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Gaborone Tour, Village Tour With Khutse Game Reserve Tour

Country: Botswana
City: Gaborone
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Main features: You will experience village life in Botswana, meet local people and learn something about the social history and democratic system, go on guided tours with the Bushmen in the Kalahari with guided safaris inside Khutse Game Reserve.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Arrive at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, where you will be meeting our guides to pick you to your lodge. At arrival before lunch, you will have lunch at the lodge and later after lunch go on a City Tour around Gaborone, visit interesting places such as the Three Chiefs Monument, view the new High Court of Botswana building, view the parliament buildings and the statue of Sir Seretse Khama(firsts president of Botswana), View the set of the No.1 Ladies Detective. Arrive back at the lodge before dark.

MEALS: Lunch & Dinner

ACCOMODATION: The Big 5 Lodge

DAY 2: FULL DAY ART & CRAFT TOUR

The route takes us into rural Botswana about fifty kilometres to the north of Gaborone. We pass through two villages, Oodi and Mochudi. At Lentswe la Oodi weavers you have an opportunity to visit the workshop and talk to the village women weaving the tapestries which depict village life.

OODI WEAVERS

Mochudi, home of the Bakgatla people, is now well known as the birth place of Mma Ramotswe the ‘First Lady Detective’. We drive up into the hills to the Phuthadikobo Museum. As well as the historic displays the building houses a screen printing workshop and a good gift shop. The displays include old photos and artefacts which together show social history and the changes in African village life.

PHUTHA-DI-KOBO MUSEUM

The panoramic views from the museum are quite spectacular and we pause to take refreshments in these peaceful surroundings. Those wishing to stretch their legs can take a short walk down the hill to the village ‘Kgotla’. This traditional institution continues to play an important part in Tswana village life and its function will be explained. Lunch is taken either at a restaurant in the village which offers a choice of tasty local dishes or at an ‘international’ restaurant in Gaborone heading south along the new dual carriageway and back to Gaborone we continue to Manyana village to view Stone Age rock paintings and the massive tree where Dr David Livingstone preached. The circular route through this attractive hill country is completed with a visit to an art and crafts complex in another picturesque village.

MANYANA ROCK PAINTINGS

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

ACCOMODATION: The Big 5 Lodge

DAY 3: VILLAGE TOUR

After breakfast depart the lodge and heard south of Gaborone to a village 75km called Ranaka. By arrival you will be welcomed by your host family of Mr Mothibedi, who is a well-known member of the community. Enjoy the brief introduction to this interesting family as the share with you the life style of people around the village. Later on the day take a tour in the village to the ‘Kgotla’ and meet the chief of the village. Where you will sit in the court yard and know more of the village culture, interesting facts about the Botswana Chiefs. After the tour to the Kgotla heard back to the home, see and learn how they prepare your dinner on fire, and take the opportunity to help cook an African dish on fire. After dinner arrange with your guide on wake up time and breakfast time.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

ACCOMODATION: With home-stead, on mattresses and sleeping bags

DAY 4: 14 km WALKING SAFARI

Early wake-up call with a hot drink and after breakfast, again prepared on the fire, set off into a deep gorge and then onto the Lohawa Hills which loom over Ranaka. This is the most rugged section of the walking trek with a short scamble out of the gorge. The next section over the top of the hills is wild, no footpath, compass bearing 60. The Kolobeng River rises in the valley beneath the prominent Pyetle Hill. Even during the dry season this area is moist and is a habitat for rare orchids. The local guide will point out plants, animal life and other things of interest. Following the river valley through a well-wooded landscape you make it to the day destination, an old cattle post, soon after midday. After lunch the owners of the cattle post will show you around explaining traditional farming techniques. There may be an opportunity to help with the harvest, depending on the season. Later there is an opportunity help prepare the evening meal or to walk up to a viewing point and watch the sun go down while collecting firewood. That evening, there is little sign of the 21st century.

This is a setting in which little has changed for generations. [Walking distance 14kms]

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch snacks, Tea, Dinner

ACCOMODATION: With home-stead, on mattresses and sleeping bags

WATER ONLY FOR COOKING AND DRINKING

DAY 5: TRAVEL TO KHUTSE

After breakfast leave the cattle post to Khutse 210km from Gaborone, have short stops on the way to stretch legs, arrive at Khutse Kalahari Lodge before lunch or just in time for lunch. Have the opportunity to take a bath as well as a deep into Lodge pool. Later that evening go out of the lodge with on a short bushwalk with the Bushmen guides. Learn as they teach you hunting and gathering skills. View the Kalahari Desert sun as it falls down as you return to the lodge.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

ACCOMODATION: Khutse Kalahari Lodge

DAY 6: GAME DRIVE AND TRAVEL BACK TO GABORONE

Wake up early for a morning game drive into the Khutse Game Reserve. View the different types of desert animals, and with a possibility of seeing the black manned Lion. Arrive back at the lodge for breakfast and after breakfast return to Gaborone. Arrive Gaborone late afternoon.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

ACCOMODATION: The Big 5 Lodge

DAY 7: RETURN HOME

Check out at the Lodge and our guides will transport you to the airport.

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