Day 1: Depart from Johannesburg at approximately 11 AM. Cross into Botswana at the Martinsdrift border post, and proceed into the Tuli Block to our exclusive overnight campsite situated on the banks of the Limpopo river. You will be able to experience the magic of a star studded African night around our campfire, whilst enjoying our first sumptuous "camp dinner" on safari.
Day 2: Today the route takes you further and further away from civilization, until we reach the town of Letlhakane on the edge of the endless Makgadikgadi Pans. After refueling continue past the village of Matshumu, where within a few kilometers you will have your first view of the pans. Your overnight stop will be on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans at the mystical Kubu Island
Day 3: You start the day with a short walk to the "top" of the island for a 360º view of the surrounding area, before departing for another day of off-road driving. The route takes you across the vast Ntetwe pan, before exiting the pans at Gweta and proceeding to "Planet Baobab" for lunch. The route after lunch takes you back into the wilderness, and you will camp tonight at the famous "Baines' Baobabs", painted by the explorer Thomas Baines in 1862.
Day 4: You now drive on tar to Maun which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. From Maun you once again enter the wilderness through the famous "Buffalo Fence", and then further northwest to the unique Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi forms an intricate part of the Okavango Delta, compromising permanently swamped areas, seasonally swamped areas and dry land. This is prime wildlife area where elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion, cheetah and most other game can be seen and experienced in abundance. We overnight at a luxury tented lodge on the Xakanxa Lagoon for the next two nights.
Day 5: Today’s trail takes you on a game drive to Dead Tree Island and Third Bridge will undoubtedly be one of the driving highlights of the safari. By boat you search for the shy Sitatunga antelope, and stare in wonder at the exotic bird and animal life surrounding you. Moremi is an ideal location for a wildlife sanctuary in which wild animals are allowed free seasonal movement.
Day 6: After breakfast exit Moremi at North Gate, and drive for a while next to the Khwai river which is known for its vast number of game and raptors, before turning south-east to our camp site which is situated in Mankwe - a concession area adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. The evening is spent socializing around the campfire in the middle of the Botswana wilderness. It’s not uncommon to get a visit from some of the local wildlife.
Day 7: Ahead of you today is a strenuous off-road drive through one of the most spectacular wilderness and wildlife areas in Africa. Driving past the Magwikhwe sand ridge, you enter the Chobe National Park at Mababe Gate and proceed to the Savuti area where you stop for lunch under huge Camelthorn trees. Continuing on the route takes you further north through the Chobe Forest Reserve and eventually to the comfortable Chobe Safari Lodge, which is situated on the banks of this magnificent river.
Day 8: The Chobe area is a birder's paradise. You can watch the Fish Eagles as they swoop down to catch fish, or flocks of Abdims Storks as they soar with the thermals. A spectacular sight is the harmony of flight when the large White Pelicans do a low level fly-by. An afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the Safari. Our last evening in this area is spent at the Chobe Safari Lodge, with its magnificent views over the Chobe flood plain.
Day 9: You leave Botswana and enter Zimbabwe at the Kazungula border post. Continue with the drive to Victoria Falls, where you’ll be staying at the Lukutula Lodge for the next two nights.
Day 10: The day is at leisure to visit the falls, browse through the curio markets, take helicopter flips over the falls, bungi jump from the Livingstone bridge, or tackle the white water on a raft below the falls.
Day 11: Leaving Victoria Falls, the route takes you on a leisurely drive through untamed wilderness area southwards to Nata. The overnight stop is in the comfortable Nata Lodge.
Day 12: Homeward bound, the route takes you past Francis town, southwards until you cross the border at Maartinsdrift back into South Africa at around lunch time. Continue on to Johannesburg arriving at around 17h00.
Note: Best time - April to October, but can be done year round.
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