Botswana Wildside Camping Safari

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Johannesburg South Africa
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Johannesburg South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Botswana Zimbabwe

Tour Dates

2018
  • 2018
  • 2019
August
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From EUR 2095 pp
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Overview

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 but on closer inspection, coupled with local knowledge, a whole brand new world will manifest itself, and then you will experience what is arguably Africa’s finest wildlife destination. It is a country the size of France, and over a quarter of Botswana’s land is set aside exclusively for nature conservation. That is the world you will be walking into. Departures guaranteed with minimum of 2 – 4 people.

Tour Prices: 06/01/2018 to 30/06/2018 – €1995 (no local payment)

Tour Prices: 07/07/2018 to 29/06/2019 – €2095 (no local payment)

Tour Prices: 06/07/2019 to 28/12/2019 – €2195 (no local payment)

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: JOHANNESBURG – KALAHARI

Our adventure begins from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30. Travelling North West through an interesting part of South Africa with scattered mountains all around where a lot of skirmishes in times gone by occurred. We cross the Botswana border near Lobatse. After the usual immigration formalities, you immediately become aware that the vegetation is changing fast as you pass through Kanye, where you leave the last of the hills behind, then Westwards on to Jwaneng, where the richest diamond mine in the world is situated. The vast Kalahari Plains stretch as far as the eye can see in all directions. We will cover quite some distance today before arriving at our camp, near the village of Kang. We enjoy a short leg stretch walk in the bush, return and set up camp where we will enjoy a catered meal while you will enjoy the first spectacular sunset of the desert, garbed in splendid purples and golds, whilst your guide explains what to expect in the days to come.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic drive through North West South Africa , border crossing into Botswana then leaving the last of the hills behind at Kanye, and then.. The Kalahari Desert / Jwaneng - the richest diamond mine in the world / Short walk into the Kalahari / Setting up camp for the night

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2-Man Dome Tent) – Kalahari Rest

Meals

Meals:

Lunch and Dinner own expense

Day 2: KALAHARI BUSHMEN OR SAN

Waking up to a spectacular Kalahari sunrise, we enjoy our first cup of coffee and a sumptuous breakfast before continuing to the old frontier town of Ghanzi. Ghanzi is home to some of the last traditional Bushmen that make a living in this harsh desert environment, and it is here that we will enjoy learning about the wilderness from these fascinating people. Our experience will include an educational bush walk led by true Bushmen to give us insight into their daily lives and teach us how they manage to survive in these harsh conditions, their hunting and trapping skills, their peculiar belief systems, and how they find and store their water. Overnight on a vast tract of land owned and managed by the local people.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Guided bush walk led by true bushman/san / Learn about digging for water and Tsamma melons. / Ancient gods and BELIEFS (like shape-shifting) of the bushmen.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) - Dqae Qare San Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Brekfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - 5: OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango, a massive river emanating from far North, flowing Southwards, creating one of the world’s only true inland delta’s and a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a nervous Lechwe (a type of water buck) 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 a canvas of one of nature’s unique masterpieces, and then the river, eventually spilling its contents into the vast plains of the Makgadikgadi sands, and it’s all gone – just as if you had walked out the other side of an Alice in wonderland book. We begin our journey into the Delta near the panhandle, gliding through papyrus lined channels by motorboat. It is in this area, where at a time now long past, in Mamba alley, the well-known Bobby Wilmot was bitten by a green mamba. He called his assistant and, knowing that he had no chance of survival, told him verbally how he wanted his estate split up. The Court accepted the man’s word as a will. On to our exclusive wild island. We spend three nights here in the true wilderness, deep in the wilds, exploring the area on foot and by mokoro (dugout canoe). There will also be time to simply relax and to absorb the remoteness and serenity of the area. Clients will not only learn more about the animals and plants from the local guides, but will also interact and have the opportunity to learn more about the people and their way of life in this isolated wilderness area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Motorboat transfer into the Okavango Delta / Private Island / Guided Game walks in the Delta led by local Motswana guides / Mokoro trips in Delta / Sunset Hippo Cruise

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tented units on Private Island

Meals

Meals:

Brekfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: OKAVANGO – MAUN

Starting early, we begin our journey back to relative civilisation, using motorboats we wind our way through the channels to where we are reunited with our vehicles. This afternoon we arrive in the ‘tourism capital of Botswana’ – Maun. We will spend some time stocking up on basic supplies before we travel the short distance out to the DRIFTERS MAUN LODGE to freshen up, or splash in the pool, and enjoy a catered meal. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Boteti River. This river changes its flow directions, depending upon the season and rain patterns. The Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, swimming pool, bar and restaurant.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Motorboat transfer out of the Okavango Delta / Boteti River Sunset

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Drifters Maun Lodge - Twin-bedded tented units

Meals

Meals:

Brekfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scenic Helicopter Flight over Delta

Day 7 - 10: FLEXIBLE GAME RESERVE SCHEDULE (5 Days in National Parks)

We enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the Lodge while preparing for the game viewing part of the trip which is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tour. Traveling in our well-equipped 4×4 vehicle we head into true wilderness, passing remote villages along the way. We spend five days in the national parks following seasonal game migrations on extensive morning and afternoon game drives, also with relaxing down time to appreciate this rare jewel of a place and its deep tranquillity. An example of our route could be: starting with Moremi, we spend first night near the well-known Third Bridge. Drift off to sleep to the howl of the distant 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 areas. Then on up to Savuti, the area offers a multitude of game drive options and a very active game area (keep the fruit well hidden from the roving elephant, the meat from the prowling hyenas, and everything from the monkeys). The vegetation is constantly changing, from open plains, palm trees and marshland, to dense Mopane woodlands and Acacia scrub, and hence all the fauna and flora changes accordingly. Depending on the conditions in the national parks we might also venture into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve or the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. During this part of the journey we camp in pristine, remote, private sites where there is no sign of man’s existence – we leave each site in the same condition, nothing but footprints in the sand are left for the quiet winds to deal with.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

4x4 open vehicle game drives on all five days / Private non fenced campsites / Extensive first hand game viewing experience / Explore the heart of National Geographic’s photography region where the jouberts spend their lives.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Wild Camping

Meals

Meals:

Brekfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – MAUN

Our last morning in the parks, we slowly game drive our way back to Maun. We will have some time to explore town and enjoy an “own expense” lunch before heading out to the comfort of the DRIFTERS MAUN LODGE. This afternoon we will relax at the Lodge before enjoying a catered meal and a comfortable night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game Drive on the way out of the park / Visit to Maun

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Drifters Maun Lodge - Twin-bedded tented units

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner (Lunch at own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scenic Flights over the delta

Day 12: MAKGADIKGADI PANS

We enjoy a relaxed morning at the lodge, spending time along the river bank and enjoying the tranquillity of the area, or lounging at the swimming pool. After an early lunch we continue and venture eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area. Besides the stark scenery, the pans are known for their prolific birdlife and the other desert-adapted animals, and, when the rains come, migrating flamingos are spotted on the pans. Without disturbing the surface, we make our way to a remote site where we take in the isolation and serenity of this expanse. Tonight we encourage clients to enjoy a night out under the canopy of stars. With no other artificial light in the area, our private overnight spot provides the perfect location for star gazing and our guides will take time to explain the constellations, also, the atmosphere is so unpolluted, that the various colours of the stars can be seen. As the stars dance above us, almost mocking our mortal lives, we drift away to sleep. NB: should the pans be inaccessible for spending the night we will make use of alternative accommodation in the area

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Remote campsite on the edge of the pans / Night under the stars (weather permitting) / Star gazing

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Wild Camping

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: CHOBE RIVER – VICTORIA FALLS

Venturing north today, we leave the desolation of the pans behind and make our way up to the mighty Chobe River. The Chobe area is known for the huge herds of elephants and other animals that are attracted to drink from the river. This afternoon we enjoy an extensive boat cruise within Chobe National Park. Gliding close to the banks we hope to approach the animals from the river for close up viewing. Our cruise will explore the Chobe River front and a section of the Namibian side of the Chobe River. Back on land, we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to the GREENFIRE LODGE VICTORIA FALLS. The lodge is centrally situated and within walking distance of the falls and all other attractions.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Chobe National Park, especially elephants / Extensive Boat Cruise on the Chobe River- hippos and crocodiles, river birds. / Exquisite environs

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: VICTORIA FALLS

Awaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls. “Mosi o Tunya “, meaning “The smoke that Thunders”. This is the place where, according to ancient traditions, the “Big Snake” or “Nyami Nyami” is in hiding. It will only be seen again once all the white people have left Africa. On this day we include your entry and leave you to admire this wonder of the world. Various other attractions can be visited and activities enjoyed including, the tribal village, the big tree, the curio market and the crocodile farm. An aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, white water rafting or bungee jumping are all worthwhile, but allowance must be made for the extra expense. We spend two nights here, thus allowing clients some time to explore the town and all it has to offer by themselves. Tonight we will eat out in 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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Victoria Falls National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Greenfire Lodge Victoria Falls

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch, Dinner at own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Scenic Helicopter Flight / White water rafting / Bungee jump / Gorge swing / Many more available

Day 15: VICTORIA FALLS – FRANCISTOWN

The guests flying out on the 15-day tour will do so today, the rest will set off to cross back into Botswana and continue south toward Francistown, home of the national football team. Tonight we spend our last night in our tents, enjoying the African night and celebrating our adventure with our last tour meal.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Last opportunity to view game on route to Francistown / Scenic drive from Zimbabwe to Botswana

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping (2 Man Dome Tent) – Woodlands Stopover

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: FRANCISTOWN – JOHANNESBURG

Crossing the Limpopo River, we return to South Africa and make our way to the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG, where we arrive in the early evening. Post-tour accommodation and airport transfers can be booked through DRIFTERS

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic drive from Botswana to South Africa

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast (Lunch at own expense)

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