"Botswana Baobab" guided Self-Drive Safari


Botswana’s wild country still retains so much of what Jan Christiaan Smuts once referred to as “the earth spirit, that spirit which is so much older than the spirit of man”.
Join us for an unforgettable journey and experience the sights, sounds and scents of camping in the stillness of the Kalahari with its numbing beauty. 

We will follow in the footsteps of the old pioneers, visiting the Northern Tuli, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Chapmans’ Baobab (1861), Baines’s Baobabs (1862) and the Nxai Pan National Park. Nxai Pan is one of the few areas in Botswana where it is much more interesting during the rainy season. This is when the huge herds of animals arrive at Nxai's grassy pans. The numbers of animals resident at this time can be quite staggering, with wildebeest, zebra and gemsbok appearing in their thousands, along with large herds of other Antelope and Giraffe. 

Vehicle requirements: 4x4 vehicle with high ground clearance, low range and own camping gear 

Package Info

Cost of Safari: TBA 

Minimum 8 participants
Maximum 16 participants

Number of nights: 8

Package includes:
- 2 nights camping in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve with ablution facilities
- 2 Game drives in open game viewers
- 1 Game walk
- 1 Bush dinner 
- 1 night wild camping at Lekhubu Island with limited ablutions
- 1 night wild camping at Baines’s Baobabs 
- 3 nights camping in Nxai Pan National Park with ablutions 
- 1 night camping on the banks of the Limpopo river (Botswana side)
- Park entrance fees 
- Camping fees
- Guide driving own vehicle
- Two-way radios in vehicles

Package excludes:
- 4x4 Vehicles (rental 4x4 Safari campers available on request)
- Catering except 1 x dinner as per the itinerary
- All items of personal nature
- Gratuities
- Botswana border fees

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Package itinerary:

Day One:
Depart very early from the Total Petroport, situated just north of Pretoria on the N1 North.
Your guide will lead you past the city of Polokwane and the town of Alldays, to the SA/Botswana border post. After RSA and Botswana border formalities, the convoy will proceed into the Northern Tuli Game Reserve to our campsite under the Mashatu trees. This lovely campsite with full ablutions will be our home for the next two nights.
Late afternoon game drive in open game viewers to appreciate the abundance of wild life in this region.

Day Two:
Early morning wake-up call, coffee and rusks before leaving on a guided bush walk.
Guests will be led by a professional experienced game ranger through this Big 5 area. Nothing can prepare one for the adrenaline rush when you experience wildlife encounters while traversing the area on foot!
Back at camp its leisure time - to laze about and soak up the African sun, read a book , or simply relax and chill…
Another late afternoon game drive to a popular sundowner spot, followed by and tonight’s catered bush dinner has to be the perfect way to set you in the mood for your African safari.

Day Three:
Early breakfast before departing in a northerly direction.
Travel through rural Botswana before entering the Makgadikgadi Pans. One has not enjoyed the full charm of Botswana without having had a taste of the magic of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Its beauty lies in the stark “nothingness”, which as sunset approaches is transformed by subtle hues that change the landscape into a wonderland of surrealistic beauty. Its remoteness,  inaccessibility and its danger factor all just add to the mystique surrounding this area.
Camping at Lekhubu Island under the bright African stars.

Day Four:
The Makgadikgadi Pans comprise about 12 000 Km2, and consists mainly of the Ntwetwe and Sowa Pans - both of which are surrounded by a myriad of smaller pans and grass plains.
The 4x4 tracks will take us across sections of the Ntwetwe Pan, until we reach the now fallen “Chapman’s Baobabs” or the “Seven Sisters” as it is also known. These ancient Baobab trees were historically used as a navigation beacon and post office by passing explorers, traders and travellers during the latter part of the 1800’s. A little further one comes across Green’s Baobabs bearing the following inscription: Green’s Expedition 1858-1859!
Exit the Pans at the town of Gweta, and continue into the Nxai Pan National Park, where we will travel on to the Baobab tees that can be seen in the famous 1862 painting by Thomas Baines.
Wild camping tonight at Baines’s Baobabs.

Day Five, Six, Seven:
Explore the beauty of Nxai Pan National Park. 
Nxai Pan is completely covered with grass, which is interspersed with islands of Acacia trees.The rich clay soil yields short sweet grasses that provide excellent grazing.
Perhaps the focal point of Nxai Pan is the waterhole, which is in the midst of a large grassy plain dotted by a few clumps of short umbrella Thorn trees. On this grassy plain and within the Mopane woodland, Elephant, Lion, Giraffe, Kudu, Springbok, Impala, Ostrich, together with a good population of Jackal, Bat-eared Fox and numerous smaller creatures, are permanent residents.
Whilst many other parks and reserves are not considered to be at their best during the rains, Nxai Pan becomes a veritable Garden of Eden. Once the rains start, game viewing and the abundant birdlife makes for excellent viewing.
The noisy black Korhaan, who rises with a squeak when flushed out by a vehicle, is a hallmark of Nxai Pan, whilst small raptors such as Kestrel and Goshawks abound. Keep your binoculars handy as there are many bird species to spot at Nxai Pan National Park.

Day Eight:
We will depart reluctantly from this wildlife paradise.
We use the main roads and travel past the towns of Nata and Francistown en-route to the Southern Tuli and our beautiful campsite on the banks of the Limpopo river.
The last evening around the camp fire will be a night to remember. Happiness and laughter all around with a touch of nostalgia after experiencing the Big Sky country of wild Botswana.

Day Nine:
Cross the border back into South Africa, and drive back to Gauteng where the Safari will end.