19 April – 1 May 2019
Day 1: SA – Botswana (Khama Rhino Sanctuary)
Leaving early morning to Botswana and overnight at Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS) is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros. Covering approximately, 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds. A late afternoon game drive to the watering holes will be done. This will give us the opportunity to try and spot some rhinos.
Day 2-4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
After breakfast we set off towards Central Kalahari Game Reserve. At Rakops the necessary provisions will be bought, fill up with fuel etc. to set us up for the next 3 days of our Kahahari experience. We will spend 3 nights, and by day do game drives. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest nature reserve in Africa and probably the least visited in Botswana. This vast wilderness area is possibly the most remote place you’ll ever experience. “…To undertake such a journey, a sense of adventure is highly recommended, as well as a strong desire to be somewhere that other people are not…” – Written by Getaway Magazine
Day 5-6: Maun (Okavango Delta)
North-East is our heading onward to Maun, the town that sprout from the Delta. Very early on day 6 a full day boat cruise on the Delta will start. The Okavango Delta is a maze of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels covering an area of over 17000 square km and the largest inland delta in the world. The Delta was named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on 11 February 2013 in Arusha, Tanzania. On 22 June 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESC World Heritage List. With many animals and 140 bird species that made this paradise their home it is truly a place to make your senses explode.
Day 7: Moremi National Park
After 2 night in Maun and some good rest we set off with fresh legs and drive North to Kasane. The route we take is not the normal one, we travel through Moremi National Park. This gem of a National Park, was in 2008, voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association. With a long day of driving and magical wildlife experienced, the sound of hippos in the river and hyena calls (as a lullaby) we set camp on the banks of the Khwai River North of Moremi.
Day 8: Kasane (Chobe National Park)
Driving from the river after breakfast we head more North in the direction of Kasane. To get to our destination we will have to pass through Chobe National Park. This will be an enjoyable drive as the Park does not only provide challenging thick sandy sections but it is said that Chobe have the largest population of elephants in Africa. The floodable grasslands of the Savuti Marsh attract numerous bird species, antelopes like the elusive roan and sable, lions plus migrating zebras. Finally arriving in Kasane a sundowner could be enjoyed at one of the many river front lodges.
Day 9: Kasane – Victoria Falls – Kasane
Today the drivers will get a rest, as a shuttle take us into Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls. The Falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. This is a once in a lifetime must see! After arriving back in Kasane we embark on a sunset cruise on the Chobe River. The possibility of elephants bathing with a magnificent sunset backdrop to end the day is priceless.
Day 10: Elephant Sands
A well deserved relaxed morning with a late breakfast, or brunch rather to recuperate from the previous couple of long days. So we set off on an easy pace, after brunch, in a Southern direction as we start our decent. Elephant Sands will be our place of choice to spend the night. Sitting at the bonfire watching elephants drinking water only a few meters away is an unique experience. There is also plenty of other wildlife around as well. The lack of fences on their 16000 ha private conservancy allows all animals to roam freely.
Day 11: Kubu Island
In the morning we bid the elephants farewell and travel South-West to Kubu Island. This Island, called Kubu Island, is a dry granite rock island located in the Makgadikgadi Pan area. The Makgadikgadi Pan is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi that dryed up thousands of years ago.
Here under the star filled sky a real sense of isolation could be experienced and………hopefully a full camera battery will be at hand to capture this.
Day 12: Palapye
Today will be a diverse landscape, full of photo opportunities, day as we leave Kubu Island. Driving over and past smaller pans on the edge of the Makgadikgadi pans. Then swing away through Mopani and Thorn trees, past some small villages, next to a veterinary fence and passing cattle posts. At last we will arrive at the guest farm outside Palapye. This will be our last night together as a group.
Day 13: Palapye – South Africa
Today we say farewell (hopefully not the last time). For this day everybody can depart when they want or we could drive as a group. Palapye is approximately 100km from the South African border post.
Three meals per day would be provided (except for 2 dinners as would be announced).
Breakfasts: Cereals, coffee with rusks, bread with various spreads and fruit. Bacon and eggs when time permits it.
Lunches: “Picnic lunch”, next to the road, with various items like cold meats, tomatoes, cheese etc that will be set out for everybody to prepare his own sandwich.
Dinners: A cooked dinner or braai (barbecue)
Tea and coffee will be provided. All alcoholic refreshment and soft drinks will be for own account. It is very important that you buy enough drinking water as some places do not have drinking water, like Central Kalahari for example. We will advise in advance.
Your stay:We will be camping and as this is a self drive safari, your tent or rooftop tent should be sufficient. Please remember we will be camping in wildlife areas and the campsites are not fenced. So no outside of your tent or with open “tent door” sleeping will be permitted.
All the above, as well as Park fees and camping costs, are included in the price of R17,000.00 p.p.
* Fuel and border costs will be for own account
Our departure will take place at Twana Lodge in Pretoria. Departure will be on Friday morning 19 April 2019.
For those that are arriving from far, save parking and lodging at Twana Lodge will be available for the nights of 18 April (pre-departure)
An information evening will be held, date to be announced, for those that booked their places.
Only 10 places are available for this safari.
- Sleeping bag.
- Some warm clothing as the Kalahari can get cold at night.
- Normal personal things.
- A sense of humour and adventure spirit.