Footsteps is a very simple and rustic camp…
Footsteps Across the Delta: Our full report
If you're keen to do some walking in Botswana, then Footsteps Across the Delta should be at the top of your wish list! The guides here are very experienced, and with them you'll usually head off for a walk in both the morning and another in the afternoon. Each lasts for three to four hours. These are not route marches, but opportunities to explore the environment and wildlife with an expert guide.
Footsteps is a very simple and rustic camp, currently located on the edge of a beautiful hippo-filled lagoon (the camp is fully portable and tends to be moved to a new location every couple of years). The tents are set up in the shade of a lovely forested area and the camp takes a maximum of six visitors at once, who sleep on proper twin beds inside insect-proof tents with sewn-in floors. Each tent has a private bucket shower and long-drop toilet, and wash-stand outside the front. Again, these are simple and functional rather than in any way stylish.
The main area at Footsteps is a simple open-sided canvas tent which has a nice view over the lagoon. As well as a dining table, there is a small, well-stocked bar with a large cool box containing lots of ice! There is also a mini-library.
Each evening, a fire is lit in front of the main tent, and everyone sits round to discuss the day's sightings and events. There is even a small viewing mound with a couple of comfortable chairs, also overlooking the lagoon.
Footsteps has a full bar and laundry service, and a dedicated chef, who prepares excellent fresh meals to a high standard.
A few nights' stay here will give you an authentic taste of the bush – the area is notable for the diversity of wildlife present, although walks tend to focus on learning about the small things, rather than getting too close to the big things! Both wild dog and lion are often seen in the area and also a variety of plains game including kudu, tsessebe, zebra, giraffe and impala. If you wish, you can also go on game drives, and mokoro, depending on water levels.
Note that family groups, with children as young as seven years old, can hire the whole Footsteps camp, including the services of one of our favourite guides, Paul, who specializes in guiding children. (You'll sometimes see this reffered to as Footsteps' “Young Explorers Club".) Activities will then be much more varied - from making bows and arrows to cooking on a fire.
Ideal length of stay: 2 or 3 nights – and it's often combined with a few nights at its sister-camp, Shinde, in the same area.
Directions: This camp uses the Shinde airstrip which is about a 25 minute flight from Maun. The camp is about a 40 minute game drive away (although the journey can take up to an hour and a half when water levels are high).
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: The chef cooks good, fresh food – aptly justifying the label 'wholesome'. All the hot food is cooked in a ground oven, which makes the good standards here all the more remarkable
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Included, save for champagne and premium brands.
Family holidays: Footsteps runs exclusive family safari holidays in Botswana’s Okavango Delta (‘Young Explorer’s’) with guides who are experienced in working with children. Kids can learn bush skills like identifying animals and their tracks, cooking on a fire, fishing and bow- and arrow-making.See more ideas for Family holidays in Botswana
Walking safaris: Footsteps is primarily a walking camp; they employ excellent experienced walking guides. Walks focus on the small things and you will learn about the plant-life, how to read the tracks and signs left by animals, and all about the Delta's fascinating ecosystem.See more ideas for Walking safaris in Botswana
Wildlife safaris: The dominant predators in this area are lion and hyena (although you will generally be trying too avoid these while on foot!), and there are good numbers of game, including impala, lechwe, tsessebe and giraffe. Lone bull elephants are also found most of the year, whilst breeding herds migrate here towards the end of the dry season.See more ideas for Wildlife safaris in Botswana
Property’s age restrictions: The camp will accept children who are 7 years of age and older, but special considerations may be made on application.
Special activities & services: Ker & Downey run a special programme called “Young Explorers". This is a specially designed safari for families. Children are kept entertained by the guides, who specialise in these family tours, lead by Paul Moleseng or Omphile Kaluluka. Parents are able to relax, or participate at their leisure, either with the children, or doing separate activities. Children are taught to identify animals and their tracks, cook on a fire, make bows and arrows, create bush craft and fish, among an array of other activities including 4WD game drives. The camp requires a minimum stay of three nights for this programme and families who book this package have sole use of the camp.
This programme is available from March through to November, when Footsteps Across the Delta is open. Additionally, this package is also available at Footsteps Across the Linyanti and upon request the Young Explorers can be combined with a number of other Ker & Downey run camps, such as Shinde Enclave, Linyanti Ebony and Khwai Tented Camp, allowing for the family to experience the diverse areas of the Delta and the Linyanti while having either Paul or Omphile as their exclusive guide throughout.
Equipment: Please note that the camp does not provide any special equipment such as cots or highchairs.
Generally recommended for children: Recommended for children who are 7 years of age and older.
Notes: Children love Paul – who is a great guide here, and who usually runs the 'Young Explorers' trips! He's a real hit!
Communications: For all intents and purposes you should consider yourself out of contact. Communication with main camp is via radio.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: Footsteps can arrange medical evacuation in an emergency. The camp's staff includes a first-aid trained member, and a full medical kit is kept on site.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: Guests are escorted after dark. All walks are carried out with an armed guide.
Fire safety: There is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen area.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Included.
Money: No money or travellers' cheque exchange facilities are offered. There are no safes in the rooms.
Accepted payment on location: There is no curio shop and everything is pre-paid so there is no need for any payment on location.