19 May – 1 June 2019
Leaving early morning on our way to Kgalagadi and overnight at Vryburg.
Arriving at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Here we will spend the next 2 days relaxing and doing game drives. Some of the animals that made the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park their home are leopards and lions, also predators often encountered are cheetah, spotted and brown hyena. The desert-adapted springbok and gemsbok are the main antelope species. Blue wildebeest, eland and red hartebeest are other herbivores to look out for.
After breakfast we set off on our way to Ghanzi, now travelling in Botswana direction East to Tsabong, after Tsabong, then swing North towards Kang and Ghanzi. Between Bokputs and Tsabong we encounter the beautifull red Kalahari sand dunes where time will be spent for photographs. Tonight we overnight at Tsabong.
Today’s route will see us travelling North with the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on our West, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn and the Central Kalahari National Park on our East. Although most of today will be travelled on a national route the possibility of seeing wild animals next to the road or even crossing do exist (keep the cameras at hand and ready).
Overnight at Ghanzi Trail Blazers. Ghanzi Trail Blazers is a community project that helps the San/Bushman. The guests of Ghanzi Trail Blazers have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a San/Bushman culture that is fast disappearing.
After an early breakfast we leave Ghanzi and travel through a part of the cattle farming district that stretches far North past Nokaneng and Gumare. At Etsha13 we leave the main road in a Easterly direction. Passing through the village of Etsha13 the road becomes a mixture of cattle trails and double track. The long day is rewarded by the breathtaking bird life and Guma Lagoon Camp situated on the Western side of the Okavango Delta. In this paradise on the afternoon of day 8 we will do a boat cruise on the Okavango River
The ninth day of our trip take us into Namibia. After the border crossing we pass through a piece of the Bwabwata National Park where (should we be lucky) the sought after roan, sable and greater kudu could make their appearance. At Divundu we turn East and enter into the popular Caprivi strip where we will spend our evening on the banks of the Quando River.
After breakfast we set of further East back towards the most Northern parts of Botswana. Passing over the bridge back into Botswana we find ourself in Chobe National Park. Driving to Kasane could be spectacular as herds of Elephants cross the road for an afternoon drink and bath in the Chobe river. This could also possibility be witnessed from the boat as we cruise the Chobe river in the afternoon.
Very early morning we set off to Chobe National Park for a game drive, trying to spot some predators bathing in the morning sun or on the search for breakfast. After our lunch we start to make our way back South towards Nata. 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.
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.
After photographing the magical sunrise Kubu Island provide we again take a South-Western direction towards the town of Serowe. But before we reach Serowe we pitch our tents at Khama Rhino Sanctuary to spend our last night in Botswana. A late afternoon game drive to the watering holes will be done. This will give us the opportunity to try and spot some rhinos. The 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.
Today the tour comes to a close as we drive off from Khama Rhino Sanctuary to South Africa, where we end back in Pretoria.
Three meals per day (except for 2 dinners as would be announced) would be provided.
Break fast: Cereals, coffee with rusks, bread with jam(or something else) and fruit.
Lunch: “Picnic lunch”, next to the road everybody prepare his own sandwich with eatables provided.
Dinner: A cooked dinner or braai (barbecue)
Tea and coffee will be provided. All alcoholic refreshment and soft drinks will be for own account.
Comfortable two man tents, spacious enough to stand upright, with camp bed.
Our departure and arrival will take place at Twana Lodge in Pretoria. Departure will be on Sunday morning 19 May 2019 and arrival on Saterday 1 June 2019.
For those that are arriving from far, save parking and lodging at Twana Lodge will be available for the nights of 18 May (pre-departure) and 1 June (post-arrival). Shuttle service will be provided for those flying in to OR Tambo International Airport.
All the above with Park fees and camping costs are included into the price of
What to bring:
- Sleeping bag
- Some warm clothing as the Kalahari can get cold at night.
- Normal personal things