This route is the ultimate test for 4×4 enthusiasts giving tourists the opportunity to experience all the diverse terrains and cultures of the country.
The route will originate at the Khutse Game Reserve which serves as the gateway to the Kalahari 200Km from Gaborone. Visitors will begin with a visit to the Kaudwane village located 4Km from the Khutse Game Reserve Boundary which is mainly inhabited by Basarwa who relocated from the CKGR. Here they will have the opportunity to interact with the community and purchase locally produced arts and crafts. From here the tourists will spend a night in the Khutse Game Reserve where species of note include The Black- maned lion, leopard, giraffe and several antelope which
include Eland, Gemsbok and Red hartebeest.
On the second day the tour group will then traverse the adjacent Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the second largest game reserve in the world through a challenging 260Km deeply rutted loose sand track that will provide participants with the ultimate 4×4 experience. The group will then spend the night in Xade within the CKGR.
On the third day the expedition will head northeast through the fossilized salt pans of the CKGR that attract large concentrations of antelope. These include the Pipers Pans and Deception Valley. The expedition will then exit the CKGR through the Matswere Gate along its north- eastern boundary and join the Rakops-Maun main road which will lead them to the Makgadikgadi National Park. The
tourists will cross the Boteti River and enter the park through the Khumaga entrance gate. They will then spend the night at the Khumaga Campground which is frequented by elephant and zebra. Crocodiles and Hippos can also be seen along the Boteti River.
On the fourth day the expedition will then traverse the Makgadikgadi National Park and exit the park at the Makolwane Gate along the A3 highway. They will then travel to Maun where they will restock with supplies and spend the night.
On the fifth day the expedition will head towards the Moremi Game Reserve located approximately 100Km from Maun. The Moremi Game Reserve falls entirely within what is known as the alluvial fan of the Okavango Delta and covers an area of 4900Km2 which is approximately 35% of the world famous wetland. The Game reserve has received a number of awards including ‘best game reserve in Africa’
by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association at South Africa’s premier tourism fair, Indaba. The protected area is a combination of mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons which host large herds of plains game such as Buffalo, Zebra and Wildebeest. It is also home to many predators including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Hyenas. Elephant herds numbering in the thousands take refuge in the Mopane forests in the dry winter months. It is also one of the only places in the world where you can see the Big Five since Rhino have been reintroduced.
The group will then spend the night at The Xakanaxa Campground after a drive through the network of game viewing routes in the area.
On the sixth day the expedition will exit through the north gate of the Moremi Game Reserve and visit Khwai Village which is located on the northern boundary of the park along the Khwai River. They will then enter the Chobe National Park through its Southern Mababe Gate and settle at the Savuti Campground. The Chobe National Park is the third largest National Park in the country covering an area of 11, 700m2. It is most popular for its large elephant population of over 50,000 which is the largest concentration in Africa. The Chobe Region within which the park lies houses the largest elephant population in the world. Wildlife in the park includes waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators’ lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. Common species to be seen include the Sacred ibis, Egyptian Geese, the ubiquitous cormorants and darters, Spur-winged Geese, pel’s Fishing Owl, carmine Bee-eaters, most members of the kingfisher family, all the rollers, the unmistakable Fish Eagle, the Martial Eagle, and many members of the stork family.
On the seventh day the group will traverse the Chobe National Park and exit through the Ghoha gate. They will then visit Kachikau one of the villages completely enclosed by the Chobe National Park in what is known as the Chobe Enclave before entering the Chobe National Park Riverfront area through the Ngoma entrance gate. From here the group will travel east along the riverfront in time to catch the scenic views of the sunset along the Chobe River. The group will then settle in Kasane
Day nine and ten will be travelling days to Francistown then Gaborone.