Hopefully, the information that follows will help others who intend travelling, but these are the things that during our Botswana safari, we found useful and would recommend.
1. Ensure you follow the guidelines in terms of baggage weight and baggage size. Pack lightly – planes used for shorter flights within the Delta, have a very small cargo hold & weight restrictions, which are strictly adhered to. If your baggage is too heavy or large you will be asked to re-pack it into smaller bags or it may not be loaded onto your flight, but travel on another flight at another time.
2. We flew on SA8300 and SA8301 on our journey to and from Maun. The aircraft had overhead wings, so seats in rows 5-9, have very reduced overhead space. For example, a very small backpack did not fit.
3. Minimise the amount of transfers in your itinerary. It is worth noting, that when transferring camps, while you get a morning activity in your camp of origin and an afternoon activity in your camp of arrival – you still end up consuming most of your day with nothing productive.
4. If you are intending to stay at a very beautiful camp within the Delta and you can afford an extra day, then book it. As well as enjoying the focus of the trip – wildlife – it’s nice to relax and take in your surroundings from a different perspective and pace.
5. Make every effort to book your trip with a tour operator based in Botswana. They know their country better than anyone.
6. As with all safaris across the plains of Africa, there is no such thing as a camera lense that is too big. We mostly used a 500mm telephoto lense for this trip. Optical stabilisation is of course essential. When photographing the Meerkats, we used a 50-270mm lense. Be prepared to get dirty and lie on the ground when photographing these fantastic creatures.
7. Keep your camera equipment within a dust proof bag as much as possible and keep a blower handy at all times to remove any dust that does settle onto your equipment.