Martha and Judi’s Travels to Tanzania and Botswana travel blog

Waiting at Livingston airport

Kasane International Airport

Okavango Delta from the air

Hippo in the waterway

Boat ride to camp

Our Chariot awaits

Our camp common area

September 2 - Travel Day

We were awakened at 4:00 am so we could checkout of the hotel and make our 7:20 flight out of Nairobi, Kenya to Livingston, Zambia and on to Botswana! Upon arrival at Livingston even though we told them we were transiting to Botswana we were charged a $50 Visa fee. Collecting our bags and exiting customs we looked for our Wilderness Air Representative to no avail. Finally a young gentleman said he was going to help us so he took our passports and left us only to return with our $50 each. However we were then charged a $40 airport tax (which we had been told was included in our airline ticket). The young man then wheeled our luggage to the coffee shop where he told us to wait and he would take care of us. After 4 hours, a marguerite pizza, a couple of glasses of wine we were escorted to our charter plane to Kasane, Botswana (a 15 minute flight). We were the only passengers and the pilot said he showed us for a 2:20 departure and he could have been there sooner as he had just enjoyed a leisurely 30 minute lunch. Regardless, upon arrival at Kasane we waited one more hour before departing for our camp (Kwetsani) in the Okavango Delta. It took 2 hours (one stop at another camp to drop off a couple) to the landing strip for our camp, then a 5 minute vehicle ride to the boat dock, a 45 minute ride in a boat and another 5 minute vehicle ride to camp - finally arriving at 5:30! The boat ride through the water lilies and grasses was very relaxing and reduced our stressful day! It is a lovely camp with six other guests and a charming couple as host and hostess! - jc

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