SAMPLE TOURS & ITINERARIES

Where to start? There is so much to see and do in Africa, so the Bush Butlers team have put together a few sample itineraries below to give you an idea of bespoke trips we’ve done.

Kindly note: These are sample itineraries and can be customized and altered to suit your exact requirements. Please fill out the contact form or get in touch with us directly so the Bush Butler team can put together a tailor made itinerary to perfectly suit your wishlist.

WINDHOEK TO WINDHOEK

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Please note: This is a sample itinerary and can be customized and altered to suite your exact requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made itinerary.

SHORT AND SWEET

This tour has all the epic destinations, including Namib Desert, the succulence of the Karoo, the Mopani forests, the Etosha Nature Reserve, Spitzkoppe, desert elephants and the Brandberge with the “white lady”. This full house tour encompasses all the magical landscapes Namibia has to offer!!!

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Windhoek (Klein Windhoek —) Guides

DAY 2 Quiver Tree Forest (Quiver Tree Rest Camp, -LD), ±350km

The Quivertree Forest, with its curious and picturesque trees, can be viewed on the Farm Gariganus, about 13 km north-east from Keetmanskop. On the farm, visitors can explore the ancient and famous Quivertree Forest, and the Giants Playground.

The second site of interest in the area is the Giants Playground. Here you can see a massive collection of amazing Dolerite balancing rock formations, piled up on top of each other, primarily by millions of years of wind erosion. The Giants Playground is well-named, as visitors can just imagine giants playing with these massive stone toys.

DAY 3 FISH RIVER CANYON (Canon Mountain Camp BLD) ±250km

We make our way to Fish River Canyon, second largest canyon in the world. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today very dry, with rocks and pebbles and sparsely covered with dessert plants. The canyon is in total 160 km long, 27 km wide and 550 meters deep in places. In the afternoon we enjoy sun downers as we watch the sun disappear beneath the African horizon.

DAY 4 LÜDERITZ (Nest Hotel BL-) ±250km

The wind tugs at the wooden shutters, doors and roof beams. Rusty water pipes and railway tracks disappear into sandy oblivion. Rooms with high ceilings and even whole houses are filled by rippled dunes. Through broken windows and holes in roofs or walls the sun paints bizarre pictures of light and shadow. The appealing atmosphere of the dilapidation of a settlement which once flourished in the hostile desert attracts around 20 000 tourists each year.

Kolmanskop sprang up in 1908 after diamonds were found. During the following years the little town was the center of a veritable diamond rush, which filled it with life. All that remains today is the Diamond Restricted Area, where mining of precious stones continues, and the ghost town of Kolmanskop.

DAY 5 & 6 NAMIB DESERT, Sesriem (Desert Camp BLD) ±460km

Today is a long drive day with spectacular photographic stops through the terrain ending at Sesriem. The area is considered to be one of the oldest deserts in the world, having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for at least 55 million years. Its aridity is caused by the descent of dry air and cooled by the cold Benguela current along the coast. It has less than 10 mm of rain annually and is almost completely barren. Towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei form the gateway into the Namib Desert. We will enter Sossusvlei along a 4×4 driven track. We explore Sesriem Canyon and watch breathtaking sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes.

DAY 7&8 SWAKOPMUND (Dunedin Star B–) ±400km

Today we make our way through places like Solitaire and the Tropic of Capricorn with Lunar landscapes. Swakopmund was founded in 1892 as the main harbor town for the old German South-West Africa. It is the capital of the Erongo district and is a beach resort with German colonial architecture. This town is popular for its cooler temperatures. On the morning of the second day we will visit Walvis harbor and do the famous cruise.

DAY 9 UGAB WILDERNESS (Brandberg Lodge BLD) ±300km

Our next stop is the Brandberg where we stay next to the dry Ugab River bed, home to the rare desert elephants. We explore the mountains on foot with our local guides, who lead us through this region adorned with rock art. Ugab River is an ephemeral river that only flows above the surface of its sandy bed a few days each year, but its subterranean water is an important resource for species in the Damaraland region of northern Namibia.

DAY 10&11 ETOSHA NP (Chalet BLD) ±500km …….chalet 29us

Etosha National Park, “the great white place of dry water”, in the game rich northwest corner of Namibia offers a variety of wildlife. We take game drives around the huge dry pan to find the elephants, herds of antelope and lions around the waterholes before we stay at Okaukuejo with its flood-lit waterhole. (Subject to animal movements we may use any of the 3 camps in Etosha.)

DAY 12 WINDHOEK, (Klein Windhoek) (B–) ±250km

It sits on a sloping plain on the northern side of the Khomas Hochland (Khomas Highlands) at an altitude of 1,728 meters. The charm of the city of Windhoek lies in its harmonious blend of African and European cultures and the friendliness of its people. We visit the cosmopolitan capital and enjoy a restaurant meal in the evening (own expense).

DAY 13 Flight home (guides stay 1 more night)

We will visit the city of Windhoek and if time allows the popular botanical garden before you will be dropped off at the international airport.

TOUR INFORMATION

  • PRICE: $2500 per person sharing
  • $300 extra for single supplement
  • Minimum 4 guests, Maximum 16 guests
  • Includes vehicle with air condition and all transfers
  • Tour departure: Great March till October
  • This tour can also be customized to suit your needs e.g. extra or fewer nights.

Please note, costs are estimates put up as a guideline with rates that were valid at the time of setting up the website. Please note, we do endeavor to update the site as often as possible.

Included:

  • 12 nights in guesthouse/chalets as mentioned or similar
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Conservation Fees
  • Transport in Mini bus
  • Petrol/Diesel
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide (driver)
  • Cook
  • Assistant

Excluded:

  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratitude

Accommodation:

  • Guest house / chalets: 11 nights will be spent in guesthouses or chalets. Most rooms are twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

Shopping:

  • Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Swakopmund. Namibia also has unusual and interesting curios and crafts. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Crafts change from region to region.

Food:

  • We have three balanced meals per day, the main meal is dinner – braai (charcoal/wood barbecue), potjie (stew) or stir fry. Lunch – sandwiches with salad. Breakfast – cereals, toast, tea/coffee/fruit juices and sometimes an English (fried) breakfast.
  • When buying ingredients, the tour leader insists on obtaining fresh produce from the local shops.
  • The use of melamine camping plates, cups and cutlery will be provided.
  • Meals are included except where stated in the itinerary (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). When the meals are not included we will eat at restaurants (own expense).
  • If requested, the tour leader can arrange for special dietary requirements such as vegetarian, allergies, etc.
  • Beverages which are not included in the meals as stated will be at your own expense. We don’t supply bottled drinking water although it is available at most shops.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Anyone who is in good health should enjoy this trip.
  • You will need a valid passport for entry into South Africa and surrounding countries.
  • Visas for relative countries are obtainable at the borders.
  • Please pack a limit of 15kgs of luggage in a soft sports tog bag.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, comfortable shoes and warm jacket are highly recommended.
  • A good camera and a small pair of binoculars always come in handy.
  • We recommend that you bring extra money for restaurant meals, extra refreshments and curios shopping.
  • With local conditions being different, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route or schedule – in this case please note that we will make every effort to stick to the itinerary as best as possible.
  • There will be a guide/camp assistant at all times, but a helping hand is always welcome. Many hands make lighter work.
  • Don’t forget your humor and sense of adventure!
  • Feel free to contact us for any queries.

AFRICAN BUSHVELD EXPLORER

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Highlights

This tour touches the best of Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe and travels through the heart of Africa and its great wildlife parks. From Livingstone and the beautiful Victoria Falls we travel north east through Zambia to South Luangwa National Park and then to the amazing Lake Malawi. In Malawi we camp on pristine beaches along the lake of stars and meet their wonderful people. This wildlife tour then crosses Zimbabwe from Mana Pool, across Lake Kariba, south to Hwange National Park and the Matopos ending in the great Zimbabwean Ruins. We visit hot springs en route to Jozi A true African Adventure!

Day 1, Zambia, Livingstone [camping, —]

After we arrive in Livingstone in the afternoon we will transfer to our campground. We will then have the chance for a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. In the morning we will visit the famous Victoria Falls or Mosi oa tunya, which is the largest curtain of water in the world; more than 1600 meters wide and 108 meters high. Dinner is own expense.

Day 2, Zambia, Lusaka [camping, BLD] ±480km

Today after brunch we travel to the largest city and capital of Zambia, Lusaka, its population is 1, 7 million. Here we will stock up for our adventure into the wilder site of the country.

Day 3&4, Zambia, South Luangwa National Park [camping, BLD] ±570km

Experts say South Luangwa is one of the greatest wildlife reserves in the world. The famous walking safari originated in this park and is still a great way to experience Africa’s wilderness. Besides the game walk we will also enjoy a game drive in an open vehicle. There are some magnificent Baobab trees and a few large Eboni forests to admire. We are staying here for two nights and camp under amazing trees and gaze at the stars. The day’s most interesting stories will be retold around the campfire. [1 guided game walk and 1 guided game drive included]

Day 5, Chipata – [camping, BLD] Stop over-±130km

We travel through beautiful scenery and we will visit a local cooperative which is great for gifts. In Chipata we stock up on supplies and get a good night’s rest before we travel to the border and into Malawi.

Day 6, Malawi, Senga bay [camping, BLD] ±170km

Malawi is a country of great natural beauty in East Central Africa at approximately 15 degrees south and 35 degrees east. It is bordered by Tanzania to the north and northeast, Zambia to the west, Mozambique to the southeast, south and southwest. It is a small narrow country lying north to south, it is approximately 850 km long and 160 km wide. Malawi is the southern end of the Great Rift Valley and contains Lake Malawi which is the southernmost lake in the series of lakes making the valley’s route from the Red Sea. Lake Malawi is the world’s ninth largest lake and is often referred to as the calendar lake. It is 365 miles long, the days of the year. 52 miles wide equals the weeks of the year and 700 meters deep. The deepest parts of the lake are 230 meters below sea level and the surface is 470 meters above sea level.

Along the lake we will meet the friendly people of some of the villages, and maybe watch the fishermen fix their nets. We will camp on the crystal white beaches, and enjoy an evening along the lake of stars!

Day 7&8, Malawi, Monkey Bay [Lodge BLD] ±150km (Sunset cruises included and water sports)

After a big breakfast on the beach, we pack up and head south along the lake to Malawi national park and the southern shores. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and is a world heritage site. We will meet the local villagers on a walk and we could all try our hand at some hand and line fishing .We enjoy one of the many activities on offer, i.e. walking, kayaking windsurfing fishing and water sports.

Day 9, 26 July, Palm Beach Malawi [camping, BLD] + 80 km

The town of Mangochi lies on the Shire River, between the southern tip of Lake Malawi and northern tip of Lake Malombe. Mangochi was initially called Fort Johnson, after Sir Harry Johnson, the British explorer and colonial administrator. Fort Johnson was established in the early 1890′s and remained an important river port and naval post through colonial times.

The old town is located on the western bank of the Shire River and the wide palm-tree-lined streets indicate Mangochi’s past Colonial importance. The buildings in the old town, although rapidly deteriorating and quite rundown, show the influence of the earliest Arab slave trade in the area. The newer part of Mangochi has a fair amount of banks and supermarkets and is a great place to stock up for further travels. In July 2008, elephants terrorized areas around Maldeco Fisheries in Mangochi and caused several deaths and damage to property, mainly crops. The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture proposed moving the elephants into several game reserves, although the proposal stalled when some residents said they wanted the elephants to remain.

Day 10 Zambia, Chipata [camping, BLD] ±375km

This is an overnight stay on our way to Mana pools. These days are two easy travel days to major cities in Zambia with plenty of photographic stops. We will stock up on supplies and visit some markets.

Day 11 &12, Mana Pools (world heritage site) [camping, BLD] Zimbabwe

This paradise of a camp is simple and rustic but it is the location that is the best. One of our favorite camps ever, here we can do game walks and game canoeing and with all activities, we will decide on arrival (Own expense). Mana pools is an animal wonderland and all un-fenced territory, one gets what this place was like for the first pioneers and camping next to the hippo filled water, this is a true African Bushveld, and in the lower Zambezi it does not get better than this.

Mana Pools is a wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe constituting a National Park. It is a region of the lower Zambezi in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa’s most renowned game-viewing regions. Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meanderings of the middle Zambezi. These 2,500 square kilometers of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs, is one of the least developed National Parks in Southern Africa. It was saved from a hydro-electric scheme in the early eighties which would have seen the flooding of this subsequent World Heritage site. It has the country’s biggest concentration of hippopotamuses and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of elephant and buffalo. The Mana Pools were designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance on 3 January 2013.[2]

Day 13, Zimbabwe, Kariba [camping, BLD] ±220km a [hotel, BL]

Kariba is a village on the southern shore of Lake Kariba. Kariba is a popular fishing resort and is the terminal of the Kariba Ferries. Lake Kariba is the largest artificial lake in the world with 5580 square kilometers.

Day 14, Zimbabwe, Kariba ferry [Ferry, BLD]

You can relax in the spacious panoramic windowed saloon, laze on the partially shaded deck or enjoy the upper shaded deck whilst someone else does the driving. This is a truly special way to experience the full length of this amazing lake, watch out for the Nyaminyami!

Day 15&16 Zimbabwe, Hwange National park [camping, BLD] ±150km

Hwange National Park is our destination for the next 3 nights to get some rest and meet some locals. It was a hunting ground for the Ndebele King and was declared as National Park in 1929. These days it is renowned for the Elephants and its Hugh population of mammals and bird species. Here the animals and people live relative harmony

Day 17&18, Zimbabwe, Matopos National park [camping, BLD] ±380km

We travel south to the world famous granite domes of the Matopos’ rock formations which give the Matopo Hills their outstanding look. Early in the morning we will explore the park which is home to a small population of white and black rhino. This park inherited a wide range of different animal species and bird life. Look out for the powerful black eagle. We will learn much about local culture in the village and speak about ,the many the ‘Bushmen’ rock paintings in the area.

Day 19, Zimbabwe, Great Zimbabwe Ruins- Masvingo [camping, BLD] ±360km

Today we travel to Masvingo Province with one of the oldest ruins in Africa. These mysterious structures are where the predecessors of the current Shona tribe lived. From 11th to the 15th century they built and lived in

stone buildings. It is extraordinary how these massive constructions were built without the use of cement today large portions of these settlements are still intact and can be visited. We explore the great house of stone on a guided walk.

Day 20, Tshipise [Lodge BLD]± 400

Blessed with a year-round sunny climate and hot mineral springs, based at the foot of the “the mountain that blows” – the Tshipise koppie, in a landscape dotted with ancient (“upside down”) Baobabs and Mopani, Bushwillow and Jakkalsbessie trees. We soak in the Bushveld atmosphere around a braai or “potjie”. Tshipise means “something warm”, so holidaymakers can expect lots of fun in the sun. After our last dinner together we will share emails and pictures and share some great memories. There will be some hot spring water to soothe those well-traveled muscles. Try it!

Day 21, Johannesburg [B–] 500km

After some last minute shopping and feeling rested and satisfied we travel back to civilization for our international flight with Africa in our veins and many memories to share with family and friends. We plan to be in Johannesburg at the vehicle depot where we return our equipment and refresh ourselves and thereafter we transfer to the airport at around 4 pm.

TOUR INFORMATION

PRICE includes fully equipped safari vehicle plus fuel, most meals and all entrances and all transfers!!!

PRICE: per person sharing (land price 21 days, Livingstone – Johannesburg) as per Itinerary

Minimum 4 guests, Maximum 12 guests and 2 guides

Includes:

  • 16 nights camping
  • 3 nights lodge
  • 1 night ferry open deck
  • Transport in 4×4 fully equipped vehicle for 21 days
  • Professional guide (driver)
  • Park entrances
  • Conservation Fees
  • Cook (camp assistant)
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • All Activities as per itinerary
  • Cross border fees for the vehicles

Excludes:

  • Visas ( about $130) Zambia $30 Malawi $50 Zimbabwe $50
  • Drinks and meals as per itinerary (lunches and dinners all together about $250 )
  • Gratuity (about$150)
  • Personal expenses curious(about $200)
  • EXTRA Activities (game walk rhino $90, we highly suggest this one and have booked for the group and also about $200 for all other extra walks or snorkeling or dives or game drives) we may or may not be able to do these due to timing or conditions.

Please note, costs are estimates put up as a guideline with rates that were valid at the time of setting up the website. Please note, we do endeavor to update the site as often as possible.

Accommodation:

  • Guest house/chalets: 4 nights, most rooms are twin and en-suite but sometimes rooms share bathroom facilities.
  • Camping or tented camp: 16 nights with hot showers and clean toilets. The 4×4 vehicles with unlimited mileage come fully equipped with camping gear and the roof top tents we use are 2.1 x 2.1 x 1.5 meters and putting them up or down takes only 3 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses which are 5cm thick, pillows and sheets are supplied. The camp chairs are comfortable and have a backrest. Each vehicle is also equipped with A/C, C/D player, a 12V fridge, long range fuel tanks, air compressor and spare wheel. Ground tents are also available upon request.

Food:

  • We have three balanced meals per day; the main meal is dinner – braai (charcoal/wood barbecue), potjie (stew) or stir fry. Lunch – sandwiches with salad. Breakfast – cereals, toast, tea/coffee/fruit juices and occasionally an English (fried) breakfast.
  • When buying ingredients, the tour leader insists on obtaining fresh produce from the local shops.
  • The use of camping plates, cups and cutlery will be provided.
  • Meals are included except where stated in the itinerary (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). When the meals are not included we will eat at restaurants (own expense).
  • If requested, the tour leader can arrange for special dietary requirements such as vegetarian, allergies, etc.
  • Beverages which are not included in the meals as stated will be at your own expense. We don’t supply bottled drinking water although it is available at most shops.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Anyone who is in good health should enjoy this trip.
  • You will need a valid passport for entry into South Africa and surrounding countries.
  • You will need a yellow fever vaccination for this trip, please consult your medical practitioner before departing.
  • Visas for relative countries are obtainable at the borders.
  • For this trip you will need malaria prophylactics, please consult your medical practitioner before departing.
  • Please pack a limit of 15kgs of luggage in a soft sports tog bag.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, small pair of binoculars and comfortable shoes are highly recommended.
  • To avoid disappointment bring a good camera with enough film or memory. We often have electricity (220/230 V) for recharging and also stop for the basics along the way, i.e. batteries.
  • The will be opportunities to shop for crafts, carvings, batiks and paintings. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Curios and crafts change from area to area.
  • Bring a torch and or a Head Torch the brand Petzl are a good kind.
  • We recommend that you bring extra money for restaurant meals, extra refreshments and curios shopping as some vendors do not have credit card facilities.
  • With local conditions being different, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route or schedule – in this case please note that we will make every effort to stick to the itinerary as best we can.
  • There will be a guide/camp assistant at all times, but a helping hand is always welcome. Many hands make lighter work.
  • Don’t forget your humor and a spirit for adventure!
  • Feel free to contact us for any queries.

BERG, BEACH & BUSH

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A 4WD escapade through a beautiful and diverse rainbow nation, we visit many magical nature reserves, 3 kingdoms, 3 countries and the warm Indian Ocean. The trip takes us through the small Kingdom of Swaziland, the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg, to the warm Indian Ocean and the colorful beaches of Mozambique. A highlight of this trip is also the Kruger National Park, one of the best places to look for the Big 5.

ITINERARY

DAY 1, South Africa, GRASKOP (Lodge -LD)

After a meet and greet at the Johannesburg International Airport we start with the highlands meander and continue onto the panorama route with few regions of the world that can match the extreme beauty of the escarpment and the low-veld. Mpumalanga is where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterize the landscape.

We visit Gods Window, Bourke’s luck potholes and The Three Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon (3rd largest canyon in the world) before staying in a lodge on the edge of the escarpment. For the more adventurous there is an opportunity to do a gorge swing over the edge of the escarpment.

DAY 2-3, South Africa, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (camping 2xB 2xL 2xD)

This is one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. It has the greatest variety of animals of any park in Africa, including the Big Five as well as cheetah, giraffe, hippo and many species of antelope and small game. The park includes 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles and 336 different trees. The camp sites are excellent and infrastructure is well kept with hot showers. Early morning starts ensure the best results for spotting lions, giraffe and the mighty elephant.

DAY 4, 5&6, Mozambique, INHAMBANE (camping, 2xB1xL1xD)

Today is a long drive day through coastal towns and markets with intermittent stops. Our campsite is set just meters away from the bountiful ocean. Local fishermen pass us with the daily catch. Set among many coconut trees, Tofu has a local market with many colorful paintings and curios in this vibrant village. This is a great place to meet the friendly locals and catch up on daily news. Amazing Dhow rides, snorkeling, scuba diving (own expense) and swimming in the warm ocean are some of the activities that are available.

 

DAY 7&8, Mozambique, BILENE (Camping, BL)

Bilene, also known as Praia do Bilene, is a town in southern Mozambique, northeast of Maputo. It is known as a beach resort, lying on the Mozambique Channel. Noted for its calm and clear lagoon, the Uembje Lagoon gives way to the pounding Indian Ocean behind tall dunes. It is also where the president has his holiday home!

DAY 9&10, Swaziland, Mlilwane Nature Reserve and Hlane Nature Reserve, SWAZILAND

(Rondavel and camping, BLD)

Our first night will be in the traditional Beehive huts in Mlilwane nature reserve. After a cultural visit and traditional dance at Mantenga Nature Reserve we make our way to the beautiful Hlane NP. Once the royal hunting grounds, it now serves as one of Africa’s best places to see white rhino on foot. The next morning we follow a local guide outside of our vehicles in the thrilling experience that gives us a chance of tracking and listening for the variety of smaller animals and birds which is often passed by on game drives.

DAY 11, 12&13, South Africa, KOSI BAY camping (L, BLD)

Our accommodation is set between the trees of these spectacular dune forests where we can kick off our shoes and walk around in the white sand. Kosi Bay Nature Reserve covers a region of fertile estuary,  mangroves, dune forest and lakes which we explore. We visit the Kosi Bay river mouth to watch the local fisherman in the estuary, with their traditional fish kraals. We visit some the lakes edge and enjoy a picnic in the park. We could also charter a boat for sunset on the lakes. (Own expense)

DAY 14, South Africa, ST. LUCIA (Camp, BL-)

This is an awesome opportunity to spot wildlife like the famous Rhino and Hippo along the Estuary and Ocean Reserve on a boat cruise and self-game drive. We will take a walk along the beach to see the colorful and interesting rock pools, that trap many of little sea creatures. – Tonight we enjoy a meal out a local restaurant

[own expense].

DAY 15, South Africa, DURBAN (Lodge, B–)

Durban is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over three million people – a city where east meets west – a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa – city known as the home of Africa’s best managed, busiest port.

Durban’s beachfront rates as one of the most beautiful and people-friendly in the world. We will enjoy a city tour through this interesting capital of KwaZulu Natal. Ushaka, the Soccer Stadium and Durban Harbor are some of the sites we will visit –lunch and dinner out a local restaurant [own expense]

DAY 16, South Africa and Lesotho, SANI PASS (chalets, B,)

We will touch Lesotho and drive up the famous Sani Pass to visit the highest Pub in Africa with an outstanding view over the South African Sani Pass valley.

DAY 17, 18&19, South Africa, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK (Farm House, BLD)

Rising up to 3,482 meters, referred to as ‘barrier of spears’, Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa. The mountains are home to some spectacular fauna and flora including forest, scrub and fynbos and the bird life make up 37% of all non-marine bird species in Southern Africa. Caves are easily found and many have rock paintings of the Bushmen which date back to 40,000 years ago. We have 2 days to explore Waterfall, Cascade pools and Bushmen paintings and the rural Zulu Culture.

DAY 20, South Africa, Johannesburg, TOUR ENDS (B – -)

After a relaxing morning and a big breakfast we will travel back to Johannesburg. We arrive there at about 15:00pm.

TOUR INFORMATION

  • PRICE includes fully equipped 4×4 vehicle fuel+ food and all transfers
  • EST. PRICES: €4500 per person (land only) as per Itinerary
  • Children 12 to 16 € 3600
  • Children under 12 € 2250
  • Departure: 2016
  • Single supplement an additional €250

Please note, costs are estimates put up as a guideline with rates that were valid at the time of setting up the website. Please note, we do endeavor to update the site as often as possible.

Included:

  • 7 nights in lodges/chalets/B&B and 12 nights comfortable camping
  • Transport in a 4WD
  • Professional guide (driver)
  • Park entrances
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Diesel
  • Park entrance and conservation fees

Excludes:

  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks as per Itinerary

Accommodation:

  • Guest house/chalets: 9 nights, most rooms are twin and en-suite but sometimes rooms share
  • Camping: 10 nights with hot showers and clean toilets. The 4×4 vehicles with unlimited mileage bathroom facilities come fully equipped with camping gear and the ground tents we use are for 4 people and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses which are 5cm thick, sleeping bags are supplied. The camp chairs are comfortable and have a backrest. Each vehicle is also equipped with A/C, C/D player, and spare wheel.

Food:

  • We have three balanced meals per day, the main meal is dinner – braai (charcoal/wood barbecue), potjie (stew) or stir fry. Lunch – sandwiches with salad. Breakfast – cereals, toast, tea/coffee/fruit juices and occasionally an English (fried) breakfast.
  • When buying ingredients, the tour leader insists on obtaining fresh produce from the local shops.
  • The use of camping plates, cups and cutlery will be provided.

Meals are included except where stated in the itinerary (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). When the meals are not included we will eat at restaurants (own expense).

  • If requested, the tour leader can arrange for special dietary requirements such as vegetarian,
  • Beverages which are not included in the meals as stated will be at your own expense. We don’t allergies, etc. supply bottled drinking water although it is available at most shops.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Anyone who is in good health should enjoy this trip.
  • You will need a valid passport for entry into South Africa and surrounding countries.
  • Visas for relative countries are obtainable at the borders.
  • For this trip you will need malaria prophylactics, please consult your medical practitioner before departing.
  • Please pack a limit of 15kgs of luggage in a soft sports tog bag.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, small pair of binoculars and comfortable shoes are highly recommended.
  • To avoid disappointment bring a good camera with enough film or memory. We often have electricity (220/230 V) for recharging and also stop for the basics along the way, i.e. batteries.
  • The will be opportunities to shop for crafts, carvings, batiks and paintings. If you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along. Curios and crafts change from area to area.
  • We recommend that you bring extra money for restaurant meals, extra refreshments and curios shopping as some vendors do not have credit card facilities.
  • With local conditions being different, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route or schedule – in this case please note that we will make every effort to stick to the itinerary as best we can.
  • There will be a guide/camp assistant at all times, but a helping hand is always welcome. Many hands make lighter work.
  • Don’t forget your humor and a spirit for adventure!
  • Feel free to contact us for any queries.

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Please note: This is a sample itinerary and can be customized and altered to suite your exact requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made itinerary.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 & 2: Central Kalahari Game Reserve —

Tau Pan Camp Upon your arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by a company representative and escorted to your light aircraft for your flight into the heart of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve covers a massive area of 58 000 square km, about the size of Switzerland and Denmark. Sand dunes and shrubs in the north and Mopane woodlands in the south compliment the open grassy plains of the reserve, with ancient riverbeds crossing this harsh and beautiful landscape. Wildlife in the reserve includes wild dog, brown hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, kudu, zebra and red hartebeest.

Tau Pan accommodates up to eighteen guests in specially designed thatched units on raised decks. The camp offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana, and overlooks the famous Tau Pan, acclaimed for its stark beauty and remoteness. Tau Pan is a permanent waterhole and attracts a large variety of wildlife to the lodge at all times of the year.

This, the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is a model of environmental sensitivity. It has been constructed with the delicate ecology in mind. Tau Pan camp utilizes only solar power for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping of water from deep under the Kalahari sands. Waste water is treated in a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant and the fully treated water is returned to the sands from whence it came.

Activities offered at Tau Pan are game drives, day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passage Pans, star-gazing, bush brunches on Tau Pan, and nature walks with Bushmen

Day 3 & 4: Nxai Plan National Park – Nxai Pan Camp

Depending on the time of your flight to Nxai Pan Camp, there may be time for one last game activity before boarding your light aircraft to the Nxai Pan National Park Nxai Pan National Park covers 2500 square km, and is situated between Maun and Nata. The park was proclaimed in 1970 and later extended to its present size, including Baines’ Baobabs. Nxia Pan is also one of the few national parks in Botswana where the rainy season adds to the experience – once the rains start, elephant, zebra and gemsbok migrate to the area. The springbok and zebra drop their young at this time, attracting predators, making the park an area rich in diverse wildlife activity. The small waterhole situated in front of the camp offers permanent water to the variety of wildlife found in this park.

Baines’ Baobabs were made famous by the explorer/painter Thomas Baine in the last century. These seven enormous baobab trees are clustered on a small rise next to a dry pan, which usually fills with water during the rainy season. The baobabs have been incorporated into the Nxai Pan National Park to protect the trees for future generations.

Nxai Pan camp is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. The camp faces east over the open grasslands of the pans and accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in thatched units specially designed to provide a constant and comfortable temperature throughout the year, when seasonal temperatures can fluctuate from below freezing to well over 45 degrees Celsius. Excellent game viewing is possible from the comfort of your rooms, as the water hole in front of the camp draws a multitude of mammal species.

Activities offered at Nxai Pan are game drives, day trips to the famous Baines’ Baobabs and Khama Khama Pan, star-gazing, as well as nature walks with Bushmen trackers.

Day 5 & 6: Okavango Delta – Kwara Camp

Leaving the more arid areas of Botswana behind you, you will fly by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta and Kwara Camp. The camp is set overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta. This region offers a contrasting experience, as its location allows access to the permanent waterways of the Delta as well as expansive dry land areas, celebrated for their quality game viewing. Kwara accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in eight traditionally styled tents on raised decks, each offering superb views of the lagoon. Towering African ebony and mangosteen trees ensure that the camp is always cool, while the hundreds of birds in the area add to the feeling of serenity in one of the Okavango’s best kept secrets.

Kwara offers, within the exclusive concession in which it is located, a wide variety of activities. In addition to both day and night game drives, you can also enjoy game walks, mokoro excursions, power boat trips and fishing.

Day 7 & 8: Kwando River – Lagoon Camp

Depending on your flight time to Lagoon Camp, there may be time for one last game activity before boarding your light aircraft to the far north of Botswana and the huge Kwando Concession. Lagoon Cam is perched on the banks of the wild Kwando River, overlooking the Mudumu National Park in the Namibian Caprivi Strip. The camp is nestled beneath towering ebony and marula trees and accommodates up to 16 guests in eight traditionally styled luxury ‘tents’. The heavily forested site is home to a wide variety of birds and mammals, while elephant and hippo are normally visible from the camp. The stunning views and close proximity of wildlife all contribute to the pervading sense of calm Seasonally, large herds of elephant drink from the river bank near to the camp in full view of the main deck, while playful spotted-necked otters are commonly seen performing in the water.

Lagoon has a well-earned reputation for big game, and large herds of elephant and buffalo, especially in the winter months, when herds of up to a thousand are not uncommon. This vast concentration of game attracts the attention of large predators. The Lagoon wild dog pack regularly den close to the camp and the excellent viewing opportunities have led to Lagoon’s reputation as the place to see wild dog in Botswana. Another special feature of the camp is an afternoon river cruise. The unique double deck boat allows several guests the opportunity to drift along the river while enjoying spectacular views, mammal and bird life, and sipping your ‘sun-downer’ of choice. For those guests who enjoy fishing, there is ample room to throw a line in the water while the boat meanders along.

Day 9 & 10: Linyanti – Lebala Camp

Your transfer between Lagoon Camp and Lebala Camp is done by open 4×4 game viewing vehicle, and forms your morning game drive, giving you a chance to witness the change in scenery as you delve deeper into the Linyanti Wetlands. Lebala is situated in the south of the Kwando Concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia.

The southerly flowing Kwando River disappears into the vast marshland before emerging as the Linyanti River. The triangle formed by this vast wetland is home to the Mamili National Park in Namibia. Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree islands backed by wooded savannahs. This wild expanse contrasts with the casual understated elegance and luxury of the camp itself.

This special ecosystem is home to a wide variety of Africa’s plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe and tsessebe, and also provides refuge to lechwe, waterbuck and the shy sitatunga. The camp itself is comprised of eight custom designed tents, with unique mosquito net walls, allowing an unobstructed flow of cooling breezes and stunning views. Each spacious tent has its own viewing deck, bathroom and luxurious double outside shower.

Day 11: Kasane – safari ends

After a final early morning game drive to see if you can spot those last few elusive species you haven’t yet seen, you will return to camp for a hearty breakfast before heading to Kasane by light aircraft to catch your onward flight.

Please note: It is possible to extend this safari to include Chobe National Park and also the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Please contact us for more information.

Includes:

  • Accommodation in twin en-suite luxury safari tents
  • All meals and beverages (excluding premium brands)
  • All inter-camp light aircraft transfers (Maun – Maun)
  • All game viewing activities
  • All national park entry fees

 

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In brief:

The safari concentrates in the Northern Botswana region which is ideal 4X4 over-lander country, the area consists of some of the best and wildest game reserves in Africa. Experiencing the unspoiled, wild areas in Botswana is a truly unique and memorable experience. Although the trails and tracks in some areas certainly require 4×4 vehicles, prior 4×4 experience is not essential and we do provide a briefing prior to departure along with a complete introduction to the vehicle. This tour is for the wildlife and outdoor adventurer wanting something different and a unique African Experience that will awaken all your senses.

Day 1: Johannesburg to Waterberg (-,-, D) 300 km. 3.5hrs

Accommodation – luxury tents – self-catering Waterberg Wilderness area

Day 2: Kharma Rhino Sanctuary: Serowe Botswana, (B, L, D) 500 km, 5 hours

The Kharma Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. The camping and chalet facilities at Mokongwa Camp are a short drive from the Entrance Gate and are accessible without four-wheel drive. There are 13 campsites, including sites for large groups. The central feature of each site is a large Mokongwa tree which provides both character and shade. There is also a fireplace, braai stand with grill, and tap with birdbath. The campsites are served by two communal ablution blocks.

Day 3 & 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve: Deception and Letihua Valley (B, L, D) 450 kms, 6 hours

CKGR is the second largest game reserve in the world. Larger than Denmark or Switzerland, and bigger than Lesotho and Swaziland combined, the 52,800 km is situated right in the centre of Botswana, this reserve is characterised by saltpans and ancient riverbeds. Varying from sand dunes with many species of trees and shrubs in the north, to flat bushveld in the central area, the reserve is more heavily wooded in the south, with Mopani forests to the south and east. Rainfall is sparse and sporadic and can vary from 170 to 700 mm per year. We will be camping wild with limited facilities. Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world, stretching 1,560 miles (2,500km) from the northern part of South Africa, through Namibia and Angola and ending in the DRC (Congo).

It may have no permanent surface water, but unlike the image of most deserts, the Kalahari is well vegetated with a wide variety of habitats including acacia trees and areas of flat grasslands that seem to stretch forever. The CKGR was originally created as a refuge for the San Bushmen – the inhabitants of the Kalahari for the past 30,000 years. They lived in nomadic hunter gatherer family groups only taking what they needed to survive – which is an art form in the Kalahari. Their simple lifestyle became anathema to the sophisticated Europeans who colonized Southern Africa and the Bushmen found 3 themselves the hunted rather than the hunter. Bushmen survival became an issue in 1961 when Botswana was still a British Protectorate, and the CKGR was formed as their homeland. Most have now intermixed with other tribes such as the Bakgalagadi, and live in villages at the southern end of this reserve.

Day 5: Nxai Pans: Nxai South Camp, (B, L, D) 250 km, 5 hours

In the wet season the pans come alive with the plains game attracted by the nutritious grasses. Closely following are the predators. In the season large herds are drawn to the only water supply in hundreds of kilometres. Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Parks offer the openness and seasonal migration of zebras from Chobe towards Central Kalahari and abundance of exotic birds. The desert environment which makes up the CKGR with vast grassland stretches of savannah and thorny scrubs. It covers 2500km2 and was proclaimed in 1970, later extended to its present size including Baines baobab. Nxai National Park is located on the Northern fringe of the Makgadikgadi basin and includes Nxai pan, an ancient lake bed that was once part of ancient Lake Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Park both consist of series of fossils pans with acacia tress on islands that form shady spots for the animals to rest during hot weather. South Camp Campsite is situated not far from the second entrance gate in a well shaded area. Camping

Day 6: Maun Okavango Delta: Audi Tented Camp, (B, L,-)

Audi Camp is 12 kilometres north of Maun, on the road toward the Moremi Game Reserve, located on the banks of the Thamalakane River – the southernmost tributary of the Okavango Delta. We have luxury en-suite tents on raised wooden decking overlooking the river, mini-meru tents with beds, lights their own fire places and cooking area. We spend our night in large dome tents with stretcher beds. We also have many shaded camping areas and some of the sites have power points. We have a bar and a la carte restaurant. Maun offers good shops and facility to stock up and prepare for the following days of remote camping and no facilities. Accommodation luxury tents

Day 7 & 8: Moremi Game Reserve: Third Bridge Camp (B, L, D)

250 km, 5 hours

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems. Its headw aters start in Angola’s western highlands, with numerous tributaries joining to form the Cubango River, which then flows through Namibia (called the Kavango) and finally enters Botswana, where it is then called the Okavango. Million s of years ago the Okavango river use to flow into a large inland lake called Lake Makgadikgadi (now Makgadikgadi Pans). Third Bridge camp site is located on the Western side of Moremi Game Reserve along the off stream of Moanachira River. Third Bridge camp site can be accessed along a 58km route North Westly direction through some diverse scenery across first and second bridge. Another route from the South gate goes through the Mopane forest 60km long via Xakanaka. Third Bridge area that borders on the delta and Mboma Island enjoy heavy concentrations of wildlife in the dry season. Third Bridge offers much more of the wilderness experience than most of Southern African camping grounds with unspoiled wilderness and is a top destination. Wild camping with ablution facilities and excellent positioning!

Day 9: Moremi Game Reserve: Khwai Community Camp, (B, L, D)

100 kilometres, 3 hours

Moremi, hunted by the Bushman as long as 10,000 years ago, was initiated by the Batswana tribe and covers some 4,871 km2, as the eastern section of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. It combines Mopani woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. The Khwai River is well known for wildlife and offers some of the best viewing in Southern Africa.

Day 10: Chobe National Park: Savuti Camp, (B, L, D)

190 kilometres, 5 hours

Savuti Camp lies on the Savute Channel in northern Botswana, a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savute Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and Savuti Camp now has front-row seats to view the abundant game that has congregated and adapted in its wake. Game concentrations here are high, particularly in the winter dry season, and apart from abundant plains game, species such as roan and sable antelope, southern giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and wild dog may also be encountered. In winter, this area can also be excellent for the sought-after aardvark and aardwolf, which are big ticks on anyone’s mammal lists! Camping

Day 11 & 12: Chobe National Park: Ihaha Camp, (B, L, D)

200 km. 6 hours

The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square kilometres, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. Game viewing is exceptional this is a relatively new camping ground with modern facilities, an attractive reception office and is more remote in nature than most far. It is one of the two newest campsites in Botswana and is further upstream than the old Serondella. Ihaha is the only place you can camp on the Chobe river front in the Chobe National Park. ..

Day 13: Chobe National Park: Chobe Safari Lodge Camping, (B,L,D)

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on our doorstep in the meeting of four African Countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Famous Safari Lodge campsite offers individual sites scattered amongst the Riverine forest close to the Chobe River. Each Site has its own power point and is close to one of the modern ablution facilities. The Sedudu Bar Overlooks the river and floodplains, and is well known as “the” sun downer spot in the region. The boat trip is worthwhile. Accommodation – lodge on the river

Day 14 & 15; Victoria Falls: Vic Falls Hotel, (B,-,-)

Day 16: Nata Lodge Camping, (B, L, -) 380kms, 4.5 hours

An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas This area incorporates a multitude of salt pans and vast grass plains dotted by palm islands and forms the Great Makgadikagidi which comprise the largest area of salt pans in the world covering some 37 000 sq. km in overall extent. It is the last vestiges of Africa’s largest inland sea and exudes an atmosphere of antiquity and mystery The Nata River delta feeds the Sua Pan in the Nata sanctuary and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands, transforming the shore line into a pink haze blending into the western sky. Nata Lodge offers guided tours in open safari vehicles into the sanctuary, not to be missed the campsite surroundings offer peace and tranquillity with backdrop being that of the Botswana night sky. The lodge’s campsite is able to accommodate 150 pax and the ablution areas are stylish with semi open showers offering hot and cold water for that true African feeling. The campsite, however, does not have electricity points.

Day 17: Tuli Game Reserve: Tuli Tented Lodge/Chalets, (B, L, D) 300 km. 4 hours

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is located in the easternmost corner of Botswana, close to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site in South Africa. Here is a unique, timeless corner of Africa where nature and culture combine in spectacular wildlife, breath-taking landscapes and fascinating history. Set in spacious gardens along the banks of the Limpopo River against a backdrop of stunning sandstone outcrops, Tuli Safari Lodge is also unique. Here the welcome is genuinely warm and the ambiance is charmingly ageless. Each day brings a new adventure as Tuli offers a truly authentic wildlife experience. Here roams the largest elephant population on private land in Africa, together with leopard, cheetah, wild dog and lion, vast herds of plains game and over 350 bird species.

Day 18: Tuli to Johannesburg, 14 Jan, 6 hrs. – 550 km

After many memories and amazing wildlife sightings and feeling rested we return to ‘Jozi the city of gold’ to re-join the real world as we know it.

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