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Three Rivers 4×4 Adventure, November 2014

Posted By on August 4, 2014

SA Adventure logo We have great pleasure in bringing you details of our exciting new Self-Drive 4×4 Adventure to the beautiful Okavango Delta in Botswana and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia this coming November! It’s sure to be a trip of a lifetime with awesome places to see and wonderful things to experience along the way! If you would like to join us on this epic ten day adventure from the 1st – 10th of November 2014, please click HERE for the tour itinerary, indemnity and booking form, please read through it carefully and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us on info@saadventure.co.za! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

The Three Rivers Adventure, 1 – 10 November 2014 (Soft Roaders welcome)
9 night / 10 day adventure (lodge accommodation & camping, Dinner and Breakfast)
Cost: R 7 850 per person (children under 10 @ 50%)

The Three Rivers Adventure Self drive 4×4 Guided Tour Itinerary:

This new 4×4 Adventure is a must for any 4×4 and outdoor enthusiast. Our journey takes us through the beautiful country of Botswana, through the Central Kalahari and the Okavango Delta into Namibia and the Caprivi Strip! So why is the tour called The Three Rivers Adventure you might be asking? Its simple, Africa has some of the biggest, longest and beautiful rivers in the world and on this trip we will explore three of them, the majestic Okavango, the mighty Zambezi and the greasey Limpopo. No previous 4×4 experience is required and you will be in radio contact with your tour leaders at all times. At SA Adventure, the client comes first, so your saftey and enjoyment of your adventure is our number one priority!

The Adventure:

Day One:

Our 4×4 Adventure starts in South Africa where we travel in convoy from our meeting point, heading north towards the Botswanan border which is formed by the Limpopo River. The Limpopo River flows in a great arc, first zigzagging north and then northeast, and then turning east and finally southeast. It serves as a border for about 640 kilometers, separating South Africa to the southeast from Botswana to the northwest and Zimbabwe to the north. There are several rapids as the river falls off Southern Africa‘s inland escarpment.The river is approximately 1,750 kilometers long. The Limpopo is the second largest river in Africa that drains to the Indian Ocean. We cross the border into Botswana and head northwest towards our first nights stop the famous 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 , is the birthplace of Botswana ‘s first President, the late Sir Seretse Khama. Here we will see an abundance of wildlife, including rhinos, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and many more species of animals and birds!

White Rhinoceros at Khama

White Rhinoceros at Khama

Day Two:

We leave the campsite at Khama after having a wholesome breakfast and head North West through the Central Kalahari to the town of Maun which is set at the base of the Okavango Delta, we will be staying at Audi Camp which has a full bar and internet facilities, we will be staying in pre pitched luxury tented accommodation for the next two nights, and you can go on a boat ride into the Delta and there are many other activities and things to see in and around Maun!

Boat Ride in the Delta

Boat Ride in the Delta

Day Three:

Today is a rest day to give you the chance to explore the wonderful little town of Maun. Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana. As of 2011, it had a population of 55,784. It is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. Maun is the “tourism capital” of Botswana and the administrative center of Ngamiland district. It is also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations that run trips into the Okavango Delta.

Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town and has spread along the Thamalakane River. It now has shopping centers, hotels and lodges as well as car hire, although it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to bring their cattle to Maun to sell. The community is distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. There are many activities to keep you entertained such as Mokoro boat trips, Moremi Game Drives, Scenic flights, and Horse riding trips into the Okavango.

Traditional Mokoro Boat

Traditional Mokoro Boat

Day Four:

Today we leave Maun and head to what is known as the panhandle of the Okavango Delta. The Panhandle is the Okavango River before it fans out into the Delta. We will be doing some off-roading today to get to our camp for the night. We will be staying at Guma Lagoon. It is situated along the banks of the Guma Lagoon on the north-western side or panhandle of the Delta. To get to Guma we will travel through thick sand for about 14kms and it is only accessible by 4×4 vehicles! At Guma we can fish for the elusive Tiger Fish, Tilapia and Barbel! We will see crocodiles and hippos at the lagoon and a vast amount of bird species. We will be camping on the banks of the lagoon and the sun sets and sun rises from the restaurants deck are unbelievable, in the area you can also go horseback riding or take a traditional makoro ride on the Delta! Guma Lagoon Camp is truly a fisherman’s paradise and bird watchers’ haven!

Tiger Fish caught at Guma

Tiger Fish caught at Guma

Day Five:

Today we travel north and cross the border into Namibia and enter the Caprivi Strip. It’s a short drive and we will be camping at Ngepi. Ngepi Camp situated in the unspoiled upper reaches of the Okavango delta panhandle in the western Caprivi Strip, Kavango region, Namibia. With clean Kalahari desert air, the camp is set on an island under amazing trees with permanent river frontage and surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps. It is a paradise of flooded plains and secret swampy backwaters, teaming with wildlife, as we are nestled between Mahango National park, a few km’s to the south, and Bwabwata National Park directly opposite across the river.

Amazing Bath Tubs at Ngepi Camp

Amazing Bath Tubs at Ngepi Camp

Day Six and Seven:

We leave Ngepi Camp after a leasurly breakfast and head east through the famous Caprivi Strip. The area is rich in wildlife and has mineral resources. Of particular interest to the government of Namibia is that it gives access to the Zambezi River and thereby a potential trading route to Africa’s East Coast. We are headed for Kalizo Lodge where we will be camping on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Day 7 is a rest day and this will give you a chance to explore this beautiful area. There are many things to see and do at Kalizo itself as well as spectacular adventures and places of interest within easy access.

Camp Site on the Banks of the Zambezi

Camp Site on the Banks of the Zambezi

River and Sunset Cruises

There are few places were sunsets are more spectacular than at Kalizo Lodge, and a sunset cruise on a spacious cruise boat is a very popular activity enjoyed by our clients. Quench your thirst after a busy day in the African sun, whilst enjoying the spectacular riverine scenery, birdlife and relaxing with an ice-cold beer, or refreshing glass of wine. You may also have the exhilarating experience of seeing the rivers ancient inhabitants, the Hippopotamus or the Crocodile.

Sunset on the Zambezi River

Sunset on the Zambezi River

Mokoro Trips

Take a trip into the backwaters of the Zambezi River, in this traditional form of African river transport. Let your guide do the work while you lie back and experience the river’s rich habitat. Traditionally Mokoros, similar in shape to a canoe but longer, were made from Leadwood tree trunks but nowadays incentive schemes to preserve the country’s environment, the boats are manufactured from fiberglass. Each poler is highly experienced on the water and knows the ‘highways and byways’ of the channels of the river as you know the streets of your hometown!

Bird Watching

Is an all-year round pleasure with excellent opportunities to see over 430 species of different birds which inhabit the flood plains and surrounding areas. A large breeding colony of Carmine Bee-Eaters can be viewed from the river from mid-August to late November. Between April and December, the magnificent African Skimmers are a familiar sight, skimming low over the water, or nesting on the sandbanks. A leisurely boat cruise is likely to reveal the ever-present Fish Eagle, Herons, Kingfishers, and Coppery-Tailed Coucal. The endemic birds include the Shelly Sunbird, Brown Fire Finch, and Hartlaub’s Babbler.

Game Watching

Hippos, crocs, elephants are often to be seen from the camp and in the area, and many other species of wild game can be viewed at Mamili National Park and Mudumu National Park Game reserves – These and other national parks are all close by, though be advised that some of them can only be reached by 4×4.

Fishing

Superb angling opportunities for the 93 species which inhabit these waters, are on offer, while Kalizo Lodge is particularly renowned for excellent Tiger and Bream fishing. Tiger fish of between 5-7kgs are not uncommon, whilst the current Lodge record for this species is 8.2kgs on fly and 10kgs conventional fishing. Well equipped boats as well as rods and fishing tackle are available for hire and experienced guides accompany guests to the best fishing locations on the river. Kalizo Lodge Actively supports a catch and release policy. Here is your chance to catch the mighty tiger, bream, barbel, and many other species. All tackle is available for hire at the lodge.

Day Eight:

We head back into Botswana and through the small town of Kasane and south to Elephant Sands. Elephant Sands is a bush lodge & campsite in the northeastern part of Botswana. We get to view the elephants at the natural waterhole right in front of the lodge. Watch these impressive creatures whilst they drink only a couple of meters away from you, a unique experience! There is plenty of other wildlife around as well on our unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely. We will be staying in Safari tents here and having supper at the amazing restaurant over looking the waterhole.

Elephants at the Restaurant

Elephants at the Restaurant

 Day Nine:

From Elephant Sands we travel to Kwa Nokeng Lodge, stopping along the way to take in the sights and sounds, and spend our last night together on the banks of the Limpopo River chatting about all we have seen and heard under the cover of a massive Nala Berry Tree! In the morning we will say our goodbyes to Botswana, its beautiful landscape and its friendly people!

The Limpopo River

The Limpopo River

  Day Ten:

Today is our last day together, we break camp and have breakfast at the restaurant, from here we head back towards the border. We cross back into South Africa and head back towards Mokopane, unfortunately our adventure must come to an end here but we take with us a lifetime of memories, photos and new friends we have made along the way!

Day to Day Plan of the Tour and Map:

Day to Day

Day to Day

Map of the Adventure

Map of the Adventure

 

We look forward to having you along on this awesome African adventure! Please select the link below to download this itinerary to your computer

The Three Rivers 4×4 Adventure, November 2014

4×4 Night Experience Event

Posted By on May 6, 2014

4x4 Night Event Header

 

The inaugural 4×4 Night Experience event is taking place on the 7th June 2014 at the Hennops Off Road Trail.

The proud title sponsor is the Weekend Warrior family encompassing Gabriel HDP Shocks, Vision X Lights, Warn Winches, Airflow Snorkels and HiLift Jacks.

Secondary sponsors include Bridgestone Tyres and 4×4-insurance.co.za.

The event will provide entrants with a unique 10km 4×4 course with challenging obstacles, prizes, food, craft beer, exhibitors and music and entertainment, all under the beautiful night skies of Hennops, South Africa.

The evening will kick off with entrants traversing the 4×4 track and its obstacles from 17:00. They will continue through until around 20:00 when the final 4×4 will make its way along the track. You will then finish at the entertainment and exhibition area where 4×4 enthusiasts can browse a selection of the finest outdoor accessories and products whilst enjoying craft beer courtesy of Copperlake Breweries and scrumptious food courtesy of Dinani Caterers.

Lucky draws will occur throughout the evening with some amazing prizes up for grabs.

The event will finish around 23:00 however camping facilities are available for those that would rather stay over till the next morning.

The cost per 4×4 is R300 with a maximum of 5 people per vehicle. 4×2′s and Soft Roaders are also welcome with escape routes available for all the obstacles and marshals on route to help should you require assistance or guidance.

Should you just want to enjoy the atmosphere, exhibitors and craft beer then sedans are also welcome at R50 per car. A separate entrance will be provided directly to the exhibition and entertainment area.

So head over to Webtickets to book your spot now (buy ticket online) and please do not hesitate to contact us on nightexp@saadventure.co.za should you have any questions or require any further information.

- 4×4 Night Experience Team

Victoria Falls Self Drive 4×4 Adventure, June 2014

Posted By on March 3, 2014

SA Adventure logo We have great pleasure in bringing you details of our latest Self-Drive 4×4 tour to the beautiful Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe this coming June! It’s sure to be a trip of a lifetime with awesome places to see and wonderful things to experience along the way!  If you would like to join us on this epic nine day adventure from the 14th – 22nd of  June 2014, please click on the link below for the tour itinerary, indemnity and booking form, please read through it carefully and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us on info@saadventure.co.za! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

The SA Adventure Victoria Falls 14 – 22 June 2014 Self Drive Guided Tour (4×4′s only)
8 night / 9 day adventure (lodge accommodation & camping)
Cost: R 7 450 per person (children under 10 @ 50%)

Victoria Falls Self drive 4×4 Guided Tour Itinerary:

This 4×4 adventure is a must for any 4×4 and outdoor enthusiast. If you have not yet ticked the Majestic Victoria Falls off your bucket list of places to see this is your opportunity to do so in the comfort of your own vehicle with SA Adventure!  The adventure not only takes us to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, but winds its way through Botswana aswell!  No previous 4×4 experience is required and you will be in radio contact with your tour leader at all times.  At SA Adventure, the client comes first so your saftey and enjoyment of your tour is our number one priority!

The Adventure

Day One:

Our adventure starts in South Africa where we travel in convoy from our meeting point, heading north towards the Botswanan border which is formed by the mighty Limpopo River.  Just over the border is our first nights stop, the beautiful African River Ranch, tonight we will be camping and the campsite overlooks the Limpopo River. There is a real chance of seeing hippos and crocodiles in the river, aswell as an aboundance of other wildlife.

Sunset over the Limpopo River

Sunset over the Limpopo River

Day Two:

We leave the campsite after having a wholesome breakfast on the deck over looking the Limpopo river. We head north west towards an area known as the Makgadikgadi. The Makgadikgadi area is famous for some of the worlds largest salt flats and it’s on these salt flats we find our amazing camping spot, Kubu Island!  This is where our 4×4 adventure really begins. We are now in the bush and completely away from human inhabitation, along the road to Kubu Island way we may encounter elephant, giraffe, ostriches even lion and many species of birds and antelope. About half way to Kubu we will stop under the shade of an Acacia Tree and have a picnic lunch. Slowly as we get closer to the salt pans, you will start to notice the environment and landscape changing, and then there it is, your first view of the pans, its a tremendously humbling experience when you see your first pan! We carefully drive across the pans, stopping to look at the vegetation here and there and then suddenly from nowhere it appears, Kubu Island in all its glory standing twenty meters proud of the pans with its Ancient Baobab Trees calling us towards them! We are camping tonight so we set up camp and have a delicious Braai on the island.

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The Magical Kubu Island

 Day Three:

We wake up to the most amazing site of the sun rising over the island and have breakfast. This morning we will explore the island and drive a little way out onto the pans for some fantastic photo opportunities. The island has many birds and other wildlife. We will look at the Baobab trees and go on a hike across the island looking at the spiritual sites of the local people along the way!  We leave Kubu and start to head for our next destination, Elephant Sands Camp.  Elephant Sands is a bush lodge and campsite in the northeastern part of Botswana. There is plenty of wildlife around including a lot of elephants on the unfenced 16000 ha private conservancy. The lack of fences allows all animals to roam freely.  We will be camping here and having dinner at the superb restaurant while watching the elephants drinking at the water hole.

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Elephants visiting the Lodge at Elephant Sands

 Day Four:

Today is a rest day and its yours to enjoy. We will have breakfast at the restaurant and afterwards there are many activities for you to enjoy at Elephant Sands such as a game drive or bush walk where you may encounter some of the animals on the 16000 ha property.  It is one of the most unique and amazing experiences to watch wild elephants and their behavior at such close proximity. We are very pleased to say Elephant Sands have had quite a few wild dog sightings with a healthy pack of 18 dogs staying in the area at the moment.  You can look forward to seeing elephant, kudu, giraffe, wild dog, steenbok, buffalo, impala, leopard, ostrich, warthog, lion, jackal, mongoose, porcupine, zebra and more.

SA Adventure Elephant Sands Lodge

Cooling off at the pool, Elephant Sands Lodge

Day Five and Six:

We say goodbye to Elephant Sands this morning and start to head towards the town of Kasane in the north of Botswana.  This is where we will cross the border into Zimbabwe and continue to the small and picturesque town of Victoria Falls,  as we get into town you may spot your first sight of Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning the Smoke that Thunders and actually referring to the falls themselves).  David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side.  Livingstone named his discovery in honor of Queen Victoria, but the indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya—”the smoke that thunders”—continues in common usage as well.  While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters, resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls.

We spend day six in Victoria Falls as well and this will give you time to both see the falls and explore the town and partake in some of the many activities on offer in the vibrant and colourfull place!  We will be spending both nights in Chalets at the beautiful Victoria Falls Rest Camp and Lodge.  Some of the activities include: White water rafting, Bungee Jumping, Canoeing, Crocodile farm tour, Elephant back safaris, Vic Falls Tours, Gorge Swing, Helicopter flights, Horse riding, Lion walks, Parasailing, Ultra light flights and of course the Zambezi river cruise!  You will never be short of something to do in Victoria Falls!

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The Magnificent Victoria Falls

 Day Seven:

Sadly today we must leave Victoria Falls and start to make our was south again! We head for Botswana and cross the border at Pandamatenga which is not too far from our stop for the evening, Nata Lodge.  Nata Lodge is an oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the saltpans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Bird Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. Tonight we will be sleeping in luxury safari tents that are built on raised wooden platforms, nestled under the lodges many Marula trees.  These unique tents feature en suite bathrooms!  When the sun sets and the birds retire to their nests, it’s the turn of the large family of nocturnal bush babies to entertain you at their feeding table. Your evening meal is enjoyed at the ‘à La Carte’ restaurant and there is a full bar for a cheeky nightcap!

Nata Lodge

Luxury living at Nata Lodge

 Day Eight:

We leave Nata lodge after breakfast and head south, back towards the Limpopo River,  we are heading for the Tuli Block.  The Tuli Block is a narrow fringe of land at Botswana’s eastern border wedged between Zimbabwe in the north and east and South Africa in the south.  It consists mainly of privately owned game farms offering safari tourism. The eastern section up to and including Redshield has been declared a game reserve, known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.  We will be spending our last night in Botswana camping at the Oasis Lodge.  Attractions in the area also include Solomon’s Wall, which is a fascinating and dramatic geographical feature of 30 meter high sheer basalt cliffs, once forming a natural dam across the Motloutse River. The Tuli area is also famous for its Tswapong and Lepokole hills, and has a fascinating frontier history because of its strategic position along the South African border.

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Solomon’s Wall in the Tuli Block

Day Nine:

Today is our last day together, we break camp and have breakfast at the restaurant, from here we head back towards the border.  We cross back into South Africa and head back towards Mokopane, unfortunately our adventure must come to an end here but we take with us a lifetime of memories, photos and new friends we have made along the way!

Day to Day Plan of the Tour and Map:

Day planner SA Adventure Victoria Falls June 2014 

Map of Tour:

Map of tour SA Adventure Victoria falls June 2014

Uniross Batteries lead the way for SA Adventure

Posted By on February 27, 2014

SA Adventure logo Leading 4×4 expert Tim Skelton from SA Adventure recently embarked on a 3 000km trip to Botswana where he tested the Uniross rechargeable battery products to see their effectiveness for outdoor use. The Uniross batteries were charged using the expedition Land Rover’s cigarette lighter attachment. “The batteries were charged each time in under 45 minutes and used every evening in an LED headlamp. Single-use batteries usually last 3-4 hours and are then thrown away. But with the Uniross batteries, the headlamp lasted all night and the batteries could be charged the next day, instead of throwing them away.”

Tim Skelton Uniross

“The reduced environmental impact is evident but also the savings on battery costs,” said Mr. Skelton. “I would have thrown away over R1 000 worth of single-use batteries on this three-week trip alone. But now the Uniross rechargeables can come with me on my next trip with no harmful discarded batteries entering our environment,” said Mr. Skelton.
“Based on the amount of batteries I use annually on these trips and outdoor off-road events, the savings could be as much as R3 000 to R4 000 annually.” (more…)

So You Got Stuck in your 4×4…..Now What?

Posted By on January 23, 2014

grip n go never get stuckSA Adventure has been testing a product call the Grip n Go for a while now.  The Grip n Go is a foldable recovery track intended to be placed under the wheels of your vehicle when stuck in a slippery situation aiding traction between the tyre and the ground.  At first we were sceptical about how it would perform.  Compared to other products available on the market it looked like it would never be able to hold its own against them.  However the Grip n Go’s proved to us that not only could they hold their own against the more expensive sand/mud track options, but in most cases actually out performed them.  The Grip n Go also has a few advantages over many of its competitors, for example they fold up and you can use them under your wheels in a ‘jack and pack’ situation, extra panels can be added to extend the length and/or the width therefore accommodating any vehicle or truck, the Grip n Go’s are 1.2m long when unfolded, giving you driving continuity, the Grip n Go’s have studs on both sides ensuring you always have full traction, the Grip n Go’s fold up, are easy to store and come with a clear reusable storage bag and they are easily cleaned off with a high pressure hose.  Best of all is the cost, at a third of the price of the competition with the same build quality they are easy on the budget!  Below is a video of us using the Grip n Go tracks to assist one of our Land Rover’s trying to get to a community centre in Lesotho on one of our Hand Me Down expeditions…..

For more information and prices on the Grip n Go Tracks please contact SA Adventure on 011 464 1779 or drop us an email at info@saadventure.co.za