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15 Days Experience Camping Tour and Zebra Migration Safari in Botswana and South Africa

Ku Sungula Safari Lodge - Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa; Serowe - Kubu Island - Gweta - Makgadikgadi Pan - Maun - Kwai River - Nxai Pan - Nata, Botswana

Self-Drive Safari in Botswana

Get prepared for the ultimate adventure! Every year Botswana's zebra migrates between the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans in search of the fresh meadow grass and is known as the second-largest zebra migration in the world. Scattered herds of these animals can be seen in the Makgadikgadi palm belt and near the salt pans where the mineral content of the grasses is highest. Imagine thousands of dazzling black and white collisions extending across the horizon. During this safari, you will stay in tents and enjoy as nature surrounds you.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Group size: max 2 persons per Land Rover
  • Child Policy: Children from the age of 13 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, South Africa
  • Language: Afrikaans, English, Fanagalo / Swahlili, Portugese-speaking guides
  • All park fees are included

Meet the guides

Janco
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Highlights

  • Experience camping in nature
  • Visit Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi salt flat
  • Opportunity to see zebras during the migration period
  • Possibility to enjoy a Mokoro tour in Kwai River area
  • Self-driving throughout the tour
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and drink

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12 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans, Dutch, Portuguese
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Following your arrival, you will stay in Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, South Africa. Later, during the safari experience in Botswana, you will stay in tents. The team will build camping and remove it before continuing the journey to the next destinations. The last night will be spent at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, South Africa.

Program

Zebra Migration Botswana

Between February and April (depending on the season) thousands of zebras migrate through Nxai Pan and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in search of the lush grasses and water pools along the Boteti River.

Before they start the long return trip (a journey of hundreds of kilometers), the herd (which can consist of 25,000 animals) first travels even further south and protrudes through the salt pans, a place like no other in Africa, the white salt pans have a shimmer of miles that extend endlessly to the horizon.

While the zebras move, the predators follow. During this journey, you will probably encounter the lion, hyena, cheetah and the rare leopard.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, South Africa. Ku Sungula Safari is a four-star lodge located in the Balule Nature Reserve, which covers 40.000 ha. The reserve is home of the Big Five and has an open area with the famous Greater Kruger Park.

At Ku Sungula, you will be welcomed with a drink on their terrace where you can recover from the journey. In the afternoon, their experienced guide and tracker will take you on a three-hour afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle.

They will explain all about the animals and take you a few meters away from the wild animals. Along the way, there is a stop for a snack and a drink and you can enjoy the setting sun. After returning, their chefs will serve you a delicious three-course dinner under the breathtaking starry sky of South Africa.

Day 2

The adventure starts early in the morning. The team is ready with the necessary cars and you start the big adventure. You have a long day ahead and will spend the night in Serowe.

Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a community-based wildlife project in Botswana. The animal shelter was established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinos restore the historic wildlife populations and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. Covering approximately 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhinos as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds.

The tents can be set up with the help of the team and the guide / chef will prepare a spectacular dinner for you.

Day 3

After a night full of unusual sounds and the soft footsteps of rhinos around you, you will prepare breakfast. After breakfast and breaking up the camp, you drive to Kubu Island.

Kubu Island (Ga'nnyo) is a dry granite rock island located in the Makgadikgadi Pan area. The island is located a few kilometers away from Orapa and Letlhakane mining towns and can be accessed through Mmatshumo in the Boteti district. The entire island is a national monument and is considered a sacred site by the indigenous people of the area.

It is only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicle and has basic camping facilities. The campsite is run for the benefit of the local population. Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson described the island as "just about the most astonishing place I've ever been" on the Botswana Special episode.

After setting up the tents, once again a delicious dinner is served.

Day 4

You break up camp early and after breakfast, you drive straight through the salt pans to Gweta. Depending on the earlier rain conditions, you will arrive early in the afternoon. You can relax here for a swim or read a good book. Later in the afternoon, the fire is lit for dinner. The first adventures are reviewed while enjoying a cooling drink.

Day 5 and 6

The arrows point towards the Makgadikgadi Reserve. The gearing of the car is in and you continue your route. The Makgadikgadi Pan (Botswana salt flats) is a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana and is one of the largest salt flats in the world.

The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago. Driving through a beautiful area and enjoying the beautiful beauty, you will rebuild the camp in a special place.

In the meantime, the team has re-lit the campfire and they are busy again to serve you an appropriate dinner.

Day 7

Maun is your next location where you will spend the night. You are going to do some shopping and ensure that everything is potted again for the coming days.

After you arrive at the destination and after setting up the tents, you can relax and evaluate the past few days. The Ku Sungula team will prepare for the campfire and present you a great barbecue “braai”.

Day 8 and 9: Kwai River Camp

You greet the day early with breakfast. Khwai is located on the north side of the Kwai River and northwest of the Moremi Game Reserve. The local population develops eco-tourism in its unique area.

A very special very basic place where dozens of animals roam in and around the campsite and where you can and a short distance to admire in the river. A different environment and different experiences that you will remember for a long time.

On day 9, there is a possibility to enjoy a Mokoro tour (boat made from a hollowed-out tree trunk). This is a unique experience on the water.

Day 10 and 11

Nxai Pan north of Maun and connect 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. When you arrive at the campsite, you make the camp and prepare for dinner.

Day 12

Your noses are already heading for South Africa. Today you are heading for Nata. You store the camp on a campsite, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful some of the days you've already had. Your last dinner in Botswana under the beautiful, heavenly stars.

Day 13

From Nata, you drive to South Africa's Mapungubwe Nature Reserve, located in the Limpopo Province. This will be your last camping spot before you arrive at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge.

Mapungubwe National Park is a national park in Limpopo Province, South Africa. It is located by the Kolope River, south of the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers and about 15 kilometers to the northeast of the Venetia Diamond Mine.

The National Park borders Mapesu Private Game Reserve to the south. It abuts on the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, and forms part of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area. It was established in 1995 and covers an area of over 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres).

The park protects the historical site of Mapungubwe Hill, which was the capital of the Kingdom of Mapungubwe, as well as the wildlife and riverine forests along the Limpopo River. The Mapungubwe Hill was the site of a community dating back to the Iron Age.

Pieces of evidence have shown that it was a prosperous community. Archaeologists also uncovered the famous golden rhino figurine from the site. It is one of the few places in Africa that has both meerkats and Nile crocodiles.

After saving your camp and lighting the campfire, you evaluate the journey together while enjoying a nice wine, beer or a glass of soft drink.

Day 14: Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

You spend your last night at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge. Later on, you will arrive in the afternoon and you can freshen up and enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace.

Day 15

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye and the team will make sure that you get to your next destination in time. Of course, there is the possibility to extend your stay if desired with a few extra days at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge and possibly additional activities.

Note

Due to the rainy season, there is a chance that roads and parks are closed and the team has to change the route or accommodation.

This is a self-driving safari. You will be driving the vehicle throughout the tour. There will be a guide to show the way, set up and break down tents, make all meals, explain whatever you want to know about the bush or animals. He'll assist in every way they can to make it for you as comfortable as he can.

This tour is suitable for safari beginners.

Your guide: Janco Scott (South African)

Certificates:

  • National Higher Nature Conservation MRI Level 2
  • First Aid
  • SA Tour specialist 4x4 guide
  • FAGASA Level 1
  • Filed guide level 3
  • Driver trainer accreditation from Daimler Chrysler and LandRover
  • Experience: Weapons handling Competency, APA African Paddling Association, swift white water rescue, SA mountaineering single pitch clubbing supervisor, Kevin Boltin Navigation-Map work and GPS, 15 years of adventure guiding experience

Guides

Janco Scott

Location

This safari takes place in South Africa and Botswana. Starting in Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, South Africa, you will then explore Botswana and eventually return to Ku Sungula Safari Lodge.

Food

Meals and drinks are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

What's included

  • 14 nights accommodations
  • Meals and drinks
  • Park and car entrance to the parks
  • Fully equipped Land Rover with roof tents and ground tents
  • Diesel
  • Customs fees and insurance
  • Experienced team of guide and back-up

What's not included

  • International and domestic flights
  • Transfers and personal expenses
  • Vaccinations and tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). From Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport, Ku Sungula Safari Lodge could arrange an inbound flight, shuttle service or a private transfer; Ku Sungula Safari Lodge can help you book inbound airport transfer from Johannesburg OR Tambo to Hoedspruit Airport. The price depends on dates and availability, please inquire for cost.

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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This program requires a minimum of four participants to run.

Saturday March 21, 2020
(15 days / 14 nights)

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