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Join this exciting small group participation mobile camping safari in Botswana, moving between camp sites in the game reserves. This is a true exploration of Botswana that can widen your insights on the wilderness. You will visit the awe inspiring Central Kalahari, the famous Okavango Delta, the game rich Nxai Pan, the vastness of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the elephant herds of Chobe, and you will finish off with one of the natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls!
During the mobile safari, you will be staying at various accommodations across Mashatu Game Reserve, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Central Kalahari, Maun, Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans, and Chobe National Park.
Depart from your destination for an overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a Cheno Travels & Safari Tours representative and take a scheduled flight to Polokwane Airport (PTG). You will be transferred to Tuli Block, Mashatu Game Reserve on a private vehicle, where you will arrive early for your lunch and afternoon game drive.
You will depart Tuli Block, Mashatu Game Reserve at 6:30 a.m. for Serowe to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary, which is a 4,300 hectares community-based wildlife reserve, is an integral part of the conservation and re-introduction of the white rhino to Botswana. You will arrive in the late afternoon, set up camp, and enjoy a game drive in search of rhinos, zebras, and wildebeests. You will enjoy an evening around a campfire and fall asleep to the sounds of the African wilderness.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), which is 52,800 square kilometers, is one of the largest game reserves in the world. Made famous by Mark and Delia Owen in the book "Cry of the Kalahari", its remoteness, unforgiving climate, and harsh terrain have kept it pristine and untamed. The reserve is characterized by vast open plains, saltpans, and ancient riverbeds.
During the summer months when the rains fall, the Kalahari grasslands turn green and lush and the good grazing attracts large herds of zebras, wildebeests, springboks, and gemsboks (oryx). Following the herds, you might find the Kalahari lions. You will use four-wheel-drive vehicles to visit the northern portion of the reserve and camp wild for three nights.
Your next stop is Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, where you will restock on provisions and enjoy a swim in the pool, a cool drink in the bar, and a restaurant meal at your own expense. You will have an opportunity to take a light aircraft flight over the Okavango in the late afternoon at your own expense.
You will venture by four-wheel-drive vehicles into the vast wilderness of the Okavango Delta where you will meet your local community guides. Relax as your poler expertly guides your mokoro (dugout) through the winding channels of the delta. The camp is set up on the islands under a towering canopy of trees.
You will set out on foot for morning and evening game walks with local guides. During the day, you will relax in the camp or swim in the clear delta waters. Bird life in the Okavango during the summer months is spectacular with all of the summer migrants returning to this water wonderland.
By a four-wheel-drive open vehicle, you will return to the “poling station” and continue to the vast fossil lake beds which form the unique and beautiful Nxai Pan National Park. These pans surrounded by baobab and umbrella thorn trees are covered with short nutritious grass that attracts the wildlife.
As one of the few parks that are best in the rainy season, it will give you the opportunity to spend the next two days on game drives hoping to spot large herds of springboks, gemsboks, and zebras. The seven giant trees that form the famous Baines Baobabs are a highlight of the visit.
Camping wild on the flat Makgadikgadi Pans is an experience you’ll never forget. After watching the sunset over the pans, you will spend the evening enjoying wide open spaces and the canopy of stars.
Chobe National Park is famous for large herds of elephants. You will set up a camp in Chobe and enjoy afternoon and morning game drives.
After a guided walk mid-morning, you will embark on a cruise on the Chobe River. This is a brilliant wildlife experience where you will get close to hippopotamuses, crocodiles, and elephants. Keep an eye out for the endemic Chobe puku. You will then cross the border into Zambia at the Kazangula Ferry. You will spend an afternoon of exploring the Mosi-oa-Thunya National Park and enjoying the views as the mighty Zambezi plunges 100 meters over the Victoria Falls.
The following day is free for you to enjoy the range of adventure activities including river rafting, bungee jumping, and the Flight of Angels over the falls at your own expense. You can try out the local cuisine at a variety of restaurants in the evening at your own expense.
This safari tour will take place throughout Mashatu Game Reserve, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Central Kalahari, Maun, Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, and Livingstone.
Surfaced with golden grass, dwarf trees, and shrubs, this vast space is home to a diverse breed of fauna and flora, and only accessible to a limited number of safari-goers. Home to the largest game reserve in the Southern African region, the Central Kalahari offers the game in abundance and exciting wildlife viewing opportunities.
The Chobe National Park covers about 11,700 square kilometers of the northern Kalahari, much of it impenetrable thorn bush growing on deep sand. The key to this safari area is Chobe's animal migrations. Chobe's animals move in complex, ancient patterns determined by the rain and available food.
Within Chobe National Park there are two areas with a few luxurious private lodges: the Chobe Riverfront and Savuti Marsh (sometimes spelled "Savute Marsh"). These parks are best explored using a mobile safari.
Around the fringes, coarse grasses blow in the wind, ancient baobabs reach to the sky and vultures soar on the thermals. There are prehistoric beaches, Stone Age ruins and salty whirlwinds spinning over cracked earth. The pans are the relics of Africa's "super-lake" that covered the Kalahari several million years ago and are littered with the fossils of the changing ecosystems that followed.
Okavango Delta is about 55,000 square kilometers in size in the sands of the Kalahari. Okavango is called a swamp, but its water is clear. In good years, a fraction may remain to flood Lake Ngami in the south and feed the Boteti River, which runs into Lake Xau in the west and eventually into the huge depression of the Makgadikgadi Pan.
Tuli Block is located on the border of South Africa and depending on timing, requires either a road transfer over the border and to the lodge in the Tuli Block, or a chartered flight to Mashatu airstrip. Sun safaris will arrange for guests to get an early flight to Hendrik Van Eck Airport (PHW) in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Arriving early in the morning means that there will be time to connect with a scheduled road transfer that will take guests over the South African border and into the Tuli Block, Botswana.
You will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the safari tour.
You can enjoy a range of adventure activities including river rafting, bungee jumping, and the Flight of Angels over the falls at your own expense.
Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB).
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