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14 Days Photographic Safari Tour in South Africa and Botswana

Johannesburg, South Africa ; Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Nxai Pan - Makgadikgadi Game Reserve - Gweta - Kubu Island - Serowe - Tuli Block, Botswana ; Hoedspruit, South Africa

Amazing Safari Tour in South Africa and Botswana

The spectacular landscapes and a wide variety of wildlife: unspoiled, rugged and pure. An unforgettable adventure with special photo opportunities and an overwhelming experience in nature. Botswana offers you a large number of possibilities for an unforgettable journey! Ku Sungula Safari Lodge provides you with ultimate photo opportunities as you will travel with the best guides from the area, local guides with excellent expertise of the local flora and fauna!

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: 4 to 10 persons
  • Children policy: Children are not allowed in this safari
  • Starting and ending point: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Languages: English, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swahili, and Afrikaans
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Daily exciting game drives
  • Spot the Big Five as well as wild dogs and various birds
  • Discover Maun, Moremi, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi, Gweta, Kubu Island, Serowe, and Tuli Block
  • Ground transportation in a Toyota Landcruiser
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


12 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, Dutch, German, Portuguese
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be accommodated in the following campsites and lodges:

  • First night: Thamakalane River Lodge
  • Second and third night: Khwai Campsite
  • Fourth night: Okavango River Lodge Campsite
  • Fifth night: South Campsite
  • Sixth and seventh night: Khumaga Campsite
  • Eighth night: Planet Boabab Campsite
  • Ninth night: Kubu Island
  • Tenth night: Khama Rhino Sanctuary Campsite
  • Eleventh and twelfth night: Koro River Camp
  • Thirteenth night: Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

At Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, you will experience the wild heart of Africa’s bushveld with a touch of luxury. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge is located on the 40,000 hectares Balule Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem which includes the romance and beauty of a bygone age whilst offering everyday comfort and convenience.

The African safari lodge has multiple rondavels which blend in with the charm and serenity of the surrounding bush. The interior of the rondavels feels luxurious and is fully safari styled. All of the rondavels have an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A private terrace is placed at the front of your Africa safari lodge. One of the rondavels is wheelchair accessible and has modifications in the bathroom to make it suitable for guests with disabilities.

Besides typical African safari styled rondavels, the lodge has a shady terrace overlooking a waterhole and a pool to cool down on the hot summer days. On the cool winter evenings, you can enjoy the campfire in the traditional African boma.

You will enjoy the comfortable and personal atmosphere at this rustic, intimate lodge while listening to the sounds of the bush at night and discover the breathtaking stars of the southern skies.

Program

Day 0: Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa

Fly to Johannesburg and depending on the airline you choose, you will arrive the same day late in the evening or the next day (note: If you fly at night you must take your ticket a day earlier due to the arrival times you will not catch the domestic transit to Maun on the same day) on O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. One of Ku Sungula Safari Lodge's team members will be waiting for you and will accompany you to the overnight lodge in Johannesburg if necessary.

  • Accommodation: Not included

Day 1: Arrival at Maun, Botswana

Together with the photographer with whom you have already become acquainted, you will leave in time for O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) for your domestic flight to Maun. Arriving in Maun, one team member will be ready for you and drive you to your first overnight stay in a lodge where you can meet the rest of the team while enjoying a welcome drink and a snack.

Maun, also known as the gateway to the Delta, is a fast growing city where construction is taking place at a rapid pace.

  • Accommodation: Thamakalane River Lodge

Day 2 and 3: Moremi Game Reserve

The adventure starts! Leave early in the morning north to Khwai, a wild area that borders the Moremi Game Reserve. This unique area is being developed by the local population for tourism. The first game drive is planned for the afternoon, in which you will look for the abundance of wildlife in this area. Upon your return, the chef has prepared a delicious dinner for you and you will dine under the beautiful starry sky of Botswana.

The next morning, you will have a Mokoro tour, photography from the water. You will explore the maze of the many waterways in canoes made from hollowed-out tree trunks. You will enjoy this unique delta under the expert guidance of a poler who is moving the canoe through the shallow water.

After lunch it is time to relax and view your first photos. Another game drive is planned for later in the afternoon.

  • Accommodation: Khwai Campsite

Day 4: Maun

After breaking up the camp, you will leave for Maun again. In the afternoon, you will arrive at your next camping place and you can relax, take a dip in the pool, or read a book, it is entirely up to you. You can also take an optional a flight above the delta or take a look between the local people of Maun and the many shops.

  • Accommodation: Okavango River Lodge Campsite

Day 5: Nxai Pan

Nxai Pan is located north of Maun and connects the Makgadikgadi National Park on the northern border. The park has a size of 40 square kilometers and consists mainly of fossil dry river beds. The park is also home to centuries-old Boabab trees, which owe their name to Thomas Baines who discovered them. Today these trees are called Baines Boabab.

  • Accommodation: South Campsite

Day 6 and 7: Makgadikgadi Game Reserve

The gearing of the game viewer is switched on. Driving through this beautiful area and enjoying the wonderful nature, you will drive to the edge of the Boteti River where you will camp for the next two nights.

In addition to many elephants and hippos, you will also be able to view the many water birds during the game drives. The afternoons are for relaxing, viewing your photos, and any further explanation about the use of your camera.

  • Accommodation: Khumaga Campsite

Day 8: Gweta

Get up early through the Makgadikgadi National Park to your next destination in Gweta. This area has great views and flat plains. Arrive in Gweta in the afternoon and you will have time to recover from the many impressions of the past days. At the campsite, you can use the swimming pool and have a cooling drink in the bar.

  • Accommodation: Planet Boabab Campsite

Day 9: Kubu Island

Kubu Island is a dry island consisting of granite and rocky surfaces. Only accessible with a 4-wheel drive powered car. The journey through the real salt flats starts. You will arrive on Kubu Island late in the afternoon and in the evening you can enjoy an overwhelming starry sky during dinner. The campsite is run by the locals and is very basic.

  • Accommodation: Kubu Island

Day 10: Serowe

You will continue on the salt pans towards Serowe where the next overnight campsite is planned. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a wildlife project run by locals. Here you can find the only black and white rhinos in Botswana.

  • Accommodation: Khama Rhino Sanctuary Campsite

Day 11 and 12: Tuli Block

The arrows point to South Africa again, but not before you have visited Tuli Block. Adjacent to the Limpopo Province of South Africa and Zimbabwe is the Tuli Block with a completely different landscape than all other parks in Botswana. It is also called "Hardeveld" because of the rock formations and dry river beds.

Tuli Block is also known for its rich archaeological rock areas such as Solomon's wall and the Lepokole Hills. You will spend the night in Tuli Block in a five-star lodge and will be pampered with beautiful game drives, a star night drive, and a bush walk.

  • Accommodation: Koro River Camp

Day 13: Hoedspruit

After passing the customs, you will drive towards Hoedspruit. It is already time for your last night. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at the lodge where you will end this great photo safari and evaluate the past few weeks.

  • Accommodation: Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

Day 14: Johannesburg

After breakfast, you'll have enough time to pack your things and get ready for departure. It's time to say goodbye. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge will ensure that you arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in time for your return flight.

Location

This safari will take you from Johannesburg in South Africa to places in Botswana such as Maun, Moremi Game Reserve, Nxai Pan, Makgadikgadi Game Reserve, Gweta, Kubu Island, Serowe, and Tuli Block and back to Hoedspruit and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Food

During this safari, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinking water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

As an optional activity, you can book a 45-minute flight above the Okovanga Delta for 125 EUR per person.

What's included

  • Daily game drives
  • Inbound flight to Maun, Botswana
  • Ground transportation in a Toyota Landcruiser game viewer with closed sides that can be folded up
  • Transfer per shuttle to Johannesburg (departing 11:30 a.m. and will arrive 6 p.m. in Johannesburg)
  • Airport transfers
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • All meals and drinks
  • Services of a guide, photographer, and all other staff in a back up vehicle
  • All entrance and car fees for the parks

What's not included

  • Flight to Johannesburg
  • Accommodation in Johannesburg upon arrival
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfers from and to the airport are included in the price. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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