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Along the Limpopo River, South Africa and Botswana

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Vicki Tester

 

This is a different side to both South Africa and Botswana which has the mighty Limpopo River as its main theme. The river and its tributaries support a huge variety of animals and birds. Add in evidence of human history that goes right back to our earliest times to give you another interest while here. A different type of safari in a different South Africa and Botswana.

Summary

Southern Africa and Botswana – Along the Limpopo River

 

Day 1:              Johannesburg

Day 2:              Madikwe         

Day 4:             Mashatu, Botswana

Day 7:              Limpopo

Day 8:              Kruger

Day 11:            Panoramic Route

Day 12:            Hazyview

Day 13:            Johannesburg

Description

Description

 

The northern border of South Africa is often described as a different experience of this country – wilder and more remote. Combining this with the Tuli Block in Botswana, known as the land of Giants for its elephant herds and huge baobab trees, and you have a smorgasbord of the unexpected and the best of the wild Africa.

 

Day 1: Johannesburg

Stay overnight in Johannesburg and consider a tour of the city, taking in Constitution Hill with its fort and the Constitution Court, a trip to Soweto to see the Apartheid Museum and a visit to the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners have lived (Mandela and Tutu).

One night Johannesburg

 

Day 2: Madikwe

Drive towards the Botswana border. Your first stop is Madikwe Game Reserve home to the Big 5 and wild dog and with a mixture of plains, forest and rocky hills to vary your experiences. Being malaria free adds to the attraction of this Reserve and many of the lodges here are family friendly.

Two nights Madikwe

 

Day 4: Mashatu, Botswana

Head to the North West South African border with Botswana at Pontdrift and cross the Limpopo into the Tuli Conservation area of Botswana. Your days here focus on the wildlife that is abundant in this region, particularly large herds of elephant and good sightings of leopard, lion and cheetah. Take time to join a walking safari or take to mountain bikes and follow your guide as you negotiate the rough terrain and the wildlife you will encounter. Also make time to explore the history of the region going back to the beginning of man, the Great Zimbabwe era and the colonial past.

Three nights Mashatu

 

Day 7: Limpopo

Return to Pontdrift and then drive along the Limpopo towards the very northern part of the Kruger National Park. Break the journey with an overnight stay at one of the lodges that have views over the Limpopo River.

One night Limpopo

 

Day 8: Kruger

Enter the Kruger National Park by its most northerly gate – Pafuri. The river is a great attraction for animals and birds and sitting on a platform watching the coming and going at the river is a good way to spend a few hours. Your guide here will take you out through the Park to see a whole host of wildlife and stunning scenery such as the Fever tree forest (glows in the moonlight) and stone tools fashioned by stone aged people. If you enjoy birding this region has much to offer in the way of rare specimens.

Three nights Kruger

 

Day 11: Panoramic Route

Leaving the Kruger behind you will start your journey along the Panoramic Route. There are many attractions along the way to ensure you do not rush it, such as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, God’s Window and a number of waterfalls.

One night Panoramic Route

 

Day 12: Hazyview

End the Panoramic Route with a night in Hazyview and time to relax.

One night Hazyview

 

Day 13: Johannesburg

Return to Johannesburg for the end of your trip.

Africa

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Africa

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Africa

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Africa

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Stand on an outcrop looking down on a herd of elephant as they make their way to a waterhole in the near distance while shaded by a baobab tree carved with the initials of Cecil Rhodes and his paramour, and sipping a sundowner.

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Destinations Show, Olympia

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Photograph by kind permission of UnCruise Adventures

Don’t forget we will be at Destinations Show at Olympia, London, on February 02, 03, 04 and 05. Find us on Stand AC32 which we are sharing with the American company Uncruise Adventures. Most of the team will be there over the 4 days and would love to see a friendly face or two. This is one of the biggest travel shows in the U.K and a great place to find new destinations and experiences that would suit you. If you have a particular place in mind for your holiday next year (or the year after) give us a call to book an appointment with our team expert for that part of the world. However we will be very pleased to see you as and when you are free.

For your free tickets to Destinations Show, please go to: http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/form/registration  and then type in MSC97 in the appropriate place.

We look forward to seeing you at either event.

Botswana – Home of the uncrowded safari

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This year Botswana celebrated 50 years of independence and it does stand out as a wonderful safe destination in Africa. The country has deliberately set out to protect its wildlife resources by encouraging low volume, high market tourism. This policy has worked well for the flora and fauna, the GDP, provided quality jobs and delivered amazing tourist experiences.

With so many unique places to visit, it is no wonder that Botswana is high on the list of places to visit for those that love to go on safari. The huge Okavango Delta provides an experience second to none and the desert areas such as Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Nxai PanNational Park ensure a completely different type of wildlife encounter.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

However if you want to go and do not want to pay top dollar then think about heading there in the “Green Season”. This is the time that the rains come (if they do!), some lodges close for repair but others offer special prices for their clients. But why go when you could encounter rain?

It is wonderful to see how the dry semi desert, and even the desert, bursts in to colour. The trees come back in to leaf, the grass grows and the river beds start flowing with water. Birds migrate in from all parts of Africa and quickly start picking their nesting sites and break out their mating plumage.

Most of the plains antelope time the birth of their young to coincide with the time of plenty and more vegetation to hide their babies in. The Delta rises, fish spawn, wading birds are plentiful and nests are full. Being out in a mokoro adds a frisson of excitement to your adventure.

 

It is seeing Botswana in a different light. Please call to discuss your options and seek professional advice into your own bespoke, tailor made safari – Tel: 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

World Lion Day

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August 10 was World Lion Day and it is worth taking stock on how these magnificent animals are doing in the wild.  With Cecil the lion, and his untimely death showed, many people around the world hold lion in deep affection.

The current situation is a mixture of good and bad news.  To deal with the bad first, the number of  lion in Western, Central and East Africa have decreased by 60% over the past 21 years. However the better news is that their numbers have  increased by 12% over the same period in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

It is encouraging that Rwanda realises the value of having lion in its National Parks and has re-introduced 15 lion to their Akagera National Park – the last time lion were seen here was 15 years ago. 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

The King of the Jungle needs all the friends it can get.  If you want to discuss seeing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat just get in touch.

 We have lots of ideas on how to incorporate this into your own bespoke, tailor made holiday and many other places/parks that are a must visit on your trip.  We will also advise on the best time of year to visit and the length of time you need in each place therefore making the most of your time and money, whilst making the best memories!

Please contact us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Connecting Two Iconic African Destinations Just Got Easier

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Two of the two favourite destinations in Southern Africa – The Okavango Delta in Botswana and Cape Town in South   Africa – have just become easier to connect. Airlink, a regional South African domiciled airline, has now put in place direct flights between Cape Town and Maun, the gateway to the Okavango.

These flights are currently flying 5 times a week but will increase in number as we move in to the peak season. This helps you maximise your time in your favourite destinations and reduces time spent in airport lounges.

Departing mid-morning from Cape Town and arriving in Maun early afternoon means that you could be at your lodge in good time to sip your sundowner after having had a game drive in your chosen Okavango destination.

On the reverse journey the flight leaves early afternoon and arrives in Cape Town mid afternoon. This allows you time to unpack at your hotel and watch the sun set over TableMountain or the Atlantic, having been out on a game drive that morning.

To make the most of this improved flight connection, please give us a call on tel: 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Picture courtesy of Angie watson

Picture courtesy of Angie watson

Family Safaris in Botswana

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Botswana has always been a wonderful choice for seeing African wildlife without the crowds. Now one of the key safari companies has launched a new package that is aimed at ensuring all the family make the most of a trip of a life time.

Their Ultimate Family Safari Package acknowledges that families will want to be more flexible and easy to plan so they have come up with 4, 6 and 8 night packages with a choice of any of their wonderful camps. Each camp has a “Safari Hero”, a member of the staff, whose aim is dedicated to the planning of safari experiences for the family concerned. They ensure that the children are kept busy while in camp with a variety of activities which will interest them while at the same time giving them an opportunity to connect with the camp staff. In addition the family activities will be just for your family giving flexibility for activities and meals.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Such activities include tracking skills, bird identification and basket weaving are just some of the things that the heroes offer.

With rooms that have been designed with families in mind and there is a tiered rate which takes in to account the children ages – 12 to 15 years and 6 to 11 years old. There is a minimum of 3 family members travelling together for this package.

It all makes for an exciting family holiday full of adventure.  So why not get in touch so we can help put together your bespoke, tailor made holiday to this amazing place.  

Contact us on: 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Country: Botswana

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The first time visitor to Botswana will be enthralled by the friendliness of the people, the wide smiles on every face and the warmth of their personalities. Add to this a safari experience that is second to none, an interesting geographical and geological history, and wildlife to exceed even your wildest dreams, and Botswana has to be on the ‘must see’ list. Take a look at our sample itineraries and picture yourself gently gliding on the fascinating waterways of the Okavango Delta, relaxing with your Sundowner while watching a perfect sunset and up early the next morning ready for a fresh day of excitement and discovery. Botswana is about wildlife at its magnificent best, herds of elephant enjoying the waters of the Chobe River and the Delta, hippo wallowing in the pools, lion and leopard relaxing in the shade or getting ready for their next meal, and a whole host of other animals – to say nothing of the birds…

For those more adventurous then the Kalahari offers a completely different nature experience with huge vistas, vast plains and salt pans. Or make your way to the Tuli Block for a mixture of history going back to the dawn of man, through the Great Zimbabwe period to more modern conflicts. Add in the great Limpopo River with its giant Mashatu trees and  a wildlife experience that is as good as  any in southern Africa and without the crowds.

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Discover a Niche Carved from Eternity…

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Botswana - niche holidays

Courtesy of Ker & Downey Bostwana

We are delighted to announce that our partners for niche holidays in Botswana, the wonderful Ker & Downey, have recently been awarded Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence at all three camps in the Okavango Delta. Kanana, Okuti and Shinde, between them, offer the perfect combination of experiences for a Delta experience and we have no hesitation in recommending them. Add to this their partners in the Linyanti area and one has a complete and magnificent Botswana safari holiday.

There is no doubt in my mind that a safari to Botswana is right up there at the top of the list of ‘must do’s’. The Okavango Delta is one of the most geologically and geographically interesting places I have had the pleasure of visiting. From the vast expanse of the Salt Pans to the Delta in full flood, from the grasslands of the Linyanti to the Selinda Spillway and Savuti Channel, this is a country that is worth exploring and we are here to advise and assist in getting you there.

Botswana - niche holidays

Courtesy of Ker and Downey

 

 

Botswana

We can be contacted on 01323 446550, or by email oninfo@experienceholidays.co.uk

Botswana Tailor Made Itineraries

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Here are just a couple of itinerary ideas for Botswana tailor made travel…

Botswana tailor made - Green headed bream -Okavango Delta Botswana

 

Fly Fishing

Botswana has long since established itself as a destination for exceptional game-viewing of the highest standards, and we are now delighted to offer this extraordinary destination as a ‘must do’ for keen fly-fishermen in search of a unique experience. Here we combine The combine world-class fly-fishing in remote and undiscovered wilderness areas together with extraordinary game viewing.


ITINERARY

Botswaqna tailor made - elephant chobe

 

Botswana Highlights

As with many of our destinations there is no ‘correct’ way to explore Botswana. In this itinerary we suggest one of the many alternatives which can be tailored to fit both your exact requirements.

Highlights:

Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavanga Delta, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans


ITINERARY

Botswana Highlights

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This tailor made itinerary is an excellent introduction to Botswana for the first time visitor; it can be adapted to suit both your requirements and your budget

Summary

Botswana Highlights

Day 1: Livingstone
Day 3: Chobe National Park
Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve
Day 8: Okavango Delta
Day 11: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Day 13: Depart Maun

Description

Description

This itinerary is an excellent introduction to Botswana for the first time visitor; it can be adapted to suit your requirements and your budget

Day 1: Livingstone or Victoria Falls
Arrive in Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). Choose from a hotel at Victoria Falls, or lodge nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. A visit to the Falls is a must but choose the right time of the year if you want thundering water or quieter times if you want to do white water rafting or other such activities. A sunset cruise here is a must!
Two nights Victoria Falls

Day 3: Chobe National Park
Transfer via the Kazangula border crossing, and into Botswana. This crossing is the point where four countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Enjoy a cruise on the Chobe River – and watch out for crocodiles, hippos and elephant. Take a light aircraft flight to the edge of the Chobe National Park. Learn about the unique nature of this extraordinary corner of our world, where as recently as the 1980’s subterranean movement caused the river course to change leaving the features we see today.
Three nights Chobe National Park

Day 6: Moremi Game Reserve
Transfer by air or road to the Moremi Game Reserve, which lies within the Delta with a rich variety of wildlife waiting to be discovered. Large herds of elephant dominate the reeds and dry islands but with plenty of other animals sharing the space. The predators are numerous and the birds life of amazing variety.
Two nights Moremi Game Reserve

Day 8: Okavango Delta
Go into the Delta itself, with accommodation at a water based lodge. Here, one of your main forms of transport will be by mokoro or dug out canoe, motor boat and 4×4 for the drier parts. You also have the chance to safari on foot with an armed ranger or take part in a night drive to try to find all those animals that come out after dark.
Three nights Okavango Delta

Day 11: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
A light aircraft will take you from the Delta, via Maun, and on to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The contrast to the lushness of the Delta could not be more stark. Huge vistas of plains and salt pans are interspersed with rocky outcrops and islands of green. The night sky will never be  clearer.
Two nights Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Day 13: Depart Maun
Depart Maun today for the onward or homeward journey.

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Little Gems

Little Gems

Staying in a water based lodge in the Okavango Delta – a unique and memorable experience.

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