In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours
Bosstrom Scheduled Tour
THIS TOUR GOES THROUGH A MALARIA AREA!
D:AY 01 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Botswana)
DAY 02 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
DAY 03 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South Africa)
DAY 04 Windhoek (Namibia)
DAY 05 Etosha National Park
DAY 06 Etosha National Park
DAY 07 Etosha National Park
DAY 08 Divundu
DAY 09 Bwabwata National Park (Mahango & Buffalo Core Areas)
DAY 10 Bwabwata National Park (Kwando Core Area)
DAY 11 Bwabwata National Park (Kwando Core Area)
DAY 12 Chobe National Park (Botswana)
DAY 13 Chobe National Park
DAY 14 Chobe National Park
DAY 15 Khwai Community Trust
DAY 16 Khwai Community Trust
DAY 17 Khwai Community Trust
DAY 18 Maun (Departure)
DETAILED ITINERARYPRE-TOUR 28 Apr 19 Arrival – Upington Arrive in Upington by flight, bus or self-drive. (Accommodation/flight/bus not included) Overnight: Room at Mazurka Waters B&B Meals: At nearby Restaurant at own cost.
DAY 01 29 Apr 19 Upington – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Botswana)
Alternative arrival: Arrive in Upington by flight, bus or self-drive. Arrival must not be later than noon, but preferably in the morning. (Accommodation/flight/bus not included)
Depart from Upington on a 03-hour drive through the Kalahari duneveld (“veld” means natural vegetation), passing various pans (dry lakes), to the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park.
The word Kalahari derives from the word Makgadigadi, meaning salt pans (salt lakes) in the language spoken by the Kgalagadi people living in the Kgalagadi Region in south-western Botswana. The word Kgalagadi means salt pans too in their language. More than 1 000 pans are scattered throughout the park. The Kalahari is the largest area of sand in the world, covering 2.5 million square kilometres from the Orange River in South Africa in the south to slightly north of the equator. The area referred to as the arid Kalahari covers some 900 000 square kilometres in the south and covers parts of South Africa and Namibia and most of Botswana. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated in the southern part of the arid Kalahari in South Africa and Botswana and is jointly managed by South Africa National Parks (Sanparks) and Botswana Wildlife.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers 37 000 square km, which is one of the largest conservation areas in the world and one of the last truly unspoilt ecosystems.
Endemic game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest roam the sparsely vegetated red sand dunes and the dry river valleys of the Nossob and Auob where a variety of acacia species thrive.
The Park is well known for good sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah and spotted – and brown hyena are common residents. Because of an abundance of prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators thrive in the park. The park is home to caracal, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, African wildcat, mongoose and the ever-popular suricate (meerkat).
Kgalagadi is a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 300 species recorded including at least 20 larger raptor species. The world’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard and the stately secretary bird patrol the riverbeds while the noisy northern black korhaan rule in the dunes.
Check in at Two Rivers on the Botswana side of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Do immigration.
Game drive to Rooiputs Camp Ground on the Botswana side. Pitch camp. Depart on an afternoon game drive. The Rooiputs area is known for lion, cheetah, spotted & brown hyena and meerkat sightings.
Experience the park, camping in the wild with no protective fencing. Enjoy dinner around the fire, while listening to the sounds of the night. Don’t be surprised if you hear lion, hyena, leopard and black backed jackal during the night. Lions are regular visitors to Rooiputs at night.
Overnight: Camping at Rooiputs (Basic Facilities; A-frame, pit toilet & open air shower)
Meals: B, L & D (Full board on all days)
DAY 02 30 Apr 19 Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Morning and afternoon game drives in the southern part of the Park.
Overnight Camping at Roopiuts
DAY 03 01 May 19 Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park (South Africa)
Depart on game drive along the Auob River Valley to Mata Mata on the Namibian Border. Mata Mata is situated on the banks of the Auob River Valley. This is cheetah territory and is one the best, if not the best, places in Southern Africa to see cheetah. The Mata Mata area is also known for lion, brown and spotted hyena sightings.
Mata Mata has an illuminated waterhole in the Auob River. Predators are regular visitors at night.
Optional 3 hr sunset drive or 02 hr night drive with Sanparks guide at own cost
Overnight: Family Chalet at Mata Mata
TOUR PRICE in ZAR (South African Rand) SECTION 01:
ACCOMMODATION PERSONS NET RATES PP/S
Chalet x 01 / Camping x 02 02 Booked R 11 200
03 R 7 800
04 R 6 400
05 R 6 000
06 R 5 400
07 R 5 000
08+ R 4 800
Single supplement R 700
DAY 04 02 May 19 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Windhoek (Namibia)
Enter Namibia at the Mata Mata Border Post. Proceed through the Kalahari along the dry Auob River Valley via Gochas, Stampriet and Rehoboth to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight Chalet at Arebbusch Travel Lodge.
DAY 05 03 May 19 Windhoek – Etosha National Park
Depart to Okahandja, home of the woodcarvers of Namibia where we stop to give guests the opportunity to view and purchase from a wide variety of African craft.
Continue to Etosha National Park via Otjiwarongo and Outjo. Enter the Park at Anderson Gate in the south. The Park covers an area of 22 270 square km. Etosha Pan is 120 km long and 72 km at its widest. Four of the big five species, elephant, black rhino, lion and leopard, are in the Park. Except for the rare and endemic black-faced impala and Damara dik-dik, giraffe, red hartebeest, gemsbok, eland, kudu, cheetah, hyena and large herds of wildebeest, springbok and zebra are common.
After arrival, an afternoon game drive can be done to Okondeka Waterhole where the chances are good to see lion and to the nearby Newbrowni Waterhole where there is always animal activity. An alternative option is to relax and watch the wildlife activities at the waterhole at the Rest Camp.
Game watching at night at the flood-lit Okaukeujo Waterhole at own time.
Optional 3 hr night drive on an open game drive vehicle with Namibia Wildlife guide at own cost at all camps
Overnight: Camping at Okaukeujo (Good facilities)
DAY 06 04 May 19 Etosha National Park
Depart at on a game drive to Halali Rest Camp. Take the loop route via Newbrowni, Gemsbokvlakte, Olifantsbad and Aus Waterholes. Continue via Homob, Sueda and Salvadora Waterholes to Rietfontein Waterhole, one of the most popular waterholes in Etosha and burial site of Johanna Alberts, wife of the Dorsland (Thirstland) Trek leader Gert Alberts, who died here in 1876. Proceed to Halali Rest Camp.
Depart on an afternoon game drive to Goas Waterhole. Return to Halali.
Game watching at the flood-lit Moringa Waterhole at Halali at own time.
Overnight: Camping at Halali (Good facilities)
DAY 07 05 May 19 Etosha National Park
Depart on a game drive to Namutoni Rest Camp along the pan road via the Pan Look-out. Continue via Springbokfontein, Kalkheuwel, Chudop, Koinagas and Klein Namutoni Waterholes, where there is always game coming and going. Proceed to Namutoni Rest Camp at noon.
Do on an afternoon game drive to Klein Okevi, Groot Okevi Waterholes. Re-visit the nearby Klein Namutoni and Chudop Waterholes, where the chances are good to see predator activities.
Game watching at the flood-lit Namutoni waterhole at own time.
Overnight: Camping at Namutoni (Good facilities)
TOUR PRICE in ZAR (South African Rand) SECTION 02
ACCOMMODATION PERSONS NET RATES PP/S
Chalet x 01 / Camping x 03 03 Booked R 12 000
04 R 8 000
05 R 6 000
06 R 5 500
07 R 5 000
08 R 4 800
Single Supplement R 500
DAY 08 06 May 19 Etosha National Park – Divundu
Game drive to Van Lindequist Gate near Namutoni. Damara Dik-Dik is seen very often on this road. Exit the park.
Depart to Grootfontein. Continue to Rundu. This route goes through typical rural Africa landscapes with scattered reed huts and small Mahango (sorghum) fields. Rundu is the administrative centre of the Kavango Region and is situated on the Okavango River, which is the border with Angola.
Continue to Divundu in the Zambezi Region
Overnight: Chalet at Divundu Guest House
DAY 09 07 May 19 Bwabwata National Park (Mahango & Buffalo Care Areas)
Morning visit to Bwabwata National Park (Mahango Core Area). The small but picturesque Mahango Game Park is situated in the north-east of Namibia on the Botswana border. Mahango covers an area of about 30,000 hectares and is bordering on the Okavango River floodplain.
Wildlife includes elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, red lechwe, sitatunga, buffalo, sable, and roan and other antelopes. Mahango is known for its rich bird life and it is one of the best places to see the endangered wattled crane. Huge baobab trees are to be seen in the park.
Do a circular game drive. Depart to Popa Falls. Visit the falls, which is not much more than a big rapid.
Afternoon visit to Bwabwata National Park (Buffalo Core Area). The Buffalo Core Area is not the most popular park in Namibia, but have absolutely amazing game viewing possibilities. The park is home to numerous game. Visitors will find large concentrations of elephants, buffalos but also – and this is special for the Buffalo Park – big herds of roan and sable antelope. Warthog, kudu, impala, reedbuck, red lechwe and of course hippos and crocodiles are also seen quite often. Predators which visit the park are lion and leopard.
A part of the Buffalo Core is situated in the ruins of an old South African Army Base of 32 Battalion. These ruins are often visited by impalas and kudus. It is not forbidden to leave the car and climb on some of the large termite hills along the river side. The views and photographic opportunities from the ant hills are extraordinary.
The community campsite is on the bank of the Okavango River
Overnight: Camping at N//goabacha Community Campsite (Basic facilities)
DAY 10 08 May 19 Bwabwata National Park (Kwando Core Area)
Travel through Bwabwata National Park (Multiple Use Area), previously known as Caprivi Game Park to Kongola. The 32km-wide Bwabwata National Park of 5 715km² extends for about 180 km from the Okavango River to the Kwando River. Bwabwata forms a crucial trans-boundary link for wildlife migration between Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and for seasonal dispersal to and from rivers. The riverine forests along these rivers attract large numbers of mammals and numerous species of aquatic birds. Bwabwata National Park is home to buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, hippo and roan antelope as well as various other antelope species.
Proceed on sandy 4x4 trail to Nambwa Community Campsite on the bank of the Kwando River in the Bwabwata National Park (Kwando Core Area). The trail runs on the western side of the Kwando River, with its floodplains, associated grasslands and riparian forests. The park is home to large concentrations of elephant and buffalo, also sable and roan antelope, tsessebe, waterbuck, impala, kudu, giraffe and wildebeest. Common reedbuck, red lechwe, the rarely seen sitatunga and hippo are seen along the river. Main predators are lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. This area is one of the last refugees for wild dog in Namibia. The area is rich in bird life, nearly 600 species, due to a variety of vegetation types.
This area was previously used as training ground for the South African elite core, the Reconnaissance Commando with their base camp at Fort Doppies
Afternoon game drive.
Overnight: Camping at Nambwa Community Campsite (Good facilities)
DAY 11 09 May 19 Bwabwata National Park (Kwando Core Area)
Game drives. Relax
Overnight: Camping at Nambwa Community Campsite
DAY 12 10 May 19 Bwabwata – Chobe National Park (Botswana)
4x4 Track to main road. Depart to Katima Mulilo. Replenish dry supplies. Continue to Ngoma Bridge Border Post. Enter Botswana.
Proceed to in Chobe National Park. Game drive to Ihaha Campsite. This is elephant country. Chobe National Park is very famous for its abundance of elephant. This Park has the highest concentration of elephant anywhere in Africa, an estimated 70 000!! Chobe is also famous for its huge herds of buffalo and predators including lion, leopard and spotted hyena. Sable – and roan antelope, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck, tsessebe, impala, red lechwe, the endemic puku, Chobe bushbuck, herds of zebra, warthogs, pods of hippo and crocodiles are some of the species to be seen
The Chobe Riverfront is one of the best birding areas in Southern Africa and various species of raptors, including great sightings of fish-eagles, flocks of vultures, various aquatic species, colorful bee-eaters and rollers can be encountered on a game drive.
The campsite overlooks the Chobe River
Overnight: Camping at Ihaha (Good facilities)
DAY 13 11 May 19 Chobe National Park
Game drives. Relax
Overnight: Camping at Ihaha
DAY 14 12 May 19 Chobe National Park
Game drives. Relax
Overnight: Camping at Ihaha
DAY 15 13 May 19 Chobe – Khwai Community Trust
Depart to Savuti in Chobe National Park. The Savuti Channel has started flowing again a few years after being dry for about 30 years. This has changed the Savuti eco-system totally. Wildlife is spread out all along the river and the Savuti Marsh is a wildlife and birding paradise. The Savuti Channel dries up from time to time and conditions are changing from season to season.
Elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, giraffe & impala roam the area and lion, spotted hyena and leopard are seen often. Cheetah and wild dog are sporadic sightings. Elephants are regular visitors to the campsite.
Continue to the Khwai Community Trust & Wildlife Management Area in the Okavango Delta on the northern side of the Khwai River, which is the border of Moremi Game Reserve. This pristine area is rich in wildlife and teems with bird life and is one of the best areas in Southern Africa to see wild dogs. This is one of the last real wilderness areas in Southern Africa. The campsites are near the Khwai River.
Overnight: Camping at Magotho Community Campsite (No facilities. Pitch toilet and shower)
DAY 16 14 May 19 Khwai Community Trust & Wildlife Management Area
Morning and afternoon game drives in Khwai area. Relax
Overnight: Camping at Magotho Community Campsite
DAY 17 15 May 19 Khwai Community Trust & Wildlife Management Area
Morning and afternoon game drives in Khwai area. Relax
Overnight: Camping at Magotho Community Campsite camping
DAY 18 16 May 19 Khwai Community Trust – Maun
Depart to Maun to be in time for departing flight to OR Tambo International, Johannesburg.
Flight schedule to be finalised. Alternative is overnight bus to Gaberone or day bus to Gaberone on 17 May (Flight/bus not included)
Accommodation can vary from the itinerary depending on availability.
TOUR PRICE in ZAR (South African Rand)
ACCOMMODATION PERSONS NET RATES pp/s
Chalet x 01 / Camping x 09 03 Booked R 31 000
04 R 26 500
05 R 23 500
06 R 21 500
07 R 20 000
08 R 19 000
Single supplement R 5 000
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Deposit: 20% when reservation is confirmed (non-refundable)
Balance: 80% before or on 08 March 2019
Payment can be made by credit card authorisation, bank wire, electronic transfer or PayPal.
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NB! THERE IS ONLY 01 SEAT AVAILABLE IN THE GUIDE VEHICLE. IF MORE PERSONS BOOK ON THE TOUR, THEY HAVE TO TRAVEL IN THEIR OWN/RENTED VEHICLE.
CLIENTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING 02 OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM WHEN BOOKING A TOUR
A) Guided 4x4 Tour: Clients travel with a driver/guide in a 4x4 vehicle.
The following rates will apply on top of the quoted rates and the additional rented vehicle costs (if applicable).
DRIVER/GUIDE: R 1 600 per day
INCLUDED: Guide fees, guide accommodation, entrance fees & meals
FUEL: R 600/day if applicable
B) Guided Self-Drive 4x4 Tour: Clients drive their own/rented 4x4 in a convoy lead by a guide vehicle.
Rented Vehicles: Kalahari Tours and Travel is a rental agent for Europcar. Double Cab 4x4 vehicles for Guided Self-drive Tours can be rented at very competitive rates. Contact us for Rates, Terms & Conditions and Ancillary Charges.
Fully equipped 4x4 campers have to be rented directly by clients from rental companies at point of departure. Contact Kalahari Tours and Travel for contact details.
Air conditioned 4x4 Double Cab / 06 seat Nissan Patrol & driver/guide
Accommodation as per itinerary
Camping equipment on camping tours (See CAMPING EQUIPMENT below)
All entrance fees to National Parks and Nature Reserves (Conservation Fees to Sanparks)
Meals as per itinerary (Full board; See MEALS)
Bottled water & soft drinks
Activities as per itinerary (All scheduled game drives are in the tour vehicle)
Guidebooks about flora, fauna, area etc. in vehicle
Satellite phone for emergency calls only
Flights of bus fare pre & post tour
Accommodation pre/post tour in Upington if needed. (See ACCOMMODATION IN UPINGTON below)
Alcoholic and after hours private drinks
Travel insurance (Suggested to be obtained in country of residence)
Any activities not included in tour itinerary
All activities & meals in red.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT FOR CLIENTS ON CAMPING TOURS
2.5m x 2.5m x 1.9m Ground pitched canvass igloo tents
40mm fold-up mattresses
Sheets, pillows, sleeping bags
12 V light in tent
Chairs & tables
All eating utensils
Meals are provided in restaurants where available or prepared by the guide or crew member. Coffee/tea and a light breakfast are provided before early morning departures on game drives, followed by a brunch at a picnic area. On a normal schedule breakfast and light lunches are provided in restaurants or by guide/crew member. Dinners are in restaurants or catered for by guide/crew member and on some occasions it will be a typical South African Braai (BBQ). Coffee/tea, juice, soft drinks & bottled water are included with all meals.
It is important to inform Kalahari tours and Travel in advance of any special dietary requirements!
ACCOMMODATION IN UPINGTON
Kalahari Tours and Travel owns two Guest Houses, Mazurka Waters B&B***and De Duine B&B*** in Upington. Both Guest Houses are situated in the eastern suburb Keidebees and are 400m apart. Kalahari Tours and Travel operates our tours from Mazurka Waters B&B***. We have 10 en-suite units and rooms. We provide free transfers for our clients to the business area, bus station and airport.
Our net rates are: Single B&B R 500-00 – R 600-00 per person
Double & Sharing B&B R 700-00 – R 800-00 per room or unit
Binoculars, sun block, hat, closed shoes or boots for evenings (scorpions), insect repellent, torch light or head light, passports when crossing international borders & malaria prophylaxis where applicable
State of health and any dietary requirements (vegetarians, vegans etc.)
If Foreign Currencies have to be changed to ZA Rand for South Africa and Namibia, please do it at a Bureau de Change at the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. There are only a few Bureau de Change on the rest of the tour. Credit cards are accepted at most pay points and there are ATM’s in major towns, but lines can be off and to buy at remote shops and to pay for souvenirs at craft centres in South Africa and Namibia, Rand is needed. Botswana Pula can be obtained at a Bureau de Change in Kasane near Chobe national Park. Very few places will accept Foreign Currencies, especially in the remote areas.