DAY ONE – ARRIVAL DAY
Airport pick-up. Welcome to South Africa! Your adventure begins when you are greeted at the airport by Carla Geyser. Please make sure you arrive BEFORE 10 am as we are heading out to the Waterberg.
It’s about a three-hour drive. Set in the heart of the Waterberg mountains, Lindani is a 3000ha Game farm offering a selection of accommodation options and outdoor activities. Choose from 10 beautifully appointed, private, luxury self-catering lodges, or go for the more rustic bush experience with our tented camp option or campsite. With 70kms of cycling and hiking trails through game-filled plains, Lindani offers an exciting bushveld getaway for the whole family.
Each lodge has a fully equipped kitchen, its own braai area, and a pool/plunge pool. Enjoy free un-capped wi-fi and a secure and eco-friendly power supply, due to our own solar power system. With the many additional services on offer, Lindani ensures your family and friends a truly unique bushveld experience, with all the comforts of home.
Accommodation: Molope tented camp or similar
Type: Room (Single/ Sharing occupancy)
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast & Packed Lunch for DAY 2
DAY TWO / THREE / FOUR – WATERBERG TO LIMPOPO
After a beautiful morning walk to stretch our legs we will pack and head further north to Limpokwena. Limpokwena Nature Reserve is committed to preserving 2,400 hectares of the South African bush where the Limpopo and Mogalakwena Rivers converge. An oasis set on the South African side of the Botswana border, open to the Thuli Block. We consider the fauna and flora as our partners and guides rather than as our assets – elephants, giraffes, leopards, and antelope come and go with the same sense of freedom that we aim to provide to our guests. A vast expanse to explore and the natural beauty of Limpopo Province will soothe your woes and reinvigorate your senses.
Accommodation: The Island Camp is an exclusive rustic tented camp set on an Island in the Limpopo River. The perfect spot to unwind and take in the rare surrounding wilderness. Grab a book & a drink, and settle in for a relaxing blissful time in the wild!
The Island Camp is open and unfenced and lies between the border of South Africa and Botswana. It is open to the Thuli Game Reserve and allows for various game species to move through the camp. Elephants, hippos, and hyenas are regular visitors, and there are also plenty of crocodiles in the surrounding pools of water. The camp does not have any cellular service or WiFi and so a hand-held radio will be provided for any emergencies. The camp is serviced by Eskom and so electricity is available and plug points are provided in the main kitchen and the tents.
Accommodation: Island Camp
Type: Tents (Sharing occupancy)
Meals: Fully inclusive OR Self-catering (TBC)
DAY FIVE/SIX/SEVEN – LIMPOPO TO TULI BLOCK
After packing up we head off to Platjan Border post to cross into Botswana. Tswehe Wildlife Reserve is situated in the heart of Tuli, Botswana. The reserve is home to the highest peak of the region called Tswehe Hill, which was named after the elusive Mountain Reedbuck with its whistling call echoing ‘tswehe’ from afar. The reserve borders the mighty Limpopo river in the South, where Pels Fishing Owls are abundant, fishing amongst crocodiles and hippos.
Heading North through the vast expanse of the reserve, the vegetation changes from thick riverine forest to Savanna woodland, interspersed by rocky outcrops and ancient Baobabs. Tswehe’s rich biodiversity provides a paradise for Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Hyena, Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest, and a host of many antelope and wildlife species. Our vision is a balance between conservation, communities, and sustainable low-impact tourism. We will spend the next three nights and days exploring the area.
Accommodation: Lone Tree Wilderness camp
Type: Room (Single/sharing occupancy)
Meals: Chef to cook food / Self Catering
DAY EIGHT/NINE/TEN– TULI BLOCK
Today we travel a small distance to our next camp. Tuli Wilderness offers a wonderful natural location to awaken the explorer in you and to enjoy an authentic wilderness experience reminiscent of Africa a century ago. Situated on an exclusive concession in the vast Northern Tuli Game Reserve in eastern Botswana, Tuli Wilderness is owner-managed by Stuart and Julie Quinn, who have a wealth of experience in the southern African wildlife tourism, hospitality, and training industry.
One has a wide variety of choices in the activities and accommodation that Tuli Wilderness has to offer – from professionally guided and intimately close to nature game drives and walks, accommodation in our tented safari camp, to incredible wilderness experiences in our self-catering accommodation in a rustic bush camp. Regardless of what one is looking for, a memorable and unforgettable experience will be found at Tuli Wilderness.
Mohave Bush Camp is a small and private rustic bush camp. The camp is located on the banks of the Mohave River in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. Tuli Wilderness’ private and exclusive 24 000 acre concession of Botswana wilderness makes an ideal getaway or stop-over point for travelers between Botswana and South Africa, as well as a unique and true African Safari Experience for International Guests.
Accommodation: Mohave Bush Camp
Type: Room (Single/sharing occupancy)
Meals: Fully inclusive
DAY ELEVEN/TWELVE – TULI BLOCK TO MAPUNGUBWE
Today we pack up and say goodbye to the magnificent Tuli block to head back into South Africa crossing at Pont Drift Border post. Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site is the ideal location for anyone interested in wildlife and birds, to those in search of serenity, identity, and the extraordinary history of this Park.
Vhembe Wilderness Camp calls the Limpopo Province’s Mapungubwe National Park home. Infused with the airy quality of the nearby valley dip, stretched out before it, Vhembe is a refreshing and truly beautiful camp – a stone’s throw from the Limpopo River and alive with the sounds of rustling tree tops and animal yelps, life, and adventure at Vhembe Wilderness Camp is frozen in the amber glow of an evening sunset. Accommodation at Vhembe Wilderness Trails Camp takes the form of en-suite, wooden cabins, with a communal and fully equipped kitchen, solar-powered lighting, stunning views from quaint, private decks, an outdoor boma area, and electric ceiling fans. Facilities include a delightful picnic site and communal ablution facilities, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a skottel braai (gas barbecue) and buy supplies at the tuck shop.
Mapungubwe offers enchanting heritage tours and exciting three-hour Tree Top Walk, morning, sunset, and night drives, and guided archaeological tours of the area as activities.
Accommodation: Limpopo Forest Tented Camp OR Vehmbe wilderness camp or similar
Type: Room (Single/sharing occupancy)
DAY THIRTEEN – JOHANNESBURG/DEPARTURE
Early breakfast and then a 6-hour drive to O.R Tambo International Airport for our final farewells. Departure Flights to be booked in the early evening – from 19h00 onwards. If you would like to stay longer please chat to Carla or Remke about options and prices.
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 traveler, this trip is guaranteed to offer you adventure, friends, and breathless beauty.
*Please note this Itinerary and Price may change slightly but the expedition leader will keep you posted and updated if anything does happen. Terms and conditions apply due to availability.