Day 1: Johannesburg - Maun
Arrival at Johannesburg airport and catch the connection flight to Maun. At arrival your guide tour is waiting for you. Transfer to the lodge. Rest of the day for visiting Maun. As recently as 20 years ago Maun had the image of a Wild West Frontier town, but the completion of the tar road from Nata has changed all of this. Modern shopping complexes have replaced the old trading stores. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, and a “Mokoro” trip in the Delta is an unforgettable experience. Overnight at Maun Lodge. Includes: (HB).
Days 2 & 3: Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve – Nxai Pans National Park
Early morning, after breakfast leaving Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans e Nxai Pans, Makgadikgadi consists of two main pans: Sowa in the east and the much larger Ntwetwe in the west, as well as a series of smaller pans. These are a relic of an enormous inland lake, larger then Lake Victoria, which covered much of northern Botswana half a million years ago. Dust devils dance across the floor of the pan, while shimmering mirages play havoc with the imagination. Contributing to Makgadikgadi unique atmosphere is the total silence. One of the chief attractions of the Makgadikgadi area is Kubu Island, an isolated granite outcrop studded with stunted baobab trees. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park incorporates the north western corner of Ntwetwe Pan and is a lovely mosaic of open grassland and shimmering pans, fringed by groves of tall palm trees.
Lush riverine forests grow along the Boteri River, which forms the park’s western boundary. Nxai Pan National Park is adjoining the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to the north. Centered around a 40 square kilometre grass-covered pan interspersed with acacia tree islands, it supports large herds of blue wildebeest, burchell’s zebra and gemsbok between December and April. The park is renowned for its large population of giraffe, springbok, impala, kudu, red hartebeest etc. Accommodation in a Safari Tent. Includes: (FB).
Day 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Today, after breakfast we will enter the Central Kalahari Game Reserve via Rakops. Covering about 5 280 000 ha of open woodland, sand veld and scrub, the Central Kalahari G. R. is the second largest conservation area in the world. Contrary to what one might expect, the scenery is generally flat and surprisingly well vegetated. The main attractions of the Central Kalahari are undoubtedly its wilderness atmosphere, wide open spaces, solitude and also its seasonal concentrations of game. The best time for game viewing is during the summer months. The park was originally proclaimed as a reserve for the San and Bakgalakgadi hunters-gatherers who have lived here for centuries. A visit to the San settlement at Molapo with its traditional grass huts will prove to be an interesting experience. Overnight in Safari Tent. Includes: (FB).
Day 5: Bape – Kutse Game reserve. After breakfast, moving to Kutse Game Reserve via Bape. Here, rolling grassland, pan and fossil dunes combine to form a dramatically beautiful landscape.In the northeastern corner of the reserve lies a series of pans in a fossil river, relic of a wetter period thousands of years ago. Overnight in Safari Tent. Includes: (FB).
Day 6: Malepolele – Mokolodi Nature Reserve (165 km)
Early morning, after breakfast, moving to Lobatse via Molepolele, a large traditional village and the capital of the Kwena tribe. It is one of only two modern villages where you can see the stone walls that were traditionally built by the Tswana to separate family enclosures. About 10 km. To the west of the village lies Dithejwane Hill, where what remains of the old Kwena capital, Dithubaruba, can be seen. From Molepolele via Kanye to Lobatse where we will check in at the local Hotel. After some days in the wild we need to refresh and get back to some civility.
In the afternoon we will drive north to visit the village of Otse. Close to Otse is the the Mannyelalong Vouture Sanctuary, established in 1985 to provide protection for the only remaining breeding colony of the Cape vulture in Botswana. A visit to Mokolodi Natyre Reserve 14 km south of Gaborone will be well worth your while.Besides mountain reedbhk, kudu, eland, burchell’s zebra, giraffe, white rino and hippo, Mokolodi is also sanctuary for young elephants and visitors can go for walk with the elephant s to explore the reserve. Overnight at Hotel. Includes: (FB).
Day 7: Lobatse - Nata
After breakfast we move to north through Gaborone and will reach Mochudi, capital of the Bakgatla tribe.Built around Phuthadikobo Hill, the historical core of Mochudi has some fine examples of traditional Bakgatla houses and granaries. The buildings are centered around the "kgotla" (courtyard) where tribal meetings and court session are held. A few kilometers northeast of Mochudi we will reach Matsieng, a hole in a sheet of rock. Surrounding the rock are a number of engravings of animal spoor and also one of a human footprint. The Botswana people believe that the very first human beings and animals emerged from this hole.
Further north, the route pass through the towns of Mahalapye and Palapye to reach Botswana’s second largest town, Francistown. From here it strikes northwest, skirting the mopane and acacia woodland, to reach Nata, a small settlement at the junction of the western road leading to Maun and the northern one to Kazungula, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls. Nata is an ideal base to visit for exploring the Nata Bird Sanctuary at the northeastern end of Sowa Pan. The core of the sanctuary is the Nata River delta which attracts up to 250.000 flamingos during the dry winter months. Overnight at local lodge. Includes: (FB).
Day 8: Nata - Kasane (300 Km)
As usual after breakfast, we start again our journey. Today we will have a long transfer to Kasane at the border with Zambia. Kasane is the Botswana’s gateway to Victoria Falls and a good stopover to visit the northern part of Chobe National Park. In the afternoon, after check in the Lodge we will have our usual game drive and a boat trip on Chobe river at sundown. Covering 1,1 million hectares, the Chobe Nationl Park encompasses a variety of vegetation types, from mopane forest and brachystegia woodlands to floodplains. With an estimated population of 35.000 elephants, Chobe is home to the largest concentration of this animal in Africa. Overnight at Lodge. Includes: (FB).
Day 9: Savute (180 km)
Leaving Kasane early morning we will drive to Savute situated in the western part of Chobe National Park. We are really back in the wild and the sandy track we are driving trough will remind it every kilometre. Northwest of Savute, the Linyanti River forms the boundary of the park for 7 kilometers. Here riverine forests, reedbeds, marshes and floodplains merge to create a microcosm of the Okavango Delta. Savute area, a landscape of open grassland, rocky outcrops and pans. Lions and hyenas are especially plentiful in this area which is famous for its annual zebra migration. Overnight at Savute camp in a Safari tent. Includes: (FB).
Days 10 & 11: Moremi (127 km). Early morning, after breakfast, we will move to Moremi Reserve, a wildlife paradise. Rivalled by few other game parks in Africa, the reserve can be divided into three areas: the permanently inundated delta, Chief’s Island and the Mainland areas of the Mopane Tongue and Mboma Island. Here we will spend our next two days, visiting the reserve by car and by "mokoro" the characteristic canoe. Overnight at Lodge or Tented camp. Includes: (FB).
Day 13: Maun (140 km). After breakfast we will have our last game drive and after lunch we will start our drive back to Maun. Arriving in the evening and check in the Lodge. Includes: (FB).
Day 14: Maun - Johannesburg. Breakfast and morning at leisure. Transfer at the airport to catch the flight to Johannesburg.
- For booking and confirmation, we require a 40% deposit for every booking. We do not consider a safari booked unless a deposit has been received. The last payment is required at least 30 days before the beginning of the safari. A refresh of your booking is expected at least 2 weeks before the start of the safari.
- Cancellation. Should there be a need for a cancellation, it should be done at least 30 days before the beginning of a safari. Any cancellation will attract a charge as per our cancellation policy.
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