Bushmen Trail Ghanzi

Bushmen Trail Ghanzi -- BW004

A wilderness non-participatory camping & lodging safari adventure through Botswana, Bushmen dance and walk in Qae Qare. The Okavango delta by mokoro (dugout canoe) and nature walks on the island, wildlife in their masses in Moremi, Savuti & Chobe sunset cruise. Also experience the beauty of the Victoria Falls.


Days/Nights: 
13 nights 14 days small group non participatory camping & lodging safari

Camping Nights: 
9 nights camping

Lodging: 
4 nights lodge accommodation

Starts: 
Maun, Botswana.

Ends: 
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Highlights: 
  • Okavango Delta Mokoro (Dugout Canoe)/ Nature walk.
  • Bushmen dance
  • Bushmen walk
  • Moremi 2 game drives
  • Savuti 2 day game viewing / marsh.
  • Chobe game viewing / boat cruise
  • Victoria Falls adventure activities.
Itinerary Summary: 
Day Activity/ Place
Day 1 Starts from Maun, Botswana
Day 2 Dqae qare
Day 3 Okavango delta
Day 4-5-6 Moremi Xakanaxa
Day 9 - 10 Savuti
Day 11-12 Chobe National Park
Day 13 Victoria Falls
Day 14 Tour Ends

 


Itinerary Includes: 
  • Small group 6 pax maximum
  • Parks & Reserve entry fees.
  • Use of camping equipment (comfortable bedroll, pillows)
  • Transport in 4WD game viewing vehicle (open game viewing game drive vehicle + trailer)
  • Fridge.
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Meals [B x 14, L x 9, D x 9]
  • Jug of juice
  • Fruits
  • First aid kit
  • satellite phone
  • Tea/Coffee and Hot Chocolate.
  • Professional Guide.
  • 2 Game drives per day.
  • Nature walk on the island
  • Bushmen walk & dance
  • Chef.
  • Camp Assistant.
  • Mokoro activities.
  • Mokoro pooler fees.
  • Entrance fees to the Okavango Delta.
  • Boat cruise in Chobe
  • Bottle mineral water when camping
  • Lodge accommodation in Maun, Chobe / Kasane and Victoria falls-Zimbabwe
Itinerary Excludes: 
  • Scenic flight over the Okavango delta
  • All adventure activities in Victoria falls
  • Entrance fees to the Victoria falls
  • Staff tips
  • Boat cruise in the Okavango delta
  • Soft drinks , beers, wines, spirits
  • Meals in the restaurants
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Curios
  • Insurance
Safari Grade: 

A comfortable non participatory wild camping with ensuite facilities (9 Nights) and lodging (4 nights). Mosu Safari Tours will provide a bucket shower with warm water off the fire. Mosu Safari Tours (also) provides mats, chairs with backrests, comfortable bedroll fully equipped with linen,towels, mess tents, Tents (3x3m bow tents), mosquito gauze on door & windows). Mosu Safari Tours camp assistant erects tents and do bedding. Mosu safari tours chef prepares meals in the camp.


NB: All our tours are non-participatory, meaning we have enough staff to do the camp chores while you sit and enjoy your holiday.

Single tent supplement: USD55.00

Detailed Summary: 

Maun, Dqae qare (Bushmen), Okavango Delta, Moremi Xakanaxa, Moremi Khwai, Savuti, Chobe/Kasane & Victoria Falls 13 nights 14 days Non-Participatory Camping & Lodging mobile safari

Day 1: Maun

Lodge Accommodation [breakfast x 1]


Arrive in Maun international airport where Mosu safari tours guides will meet you off Air Botswana. Please look out for a board, which says “MOSU SAFARI TOURS”, Our guide will be waiting to transfer you to your lodge. Maun is the gateway to one of the best wildlife experiences you will ever have.

Maun has grown rapidly from its early days as a small, rural frontier good shopping centers town and has now spread along the wide, Thamalakane River. It now boasts hotels and lodges as well as car and 4-wheel drive vehicle hire. However, it retains a rural atmosphere and, as befitting its role as the hub of the Delta's safari industry travelers pass through here on their way to the Okavango Delta. It covers one third of the Delta and boasts a river tributary of the Okavango called the Thamalakane River. It is our home and this frontier “village” certainly puts things into perspective before travelling to the wilderness. We will be staying in a lodge for 1 night on bed and breakfast basis, lunch and dinner at own expenses. On arrival, your guide will give you a full safari briefing and take you shopping for your safari drinks.

Our adventure begins in Maun. You can do a scenic flight over the Okavango delta. Keep a look out for Hippos in the waterways and Elephant and Buffalo in the shade of the trees. Observe how the water channels meander their way through the Delta in ever changing paths as this Dynamic water system evolves. The vastness of this pristine wilderness is breathtaking(Ownexpense).


Day 2: Ghanzi Bushmen

Camping (Breakfast x1, Lunch x1,Dinner x1)


After breakfast, we depart to the village of Ghanzi called Dqae Qare, which is 300 kms from Maun to meet the san people. We will be camping for 1 night at a campsite with permanent ablutions. Your guides will be the San/Bushmen/women accompanied by an interpreter. They will give you a glimpse of how the San adapted to the Kalahari Desert, by gathering an astounding array of edible foods, medicinal roots, and other veld products.

At this place you will indulge in activities like walk- is a slow meander through the bushveld, for about an hour and a half, of not more than four kilometers. Accompany a small band of Bushman, and women, with a translator, as they go have their rich heritage of accumulated knowledge that makes the San/Bushman masters of this harsh environment, helping you to learn about the botany of your surroundings.

There is also Bushmen dance activity. These dances are not only a celebration of life but are also a means of passing on historic folktale from generation to generation. The dances have probably not changed in the last 20 000 years of San/Bushman culture. The harmonizing and nuances of this music is initially disturbing to the Western ear, but with careful listening, gains a fluidity and resonance, which is tranquil to the mind.
 

Day 3 Okavango Delta

Camping [Lunch x 1, Breakfast x1, Dinner x 1]


Wake up, have your small bags ready packed for the mokoro overnight before having breakfast. You will only need a small amount of luggage for the 1 night that you will be staying in the delta. Your big bags will be left in the storage for safe keeping in Mosu Safari Tours office, to be collected when you come back from the Okavango delta.

You will meet your local mokoro poler who will serve also as your guide. Local mokoro community guides conduct this activity but our chef comes along. When we arrive the camp assistant will put up camp under a canopy of trees, have brunch. After that is time for siesta you can also take a swim at the delta clear waters, have tea/ coffee before you take a walk on the island.

Travelling by mokoro is undeniably the best way to experience the Okavango delta. You explore the waterways, and take nature walks where you have the opportunity to track game and get a close-up feel of this unique environment. Bird life is spectacular; on foot, you are able to have a much more intense experience of the bush, particularly the flora and fauna that might go unnoticed. Guides are experienced in tracking animals and are able to point out interesting sightings of various types of wildlife, we camp wild in a remote campsite for 1 night.

Day 4-5: Moremi Xakanaxa (Third Bridge)

Camping [Lunch x 2, Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2]


From Okavango Delta we pass by the office to get the luggage that we left when going to Mokoro. Your guide will take you shopping for your safari drinks then we head to Moremi Xakanaxa. Set-aside in 1963 by the Batawana tribe, the Reserve is rated as Africa's most beautiful game reserve.

 Moremi game reserve is widely considered as one of the finest wildlife reserve in Africa with a diversity of habitats combining acacia forests and mophane woodlands with floodplains’ and lagoons. Here we will be camping at an exclusive campsite. Our guides will take us to the park’s most beautiful areas such as third bridge, bodumatau and dead tree island where game is plentiful. Sightings include elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, hyena ,jackal and many different antelopes including red lechwe and shy sitatunga a web-footed antelope perfectly adapted to life in the swamps Wild dog, (whose numbers are so rapidly dwindling elsewhere) are regularly sighted in the Moremi game reserve. It is the great diversity of plant and animal life that makes Moremi so well known. The reserve contains within its boundaries approximately twenty percent of the Okavango Delta. We will camp wild for 2nights at an exclusive campsite. Enjoying the activities on a day to day basis.

Day 7-8: Moremi khwai (North Gate)

Camping [Lunch x 2, Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2]


We depart to Moremi Khwai, situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, bordering the Chobe National Park on the southwestern part of the Park. The Moremi Game Reserve covers almost one third of the Delta. With such a wide variety of vegetation comes diverse spectrum of wild life. Huge herds of impala and tsessebe are found in the area, while in the dry season large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, elephant and zebra flock into the reserve from the Kalahari in search of food and water. The rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope live in the papyrus banks of the waterways. Lions, cheetahs and packs of wild dogs hunt in the open grassland.

Moremi Game Reserve is a wilderness paradise with great game viewing throughout the year. We will camp wild for 2 nights at an exclusive campsite at khwai north Moremi Game Reserve, enjoying activities on day to day basis. The magnificent Khwai River is the hub for some of the most outstanding wildlife viewing both on the Moremi and in the Khwai community area.

Day 9-10 Savuti

Camping [Lunch x 2, Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2]


We depart to Savuti, which is part of Chobe national park. It is called Savuti because a certain chief called Sauté used to live there with his tribe. The drive is a bit longer from Moremi to Savuti; however, the drive is much enjoyable, as you will see lots of birds and animals on the way. The scenery is amazing and very African looking, with lots of umbrella thorn, acacia tortilis (Mosu in Setswana which means the name of our company) giraffes feeding and many more including the most photographed bird, lilac breasted roller(in the picture) a national bird of Botswana. You will not resist from taking a picture of it, it is the most beautiful bird in Africa. We arrive in time for lunch;  our exclusive  camp will be put up while you have lunch  we wild camp for 2 nights depart for an afternoon game drive   to see vast herds of zebras and wildebeest and also have an opportunity to see pairs of kori bastards which are the heaviest flying birds. We get back to camp after sunset for a lovely dinner around the campfire.

An early morning tea/coffee, rusks then depart for a game drive along the Savuti channel, which is flowing after 30 years. The area looks very beautiful there are beautiful tall trees along the river animals like to hang around for shade. We also drive to Savuti marsh where we have an opportunity to track cheetah a vast open grassland area, their mostly preferred habitat. Get back for brunch after a beautiful drive, have shower, launder your clothes during your siesta time or read a book. In the afternoon we depart for a game drive. Get back to the camp after a lovely game drive dinner at 20.00pm. The last guest determines time of going to bed.

DAY 11 – 12 KASANE/CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Lodging [Breakfast x 2]


Wake up early to take a beautiful trip to the famous Chobe national park. You will notice when we drive the vegetation changes from time to time. Along the way you get mophane woodland, acacia tortilis (Mosu). Chobe National Park is mostly dominated by the Zimbabwe teak, very good for making furniture. On the way we see lots of animals until we get to Chobe enclave which incorporates five villages. Then we enter the park, we arrive in Kasane a town just outside Chobe national park around lunch. You will be staying in a lodge for 2 nights on bed and breakfast basis (lunches and dinners at own expense).

After that siesta you may take a swim or take a rest in your room before we leave for an afternoon game drive along the Chobe River where we will see big herds of buffalos, elephants, pods of hippos, and prides of lions. Chobe is a unique park because; during dry season big herds of animals congregate along the river. You will see elephants swimming from one bank to the other, buffalos crossing to the island, get back from a beautiful game drive freshen up and have dinner- own expense. Time of going to bed is determined by the last guest.

Wake up have quick breakfast before departing for a morning game drive which is longer, you will also have an opportunity to observe the animals close. Chobe also boasts two antelopes rarely encountered elsewhere in Botswana - the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. The puku, with their shaggy orange-brown coats and V-shaped horns, can be spotted grazing the floodplains. Always on the lookout for predators, a repetitive whistle is used to warn fellow herd members. In contrast, the Chobe bushbuck is nocturnal and rarely forms groups of more than one pair. Rarely seen, this shy antelope, with its short, spiral horns relies on a sharp bark as an alarm call when threatened. Both the puku and the bushbuck have a number of predators to contend with, from lion, hyena and leopard, to African wild dog.

Get back to the lodge after a beautiful drive have brunch   after that is siesta time. 15.00pm we depart for a beautiful sunset boat cruise along the Chobe river. You will see a lot of animals you will also come very close to crocodiles and pods of hippos from the boat at times we see lions from the boat you will also see big herds of buffalos. We get back to the lodge after sunset dinner is at 20.00pm at a local restaurant (own expense). Time of going to bed is determined by the last guest.

DAY 13: VICTORIA FALLS-ZIMBABWE

Lodging [Breakfast x 1]


After breakfast we depart to Zimbabwe Victoria falls, our guides will transfer you to a luxury lodge accommodation in Victoria Falls where you will be staying for 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis dinner at (own expense). Victoria Falls is the largest single curtain of falling water on the planet. More than twice the size of Niagara Falls, this Natural Wonder and World Heritage Site has become one of Southern Africa's top tourist destinations. This spot on the Zambezi River, the natural border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, has been described as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
The National park has rich biodiversity of fauna like elephant, hippos, giraffes, zebra antelopes and a variety of birds like klipspringers, herons, falcon and waterfowls. The stunning beauty of islands in the river upstream draws the tourists through a boat cruise The Devil’s pool, another prominent tourist attraction, is a fresh water pond where swimming is accessed to the tourists.

The bridge, which was constructed across the second gorge, gives the splendid view of the falling waters. The two islands of Cataract Island and Livingstone Island divide the massive water into number of smaller streams in the upstream of the river. The Victoria Falls can be reached through Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe as well as Livingstone town in Zambia. These two towns are well accessible through air and roads

Our adventure begins in Victoria Falls besides the fantastic viewing of the falls, the Victoria Falls Bridge and David Livingstone’s Statue, the destination offers a wide range of activities:

Mosu Safari Tours does not pay for nay activities in Victoria Falls and park entry fees. They are not included in the quote.

  • For those seeking adrenaline buzz is, bungee jumping from the Zambezi Bridge, gorge swing into the gorge, or fly across the gorge on your stomach like a flying fox, and white water rafting trips downstream in the gorge. The Zambezi is a grade 5 river, grade 6 and over are very unrunable, so the highest form of adventure.
  • A number of operators offer flights over the mighty falls with microlights, light aeroplanes and helicopters.
  • Other activities on offer are horse-riding, elephant-riding, walking with Lions, canoeing or visiting the crocodile farm. We will be staying here for 1 night.

DAY 14

Wake up and have breakfast; you will then be transferred to Victoria Falls   airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

TOUR ENDS

Introduction: 

FOR BW004=14 DAYS BUSHMEN TRAIL GHANZI

Travel Info: 

NB: Maximum of 6  people on each vehicle.