9 day Guided Self Drive 4x4 Tour
Lodge accommodation & camping,
Dinner and Breakfast included
R 7 550 per person
(children under 10 @ 50%)
Soft Roader Friendly
Available Tour Dates:
13th to 21st June 2015
This 4x4 adventure is a must for any 4x4 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 4x4 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!
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 4x4 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!