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Explore the tall grasslands of Central Kalahari

Botswana | Central Kalahari

This 7 night / 8 day self drive tour is a true African adventure in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, encompassing 52 800 sq km.  Its wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky and at night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.

Please note: we will be bush camping almost every night with bucket showers and limited hot water

tour duration 8 Days
price R13,950
next trip 18 Feb 2020
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Nothing can prepare you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its remote, wild  & mysterious beauty. Your immediate impression is one of unending space & of having the entire reserve to yourself with waist-high golden grasses that seem to stretch interminably - a harsh sprawling landscape that is home to giraffe, cheetah, hyenas and wild dog. During and shortly after good summer rains, the flat grasslands of the reserve’s northern reaches teem with wildlife, which gather at the best grazing areas. These include large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland and giraffe.  At other times of the year, when the animals are more sparsely distributed, the experience of travelling through truly untouched wilderness, of seemingly unending dimensions, is the draw.

Included

All camp fees & park entrance fees
All meals
Professional guide
Two-way radio communication

Excluded

Border Crossing fees & road taxes
Guide Gratuity
Out of country medical emergency evacuation cover

Tour Dates

18 Feb 2020 - 25 Feb 2020

CHILDREN & SINGLES

Children under the age of 10 LESS 50%
Single Person: A supplement charge of an additional 30%.

Day 1

Adventure through the magical Central Kalahari. Meet at Ghanzi and depart for the Grassland Bushman Lodge. Our bush chef will prepare your first delicious meal and your evening is spent socializing around the fire and getting to know one another.

Day 2

Today we all pack up and leave for Piper Pan where we will stay for one night. We will enter park at Xade Gate. When we arrive at camp, our tents will be ready and waiting for us, with tea and coffee ready.  

Day 3, 4, 5

After early morning coffee and rusks, you may go further afield and do a game drive to enjoy what the Piper Pan has to offer. After breakfast we will pack up and we head north, for three nights in the Deception valley area. It is a beautiful day's drive through some of the most amazing grasslands and we will stop for lunch en route.   We will spend the next three days travelling through one of the wildest and most remote places in Southern Africa.  The roads will consist of two-spoor tracks, cutlines, and bush driving through savannah grasslands of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.  The area is renowned for its low lying pans, where giant eland, springbok, gemsbok and the famous Kalahari lions come to quench their thirst.  We will be in an area where the game has free access to wilderness more than twice the size of the Kruger National Park.  Except for the rustic vehicle tracks, there is nothing else man-made and, without light pollution, the heavenly night skies and solitude will take your breath away. For these three nights we will be camping wild, alongside some of the magnificent salt pans, listening to the silence and sounds of the night time wilds.

Day 6 & 7

After breakfast we travel to Matswere Gate on the Eastern side of the Park towards the Nxai Pan National Park where we will stay for two nights.  Nxai Pan itself is an extensive grass plain, part, once again, of the old lake bed, which is more generously covered with acacia trees. In the south of Nxai Pan, Baines' Baobabs comprise a clump of large baobab trees, rendered immortal in 1862 by painter Thomas Baines, a member of Livingstone's expedition.

Day 8

After a lavish breakfast, we must sadly pack up and head for home. We will bid our travelling companions farewell.  From here, it is approximately 19km on sandy road to the A3 road between Maun and Nata.

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Botswana

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4x4 with low range and good ground clearance because of the thick sand in some areas
Fuel Range of 900kms in sandy driving conditions
Petrol Vehicles: 150L inclusive of what is in your vehicle's on board tank
Diesel Vehicles: 130L fuel - inclusive of what is in your vehicle's on board tank
(ie: 100L petrol tank - then you will need an additional 50L)

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At Grassland Lodge, the first camp, there are full ablutions
Thereafter, Bucket Shower and Long Drop

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None

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None

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Not required for South African passport holders