8 Day Guided Self Drive 4x4 Tour
Accommodation is camping,
Dinner and Breakfast included
R 8 950 per person
4x4 with good ground clearance and
low range is recomended
Available Tour Dates:
2020 Dates to be advised
This new 4x4 adventure is a must for any 4x4 outdoor enthusiast and nature lover. Our journey takes us through Botswana to the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans comprising the Sua, Ntwetwa and Nxai Pans.
The Makgadikgadi is, without a doubt one of the highlights of any trip to Botswana. This region features some of the largest salt pans in the world. It is difficult to believe that millions of years ago, these pans were a sea filled with life, but today an ancient pebble beach bears testimony to that era. The highlight of our trip is camping at the iconic Kubu Island and the less visited Kukonje Island where the stark beauty and isolation will leave a lasting impression. The sunrises and sunsets highlighting the amazing baobab trees are something to behold.
After breakfast we will proceed north towards Francistown where we will have a last chance to refuel and have a lunch break.
After lunch we continue westerly where we branch off towards the little village of Mea and get our first sighting of the pans, as we go off road in our approach to Kukonje Island.
Kukonje is an island in the true sense, cut off from the mainland by a vast stretch of white pan. During the wet season (November to April), it is accessible only to wandering animals.
Standing on Kukonje Island on a moonlit night is an unforgettable way to see Sua Pan.
Kukonje camping is very basic and indeed there are no facilities and the self sufficient camper is at his happiest. A sunset across the pans and a chat around the campfire ends a splendid day.
Today we set out off-roading to arrive at Kubu Island. The route to Kubu skirts the pans and takes us via an elevated view site where we break for lunch and take in the visual splendor of the Makgadikgadi Pans. We pass through the village of Mosu and soon thereafter we will enter the Sua Pan to reach Kubu which is a rock island with striking ancient baobab trees within this vast expanse of nothingness, where we will setup camp.
The entire island is a national monument, and is considered a sacred site by the indigenous people of the area
The camp once more is rustic with self sufficiency being the requirement. We look forward to a sunset drive around the island . The highlights are both sunsets and sunrise where the light playing on the baobabs creates amazing photographic opportunities to capture the essence of this mystical location. The isolation of Kubu renders a night sky that is something to behold.
We leave Woodlands 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 South Africa in the south. We will be spending our last night camping at the Oasis Lodge after an afternoon drive to see Solomans Wall, a fascinating and dramatic geographical feature of 30 meter high shear basalt cliffs.
We will cap the adventure that evening with a meal at the lodges restaurant.
Unfortunately all good things come to an end as we break camp for the last time on this trip and re-enter South Africa through the Zanzibar Border post. Once through the border we will proceed in convoy to Mokopane for our end of tour farewells knowing that we are taking with us a life time of memories, photos and new friends we have made along the way.
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, as well as an abundance of other wildlife.
On awakening at Kubu, we have the opportunity of seeing a spectacular sunrise over the pan and the amazing colourful effect the light has on the mystical baobabs.
We travel North across the pan where en route we will pass the recently deceased historic Chapman's Baobab which after some 4000 years of life just fell over. Even whilst lying flat on the ground, the tree is still awesome in its size.
Our destination of the day is Planet Baobab where we will find good campsites with full facilities , and boasts an excellent open air bush bar and sparkling pool. This be our base for the next two nights
Today we travel into the Nxai Pan which offers a combination of dry pans, thick bush and flat pasture like grassland. In the South of the park are the famous Baines Baobabs made famous by Thomas Baine who painted them over a hundred years ago. These dark giants seem incongruous with the blinding white pan around them. This beautiful area is the breeding grounds for large herds of springbok, gemsbok, eland, wildebeest and zebra which in turn attracts the predators such as lion, cheetah, hyena, African wild dogs, jackal and bat-eared fox.After a magnificent day in one of Africa’s untouched game reserves we head back to Planet Baobab.
After a leisurely start, traveling via Nata to the lush Woodlands Stopover campsite just outside of Francistown where we once more will enjoy full camping facilities in a memorable camping environment.