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Botswana
The second edition
in 2002

This trip was a real real adventure. In fact the best we had in Africa. We are still busy with the Dutch version of the travelogue and then it has to be translated. So it will take some time. Untill than you can see the route we took.

Together with Bush Ways I managed to organize another adventure through Africa.
After our first visit in 1996 we will visit Botswana again. We longing to the typical safaris you only can make in Botswana. September and October are the dry months and it can be very hot. This means that the wildlife is nearby the water and that they easy to spot.

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

The tour starts in Gabarone. We will travel to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Sanctuary lies 25km north of historic Serowe on the Serowe-Orapa road. Serowe, one of the largest traditional villages in Africa. To date, 14 white rhino have been translocated into the Sanctuary. In February 1993, four rhinos were translocated from northern Botswana. The Sanctuary is home to other wildlife which have settled naturally or been translocated in: zebra, blue wildebeest, giraffe, eland, springbok, impala, gemsbok, kudu, steenbok, duiker, red hartebeest, leopard, ostrich, African wild cat, caracal, small spotted genet, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, brown hyena. Over 230 bird species have also been identified here including Abdim's stork and bearded woodpecker.(L, D)

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The next few days will be spent in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Botswana. This pristine sanctuary remains completely undeveloped. Moving from camp to camp, we will explore the northern part of this reserve, searching for fauna and flora specific to this region while taking in the vast open spaces of this unspoilt landscape. This is a hard section of the trail with very limited water. (B, L, D)

Nxai Pan

Heading northwards, we will spend the next two nights in Nxai Pan National Park. Via the majestic Baine's Baobabs and numerous water holes we travel to our campsite.  During our visit we continue searching for more desert fauna and flora. During the dry season game is dependent on the waterholes. By waiting patiently at a waterhole, one can often witness interaction between predators and their pray. Perhaps the focal point of Nxai Pan is the water hole, situated only two kilometres from the entrace gate, in the midst of a large grassy plain. Within the mopane woodland, lion, giraffe, kudu, impala, ostrich, fascinating birdlife and large number of springbok, together with a good population of jackal, bat-eared fox and numerous smaller creatures, are premanent residents. (B, L, D)

Okavango Delta

We will travel in a northwesterly direction to the western side of the Okavango Delta to arrive in a corner of paradise. Camping will be on an island, possibly serenaded by the sound of hippos and bell frogs breaking the night silence.
We will transfer our equipment to motorboats and will cruise along the narrow papyrus-lined channels of the Delta searching for exotic bird life of the region and the elusive sitatunga antelope, while absorbing the stunning landscape of this area. Deeper in the Delta we will meet our mekoros (traditional dug-out canoes) and enjoy a tranquil ride, as our trusty polers pole us to an island where we will spend two nights camping wild. Our time will be spent exploring the islands on foot and by mokoro.
Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated by the beauty of the Okavango, we will return to our vehicle and retrace our route to Maun. Maybe we have the option of taking a game flight over the Delta to return to Maun, which will create a more complete image of this unique water system. Tonight will be spent at a private camp just outside Maun.(B, L, D)

Moremi

The big game aspect of our tour commences today as we enter Moremi, one of the best wilderness areas of Botswana. The park covers swamp areas as well as dry land. The next three nights will be spent in this park searching for the wide variety of animals and birds the reserve offers, while absorbing the sounds and beauty of this region. Game drives as the sun rises, and in the late afternoon as the sun sets, will be the norm. Camping will be in designated areas. (B, L, D)

Savuti

Chobe National Park, with its diverse and striking landscapes, is our next destination where our search for wildlife continues. We will traverse the drier region of Savuti where bull elephants dot the plains, and then head northwards to the Chobe River where our game drives will meander along the banks of the river with the call of the African fish eagle following us. Camping will be in designated areas. (B, L, D)

Zambia Livingstone

The Lost Horizons Lodge is on a hill a few kilometres from the Zambian Victoria Falls. From here you can see the mighty Zambezi. Lost Horizons is directly at Musi-o-Tunya National Park. That's why elephants other big mammals can be seen besides the road to the Zambezi very often.

If Zimbabwe is save at the time we can consider to visit the Victoria Falls at the Zimbabwe side on the day of departure. Specially for those ones that did not see the Falls before. Price will Include: All accommodation (large two man tents with mattresses), All meals that are indicated.( B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner ), Professional Guide, all park entries in Botswana, transport in specialized safari vehicles.
Does not include: Restaurant meals (Victoria Falls), visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol and soft drinks,  insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation.
Dag
plaats/national park
campsite
1
arrivele in Gabarone and then to Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
2
Khama Rhino Sanctuary to Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Deception
3
Central Kalahari 
Pipers Pan
4
Central Kalahari 
Sunday Pan
5
Central Kalahari to Nxai Pan
Hatab site
6
Nxai Pan 
Hatab site
7
Nxai pan to Maun
Maun
8
Maun to Okavango Delta
Chiefs Island
9
Okavango Delta
Chiefs Island
10
Okavango Delta
Chiefs Island
11
Okavango Delta to Maun
Maun
12
Maun to Moremi
Third Bridge Hatab site
13
Moremi
Xakanaxa Hatab site
14
Moremi
Xakanaxa Hatab site
15
Moremi to Savuti
Eastern side of Delta Hatab site
16
Savuti
Savuti camp Hatab site
17
Savuti
Savuti camp Hatab site
18
Savuti to Chobe
Nogatsaa camp Hatab site
19
Chobe
Nogatsaa camp Hatab site
20
Chobe
Ihaha camp Hatab site
21
Chobe
Ihaha camp Hatab site
22
Chobe to Zambia Livingstone
Lost Horizons
23
to Victoria Falls Zimbabawe for departure
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