Trans Botswana - Caprivi - Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park
Lodge, Houseboat & Tree House accommodation
26 July to 5th August, 2019
10-night / 11-day adventure
Cost: R25 650 per person sharing (INCLUDING VAT)
Children under 10 pay 50% sharing with parents
Single person: A supplement charge of an additional 30%.
This is a ten-night, eleven-day safari that starts at Nata and ends at Kasane. During our travels, we shall traverse the vast sand flats that were once the great lakes of Southern Africa, fed by even greater rivers. Over millions of years, the forces of nature diverted the courses of the rivers, changing the face of the land.
Join us on an adventure to discover the marvels of this geological intrigue as we travel from Makgadikgadi Pans, westwards around the south of the Okavango Delta, northward along the course of the Okavango River into the Caprivi Strip via the mysterious Tsodilo Hills, eastwards along the Chobe River and further to the mighty Zambezi at the majestic Victoria Falls.
Your tour leader is 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.
Our experienced bush chef will prepare three meals a day in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old coffee pot will be on the fire from six until late
This trip can be done easily in a 2x4 vehicle with high clearance
A 4x4 is not necessary
We shall be staying in formal, en suite accommodation for the duration of the trip, except for the houseboat. Our experienced catering team will prepare and serve all meals, and we shall enjoy sitting around the campfire under the African sky. All lodge facilities have cash bars.
We meet at Nata Lodge 10 km south-west of the town Nata on the Francistown road in the late afternoon. At sunset at the Makgadikgadi Pans, your guide will brief and orientate you fully and elaborate on the wonderful adventures ahead.
After a hearty breakfast, a safety briefing and the issuing of two-way radios for communication, we head west toward the safari town of Maun, taking in a few sights along the way. We have lunch on the banks of the Boteti River.
In the late afternoon there is the opportunity for a highly recommended hour long scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. This is optional and not included in the tour pricing.
Our destination for the night is a riverside lodge in Maun, where we refuel, restock, wash off the dust and enjoy a drink around the fire.
After refuelling, we drive along the western side of the delta and arrive at the western bank of the mighty Okavango River near the town of Sepupa. Leaving our vehicles in a secure car park, we board aluminium speed boats and transfer to an exclusive houseboat moored in the channels of the Okavango Panhandle where we shall be staying for the next two nights.
After a leisurely big breakfast, we have the opportunity to get in touch with the tranquil waterways of the Okavango Delta. We spend the morning exploring the Okavango Panhandle in the comfort of traditional mokoros or dug-out canoes. Our local guides will impart their valuable birding and cultural knowledge.
We have a late lunch back on the houseboat and spend the afternoon on speedboats, fishing or taking in the splendour. Sundowners are enjoyed from the upper deck of the houseboat.
We transfer back to our vehicles by boat and head north out of Botswana and into Namibia via the mystical Tsodilo Hills with their magnificent Bushman paintings.
At Tsodilo, we have an interesting discussion on the Bushmen, visit the museum and have a picnic lunch in this geological wonderland, which is the highest point in Botswana.
For the next three nights, we are accommodated in tree houses, located on the banks of the Okavango River.
Situated in a river belt of giant Jackalberry trees, our camp with its interesting floating swimming pool and lush surroundings, provides the perfect setting for socialising and relaxing after the activities of the day.
Dinner is served again around the camp fire on the banks of the river.
We spend the day testing our game-viewing skills in the Mahango Game Reserve, where a brunch will be served at one of the many scenic stops.
This section of the Bwabwata National Park has over 300 bird species and boasts four of the big five. It is also renowned for its roan and sable populations.
Everyone has the opportunity to have a lie-in as you will decide on your own morning activities. We serve a big breakfast/brunch and you have the opportunity to relax in the camp or visit the nearby Buffalo Core Area, a part of Bwabwata National Park, with its unique sand tracks and very interesting history.
There are also a number of activities available from the camp such as bird watching, dug-out canoe trips, village tours and fishing.
We all meet in the late afternoon for a comfortable sundowner cruise on the Okavango River.
We pack up and head back into Botswana via the Caprivi Strip to our next stop outside Kasane in Botswana, where we spend our last 3 nights in hotel accommodation.
Caprivi, now called the Zambezi Region, is one of the former war-torn provinces of Namibia but it is fortunately now a national park and safe haven for man and beast alike.
Outside Katima Mulilo we enjoy lunch on the banks of the Zambezi River.
After breakfast we head out to the magnificent Victoria Falls as our destination. After taking in the wonders of the falls we do some sight-seeing and shopping in the Victoria Falls village and for the brave of heart, the most scenic “bungy jump” in the world can be taken off the Vic Falls Bridge.
Scenic helicopter flights over the falls can be arranged and are highly recommended.
Chobe National Park day - We enjoy a three hour game drive on an open safari vehicle in the morning and a three hour boat cruise on the Chobe River into the park in the afternoon.
We spend our last night around the camp fire, enjoying the unique bond of friendship that can be formed only among fellow travellers who have experienced the magic of the African bush together.
Sadly, after breakfast, we say goodbye and leave for home.