|The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometre upon kilometre of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. However, to the north lies the magnificent Okavango waterway, with its green and fertile plains, flowing straight into the sea of sand, the Kalahari Desert, and creating a unique natural wonderland - home to a multitude of Africa's Fauna and Flora. Almost a quarter of this country is devoted to wildlife sanctuaries and these remote and unspoilt wilderness areas are widely acknowledged as offering the finest game viewing in Africa.|
We offer two variations of safaris to this area, covering the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Okavango Delta, Moremi, Savuti, Chobe and Victoria Falls. These tours offer the traveller, photographer, birdwatcher and naturalist the ultimate natural paradise. We may run these tours as double tours so clients must expect to travel in reverse direction if required.
Detailed Itinerary - 2014
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DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG - NATADeparting from the DRIFTERS JOHANNESBURG LODGE at 06h30, we set off for the Botswana border. On completion of Customs and Immigration formalities we head for Nata Lodge, an oasis-like camp on the edge of the impressive Sowa salt pan, here we camp the night. Familiarise yourself with the procedures of the tour over a catered meal at the Lodge (own expense).
DAY 2: NATA - MAKGADIKGADI PANSAfter a leisurely breakfast we transfer to the 4x4 vehicle for an initial excursion. We then return to Nata Lodge for a welcome swim and a bite to eat. Relax for a few hours during the heat of the day before breaking camp and packing up to head down the Maun road out to the Makgadikgadi Pans to view these spectacular depressions, known for their prolific bird life and the other desert adapted animals they attract. Explore the area for Springbok, Gemsbok and other unique species. Camp wild and take in the isolation and serenity of the star-studded night. B L D
DAY 3 : MAUN (Fly-in adventurers join us today)A leisurely start, after exploring a little more we leave the pans and then drive to the DRIFTERS MAUN CAMP. This camp is situated on the banks of the Boteti River, near Maun, and offers us the opportunity to rid ourselves of the Makgadikgadi dust under a warm shower. In the afternoon we will conduct a walk to a local village for an insight as to how the local inhabitants cope in these harsh conditions. Tonight we enjoy a traditional “braai” before camping the night. B L D
DAY 4-7: OKAVANGO DELTAThe Okavango, a massive river spilling its contents into the Kalahari sands, creating one of the world’s only true inland deltas and a unique ecosystem that supports a huge variety of animal and plant life. The sight of a nervous Lechwe pounding across a flooded plain, the Jacana striding delicately amongst the flowering lilies, the Bee Eater diving to prey on an unsuspecting insect, and of course the familiar cry of the African Fish Eagle all combine to create one of nature’s masterpieces.
From Maun, we will fly in a light aircraft to the heart of the Delta and will then continue by Mekoro to our exclusive wild camp. We spend three nights in true wilderness, exploring the area on foot and by mekoro - the traditional aquatic mode of transport. There will be time to simply appreciate the remoteness and serenity of the area. Clients will have the opportunity to extend the flight into an extensive game flight over the Delta on either day 4 or 7. Late on day 7 we fly back to Maun and return to the DRIFTERS MAUN CAMP to freshen up before enjoying a catered meal. B L D ; B L D ; B L D ; B L D
DAY 8-12: FLEXIBLE GAME RESERVE SCHEDULEWe pop back into Maun first thing in the morning for the group and guide to stock up with supplies for the onward journey. Now we prepare for the game viewing part of the trip. Perched high on our well-equipped vehicle we head north into the wilderness, passing remote villages along the way. We spend five days in these reserves, starting with Moremi, camping the first night near the well-known 3rd Bridge. Drift off to sleep to the howl of the Hyena or the earthy roar of a Lion, and even the deep grunt of a half submerged Hippo. We then head on north via Xakanaxa to camp near North Gate.
This area is excellent for game viewing and we will conduct afternoon and morning drives along the wetland areas. Then on up to Savuti, the area offers a multitude of game drive options and a very active campsite (keep the fruit well hidden from the roving Elephant, and the meat from the prowling Hyenas). The vegetation is constantly changing, from open plains, palm trees and marshland, to dense Mopane woodlands and Acacia scrub. Moving into Chobe, famous for its large herds of Elephant, which gather on the flood plains, we spend the morning exploring the banks of the majestic Chobe River. Here we hope to see the Puku, found exclusively on the Chobe flats. We then cross the border to spend the night in comfort at the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS LODGE. B L D ; B L D ; B L D ; B L D; B L D
DAY 13-14: VICTORIA FALLSAwaking in the adventure capital of Africa, it is with new excitement that we explore the amazing Victoria Falls, "Mosi o Tunya", "The smoke that Thunders". After admiring this wonder of the world, various other places can be visited and activities enjoyed – the tribal village, the big tree, the curio market and the crocodile farm. An aircraft flip over the falls or a boat trip on the Zambezi River, White Water Rafting, Bungi Jumping, or an Elephant-back Safari are all worthwhile, but allowance must be made for the extra expense. We spend three nights at the DRIFTERS VICTORIA FALLS LODGE, thus allowing people the opportunity to explore, either on foot or bicycle, by themselves. Two of the nights we will eat out in local restaurants (own expense). Relax to the sound of the African night and the distant roar of the falls and drink the farewell toasts to your adventure. B ; B
DAY 15: VICTORIA FALLS - NATAThe people flying out on the 13-day tour will do so here and overlanders will return to Botswana and complete the triangle back to Nata. Camp for the last time and share your experiences with the next tour just arriving (dinner own expense). B L
DAY 16: NATA - JOHANNESBURGTransfer back to the bus to arrive in JHB in the early evening (all meals own expense).
IMPORTANT INFORMATIONThese trips require a valid passport and for certain nationalities, a visa for Zimbabwe and Botswana. A sleeping bag, towel and pillow are required for this tour. Seasonal Malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. A barrel bag or internal frame backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not fit into the space provided). An extra tog bag or camera bag is advised. Spending money required will be for the restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips, curios, (Zimbabwe airport tax US$30-00 if applicable - subject to change), and airport transfer for flying clients only, and any other optional excursions. All trips are accompanied by two professional guides for optimum efficiency, catering for a maximum of 14 people per vehicle.
Remember, help us to help you by participating and keeping an open mind and remaining flexible. Our price includes food (we do not use the food kitty system), coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, mekoro hire, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees. Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, airport tax, airport transfers and airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement agreeing to our booking conditions and general information.