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BOTSWANA

 

OKAVANGO DELTA, CAPRIVI, VIC FALLS & KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY

 

4x4 VEHICLES WITH AND WITHOUT LOW-RANGE CAPABILITY
CAN BE ACCOMMODATED

 

20 DECEMBER 2017 – 2 JANUARY 2018

 

SPEND CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR IN TRUE AFRICAN BEAUTY AT AFFORDABLE PRICES DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

 

Once again Cederberg 4x4 has negotiated a very affordable package to Botswana for the whole family, all within the school holidays. On this excursion we will be rendezvousing in Ghanzi, the heart of the beef industry in Botswana and then spend 14 days in Botswana and Caprivi. The country has three main sources of income, namely; diamonds, beef and tourism. It is also the richest non-oil producing country in Africa and produces approximately 20% of the world’s diamonds. More information about the country and its people will be shared during our visit to this country, well known for its game and exquisite destinations.

 

All the camps we will be visiting in Botswana are in close proximity to the National Parks, the Okavango Delta or other places of interest. All the camps we will be using offer upmarket camping accommodation with good ablution facilities. Over recent years many roads have been rebuilt in Botswana making it more user friendly for vehicles without low-range to join the Cederberg 4x4 tour to Botswana. The climate over much of the country can be described as semi-arid, owing to the long periods of heat and low rainfall. 

 

The Kalahari has three seasons – the cool, dry winter months from May to October, the hot dry spring months of October and November followed by the wet summer months from the end of November to the end of February.  Winter temperatures – the time that we go there - are very pleasant, with daytime temperatures averaging between 24° - 30°C. In the south of the country the nights can be cold with temperatures, on the odd occasion, dropping to below freezing. The hottest time of the year is late spring.  

 

Botswana is blessed with a fascinating array of animal species, ranging from the glamorous ‘Big Five” to smaller nocturnal rodents.  It is certainly a game-viewer’s paradise, with approximately 20% of the country demarcated as wildlife areas. Part of the attraction of visiting Botswana, especially the northern reserves, is that the game roams free and it is not unusual to see antelope or elephant well outside of the reserves. Do not be surprised to see some sort of game roaming the streets of towns. None of the national parks are fenced, giving visitors the opportunity to really experience the beauty and greatness of the African Outdoors in Southern Africa.  Driving through Botswana one is struck by the apparent uniformity of the vegetation, as nine-tenths of the country is covered by savannah grasslands, intermingled with either bush or trees. In the extreme northeast, in the Chobe Reserve, the country is dominated by thick deciduous forest. Huge areas of Mopane forest, the main diet of the African elephant, occur in much of North-eastern and North-western Botswana. 

 

 

It is, however, on the Okavango Delta that the real diversity of plant life becomes apparent. Water Lilies, papyrus, water figs, reeds and grasses all blend to create a lush paradise, with bird life being one of the many attractions of the delta, not to mention the opportunity to fish for Breem and Tiger fish.

During our tour to Botswana we will also visit the famous Tsodilo Hills, situated in the north west of the country. These hills are surrounded by the history of the people, their tribal customs and the many stories about the powers of these famous hills. Khama Rhino Sanctuary is another unique destination on our tour. Here you will have the opportunity to view white and black rhino in a private game reserve guarded by members of the Botswana defence force.  Numerous other game species can also be sighted at the reserve.

 

One day will be for an optional visit to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with a possible helicopter trip over the falls, lunch at a grand hotel or just souvenir shopping.

At all the places we set camp, sufficient time will be made available to partake in the organized activities, as well as giving you enough time to partake in the other activities on offer at the various destinations we will be visiting. These may include private birding or fishing trips on the Delta, mokoro (dugout trees) trips on the delta, approximately 80km from the camp, flying over the delta if the plane is available or just exploring the vast openness in your 4x4 vehicle. Much thought and planning went into the various destinations we will visit, as well as the time spent at each one, giving participants maximum time on hand to enjoy what Botswana has to offer at very affordable prices. Avoid disappointment, book now and join us on an unforgettable Botswana tour.

 

To see more photos taken in Botswana on previous Cederberg 4x4 overland adventures, go to http://www.cederberg4x4.co.za/photos/botphotogallery.htm


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
All information supplied in the agenda is given in good faith by Cederberg 4x4 and compiled from the latest information available at the time.  The activity times, as indicated on the agenda, are subject to change without notice and at the sole discretion of the guide.

 

Vehicles : 4x4 Vehicles with & without low range capabilities can be accommodated. 
Trailers  : Off-Road trailers and Off-Road caravans can be accommodated.
       NB. Contact Coenie should you intend pulling a caravan or trailer.
           Contact Coenie should you be driving a vehicle without low-range capabilities.
Nearest Towns : Ghanzi, Shakawe, Katima Mulilo, Kasane, Nata and Serowe.
Guide     : Coenie Moll.

 

RENDEZVOUS
PLACE : 
THAKADU GAME RESERVE in GHANZI.  (Directions to be supplied upon booking)

DATE   : WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2017.

TIME   :  ARRIVE any time during the day, but please before 17h00.
                  Should you be running late, please contact Thakadu Game Reserve to notify Coenie in this
                  regard. 

  

EARLY ARRIVAL AT THAKADU GAME RESERVE
Should you plan to arrive early at Thakadu Game Reserve, please inform them upon your arrival that you are part of the Cedeberg 4×4 group. This will ensure we all camp together.

 

DESTINATION 1 – (Arrival Wednesday 20 December – Depart Thursday 21 December (1 x night)
The Thakadu Game reserve, just south of Ghanzi, where we rendezvous and set camp for the first evening, offers a fully licensed restaurant and pub overlooking a water-hole visited by many different game species.  A bonus of this campsite is the swimming pool to be enjoyed by all. Here you already have the option of private game drives in your own vehicle through the game reserve at no additional cost.

We suggest that you allow yourself enough time to replenish supplies at the two local supermarkets in Ghanzi, as well as refuel your vehicle. This will enable us to make an early start the next morning. Supermarkets and garages are now open 7 days a week in Botswana. More details about stock replenishment will be discussed at the pre-trip briefing.

 

Facilities
The camp offers limited shade with 2 x ablution blocks in the camp. Each ablution facility offers Hot/Cold showers & Flush toilets. There are electrical power points in all campsites.

 

DESTINATION 2 – (Arrival Thursday 21 December – Depart Monday 25 December (4 x nights)
The next four nights we will set camp at Drotsky Cabins, under large trees offering sufficient shade, on the bank of the Okavango Delta.  The campsite is very spacious, tidy and clean, with sufficient ablution facilities, offering Hot/Cold showers and flush toilets. During our stay at Drotsky Cabins you will have the option of many activities. A group visit to the most visited and famous destination in Botswana, namely Tsodilo Hills, will take place on one of the days we spend at Drotsky Cabins. Further personal options are hiring a boat and trying your hand at Tiger or Breem fishing. This can be done on an individual or group basis. Your river guide will put out fish for the Fish Eagle to catch right alongside your boat. That majestic bird swooping down and picking the fish up out of the water, only a few meters away, is something you cannot put into words. You have to experience this first hand. A further option would be to visit the Crocodile Farm where crocodile meat can be purchased or visit the Mahango Game Reserve in Namibia, approximately 20km from our camp, where an abundance of game can normally be spotted.  Alternatively you may well decide to let your hair down and just relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the lodge with its large swimming pool. Seeing the sun set over the delta from the pub with its wooden deck is not something to which a video, photo or words can do justice. All additional activities are for your own account.

 

Facilities
The campsite is spacious, tidy and set under large trees offering sufficient shade. The ablutions are clean with Hot/Cold showers and flush toilets. Power points are available at all the campsites.

DESTINATION 3 – (Arrival Monday 25 December – Depart Wednesday 27 December (2 x nights)
Our departure from Drotsky Cabins will take us across the border into Namibia. Once across the border we will cross the Okavango River and head east through the Caprivi for Katima Mulilo. Kalizo Lodge, our next destination for two nights, is set on the bank of the Zambezi River. Here you can once again spoil yourself to Tiger or Breem fishing, this time on the Zambezi. The lodge and campsites overlooking the river have a beautiful lapa/bar and pool table as well as a well maintained swimming pool under large trees to cool in off during the warm days. Here once again you have the option of exploring the surrounding countryside in your own vehicle or simply relaxing at the camp.

 

Facilities
The spacious campsite offers limited shade with grass underfoot as well as good clean ablution facilities with hot/cold showers and flush toilets. Kalizo Lodge is officially connected to the national electricity grid and offers electric points at all campsites at a nominal fee.

DESTINATION 4 – (Arrival Wednesday 27 December – Depart Saturday 30 December (3 x nights)
Departing from Kalizo Lodge we will head for the border of Botswana, where we will enter at the Ngoma Bridge, on our way to Big 5 Chobe Lodge, just outside of Kasane, where we will set camp for three nights. En-route to Kasane we will travel through to top section of Chobe National Park, where game congregates in large numbers due to the availability of the water in the Chobe River. It is specifically this section between the tar road and the Chobe River that we recommend you visit on one of your day trips from the camp.

 

The main reason for setting camp here for three nights is to give people sufficient time to visit Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. You might even want to consider flying over the falls in a fixed wing plane from Kasane. A further option is driving a section of the Old Hunters Road on the border with Zimbabwe. We do not recommend driving alone along this section. This route also offers good game viewing opportunities. Alternatively relax at the camp and enjoy all the amenities the lodge has to offer. An optional sunset cruise as a group on the Chobe River will be arranged. The options will be discussed en-route during the Botswana Overland Adventure.

 

Facilities
The campsites have sufficient electricity and water points. Limited shade is available at the various campsites. The ablution facilities offer Hot/Cold Showers and flush toilets.

DESTINATION 5  – (Arrival Saturday 30 December – Depart Monday 1 January 2018 (2 x nights)
Leaving Big 5 Chobe Lodge we will head south for Nata where we will set camp at the Nata Lodge for two nights en-route to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is where we will celebrate New Year and greet 2017. Nata lies on the main road linking Francistown and Kasane. The lodge is home to a large number of bird species, many of which can be seen from the pool deck, making it a haven for bird watchers. For keen bird watchers and naturalists, Nata Lodge offers open vehicle, three hour excursions into the Nata Sanctuary. Mammal species in the sanctuary include antelope such as springbok, as well as springhares, jackals and foxes. However, the main attraction is the abundance of birdlife. Around 165 bird species, including king-fishers, eagles, ostriches, pelicans, spoonbills and both greater and lesser flamingos, have been recorded. If you are not a bird watcher you can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the lodge and enjoy all the amenities on offer.

 

Facilities
The campsite offers limited shade with electricity and water points throughout the camp. We suggest long electrical extension leads. The ablution facilities are of high standard and offer sufficient hot/cold showers and flush toilets for all.

DESTINATION 6 – (Arrival Monday 1 January – Depart Tuesday 2 January (1 x night)
Departing form Nata Lodge, we will head south for Khama Rhino Sanctuary, approximately 30 km north of Sorowe, where we will set camp for the last evening of our adventure through Botswana. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary camp is spacious, offers some shade and is set in typical Kalahari sand veld, close to the Serowe Pan, where the white and black rhino, as well as 28 other animal species, roam free.  A game drive through this reserve in search of the white and black rhino is a must. Hopefully, with the sighting of the rhinos, you will complete your Big Five sightings of the trip. There can be no better way to complete your tour through Botswana. The Botswana Adventure officially ends at Khama Rhino Sanctuary.  You may well decide to stay longer in Botswana or depart via the many route options on your homeward journey. It is here we will say our last official good-byes before heading home.

 

Facilities
The spacious campsite offers a reasonable amount of shade with well-equipped ablution facilities, consisting of Hot/Cold showers and flush toilets. Hot water for the showers is limited due to the installation of electric geysers having replaced the old faithful donkey system.  A well planned shower is sure to be a warm shower.

FUEL STOPS
Ensure your vehicle is refuelled at Ghanzi upon your arrival before setting camp at Thakadu.  We require that all vehicles be able to complete a minimum distance of 550km of tar and gravel road driving before needing to refuel.  Calculate your vehicles fuel consumption and requirements accordingly. We have encountered fuel shortages when some filling stations are without fuel.

 

CATERING
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of the Botswana Adventure. Food can be replenished at Ghanzi, Shakawe, Katima Mulilo, Kasane and Serowe. 

 

PRE-TRIP BRIEFING/MEETING
A pre-trip briefing/meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 December 2017. The venue will be announced closer to the time. Please try and attend this meeting as it is very informative but you will also get to know the other people going on the trip. You might even consider making up a small group if other people plan to leave the same time as you for Botswana. This eliminates you having to drive alone.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Contact your nearest Home Affairs office for information regarding unabridged birth certificates for children and other information regarding taking children across the border. The inception date for the unabridged birth certificates law will be enforced from 1 June 2014. See this link for information http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/statements-speeches/475-home-affairs-encourages-parents-to-get-unabridged-birth-certificates-for-children

 

As we will be visiting Northern Botswana, precautions with regard to MALARIA will be required.  More information will be shared at the pre-trip briefing or contact your doctor.   
Electricity – Most camps have electricity available. Bring long and short electric leads.
No handguns are permitted into Botswana.
No wood is allowed over the border.
Consider bringing a portable braai to be used in the communal braai area.
Sufficient stops en-route will be made to replenish food, fuel and wood supplies.
The transport and border crossing of red meat, dairy products and maize meal will be discussed at the pre-trip briefing.  More information will also be made available upon confirmation of your booking.
An awning or umbrella is advisable for this Botswana Adventure.
Water for washing and/or shower is available at all the campsites we will be visiting.
Drinking water – Always advisable to carry your own drinking water. Some camps are safe.
The evenings could become cold while the days could be warm.  Pack clothing accordingly.
Always consider the possibility of rain. Pack clothing accordingly.
Always advisable to wear closed shoes or boots.
Remember to take along the spare keys for your vehicle.
Remember your video, camera and binoculars as well as spare batteries.
No electric kettles to be used on trips as most camps have limited electricity.
No generators permitted on trips.

 

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS
All vehicles must be in sound mechanical condition.
Always have your spare keys with you.
Recovery points fitted to the front and rear on your vehicle are a prerequisite.
Your own Kinetic/recovery strap will be advisable.
A tyre pump and tyre pressure gauge will be required to deflate/inflate tyres.
Please ensure that a fire extinguisher is mounted in your vehicle.
Use tie-down straps to secure all items packed, as loose items can become missiles.

 

29 MHz TWO-WAY RADIOS
Communication between participating vehicles on the Botswana Overland Adventure is important for many reasons.  It ensures the safety of drivers, passengers and vehicles while on the adventure, where drivers can communicate with one another as regards to their location and situation, not to mention the interesting information that is shared with participants.  The fun part is the many interesting stories that are shared among participants during the long distances we need to travel to enjoy the great outdoors.
 
We suggest all 4×4 vehicles that don’t have a 29MHz two-way radio, HIRE one from us at a nominal fee of
R600-00 for this Botswana Overland Adventure.
Should you be hiring a 29MHz radio, please ensure that your lighter socket is working.  If you intend running more than one item from the lighter socket, ensure to have a double adapter handy as well as spare fuses.
 
NB.  Should you intend hiring a radio, it is very important to confirm your intent as soon as possible to ensure availability, as it is school holidays and radios are in very high demand.
 
Should you wish to make a once-off investment and purchase a 29MHz. radio, we have negotiated a special deal for all Cederberg 4x4 participants.  For more information, contact Marina on 021 913 4632.


NB:  If your vehicle is fitted with a 29MHz. radio, please make sure that channels 1, 14 and 23 are open and working for this excursion.

  

NAMIBIA / BOTSWANA TWO-WAY RADIO REQUIREMENTS
Should you be hiring or taking your own TWO-WAY RADIO into Namibia and Botswana, please ensure that you have the correct documentation and license on hand.  This is your own responsibility.  More details will follow upon booking or contact Marina in this regard.

 

EXCLUDED
Any additional activities not listed below under INCLUDED.
Two-way radio license for Botswana. Talk to Coenie in this regard.
Two-way radio hire from Cederberg 4×4.
Road transportation tax/levy at the borders to Botswana and Namibia.

 

INCLUDED
All camping fees as per the agenda above.
Cederberg 4x4 facilitating and coordinating fees.
Cederberg 4x4 guide fees.    
Game drives at Thakadu Game Lodge and Khama Rhino Sanctuary. 

 

COST
Costs below are quoted on the exchange rate between the rand and pula as at December 2016. Changes in the cost are subject to changes in the exchange rate at date of tour. The rand and pula have been very stable for the past fifteen years and no adjustments were necessitated.

 

Adults:    R7350-00 per adult.
Children 12yrs and older: R7350-00 per child.     
Children 5 – 11yrs:  R3650-00 per child.
Children 4yrs and younger: FREE.

Radio hire:   R600-00 per radio should your vehicle not be fitted with a 29 MHz radio.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT CONDITIONS
Should you wish to join us on this excursion, please contact Marina immediately on 021 913 4632 to obtain the booking form for this excursion.

We can only accommodate a maximum of 12 vehicles on this overland adventure. 
All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 8 x vehicles.
All bookings are made on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To secure your place, contact Marina for a Cederberg 4x4 booking form.
Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of your completed and signed booking form.
A 25% deposit is required upon booking.
Should you intend being part of this tour but cannot pay the deposit now, please contact the office in this regard to make alternative arrangements.
The balance is payable on or before Monday 20 November 2017.
Your completed and signed booking form binds you to all conditions on page one and two of the booking form.
Should you wish to cancel or withdraw after booking for this trip, you will be required to find other people to take your place before any refunds will be considered.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  NO PETS ARE ALLOWED

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT COENIE on 083 675 6194 or MARINA on 021 913 4632

 

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