Botswana & Zambia

Time to explore…..

  • 20 April – 3 May 2019 R8 800 p/p sharing

Let’s go on the road less travelled and find the hidden gems.

We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and un-trodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey –  “John Hope Franklin”

Come share our passion to travel to remote locations, meet local people, experience their worlds and in the process creating life-enriching experiences and making memories to last a lifetime, all while having the most fun you can. Come live this adventure without just being a spectator.

Zambia is blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, huge water bodies and vast open spaces. It offers unforgettable times exploring the real Africa. Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia’s welcoming people live in peace and harmony. And here, in the warm heart of Africa, we will find some of the best photographic opportunities on the planet, including face to face encounters with Nature at its most wild.

Places to visit will include the following –

  • Elephant Sands
  • Hunters Road
  • Kasane
  • Chobe (Optional)
  • Vic Falls (Optional)
  • Sunset boat cruise (Optional)
  • Sioma Ngwezi Nat Park
  • Mongu
  • Itezhi Tezhi dam
  • Kafue Nat Park
  • Livingstone
  • Devils Pool

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Elephant Sands 550 km

Meet up at the Groblersbrug border post. This will be the day with the most driving on the trip and one of the few days we need to get an early start to reach Elephant Sands. We will do a stop in Francistown to purchase meat and greens. The aim is to be at the  border post in the morning, between 7 and 8.

Enjoy viewing the elephants at a natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. Watch these impressive creatures whilst they drink only a couple of meters away from you, an unique experience! There’s plenty of other wildlife around on the un-fenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely.

Day 2: Elephant Sands

We will spend the day 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.

Day 3: Hunters Road 140 km

The 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.

Day 4: Kasane 100 km

We will arrive early in Kasane. This will give us the opportunity to do laundry, replenish supplies and some sightseeing of which this town has more than enough. Optional – Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe river.

Day 5: Kasane

Optional – Sunset boat cruise on the Chobe river and or day drive to Chobe

Day 6 

On the banks of the mighty Zambezi river in a small Zambian Village.

Day 7 & 8 Kabula Lodge

Situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Western Zambia, Kabula Lodge has been specifically designed to provide affordable, comfortable and relaxing holiday accommodation for families who love fishing, birding, the outdoors and who want to enjoy Africa and the bush at its pristine best. Kabula is also a recognised haven for the keen fisherman wanting to catch a trophy Tiger Fish.

9: Ngonye

Ngonye or Sioma Falls is near the village of Sioma in the western province of Zambia. The falls is on Zambezi River and is a 12 meter drop creating a beautiful falls. It is also known as Sioma falls, a name derived from the name of the town in which it is located. The Ngonye Falls is the second largest waterfall on the Zambezi River.

Stretching across a distance of about 1 kilometer and standing at 12 meters high; Ngonye is not as grand as the Victoria Falls further down along the Zambezi, but it certainly lacks none of the bells and whistles that make the latter such a great tourist magnet, the sheer power and intensity of the waters of the Zambezi.

Day 10 Mongu

Mongu is situated on a small blunt promontory of higher ground on the eastern edge of the 30-kilometre-wide Barotse Floodplain of the Zambezi River running north-south, which in the wet season floods right up to the town. The city is 15 kilometres from the river’s main channel, to which its small harbour is connected in the dry season by a 35-kilometre route via a canal and a meandering channel. The whole region is flat and sandy, with the dry land generally no more than 50 m higher than the floodplain

Day 11 and 12 Hook bridge (Kafue) 

Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2.

First established as a National Park in the 1950’s by the legendary Norman Carr, Kafue is one of the largest national parks in the whole of Africa. Despite its size and prominent location only two hour drive from Livingstone, it remains little-known and largely unexplored with vast tracts of its virgin bush still untouched. Thanks to its size and variety of habitat types the Kafue holds a fantastic diversity of wildlife .

Day 13 -14: Itezhi Tezhi

Itezhi-Tezhi is a small town in the south west section of the Southern Province of Zambia. It is the seat of the Itezhi-Tezhi District. It lies west of the town of Namwala on the border of the Kafue National Park. On 6 February 2012, President Michael Sata issued a directive to try to move Itezhi-Tezhi from Southern Province to Central Province which was rejected by the people of Southern Province.

Itezhi-Tezhi came into existence when the Itezhi-Tezhi Dam was constructed on the Kafue River in the early 1970s. The dam was created to hold and regulate the water flow in the river for Kafue Gorge Upper Power Station, downstream.

Day 15: Livingston

Mukuni, 9.6 km (6.0 mi) to the south-east of present-day Livingstone, was the largest village in the area before Livingstone was founded. Its Baleya inhabitants, originally from the Rozwi culture in Zimbabwe, were conquered by Chief Mukuni who came from the Congo in the 18th century. Another group of Baleya under Chief Sekute lived near the river west of the town.

The most numerous people in the area, though, were the Batoka under Chief Musokotwane based at Senkobo, 30 km (19 mi) north. These are southern Tonga people but are culturally and linguistically similar to the Baleya and grouped with them as the ‘Tokaleya’.

What do you need:

  1. A good reliable, serviced 4-wheel drive vehicle
  2. Fuel range of app. 700km’s including extra fuel containers like long range tanks and jerry cans.
  3. Vehicle registration papers or letter of consent from the financing institution.
  4. Children must have a valid passport and an unabridged birth certificate and letter of consent if not accompanied by both parents.
  5. Guests from non-SADC countries will need a Visa.
  6. A passport that is valid for 3 months after our return to SA, valid drivers license and ID.
  7. Camping equipment and cooking/braai accessories.
  8. A ground tent is fine but no open-air camping allowed due to the fact that we camp in predator territory.
  9. Fridge/Freezer
  10.  Malaria Prophylaxis taken as prescribed by your GP.
  11. Last but not least – A good sense of humour and a positive outlook.

2 way radios will be supplied by ourselves.

Price includes:

  • All cross border fees, 3rd party insurance and taxes
  • Camping fees
  • Conservation fees
  • Park entry fees (Except Kafue)

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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