalahari and Bushmen way of life. Spontaneous gathering and discussions about the uses of plants and wildlife by your Bushmen Guides provide the link between culture and wild environment that we seek to offer our Guests on these very special safaris.
An adolescent Bushman girl knows more than 200 species of usable plants. An extraordinary variety of plants and herbs with both culinary and medicinal value will be found.
Find suitable rhygozum plants with your digging stick - the most important tool the Bushman uses for harvesting. Return to the Bushmen village and by the fire, prepare the gathering tool you will use over the next few days.
On the way your Guide will point out the distinct ecological characteristics of this area and its animal and bird species.
Return to camp for lunch and a siesta.
In the afternoon return to the village and learn from the women how to prepare bush foods using only the most basic of tools and an open fire. You will be able to sample a variety of foods from wild spinach and roast beetles to ostrich egg omelette cooked on the coals.
Observe the women as they demonstrate how to make beads from ostrich eggs and the simple but striking jewellery from porcupine quills, seeds and ostrich eggs. Leather is decorated with both glass and ostrich beads to complex and beautiful effect.
The women may do the melon dance, a joyful expression that celebrates a successful harvest.
Return to camp for a rather more conventional but still delicious meal and retire to bed.
Day 11: After a restful night's sleep, meet the men after breakfast to prepare for a traditional hunt. Walk into the bush and search out the poison grub beetle, gathering suitable roots, Sanseveria leaves and branches for the manufacture of rope, bows and arrows.
After lunch and a siesta in camp for lunch return to the Bushmen village to watch the men prepare bows, arrows and quivers.
Young boys may also demonstrate various traditional games that provide training for the hand-to-eye co-ordination skills that will be so necessary when hunting.
Day 12: Depart early after a hearty breakfast of porridge and eggs for a day's traditional hunting with the men. Track, stalk and hopefully hunt down some wild quarry using traditional bows and arrows.
A picnic on the way under a shady tree enables one to be flexible and react fast to the day's events.
Back to camp for an early dinner so we can return to the village for a trance dance. This is a deeply spiritual experience for the Bushmen people. It is a great privilege for our Guests to have the opportunity to be able to observe the mysterious passage of the healer into a state of semi-conscious where he can make contact with their spirit Guides. The aim of the trance is to provide both healing and also to clear the air of conflict and tension. The women sit bolt upright clapping and singing into the early hours while the men tirelessly dance a well-worn groove into the earth circle formed by their tracks.
Day 13: Bid the community farewell and drive by vehicle to the airstrip and depart by light aircraft to your next destination.
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