Experience the stunning beauty of the world’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi – uninhabited pans the size of Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park.
The first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable brilliance and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty. This all makes for world-class photography.
Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With a full 38 percent of its total land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas – for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free – travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland.
Driving off-road through the bush of Botswana, camping in the middle of nature and Africa’s wild animals: this is the true spirit of Botswana. We will travel across sandy 4×4 tracks from the safari camp to other game reserves and in some places we will have to wade through water or course through deep sand. Botswana is a country where your 4×4 feels at home.
- 1 July ’17 – 15 July ’17 R8800 p/p
- 9 September ’17 – 20 September ’17 R7200 p/p
- 10 November ’17 – 25 November ’17 R8800 p/p
Price includes all camping and cross border fees. This self drive guided tour is the perfect introduction into over landing and travels into Africa. Each vehicle gets issued with a 2 way radio.
Children under 12 only pays 50% and under 6 free
Places to visit will include the following –
- Elephant Sands
- Hunters Road
- Vic Falls
- Mamili (Namibia)
- Zambia day trip to Livingstone
Day 1: 30 June Meet up at Swartwater
We meet up at Swartwater for a meet and greet. Each vehicle will be supplied with a radio for en route communication.
Whilst sitting around the campfire we will discuss what to expect over the next fifteen days.
Day 2: Elephant Sands 550 km
This will be the day with the most driving on the trip and one of the few days we need to get an early start to reach Elephant Sands. We will do a stop in Francistown to purchase meat and greens. The aim is to be at the Zanzibar border post between 8 – 9 the morning.
Enjoy viewing the elephants at a natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. Watch these impressive creatures whilst they drink at only a couple of meters away from you, a unique experience! There is plenty of other wildlife around as well on our unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely.
Day 3: Elephant Sands
We will spend the day exploring the park and taking pictures or just relax in the camp trying to take that million dollar elephant close up photo. They have a resident pack of 18 wild dogs and we might be lucky enough to spot.
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant – serving Breakfast & Lunch à la carte
- Dinner – set menu, prepared by our wonderful chefs Lazarous and Joseph
- Bar – serves a range of local & international beers, wines, shakes and exotic cocktails
- Wi-Fi available
- Curio shop
- Laundry service
Day 4: Hunters Road 140 km
Day 5: Kasane 100 km
We will arrive early in Kasane. This will give us the opportunity to do laundry, replenish supplies and some sight seeing of which this town has more than enough.
Day 6: Kasane
Optional: Visit to Chobe National Park and lunch or braai at one of the picnic spots in the park and later the afternoon a scenic sunset boat cruise.
Day 7: Kasane
Vic Falls and Zambia for those who have not been there. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. We take a taxi to Vic Falls early the morning and back later the afternoon. The Zambian border is just a skip and a hop from the bridge and a day trip to Livingstone is possible.
For those not wanting to go to Vic Falls there is Tiger Fishing or self drive to Chobe.
Day 8: Katima Mulilo
We will enter Namibia through the beautiful Ngoma border post with its magical Baobab trees. We will use the rest of the day to stock up for our next few days in Mamili National Park. Care should be taken to get enough for at least 3 days. (Food and water) The town is typical Caprivi with lots of sights and sound true of Namibia.
Day 9: Mamili National Park
Nkasa Rupara National Park, also Nkasa Lupala National Park, formerly Mamili National Park, is a national park in Namibia. It is centered on the Nkasa and Rupara islands on the Kwando/Linyanti River in the south-western corner of East Caprivi.
Namibia’s wild watery wonderland of wildlife rich islands, river channels and wetlands. In many ways the park mirrors Botswana’s Okavango Delta – but is even more remote. Wild is the best word to describe this park, there’s nothing fancy about, no luxurious campsites or guided tours, you’re on your own, driving on a series of unmarked 4×4 trails. Nkasa Rupara holds the distinction of being the largest wetland area with conservation status in Namibia. This protects flora and fauna living within its complex channel of reed beds, lakes and islands, that form the Linyanti swamps.
Day 10: Mamili National Park
Time to sit back and relax. We will do some game drives or just sit around taking pictures, do washing and or reading. This is one place that you will not want to leave.
Day 11: Mamili National Park
We will explore the park to take pictures of this stunning area and all the wildlife it has to offer.
Day 12: Popa Falls
Popa Falls Resort is your gateway to the north – eastern corner of Namibia – with its perennial rivers, magnificent indigenous woodlands, riverine forests, floodplains and reed – lined channels. It is the ideal base from which to explore the Mahango Game Park, with over 450 species of birds recorded. A wide variety of wildlife species, including elephant, hippo, buffalo, crocodile, red Lechwe, reedbuck, roan and sable antelope. If you’re lucky, even the elusive Sitatunga antelope can be observed.
The ‘falls’ are in fact a series of cascades created by a quartzite ledge that causes the river to split into numerous channels. They can be accessed on foot from the rest resort.
Day 13: Popa Falls
Popa Falls is the ideal base from which we can enjoy river safaris, fishing trips and game drives into the nearby Bwabwata National Park, made up of the Mahango and Buffalo game reserves.
We can do a day trip to the legendary Ngepi Camp.
Day 14: Sepupa Swamp Stop
Sepupa Swamp Stop Rest Camp is a camp site situated on the banks of the main Okavango River. This is an ideal tiger fish location and jump off point into the Delta.
Day 14: Sepupa Swamp Stop
We will visit Tsodilo Hills and the rock paintings that are nearly everywhere – representing thousands of years of human inhabitation, and are amongst the region’s finest and most important. There are approximately 4 000 in all, comprising red finger paintings and geometrics. Tsodilo Hills is a rare and unique place with an atmosphere of intrigue and mystery. The word Tsodilo is derived from the Hambukushu word ‘sorile’ which means sheer. It is believed to be the site of first Creation by the Bushmen who painted more than 3500 rock paintings against the magnificent stone faces of the hills. Some of the paintings date back to around 800 to 1300 AD. Perhaps that is why the site is held sacred by the locals.
Day 16: Maun
We will spend the night on the outskirts of Maun from where we will greet the next morning. I will make my way South to South Africa via the pans and Kubu Island. Those who want to tag along are more than welcome.