Desert and Delta

Code: Desert and Delta
14 NIGHTS - 15 DAYS
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15 Day Safari / Big 5 / Adventure.

NEAREST AIRPORT OR Tambo International Airport
COUNTRIES Botswana, Zimbabwe
HIGHLIGHTS
Rhino Sanctuary Kubu Island
Camping Okavango Delta
DESTINATIONS
Kubu Island
Victoria Falls

 

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Day 1 – Kwa Nokeng

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Collect from Johannesburg (South Africa) early morning and head towards Botswana to overnight just after Border Post.

If you are looking for more than an overnight destination, Kwa Nokeng Lodge at the Martins Drift border post in Botswana is the perfect solution. Aptly named Kwa Nokeng (the SeSotho meaning “at the river”) , the Lodge is on the banks of the Limpopo River on the border with Botswana, and is ideal for people on their way to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the north of Botswana. At sunset, enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Kwa Nokeng Lodge in Botswana by sipping a sundowner on the deck, shaded by a huge Nyala Berry tree and overlooking the Limpopo River. The pool is a true oasis on hot days. The restaurant at Kwa Nokeng Lodge in Botswana offers scrumptious breakfast and dinner buffets. Lunch can be served by prior arrangement with the staff at Kwa Nokeng in Botswana.

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Day 2 – Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Experience a taste of authentic Botswana at Khama Rhino Sanctuary located within 4,200 hectares of sandveld, calcrete basins, and a number of scattered smaller pans. Discover endless horizons, unforgettable wilderness, splendid waterways, sand dunes and an abundance of wildlife in beautiful Botswana. Situated between Central Kalahari and Maun, close to the town of Serowe, Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a true eco-tourism destination, a non-profitable community operated sanctuary dedicated to protecting endangered species, particularly rhinos. The Botswana Rhino Sanctuary was setup in an area that was optimal and excellent for the habitation and preservation of Rhino’s. It is close to the Botswana Defense Force, allowing for 24 hour protection from poachers. This project has provided many jobs for the local community and has taught the ‘locals’ more about these animals.

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Day 3 – Kubu Island

Accommodation Type: Camping

Near the south-western corner of Sua Pan lies Kubu Island, the original desert island. But for one tenuous finger of grass, the ancient 20-metre high scrap of rock and its ghostly Baobabs lies surrounded by a sea of salt sand. In cool weather, this bizarre sight can make visitors feel like castaways on an alien planet.. a trully phenomenal sight to see with your own eyes. In Zulu-based languages, ‘Kubu’ means Hippopotamus, and as unlikely as it may seem looking at the current environment, the site may have been inhabited as recently as 500 to 1500 years ago. On one “shore” lies an ancient crescent-shaped stone enclosure of unknown origin that has yielded numerous pot shards, stone tools and Ostrich eggshell beads.

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Day 4 – Audi Camp 

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Audi Camp…..the “Gateway of the Okavango Delta” the place of “the short reeds”, is located on the banks of the Thamalakane River, 12 kilometers north of Maun. From your vantage point on your scenic flight, you will have a good view of the Okavango Delta and the wonders that await you. Audi Camp has a restaurant that offers delicious, affordable a la carte meals, further facilties includes pool and bar area. Audi Camp is aptly named – “Audi” which means fish eagle in the local language. Because of Audi Camp’s proximity to the Okavango Delta, like the fish eagle scouring the waters of Okavango for its prey, any traveller will find it easy to swoop down and experience the riches of the Okavango Delta – the lagoons, islands and Okavango floodplains and the plant and animal life that inhabit the Okavango ecosystem.

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Day 5, 6, 7 – Moremi Nature Reserve

Accommodation Type: Camping

Moremi 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 as it combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. The reserve contains within its boundaries approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta. There are a wide range of habitats in Moremi; from riparian woodlland, floodplain, reed beds, permanent wetland through mopane forest to dry savanna woodland. The mainland part forms only about thirty percent of the reserve and is, in many ways untypical – the remaining area being part of the Okavango Delta.

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Day 8, 9, 10 – Savuti – Chobe National Park

Accommodation Type: Camping

The Savuti is often described as the best wildlife-viewing area in all of Africa and is ideal for a Botswana Safari. It boasts one of the highest concentrations of safari wildlife – where all of the major species can be seen: giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, eland and more. The bird life is diverse and thus photograph opportunities abound. Savuti is known for its many predators, including lion, spotted hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox, wild dog and even cheetah. The wildlife alone attracts tourists to visit this area on our ‘Botswana Safaris’ annually.

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Day 11, 12, 13 – Chobe Safari Lodge

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Chobe Safari Lodge is a safari paradise for any wildlife enthusiast, situated in Kasane. Here, guests dine bathed in the glow of an African sunset in a picturesque outdoor restaurant overlooking the Chobe River. Chobe Safari Lodge offers superb value for money in accommodation when staying within the Chobe area. Accommodation at Chobe Lodge is either in the luxury River Rooms, the new Safari Rooms, the traditional thatched rondavels. Dinners at Chobe Safari Lodge can choose between the Terrace Restaurant, the Cocktail Bar and the Sedudu Sunset Bar. At the Terrace Restaurant, guests can enjoy a delicious, varied breakfast buffet (English or continental style), as well as sampling indigenous African delicacies. Choose between barbeques, specialist game meats, stif-fries, a selection of mouthwatering vegetarian dishes, as well as some Indian cuisine.

Cross border through from Botswana to Zimbabwe for a DAY VISIT to Victoria Falls …Victoria Falls… or “The Smoke that Thunders”.
This is the place where Dr. David Livingstone wrote the following… “so beautiful the angels must have gazed upon it in their flight”. Victoria Falls – A natural phenomenon and one of the seven natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls is an immense curtain of water cascading over 100m. Around 550 million litres over the lip every minute, at peak flow this increases to 750 million litres. Around the Falls is rainforest sustained by the spray of the Falls with some plant species rarely found elsewhere in Zambia or Zimbabwe. During peak flow (January to June) the Zambian side of the Falls is the most spectacular and there are walkways to look out points and across the swaying Knife Edge bridge.

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Day 14 – Nata Lodge

Accommodation Type: Lodged

If there is one place bird-watchers must definitely visit, it is the Nata Lodge close to the well-known Nata Sanctuary in Botswana. Nata Lodge is right on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – the largest salt pans in the world and the remains of Africa’s largest inland sea. The Lodge is located among Mokolwane palms on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Nata River forms a delta which feeds Sanctuary’s Sua Pan. This is the breeding ground for huge numbers of water birds such as flamingos and pelicans. Nata Lodge offers luxury accommodation, excellent location for game drives, bird / animal viewing and a sense of being enveloped in the serenity of the African wilderness.
The lodge is surrounded by a canopy of shade trees and the bird feeding and water feature area creates opportunity for bird watchers to enjoy watching a multitude of various birds. The birds can be viewed from either the pool deck or from the bar and restaurant area. Among the different species to be seen are Yellow Hornbill, Glossy Starling and the Helmeted Guinea fowl. After sunset, it is time for nocturnal visitors to grace the guests with their presence, and the bush babies are not shy to come and see what the menu offer in terms of food for them.

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Day 15 – Home

 

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