Day 2: Departure for the Botswana border will be in the early morning and having dealt with the border formalities you can start enjoying the vast openness and the beauty the African savannah has to offer. After passing through Seule and Francistown, we arrive at Nata Lodge, which borders the vast Makadikgadi Pans. The evening will be spent enjoying ‘sundowners’ out on the white crusty surface of the pans whilst appreciating the spectacular and unique bird and animal life. The evening closes with dinner and a last sleep in comfortable beds.
Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast we will begin our journey to the Nxai Pan National Park via Gweta and then cross the Ntwetwe Pan. Here you will experience camping in the wild and spending the evening in the isolation and serenity of a star-studded African sky. The camp will be erected under Baine’s Baobabs situated on an ‘island’ in the vast Kudiakam Pan. The Baobab trees were named after the intrepid explorer Thomas Baines whose painting of this Baobab outcrop is world renown. Here one can already experience natural wild animals grazing on the edges of the pans. Lions have been sighted crossing the Pans in front of our camp on more than one occasion.
Day 4-7: Early morning and it is now time to head out to the Okavango Delta where Dave will prepare you for the game viewing part of your adventure. We travel through Maun where we stop briefly to refuel and pick up any last supplies that may be needed. Fly-in passengers will join the tour here. We head off north into the wilderness passing through a few remote villages for our camp at Third Bridge in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. As this is your adventure, all game drives will be conducted at your pace and as frequently as your heart desires, and you will be comfortably perched high up on the roofs of the vehicles. The evenings will be spent around the camp fire with great African cuisine listening to the howl of a hyena, the mighty roar of lion, or even the deep grunt of hippo, who may very well be your neighbours for the night.
Day 8-10: Having explored the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the adventure proceeds northwards. By now you may even be at ease leading your adventure with the mighty 4×4 in your control, crossing through deep water or bouncing over old elephant holes and driving through deep African sand, always knowing Dave is at hand. We travel through North Gate and then along the river Khwai with its abundance of game onto Savuti. The Savuti plains are famous for awesome game viewing and are nestled in the south west of Chobe National Park, which is home to most of the 120 000 elephants in the region. Lions are numerous and their pursuit of the zebra and the wildebeest migration is a sight not to be missed. Predators such as cheetah, leopard and wild dog are also regular visitors to the plains. Enjoy ‘sundowners’ next to watering holes whilst enjoying the stunning Savuti sunsets.
Day 11: Your adventure continues through the Chobe National Park to the bush camp at Nogatsaa. The route that we follow will be in an easterly direction via the Makapa pan and following the seasonal Ngwezumba river. This will sadly be your last night camping. This part of the adventure is a leisurely but true 4×4 route with constantly changing scenery as we travel over the harsh African landscape. Vast herds of elephant and buffalo are often encountered and occasionally rare sable antelopes are also sighted. Leopard and lion are frequently seen around Nogatsaa.
Day 12-13: A sad morning dawns as after breakfast we drive out of the Chobe National Park signaling the end of the ‘bush’ part of this adventure. We drive directly north to Kasane and book into Chobe Safari Lodge where, after a long soak in a warm bath, you are free to relax for the rest of the day in pleasant surroundings. In the late afternoon we embark on a sunset cruise down the Chobe River to witness the multitude of wildlife that concentrates along the river bank for their evening drink. On returning, the evening is yours and you may chose to dine buffet style on the terrace or a-la-carte in the restaurant.
Day 13: The end of your Adventure has arrived with either a flight back to Johannesburg International airport or an overland trip to Johannesburg. We spend a complimentary night in the Nata Lodge (dinner, drinks and accommodation) and arrive in Johannesburg the following day.