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4 Wheel Drive Safari
Best of Botswana (17 Days)

14 Day 4 Wheel Drive Safari Tour
26 Day
4 Wheel Drive Safari Tour


Investment:
From
New Zealand
NZD12,100 for 2 persons
NZD15,700 for 3 persons
NZD19,300 for 4 persons
Insurance deposit required per vehicle (refundable): NZD3,300

Australia
AUD10,100 for 2 persons
AUD13,050 for 3 persons
AUD16,050 for 4 persons
Insurance deposit required per vehicle (refundable): AUD2,750
 

United States of America
USD9,400   for 2 persons
USD12,180 for 3 persons
USD14,980 for 4 persons
Insurance deposit required per vehicle (refundable): USD2,600
 

Prices subject to currency fluctuations
Pricing based on exchange rates as of 30 April 2008



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This is one of the most rewarding tours for game viewing as we visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as well as Moremi and Chobe Reserves in Botswana.



Arrival Day - Johannesburg

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met and transferred to your 4 star hotel in the northern suburbs. Once the entire group has arrived there will be a tour briefing where you will complete all the necessary documentation. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to prepare, pack and get to know the group.

Overnight: Northern suburbs of Johannesburg





Day 1 Bushveld

After an early breakfast you will leave Johannesburg and start off on you 4x4 expedition. You will travel along the N1 towards Ellisras. You will spend the night on a private game farm in the Waterberg Bushweld. The Waterburg is relatively unknown to many and has been described as South Africa's best kept secret. The rugged beauty of the area, together with it's diversity in plant and animal life, has led to the development of several exciting eco-tourism projects. This area is also rapidly emerging as one of the most important San rock art sites in South Africa.

Overnight: Private Game Farm, Waterberg Bushveld


Day 2 Khama Rhino Santuary, Botswana

Today you cross into Botswana at the Martins Drift border post, and then head via Serowe to the Rhino sanctuary, where the last remaining White Rhino in Botswana are protected from poaching. The sanctuary is also home to other wildlife which have settled naturally or been Tran located in. These include zebra, many species of antelope, leopard, ostrich, black-backed jackal, brown hyena, etc. There are over 230 species of bird as well.

Overnight: Khama Rhino Sanctuary


Day 3 Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Today you travel northwards past the town of Orapa and Mopipi to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world, and has until recently been closed
to the public.
Its remoteness, unforgiving climate and harsh terrain
have kept it pristine. Those who venture into the reserve are rewarded with untamed Africa at its best.

Overnight: Camp at Deception Pan




Day 4 Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Today you will go on your own game drives in the game reserve and take in the natural beauty of the Kalahari.

Overnight: Camp at Deception Pan


Day 5 Maun

From the Central Kalahari Game Reserve it is a 350 km drive to Maun where you will stock up on fuel and supplies. Maun has developed rapidly from its early days as a rural frontier town and has spread along the wide Thamalakane River. It now boasts good shopping centres, hotels and lodges. However, it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen still bring their cattle here to sell. You might even see antelopes grazing along the river banks.

Overnight: At a local campsite


Day 6 Panhandle

Today you travel up the western side of the Okavango Delta to an area called the Panhandle. The Okavango Panhandle is the main watercourse supplying the Okavango Delta. The Panhandle is a stretch of approximately 70 km of the Okavango River from where the river enters Botswana until it fans out. This is a good spot for fishing and viewing water birds.

Overnight: Shakawe Campsite


Day 7 Tsodilo Hills

Today you will take a day trip to Tsolido. About 40 km to the west of the Panhandle lies a rocky outcrop known as Tsodilo Hills. The Tsodilo Hills are a rare and spiritually rewarding treat in the south-western corner of Botswana. An atmosphere of mystery and intrigue surrounds this unusual place, believed by the San (Bushmen) to be the site of first creation. They painted more that 3500 rock paintings against the remarkable stone faces of the hills. Some of the paintings date back to between 800 and 1300 AD.

Overnight: Shakawe Campsite


Day 8 Moremi

You drive back to Maun where you stock up again on fuel and supplies and then head off towards Moremi Game Reserves.

Overnight: Mankwe Camp


Day 9 Moremi

Today you will explore the Moremi area with its wealth of wildlife. In the north-west of the country, covering some 16,000 square kilometres, is the maze of channels, lagoons and palm-covered islands that make up the Moremi Game Reserve. The Moremi Game Reserve never fails to impress even the most jaded of travellers. Home to nearly 500 different species of birds, and a vast array of wildlife, the Moremi game reserve offers the opportunity to explore not only in 4x4's but on foot and by mokoro - a dug-out canoe, hewn from either ebony or sausage-tree, and poled by a Personal Guide.

Overnight: Mankwe Camp


Day 10 Savuti

The drive from Moremi to Savuti Camp is rough going through sandy tracks and could take 4 to 5 hours. You will need to cross the notorious sand ridge that was once the shoreline of an ancient lake.

Overnight: Savuti campsite


Day 11 Kasane

You continue north along the sand track to the town of Kasane on the banks of Chobe River. Kasane is a bustling little town, offering hassle free access to the Chobe National Park. As there are no boundary fences between the park and the village, game such as elephant and hippo can frequently be seen wandering down the road and through the Kasane Campsites. Here you can look forward to having a hot shower and a meal in the restaurant.

Overnight: Local campsite or Lodge


Day 12 Kasane

Today is at your leisure. You could relax at the pool or take a drive into the Chobe National Park. The drive along the Chobe River is very rewarding with large herds of elephant and buffalo often seen here. Visitors to Kasane can also visit the Kasane Hot Springs, natural mineral spa and Inchingo fishing camp, which is an excellent area for fishing. The Sedudu Island on the Chobe River is also a favourite spot for game viewing and bird watching. Another interesting sight is the old hollow Baobab tree. In the 20th century this hollowed out tree served as the local prison for many years before the current brick structure was built. The evening river cruise will take you up close to most of the wildlife and water birds, an experience not to be missed.

Overnight: Local campsite or Lodge


Day 13 Victoria Falls

After breakfast today you head off to the Victoria Falls. Known as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders' and in more modern terns as 'the greatest known curtain of falling water', Victoria falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. One special vantage point is across the Knife edge bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree which commands a panoramic view across the Main Falls. The rest of the day is at your leisure to view the magnificent Falls.

Overnight: Victoria Falls


Day 14 Victoria Falls

Today you have a well deserved rest day. The Victoria Falls area is rapidly becoming known as the 'Adventure centre' of Southern Africa, with various adrenaline sports, unmatched scenery of breathtaking proportions, and many other leisure options for outdoor lovers. Activities include white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, horseback trails, river boarding, abseiling, tandem kayaking, micro light flights, river safaris, jet boating and even elephant back safaris!

Overnight: Victoria Falls



Day 15 Nata

You will now re-enter Botswana, turn south and head for Nata. Nata is a village of 5000 people located on the edge of the Madgadikgadi Pans. About 75% of the residents of Nata are from the Basarwa tribe. The tribe is also known as the bushmen or the san. At the Bird Sanctuary on the edge of Sua Pan large flocks of flamingo and pelicans come to breed when the pans fill up during years of good rainfall. The surrounding grasslands host a variety birds.

Overnight: Nata Lodge


Day 16 Bushveld

Today you start on your journey back to Johannesburg. You travel via Francistown and re-enter South Africa at Martins Drift border post.

Overnight: Bushveld Camp




Day 17 Johannesburg

This is your last morning in the African bush. After breakfast and a bush walk you will make your way along the N1 highway back to Johannesburg.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel in the suburbs


Highlights

- Waterburg Bushveld private game farm
- San (Bushmen) Rock art viewing
- Khama Rhino Sanctuary
- Largest game reserve in the world Central Kalahari Game Reserve
- Okavango Delta
- Moremi Game Reserve
- Chobe National Park, Botswana
- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Bird sanctuary
 
Included in your safari:
- Rental of safari camper vehicle including all camping equipment which consists of:
tents, mattresses and bedding, refrigerator, cooler box, kitchen box with cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery, water containers, gas cookers, camp chairs and table, spot light, camping light, barbeque kit,  spade and storage crate.
- Support vehicle and guide to lead the tour group.
- Transfers to and from Johannesburg International Airport (O.R Tambo International).
- Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Johannesburg on day of arrival and departure, including all meals.
- Traditional BBQ on the second, and second to last day of the safari.
- Camping fees for each day on safari.
- Administration costs, vehicle insurance and transfers.

Excluded in your safari:
- Return airfares to Johannesburg, South Africa
- The operating cost of the vehicle, fuel, road levies, toll fees, etc. for the scheduled itinerary.
- Entrance fees to National Parks and Reserves as per itinerary.
- Personal travel and all risks insurance.
- All other meals are self-catering for clients own cost.
- Beverages and Alcohol.
- Tips, souvenirs, etc.
- Adventure activities  (scenic flights, rafting, boating, etc.)

The above quote is subject to availability at time of confirmation


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