USD 450 per person/per night

DAY 1-2: LEKHUBU ISLAND

Wake up early and head for Lekhubu Island immediately after breakfast. Lekhubu Island is a rock outcrop which was submerged in the waters of the great Lake Makgadigkadi which was one of the largest lakes in Africa. Kubu is a Setswana name for hippopotamus, while Lekhubu means a rock outcrop.

About 10 000 years ago the Lake Makgadikgadi dried up and Lekhubu was left, an island surrounded by miles and miles of white salt. Research indicates that climatic changes and earth movements over thousands and thousands of years caused this dramatic change to take place. Low rock walls on the southern side of Lekhubu Island date back to the great Zimbabwean empire.

Packed lunch will be served along the way. Upon arrival, clients will be taken for a game drive and later return to camp for a shower and dinner before heading to bed. You will be camping here for two nights.

DAY 3: RAKOPS VILLAGE

Rakops, also called Tsienyane, is a village located in the Central District of Botswana. It is positioned South-West of Makgadikgadi Pan, which is a large salt pan in the middle of the dry Savanna of North-Eastern Botswana. Activities here include cultural tours around the village as well as cultural dancing, story telling of the people who live here. Enjoy a cultural experience and learn about the history of the San people. You will camp here for one night.

DAY 4-5: CKGR

After breakfast we depart to Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which covers an area of 52 000 square kilometers. The region of vast open plains, salt pans and ancient riverbeds is home to large herds of springbok, gemsbok. Blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and the largest of all antelopes, the eland. Made famous by Mark and Delia Owen in the book Cry of the Kalahari, we will camp here for two nights. During our stay here we will track the black maned lion of the Kalahari. African wild dogs, cheetahs, brown hyenas can also be found following their prey in this unmated wilderness. The black maned lion of the Kalahari has a dominant colour, its adaptation is very high and therefore it can survive in harsh conditions.

Wake up at around 06:00 for a light breakfast and then head out in search of honey badgers and jackal whilst keeping a look out for lion, cheetah and wild dog. Return to camp for lunch, and a siesta. In the afternoon, a trip to the famous Deception Valley, campsite of the unorthodox Owens during their research and where their book, The Cry of the Kalahari, was written. The valleys are a unique ecosystem within the Kalahari and one can expect to find large concentrations of springbok and gemsbok on the verdant beds of sweet desert grasses. Meerkat abound and there is always a good chance of brown hyena and some unexpectedly good birding.

Deception Valley hosts huge herds of gemsbok, springbok, wildebeest and hartebeest, as well as giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, eland and meerkat. Game viewing is best between December and April, when the animals tend to congregate in the pans and valleys, attracted to the area by the flush of sweet grasses that flourish in the ancient valley following the rains. Time will be spent exploring Deception Valley, visiting the Deception Pan and an excursion to the Piper Pan area searching for other intriguing desert species.

DAY 6-7: MAKGADIKGADI NATIONAL PARK

Depart for Makgadikgadi National park. You will drive along the A3 road which interconnects Maun and Nata. Upon arrival at the entrance gate, clients will have a chance to do a game drive before they get to their full set campsite. Arrive at the camp site, freshen up and then lunch follows. After lunch you will go for a siesta. After siesta have high tea and then resume your afternoon game drive within the park. Come back before sunset, have a shower and then dinner will be served. Time for bed will be determined by the clients.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is one of the largest flat salt pans in the world. During the wet season (November to March), wildlife viewing is excellent, particularly when large herds of zebra and wildebeest begin their westward migration to the Boteti region. Species include gemsbok, eland and red hartebeest, as well as kudu, bushbuck, duiker, giraffe, springbok, steenbok, and even elephant, with all the accompanying predators, as well as the rare brown hyena. You will camp here for two nights.

DAY 8-9: NXAI SALT PANS

We will then depart for Nxai Pan National Park. It takes about 4 hours to reach the salt pans. We will bring packed lunches and snacks with us. Upon arrival, we will set up camp, and there will be time for you to relax and refresh yourself after the trip. After the siesta, you will join your Professional Guide for a short game drive around the pan until sunset, coming back to camp in time for a shower before dinner under the African sky.

Wake up at around 06:00am and have a light breakfast before your day trip - a game drive to explore Nxai Pan. We’ll expect to see elephants, giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, zebras, and some of the big predators. We’ll bring along packed lunches and snacks as we’ll be spending the whole day in the bush.

The game drive will include a trip to Baines Baobabs. Baines Baobabs were named after the famous 20th century painter and explorer who painted this unusual group of baobabs during his journey through southern Africa in 1862. The baobabs stand on the edge of a large salt pan that, although dry for most of the year, transforms into a massive sheet of water dotted with water lilies during the rainy season from December to March. During those wet months, water birds abound at the lagoon and create a spectacle of great beauty. We will drive back to camp in the evening, just in time to relax and take a shower before a superb dinner cooked over an open fire. You will camp here for two nights.

DAY 10: MAUN

Arrive in Maun, Botswana’s tourism hub. Maun is Botswana’s tourism capital and lies on the southern fringes of the Okavango Delta. You will sleep here for one night and stock for your essentials before procedding to the next destination. You will lodging in Maun at your own expenses.

DAY11-12: GCWIHABA CAVES

Today we will drive to Gcwihaba with a packed lunch which will be served enroute. Upon arrival, you will have time to relax and then later afternoon you will have a game drive. You will spend your three nights' safari exploring the Gcwihaba Caves. The following days after a fresh shower, you will have breakfast and begin your morning activity such as exploring the unique caves and plaques within the hills. You will see small wildlife creatures that live in the rock caves of Gcwihaba. See the waterways within the caves that offer a spectacular safari experience. After lunch, you will have time to relax and prepare for the afternoon safari where you will drive around the salt pans to see beautiful landscape from a distance, however, not forgetting to take good pictures for this memorable experience. Not much wildlife to see in the area but rather to explore the landscapes and feel the fresh breeze of the environment. After your afternoon safari, you will have dinner and then sit around the fire to share your safari experience and cultural exchange.

DAY: 13-14TSODILO HILLS

Tsodilo Hills is a rare and unique place with an atmosphere of intrigue and mystery. The word Tsodilo is derived from the Hambukushu word 'sorile' which means sheer. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in north-western Botswana. It gained its World Heritage Site listing in 2001 because of its unique religious and spiritual significance to the local people, as well as its unique record of human settlement over many millennia. It is believed that Bushmen painted more than 4500 rock paintings against the magnificent stone faces of the hills. The Hills consist of four large pieces of rock, rising unexpectedly from the dry expanse of the desert. The Bushmen referred to the bigger rock as the 'male', the smaller one is known as the 'female', and the smallest one as the 'child'.

The people of Hambukushu believe that their god, Nyambe, originally lowered their tribe and livestock to earth on the female hill. There is nothing much to see, especially game, but leopard trails are often spotted but not easy to be see as they hide out in the bushes. Steenbok, Kudu, and duiker are most common wildlife spotted around and within the bush. Bird watching is reasonable especially when you spend some time in the area doing your check list. Common birds species include Yellow billed Hornbill, grey louries, melba finches. Activities which can be done in Tsodilo are rock climbing as a guided tour with the legendary bushmen who are knowledgeable about the history of the area. You will camp here for two nights.

DAY 15-16: SEPOPA SWAMP STOP

Sepupa Swamp Stop Rest Camp is a camp site situated on the banks of the main Okavango River, just outside the village of Sepupa in Botswana. Camp is approximately 60 km south of Shakawe and 330 km from Maun. The main tarmac road from Sehitwa to Shakawe will take you past Sepupa where you will turn right / left (depending on your direction) into the village of Sepupa; then again a right turn will take you on a gravel road for 2.5 km to the camp.

ACTIVITIES

    • Boat Cruise- 90 minutes by motor boat where you can deal direct with the Umvuvu Rest Camp in Seronga village, for the true mokoro trail experience.
    • Great fishing- Tiger fish, Bream fish & Barbel fish the most common species, or just enjoy a day on the river, with a picnic lunch on an island, the choice is yours.
    • Bird watching- is exceptional near Sepupa Swamp Stop Rest Camp but unfortunately there is no large game. Hippos, crocs and Sitatunga are frequently spotted on a boat trips and at certain times of the year.

DAY 17-18: MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Have breakfast and depart to Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi game reserve is widely considered as one of the finest wildlife reserves in Africa. It has a diversity of habitats combining acacia forests and mophane woodlands with floodplains and lagoons. Here we will be camping at an exclusive campsite. Our drives will take us to the park’s most beautiful areas such as Third Bridge, Bodumatau and Dead Tree Island. Game is plentiful in these areas. Sightings include elephant, buffalo, giraffe ,lion, hyena, jackal and many different antelopes including red lechwe and the shy sitatunga, a web-footed antelope perfectly adapted to life in the swamps. Wild dog, whose numbers are so rapidly dwindling elsewhere, are regularly sighted in the Moremi Game Reserve. We will camp for two nights.

Wake up at around 06:00 for a light breakfast and then off to a game drive. After lunch game viewing continues and before sunset guests will be taken back to the campsite where they will have time to refresh, have dinner and spend a night under canvas tents.

DAY 19-20: MOREMI KHWAI

Your safari will begin in the morning with a warm shower, have breakfast then you depart for Khwai where you will have the opportunity to see some of the game along the road. Your arrival time to the camp will be determined by what you see on the way. Upon arrival at the camping site, you will find your tents ready and lunch will be served at that moment, then its siesta time. After a siesta have high tea and resume your afternoon game drive. Later before sunset you will drive back to the camp, have a warm shower and then dinner will be served. You will enjoy the morning sunrise on a morning game drive while searching for what nature has to offer on a daily basis. After each morning activity, you will be driven back to the camping area to have lunch and siesta time. Another game drive activity will follow in the afternoon where you will take good pictures. You will camp here for one night.

DAY 21-22: SAVUTI

Have breakfast and depart to Savuti which is part of Chobe National Park. It is called Savuti because a certain chief called Sauté used to live there with his tribe. Tawny eagles can be seen soaring in the sky as we go. The drive is very enjoyable as you will see lots of birds and animals on the way. The scenery is amazing and very African looking, with lots of umbrella thorn, acacia tortilis with giraffe feeding and many more including the most photographed bird, lilac breasted roller, a national bird of Botswana. You will not resist from taking a picture of it, it’s the most beautiful bird in Africa. We arrive in time for lunch; our exclusive camp will be set up and we will camp for one night. Depart for a game drive at 3:30pm, to the beautiful Savuti marsh where we will see vast herds of zebras and wildebeest and also have an opportunity to see pairs of kori bastards which are the heaviest flying birds. We get back to camp after sunset for a lovely dinner around the camp fire. Again the last guest determines bedtime. You will camp here for only one night.

DAY 23-24 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Wake up early to take a beautiful trip to the famous Chobe National Park. You will notice when we drive the vegetation changes from time to time. Along the way you get mophane woodland and acacia tortilis. Chobe National Park is mostly dominated by the Zimbabwe teak, which is very good for making furniture. On the way we will see lots of animals until we get to the Chobe enclave which incorporates five villages. We arrive at Chobe National Park around lunch. You will be camping for 3 nights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served every day. After a siesta you will go for an afternoon game drive along the Chobe River where we will see big herds of buffalo, elephant, pods of hippos, and prides of lions. Chobe is a unique park because during dry season big herds of animals congregate along the river. You will see elephants swimming from one bank to the other, buffalos crossing to Sedudu Island. Get back from a beautiful game drive, freshen up and have dinner. Bedtime is determined by the last guest. You will camp here for two nights

DAY 25-27 MABABE CONCESSION

The Mababe village is situated on the banks of Khwai River, approximately 125km north East of Maun the Safari Capital. The village is 50 Kilometres from Moremi/ Khwai village, 10 kilometres to Mababe Gate and 60 kilometres from Savute in the Chobe National Park.

Wildlife is demanding its price. The location of the campsites enables one to see most of the big five game: Lion, Buffalo, Elephants and Leopards other animals like Hippo, herds of Zebras, Giraffe, Wildebeest and others.

Activities at Mababe:

CAMPING: At our campsites you are closest to nature as you can without foregoing at least a minimum of comfort.

DAY & NIGHT GAME DRIVES: Let us take you for a once in a life time game viewing drive anytime of the day with our experienced tour guides fully customised safari 4x4 land cruiser.

GUIDED BUSH WALKS: Stretch your legs in the bush and get up close and personal with nature. Always listen to your professional tour guides and leave nothing behind (except) footprints).

BUSHMEN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Get some insights in the culture and living of local Bushmen people and sit in and learn on their daily activities like hunting, collecting, building and watch the Bushmen perform some of their cultural heritage.

CAMPING FACILITIES: All three campsites are situated on the banks of the Khwai River, thereby offering wildlife viewing “on the doorstep”. As the camps are not fenced, animals will pass freely through the camp. All campsites provide shower and ablution facilities. Water is provided. Wood for barbeques can be purchased. The campsites are large and can accommodate a number of families. They are placed far apart from each other so as to provide the ultimate privacy.

  • Hot and cold water showers
  • Flush water toilets
  • Face washing basins
  • Water standpipes
  • Fire places
  • Scavenger proof refuse bins

DAY 28

Wake up early, have breakfast and depart for Maun. You will still get to see wildlife on your way out of the park.