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OKAVANGO DELTA, CAPRIVI, CHOBE, VIC FALLS & KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY
4x4 VEHICLES WITH AND WITHOUT LOW-RANGE CAPABILITY CAN BE ACCOMMODATED
20 DECEMBER 2020 – 2 JANUARY 2021
Once again Cederberg 4x4 has negotiated a very affordable package for the whole family to Botswana, all within the June/July school holidays. On this excursion we will be spending 14 days in Botswana and Caprivi, rendezvousing in Ghanzi, the heart of the beef industry of Botswana. From there we head for the Okavango Delta, a unique pulsing wetland and the largest intact inland delta in the world which floods seasonally and becomes a lush animal habitat. The Tiger Fish in the Delta provides thrilling angling for both experienced and novice fishermen.
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.
From the Delta we enter Namibia to travel the Caprivi and head for an amazing lodge and campsite, situated in a small riverine forest , lying on the banks of a tranquil backwater lake of the Zambezi River.
We then re-enter Botswana and camp near Kasane from where we can search for the big 5 in Chobe National Park, enjoy an amazing sunset cruise on the Chobe River to view wildlife up close as well as take a trip over to Zimbabwe to visit the magnificent Victoria Falls, with a possible helicopter trip over the falls.
DESTINATION 2 – (Arrival Monday 21 December – Depart Friday 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 Bream 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.
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 Friday 25 December – Depart Sunday 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 to Mutoya Lodge and campsite, situated in a small riverine forest lying on the banks of a tranquil backwater lake of the Zambezi where we will set camp for two nights. Facilities on offer include a bar and restaurant, small lounge with books & games and access to WIFI. The restaurant is surrounded by a large wooden deck with a fire pit and stunning lake views. There is also a small swimming pool for those wishing to cool off on sweltering hot days. Here you have the option of exploring the surrounding countryside in your own vehicle, on the lodge bicycles or simply relaxing at the camp. Fishing can be done from either motorboats or canoes on the lodge’s backwater and for serious fishing on the main Zambezi River, boats can be arranged through other lodges in the area. Here once again you have the option of exploring the surrounding countryside in your own vehicle or simply relaxing at the camp.
The spacious campsite, situated under massive indigenous trees, offering plenty of shade on grassy areas, offers good, clean, ladies and gents shared ablutions and communal laundry/kitchen sinks – all campsites have a light and power plug.
DESTINATION 4 – (Arrival Sunday 27 December – Depart Wednesday 30 December (3 x nights)
Departing from Mutoya 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.
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 Wednesday 30 December – Depart Friday 1 January 2021 (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 2019. 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.
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 Friday 1 January – Depart Saturday 2 January (1 x night)
Departing form Nata Lodge, we will head south for Khama Rhino Sanctuary, approximately 30 km north of Serowe, 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.
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.
Ensure your vehicle is refuelled at Ghanzi upon your arrival before setting camp at Palm Afrique. 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.
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.
A pre-trip briefing/meeting will be held on Wednesday 2 December 2020. . 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.
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.
• 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 021 910 1363.
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.
• 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.
• All camping fees as per the agenda above.
• Cederberg 4x4 facilitating and coordinating fees.
• Cederberg 4x4 guide fees.
• Game drives at Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
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: ............................. R8450-00 per adult.
Children 12yrs and older: . R8450-00 per child.
Children 5 – 11yrs: ........... R3975-00 per child.
Children 4yrs and younger: FREE.
Radio hire: R650-00 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 021 910 1363 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 completed and signed booking form will confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
• Your 25% deposit is required to confirm your intent to partake in this excursion.
• 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 30 November 2020
• 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 021 910 1363
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