Movement between camps is generally by light aircraft due to the remote areas visited and distances travelled. Ker & Downey Botswana operate a fleet of Cessna Caravan, 206 and 207 aircraft as well as Airvans through Safari Air. These are ideal bush airplanes, able to land and take off using the short airstrips found on the delta islands.
Our pilots are experienced in this terrain and you will enjoy some memorable flights across the delta’s myriad of waterways, often with aerial game viewing on the way – so be sure to bring your camera in your hand luggage. All flights are conducted with safety as the first priority, within strict regulations of operation and with respect for wildlife and the delicate eco-system of the delta – your pilot will ensure your flight is as smooth, scenic and punctual as possible, within the prevailing conditions.
Flights vary from a short ‘hop’ between delta camps of twenty minutes through to the flights to Kasane averaging one and a half hours. It is possible that you will pick up other passengers en-route depending on Safari Air’s schedule of the day, the pilot will advise you of your routing before you fly.
Whilst all care is taken to ensure transfers are as per schedule, it is possible that delays can occur for external reasons including international flight delays, lost luggage, client punctuality and weather. Ker & Downey Botswana’s Maun based office reconfirms all transfers and assists as required in any delays.
Please note that on all light aircraft transfers each passenger is limited to one soft sided bag (soft duffel type bags are ideal with no wheels or frames) , weighing no more than 20kg (44lbs) and this includes camera equipment and hand luggage. The soft sided bag can be no bigger than 25 cms (10inches) wide x 30 cms (12 inches) high and 62 cms (24 inches long) This is for logistical and safety reasons. The luggage pod is only 70 x 25cm so your bags need to fit within, or may be left behind. As there is a laundry service in all Ker & Downey Botswana camps it is possible to keep clothing to a minimum. Excess baggage will be subject to additional baggage/charter charges.Please note it is optional to store your excess baggage in our Maun office at no extra charge until the end of your safari (this option is only available if your safari starts and ends in Maun, otherwise alternate arrangements will need to be made).