Hartley’s Safaris UK
+44 (0) 1673 861 600
Hartley’s South Africa
+27 (0) 11 467 4704
Please contact us for the full itinerary, inclusive costs and terms & conditions.
The "Bushmen", politically correct called the "San are certainly one of the oldest indigenous populations on our planet. They have been around for more than 20,000 years, with a history of living in small family bands. They never cared about riches or personal possessions; everything was shared among their people. Day-to-day existence was secured through hunting and gathering, although this was never easy in the desert and semi-desert environment of the wider Kalahari.
Obviously, things have changed with the advent of the modern world and the doubtful benefits of "civilization". Today, most San live scattered over many Southern African countries, far away from their original traditional hunting grounds. Some of them are city "squatters", some farm labourers, and some have been resettled by their respective Governments to specific ghettos. Their passivity and lethargy appears to be very different from their traditional lifestyle, and many of them have been forgotten by greater society. One tribe in particular is unique among the displaced San populations, since they still continue to occupy their ancestral land in the remote area of Nyae Nyae: the "Ju hoansi". These Bushmen of the Western Kalahari are a people that are only slightly touched by the onslaught of Western civilization and there are only 1,400 Ju hoansi left, living in about 36 villages which comprise their traditional living area.
The current grandparent generation is THE VERY LAST of the great line of knowledge gathering and information passing. For various reasons there exists a knowledge gap between the grandparent and parent generations, and the parent and child generations, so wide, that the knowledge will almost certainly be lost forever; it is not a science, it is an art.
The immense library of information that these elders carry with them defies belief. Their tracking skills, so honed after decades of experience, are second to none. The hunting skills of the men and the foraging skills of the women in the harsh environment of the Kalahari ensure their survival. Their complicated language is characterized by the typical clicking sounds which can be found in all San languages, some of which are similar to the "plop" of a wine bottle just having been uncorked.
An expedition to visit and spend time with these amazing people is an unmissable chance to catch the last of thousands of years of soon-to-disappear history. Just imagine, after your day spent with the Ju hoansi Bushmen, you’ve showered, eaten and rested a bit, then it starts…, just off in the distance…, but close enough to hear… As you walk over to their camp, the stars are out, the fire glows an eerie orange, the women are clapping and chanting, the men are dancing, the babies are silent, almost asleep, and you’re day’s journey from the nearest signs of formal civilization.
Soon enough, one of the men falls into a trance. The women control his movement through their perfect beat and beautiful voice, and he controls his level of trance through his breathing. Never has something felt so alien, and never have you felt so involved in anything so ancient and sacred. Experience this wonderful group of ancient people in their environment, which is harsh only to our untrained eyes.
The only way to visit the Ju hoansi Bushmen is by mobile safari. There is an airstrip into which you will fly, to be met by a vehicle which will take you to camp, from where you will start to explore the area and, most importantly, get to meet these remarkable people.
Route: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Chobe Waterfront, Xai Xai anthropological safari
Rate: From $700.00 per person per night sharing
Includes: Rates are fully inclusive of all meals, laundry, game-viewing activities by open-sided game-viewing vehicle, beverages (excluding premium and imported drinks), return transfer by road between Maun or Kasane (Chobe waterfront) airport or local airstrip and mobile camp, park entry fees, camping fees, services of a professional guide(s), SATIB 24 Crisis Call.
Excludes: International and regional flights, premium imports, travel insurance, visas, items of a personal nature and gratuities.
When to travel: It is recommended to visit the Kalahari during the summer rainy season (November – April), as the game viewing is generally most spectacular then, whilst the Moremi, and Chobe are best visited during the dry season (May-October).
Please click here to contact one of our consultants to assist you with a comprehensive itinerary
Example of Itinerary for 5 day / 6 night’s expedition
Day 1 Arrive at either King Shaka International Airport – Durban with a 6.5 hour road transfer to Bulls Inn, Mpame, or East London Airport with a 5 hour road transfer to Bulls Inn, Mpame, or Umtata Airport a 1.5 hour road transfer to Bulls Inn, Mpame, (own arrangements) Overnight stay at Bulls Inn, Mpame, on a full board basis
Day 2 to 6 After a light breakfast we launch the boat and spend the day at sea looking for the sardine run “action”, weather permitting. Typically we will be at sea from around 8am till 3pm daily depending on the sea conditions and the activity seen. With a surf launch, long boat rides and the amount of time spent at sea we suggest that the clients ensure their fitness to participate ( an average level of fitness is sufficient). Packed lunches and hot and cold drinks will be served on board. When the sardines are spotted, depending on whether they are fast moving or not, we will decide to either snorkel or scuba dive.
A full dinner will be served in the evenings with the menu changing daily. Overnight at Bulls Inn, Mpame on a full board basis.
Day 7 After breakfast you will transfer back to Umtata Airport, or East London Airport or King Shaka International Airport Durban to continue your South African adventure.
It seems crazy to come all this way to Africa and not to do a wildlife safari at any one of our top Game lodges located throughout the country, so please click here to contact one of our consultants to assist you with a comprehensive itinerary
To donate and give rhinos a future, please visit RCB: www.rhinoconservationbotswana.com/donate
Desert Dune Safari Itinerary The vast horizons of Namibia are showcased in this Exploration as you drive and fly between locations. Areas of interest are pointed out along the way, giving you a real taste of Namibia as a magnificent and remarkable country.
Days 1 & 2: From Windhoek we drive to Kulala Desert Lodge in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Here we explore the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei and the moon-like landscape of Dead Vlei.
Days 3 & 4: We take a scenic flight to Swakopmund, a picturesque town that blends European and African culture. We’ll explore the Atlantic coast with a private boat cruise from Walvis Bay to Sandwich Harbour (weather permitting) to see diverse pelagic (ocean-going) birdlife, Cape fur seals and rare Heaviside's dolphins up close. We stay at the grand Hansa Hotel.
Day 5: Travel up the legendary Skeleton Coast where you can expect to see the fascinating lichen plains at Wlotskasbaken and remains of shipwrecks along the way. We also take in the ghostly disused diamond mine near Toscanini and overnight at Terrace Bay Lodge in Skeleton Coast National Park.
Days 6 & 7: We continue through the Skeleton Coast National Park to the Möwe Bay Museum and then head inland to other attractions including two oases, an intriguing “roaring” dune and spectacular desert scenery combined with whatever wildlife presents itself. We spend two nights at Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Days 8 & 9: Another exciting day is spent on the road to Desert Rhino Camp. The rugged, rocky and mountainous Palmwag Concession brings with it the opportunity of seeing giraffe, gemsbok (oryx) and springbok. We bed down at Desert Rhino Camp and spend two days tracking the rare desert-adapted black rhino which are monitored and protected by the Save the Rhino Trust.
Day 10: We bid farewell to our adventure as we transfer to the Doro Nawas Airstrip to return to Windhoek.
Highlights of this include climbing some of the world’s tallest dunes, rhino tracking, a motorboat lagoon trip at Walvis Bay and viewing shipwreck remains along the dramatic coastline. Endless landscapes and places of interest are seen along the way, with a scenic flight from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund (weather permitting) being a highlight. At the much-revered Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, an isolated wilderness and dry riverbed reveals Namibia’s unique desert-adapted wildlife, from elephant and giraffe to the uncommon "desert lion."
What does it cost? 01 June 2016 to 31 October 2016 - ZAR 65,07201 November 2016 to 20 November 2016 - ZAR 57,333 01 January 2017 to 31 May 2017 - ZAR 68,673 01 June 2017 to 31 October 2017 - ZAR 79,15301 November 2017 to 31 December 2017 - ZAR 68,673
As a set-departure guided journey, the Desert Dune Safari fully inclusive rates comprise the expertise of one knowledgeable and professional guide who leads you from beginning to end, combined with tailor-made services like logistics, sightseeing and accommodation in our camps. Our rates include: Accommodation; All meals (excluding dinner on the second evening in Swakopmund); A reasonable amount of soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juice, house wine and beer, as well as local spirits such as gin and Amarula while at the Wilderness Camps; National Park fees; Laundry (excluded at Hansa Hotel & Terrace Bay Lodge); Scheduled activities; Road transfers; All internal charters on a seat-rate basis as specified in the detailed safari itinerary Our rates exclude: Flights (other than specified in the detailed safari itinerary); Visas; Compulsory comprehensive insurance; All drinks at the Hansa Hotel & Terrace Bay Lodge; Gratuities; All personal purchases (including curios, spirit liquors, telephone calls, etc.); Optional extra activities; All other travel arrangements pre and post the safari; Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control.
Includes - All transport in a good a/c car for 2 - 4 persons with excellent driver. Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides - Entry tickets to monuments included - Elephant ride in Jaipur. - Daily breakfast & dinners at the hotels where guests stay - Boat ride on Lake Pichola. - Mineral water, during car journeys.
Hotel Accommodation: Twin or double room sharing. International Airfares not included and will be costed according to city of departure.
Validity: 1st April – end September 2017
The above cost is based on room, breakfast & Dinner basis only. Lunches are not included although they are mentioned in the program. Validity: 1st October 2017– end March 2018
The above cost is based on room , breakfast & Dinner basis only. Lunches are not included although they are mentioned in the program.
Delhi:The Surya (5* Deluxe) | Deluxe Room | 01 Night.
Agra:The Jaypee Palace Hotel (5*) | Deluxe room | 02 Nights
Kesroli:The Kesroli Fort (Heritage Hotel) | Heritage Room | 01 Night
Jaipur: The Diggi Palace (Heritage Hotel) | Heritage Room | 02 Nights
Pushkar:The Orchard Resort (Luxury Tents) | 01 Night
Jodhpur:The BAL Samand (Heritage) | Garden View Rooms | 02 Nights
Narlai:The Rawla Narlai( Heritage) | Classic room | 01 Night
Udaipur:The Lalit Laxmi Niwas Palace (5*) | Deluxe room | 02 Nights
Delhi:The Surya (5* Deluxe) | Deluxe Room | 01Night All prices have been costed according to current rate of exchange and are subject to change accordingly and subject to availability at any time and without prior notice.
The Mathews Forest, dubbed a ‘biological bonanza’ by the BBC, is one of the great stretches of Kenyan forest wildernesses. Scientists call this mountain forest a ‘sky island’, which rises up out of the surrounding sea of arid lowlands, to an altitude of 2200 metres. This ancient mountain forest is a stronghold for a wide range of plant and wildlife species, such as Melanistic leopard, also known as the black panther, lion, forest elephant and antelopes, buffalo, the rare De Brazza monkey, Colobus monkey, greater kudu, waterbuck, giant forest hog as well as Africa’s endangered wild dog.
Over 200 bird species have been counted in the area, together with more than 150 species of butterflies, representing more than twice the amount of butterfly species found in the UK. Stretching for 150km, the mountains are covered in a 300km2 dense indigenous forest interspersed with giant cedars and a rare species of ancient cycad, one of the oldest plant types on the planet, endemic to the Mathews forests.
The real attraction of this remote area is its striking beauty and the opportunity to explore the forest on foot in complete privacy as well as to experience unique social interactions with the local Samburu and Ndorobo people.
To the south of the Mathews Mountains lie the Sarara Plains, approximately 75,000 hectares, home to the Samburu tribe’s people, who are a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have for long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle.
Kitich Camp is a truly remote and private location in a stunning forest glade on the upper slopes of the Mathews Mountains. At night, the atmosphere is magical, and the glade is lit for guests to observe the cautious trail of nocturnal visitors, including Melanistic (black-coated) leopard, elephant, bushbuck, and buffalo – all of which come to drink and hunt by the river.
With just six tents situated under a dense tree canopy, overlooking the stunning Ngeng River, this camp is a low-key classic. At Kitich, the lodge provides old fashioned safari comforts, including soft & fresh linen, comfortable double beds, iced drinks, and gracious dining – all in a wonderfully peaceful setting.
Night Game Viewing: Being a forest camp, and in the style of “Tree Tops”, the cosy lounge overlooks the floodlit open river glade, and at night guests can watch elephant, buffalo, bushbuck and occasionally leopard emerge from the forest at night to drink from the river, or dig for natural salts.
Guided Walks: Taking advantage of the pristine wilderness, Kitich Camp avoids traditional game drives, instead encouraging guests to explore these wild environs on foot, guided by the “masters of the forest”, the Ndorobo Samburu guides.
Swimming in Rock Pools: With crystal clear cool waters, flowing out of a spring in the mountains, enjoy swimming with nature in this magical forest paradise.
Cultural Visits: The people of Kitich and their families within the village of Ngalai are a colourful, traditional, gentle and friendly people whose only interaction with the wider world is with the guests from Kitich.Guests are hosted by the local people when they stay at Kitich, but guests are also welcome to drive down and visit the market and school in the village. (School visits entail a donation).
Guides: The guides at Kitich Camp are Ndorobo / Samburu, a semi-nomadic pastoralist community closely related to the Masai. Originally hunters, and sought after for their tracking and bush skills, some joined the Kenya Wildlife Service as trackers, before returning to Kitich. The guides at Kitich are the masters of the forest, they know the trails intimately, and can almost sense wildlife before any of the most proficient guides are aware of an animal presence. These are a gentle, happy and colourful people, who love their “work” of sharing the secrets of the forests with guests.
Conservation: Kitich Camp is situated in the 800,000 acre Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy established in 1995 by the local communities to promote wildlife conservation and socio-economic development through sustainable utilization of natural resources. The conservancy is facilitated by the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT), who provide capacity building at grassroots level to empower elected community trustees to effectively manage their own conservancy, increase security for wildlife, protect natural resources, resolve grazing conflicts and establish sustainable enterprises. Kitich is a key tourism partner for Namunyak, employing 80% of its staff from the surrounding communities and paying conservation fees coll ected from guests on a US$40 per person per night basis. 60% of this income is used to fund community development, while 40% is used to fund annual operations costs of Namunyak.
Sustainable tourism: Kitich Camp has been awarded “Gold Level” by the internationally recognised Ecotourism Kenya in recognition of its high level of environmental responsibility. The camp achieves environmental best practice by combining old fashioned safari camp know-how with latest technology, relying entirely on solar power and using only LED lighting. Rubbish is responsibly disposed of or recycled. Glass is separated and sold to the recycling plant ‘Central Glass’ in Nairobi.
“The Mathews Range… rises from the arid brown plains of northern Kenya like a green tropical island” – BBC