The Kalahari Crossing

19 day guided self-drive off-road camper safari
Maun to Cape Town

Highlights on this safari:
Nxai Pan National Park – Makgadikgadi National Park, the Boteti River – Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Khutse Game Reserve – Mabuasehube Game Reserve – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Augrabies Falls – Cape Town

You always wanted to sit behind the wheel of an off-road vehicle driving deep into the African bush over nearly unpassable terrain and experience unspoiled wilderness areas and getting real close to its wild animals. YES? You want to sit in the open at a camp fire and enjoy the wide open boundless expanse of the star-studded sky? You dream of the most amazing African sunsets only a Kalahari sky can show you?

Then join Otti Meijer on this exciting adventure trip, and experience Africa and pure nature!

This safari offers you the comfort and privacy of a self-drive tour, but with the safety of an experienced tour guide, who will familiarize you with the driving techniques of your four-wheel drive vehicle in the bush, through water, mud and deep sand while also showing you the impressive beauty of his country.

You will have a safari crew (chef and camping assistant) who will assist where necessary and prepare tasty dishes, so you can enjoy your safari in a relaxed atmosphere.

An exciting adventure trip that has never been offered before and one which you will never forget!

Day 1 – Maun
After arrival at the Maun Airport you will be transferred to the Maun Lodge for the 1st night. Here you will meet the rest of your travel companions. During dinner time, your guide will give his pre-safari briefing where you can raise any questions or last minute concerns you may have. (D&B)

Day 2 & 3 – Nxai Pan National Park
After breakfast, your 4x4 safari vehicle and home for the duration of the safari, will be handed over to you. The adventure starts easy by driving on a tarred road to the East and then North into the Nxai Pan National Park on some deep sand tracks. Four-wheel drive instruction will be done en-route to the well-known Baines Baobab trees which are just to the east of the track we are driving on. The largest zebra migration in Southern Africa is normally, at this time of year, in this area followed by the hunters, the predator cats. With a little bit of luck, you will be witness to some exciting wildlife scenes. (FB)

Day 4 – Makgadikgadi National Park, on the edge of the Boteti river
Tonight, you are sleeping in a Hemmingway type permanent tented camp with all the comfort it offers like an open-air bathroom and stunning views from above of the Boteti River. The resident Bushman family will take you on an interesting bush walk while showing their hunter and gatherer skills used for surviving in these desert areas; man, and nature in complete synchronisation! Lodge accommodation at Meno a Kwena camp (FB)

Day 5 - 8 -Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Our route today takes us to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the area of this reserve is about 25% bigger than Switzerland! During the following four days, you will get to know some of the interesting areas of this Reserve. Far from civilisation, our days are spent game viewing and exploring the area, our camp for the nights are basic but we brought our comforts with us. With a bit of luck, you will witness the birth of the young and see their first wobbly steps. Oryx, springbok, blue wildebeest amongst others will attract the black maned Kalahari lions as well as cheetah, leopard. Also, wild dogs and the Brown Hyena are here at home. (FB)

Day 9-10 Khutse Game Reserve
A long drive in southerly direction deeper into the Kalahari will take us to Khutse GR, the second oldest after Moremi GR. Khutse is not very well known to international travellers but it certainly is a favourite amongst the many expats and Embassy staffers living in nearby Gaborone. It offers excellent game viewing with its wide-open spaces, grassland and pans. (FB)

Day 11-13 Mabuasehube Game reserve
We leave Khutse Game Reserve and for the 1st time since we entered the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, we will see some civilisation for a short while to stock up on fuel and other necessities. We are not wasting any time here and get back onto the rural off the beaten tourist tracks on our way down to Mabuasehube Game Reserve. We spend 2 nights here, game viewing most of the time but there is also some time to rest during the afternoon when the wildlife is less active. Our bush camp is set up at 2 different campsites in the reserve. (FB)

Day 14 – 16 Kgalagadi Transfontier Park
Our route takes us West to the Border with South Africa and the Kgalagadi with its 36,000 square kilometres. It is one of the very few places in the World still in its original historic state. Large herd of game roam here freely and like always, followed by the predators. The star of the show in this case is off-course the Kalahari black maned lion. The rainy season, is the best time to see herds of oryx, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest. Large camel thorn trees and infinitely wide open spaces with red dunes long grass and scrub set the scene for a most exciting and memorable time here. (FB)

Day 17 – Augrabies Falls National Park
We are now leaving the wildlife areas but not the Kalahari yet. Heading down south to Upington for a quick fuel and proviant stop and further west to the Augrabies National Park where the Orange river created a spectacular waterfall. (FB)

Day 18 – Clanwilliam
We are heading further down south crossing the beautiful mountains of Namaqualand and the Cederberg. Clanwilliam, the capital of the world-renowned Rooibos tea is our home for the last night of this adventure. Clanwilliam Hotel (FB)

Day 19 – Cape Town
This unique and unforgettable adventure is coming to an end; we are heading further south to Cape Town. Your 4x4 and home for the past days is dropped off at the Britz 4x4 depot close to the Cape town airport. Transfer to the airport, end of services.

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Safari: The Kalahari Crossing
Duration: 19 days
Safari type: Guided self-drive 4x4 adventure

Rates are on request.
This safari will only be operated on request for a group and can be tailormade to requirements.

• 4x4 vehicle of your choice, including all camping equipment; bedding, crockery, cutlery, chairs, table, gas stove, fridge/freezer, etc.
    o Vehicle options:
        • Toyota Double cab with 2 roof top tents, Max 4 people
        • Toyota single cab with 1 roof top tent for 2 people
        • Other vehicles, on request
• All-inclusive cover vehicle insurance:
        • Excess US$ ZERO, Deposit US$231.00
• Toll fees
• Fuel as per itinerary
• Two-way radio for contact between all participants and the guide vehicle
• Border crossing fees
• Park entrance fees for vehicles and all persons
• Camping fees
• Botswana registered guide
• German and Dutch speaking Tour-Leader, Otti Meijer
• Cook and camp assistant
• All meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea and coffee, drinking water
• Activities
    o Guided bushman experience at Meno a Kwena
    o Off-road driving instruction
• Road maps of each country visited
• Airport transfers

• Visa Fees, if applicable
• Additional activities not shown in the inclusions and itinerary
• Medical cover. This is compulsory!
• Travel insurance. This is compulsory!
• Beverages; non-alcoholic and alcoholic

• Minimum group size: 5 vehicles, or 10 people
• Maximum group size: 10 vehicles, or 20 people
• The total travelling distance is ± 4000km