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Trans Botswana | Caprivi, Chobe National Park & Vic Falls

Starting in Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the worlds largest salt pan landscape, travelling to Maun & the western panhandle of the Okavango,  via Tsodilo Hills, up to the wonderful unspoiled peace of Ngepi Camp situated on the Kavango River across from Bwabwata National Park, Caprivi.  The tour culminates at Chobe National Park & one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world - the mighty Vic Falls.

tour duration 11 DAYS
price R15,950
next trip 02 Oct 2020
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Our adventure starts in central Botswana at Kubu Island on the Makgadikgadi Pans and ends at Kasane/Chobe in the north. During the course of our travels, we shall traverse the vast sand flats, which were once the great lakes of Southern Africa, fed by an even greater river. Over millions of years, the forces of nature diverted the course of the rivers, changing the face of the land.  As we travel westwards from the site of the great lake at the Makgadikgadi Pans around the bottom end of the Okavango Delta, northward along the Okavango River (with a detour to the mysterious Tsodilo Hills, a sacred rock art site) and into Caprivi, the marvels of this geological intrigue will unfold.

Once in the Caprivi, we shall drive back east again, crossing the Kwando River and eventually reaching the mighty Zambezi River at the majestic Victoria Falls. The final stop on the tour is the game-rich Chobe River area around the town of Kasane in northern Botswana.

Included

All meals
Professional guide
Tented Accommodation

Excluded

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

Tour Dates

02 Oct 2020 - 12 Oct 2020
27 Mar 2021 - 06 Apr 2021
04 May 2021 - 14 May 2021
15 May 2021 - 25 May 2021
26 Jun 2021 - 06 Jul 2021
07 Jul 2021 - 17 Jul 2021
19 Aug 2021 - 29 Aug 2021
06 Sep 2021 - 16 Sep 2021
17 Sep 2021 - 27 Sep 2021
01 Oct 2021 - 11 Oct 2021
12 Oct 2021 - 22 Oct 2021

Day 1

Departure

Meet between 13:00 and 14:00 in Letlhakane. Refuel whilst everyone is supplied with two-way radios before heading out onto the vast, flat terrain of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Overnight we camp wild at Kubu Island. Kubu Island is a dry granite rock protruding from the vast saltpans and boasts the finest examples of ancient Baobab trees. The magnificent sunset will set the backdrop as we enjoy a sundowner on the pan whilst getting to know one another. Gather around the campfire to enjoy a wholesome meal. Your tour leader will enlighten you as to what to expect over the next ten days.

Day 2

Early risers can enjoy coffee and rusks against a backdrop of enormous baobabs as the sun rises on the first morning of your Botswana adventure.

After breakfast, we head north via a two-spoor track along the edge of the empty saltpans, testing our 4×4 driving on the sandy terrain. We enjoy a light picnic lunch en route to our next campsite destination outside Maun 

Day 3

Drive to Maun for the morning to replenish stocks and refuel. This morning you have the option to experience a one-hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta or to simply explore the markets of Maun.

Continue west and then north to our next campsite, stopping for fuel along the way. Our campsite for the next two nights is situated on the banks of the mighty Okavango. The Bhejane crew will have readied our campsite and upon arrival, dinner will be cooking and we will be able to enjoy a nice hot shower before a cold sundowner.

Day 4

Today we enjoy a well-deserved rest day on the banks of the Okavango River.  Explore the camp surrounds at your leisure, take in some spectacular birding, enjoy a bit of tiger fishing (optional) or just relax. This stretch of water is well known for its abundant bird life that includes Fish Eagles and the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl.

Brunch will be served at midday leaving enough time to explore and unwind before a late afternoon guided boat cruise on the tranquil waterways in comfortable aluminum boats.

Day 5

Depart north out of Botswana and into Namibia via the mystical Tsodilo Hills a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rock art and Bushman paintings.

Tsodilo is a sacred and mystical place and our guide shares with us some of the history and spiritualism of one of the worlds oldest historical landmarks. We break for a picnic lunch in this geological wonderland, which is also the highest point in Botswana.

Our campsite for the next 3 nights will be at Ngepi Camp situated on the unspoilt upper reaches of the Okavango Delta Panhandle. Situated in a riverine belt of giant Jackalberry trees and lush surroundings together our camp provides us access to an interesting floating swimming pool, mokorro rides and a visit to a local community – all optional. Its a perfect setting for socialising and relaxing after the day’s activities

Day 6

Enjoy a late start to the day, deciding upon which activities to partake in for the morning. After breakfast/brunch you can either utilise the opportunity to relax at the campsite or visit the nearby Mbabata Game Reserve. Other campsite activities include bird watching or one of the many activities on offer.

The Bhejane activity for the day is a late afternoon sundowner cruise on the mighty Okavango River

Day 7

Drive through the Mahango Game Reserve to experience your game viewing skills. A picnic lunch will be served at one of the many scenic stops.

This section of Bwabwata National Park has over 300 bird species and boasts four of the big five. It is also renowned for its roan antelope and sable population.

Day 8

Today we say goodbye to Ngepi and head back into Botswana and Chobe National Park – our next campsite is just outside Kasane and where we will spend our last 3 nights.

Day 9

After breakfast we enjoy a bus ride to the magnificent Victoria Falls. Today we will have a full day exploring the Falls and the little town of Vic Falls, a bit of market shopping and after a picnic lunch, some sight-seeing. For the brave-hearted there are a number of adrenaline activities such as bungy jumping and helicopter flights over the Falls (not included in the tour price). 

Day 10

Today we explore Chobe National Park. Depart for a 3-hour open safari game drive in the morning followed by a 3-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon.

Gather around the campfire enjoying the unique friendship bond that can only be formed by fellow travellers who, together, have experienced the magic of the African bush.

Day 11

After breakfast, we pack up at a leasurely pace, say our goodbyes and head home.

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Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe

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1 500kms approximately (Letlhakane to Kasane)

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Letlhakane, Central Botswana

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4 x 4 and 2 x 4 with good ground clearance will manage this tour
No need to carry additional fuel - there is ample opportunity for refueling

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Yes but preferably those with 4 x 4 wheels
The very small entry level trailer struggles in the sandy sections

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Day 1 (Kubu Island): No showers or flushing toilets - only pit toilets
Hot showers and flushing toilets at all the other camps

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Not on day 1 at Kubu - but at all the other camps

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Intermittent - speak to your guide on the first day!

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One Hour scenic flip over the Delta (booking via our office essential)
Helicopter flight over Vic Falls (no pre-booking required)
Bungee Jumping at Vic Falls
Community village visit at Ngepi
Tiger fishing on the Okavango (while in Maun)

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You are required to bring your own alcohol.
We suggest bringing enough for the first few nights and then replenishing your supplies in Maun as one is not allowed to bring too much (2L wine & 1L beer or spirits) over the border

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Not required by South African passport holders