10 day Guided Self Drive 4x4 Tour to
Botswana and Namibia.
Lodge accommodation & camping,
Dinner and Breakfast included
R 15 550 per person
Soft Roader Friendly
20-29 October 2022 (8 of 16 places available)
This 4x4 adventure is a must for any 4x4 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 greasy Limpopo. No previous 4x4 experience is required. At SA Adventure, the client comes first, so your safety and enjoyment of your 4x4 tour is our number one priority!
THE THREE RIVERS 4x4 adventure
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 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 kilometres, 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 kilometres 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!
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 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!
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 centre 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 centres, 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.
Day Six and Seven
We leave Ngepi Camp after a leisurely 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.
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 a refreshing glass of wine. You may also have the exhilarating experience of seeing the rivers ancient inhabitants, the Hippopotamus or the Crocodile.
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 fibreglass. 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!
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.
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 4x4.
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. Tigerfish of between 5-7kgs are not uncommon, whilst the current Lodge record for this species is 8.2kgs on the 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.
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 overlooking the waterhole.
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!
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!