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April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby ChrisAfrica » 11 Dec 2013 12:42

Hi 4x4,

We are planning a trip in April 2014, got 16 days. We currently live in Nigeria, so we would fly in and rent a 4x4 in Lusaka.

Looking for recommendations on the best routes/itinerary to take out of Lusaka - what are the must see

We are planning return to Lusaka, but could also fly out of Harere, if Zimbabwe is a recommended must.

Travelling with 4 kids (13,12,10 and 9 yrs) and we are looking at doing a mix of camping and lodges.

Thanks
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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby Tinus lotz » 11 Dec 2013 15:19

Hi man I would suggest you have a look at some trip reports and put something together from that?
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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby Peter Connan » 12 Dec 2013 06:39

Of course it depends on what you like seeing, but it seems to me northern Bots and Zim (mostly against the river) is perhaps the best wildlife area in Africa, with the possible exception of the Mara.

Places like Chobe and Mana pools are must-see destinations.
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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby Kagiso II » 12 Dec 2013 08:04

To Chris.
Welcome to the site.
Are you in LAGOS ? V I ? ek mis die ou dorpie,
Voorstel 1 - Kry jou 4x4 op Lusaka lughawe [daar is Hopllandse oukie wat nogal hoeie diens lewer]
Begin op die Kafue roete [ek dink steeds PUKU PAN is loshande die BESTE bestemming daarlangs.
Werk jou pad Vic Valle toe [oor Livingston] en dan PF per pad OF per ferry-boot op na Mana Poele [daai stukkie pad is een maa se avontuur op sy eie. Van Mana Poele is daar genoeg wild parke - en Hararare se lughawe is ... wel dis Afrik - en jy ken nou al Murtala :-)
[Ek nie seker of Harare 'n vlug Lagos toe het nie - dalk moet jy Kenia oor hop .. vind eers daai uit.
O-ja - as jy ander rigting wiol inslaan -- rondom Lake Malawi is ook asemroewend - netnie Moz kan toe gaan nie -- Renamo en cahoots moor mekaar alweer oor Moz se hout [en diamante] so vermy liewer
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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby ChrisAfrica » 12 Jan 2014 21:23

HI All,
Thanks for the feedback, I have come with the below itinerary for our April trip, suggestions/feedback will be appreciated

Day --- Lodge------------------ Type of Accommodation >> Expect Driving time / Dist <<
1 -- Waterberg Wilderness Reserve -- Tents - Self catering >> 3 hrs / 250 km <<
2 -- Khama Rhino Sanctuary -- Campsite - Self-catering >> 5 hrs / 400 km <<
3 -- Makgadikgadi Pans - Khumaga -- Campsite - Self-catering
4 -- Nxai Pan - Baines Baobab -- Campsite - Self-catering
5 -- Maun - Thamalkane River Lodge -- Chalets - B&B
6 -- Moremi - Third Bridge -- Campsite - Self-catering
7 -- Moremi - Third Bridge -- Campsite - Self-catering
8 -- Khwai - Sango Safari Camp -- Luxury tents - Fully inclusive
9 -- Khwai - Sango Safari Camp -- Luxury tents - Fully inclusive
10 -- Chobe NP -Savuti -- Campsite - Self-catering
11 -- Chobe NP - Ihaha -- Campsite - Self-catering
12 -- Caprivi Strip - Camp Kwando -- Luxury Tree house - DBB
13 -- Caprivi Strip - Camp Kwando -- Luxury Tree house - DBB
14 -- Drive back to Kasane and deliver vehicle

Transfer from Kasane to Ilala Lodge
Zimbabwe - Ilala Lodge -- B&B
15 -- Zimbabwe - Ilala Lodge -- Twin Suites - B&B
16 Fly back to JHB from Vic Falls Airport


Looking for information on driving times and alternative camp site/ lodges on route.

Saw some bad review of the 3 bridge camp sites, any recent info on these camp site or a good alternative nearby.

Thanks
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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby Kagiso II » 12 Jan 2014 21:49

Chris - I see yu did not include the Chobe sundown river ride .. it is a MUST MUST MUST.
Near Kasane is Senyanti Lodge -- "the beste water hole in Botswana" -- and it deserves at least one night over.
You also miss out on Victoria Falls as wel .. is that your intention ? or "oversight' ? [mere 70 km from Kasane [Kazangulu border post]

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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby Peter Connan » 13 Jan 2014 06:57

Chris, we stayed at Third Bridge in April 2012.

Not sure how much it has gone backwards since then, but at the time they were busy upgrading the ablutions.
The camp was clean, the wildlife reasonable and the ablutions were adequate. If you can survive at Baines, you can thrive at third bridge.

My feeling is, if you are going for the camp facilities, go to SANPARKS.
If you are going for the experience, and to be as close as possible to nature, go to third bridge.
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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - where to go ?

Postby ChrisAfrica » 13 Jan 2014 17:36

Hi Kagiso II & peter,

Thanks for the info.

Vic Fall: Included on Day 14+15, on foot......

Question: Day 3 from Kharmo Rino to the Makgadikgadi pans is very long - any suggestions for a good stop over ?

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Re: April 2014 - Zambia & Bots - Hire of 4x4 ?

Postby ChrisAfrica » 26 Feb 2014 23:17

Gents,

Anyone used www.safari4x4hire.com - looking to hire a 4x4 with trailer from them for a 16 days trip from Vic falls to Joburg

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