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Luggage Restrictions

Many airlines operating in remote areas require soft luggage which requires none of the sides to have a firm frame. This enables the luggage handlers to easily place the bags into the “belly” of the plane. Maximum weight varies among airlines but as a general rule of them, no more than 20kg’s of luggage is allowed, including hand luggage and camera equipment. Failure to comply to the requirements often results in delays and additional charges to guests. It is recommended that luggage is closed with a sturdy lock in order to avoid any tampering with the contents, particularly at major airports.

Medical and Health Considerations

The Okavango is considered to be situated in a malaria area. Please consult your general practitioner, pharmacist or travel clinic, and establish what precautions will be required. Please also discuss all other travel related medical questions with your general practitioner prior to travel. It is each guest’s responsibility to ensure they have had all the necessary immunizations and medications before commencing their trip. Guests should keep immunization cards with their passports readily available during international travel.

Travel Visa’s

All passport holders should verify with their relevant consulate concerning visa entry requirements well in advance of your trip. Guests extending their journey to other countries should establish entry requirements for those countries as well. Applications, costs and relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveler. A valid passport is a requirement for any international travel. When travelling into southern Africa your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your entrance date, and have at least 2 blank, double facing pages. If there are insufficient blank pages in your passport then entry into a country could be denied.

Travel Insurance

Despite everyone’s best intentions, life happens. In this day and age of global uncertainty taking out comprehensive travel insurance gives guests the certainty that they are covered in the event of having to cancel their trip, for whatever reason. A safari trip to Africa is an unforgettable experience. However providing a first world experience in the great African outback is expensive. It is therefore worth having the peace of mind knowing that the costs are recoverable in the event of having to cancel. It is the sole responsibility of the guests to ensure that each member of their party has adequate cover and the lodges cannot be held liable for any costs whatsoever should guests fail to do so. Comprehensive insurance should include, but not be limited to: the cancellation or curtailment of trip, emergency evacuation expenses, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, damage / theft / loss of personal luggage, money and goods. Please note that medical evacuation is included in the rate which enables a guest to be medically airlifted to the closest hospital in the event of an emergency. It does not cover any further cost of treatment once in hospital and therefore in no way replaces your normal travel insurance. There are certain medical exclusions. Please inquire at reservations for further information.

When is the Best Time to Visit?

Every season offers something different and unique. In our opinion there is never a perfect time to travel. Every month is perfect and has its pros and cons.

Rates are highest when northern hemisphere travelers take time off during their summer break and want to explore Africa. This happens to coincide with the southern hemisphere winter in which animals are concentrated around permanent water sources and therefore easier to spot. Winter is a time of feasting for predators who are well camouflaged with the dry savanna and pounce on weak antelope whose food source of grass and leaves become increasingly sparser towards the end of summer. Day temperatures are pleasant but can be icy on night game drives. Guests have to huddle up to hot water bottles and blankets, but the air is crisp and one feels truly alive.

Summer brings with it rainfall and the world erupts into a sea of green grass. Trees sprout new leaves and antelope drop their young. Thunderstorms light up the horizon and their power is mesmerizing. Predators feed opportunistically on the new born antelope and animals are less concentrated as pools of water allow them to disperse. Days are hot but the evenings are cool.

If guests have traveled before in winter and loved their stay, we often encourage them to travel for a second time in summer so that they can experience an entirely different world.

Rate Variations

The difference in rates is based driven by demand for dates of travel and not due to a difference in the magic of the experience! We recommend checking the rates sheets at each lodge for the specific monthly rate variations. The following below should give a guideline around monthly variations in rates:

Peak Season at Okavango Horse Safaris: 1st of June to 30th September
Peak Season at Mokolwane Film Camp and Nxamaseri Island Lodge: 1st July to 31st October

Mid Season at OHS: 1st April to 31st May ; and 1st October to 30th November
Mid Season at Mokolwane Film Camp and Nxamaseri Island Lodge: 1st April – 30th June and 1st November – 31st December.

Low Season at Okavango Horse Safaris: 1st December to 31st March
Low Season at Mokolwane Film Camp and Nxamaseri Island Lodge: 1st January to 31st March

Okavango Climate: Autumn & Winter

Autumn and winter run from April to end September each year. When autumn arrives, the rainfall disappears and days are characterized by clear blue skies and cold nights, reaching daily temperatures of around 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) and nights plummeting close to zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).

As the numerous water pans, created by the summer rainfall, dry up, herbivores concentrate around the more permanent waterholes of the Okavango with often dramatic scenes of rivalry, especially amongst elephant breeding herds, as they jostle to quench their thirst. The once green summer grass, turns to dry savanna. Perfectly camouflaged lions opportunistically pounce on herbivores as they get weaker towards the end of winter with fewer food sources around.

Animals are easier to spot in these months with the vegetation sparser and the concentration of animals around waterholes highest. Mother Nature continues to amazes us with her cycle of miracles: as the rainfall disappears so the flood waters which have traveled from the Angolan mountains reach the panhandle of the Okavango Delta in early May. In July the flood waters are at their peak throughout the Delta and ever new pathways for mokoro boat rides are carved out as the water extends her reach. The first migrant bird species arrive in September and it’s also the best season for Tiger fishing.

Okavango Climate: Spring & Summer

Spring and summer months run from October to the end of March each year. The joy of visiting during this time of year is the feast of green landscapes and the endless blue skies. The emerald green world is utterly magnificent. Everywhere you look antelope are calving and the world appears lush and loving. Predator hunting opportunities abound with the birthing of young antelope. Trees and bushes sprout new leaves and wild flowers bloom. Barbel runs commence in October. The much anticipated thunderstorms arrive for the first time around mid-November, quenching the earth and bringing with it a new chapter of life. Thunderstorms carry on from December intermittently, gradually slowing down in frequency towards the end of March. Temperatures in October and mid-November, preceding the first rainfalls, tend to be the hottest, reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius in the day (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and 18 degrees Celsius at night (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Summer afternoon thunderstorms always offer a reprieve from the heat and create landscapes packed with vibrant colours and rainbows. A photographers dream.