Botswana – October 2019 – Duration 14 days (KZN 16 Days)

Botswana – October 2019 – Duration 14 days (KZN 16 Days)

Botswana has it all, from the vast and barren Magadigadi Pans to the Amazing Okavango Delta and the dense bushveld around the Delta. The Moremi Game reserve is home to some of Botswana’s finest wildlife with game viewing generally very good all year round and quite often close up. The birdlife is fantastic and is a bird lover’s paradise, having a vast number of water and bushveld birds.

Moremi is considered to be the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Africa and is the ideal Botswana safari destination covering nearly 20% of the Delta

The unfenced camping sites are all close to the water’s edge where one will quite often have close encounters with the animals as they pass through in search of their favourite food sauce.

The Savuti region in the Chobe National Park is home to some of the greatest wildlife displays in Africa. The Savuti Channel, which after drying up in the early eighties, began to flow again a few years back but has since and unfortunately dried up again.

Over the past few years the Delta has been at very high levels due to the heavy rains in Angola and this in turn has supplied good waters to the Moremi and Magadigadi game reserves but nothing reached Savuti. Although the channel is dry, the animal life remains plentiful and offers good game viewing opportunities, often at close range. Botswana has received good rains over the past year or two and the veld has recovered fairly quickly after the long drought period of 5 or so years. There are water holes that the authorities monitor and pump water into when necessary.

The Makgadikgadi Pans ( the size of Portugal)are a series of large salt pans and all that remains of a vast super lake that dried up some 10 000 years ago. In the summer months after good rainfalls, large herds of antelope may be seen coming down to the pans and the grasslands that flourish in the wet season. Large herds of Zebra may be seen, hence the name “Serengeti” of the south. Kubu Island is a small outcrop of mostly large boulders and Baobab trees which has now become the official campsite on the pans.

Day 1, Friday 11th October,           Leave Gauteng by 05h00 and head off for the Stockpoort border post in Northern Province. From the border we go to our first overnight stop at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, home to the rebirth of the rhino population in Botswana after previously going into extension twice over a number of years.

We fill up Botswana where fuel is normally quite a bit cheaper per litre than in SA, in the region of R4.50/litre.

Destination:     Khama Rhino Sanctuary Botswana. Distance: 550 kms from Gauteng.

Day 2, Saturday 12th

Destination      : Kubu Island on the Makgadikgadi pans.

Departure time: 08h30.

Distance: 328kms.

Route:  via Letlhakane and Mmatshumo. Fill up at Letlhakane, bottle store and supermarket facilities available.

Day 3, Sunday 13th

Destination:     Island Safari Lodge, Maun

Departure Time:  06h00.

Distance: 328kms.

Route:  Across the Makgadikgadi Pans to Gweta and then on the tar road all the way to Maun.

Day 4, Monday 14th

Destination:     Spend the day in Maun, stock up on supplies and fuel for the next 6 days in the reserves. (Roughly 800kms including game drives). Optional 1 hour scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Early morning flight is recommended. Cost per person, +_ R1200.00

Day 5, Tuesday 15th

Destination:   Xakanaxa camp in Moremi Game Reserve.

Departure Time:  08h30      Distance: 140kms

Route:  Into Moremi via South Gate and 3rd Bridge.

Day 6, Wednesday 16th

Game drives in and around Moremi game reserve. Depending on the current water levels in the area, we’ll take a drive to Dead Tree Island and North gate.

Day 7, Thursday 17th

Game drives in and around Moremi game reserve.

Day 8, Friday 18th

Destination:     Savuti Camp, Chobe game reserve

Departure Time:   08h30

Distance:   155kms

Route:  If water level is high, Via South Gate and then Mababe Gate otherwise through North Gate

Day 9, Saturday 19th

Game drives in and around Savuti Camp

Day 10 , Sunday 20th

Game drives in and around Savuti Camp

Day 11, Monday 21st

Destination:     Chobe Big 5 Lodge, Kasane.  3 hour river cruise on the Chobe River.

Departure time:   07h00

Distance:  180kms

Route:    via Kachekabwe.

Day 12, Tuesday 22nd

Tiger fishing on the Chobe River, visit Senyati Safari Camp

Day 13, Wednesday 23rd     

Destination: Francistown, Cresta Morang Campsite   Departure Time: 07h00     Distance: 532kms

Route: Via Nata; Mosetse and Sebina

Day 14, Thursday 24th

Destination: Gauteng

Departure Time: 06h30

Distance: 600kms

Route: Via Martins Drift border post

 

Duration of the trip:   14 days return from Gauteng. Add on 2 days for KZN

Requirements:   4Wheel Drive vehicle with low range.  Off-road trailer and caravan friendly

Costs: Per couple R18000.00

Payments:

*Bookings are done on a first come first serve basis. A 30% deposit per person together with a booking form secures your place on the trip.

Another 20% is due 3 months before the trip.

*Remaining 50% due I month before the start of the trip.

*Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations closer than 3 months before the trip.

*Halfway reserves the right to cancel the trip due to insufficient vehicles.

Costs may vary depending on uncontrolled increases such as the exchange rate or drastic fuel price increases.

Costs include; All camping fees, Park Entry Fees and vehicle entry fees.  Tiger fishing on the Chobe River from the Chobe Safari Lodge. The fishing is based on 3 in a boat, with a single member from each couple. If both members choose to do the fishing this can be arranged at an additional cost for the second member. 3 hour sunset cruise on the Chobe River from the Chobe Safari Lodge. 1 hour boat trip into the delta from Xakanaxa.

Additional costs.

*Fuel for estimated 5000 kilometers. Fuel is usually around R4.50/litre cheaper in Botswana than SA.

*1 Hours scenic flight over Delta. Highly recommended, costs depending on numbers participating, plane size etc. but a ball park figure is around R1300 per person.

* One may not carry all the meat and alcohol across the border for the entire duration of the trip so we usually stock up in Maun. Groceries are much the same price but alcohol costs more than in SA.

Rsvp with Gerald O’Brien, Email        gerald@halfway.ws        or      cell    082 874 6138