We have compiled the following document to help prospective guests answer some common questions which arise in relation to mobile safaris particularly mobile safaris in Botswana.
What is the minimum and maximum age accepted on safari?
For our scheduled departures we have a minimum age of 12 years; this is for the comfort of all guests although we do accept children of all ages on tailor-made private safari and can offer a family tent which sleeps 4 people.
There is no maximum age on our safaris but please note that a small level of mobility and fitness is required should you wish to do guided walks.Back to top
What is the standard accepted tipping procedure for Botswana?
These guidelines on tipping are strictly for your information, tipping is optional and the amount is entirely up to you but these are the ‘industry standards’:
Guides: USD 10.00 per person per day
Safari Chef: USD 5.00 per person per day
General Staff: USD 5.00 per person per day
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What kinds of animals will we see?
Obviously nothing can be guaranteed on a safari, that is one of the pleasures as you spend time tracking and looking for some of the elusive animals but the itineraries all state the animals that you can hope to see in the different areas.Back to top
What should I bring on safari?
Pack this stuff in your hand luggage so it can’t get lost.
- Flashlight & headlamp
- Binoculars – don’t leave home without them!!!
- A digital camera with spare batteries, battery charger and plenty of memory cards.
- Your personal medication/prescriptions – replacing these in Botswana is not always possible.
Bring along a good jacket, scarf, gloves and woolen or fleece headwear if you are travelling in winter as early morning and late evenings are cold on game drives. It can get quite hot during the day so light summer clothing is also a must. The best was to deal with winter is to dress in layers.
If you are travelling in summer, a good sweater (jumper) is recommended, as it can get rather cool, especially if you are doing any boat trips as well as a light raincoat. Light trousers and a cool long-sleeved shirt in the evenings in summer will help protect you from the mosquitoes. For the remainder bring light cotton clothing.
For walks it is recommended that you bring neutral coloured clothing (beige, khaki, olive, stone etc.) but when travelling in the vehicle, most colours are fine – light colours generally being cooler. Dark blue and black clothing are not recommended. Bring clothing that can be hand washed easily and dried quickly.
Bring some good walking shoes and sandals (with sturdy soles to protect you from the large thorns) or thongs as you may need to get your feet wet on boating excursions. You may get opportunities to swim, so bring along a swimming outfit. Don’t forget your sun hat!
What type of vehicle will we be travelling in?
Our vehicles are spacious and comfortable taking a maximum of 9 guests.
All our vehicles are fitted with inverters and strip plugs allowing guests to charge batteries whilst on safari with us using the ac charger that came with your appliance. For guests who need to purchase adapters, Botswana uses The Old British 3 Pin Type M plug (same as South Africa).
These inverters are for necessary items such as camera batteries only, please do not bring draining items which require charging for a long time such as electric toothbrushes etc.
The seats are in a three seats per row configuration. There will be a fridge either on the vehicle or the trailer in order that cold drinks are available to guests at all times on game drive.
The only exceptions are on our Livingstone Birding Trail and Three Rivers safari which use a 14 seater, air-conditioned, closed Quantum bus as a majority of the driving in on tarred roads with longer distances. Whilst at the lodges we make use of the lodge vehicles which will be in a similar style to those of the Letaka mobile.Back to top