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A Hidden Gem in Botswana

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Vicki Tester

 

The Mashatu Game Reserve, in the Tuli Block, Botswana has a wealth of experiences to offer the adventurous traveller and has just become easier to get there. They now sponsor connecting flights from Johannesburg and Maun every Wednesday and Saturday. Just one hour from Johannesburg has you landing in “the Land of the Giants”.

The name comes from the locally revered Mashatu Tree that frame the Limpopo River, the big herds of elephants and iconic baobab trees. You have the choice of staying in a lodge or tented camp, both with active waterholes that will keep you entertained. The guides also offer you different ways of experience Africa unchanged.

 

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You can opt for the traditional game drive in 4×4, take to a mountain bike for a closer contact with the wild or perhaps go for the walking safari with sleep outs. Whichever way you choose your guide will ensure your safety, comfort and tailor the safari to the fitness of those involved. For those that are competent horse riders then there is the chance to ride along with the plains animals.

For lovers of history then there is evidence of pre-historic man, the Great Zimbabwe period and the more modern times of colonial rule through to now. Find out from the locals with a trip to a nearby village to learn about life in the Tuli Block.

A different African experience within an hour of one the hub airports of Africa, Johannesburg. For more information please contact us.

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

 

Along the Limpopo River, South Africa and Botswana

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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A Mixture of African Experiences

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Here is a suggested itinerary that can be adjusted to meet your requirements:

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

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 Day 1  Arrive in Johannesburg and pick up your hire car. Depending on the flight that you have taken either spend one night in the city or drive to the Kruger National Park. Here you will have three nights in a lodge in a Concession within the Park which ensures that you have the best of game viewing. Kruger remains one of Africa’s prime game watching places and being in a Concession will allow you to join night drives or walking safaris. You should have plenty of wildlife encounters and your guides have an extensive knowledge of the area and amazing eyesight for spotting animals.

Day 4  Head south and into Swaziland for an overnight stop. Take the opportunity to learn about this mountain kingdom and its culture. The cooler air is very welcome as are the people who you will meet.

Day 5  Today has you back in South Africa in KwaZulu Natal and your destination is Isimangaliso Wetland Park and a two night stay in a forest lodge deep in the park. Here you have the chance of kayaking or boating on the lake and looking for the myriad number of birds, hippo and other game that live here. There is a chance to track turtle at the right time of the year.

Day 7  Transfer to the coast and time to enjoy the miles of pristine sands and the Indian Ocean. This location offers South Africa’s best snorkelling and some great diving sites. The other option is enjoy the sea and remote location.

Day 9  Leaving the coast and wetlands behind you have a short drive to Hluhluwei Mfolozi Park for a two night stay in the Park – the only lodge within the Park. All of the big 5 are here and you can also add in whale and dolphin watching in the season.

Day 11  Your next destination is set with the Battlefields and Zulu culture very much in mind. Take a tour of the main Zulu War battle sites and then add in a dinner in a Zulu village to learn about their culture and watch their dances.

Day 13  Drive down to Durban or back to Johannesburg for your flight back to the UK.

This gives you a real flavour of South Africa and can easily be adjusted to meet your interests, time constraints and budget.

And the Pound is currently strong against Rand making Southern Africa a great destination.

So to plan your bespoke tailor made holiday please give us a call or drop us an email – 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

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