Programme: We start our tour in Chobe, Kasane, and travel south to the mesmerising Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest clay pans on earth. On an afternoon nature drive we experience how this geological phenomenon changes the landscape into a wonderland of surrealistic beauty. Their remoteness and inaccessibility all add to the mystique, and one has not enjoyed the full charm of Botswana without having had a taste of their magical impact. In the evening we return to our lodge for dinner.
Accommodation: Nata Lodge
DAY 2: Tuesday
DESTINATION: Makgadikgadi Pans / Maun
Programme: After breakfast we travel further west to the southern edge of the magnificent Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta on earth. Our lodge is situated along the banks of the Thamalekane River, providing easy access into or over the delta either by helicopter, plane, open vehicle or boat. The rest of the day is spent at leisure. Optional excursions include a visit to a cultural village or to the crocodile farm, situated in Maun. The lush banks of the Thamalekane River serve as the breeding ground for a large variety of different bird species, making a walk along the river particularly rewarding.
Programme: In the early morning we depart by 4x4 vehicle into the Okavango Delta for a full day game drive in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. It covers about one third of the entire delta and counts undoubtedly to the top wildlife reserves in Africa. The giant mopane forests contrast beautifully with the wide open spaces of the Khwai floodplain, while the seasonal pans, salt pans and rivers attract game and bird species of immense proportions. We enjoy a picnic lunch, before game driving out of the reserve in the afternoon and arriving back at our lodge in the evening.
Programme: This morning our journey takes us further west into the Kalahari Desert, the largest sand mass on earth that stretches over no less than 9 different African countries. Our lodge is situated on a private nature reserve, being the habitat to rare animals such as the black rhino, bat-eared fox, honey badger as well as the nocturnal aardvark. In the afternoon we depart on a Bushman walk with real Bushmen, who are the original inhabitants of the Kalahari Desert. We will learn about collecting veld food, setting traps and also learn about their stealthy hunting techniques. Our luxury tents all offer a stunning view onto the endless plains and the personalized service of the camp owners and staff will ensure a memorable experience.
Accommodation: Motswiri Lodge (DBB)
DAY 5: Friday
DESTINATION: Kalahari Desert / end of tour
Programme: After breakfast, we travel back to Windhoek via the Botswana border post and Gobabis, the capital of Namibia’s cattle farming country. This fact is accentuated by a huge statue of a Brahman bull that stands proudly at the entrance of the town. In the early afternoon we will arrive in Windhoek, where our tour ends.