you want to experience the true wilderness of Africa but don’t want to spend
every night at a campsite, this trip is for you. With its well-balanced
combination of camping and lodge accommodation you are guaranteed to experience
the best Botswana has to offer.
Meet and greet in Johannesburg and complete formalities. We also use this time to do some shopping and stock up for the next few days in the bush. Once the shopping is complete we head towards Waterberg Wilderness, which is used as a stop over to break the drive from Johannesburg to the border so there is not so much pressure to rush. The accommodation is luxury safari tents with a lovely view of the gorge. There is game to see here such as Baboon’s, Giraffe, Leopard, Kudu and Caracal to name a few.
Set on approximately 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, this reserve is your best chance of seeing Rhinoceros in Botswana. The sanctuary was established in 1992 by the local community with the aim to assist in saving the disappearing Rhino and restore an area once teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state. The park also provides economic benefits to the local community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary is home to both Black and White Rhino as well as 30 other species of animals and more than 230 species of birds.
Placed on the banks of the Thamakhane River, this lodge is the perfect place to relax and recharge and reflect on what you’ve experienced so far. Enjoy a drink by the pool and dinner in the widely acclaimed restaurant. Before heading into Moremi the next morning you will refuel and top up your supplies in the town of Maun. For those who are interested there are a number of scenic flights available that start and end in Maun.
Third Bridge campsite is located on the western side of Moremi Game Reserve along the off stream of the Moanachira River. The first thing you will notice when driving through Moremi, en route to your campsite, is the sudden explosion of wildlife. You can see everything from Dwarf Mongoose to massive herds of Elephant and Buffalo in this park. Moremi is also home to the rare Sitatunga, Red Lechwe and Puku. Within the camp itself you get a true sense of being in the African bushveld as the grounds are unfenced and not over populated with campers leaving the animals free to roam through the campsite, which is a common occurrence. Enjoy evening meal around the fire while enjoying the sounds of Owls hooting, Hippos frolicking, Lions roaring and the eerie sound of the Spotted Hyenas whooping call nearby.
The Khwai region of Moremi is Botswana’s premier predator viewing area. After leaving Third Bridge early in the morning you will slowly start making your way to Mokoro boat station where you will go on a 2 hour ride through the channels of the Okavango Delta. From there you will start the trip to North Gate where you will pass through Paradise Pools, an area notorious for Leopards as well as making a stop at Dombo Hippo Pools where once again wildlife is abundant. Here there are loads of Hippo and incredibly large Nile Crocodiles to be seen. North Gate is a lovely shady campsite overlooking the Khwai River. Here the chances of predators such as Lion, Leopard or Spotted Hyena passing through the campsite at night are high.
Savuti Camp is situated on the Savuti Channel within Chobe National Park. The channel is shrouded in mystery as it starts and stops flowing seemingly without cause and independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere. In 2008 the waters returned again and the camp now has front row seats to view the abundant game that has congregated and adapted in its wake. Game concentrations are very high in this region, particularly in the dry winter months. Plains game is plentiful with species such as Roan Antelope, Sable and Giraffe being seen as well as predators such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyena, Black Backed Jackal and Wild Dog. This area can also be excellent for the sought after Aardvark and Aardwolf which are big ticks off anyone’s mammal list.
On the second day in Savuti we can take the opportunity to explore the area further. A must see is the Bushman Painting Hill, evidence of the nomadic San People who once called this area home. It is a short walk up to the paintings, from where you also get an amazing panoramic view of the surrounds.
Located on the Chobe Riverfront within the Chobe National Park this is a prime location for enjoying all that the park has to offer including massive herds of Buffalo and Elephants as well as magnificent birding, especially during the summer months as this is the breeding season. During the dry season the campsite looks onto a Hippo pool and during the high water season the river is in full flow below the camp. Occasionally a strange sight can be seen from the camp, as you look across the river to Namibia there is often farmers, their livestock and some Zebras, who have crossed the river in search of grazing all in the same place. Sunsets are also spectacular from this camp as you watch the sun sink across the river with the silhouettes of animals along the river bank.
Chobe National Park, you will visit Chobe Safari Lodge, which sits on the banks
of the Chobe River in the town of Kasane. While you are here you can enjoy free
WIFI, drinks at one of their premium bars, meals at the restaurants as well as
a sundowner boat cruise along the Chobe River.
Today you will depart Chobe Safari Lodge for the day and cross the border into Zimbabwe where you will visit the legendary Victoria Falls. If you are looking for a bit of a thrill there is bungee jumping, zip lining, gorge swing, helicopter flights and more available. If it’s a bit of history you are after there is also a historical bridge tour where your local guide will provide a light hearted yet informative talk on the history of the bridge. You will also get the opportunity to walk on the walkways underneath the bridge and take in the magnificent views of the falls and the Batoka Gorge. There a few craft markets to shop for souvenirs and a restaurant where a light meal can be enjoyed.
After checking out of Chobe Safari Lodge we will take the vehicle to the Kasane depot and complete the formalities. Thereafter we will proceed to Kasane Airport where we will catch our flight back to Johannesburg.