18 Day Trans Delta and Dessert Safari

Dates

Code Start End
TDD 1 01 Apr 2018 18 Apr 2018
TDD 2 20 Apr 2018 07 May 2018
TDD 3 03 Jun 2018 20 Jun 2018
TDD 4 04 Jul 2018 21 Jul 2018
TDD 5 24 Jul 2018 10 Aug 2018

Client involvement:

The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours. If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate.

Overview:

Namibia is a vast country dominated by the Namib Desert, an extensive inland plateau and stunning geological mountain ranges. From the lush, northern Caprivi Strip and the wildlife of Etosha National Park to the vast and unforgettable Namib Desert and the desolate Skeleton Coast; the destination has something to offer everyone. Almost a quarter of Botswana has been set aside for conservation purposes. With a population of only 1.6 million people, there are still enormous tracts of land which are completely un-inhabited. These are the areas we explore, from the watery channels of the Okavango Delta to the shifting sands of the Kalahari. Diversely beautiful, Botswana is a "must-see"! Travelling in specially modified Land rovers and Land cruisers with off road trailers - you are able to explore the most remote parts of Botswana. Minimal participation is encouraged on this tour, given and professional guides to help you all the way

Highlights:

  • Safari in Okavango Delta
  • Mapungubwe National Park
  • Makgadigadi Salt Pans
  • Tamalakana River
  • Kalahari
  • Luderitz
  • Namib-Naukluft Park
  • Kolmanskop
  • Dessert Farm
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon
  • Khomas Hochland Mountains
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Detailed Itinerary: Total Distance 3048km

JHB. Outlook Lodge Clients have to be there at 08:00am on the first day.

Day 1-2: Mapungubwe National Park, camping. (508Km, +/-5Hours)

Early morning meet-and-greet in Jhb - 07h00 departure. We head for Mapungubwe National Park, approx 508 km from Johannesburg, nestled right on the Botswana / Zimbabwe border and close to the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. This spectacular National park is South Africa's newest World Heritage site because of its' valuable Archaelogical sights, coupled with superb wildlife and tribal history. We will be her for two days; we will have a full day in the park. (B,D) Lunch will be own expense.

Day 3: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana. (361Km, +/-4Hours)

Our destination for the day is the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing white rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We explore the sanctuary on an afternoon game drive in search of White Rhinos. [BLD]

Day 4: Makgadigadi Salt Pans, camping. (217Km, +/-3Hours)

Today we venture on to the mystical Makgadigadi Salt Pans, the largest salt pans in the world, covering an expanse of 12 000 square kilometres. We stay wild near Kubu Island, a breath-taking place which leaves us wondering about the ancient civilisations which once inhabited this mysterious place. Enjoy an afternoon walk around the island and see the most spectacular sunsets over this sacred place. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Maun, BB. (396Km, +/-4Hours)

This BB is situated on the banks of the Thamalakana River, near Maun, and offers us the opportunity to rid ourselves of the Makgadikgadi dust under a warm shower. There will be time to simply appreciate the remoteness and serenity of the area. Clients will have the opportunity to do an own expense game flight over the Delta. (B,L) Dinner own expense.

Day 6 to 8. Moremi Island Camp. 3de Night in Main.

After breakfast we will depart on a short flight to our camp. For the first 2 nights we will be on Moremi Island Camp that is located in one of the most scenic and game rich areas of the Moremi Game Reserve. The area is also home to the famous Godikwa Heronries offering the wildlife enthusiast a real feast for the eye. The immediate area surrounding Moremi Island Camp is characterised by large lagoons, water channels and countless islands ranging from a merge spec to very large- home to a variety of wildlife big and small. It is without a doubt one of the very best places to experience the true beauty of the Okavango Delta. The camp is what we call an Explorer camp- a rustic camp only accommodating 12 guests, a real sense of old world charm and adventure prevails in these camps. The camp consists of a central mess tent, outside fire-pit and the 6 tents. We have specifically forgone any form of décor and thus allowing the full spectacle of nature to provide all the décor you would want for! Our impact on the environment is specifically low, as we do appreciate and understand our impact on this fragile eco-system. Third night will be back in Maun after a game drive (3 hours) back from Moremi Island Camp. (B,L,D) Two activity’s per day included, (2 Game drive, 2 Boating or by Mokoro boat INCLUDED). DSC_5018

Day 9: Gobabis. Camping (498 Km, +/-5Hours)

We leave Maun after spending time in the town to do some shopping. We head for Gobabis. We will cross the border today into Namibia and spend the evening in a very well-known game area. (B,L) Dinner will be own expense tonight.

Day 10: Kalahari. Camping (378Km, +/-4Hours)

The drive from Gobabis to the Kalahari on the first day is quite long with about 4 and a half hours' driving time. The road is all paved so it is a comfortable ride with plenty of time to stretch your legs on the way. The Kalahari begins to make its infinite presence felt after Mariental. A late afternoon hike to the Gondwana Kalahari Park. Explore the Kalahari on foot and on your own initiative. Morning or Sundowner Drive. This is the perfect way of getting acquainted with the Kalahari Desert. The Morning Drive or Sundowner on a dune with panoramic views across the Kalahari dunes is something to remember forever. (B,L,D)

Day 11-12. Fish River Canyon. Camping (230 Km, +/-3Hours)

Many hours of Kalahari to fill as you head to the Fish River Canyon. After a short stop in Keetmanshoop, take the gravel road to the Fish River Canyon main viewpoint, arriving mid-afternoon. We will do a short hike on the edge of the canyon before sunset, then make our way to our camp. Swim in the croc-free pool, enjoy the malaria-free evening and relax at the water's edge. Next day morning Hike: This hike (about 6 km) takes you right into Gondwana Cañon Park. You are accompanied by a guide who will gladly share his knowledge about the fascinating desert landscape around the canyon. (B,L,D)

Day 13. Klein Aus Vista. Camping (350 Km, +/-4.5Hours)

In this vast land, 200km or a three-hour drive is short. Drive west to Aus, which is a private reserve on the tip of the Namib-Naukluft Park and a beautiful corner of the Namib Desert. Hike into the mountains for a sundowner drink; look for the wild horses and discover the living desert. (B,L,D)

Day 14. Luderitz Lodge. (110km,+/- 2 hours)

Then we head to the cost for a full day trip to Lüderitz, which includes Kolmanskop ghost town, Diaz Point, and a tour of the German architecture in the town. We will spend the night in Luderitz. Dinner will be own expense. (B,L) n1583593400_85859_852[1]

Day 15-16.Dessert Farm. Camping (221 Km, +/-3Hours)

Awake to desert vistas that extend further than the eye can see. The dessert farm is nestled against a towering rock outcrop within a protected wilderness that has been conserved, and restored and onto which game has been protected with the proceeds of tourism. During our stay here, we will conduct extensive guided walks or game drives both during the day and at night in order to better understand the desert fauna and flora. (B,L,D)

Day 17: Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. Camping (150 Km, +/-2Hours)

After an early morning we drive for 2 hours on gravel roads northwards through the Namib Desert to Sossusvlei. The scenery is harsh, dramatic and old. Ancient geological formations and vast plains mark you way with foreboding dominance. Morning trip to Sossusvlei; hike up the Elim dunes and explore the pans; hike to Sesriem Canyon in the cool of the afternoon. We will spend a full day at these sides 08:00am to 18:30pm. (B,L,D)

Day 18. Windhoek. BB (308Km, +/-3.5Hours)

By now, you'll be used to long distances with nothing but beautiful, wild and desolate scenery punctuated by tiny rural towns. Head home to Windhoek on more small back roads. The journey should take between 3 to 4 hours to arrive in the afternoon. A scenic drive with spectacular passes through the Namib-Naukluft Mountains and the Khomas Hochland Mountains. Your guide will take you straight to your hotel. We will have a last dinner as a group. (B,L,D)

All included:

All accommodation (spacious bow tents with mattresses), Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.

Not included:

Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.