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10% OFF the Eastern Trans Africa Expedition!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
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You know, at this time of year as we count our way down towards overland high season, no one is giving discounts on overland trips. Why should they? The trucks are filling up all by themselves! HOWEVER! In the interests of travelling at the best time of year to avoid the worst rain, cold (well, except Namibian desert nights maybe), and heat Africa can throw at you, we thought we would let you in on an overlanding 'best kept secret' - the Eastern Trans Africa Expedition.

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REAL overland travel at its best! If you want air conditioning, hot showers every night and a cook then this expedition is not for you. Expect to get "stuck in" on this trip that covers the major sights between Cape Town and Cairo both on and off the beaten track. A true ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! And even better - get 10% off the trip price while you are at it!*

NOW GBP1,935 plus US$1,165 Local Payment!

*Discount does not apply to local payment where applicable.

For more info and a list of the 11 countries you will travel through, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com or post your queries below!

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Tags: africa-budget-travel, africa-overland-tours, botswana-overland-trips, budget-adventure-travel, egypt-budget-travel, namibia-overland-trips, trans-africa


5 Things To Do Before You Die - Botswana

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
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There are some things you really should see while you are in Botswana. Here are the top 5!

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Game Viewing from a Mokoro Okavango Delta teems with an enormous variety of animal and bird-life. A perfect way to experience the untouched waterways is by mokoro (dug-out canoe), giving you the opportunity to witness the wildlife of Botswana close-up.  Your mokoro poler and guide will share their extensive knowledge of how to find the animals, as well as insights as to how to read and interpret wildlife behaviour.

View the Rock Art Site of the San At Manayana 35km west of Gabarone lies the village of Manayana, where dazzling rock paintings are located. Historians believe that the San people created the rock paintings and that Manayana could have been a place of ritual for them. The rock pictures include rhinos, gemsbok, antelope, and a group of giraffes as well as human geometric shapes.

Bushmen in the Kalahari

Game Walks with Bushmen Trackers Take a trip to the famous Kalahari Desert in Botswana and witness a culture of people known as the San. Let the San take you into their simple, yet interesting lives and show you how they live, from their saintly methods of stalking game to climbing into giant trees to collect wild fruit. Game walks with bushmen trackers bring you closer to these warm and friendly people that will hide nothing from you, inviting you afterwards to join a chorus of clapping and singing around a fire.

View the world's largest Salt Pan at Makgadikgadi View the world's largest salt pans at Makgadikgadi and be swept away by breath-taking scenery and big blue skies. During the onset of the rains in mid-November, witness one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles in the migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra and see the Pans transform into a water wonder world teeming with migratory water birds, zebra and wildebeest.

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Chobe River Boat Cruise A sunset cruise is possibly one of the best ways to experience an African sunset, at the Chobe National Park. Game viewing by boat is another unmissable experience and the Chobe National Park is abundant with wild animals, notably elephant. The large herds of elephant come down to the river to drink; they are joined by buffalo, giraffe, leopard, lion, kudu, waterbuck, puku, lechwe, impala and baboons.

For information and trips into Botswana contact OverlandingAfrica.com or post your comments below.

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Tags: botswana-activities, botswana-budget-travel, botswana-highlights, botswana-overland-trips


Okavango Delta - 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
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Some useful information and some quirky facts for you before you travel....

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- The world's largest inland delta covers an area of more than 15,000 square kms - a little smaller than Israel or half the size of Switzerland.

- The crystal-clear water is so pure that you can drink it. - There is two distinct seasons: a cool, dry winter from May to September and a hot, wet summer from October to April.

- Traditional Mokoro‘s are made from a hollowed out sausage tree. Today, because of the need to protect the trees, you may find yourself in the modern equivalent - a fibreglass canoe.

- Mokoro’s are ‘poled’ through the Delta – like a punt. It is harder than it looks.

- 70% of the estimated 150,000 islands in the Delta began life as a termite mound.

- 11 cubic kilometres of water arrive each year into the Delta from Angola.

- Hippos act as the Delta's channel builders, and through their dung, fertilizer.

- The dry season sees up to 260,000 large mammals concentrated in and around the Delta.

- The Okavango Delta is teaming with bird life and is home to the rare Fish Eagle and the huge, extremely rare, Pel's Fishing Owl, (the world's only fish-eating owl).

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Tags: botswana-budget-travel, botswana-overland-trips, mokoro-safari, okavango-delta


Top 5 Botswana Overland Trips

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
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So, you have been thinking about heading to Africa for a safari... don’t have time to travel the length of the continent but still want that authentic African experience? Look no further than the center of Africa.

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We make it easy for you with the top 5 overland trips in Botswana.

Yawning hippo

Delta to the Falls Local cultures, mokoro cruises in the Okavango Delta, excellent game viewing and adventure activities at Victoria Falls. This short tour has it all!

Delta and Chobe Expedition A quick trip covering the best of Botswana - wildlife filled Chobe National Park and the majestic Okavango Delta. Finish off with the thundering Victoria Falls to get the blood pumping!

Kalahari and Okavango Delta Visit one of the biggest game reserves in the world on this wildlife specific tour. We focus on the Central Kalahari Game Reserve but also visit the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans and Chobe National Park.

Central Africa Loop A round trip that encompasses most of Southern Africa's highlights. Meander through the Okavango's waterways, raft the mighty Zambezi or explore Zimbabwe ruins, a trip you will never forget!

Delta Reeds

Southern Loop Explore Southern Africa from Victoria Falls to Etosha National Park, journey to the waterways of the Okavango Delta, and be amazed at the starkness of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Add to that the adventure capital of Namibia - Swakopmund - with endless activities to choose from. Post your comments below or contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com for more overland tours and budget backpacking advice.

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Tags: botswana-overland-trips, chobe, kalahari, okavango-delta