Trans Botswana - Caprivi - Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park
10 night / 11 day (TENTED ADVENTURE)
This is a ten night, eleven day safari that starts in southern Botswana at the town of Letlhakane and ends at Kasane in the north.
During the course of our travels, we will 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 river, changing the face of this land.
Join us on an adventure to discover the marvels of this geological intrigue as we travel from what was the deepest part of the great lake at the 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 on 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.
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 not a very “technical” 4x4 trip, but should you experience any difficulty, the Bhejane crew do have the “know how” and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems.
All the campsites visited, other than Kubu Island, will have hot showers and flush toilets.
We meet in the town of Letlhakane at between 13h00 and 14h00. We refuel; supply everyone with two way radios and head out into the bush and onto the vast, flat expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans where we spend our first night on Kubu Island.
This outcrop of granite, situated on the vast saltpans boasts among Southern Africa’s finest examples of huge Baobab trees. The magnificent sunset will set the backdrop as we enjoy a sundowner on the pan, whilst getting to know each other.
Whilst sitting around the campfire, and before being spoilt with the first of many wholesome meals, your tour leader will elaborate extensively on what to expect over the next ten days.
For the early birds and keen photographers, an awe inspiring sunrise will greet you whilst enjoying coffee and rusks.
After breakfast and an informative meander around the island, we head north on a two-spoor track along the edge of the empty saltpans, having a picnic lunch along the way. Our destination: a campsite outside Maun.
We spend the morning in Maun, where we restock and refuel. Whilst in Maun, there will be an opportunity, for those who choose to do so, to take a one-hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. This flight, however, is not an included activity.
After our morning in Maun we head west and then north to our next campsite, refuelling once along the way. Once again, on our arrival at the camp, which is situated next to one of the major channels of the Delta, the crew will have set up camp and the pots will be on the fire.
After a few long days of travelling, everybody enjoys a well-deserved rest and there is no better place than on the banks of the Okavango Delta. We have the morning free to stroll around the camp and the surrounds, to do some birding and relax. The area is well know for the elusive Pels Fishing Owl.
We enjoy a leisurely brunch and in the later part of the afternoon we head out onto the tranquil waterways. Our guided afternoon boat cruise is in comfortable aluminium cruise boats.
We 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.
Our campsite for the next three nights is located on the banks of the Okavango River. Situated in a riverine belt of giant Jackalberry trees with it’s interesting floating swimming pool and lush surroundings, our camp provides the perfect setting for socialising and relaxing after our daily activities.
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 Mbabata Game Reserve, with its unique sand tracks and very interesting history. There are also a number of activities such as bird watching, dug-out canoe trips, village tours and fishing available for you from the camp. Any of these activities will be for your own cost.
The Bhejane activity for the day is a late afternoon sundowner cruise on the mighty Okavango River.
We spend the day testing our game viewing skills in the Mohango Game Reserve where a picnic lunch will be served at one of the many scenic stops.
This section of Caprivi 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.
We pack up and head back into Botswana via the Caprivi Strip to our next camp outside Kasane in Botswana, where we spend our last 3 nights.
Caprivi, the former war-torn province of Namibia is now a national park and safe haven for man and beast alike.
After breakfast we head out, on a bus trip, our destination the magnificent Victoria Falls. After taking in the wonders of the Falls we have a picnic lunch, do some sight-seeing and shopping in the village of Victoria Falls and, for the brave of heart, there are a number of adventure activities such as bungy jumping and helicopter flights over the Falls (not included in the tour price).
Chobe National Park day - We enjoy a 3hour game drive on 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 campfire enjoying the unique bond of friendship that can only be made by fellow travellers who, together, have experienced the magic of the African bush.
Sadly, after breakfast, we say goodbye and leave for home.