Desert and Delta Safari

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Desert and Delta Safari

This desert and delta safari is the perfect combination where wild Kalahari meets the Okavango Delta. This tour is a guided self drive safari. We offer a set departure date and a set starting point for this self-driving safari. Our self-drives are limited to 4 vehicles only, allowing for a more discreet and reduced footprint on our safaris.


Our Safari will start in South Africa and end in Botswana. It combines the Kalahari with the Transfrontier Park and mabuasehube. Then we enter Botswana and explore the western Okavango Delta and the Pan Handle. These regions are vast in contrasting landscapes. Our desert and delta safari will endeavour some Kalahari dune driving and wild camping. Each vehicle is responsible for its own camping equipment, fuel and water supply.

Our team comes with experience and will guide you through your wild desert and delta experience. Two spoor track roads will lead us through the semi-desert towards the faster roads heading to the Okavango Pan Handle.

Our experience in the Kalahari is more road-based and vehicle-based. The Okavango offers us the chance to be more water-based. We will use boats to explore the wilderness and wildlife of the Okavango.

Tsodilo Hills

Part of our journey will be to visit the sacred bushman heritage site of the Tsodilo Hills. Our visit to the hills will include a hiking trail that takes us past the ancient rock art galleries of the Khoi San. A perfect way to explore on foot and have an active day outside of the vehicles or boats. The variety and well-kept rock paintings will explain a great deal of the old Khoi san culture.

Okavango Panhandle.

The Okavango River is the largest river that meets Botswana and offers a yearly lifeline to the Country. Every year the flood of the Okavango brings life to the semi-desert of Botswana. The lush vegetation and riverine forests along the Okavango are home to various birdlife and wildlife. We intend to explore the lush, beautiful waterways of Okavango. Part of our visit was to go by boat through the panhandle. Fish Eagles are a common resident and are known as the call of Africa.

Our safari will end after breakfast on Day 14. From here, you are welcome to explore.

10 Day Wilderness Safari
Chobe National Park Botswana

2022 2023
July Jan
August Feb


Umkulu Adventures Includes


  • Guide
  • Guided Safari Vehicle
  • Hand held radios
  • Satelite phone
  • Entrance fees, camping fees
  • Conservation Fees
  • Meals as indicated
  • 2 boat trips on the Okavango River
  • Tsodilo Hills hike
Umkulu Adventures Excludes


  • Own vehicle
  • Own fuel expenses
  • Covid tests
  • Outbound travel insurance
  • Meals not included.
  • Accommodation upgrade at own expense
  • Campin Equipment, roof top tents
  • Own fridges in vechicles
  • Vehicle recovery kits
  • Spare wheels
Umkulu Adventures Tour Information


DEPARTS FROM: Kgalagadi Lodge
ENDS AT: Okavango Pan Handle

Min of 4 people and two vehicles.
Maximum of 12 people and 4 vehicles per safari.
A 35% administration fee will be charged to secure your departure. This is non-refundable during cancellation.


Umkulu Adventures Product Pricing


Per Person Rate Rates 2022 Rates 2023
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Umkulu Adventures Tour Schedule


Day 1

Kgalagadi Lodge – Northern Cape

Kgalagadi Lodge is our meeting place, and all participants need to check in no later than 4 pm on day 1. Our Safari team is ready to meet our travellers, and after a brief introduction, we will meet at 6 pm for a route briefing. Dinner is at its own expense and its own leisure.

Camping is included on this day. However, you can upgrade to accommodation, and this can be arranged when making your reservation before our departure date. After our briefing, you can join us for dinner or indulge in your own meal at your camping site.

Day 2,3

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Our next two days will be inside Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is the perfect time to discover the hidden secrets of the wildlife and birdlife of the park. We will be camping at designated rest camps and make our final preparation before crossing the dunes towards Mabuasehube.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4,5,6,7


Our journey to the wild side of Mabuasehube will start early on day 4. Our first day towards the pans is long but eventful. We will take our sweet time to observe and explore this phenomenal area. The rest of our stay will be at a basecamp, from where we will explore this wonderful Kalahari region of Botswana.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8


Our morning starts early with a final game drive around the mabua region. We will make our way past Hukuntsi towards the Kang region in the Kalahari. We pass local villages and a wildlife corridor. Our evening will be on a local farm and guest lodge. On route, lunch is at your own discretion, and all travellers need to report to reception at Kalahari Rest no later than 4:30 pm this afternoon.
We depart as a group and will have a checkpoint in Hukuntsi, and the next meeting point will be at Kalahari rest, where we can enjoy dinner or a braai at leisure.


Day 9


This day you have the whole day at your own discretion. Our destination is the cattle capital of Botswana. The perfect place to buy fresh supplies and stock up on some essential items after being in Mabuasehube. It is more or less our halfway stop towards the Okavango Panhandle. This evening we will meet for dinner at a local restaurant or lodge. Ghanzi is a meat lovers' paradise.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10,11,12,13

Okavango Pan Handle

We will leave the Kalahari behind, and after an early start, we will make our way up north towards the Okavango River and the Okavango Pan Handle. This will be our base for the next four days. The perfect location to explore the Okavango river by boat. Hiking the tsodilo Hills on a trail and relaxing beside the Okavango river banks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14


Our final morning will come to an end after a hearty breakfast. Our travellers will have their free time to stay longer or explore the next destination on the route.



DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to cancel any activity due to weather or unsafe conditions. An alternative activity will be provided wherever possible.

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