Botswana Blitz 2020, Mkgadigadi & Okavango Delta, Special catered tour

Overview

4×4 and 4×2 Friendly tour.

This tour will suit you if you are just getting in to safaris or if you feel like a bit of pampering. On this tour I include the essential catering with great meals and add a few specials like a keg of Home brewed Blonde beer for our braai night, picnic on the boat ride in the delta and a taste of my favourite Cabernet on our oxtail night.

Botswana Blitz is one of those tours that captures the heart of Botswana in a few days. It is one of the areas in the world where the country is still very open to animal migration. No fences, no interference and wild. 

It is a place where a road of 20 years might need to be rerouted because of Mother Nature interfering with its path. It is a place where wild still means wild.

Our tour aims to experience the contrast of the Mkgadigadi pans, with its moon scape and the very strange Kubu Island, with the wet Okavango Delta. 

Many people start their safari experience with this tour as it is not too long and covers some of the best wilderness areas in the world.

Your experience would include driving on the worlds largest combined salt flat, riding on a boat on the very unique inland delta. Sit under the stars around a the camp fire at night and experience the bush noises.

Magical

The itinerary and catering supplied

Day 1

I make an early departure and head out to the Botswana Border. Meet me on the road or in camp.  Tonight we will sleep at the legendary Khama Rhino Sanctuary. I will arrive at Khama Rhino at about 5pm when our tour officially starts.

On the menu:

Dinner served 7pm. We kick off with an old favourite, Beef Stroganof served with Basmati rice and for pudding, preserved fruit and custard. 

Real Espresso available as an after dinner treat.

Day 2

After breakfast we set off to Lekhubu Island. This is an experience to remember. If you have not been there, it is time to go! We spend the night at the island. We drive on the Mkgadigadi pans and climb on to the granite rocks at Kubu Island. A night here, is a night to remember.

Supply your own breakfast, I will provide the coffee station. A coffee station refers to the following: I will boil a kettle for coffee. I will also provide instant coffee, tea, milk and sugar. 

We stop in Lethlakane for fuel, next to a Nando’s. If you want to grab a takeaway for lunch. 30 mins later we stop next to the road for lunch. Again I supply a coffee station. Bring your own snacks for lunch, in this way we can keep the cost down. 

We will arrive in camp at around 4pm. 

On the menu:

It can be rather windy and dusty on a bad day, so we will not do a braai but rather go for something easy. Let’s do Chicken alla king with Basmati rice. For pudding we will do another fruit and custard evening.

Real Espresso available as an after dinner treat.

Day 3

We leave the island a bit later than normal and we cross the Makgadigadi pans.

Supply your own breakfast and I will supply the coffee station.

At Chapmans baobab we stop for a brunch stop. Bring your own snacks and lunch, I will provide the coffee station.

We arrive in Maun at about 4pm. 

On the Menu:

Tonight dinner in the restaurant, and it is a good restaurant!

( included in the price )

Day 4

The next morning we set off to the Okavango Delta. Those looking for a scenic flight will do it early in the morning.

Supply your own breakfast and I will supply the coffee station. There is a Wimpy in town if you feel like a Wimpy breakfast.

At about 10am we depart for the Delta.

We arrive in camp and set up our camp. Then a game drive in a concession area in the afternoon, we are looking for the Santawani pride of lions.

We will be back in camp at about 5pm

On the menu:

We will do a true South African Beboti with rice, and curry carrot salad.

Ice cream and chocolate sauce for pudding.

Real Espresso available as an after dinner treat.

Day 5

This is a long but exciting day. We head out to do a boat ride on the Delta. 

We leave early so do what you like best as an early breakfast. Rusks and coffee, or Yogurt and muesli anything quick.

At the boat station we pack our stuff and head out for a few hours. Whilst we are deep in the heart of the Delta we will stop on an Island for lunch.

On the Menu:

Cold meats, cheese and biltong served with home made bread and jam. And how about a glass of bubbly with orange juice for the occasion.

In the afternoon we head back to camp for a good old braai in the evening.

On the Menu:

Steak, tjops and boerewors with pap and sous. For pudding Malva pudding and custard.

Special treat:

I will bring a keg of my own homebrewed beer. A Blonde ( a style of beer ) with a true South African hops called Southern passion. I call this beer “Passionate Blue Blonde”

Real Espresso available as an after dinner treat.

Day 6

Another relaxed game viewing day, again inside the Moremi. We visit the Blackpool area. This area is normally rich in birdlife and the famous Xini pride of Lions.

Supply your own breakfast and I will supply the coffee station. Bring your in car snacks for the day as we spend a few hours in the Moremi.

Once we are done we head back to camp. 

On the menu:

Tonight I think good old oxtail stew is what we need. Served with Basmati rice, home baked bread and a side salad. 

Special treat:

I will bring one of my favourite Cabernets for the night, let you see what you think. 

Pudding chocolate and real espresso. 

Day 7

We make the turn and start our journey back to Johannesburg. We sleep on the Botswana border.

Start the day with your own breakfast or leave early and have breakfast at the Wimpy in town. 

On the road I will supply a coffee station and we are again going past Nando’s during the lunch hour if you wanted to grab a take away.

We arrive in camp just at sunset.

On the menu:

We will enjoy we will enjoy dinner at the lodge restaurant . 

Day 8

Our tour is over and we make our way back to Johannesburg in the morning. From this point you are on your own for food. Breakfast in the restaurant before you leave or in Lepalale are both options.

Tour specific comments

Vehicle:

A normal 4×4 or 4×2 welcome. No special kit required.

Drivers:

No experience required, I personally guide the tour and will give you everything you need as we go.

Towing:

On this one your offroad van and trailer is welcome. 

Other:

There is very limited 220V power available.

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