Journeys with Purpose (JWP07) Trekking Giants Expedition 2020

Botswana, SA & Mozambique
11 to 26 July 2020
15 nights/16 days

3 countries
Fly in: Gaborone Airport, 11 July 2020 (Saturday). Expedition starts on 12th July 2020
Fly out: JHB on 26 July 2020 (Sunday) *AFTER 17h00
Group size: 6-12
*With Covid 19 we are waiting to see when the flights from overeas are re-opened and will then continue accordingly*

Rate: US$ 5800pp sharing (US$600 non-refundable deposit required to book a seat)

Summary

Africa. The one place on Earth where you’re guaranteed to fall in love with raw, magnetic natural beauty. It is an intoxicating mix of sights and sounds, wildlife and natural splendour that enthrals, captivates and will literally take your breath away. Trekking Giants is a 1800km adventure spanning three of Africa’s alluring countries, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique, in search of the Big 5.

Our expedition begins at the Tuli Block, a hidden gem in the easternmost corner of Botswana. This unique, timeless corner of Africa with spectacular wildlife has been described as Botswana’s best kept secret. From Tuli, we cross into South Africa making our way to the Soutpansberg mountains in the Limpopo Province to explore the country’s highest biodiversity of flora and fauna. Brace yourself for unrivalled scenery, unspoilt nature, and a rich variety of wildlife and endemic species. This is a magical place of abundance and beauty; a place where you will also discover and connect with yourself. Thereafter, we venture into Kruger National Park to see untamed Africa from a new perspective. We will spend our time exploring through the remotest corners of the Kruger, giving you the chance to stumble upon the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo) in their untouched habitat.

Our fundraising eco-adventure wraps up in Mozambique where we will be the support team to a group of experts who will be collaring elephants in Banhine National Park. Be prepared for some long bumpy African roads, amazing wildlife and breath-taking scenery. The route takes us through far-flung, traditional villages and national parks with incredible game viewing. Travelling with only a few vehicles, our group will be led by one of Africa’s most experienced adventurers and humanitarians, Carla Geyser and her Blue Sky Expeditions crew, who will provide daily briefings on the regions visited and routes and roads to be undertaken.

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Highlights

Some of the extraordinary experiences you can look forward to as part of this group of eco-travellers includes:

  • 16 days / 15 nights in Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique
  • An authentic wilderness experience reminiscent of Africa a century ago at Tuli Wilderness (Botswana)
  • A day at a school and/or seeing their community projects in the privately-owned Tuli Game Reserve (Botswana)
  • Exploring the hidden valley on top of the Soutpansberg magical mountains (South Africa)
  • Exploring through the remotest corners of the Kruger National Park (South Africa) in search of the Big Five in their untouched magnificent habitat
  • Four days collaring elephants in Banhine National Park (Mozambique)
  • Making lifelong friendships with other people from around the world who are just as passionate about making a difference in Africa as you are
  • Enjoying an exceptionally organised once-in-a-lifetime African experience where all logistical details are taken care of for you.

Frequency: Bespoke once-off expedition
Fitness Ratings: Moderate
Tour Features: Wildlife Conservation, Cultural Exchange, Youth Conservation Education, English-spoken, Fundraising for Wildlife Conservation Groups, Male/Female
Beneficiary: Elephants Alive  and Saving the Survivors
Accommodation: Mostly camping /bungalows /rooms
Price range: Mid-range
Min: 6 eco-adventurers
Max: 12 eco-adventurers

Includes

  • Expedition leader and crew
  • Expedition vehicles
  • Fuel & toll fees
  • Basic accommodation (Mostly camping/Chalets/rooms- sharing)
  • All meals & water in itinerary
  • All camping equipment (*Except sleeping bags and pillows. Please bring your own*)
  • National Park fees & bed levies
  • Car insurance & border crossing fees for vehicles
  • US1000pp fundraising  to pay towards the Elephant Collaring
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary
  • Relocation fee of cars to get to Botswana/South Africa and Mozambique
  • Transfers to and from airports

Excludes

  • Any Flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of the expedition
  • Gratuities (*We recommend US$ 5 to 10 per guide or activity*)
  • Any visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & snacks
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (*Compulsory*)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation (pre/ post expedition)
  • Any extra activities not mentioned in itinerary

Itinerary

DAY DATE DAY DETAILS COMMENTS ACCOMMODATION TYPE / MEALS
1 11-Jul Saturday Gaborone Transfer from airport to B&B/Lodge Earth B&B Rooms/Chalets
PM – Brief Dinner & Breakfast + Packed lunch
2 12-Jul Sunday Gaborone – Tuli Block AM – Drive  6 1/2 hour Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
PM – Game Drive  / Walk All Meals
3 13-Jul Monday Tuli Block Activities – Game Drive/Walks Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
All Meals
4 14-Jul Tuesday Tuli Block Activities – Game Drive/Walks  / School (?) Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
All Meals
5 15-Jul Wednesday Tuli Block Activities – Game Drive/Walks / Bush Dinner Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
All Meals
6 16-Jul Thursday Tuli Block to Soutspansberg AM – Drive (Border) Leshiba wilderness – Luvhondo Rondavels
PM Game Drive/Walk All Meals
7 17-Jul Friday Soutspansberg Activities – Game Drive/Walk Leshiba wilderness – Luvhondo Rondavels
All Meals + packed lunch
8 18-Jul Saturday Soutspansberg – KNP AM – Drive (5/6 hours) Mopani Camp (KNP) OR Letaba Camp Rondavels
PM – Game Drive ( KNP) / Relax Self catering *BSE
9 19-Jul Sunday KNP – Limpopo AM – Game Drive (KNP) Covane community lodge Bush  or Lake Chalet
Drive (Border) –  ±4 hours All Meals  + packed lunch
10 20-Jul Monday Limpopo – Banhine NP  Drive (approx 400km on untarred roads) – long days drive HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
11 21-Jul Tuesday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
12 22-Jul Wednesday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
13 23-Jul Thursday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
14 24-Jul Friday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
15 25-Jul Saturday BNP – KNP/Nelspruit  Drive (Border) – Long days drive 10/11 hours Letaba  Camp / Nelspruit (TBC) Chalets / Room
Self Catering *BSE
16 26-Jul Sunday KNP – JHB  *Fly out of JHB in LATE afternoon * AFTER 5pm

 

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

DAY ONE/TWO/THREE/FOUR/FIVE – EXPEDITION DAY Gaborone to Tuli Game Reserve (Botswana)

Welcome to Botswana! Your adventure begins when you are greeted at the airport and taken to our B&B. We will do a expedition welcome and brief at Dinner.  It’s adrenaline from the word go, as we drive out to our first destination early the following morning after a quick brekkie, then we hit the road towards Tuli Game Reserve. This will be our home for the next four nights. Kgakala Trails Camp is a small and private rustic bush camp, comprised of dome tents, communal outdoor bathrooms and a main lapa area. The camp is situated on the banks of the Mohave River. The name Kgakala means ‘remote’ or ‘isolated’ in Setswana and that is exactly the feeling you will have in this charmingly wild and rustic camp.

The unfenced Kgalakala Trails Camp offers accommodation in six basic dome tents, each sleeping up to two persons on camp stretchers. There is no electricity, so lighting is provided for by gas, paraffin and solar. Shower water is heated by a donkey boiler, and the cookers and a freezer are gas-operated. Game such as Elephants, Lion, Leopard, Brown and Spotted Hyaena, Civet, Genet and African Wild Cat may possibly be seen in and around the camp. The Mohave River is a hotspot for game movements and the remoteness of the camp ensures that you will truly feel that you are deep in the wilderness.

Tuli Wilderness is home to a diverse range of wildlife and the Tuli Area boasts the world’s largest elephant population on privately-owned land (over 1800 elephants) – offering some incredible sightings and providing fantastic photographic opportunities. Our private and exclusive 24 000 acre unfenced concession borders the great Limpopo River at its southern end and the Motloutse River to the East. It encompasses riverine thickets, mopane veld, open plains and boulder-strewn sandstone ecosystems, complete with the game you would expect. The landscapes are breath-taking! We will take part in activities such as Game Drives, Bush walks and will also be doing community work and visiting a school in the area to do wildlife conservation education.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Earth B&B (Gaborone) + Kgakala Trails Camp (Tuli Block)
Type: Basic Dome tents (no electricity)

DAY SIX/SEVEN – Tuli Game Reserve to Soutpansberg (South Africa)

Today we drive across the Pont Drift border into South Africa to the Soutpansberg mountains in the Limpopo. Province. This is Mother Nature in her no-filter glory! Be prepared to be amazed. Our activities will include game drives and walks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Luvhondo (Leshiba Wilderness)
Type: Rondavels (Round Huts)

DAY EIGHT – Soutpansberg to Kruger National Park (South Africa)

Kruger National Park, in north eastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape. We will spend one nights at Letaba or Mopani camp which is in the east of the park, and has some of the highest biodiversity and diverse scenery and landscape. We will spend time exploring looking for Africa’s Big 5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  (BSE to cater)
Accommodation: Letaba or Mopani camp
Type: Rondavels/Chalets

DAY NINE– KNP to Limpopo National Park (Mozambique)

Leaving Kruger, we head for Giriyondo Border post and enter into Mozambique via Limpopo National Park, driving through thick sand and across the dry Limpopo river bed. We will spend the night overlooking the Massingir Dam in Moçambique

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Covane community Lodge
Type: Rooms

DAY TEN/ELEVEN/TWELVE/THIRTEEN/FOURTEEN –  KNP to Banhine National Park (Mozambique)

Today we head for Banhine National Park where we will be based for five nights. The 700 000 ha Banhine National Park is situated in central southern Mozambique, midway between Pafuri in the west and Vilanculos in the east. The Park features extensive plains and flood areas, which form crystal clear lagoons that is an important passage point for migratory birds that flock there in en mass during the rainy season. This area is VERY remote and facilities are scarse.

Banhine is a critically important component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area as it lies within the wildlife corridor between the Zinave and Limpopo National Parks. Peace Parks has started the rehabilitation and restoration project has stared with Peace Parks.

Banhine National Park was established in 1973 to conserve the giraffe and ostrich populations found there. Unfortunately, these, as well as other wildlife populations, were nearly eradicated during the war and commercial poaching activities. In July 2018, Peace Parks Foundation and Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC) formalised their long-standing alliance in developing Banhine National Park with the signing of a formal partnership agreement. We will be working with Saving the Survivors and Elephants Alive on this elephant collaring operation.

*The animals (and vets) safety is ALWAYS a priority so we will work under their guidance. The terrain is very wild and there may be a chance that only the vets and pilots get to the elephants but we will do everything in our power to be included as much as possible.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp (sharing)
Type: Dome tents

DAY FIFTEEN – Banhine NP to Nelspruit

A  VERY long day’s drive leaving the park heading to Nelspruit, where we will spend our last night together before heading our own way in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner
Accommodation: TBC
Type: Rooms (Sharing)

DAY FIFTEEN – Nelspruit to JHB

Breakfast and then drive to JHB for those departing from the airport.

You are among friends when you are with us. Together, we are in a safe space and you have the freedom to be yourself and to explore. Whether you have never left your home country or are a seasoned solo traveller, this trip is guaranteed to offer you adventure, friends, and breathless beauty.

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

These driving adventures are organised and led by Carla Geyser, the founder of the Blue Sky Society Trust (BSST) and Blue Sky Expeditions who has, to date, led many successful trips into Africa. If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who is passionate about conservation and takes life as it comes, then this is for you! #JWP brings together like-minded people from around the world on trips that focus on visiting and raising funds for wildlife initiatives along the route.

#JWP EXPEDITIONS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE

Carla handpicks the expedition members, always looking for well-rounded individuals of various skills and interests. If you are an enthusiastic adventurer who is passionate about conservation and who takes life as it comes, then our next #JWP expedition could be for you.

REMOTE AND MEMORABLE

These expeditions often involve driving long distances over bumpy dusty roads, camping in remote areas, at times being without mobile phone service for days, and of course loads of giving back through hands-on charity work. Sometimes our accommodation varies from camping to chalets/rooms. Each journey is unique. So make sure you read the itinerary carefully.

This is not a ‘normal’ tour but rather a team expedition, and every now and then member(s) of the team are requested to pitch in, if required with cooking, cleaning, camp set-up etc. It is the experience of a lifetime, and we would love to have exploratory fun-filled compassionate spirits along for the ride.

ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

This is a LIMITED entry journey, which means only a few people get to experience this unforgettable never-to-be-repeated experience. Minimum enrollment for this trip is 6 people. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date, the trip may be cancelled in which case full payment excluding the deposit will be refunded.  (Minus the non-refundable deposit of US$600).

SAFETY:

Safety is always a priority. We have a satellite phone, SATIB Insurance 24-hour medivac and assistance on call, and access to doctors 24/7.

PAYMENT & BOOKING:

  1. DEPOSIT: A $600pp non-refundable deposit is required to be paid within 24 hours to reserve/book your spot on the expedition.
  2. PAYMENT TWO: To be paid within 30 days of booking confirmation
  3. FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE: The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure. If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking. 
  4. OR Full payment upfront (100%)

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY:

  1. 30 days (one month) or less: Cancellation by you up to 30 days prior to departure results in no refund. (100% Cancellation fee applies i.e. no refund)
  2. 30 – 90 days (one to three months): 70% cancellation fee applies. 30% will be refunded.
  3. 90 – 150 days (three to five months): 30% cancellation fee applies. 70% will be refunded.
  4. 150 days or more: Cancellation by you up to 150 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit of US600pp.
  5. Blue Sky Expeditions is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or family emergencies or for any pandemics or acts of god cancellations (please read indemnity form).
  6. A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from the participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
  7. Should you choose to withdraw from the program, kindly note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  8. In the event that the trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Blue Sky Expeditions is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend that you buy refundable airline tickets.

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance, it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.

Please ARRIVE at designated airport on specific date (see itinerary)

Please book your DEPARTURE from designated airport on specific date (see itinerary)

Traveling before or after the program is totally fine – just let Blue Sky Expeditions know your plans.

GENERAL COMMENTS:

  • Please note the itinerary may change slightly but we will keep you posted as to any amendments or changes. This is Africa (TIA).
  • Blue Sky Expeditions would like to do educational work in rural schools as well if possible, handing out educational booklets to children and/or visiting communities.
  • We will send you emails detailing the documentation and correspondence we require from you. An Expedition Agreement contract will be sent and needs to be read, understood, signed and returned to confirm your place.
  • MEALS: Most meals will be eaten together at the places we stay. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.
  • SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: Pricing is based upon a double occupancy sharing. Unless a specific person has been identified, you will usually be assigned a roommate. Each person will have their own bed.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:

  • Here at Blue Sky Expeditions we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected, we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international travel insurance.
  • Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine. In fact, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client’s responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
  • Vaccinations:  Be an informed traveller! Ultimately, it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but cannot legally provide medical advice.

ENTRY & VISA INFORMATION

Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of entry and that you have at least two blank pages in your passport (the back page does not count).

MONEY & TIPPING:

The colourful currency in  each country will be explained – please do your homework or ask.

South Africa – SA Rand
Namibia – Namibian Dollar
Botswana – Botswana Pula
Zambia – Zambian Kwacha
Mozambique – Mozambique Metical
Zimbabwe – US$ *Cash only
Eswatini – SA Rand
Rwanda – Rwandan Franc

Credit cards are widely accepted so this  can be  your main form of payment. Reliable ATM’s in banks are available in certain cities . You may also bring cash to exchange at banks and exchange offices.

TIPPING: There will some situations where you may feel the need to tip but as always it is up to your discretion. Typically, it is customary to tip our local guides $5-$10 per day per guide. BUT you are welcome to tip more.

**PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING TO READ AND SIGN OUR INDEMNITY.  Each person must have signed this before departure

Expedition Agreement – https://www.blueskysociety.org/expedition-agreement-form/

Indemnity Form – https://www.blueskysociety.org/indemnity-online-form/

Includes

  • Expedition leader and crew
  • Expedition vehicles
  • Fuel & toll fees
  • Basic accommodation (Mostly camping/Chalets/rooms- sharing)
  • All meals & water in itinerary
  • All camping equipment (*Except sleeping bags and pillows. Please bring your own*)
  • National Park fees & bed levies
  • Car insurance & border crossing fees for vehicles
  • US1000pp fundraising  to pay towards the Elephant Collaring
  • All activities detailed in the itinerary
  • Relocation fee of cars to get to Botswana/South Africa and Mozambique
  • Transfers to and from airports

Excludes

  • Any Flights & any necessary transfers to get to the start/finish of the expedition
  • Gratuities (*We recommend US$ 5 to 10 per guide or activity*)
  • Any visas & border costs
  • Alcoholic drinks & snacks
  • Any personal expenses
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (*Compulsory*)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation (pre/ post expedition)
  • Any extra activities not mentioned in itinerary

Itinerary

DAY DATE DAY DETAILS COMMENTS ACCOMMODATION TYPE / MEALS
1 11-Jul Saturday Gaborone Transfer from airport to B&B/Lodge Earth B&B Rooms/Chalets
PM – Brief Dinner & Breakfast + Packed lunch
2 12-Jul Sunday Gaborone – Tuli Block AM – Drive  6 1/2 hour Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
PM – Game Drive  / Walk All Meals
3 13-Jul Monday Tuli Block Activities – Game Drive/Walks Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
All Meals
4 14-Jul Tuesday Tuli Block Activities – Game Drive/Walks  / School (?) Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
All Meals
5 15-Jul Wednesday Tuli Block Activities – Game Drive/Walks / Bush Dinner Tuli Wilderness – Kgakala Camp Dome Tents
All Meals
6 16-Jul Thursday Tuli Block to Soutspansberg AM – Drive (Border) Leshiba wilderness – Luvhondo Rondavels
PM Game Drive/Walk All Meals
7 17-Jul Friday Soutspansberg Activities – Game Drive/Walk Leshiba wilderness – Luvhondo Rondavels
All Meals + packed lunch
8 18-Jul Saturday Soutspansberg – KNP AM – Drive (5/6 hours) Mopani Camp (KNP) OR Letaba Camp Rondavels
PM – Game Drive ( KNP) / Relax Self catering *BSE
9 19-Jul Sunday KNP – Limpopo AM – Game Drive (KNP) Covane community lodge Bush  or Lake Chalet
Drive (Border) –  ±4 hours All Meals  + packed lunch
10 20-Jul Monday Limpopo – Banhine NP  Drive (approx 400km on untarred roads) – long days drive HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
11 21-Jul Tuesday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
12 22-Jul Wednesday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
13 23-Jul Thursday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
14 24-Jul Friday Banhine NP  Activities – collaring elephants HQ – Banhine NP (Antonio) Dome tents
All Meals
15 25-Jul Saturday BNP – KNP/Nelspruit  Drive (Border) – Long days drive 10/11 hours Letaba  Camp / Nelspruit (TBC) Chalets / Room
Self Catering *BSE
16 26-Jul Sunday KNP – JHB  *Fly out of JHB in LATE afternoon * AFTER 5pm

 

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

DAY ONE/TWO/THREE/FOUR/FIVE – EXPEDITION DAY Gaborone to Tuli Game Reserve (Botswana)

Welcome to Botswana! Your adventure begins when you are greeted at the airport and taken to our B&B. We will do a expedition welcome and brief at Dinner.  It’s adrenaline from the word go, as we drive out to our first destination early the following morning after a quick brekkie, then we hit the road towards Tuli Game Reserve. This will be our home for the next four nights. Kgakala Trails Camp is a small and private rustic bush camp, comprised of dome tents, communal outdoor bathrooms and a main lapa area. The camp is situated on the banks of the Mohave River. The name Kgakala means ‘remote’ or ‘isolated’ in Setswana and that is exactly the feeling you will have in this charmingly wild and rustic camp.

The unfenced Kgalakala Trails Camp offers accommodation in six basic dome tents, each sleeping up to two persons on camp stretchers. There is no electricity, so lighting is provided for by gas, paraffin and solar. Shower water is heated by a donkey boiler, and the cookers and a freezer are gas-operated. Game such as Elephants, Lion, Leopard, Brown and Spotted Hyaena, Civet, Genet and African Wild Cat may possibly be seen in and around the camp. The Mohave River is a hotspot for game movements and the remoteness of the camp ensures that you will truly feel that you are deep in the wilderness.

Tuli Wilderness is home to a diverse range of wildlife and the Tuli Area boasts the world’s largest elephant population on privately-owned land (over 1800 elephants) – offering some incredible sightings and providing fantastic photographic opportunities. Our private and exclusive 24 000 acre unfenced concession borders the great Limpopo River at its southern end and the Motloutse River to the East. It encompasses riverine thickets, mopane veld, open plains and boulder-strewn sandstone ecosystems, complete with the game you would expect. The landscapes are breath-taking! We will take part in activities such as Game Drives, Bush walks and will also be doing community work and visiting a school in the area to do wildlife conservation education.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Earth B&B (Gaborone) + Kgakala Trails Camp (Tuli Block)
Type: Basic Dome tents (no electricity)

DAY SIX/SEVEN – Tuli Game Reserve to Soutpansberg (South Africa)

Today we drive across the Pont Drift border into South Africa to the Soutpansberg mountains in the Limpopo. Province. This is Mother Nature in her no-filter glory! Be prepared to be amazed. Our activities will include game drives and walks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Luvhondo (Leshiba Wilderness)
Type: Rondavels (Round Huts)

DAY EIGHT – Soutpansberg to Kruger National Park (South Africa)

Kruger National Park, in north eastern South Africa, is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape. We will spend one nights at Letaba or Mopani camp which is in the east of the park, and has some of the highest biodiversity and diverse scenery and landscape. We will spend time exploring looking for Africa’s Big 5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner  (BSE to cater)
Accommodation: Letaba or Mopani camp
Type: Rondavels/Chalets

DAY NINE– KNP to Limpopo National Park (Mozambique)

Leaving Kruger, we head for Giriyondo Border post and enter into Mozambique via Limpopo National Park, driving through thick sand and across the dry Limpopo river bed. We will spend the night overlooking the Massingir Dam in Moçambique

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Covane community Lodge
Type: Rooms

DAY TEN/ELEVEN/TWELVE/THIRTEEN/FOURTEEN –  KNP to Banhine National Park (Mozambique)

Today we head for Banhine National Park where we will be based for five nights. The 700 000 ha Banhine National Park is situated in central southern Mozambique, midway between Pafuri in the west and Vilanculos in the east. The Park features extensive plains and flood areas, which form crystal clear lagoons that is an important passage point for migratory birds that flock there in en mass during the rainy season. This area is VERY remote and facilities are scarse.

Banhine is a critically important component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area as it lies within the wildlife corridor between the Zinave and Limpopo National Parks. Peace Parks has started the rehabilitation and restoration project has stared with Peace Parks.

Banhine National Park was established in 1973 to conserve the giraffe and ostrich populations found there. Unfortunately, these, as well as other wildlife populations, were nearly eradicated during the war and commercial poaching activities. In July 2018, Peace Parks Foundation and Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC) formalised their long-standing alliance in developing Banhine National Park with the signing of a formal partnership agreement. We will be working with Saving the Survivors and Elephants Alive on this elephant collaring operation.

*The animals (and vets) safety is ALWAYS a priority so we will work under their guidance. The terrain is very wild and there may be a chance that only the vets and pilots get to the elephants but we will do everything in our power to be included as much as possible.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camp (sharing)
Type: Dome tents

DAY FIFTEEN – Banhine NP to Nelspruit

A  VERY long day’s drive leaving the park heading to Nelspruit, where we will spend our last night together before heading our own way in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner
Accommodation: TBC
Type: Rooms (Sharing)

DAY FIFTEEN – Nelspruit to JHB

Breakfast and then drive to JHB for those departing from the airport.

You are among friends when you are with us. Together, we are in a safe space and you have the freedom to be yourself and to explore. Whether you have never left your home country or are a seasoned solo traveller, this trip is guaranteed to offer you adventure, friends, and breathless beauty.

*Please note this itinerary may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.

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