Botswana and Caprivi

We meet up at Baltimore on a farm the day before the tour starts for a meet and greet. You have to pay cash – R100 p/p camping or R200 p/p for an en-suite room. Green lawns, braai area and we are allowed to use the bathrooms in the farmhouse. Whilst sitting around the campfire we will discuss what to expect over the next few days. We will leave at 7 am the next morning for the border. Each vehicle will be supplied with a radio for en-route communication.

If you do not sleep on the farm, we will meet you at the border round 7.30 the next morning. Groblersbrug.

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This tour is for the adventurous. We will camp our first night outside Francistown on  grassed campsites, each with own braai areas. Water and electrical points are also available on some sites. Enjoy hot showers in the spacious tiled ablution block. Sparkling swimming pool for residents only.

Next up is Elephant Sands where we enjoy viewing the elephants at a natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. Watch these impressive creatures while they drink at only a couple of meters away from you, a unique experience! There’s plenty of other wildlife around as well on the unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely.

We will spend time exploring the park and taking pictures or just relax in the camp trying to take that million dollar elephant close up photo. They have a resident pack of 18 wild dogs and we might be lucky enough to spot.

We will move on to Hunters’ Road – a romantic name for what is still a romantic place. The country on either side of that track is still as wild as when Selous hunted here. Explorers, hunters and traders all made tracks towards the Falls and before long a wagon road ran from the south. The Old Hunters’ Road, as it became known, now forms the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe. We will “Wild Camp” on this road like the explorers of old. There is some feelings of nostalgia when camping on this road like the old hunters and explorers of the previous century.

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Kasane for 3 days – this will give us the opportunity to do laundry, replenish supplies and some sightseeing of which this town has more than enough. Visit to Chobe National Park and lunch or braai at one of the picnic spots in the park and later the afternoon a scenic sunset boat cruise.

Vic Falls and Zambia for those who have not been there. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. We take a taxi to Vic Falls early the morning and back later the afternoon. The Zambian border is just a skip and a hop from the bridge and a day trip to Livingstone is possible.

For those not wanting to go to Vic Falls there is Tiger Fishing or self-drive to Chobe.

Caprivi is next on the itinerary. Within Namibia the Caprivi Strip provides significant habitat for the critically endangered Wild African Dog, Lycaon pictus. It is a corridor for African elephant moving from Botswana and Namibia into Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. National parks found in the Caprivi Strip are Bwabwata National Park, Mudumu National Park and Nkasa Rupara National Park

We will spend 2 nights outside Katima Mulilo lazying around or trying for those big tigers on lure before making our way down to Medumo and onto Divundu where the tour will end.

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Things to do on this trip:

  • Shopping in Palapye
  • Woodlands
  • Elephant Sands
  • Hunters Road
  • Lunch at Pandamatenga
  • Kazuma Pan
  • Kasane
  • Vic Falls (Optional)
  • Tiger fishing (Optional_
  • Zambia and Livingstone (Optional)
  • Sunset Boat Cruise (Optional)
  • Chobe Game Drive (Optional)
  • Lunch at Chobe Lodge
  • Katima Mulilo
  • Mudumo National Park
  • Shametu
  • Cage diving in Okavango river

R7 800 per person sharing (R1500 deposit to secure booking)

*R350 extra for border fees if you tow

Kids 12 and under – less 50%, kids 3 and younger – free

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Price includes:

  • All cross border fees, 3rd party insurance and taxes
  • Tour Guide and Camping fees
  • Conservation fees
  • Park entry fees (except Chobe and Mamili)

Not included:

  • 4×4 vehicle hire
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • Daily activities like Vic Falls, boat cruises, fishing etc
  • Transfer fees
  • Game drives

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