Baob­abs & wa­ter­falls

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Join a self-drive guided tour from south­ern Botswana to Vic­to­ria Falls with Drive Out Tours, in con­junc­tion with Bhe­jane 4x4 Ad­ven­tures.

We meet in the town of Letl­hakane and re­fuel. Then we head out into the bush and onto the vast, flat ex­panse of Mak­gadik­gadi Pans, where we spend our first night on Kubu Is­land.

Early birds and keen pho­tog­ra­phers will rel­ish watch­ing the sun rise over the pans while en­joy­ing cof­fee and rusks. Af­ter break­fast we hike around the is­land with its fas­ci­nat­ing rock for­ma­tions and baob­abs while the lo­gis­tics team strikes camp. Then it’s time to head north to our overnight camp out­side Maun.

We spend the morn­ing in Maun for shop­ping and fuel. There’s an op­por­tu­nity for an hour-long flight over the Oka­vango Delta (not in­cluded in the tour price). Then we de­part for our next overnight stop on the banks of one of the delta’s main chan­nels. The lo­gis­tics team will have set up camp and the pots will be sim­mer­ing.

Af­ter a few days’ driv­ing it’s time to re­lax. We have a late start with a big brunch. The camp is known for bird­ing, in­clud­ing the res­i­dent Pel’s fish­ing owl. In the late af­ter­noon, we ex­plore the wa­ter­ways of the delta on a cruise in com­fort­able alu­minium speed boats on the wa­ter­ways of the Oka­vango Pan­han­dle.

We head north into Namibia via Tsodilo Hills with their mag­nif­i­cent rock art. Here, we visit the mu­seum and en­joy a pic­nic lunch. Our camp site for the next three nights is a shady spot on the banks of the Oka­vango.

We en­joy a big brunch and then you’re free to ex­plore on your own or re­lax in the camp. Go for a game drive in the nearby Bwab­wata Na­tional Park, do some bird watch­ing, go on a dug-out ca­noe trip, do a vil­lage tour or cast a line in the wa­ter. We meet in the late af­ter­noon for a sun­downer cruise. ( The cruise is the only ac­tiv­ity of the day in­cluded in the tour price.)

We visit Ma­hango Game Re­serve, which is known for good num­bers of roan and sable an­te­lope.

We break camp and head for the Zam­bezi Re­gion (Caprivi). Our next camp is just out­side Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. We spend our last three nights in this for­mer war-torn prov­ince, now a na­tional park.

We go on a bus trip to Vic­to­ria Falls, where we’ll have a pic­nic lunch and do some sight-see­ing and shop­ping in the vil­lage of Vic­to­ria Falls. There are a num­ber of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, such as bungee jump­ing and he­li­copter flights (not in­cluded in the tour price).

We take a drive in an open gamedrive ve­hi­cle through Chobe Na­tional Park and a sun­set boat cruise on the Chobe River. We spend our last night around the camp­fire en­joy­ing the unique bond of friend­ship that can only be made by fel­low trav­ellers who, to­gether, have ex­pe­ri­enced the magic of the African bush.

It’s time to say our good­byes and head our separate ways. How long is the tour? 11 days, 10 nights When? 2–12 April; 30 June – 10 July; 4–14 Au­gust; 10–12 Oc­to­ber 2017 Where does the tour de­part from? Letl­hakane, just south of Mak­gadik­gadi Pans in Botswana. What you need to pro­vide: • Your own ve­hi­cle and fuel • Stretch­ers or mat­tresses, bed­ding

and camp chairs • Drinks and snacks • Med­i­cal in­sur­ance and evac­u­a­tion

in­sur­ance cover • Bor­der- cross­ing fees and road taxes (Bhe­jane pro­vides all tents, ta­bles, cut­lery and crock­ery) Where will we sleep? Tents (which Bhe­jane’s lo­gis­tics team will pitch and dis­man­tle daily) And the food? Bhe­jane’s ex­pe­ri­enced bush chefs make three tasty meals ev­ery day Cost? R13 250 per per­son (half-price for chil­dren un­der 10) The price in­cludes: • All camp and park fees • Three meals per day • The use of two-way ra­dios • The ser­vices of a pro­fes­sional tour

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