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Convoy 4X4 Botswana (K1807)
A unique adventure. A trip for people who want to drive a real 4x4, find the adventure, but also appreciate the safety of a back up. A journey off the beaten track, with lots of wildlife and nature
Reviews 2 Reviews5/5
Vacation Style Adult Group
Activity Level Nature-Culture
Group Size 5 X 4X4 Vehicles
With this trip you choose a UNIQUE, more luxurious, quiet journey, where many highlights of Namibia and Botswana pass the revue. Under the motto: "If you visit these countries, do it well!".
A wide variety of accommodations, from community lodge to comfortable safari tent (with boxspring) to luxury lodges in most of the most beautiful places, a safari per houseboat, a visit to the famous Okavango Delta and even a night at the Makgadikgadi salt pans under the starry sky.
Every time new impressions and surprises!
We choose a quiet travel structure, which means we stay 2 days in one place. This trip includes almost everything: accommodation and suite (with private bathroom and toilet), breakfast, almost all dinners and (almost) all excursions and entrance fees.
(Almost) all accommodations (including the camping grounds) are personally selected by us and are regularly checked for service, quality and hygiene. Afrikaya Leisure Travel strives to offer your holiday as cheaply as possible, without affecting the quality of the trip. The camp sites in nature and wildlife parks are often easy to wear, but in Botswana certainly not cheap.
Car Hire - Is Your Driving Safe?
Yes, you can drive well in these countries. You drive on the left and you better avoid the cities. We also distinguish between the 'safe' route and the 'adventurous' route through the parks. The safe route avoids difficult 4x4 pieces and you can drive independently. However, in the nature parks it can sometimes become a bit rougher: deep sand, soft salt pans, muddy tracks. Nothing to really worry about, but useful if you are not alone. In addition, animals are spot-on with several cars and an experienced guide is assured of success sooner.
South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho have a very good price-quality ratio! Nambia and Mozambique are somewhat more expensive, in Botswana the prices of accommodations (generally) are high, especially in the Okavango Delta and at Victoria Falls and Chobe River. We can, however, put together a nice trip for most budgets. You do not have to bring foreign currency when you go to South Africa, ATMs are everywhere. For other countries it is sometimes useful to bring Euro or USD. We will inform you about this in the travel folder. In South Africa you pay with South African Rand (ZAR). ATMs can be found in all larger cities in South Africa. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, also at supermarkets, but not at petrol stations. Also in Swazilandand Lesotho can be paid with ZAR, these countries also have their own currency. In Botswana you pay with the Pula. ATMs from Standard / Stanbic can also be used to debit larger amounts (often only Mastercard or Visa), the vending machines of other banks are often not suitable for foreign passes. So make sure you look up a cash dispenser in time. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. In principle, it is not necessary to take Traveler Checks or USD to exchange, if you are looking for a cash dispenser on time. Firstly, this is safer and secondly, many banking operations in southern Africa are carried out at the counter, which means that it is very busy at banks, especially on Friday, when people are paid out. You can sometimes stand in line for more than an hour. It is very common that there is a tip for services and servicewill be given. In the Netherlands the service fee is often included in the price, but in southern Africa people are often entirely dependent on tips and tips. It's always about small amounts and our advice is: be generous. We advise you not to go for a broom. Pay well for services provided, give an extra tip for good service, buy your souvenirs from local entrepreneurs, taste local specialties and do not buy fresh fruit in the supermarket but at stalls at the local market / on the street.
Please inform your GP or GGD at least 8 weeks before leaving for personal medical advice. Vaccinations DTP and Hepatitis-A (contagious jaundice) are recommended but are not mandatory. If you arrive in a yellow fever country like Zambia within 7 days, a yellow fever vaccination for South Africa - Botswana - Namibia is required. Malaria occurs in the summer months (October-May) in the north of Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. In Mozambique and the Zambezi region / Caprivi (Victoria Falls) this is the case throughout the year. Malaria is usually prescribed for Malarone, the side effects of which are limited. The lodges in Malaria area are equipped with mosquito nets and / or air conditioning. Bringing a mosquito net yourself is not convenient. We can also assemble malaria-free travel! You can further inform yourself by: * Rural Center Guidance Advisory * Tropen Care * GGD Take the leaflets with your doctor and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. * National Center Guidance Advice * Tropen Care * GGD In case of medication use the leaflets and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem. * National Center Guidance Advice * Tropen Care * GGD In case of medication use the leaflets and preferably a letter from your doctor about your drug use. In South Africa and Namibia you can drink water from the tap, but it's not always good. Therefore, buy water in bottles, especially in other countries. Luxurious lodges will always provide water bottles. For people with a normal functioning immune system, toothpaste is no problem.
Traveling with Children
Unabridged Birth Certificate (South Africa & Botswana) As from 1 October 2014, new regulations are in place: Parents traveling with their own children must be able to show an original birth certificate of the traveling child (s) in addition to their passports and tickets; If only one of the parents passes with the child, he / she must be in addition to the valid birth certificate OR have a written and signed statement from the other parent who gives the child permission to travel with the other parent, OR official proof that the single parent has full custody and official control over the child (eg court judgment in custody case); OR if the other parent has passed away, a copy of the other parent's official death certificate must be taken instead of this declaration; Children who do not travel with their parents but with family members, acquaintances or other guardians must have an official written and signed statement in addition to the valid birth certificate in which both parents or Legal guardians assert that the child has permission to travel with these persons, as well as copies of the passports of the parents or the legal guardian of the traveling child. A birth certificate is available from the municipality (5 working days to 3 weeks). For more information: South African Consulate in The Hague, weekdays between 14.00 and 16.00 phone number +27 (0) 72 140 8109.
Family trip plans
Some accommodations and excursions unfortunately do not allow children, sometimes under 6 years old, sometimes under 12 or 15 years old. There is also something to say to keep a journey with children malaria free . Contact us for: A group trip , we have special family trips! A tailored car trip , we have a lot of experience in planning the best holidays for families with children in South Africa and surrounding countries! A private trip , if you all want to enjoy a well-deserved holiday!
Climate - best travel time
Southern Africa is an ideal holiday destination all year long. It is not easy to say what the best travel time is, unless you go to Hermanus for the flower season or the whales. See also the country information South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia. The seasons are inverted to those of us (summer is winter, autumn is spring). Each season has its own specialties. For example, the West Coast in the spring of Africa is wonderfully beautiful with flower carpets, winter for wildlife is the best season and you want to see whales, may be from June to November, but the best months are September and October. When planning your trip (and booking), it is also advisable to take into account the holiday periods in South Africa. Especially Gauteng and Johannesburg: Easter, December to mid January, July to mid-August are busy. For example, if you want to visit the Kruger Park during those periods, book a minimum of six months in advance, no unnecessary luxury! Book your trip 6 months in advance or earlier! We work with smaller accommodations, which are unfortunately also fuller. Game Lodges have already been booked up a year in advance, so you are looking for a specific trip, book it on time! Internet - Telephone - Electricity Lodges sometimes have wireless internet. Internet cafes are located in all larger places. However, do not expect a fast connection, you may already be happy if it works (without alarms). Of course, it is convenient to be accessible and to make calls. That gives a safe feeling, but can be very expensive. You can save by taking your own device and purchasing a SIM card on the spot with calling credit, so you can call cheap in the holiday country. In South Africa, registration is now required before the SIM can be activated. In case of a car, you can register a card at the airport. In Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, the coverage of mobile telephony is not ideal. If you always want to call or be eligible, rent a satellite phone. Making calls abroad makes you the cheapest through the public telephone (coins or cards) or hotel phone. The cost of this is low in our terms! The mains voltage is 220 volts, just like ours. However, you need a specific 3-pole plug. These are best sold on arrival, they are sold at any supermarket, at the local market, sometimes the tour guide can buy some items. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. They are sold in any supermarket, on the local market, sometimes the tour guide has a few copies to buy. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits. They are sold in any supermarket, on the local market, sometimes the tour guide has a few copies to buy. The so-called "world plug" of the ANWB is by no means useless. The type C plug fits.
The official language of Namibia is English, but Afrikaans, German and some Bantu languages are also widely spoken. In the north of the country, many Portuguese are also spoken because of the many Angolan refugees staying there. In Botswana , English and Twana are official languages. In addition, there are 30 other languages like Kalanga, Kgalagadi, Herero, Mbukushu, Yeyi, Birwa and Nambya.
In South Africa - Botswana - Mozambique, it is during the summertime in Europe, the same time (GMT +2). In winter, it is in South Africa - Botswana - Mozambique 1 hour later (GMT +1). In Namibia it is 1 o'clock earlier (GMT -1).
Unfortunately, many "Stoepstories" (untrue stories) are told about South African countries, it is often not safer than nightly in Amsterdam. An exception is the major cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and, to a lesser extent, Cape Town and Windhoek. We advise you to avoid city centers and always be at the lodge for sunset. Of course, the common sense applies: leave no valuables behind in the hotel room, beware of ATMs, do not show full stock, take a taxi in the evening. Poverty is high in some areas, so do not tempt people.
Traveling well insured is an absolute necessity. Hospital and hospital costs may be very high in certain countries, not to mention repatriation costs. Closing a travel insurance is mandatory . In addition, we advise you to cancel a cancellation insurance in the event that you can not leave for sickness or family circumstances or to cancel the trip. Afrikaaya Tours can provide you with a short-term travel and / or cancellation insurance, which must be noted at the time of booking. Flight Duration From Amsterdam (direct): - Windhoek (with stopover) 11 hours
- Guaranteed departure with 3 cars / 6 people
- best travel time: April-November
- Single-person car: surcharge on request
- Booking of 3 people in 1 car: on request
- Children from the age of 12 are considered as adults in Southern Africa
- Children under 18 must be in possession of a birth certificate
- Transfer to guesthouse day 1, transfer to depot day 2
- car rental with complete camping equipment (sleeping bag, pillow, cooking utensils, table, chair, fridge, ...)
- incl. cross border, cleaning, contract, 24/7 back up, eigen risico ZAR 20.000 (€ 1.300)
- guidance of experienced guide (s) during the trip
- accommodation according to schedule (camping)
- entrance fees parks according to itinerary
- travel folder with many useful tips for preparation
- administration and reservation costs
- SGR warranty (see www.sgr.nl)
- contribution to Afrikaya Trust
- surrender excess to ZERO, tires, soil and windscreen co-insured: € 475 per car
- meals that are not described, drinks
- tolls in ZA, approximately ZAR 300 per car (€ 21)
- petrol / diesel (approximately € 1, - per liter), approximately € 500-800 per car, depending on the type
- road tax/3rd party and entry fee Botswana: BWP 130 per auto (€ 10)
- personal expenses
- travel and cancellation insurance (quotation on request) - travel insurance is mandatory!
- Accommodation instead of camping, on request
- Victoria Falls transfer, back vanuit Kasane
- boat cruise 3 hours on Chobe River
- 2 nights Houseboat Safari on Chobe River (beware, you have to book this a year in advance!)
- Delta boat trip with bushwalk on Chief's Island, from Maun, incl. Breakfast / lunch
- permits, conservation fees and gate fees parks (entrance parks) that are not part of the travel schedule
Flight in the evening of Amsterdam (or other airport in consultation), you arrive in the morning of day 2
Today we pick up the cars, do groceries and drive towards Botswana.
Khama Rhino Sanctuary
We cross the border. In Khama Rhino Sanctuary , 65 km from Palapye in the direction of Serowe, there are white and black rhinos. Here we can gain the first experiences in wild spotting and 4x4 driving.
Kubu Island - MAKGADIKGADI
The salt pans of Makgadikgadi are the remains of a lake that must have been the largest lake on the African continent. In fact, the area consists of two separate salt pans, the Ntwetwe and Sowa salt pan, surrounded by a number of smaller salt pans. In total, the area is 12,000 km2 in size. Nothing grows on the salt pans. Nevertheless, the rainy season can provide a layer of water, which mainly attracts flamingos. After the first rain, the migration of zebras, for example, begins, which then covers huge distances and of course attracts predators in their wake. Kubu Island is one of the magical places of your bucket list: deserted, dusty, but unique because of the beautiful baobab trees on an island in the middle of the salt pans. Look forward to a large wood fire and the most beautiful sun and sunrise
Central KALAHARI Game Reserve (CKGR)
The CKGR is a total of 52,800 km2 and thus larger than Denmark and Switzerland. It is even the second largest wildlife park in the world. Centuries-old riverbeds, open grass fields and salt pans dominate the landscape of the park that was established in 1961. The park gets little rain: in dry years no more than 170 mm while in good years 700 mm can fall. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a challenge for safaris. During the rainfall period from December to April there is a chance of seeing large herds of animals. The waterpans are full, as well as the rivers in the valleys, and the animals flock here. In the remaining months of the year the game spreads and game drives in this park demand a lot of patience. The animals still drink at the water drink places, but do not stay there for long. Springboks and gemsbok can also be without water for days. The best chance of seeing them around a drinking water station is in the rainy season when the fresh grass attracts them. Although the rainy season is a great time to see wildlife, it is also the period in which the CKGR is the most difficult to drive. It is convenient to join experienced rangers during these months or to make safaris from the private lodges. The greatest chance of spotting game lies in the northern part of the park. The vegetation in this part of the park is the most diverse with sand dunes, plains and different types of trees, while in the central part the bushveld is dominated and the south is dominated by dense mopaneboom vegetation. The Kalahari originated as a basin that is slowly filled with sand.
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Every day countless airplanes fly from the airport in Maun to the various luxury lodges in private concessions of the Delta and Moremi. It is said that this is even the busiest airport in the world .... We take a day trip by boat to Chief's Island for a good impression of the Delta ( option ). Before we explore Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in the coming days, we use the supermarkets in Maun to stock up.
MOREMI Game reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve is located in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta and covers 1 / 3rd of the total Okavango area. The vast marshes and grasslands have a great attraction to wildlife. In the Delta, access is only possible by light aircraft or by boat. Here are only private concession holders who lease the land for a number of years from the Botswana government. Visitors are not allowed to drive around freely here. Moremi, on the other hand, is a national park where every visitor is basically welcome on the paths where self drives are allowed. That is not in the whole park, because some parts of Moremi have been issued by the Botswana government - just like in the Delta - as a private concession.
CHOBE National Park
Savute is mainly famous for several documentaries broadcast on National Geographic. The unique images of lions chasing elephants have put the park on the map for good. Only in parks where it can be extremely dry will lions open the hunt for elephants. And Savute is generally dry - very dry indeed.
Chobe National Park is a game reserve of no less than 11,000 km2. The Chobe River flows on the north side of the reserve. The park has become especially famous because of its huge elephant troops. Estimates vary, but you need to think of a number around 80,000 units. A beloved waterhole for these troops forms the Chobe River, especially in drier times.
Option Victoria Falls
The Zambezi and Chobe go east together as Zambezi River to land 80 kilometers away as Victoria Falls! If you want to go to Vic Falls, it is best to book a transfer, it is already a hassle to cross the border, there are often longer rows of tourists in front of the visa counter (visa Zimbabwe US $ 30). At the Vic Falls you can easily go without a car, the walking distances are not great. You can also enjoy lunch or high tea at the Vic Falls Hotel!
In the area of Nata you can mainly see cattle farms. Nata is also located in a beautiful expansive landscape making it an interesting stopping point. In the immediate vicinity is the Nata Bird Sanctuary where 165 bird species can be found including (in season) flamingos and pelicans. Elephant Sands is special because elephants regularly come to drink at the watering place. They are so close that you can almost touch them
Tuli Block - Mapungubwe
Bordering South Africa, but still in Botswana, lies the Tuli Block, with yet another landscape than other parks in Botswana. Tuli Block is called the 'Hard Field' because of the rock formations and dry riverbeds. In this park lives the so-called Tuli-elephant - a type of elephant that deviates from the African elephant. You will also find hunters such as lions, leopards, cheetah and hyena. Giraffes, goats and zebras will also not be missing. In the Tuli Block several Private Game Reserves are located, such as Tuli Lodge and Mashatu where fantastic safaris can be held. Tuli Block is also known for its rich archaeological areas such as Solomon's Wall and Lepokole hills. The Lepokole hills lie 25 northeast of Bobonong and belong to the same type of hills as the Motopo Hills in Zimbabwe: granite rocks that turn red. There are many petroglyphs that have been made by the former San residents. It is possible to drive into these hills, but you have to be completely self-sufficient here. There are no campsites. There is also no occupancy in the area. Solomons Wall is an intriguing rock that rises from the landscape like a wall, located in the Tuli block and only to be visited by 4WD.
We drive to Gweta, hopefully we'll see migrating zebras and elephants on the way. We sleep and eat the first night in a simple lodge. The next morning, an additional excursion to beautiful baobab trees (via a cattle post) can be booked, if available ( option ). We leave for 4x4 after the afternoon to the salt pans . On the way we may see meerkats (sticky tails), zebras, jackals, antelopes, etc. but on saltpans themselves is nothing at all! We enjoy the breathtaking sunset and spend the night after a cozy firewood dinner on the saltpans in a kind of mattress-under-bedding under the (falling) starry sky! Basic, but an experience to never forget ...
Today we return the vehicles and the flight will be in the afternoon.
We will test your skills to enjoy it the way you wish. SAFELY.
- this is a camping trip, but if desired we can also arrange accommodation in some places (on request), in some parks that is not possible, there you can only camp.
- it is possible to draw your own plan from day 20 (after border crossing Botswana - South Africa), eg with an extension in a private game reserve
Driving in a convoy
- you drive yourself (4x4 car), choice of different models: Hilux, Landcruiser, BushCamper, Land Rover.
- you can drive your own route, in the evening we speak at a fixed point
- in parks where it is safer, we drive required in convoy (near each other) 4x4 , there is mutual communication via radios
- there is a 24/7 back-up of the car rental company for mechanical problems
- there is 24/7 back-up of the experienced tour guide on the spot, the tour guide can give 4x4 instruction and acts as a "broom wagon", they have tools for smaller repairs and a winch to unload cars when needed
- every evening we talk about what we are going to do the next day and what to look out for, the advice of the tour guide is binding on certain days (Chobe / Moremi / Kalahari / Kubu Island)
- A valid (international) passport (ID is not enough), including babies and children must have their own passport
- proof of return ticket or ticket to a next destination
For Namibia you have no Visa required (maximum 90 days stay). However, your passport must be valid for 6 months on departure from Namibia.
For Botswana you do not need a visa (maximum 90 days stay). However, the passport must be valid for 6 months on departure from Botswana. In addition, from June 1, 2017 in Botswana for foreign tourists, the USD30 pp Tourism Development Levy will apply, Pay at the border post in cash or by credit card. But this has been delayed until further notice.
We will inform you when booking about the latest information. Participants who do not own Dutch nationality should inform the embassy of their country to the exact border documents; Also for possible landings in other countries.
Most airlines carry 20 kg (sometimes 23 or even 30 kg) luggage for check-in, plus 7 kg of hand luggage. See your E-ticket or look at the website of the society. We advise not to take too much, with a lot of accommodation there is a laundry service which is definitely not too expensive. Good quality clothes, you can also buy cheap on site. Clothing that you want to leave behind is often more than welcome. A suitcase with hard shell is less practical and less often fits well in a luggage than a travel bag on wheels. Spinners (4 small wheels) are not handy in Africa, the trails are often too uneven. Prevent locks or leave your suitcase in plastic seals at the airport. Informal holiday clothes are permitted everywhere.
|Departure Dates Confirmed Dates||Trip Status Trip Status||TOUR CODES USE CODE||Price (PP) Excluding Flights|
Thu 19-4-18 until Fri 11-5-18
Available x2 vehicles
Tues 3-7-18 until Wed 25-7-18
Available x2 vehicles
|TRAVEL CODE||FROM TO||PRICE pp||NOTE||Departure|
|CODE K1804||Thursday 19-4 to Friday 11-5||
Hilux - roof rack - 2 persons
Hilux - roofs - 4 persons
Landcruiser - roof-2 persons
Hilux Bushcamper - 2 personen
Landcruiser Bushcamper - 2 persons
|CODE K1807||Tuesday 3-7 until Wednesday 25-7||
Hilux - roof rack - 2 persons
Hilux - roofs - 4 persons
Landcruiser - roof-2 persons
Hilux Bushcamper - 2 personen
Hilux Bushcamper - 2 adults + 2 children
Landcruiser Bushcamper - 2 persons