The adventure begins! You will depart Johannesburg early in the morning and, after entering Botswana, head into the magnificent Kalahari Desert to set up your first bush-camp. Derived from the Tswana word for “the great thirst,” kgala, this spectacular desert has vast areas covered by sand with no permanent surface water. Great rolling dunes and immense expanses of land with no other person in sight await you. There are dry valleys and seasonally inundated pans, as well as the larger salt pans of the Makgadikgadi Pan, but the only permanent river, the Okavango, is trapped in a delta in the northwest. Omuramba, ancient dry riverbeds, cross the Central Northern reaches of the Kalahari and provide standing pools of water during the rainy season. Despite its apparent aridity, the Kalahari supports a variety of flora. Acacia trees and other herbs and grasses are dotted about the sandy plains, and there are wondrous fruits such as the African horned cucumber, or jelly melon, which is endemic to the Kalahari.
Your first evening will be spent around the campfire admiring the bright stars of the southern hemisphere and soaking in the majesty of your surroundings here in the desert.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - 5
Day 6 - 8
Day 10 - 11