Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions from my participants. You are very welcome to send me your questions as well. At the same time, I will draw attention to our online information meetings, where I will be available to have a conversation that goes a little more in depth.
Botswana has one of the oldest and best functioning democracies in Africa, a well-functioning economy and a generally satisfied population.
At Richis Africa, we have chosen to classify our trips as expeditions and not as safaris. Guided by Richi, the participants themselves drive the rented four-wheel drive vehicles through the African bush.
For most of the trip, we spend the night in tents, which are placed on top of the cars.
Yes and no. As a starting point, you can’t just camp wherever you want, certainly not in the nature reserves. So we have booked camp sites for the entire course. These differ from the bush itself in that there are at least toilet facilities. But they are not fenced in and the animals can move freely everywhere.
It is not dangerous. Tourism is Botswana’s third largest source of income. If there were tourists who were trampled or bitten to death, this source would quickly dry up.
Snakes are very sensitive and will always choose to move if they can feel vibrations in the ground when you are walking. As for other critters, mosquitoes are the only thing you’ll potentially notice. Fortunately, we have a mosquito net called peaceful sleep, which prevents a possible mosquito problem extremely effectively.
Since this is an expedition, everything takes place in the bush with the challenges that meet us there. We cook over a mixture of gas and fire.
Just like at home, we store food and drinks in a fridge. The cars we drive in are fully equipped with a fridge, 1-2 tents on the roof, gas bottles and all cooking and eating utensils, tables and chairs. We are totally self-sufficient when we are in the bush.
It varies a lot. There are really good roads in Botswana, but when we are in the bush, it is a different matter. Conditions can vary greatly from heavy sand to direct flooding. Therefore, the planned route is always just that, “a planned route” If there are places that are flooded, for example, we find other routes. But no matter where we move around, we are always surrounded by the most amazing wildlife that Africa has to offer.
It is a challenge that we solve together. As we are a group of cars this is not a problem. There is always a car to help us free.
Then we call for help. We always take out a helicopter rescue service insurance. With the help of Garmin’s “Inreach”, we can always get in touch with SOS.