Private Daudi, Botswana Okavango,Chobe
Day 1. 14 August 2021, Saturday
We make our way up to Khama Rhino Sanctuary in Botswana. The best view of the Rhinos are in the afternoon near the pans.
As soon as you are ready we head north to a town called Lethlakane. Our last shopping and fuel fill up.
From here we leave to a town called Rakops where we turn in to Central Kalahari for 3 nights.
There is no water or power or fuel or shops.
We explore the area and have longer stops and coffee and lunches as we go.
We spend our second night at Central Kalahari.
We cover the rest of the Central Kalahari and spend our last night in the park.
After breakfast we head out of the park and cross back in to Botswana. We head back to Lethlakane where we stock up again, fill up with fuel and then head out to Khubu Island.
From Kubu Island we make our way north to the tar road and then turn towards Nata where we spend the night at Nata Lodge.
Nata lodge has a decent restaurant for dinner and breakfast the next morning.
After breakfast we head north towards Kasane.
Good shops, Lodges boat rides and restaurants here. We take the time to stock up for the next few nights.
We sleep in Kasane for 3 nights. Very nice camp site.
We have two days in Kasane and will spend the first in the Chobe national park.
We drive the full length of the Chobe national park river drive. One the the best viewing spots of wild animals in the world.
We have a second day in the Kasane area. Generally tours to Vic falls are done from here for the day. Not sure if it will be available during Covid times.
Alternatively boat rides on the Chobe, fishing, lunches, drinks on the deck or just hanging around camp.
We sleep on the other side of Chobe national park tonight. We also have 6 nights without access to shops so we make sure our shopping is done.
Once we are done we head back in to Chobe park for the rest of the day, traveling through the park.
We head South to the Savuti area. This Iconic campsite has the largest elephants on our planet.
We sleep in this site for three nights.
We spend two days in the area game viewing, and photographing the large Elephants in the area. I will show you some rock art and a few water holes.
Game viewing for two days.
After breakfast we head south towards the well known Moremi game reserve. We sleep in the iconic 3rd Bridge camp for two nights
I will show you around the inland section of the third bridge area. The only place where Rhinos can be seen from the road if you are lucky. Also wild dog and cheetah hot spots.
After breakfast, we pack up and move south towards Maun. Ariving just around lunch time gives us time to do some laundry, shopping and ready ourselves for the next few days in the Delta. We sleep in the boating Safari lodge tonight. Dinner included.
After breakfast we board our boats and enjoy your journey of exploration to the first camp whilst game watching, birding, photography or just relaxing onboard taking in the magnificent views of the Okavango Delta. Lunch will be served on board or on an island. Arrive late afternoon at your first nights tented camp nestled between dense trees on a small island in the Okavango Delta. At the camp you will find your comfortable private classic tent with bathroom facilities (hot shower and bush toilet). Sun downer cruise on a palm framed lagoon in front your camp. A three course sit down dinner will be served around the campfire.
The Okavango delta is unique and is the UNESCO site number 1000. We chill. No driving, no dust G&T’s and a glass of wine camping in the Delta.
Day 18, 31 August
Early morning coffee or tea is served with rusks, cereals, fruit and yogurt before departing for a game walk in our island. Please feel free if you’d prefer to sleep-in and enjoy a leisurely morning in camp. A cooked breakfast will be served after your game walk. Board boats for your journey to our next camp in one of the most spectacular areas of the Okavango Delta. In this area the Delta opens up with vast landscapes and more opportunities of encountering game. Even though vast distances are covered through the Okavango Delta, much time is spent drifting while game watching, birding, photography or just relaxing onboard. From time to time we do stop off on islands along the way to stretch our legs and explore them on foot. Lunch will be served on one of the many islands along the way. After lunch we continue on our journey to our next camp arriving at sunset. Hot showers will be ready waiting for you before pre-dinner drinks around the camp fire. A three course sit down dinner is served with fine South African wines. The evening is spent around the camp fire gazing at the stars reminiscing about the day’s experiences in the Delta.
After our morning activities, we board our boats to explore the diversity of the Okavango Delta while game viewing, birding or just relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the Okavango Delta. Lunch will be served back at camp before retiring for an early afternoon siesta or just relaxing in camp. Later on we continue on our journey of exploration by boat returning to camp after sunset. A three course sit down dinner is served with fine South African wines.
After our morning activities, we depart on a day trip up the Delta to enjoy the diversity of the upper reaches of the Okavango Delta which offers a very different experience from the previous days. Lunch will be served on one of the many islands along the way. Return to camp after a sun downer drink on the river. A three course sit down dinner is served with fine South African wines.
After our morning activities we board the boats for our last day in the Delta drifting downstream before making our way back to Maun. Relax and enjoy the last but very scenic day on the Okavango Delta. Lunch will be served on one of the many islands along the way. Arrive in Maun for your onward journey. We sleep in the lodge supplied by the boating company for tonight. Dinner and breakfast included.
We also do our COVID tests to return to South Africa.
Our last day we spend driving down back towards South Africa. We spend our last night at the Martins Drift border or at Khama Rhino depending on our plan forward, to get back in to SA
Day 23, 5 September
We make our way through the border and then break up and head in our own directions.
Binoculars, camera, personal light. The rest you will get with your vehicles.
Please take note of the food restrictions when entering Botswana. We can have a discussion on your menu if you wanted.
Fuel will be available in all major towns and can be paid by credit card.
The longest distance between fuel pumps would be about 600km.
Credit cards will be generally excepted but be prepared for a card machine that is out of order. Best is to have one tank of fuel in cash with you.
We can draw cash in Botswana at an ATM. Make sure you have a large enough limit to draw from an ATM.
We will stop for groceries as is needed as per the table
Wash on the go or we can hand washing in, Kasane and Maun.
Flush toilets every night except the Kubu Island and Central Kalahari nights and obviously the boats nights. Where no flush toilets we will have longdrops.
A combination of hot showers and bush showers
This is a 4×4 tour and we will be driving in sand in the parks.
Bring your spade and a few Cokes to sip on whilst someone is stuck…..;-)
Just joking, we will all be fine, I will teach you the ropes as we go.
I also have all the recovery equipment, no need to bring any along. Just a tyre pump and spade.
There is water for cooking and cleaning everywhere, except the 3 nights in Central Kalahari and the Kubu night.
For drinking water we will buy bottled water at the shops as we go.
We are in Botswana in winter. Nights will be cold and the days will be pleasant.
The coldest I ever had in August was -17deg C. But it happened only once. Normally I would expect mid single figures. So the nights will be cold, bring an extra blanket.
Shorts sleeves for the days and a warm jacket and beanie for the evenings should do it.
Remember your hat and sunscreen.
No rain expected.