The casual visitor to Botswana could
be excused for seeing the country as kilometer upon kilometer
of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface
water. However, to the north lies the magnificent Okavango
waterway, with its green and fertile plains, flowing straight
into the sea of sand and the Kalahari Desert. Almost a
quarter of this country is devoted to wildlife sanctuaries
and these remote and unspoiled wilderness areas are widely
acknowledged as offering the finest game viewing in Africa.
We offer the option of two variations of safaris to this
area, covering the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Okavango Delta,
Moremi, Savuti, Chobe and Victoria Falls. These tours
offer the traveler, photographer birdwatcher and naturalist
the ultimate natural paradise. Our camping trips are for
people who can "rough it" and not for 5-star
safari seekers. A certain amount of flexibility is required
when dealing with so many variable factors and third-world
Departing from JHB in the
early morning, we set off for the Botswana border. On completion
of Customs and Immigration formalities we head for Nata Lodge,
an oasis-like camp on the edge of the salt pan, where we camp
the night. Familiarise yourself with the procedures of the tour
over a catered meal (own expense).
- Makgadikgadi Pans
After a leisurely breakfast
we transfer to the 4x4 vehicle for an initial visit to the nearby
Nata Sanctuary to view the spectacular shallow salt pans for
their unique bird life and the other species of desert animals
they attract. We then return to Nata Lodge for a welcome swim
and a bite to eat. Relax for a few hours during the heat of
the day before breaking camp and packing up to head down the
Maun road out to the Makgadikgadi Pans for a short excursion
on to the white crusty surface. Explore the area for Springbok,
Gemsbok and other unique species. Camp the night wild and take
in the isolation and serenity of the star-studded night.
(13-Day fly-in passengers join here)
Leaving the pans, we drive
directly to the MAUN CAMP. This camp is situated on the banks
of the Boteti River, near Maun, and offers us the opportunity
to rid ourselves of the Makgadikgadi dust under a warm shower.
In the afternoon we will visit Maun to resupply, and to collect
any fly-in passengers before returning to the inn for a traditional
"braai" and to camp the night.
DAY 4 - 7Okavango
The Okavango, a massive
river spilling its contents into the Kalahari desert sands,
creating one of the world's only true inland deltas, and a unique
ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plantlife.
The sight of a nervous Lechwe pounding across a flooded plain,
the Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies,
the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and,
of course, the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle, all combine
to create one of nature's masterpieces. We spend three nights
camping in a remote part of this wilderness, exploring the area
on foot and by mekoro, the traditional aquatic mode of transport.
There will also be time to simply appreciate the remoteness
and serenity of the area. Late on day 7 we return to the MAUN
CAMP to spruce up before enjoying a catered meal at the local
restaurant (own expense).
DAY 8 - 12
Moremi / Savuti / Chobe
We pop back into Maun first
thing in the morning, and whilst the guide stocks up with supplies
for the onward journey, you have the option of an hour's game
flight over the delta (own expense).
Now we prepare for the game
viewing part of the trip. Perched high on our well-equipped
vehicle we head north into the wilderness, passing remote villages
and curio sellers along the way. We spend five days in these
reserves, starting with Moremi, camping the first night near
the well-known 3rd Bridge. Drift off to sleep to the howl of
the Hyena or the earthy roar of a Lion, and even the deep grunt
of a half-submerged Hippo. We then head on north via Xakanaxa
to camp near North Gate. This area is excellent for game viewing
and we will conduct afternoon and morning drives along the wetland
Then on up to Savuti where
we normally spend two nights. The area offers a multitude of
game drive options and a very active campsite. (Keep the fruit
well hidden from the roving Elephant, and the meat from the
prowling Hyenas.) The vegetation is constantly changing, from
open plains, palm trees and marshland, to dense Mopane woodlands
and Acacia scrub.
Moving into Chobe, famous
for its large herds of Elephant which gather on the flood plains,
we spend the morning exploring the banks of the majestic Chobe
River. Here we hope to see the Puku, found exclusively on the
Chobe flats. We then enjoy a boat trip to our island camp on
the Chobe River.
|DAY 13 - 14Victoria
After the tedious sandy
miles, it is with new excitement that we make for Zimbabwe and
the fantastic Victoria Falls, "Mosi o Tunya", "The
Smoke That Thunders". After admiring this wonder of the
world, various other places can be visited, such as the tribal
village, the big tree, the curio market and the croc farm. An
aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River
are both worthwhile. Please note that whilst in Victoria Falls
it is possible to take part in . the one-day Zambezi White Water
Rafting adventure or even a suicidal bungi-jump off the 100m
high bridge. This is an experience not to be missed, but allowance
must be made for the extra expense. We spend two nights at the
VICTORIA FALLS INN, thus allowing people the opportunity to
explore, either on foot or bicycle, by themselves. The last
night at Victoria Falls we all celebrate our experiences with
a slap-up meal at a local restaurant (own expense). Relax to
the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls
and drink the farewell toasts to your adventure.
The people flying out on
the 13-day tour will do so here and overlanders will return
to Botswana and complete the triangle back to Nata. Camp for
the last time and share your experiences with the next tour
just arriving (dinner own expense).
Transfer back to the bus
to arrive in JHB in the early evening (all meals own expense).
These trips require a valid
passport and for certain nationalities, a visa for Zimbabwe
and Botswana. Malaria precautions are necessary. A barrel bag
or internal frame backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases
will not be permitted). An extra tog bag or camera bag is allowed.
Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks,
visas, tips curios, (airport tax USD 20 [subject to change],
and airport transfer, for flying passengers only), and any other
optional excursions. All trips are accompanied by two professional
guides for optimum efficiency, catering for a maximum of 14
people per vehicle. Remember, help us to help you by participating,
by keeping an open mind and remaining flexible. Our price includes
all food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, transport,
professional guides, mekoro hire, accommodation, group equipment,
permits and park entrance fees. (We do not use the food kitty
system.) Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated,
visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, soft drinks,
airport tax, airport transfers and air fares.
every Saturday from Johannesburg and Mondays from Maun.
WE MAY RUN THESE TOURS AS DOUBLE
SO CLIENTS CAN EXPECT TO TRAVEL IN REVERSE DIRECTION IF REQUIRED.
here to book your Adventure.
Botswana 13 - Day Fly - in Camping
Maun - Victoria Falls
This fly-in tour option joins up with
the 16-day overland tour in Maun and leaves it in Victoria Falls,
or vice versa, thereby shortening the traveling time. Obviously
with the flights one pays a premium and certain sections are forfeited.
However, for those who dread the long-distance traveling, or who
have limited time, this tour is more convenient.
ROAMING AFRICA OFFERS YOU AN ALL AFRICA EXPERIENCE !