Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge has a range of activities on offer, including morning and sunset drives in open-top 4WD s, guided bush walks and interactive tours within the community of Pandamatenga. Guests are given the opportunity not only to observe, but to contribute towards ongoing community enrichment programs. Trips to the Chobe National Park and Hwange National Park can also be arranged while at Wildtrack.
Morning Game Drive
Morning game drives afford one the possibility of observing nocturnal animals before they settle down for the day– and the possibility also exists of finding predator kills that may have happened the night before. Early morning bird spotting is also good, along with the chance to hear the morning chorus.
- Wakeup call between 5:30 and 6am, depending on season
- Meet at main area for coffee & rusks, before heading off
- Morning game drive is operated in Kazuma forest reserve, or Deka area of Sibuyu Forrest reserve.
- Stop along the way to watch the sunrise.
- Coffee stop either at Kazuma pan, or at Deka Baobabs, before heading back
- Approximate length of drive: 4 hrs
Afternoon Game Drive
Afternoon game drives focus more on the plains game that are to be seen en-route, as well as the often-found Elephants – which come to the pans to drink, normally around sunset. The Kazuma pans provide a beautiful backdrop to observe the sunset – and, being so open, allow one to take in the splendour of the heavens as it gets dark.
The return to the lodge after dark also allows for the opportunity of observing the less seen nocturnal species such as Jackal, Leopard, Lion, Serval, Genet, Porcupines, and honey badgers – as they set off on their evening activities.
- Set off between 3pm & 4pm, depending on season
- Afternoon drive is operated in Kazuma Forrest Reserve
- Sunset stop at Kazuma main pan, along with drinks and snacks. A cheese & wine affair is offered on at least one of the afternoon drives per booking.
- Approximate length of drive: 4hrs
The cultural experience is one that the lodge endeavours to introduce to all interested guests, as it is an integral part of the African Experience. It is a real experience, with real people – nothing is staged or pre-arranged. We try to tailor every experience in accordance with guest’s interests, and as such no one experience is ever the same. Each tour is dependant on the availability of each role-player but is easily amended and equally interesting regardless.
- Set off at 8:00 after breakfast
- Meet the Chief of the village for introduction and be given freedom of village
- A brief introduction to Botswana at the Kgotla (meeting place), and photo opportunity with the Chief
- Head to Pandamatenga Primary School. Meet the head mistress, discuss projects we are involved in with the school (Silent Dropout, school veggie garden, etc.) and time allowing, interact with the reception class. If guests bring donations for the school – these can be presented, then.
- Stop at Pandamatenga clinic. Discuss health issues in Botswana, meet the head house-husband.
- Stop at the 1800’s ruins, discuss British influence in Botswana, and discuss local building techniques
- Stop at subsistence farms, discuss the food production in Botswana, types of crops grown, and animal/human
- Drive through the village – stop at a house, meet locals and interact with them. Possibility of milking cows,
stamping sorghum, tasting locally made bread.
- Stop at freedom square and discuss projects we are involved with, including the children playpark we have
built, the community centre we are planning, and other ongoing projects.
- Stop at the mill, where guests can see the commercial preparation of Sorghum into Mabele – the staple diet of
- Last stop at the local curio shop, for guests to buy goods, before heading back to lodge.
- Traditional lunch is served at the lodge
- Approximate time of tour: 3 hrs
The traditional evening was initiated to accompany the cultural experience, affording guests the complete ‘African experience’- and has proved exceedingly popular. All the dishes are sourced locally and prepared on-site.
- Starts at 7pm
- Guests invited into boma, and dressed in traditional wear
- Guests are given home-made traditional beer / ginger beer
- Brief Introduction to the traditional evening
- Entertainment provided by local village youth dance group “Dilomakwati” – another project initiated and
supported by the lodge
- Brief description given on the dances, and culture of Botswana
- Guests invited to join dinner table under the stars – weather permitting
- Traditional starters, mains, and dessert are served, with the Chef announcing each dish, along with its cultural
The agricultural experience is in its infancy, having been tested a few times with interested guests – as well as larger international farming groups. As Pandamatenga is the food-basket of Botswana, and the farms cover an area of +- 45000 hectares, much interest has been generated in it. This activity should be pre-booked to ensure the availability of all resources.
- Starts at 8am, after breakfast
- Head to northern farms and stop for an introduction to farming in Botswana.
- Travers the farms, stopping en-route to discuss various farming techniques and crops produced
- Coffee stop at one of the home-steads, with introduction and information provided by the farming community
- Head through to the southern farms via the local airstrip, and discuss crop spraying techniques while observing
- Head back to the lodge for lunch.
- Depending on size of group and interest in agriculture, lunch can be served at a remote picnic spot in the shade
of a 2000-year-old baobab, before continuing to various other farms, ending with a cheese & wine sundowner
at a remote pan.
- Duration of activity: 4hrs, or full day
Bush walks are unique in that one can feel, hear, sense, and smell the diversity of nature. Tracking, bird identification, orientation, tree identification, bush survivor skills, geology, and environmental issues are but a few of the aspects that are focussed on during these walks.
The opportunity of seeing game on foot is always a possibility, allowing one to feel ‘at one with Nature’. Bush walks are offered dependant on the season, and known presence of predators in the area – remembering that the animals encountered in this area are completely wild – unaccustomed to humans, and therefore unpredictable.
- Preferred time of departure: 7am, season dependant
- Fitness level – medium
- Two options available:
- Family oriented. Walk is +- 3.5km around the perimeter of lodge. Aimed at young and family groups
- Adult oriented. Walk is +-7km from the lodge to a neighbouring lodge. Children under 16 not permitted.
- Duration of activity: +-3-4hrs
Full Day Chobe
Collection time at Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge will be 07:30 – 08:30 (time to be confirmed upon booking). Guests will then be transferred to their first activity – transfer to Kasane is approximately 45 minutes.
The first activity is a boat cruise scheduled to depart at +/- 09h30, boarding a vessel and then traversing along the Chobe River into the Chobe National Park. There is no stretch of river in the world that has a larger and more varied abundance of wildlife than this part of the Chobe River. After the boat cruise we board a floating restaurant for lunch, where guests can enjoy traditional cuisine while still being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Chobe.
The afternoon game drive is scheduled to depart at 13h30, which allows an hour for lunch. After a quick boat transfer to the Park Entrance gate, guests will be collected in open game drive vehicles. The game drive will cover less than 1% of the 11700 square kilometres that makes up the Chobe National Park. The Land activity takes you further into the park where a variety of different species can be found.
At around 16:00 / 16:30 vehicles will make their way out of the national park towards Kasane, with an estimated arrival time of about 18:00. The first activity is usually a boat cruise however if guests specifically request it, a game drive can be arranged. If guests were on a boat cruise in the morning they would be scheduled for a game drive in the afternoon and vice versa.
Victoria Falls Day Trip
Experience the splendour and majesty of Victoria Falls, and its surrounds.
- Set off at 7:30 after breakfast, arriving at Vic Falls around 10am
- Take a guided walk of the falls
- Stop for lunch at ‘The Lookout Café’
- Take a walk around the town, and experience the unique market
- Transfer back to Wildtrack – arriving around sunset
- Additional activities may be arranged at additional cost, such as
- The flight of Angels
- George swing, Zipline, Bungee jump, Flying Fox
- Elephant interaction and painting
Hwange Full Day Tour
One of the oldest parks in the world, Hwange provides a truly wild experience – with the possibility to observe many rare species such as the Brown Hyena, and the “Painted” Wild dog.
- Set off at 7:45 after breakfast, to be met by the friendly “Robins Camp” guides at the Zimbabwe border by 8, who will be your hosts for the day.
- Transfer in open game viewers to Robins Camp for a coffee stop and muffins
- Travers the northern regions of Hwange National Park
- Stop at Robins camp for a late lunch – and a dip in the pool
- Head back to the border by 5pm, for collection by Wildtrack