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BOTSWANA MEANDER WITH A NEW TWIST

 

 17 to 27 DECEMBER 2018

 

THIS TRIP TO BOTSWANA IS TAILOR-MADE, OFFERING YOU TWO OPTIONS, NAMELY;

Enjoy this as a single trip, seeing some of the best Botswana has to offer or combine the Botswana trip with the New Year trip to the Namib Desert, visiting destinations not visited by the concession holders and spending Christmas and New Year at very special destinations

 

To see Namib Desert Agenda Click Here

 

This new route we are introducing and adding to our annual visits to Botswana will suite most people that are bound to take leave during the Christmas festive season. Here is your opportunity to spoil the family by taking them to new places never before visited by Cederberg 4x4 but which we have researched to ensure maximum enjoyment and excitement for participants.

 

The trip will start on a lion breading farm just south of Lichtenburg where we will set camp only 20m away from the lion enclosures. The roaring of the lions throughout the night will remain with you for long after your return.

The Goo-Moremi Gorge in Botswana, with a variety of more than 290 bird species and natural pools with breath-taking waterfalls and amazing views over the gorge is a must-visit destination. This is one of the real true hidden gems of Botswana.

No visit to Botswana will be complete without a visit to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary where black and white rhino can be seen. This is a very unique sanctuary as it is protected by the Botswana Defence Force 24/7. No poaching has ever been reported at this sanctuary. Our early arrival will ensure you have enough time to enjoy the game drive through the sanctuary. The sanctuary has doubled in size in the last few years and large numbers of additional game were introduced to the park that already had an amazing variety of wildlife.

Our next destination is Tiaana’s Camp, situated on the bank of the Boteti River near Xhumaga entrance gate to the Makgadikgadi National Park. The two nights here will allow you enough time to spoil yourself to a game drive in the Makgadikgadi National Park or relax at the camp and enjoy the upper deck of the restaurant watching the elephants and the occasional zebra at the waterhole.

Drifter’s camp is also situated on the Boteti River only 30km from Maun. Here the two nights will give you enough time to indulge yourself in a mokoro ride on the delta in Maun or even consider a hot air balloon or fixed wing plane flight over the delta. The camp itself is well worth spending the day relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the camp and surroundings as this is our last camp in Botswana before crossing the border and heading for Gobabis in Namibia.

In Gobabis we will spend only one night at Zelda’s just outside of Buitepos, the border between Namibia and Botswana. From here we will head for Gochas and set camp at the Red Dune Camp surrounded by the Kalahari Red Dunes. A sunset drive will be very appropriate as there are few sunsets that beat the sun setting over the red dunes of the Kalahari.

 

Klein Aus Vista in Aus is our next destination, very unique and also our last camp of this trip. Klein Aus Vista is only 125km from Luderitz and 30km away from one of the feeding/water points of the feral horses of the Namib. Here you can easily spend 2-3 hours at the hide overlooking the water hole watching the horses. An experience you will cherish for many moons to come. It is here where the trip officially ends. You now have a few options to pursue in your own capacity.

 

You may consider making base camp at Klein Aus Vista or moving to Luderitz and camp at Shark Island or use one of the many Bed/Breakfast guest houses in Luderitz and visit Kolmaskoppe and Dias Point, two of the most well-known tourist attractions around Luderitz.

 

Off-Road Caravans and Trailers

Off-Road caravans and trailers are welcome on the Botswana trip. However, for those people towing off-road caravans and trailers and doing the Botswana and the Namib Desert trip back to back, arrangements are in place for you to leave your caravan/trailer at Klein Aus Vista for a nominal fee for safe-keeping during your trip to the Namib, as no caravans or trailers can be accommodated on the Namib Desert trip. This will also apply to participants coming directly to Luderitz and towing an off-road caravan/trailer. 

 

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 the activities on offer at the various destinations. Avoid disappointment, book now and join us on an unforgettable Botswana tour.


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 : Lichtenburg, Palapye, Maun, Gobabis, Marienthal and Aus.
Guide    : Richard, Ethelia and Jake White.

 

RENDEZVOUS


PLACE : TAU – ROARA LODGE near Lichtenburg.  (Directions to be supplied upon booking).

DATE   : MONDAY 17 DECEMBER 2018.

TIME   :  ARRIVE any time during the day, but please before 17h00.

 

DESTINATION 1 – Arrival Monday 17 December – Depart Tuesday 18 December (1 x night)

You have the benefit of a long weekend to make your way to the rendezvous at Tau Roara Lodge. An early arrival will ensure you experience the best of the more than one hundred lions on the farm. The camp offers green grass underfoot with limited shade but is no more than twenty meters from the lion enclosures. This is an awesome experience that will remain with you for a long time. A great venue for a rendezvous. 

 

Facilities

The camp offers limited shade with a large ablution block of top class standards. The ablution facility offers Hot/Cold showers & Flush toilets. There are electrical power points throughout the camp.

 

DESTINATION 2 – Arrival Tuesday 18 December – Depart Thursday 20 December (2 x nights)
Goo-Moremi is truly a hidden gem of Botswana. Hidden away in eastern Botswana in the Moremi Gorge, it is home to more than 290 species of birds, a vulture colony, spectacular waterfalls and wow factor natural pools where swimming can be enjoyed. The green overhead canopy and vegetation will leave you with a feeling of being somewhere in a South America rain forest. 

 

Facilities
The campsite is spacious and set among lush green trees and canopy cover with hot/cold showers and flush toilets. Each camp further boasts a wood braai and a gas braai. Power and water points are strategically placed throughout the camp.

 

DESTINATION 3 – Arrival Thursday 20 December – Depart Friday 21 December (1 x night)
Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a must stop destination for all visitors to Botswana. Here you have the opportunity to see black and white rhinos in a well-protected area guarded by the Botswana defence force. The sanctuary has doubled in size over recent years with large numbers of game being added making it even more worth your while to make this stop.

 

Facilities
The spacious campsite with clean basic ablution facilities with flush toilets and hot/cold showers. Drinkable water points in each camp. No electric power points in the camp. Limited shade available

 

DESTINATION 4 – Arrival Friday 21 December – Depart Sunday 23 December (2 x nights)

Set on the bank of the Boteti River, Tiaan’s camp is an ideal stopover to visit the Makgadikgadi National Park, using the entrance gate at Xhumaga only a stone’s-throw away. Alternatively you can relax on the deck, with a something refreshing to drink in your hand, overlooking a water hole where elephants and the occasional zebra drink water. 

 

Facilities
The campsites offer electricity and water points with a fire place and net roof. The ablution facilities offer Hot/Cold Showers and flush toilets.

 

DESTINATION 5 – Arrival Sunday 23 December – Depart Tuesday 25 December (2 x nights)

Drifters camp is also set on the bank of the Boteti River only 30km from Maun. Here you have the opportunity to visit Maun the next day and indulge in either a mokoro ride on the delta or hot air balloon over the delta, this would be subject to the weather permitting. A fixed wing flight over the delta could also be a possibility. A day relaxing at the camp and enjoying all the lodge has to offer would also be a good idea.

 

Facilities
The campsite offers enough shade with the option of grass underfoot. Water and power points are well positioned throughout the camp. The ablution facilities are of a high standard and offer Hot/Cold Showers and flush toilets.

 

DESTINATION 6 – Arrival Tuesday 25 December – Depart Wednesday 26 December (1 x night)
Kalahari Bush Breaks Camp is situated close to Buitepos Border post in Namibia. A rustic camp with shade, good ablution facilities and warm water supplied by a donkey. An excellent stop-over for campers passing through. 

 

Facilities
The camp offers limited shade although shelters have been erected to protect people against the harsh Namibian sun. The camp has one central ablution block offering 2 x showers and 2 x toilets each for the ladies and gents. There is no electricity in the camp.

 

DESTINATION 7 – Arrival Wednesday 26 December – Depart Thursday 27 December (1 x night)
Red Dune Lodge is a unique lodge nestled among the red dunes of the Kalahari. It is fast becoming a popular wedding venue. The camp is set under large trees with green grass underfoot. A well-stocked farmstall will be open to replenish basics like braai packs water and wood.

 

Facilities
The campsite offers ample shade and green grass underfoot. There is one power point in the camp so bring long extension leads. The ablutions are of high standard and will cater for our needs. 

 

DESTINATION 8 – Arrival Thursday 27 December – Depart Friday 28 December (1 x night)
Klein Aus Vista our last destination of the trip is situated just outside of Aus on the road to Luderitz. Here you have the opportunity to visit the hide at the water hole of the feral horses of the Namib close to the camp. You may even want to consider spending more time at Klein Aus Vista and make a day outing and visit Luderitz and Kolmaskoppe, the famous ghost town dating back to the diamond era of the early 1900’s. Alternatively you may move camp to Luderitz and spend a few days exploring what Luderitz has to offer.

 

Facilities
Each campsite has a thorn tree, a wind shelter, a table, a braai and a water point. There is no electricity at the campsites. Hot water for the showers is generated by gas. Braai packs are once again available at the lodge. Alternatively you might consider eating dinner at the lodge. 

 

CARAVANS AND TRAILERS
Should you be towing an off-road caravan or trailer and intend joining Richard on the Namib Desert trip starting 28 December, Cederberg 4x4 has made arrangement with management of Klein Aus Vista to leave your caravan/trailer with them for safe-keeping at a nominal fee.

 

FUEL STOPS
Ensure your vehicle is refuelled at the last town before reaching the rendezvous at Tau Roara Lodge. We require that all vehicles be able to complete a minimum distance of 600km of tar and gravel road driving before needing to refuel.  Calculate your vehicle’s fuel consumption and requirements accordingly. We have encountered fuel shortages when some filling stations are without fuel. Be prepared.

 

CATERING
Everyone must be totally self-sufficient for the duration of the Botswana Adventure. Food can be replenished at certain towns we will be driving through.

 

PRE-TRIP BRIEFING/MEETING
A pre-trip briefing/meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 December 2018. The venue will be announced closer to the time. Please try and attend this meeting, as it is very informative.

 

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 central Botswana we advise that precautions with regard to MALARIA will be required.  More information will be shared at the pre-trip briefing. Alternatively contact your doctor, pharmacist or travel clinic in this regard.  
-Electricity – Most camps have electricity available. Bring long and short electric leads.
-Electricity – Some camp do not have electricity. Plan accordingly.
-No handguns are permitted into Botswana.
-No wood is allowed over the border.
-A communal braai area will be determined on arrival at the campsite. 
-Only one fire permitted for the group.
-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 4x4 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.

 

EXCLUDED
Any additional activities not listed below under INCLUDED.
Two-way radio license for Botswana. Talk to the Cederberg 4x4 office in this regard.
Two-way radio hire from Cederberg 4x4.
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  Khama Rhino Sanctuary. 

 

COST
Costs below are quoted on the exchange rate between the rand and pula as at April 2018. 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 during that period.

 

Adults:    R5850-00 per adult.
Children 13yrs and older: R5850-00 per child.     
Children 6 – 12yrs:  R2950-00 per child.
Children 5yrs 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 021 910 1363 to obtain the booking form for this excursion.

 

-We can only accommodate a maximum of 10 vehicles on this overland adventure due to the size of some of the campsites we will be visiting. 
-All Cederberg 4x4 excursions are subject to a minimum of 6 x vehicles.
-All bookings will work 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 3 December 2018.
-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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