Kalahari safari - 7 day

Discover endless horizons, unforgettable wilderness, splendid waterways, sand dunes and an abundance of wildlife in beautiful Botswana. This safari takes you into the dry desert regions of the Kalahari where San people still live and animals adapt.

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Your start off point is the airport in Gaberone , the vibrant capital of Botwana in the dry south of the country.  Check into your hotel/Lodge for the night and enjoy the hospitality of the friendly people. This night is for your own expense.  

Your guide will meet you on the 2nd day after breakfast and now your exciting adventure begins. You head for the desert areas of  Central Kalahari close to the town of Serowe, Khama Rhino Sanctuary. It is a true eco-tourism destination, a non-profitable community operated sanctuary dedicated to protecting endangered species, particularly rhinos. Covering approximately, 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds.  Community based wildlife project, established to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros population, restore an area restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. On your game drive you will have the chance to see black rhino, white rhino, impalas, giraffes, black bcked jackal, steenbok antelopes, blue wildebeest, zebra and ostrich.

The magical region of the Lekhubu Island in Makgadikgadi Pan is home for the next two days. Lekhubu Island is a rock outcrop in Botswana. It is located in the Southern campus of the large natural topographic depression within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana called the Sua Pan, which is the largest salt pan in Botswana.  Where the fresh water of the Nata River meets the salty surface of the Sua Pan, it forms a salty delta with muddy cane thickets. During the summer months, from December to March, this area of the Sua Pan attracts many birds, especially the aquatic ones, who come here to mate; in particular, if rains are abundant, a large number of flamingos, both greater and lesser, come here to build their clay cone nests.  The view out over the endless salt pans resembles a moon scape.  Flat white salt pan to the horizon.

Then, two nights in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve at Deception Valley in a tented camp.  This is a vast area which encompasses 52 000 square kilometers. The region of vast open plains, salt pans and ancient riverbeds is home to large herds of springbok, gemsbok.  During our stay here we will track the black manned lion which has adapted to the harsh conditions of the Kalahari. African wild dogs, cheetahs, brown hyenas can also be found following their prey in this untamed wilderness. 

During the rainy season when the grass in the valley is lush and green the site of thousands of animals can make you forget how dry the area is in general. Despite being in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Deception Valley is grassed and lies between wooded dunes. This habitat provides for wildlife year round, even during the dry season when there is no surface water.The valley is the remnant of the ancient Deception River, still marked as such on many maps, and this has caused many disgruntled visitors to wonder why the area is so dry. This is also home to the ancient civilization of the San.

Your trip end at Maun International Airport.  You will leave with many memories of a land forgotten in time and open spaces not often enjoyed in our busy world.  Botswana is a place apart!!

Highlights

  • Rhino Khama Sanctuary
  • Lekhubu Island
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrive at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaberone, the capital of Botswana.  You will be met at the Airport by a safari guide holding a signboard that reads “MARVELOUS MOBILE SAFARI”. The guide will take you to your place of accommodation where you will stay for 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis at your own expense. Lunch and dinner will be served at your own expense.


DAY 2 - RHINO KHAMA SANCTUARY:

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS) is a community-based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources.  Covering approximately 8585 hectares of Kalahari Sandveld, the sanctuary provides prime habitat for white and black rhino as well as over 30 other animal species and more than 230 species of birds.  Here, you will get to track Rhinos by following their tracks and learning a few tricks about the wild. This activity is very interesting and is conducted in the mornings only accompanied by our qualified guides. The purpose of the activity is not only to find the rhinos, but also to learn some survival techniques and habits that these animals have adopted in their evolution. This activity starts at 06:00 am and clients are advised to wear appropriate footwear and bush-coloured clothing. [neutral colours]

Clients will head back to the campsite and will be served brunch. Later in the afternoon, there will be a game drive where clients will get a chance to see animals such as black rhino, white rhino, impalas, giraffes, black-backed jackal, steenbok antelopes, blue wildebeest, zebra and ostrich. When back at the campsite clients will be served dinner. Time for bed will be determined by the last client.


DAY 3 - LEKHUBU ISLAND:

Wake up early and head for Lekhubu Island immediately after breakfast. Lekhubu Island is a rock outcrop which was submerged in the waters of the great Lake Makgadigkadi which was one of the largest lakes in Africa. Lekhubu Island is often call Kubu Island. Kubu is a Setswana name for hippopotamus, while Lekhubu means a rock outcrop.

About 10 000 years ago the Lake Makgadikgadi dried up and Lekhubu was left, an island surrounded by miles and miles of white salt. Research indicates that climatic changes and earth movements over thousands and thousands of years caused this dramatic change to take place. Low rock walls on the southern side of Lekhubu Island date back to the great Zimbabwean empire.

Packed lunch will be served along the way. Upon arrival, clients will be taken for a game drive and later return to camp for a shower and dinner before heading to bed.


DAY 4 - LEKHUBU ISLAND:

The morning begins with breakfast, and then you will explore Lekhubu Island and this vast salt pan. You will return to camp for lunch and a siesta before heading out in the afternoon to witness yet again the landscape and wildlife of Lekhubu Island. Come back to the camp to shower with dinner following shortly. Bedtime will be determined by the last guest.


DAY 5:

Early morning after breakfast, you will depart for Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Central Kalahari Game Reserve encompasses 52 000 square kilometres. The region of vast open plains, salt pans and ancient riverbeds is home to large herds of springbok, gemsbok. Made famous by Mark and Delia Owen in the book Cry of the Kalahari, we will spend 2 nights at Deception Valley and accommodation is tented camping. During our stay here we will track the black manned lion of the Kalahari. African wild dogs, cheetahs, brown hyenas can also be found following their prey in this untamed wilderness. The black manned lion of the Kalahari has a dominant colour its adaptation is very high and therefore it can survive in harsh conditions.

The reserve has a variety of geological formations formed by changing climate over thousands of years. The Okwa River, now dry once fed the lake Makgadikgadi. Today this ancient fossil river forms a huge and beautiful valley in the southern part of the reserve, the open grasslands that spring of life with the coming of the rains support the abundant game.

Deception Valley is the reserve’s most famous location. This is a long, broad inter-dune valley running roughly north-south; it's thought to be the bed of a fossil river. During and after good rains this is carpeted in luscious green grass that attracts dense concentrations of game. There will be an afternoon game drive and dinner will be served at the campsite prepared by the chef. Time for bed will be determined by the client. 


DAY 6:

Wake up at around 06:00 am for a light breakfast and a game drive through areas we did not get the chance to cover during the previous day. You will return to camp for lunch and a siesta before heading out in the afternoon for another game drive. Come back to the camp to shower with dinner following shortly. Bedtime will be determined by the last guest.


DAY 7:

On the departure day, you will be transferred to Maun and then transferred to the airport to continue with other travel arrangements.

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