Central Kalahari Botswana
6 night / 7 day (Tented accommodation)
Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space and almost to having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting.
The Central Kalahari game Reserve (CKGR) is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, encompassing 52 800 sq kms. 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.
Please note that this is a true adventure safari as we will be bush camping almost every night. However, the Bhejane crew will make it as comfortable as possible.
Your tour leader will be an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and four-wheel drive knowledge.
Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffie pot” will be on the fire from six till late.
Our logistics crew will pitch and take down the camps at all the overnight stops we visit. Tents and tables are provided by Bhejane Adventures. This is a true adventure trip with lots of sand and off road driving, but the Bhejane crew do have the “know how” and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems.
Though our bush-camps will be interesting and rustic, you will at all times be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and, most importantly, see that you have a good time.
Included in the cost:
- All Camp fees
- All park entrance fees
- All advertised activities
- Bhejane Adventures provides all the tents, cutlery & crockery
- Three meals a day
- Tea & Coffee from 6 till late every day whilst in camp
- Professional guides & tour leaders
- Two-way radio communication
What you need to bring:
- Your vehicle & fuel
- Your own bedding (mattresses and/or stretcher and sleeping bags and pillows)
- Your own fold-up chairs
- Your own drinks and in-between snacks
- Your own out of country / medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover
- Your own border crossing fees and road taxes
Today our magical adventure through the Central Kalahari begins. After we have met at Ghanzi we will drive to Grassland Bushman Lodge. Our bush chef will be preparing your first delicious meal and your evening is spent socializing around the fire and getting to know one another.
Day 2 & 3:
Today we all pack up and leave for Passarge Camp where we will stay for the next two nights. When we arrive at camp, our tents will be ready and waiting for us, with tea and coffee ready.
After early morning coffee and rusks, and a light breakfast, you may go further afield and do a game drive to enjoy what the park has to offer. Brunch will be served later in the morning.
Again, we spend the evening sharing our day’s adventures around the fire.
Day 4, 5, 6:
After an early rise and light breakfast, 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.
After a lavish breakfast, we must sadly pack up and head for home. We will all travel together on sandy cutline to Matswere Gate on the Eastern side of the Park where we will bid our travelling companions farewell. From here, it is approximately 42km on sandy cutline to the Rakops.