Our Safaris allow for flexibility to explore the best areas of the Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari Game Reserve or the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans depending on the most up to date conditions and animal movements prior to your arrival. Our aim is to deliver the ultimate real Safari and being fully mobile allows us to follow the game and make decisions based on the latest local news from the ‘bush telegraph’.
Please read on for our story of a week in the life of being on a Barclay Stenner Private Canvas Safari.
All Safaris depart out of Maun, it is your choice whether we transfer you to your remote camp site by road or air. Either way, you will be met by John Barclay who will take you on a slow meandering drive into camp whilst explaining the surrounding environment, arriving in time to settle in and enjoy a relaxing sun downer.
Up at first light, we will set off with a fully packed picnic breakfast and head in the direction of any audible wildlife activity from the night before. We will track Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog. We return back in camp for a refreshing lunch and siesta before heading out again in the cooler late afternoon, returning later for dinner under the stars.
Full English breakfast in camp, today we will look to have incredible wildlife experiences such as Elephant encounters in the Mophane Forests on the way to one of many flood plains to take in the surrounds and enjoy observing the wildlife. There may well be a surprise lunch setting awaiting your arrival. All game drives are dictated by the constantly changing environment and animal movements. Depending on our camp site, following our return to camp for siesta time, we may head out on a guided bush walk to appreciate the smaller interests up close.
After breakfast, we take a slow game drive out to the waters edge to meet the boats which will transfer you through the gentle waterways deep into the Delta. Spot Sitatunga and Crocodiles from the safety of your boat and stop for a lunch on any island that takes interest before continuing onto your private island where surprises will await you.
Wake up to the harmony of bird song and chatter as they busy themselves on their morning routine. This is a great opportunity to explore the island on foot following breakfast and learn about the spectacular trees, plants and wild flowers, often overlooked in the Okavango. We stop for a packed lunch under a shady tree before returning to camp, if fishing is an interest we will try our best to land the catch of the day.
Whilst you have been away on the island your camp will have moved to an entirely different location in a new environment. After breakfast we will embark on our boat journey back where we may encounter Elephants swimming or moving through the tall grasses and papyrus on the banks of the river. Upon returning to land we will be on the lookout for the species of your choice and all will be unveiled when we come across our first spoor. We return to our new camp and find everything as it was, but in an entirely different environment.
We will plan this day the night before at dinner, as it is your last day and within reason, we can do whatever it is you choose. Depending on our camp location and the environment, this may be walking, tracking or finding a spot to sit and observe the multitude of incredible wildlife residing in and your temporary home.