This Tour Is Offered By
Kalahari Breeze Safaris
- Office In:
- 5-10 employees (Founded in 2012)
- Member Of:
- Botswana Tourism, HATAB (Hospitality & Tourism Association of Botswana) & BOGA (Botswana Guides Association)
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
As safari specialists for South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) we warmly welcome our guests in Africa with a smile :) and a hello in our respective local languages :) We are based in the Okavango Delta offering a wide range of authentic and memorable journeys into the wild. Travel with us to experience the safari of a lifetime! leave your footprints in the sands and feel the breeze!
The trip of a lifetime!
In July & August we (2 adults and a 7-year-old boy) had a marvelous time in Botswana and Zimbabwe thanks to the great effort and expertise of Kalahari Breeze Safaris! Maria and Chris aligned with us during many weeks before the trip started to get the itinerary we were looking for. Please note that especially Botswana is quite exclusive and busy during their high season (July – October). This has much to do with the remoteness of the locations, the availability of roads and the lack of mass tourism. In return we got the trip of a lifetime! Kalahari Breeze Safaris made suggestions on our wishes and also managed our expectations well on travelling circumstances. Eventually we did wild camping in Moremi, stayed in a wonderful location in the Okavango Delta, had the time of our lives in the beautiful Savute area, and visited the unforgettable Victor Falls. The kindness of the people we met is unmatchable. If you ever dreamed of visiting the real Africa please consult Kalahari Breeze Safaris!
There were many amazing experiences. The drivers and guides made the trip a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. I HIGHLY and without reservation recommend this company and this trip to everyone. My husband was having some issues with his back, Everyone was very kind, helpful and caring and ensured he missed nothing at all.
Perfect way to experience the Okovango Delta
We booked our honeymoon (3 day wild camping in the Delta) with Kalahari Breeze in 2020, and finally managed to go because of how accommodating they were with COVID. We cannot recommend this highly enough - Maria and Chris are an incredible team, who clearly know exactly what travellers like us need/hope for on a trip like this, and were just wonderful hosts - communication before & during the trip was excellent. Once there, they work directly with the local community organisation to employ the mokoro polers and field guides who make the tour so fantastic, which was wonderful because you know you are directly supporting local people. KB, our guide, was superb - knew every bird/animal/plant we came across with fascinating information about each. The food cooked over an open flame was skillful and excellent, and our camp manager Richard ensured we were more comfortable than we'd thought possible! The beds, en-suite tents(!) and shady gazebo for meals were the perfect backdrop to experiencing the dream of the Okovango Delta. We can't wait to book a trip for an anniversary, and will certainly book through Kalahari Breeze. Thank you again Maria, Chris and team!
Before the trip, we stayed in a Maun Lodge (queen room with river view and balcony), which was the perfect start and highly recommend it.
Wonderful game drives, good food, good talks with tour company
As a senior traveler (69) I was expecting some difficulty -- but a sense of adventure is required anywhere and I could not have been happier with everyone at Kalahari Breeze! The food was fantastic - I traveled with my son and his fiancee who are vegan, but I'm easy to please with anything and Kalahari chefs made superb meals in the bush! Garden Studio in Maun was also excellent, as well as the food the ladies made at Kubu Lodge in Kasane and the chef at Masuwe Lodge, Victoria Falls.
Returning to Maun and Garden Studio after two different tent camping "chapters" (Mokoro and Moreni Game Reserve) was refreshing. Best parts of this trip were learning that the company that Chris and Maria started support many local people; good discussions about water and politics in this part of Africa, and the future of wildlife here.
Botswana appears to have taken a different path than other countries in wanting to preserve its wild areas. The animals here are 'business partners' not hunting trophies. I was pleased to read that Chief Moremi's wife was responsible in 1963 for arranging the establishment of the Moremi Game Reserve.
I liked learning about the relationship between the animals and people who live here, from Clifford, Chris and Saba, who were all our guides in a way. The huge roar on the second night at Moremi was an announcement that our camp was in a male lion's territory, explained Clifford, who found his tracks about 100 yards away next morning. The lion is not interested in coming into your tent. Having said that, it's a good idea to not come out of the tent at night - bathrooms are attached to each sleeping tent! If you want a flush toilet at all times you will miss wonderful tent camping with Kalahari Breeze, and evenings around the camp fire. Other night visitors were a honey badger, hyena and a single wild dog.
I enjoyed Clifford's perceptions: The old elephant is just like an old man, nothing bothers him too much. (One little elephant trumpeted loudly at us and then ran behind his mother.) After seeing a pride of 3 lionesses and their 6 cubs (who were very thin) I realized that life is also hard for the lion, not just the impala, zebra and wildebeest.
And the elephant at Mokoro who grazes just feet away, breaking trees all night, isn't interested in you either, just those leaves at the top. Mr Saba built a fire to tell the elephant we were here, and the elephant left. No guns are allowed in Botswana, so the people and animals respect one another's territory.
The next chapter, as Clifford would say, was the move across the border to Zimbabwe (after 2 great nights at Kubu Lodge in Kasane, northern Botswana) and Masuwe Lodge in Victoria Falls. Again wonderful talks with Cassius the concessioner and some history of Zimbabwe. Beautiful cabins and a pool here as well. Don't be alarmed to see a gecko occasionally in your cabin. Viewing Victoria Falls was stunning - we were almost alone here - COVID has limited travel from everywhere and has been hard on the local economy.
This trip was somewhat challenging because of two separate COVID tests necessary to cross into Botswana and then into Zimbabwe, but this trip was safe, secure and enlightening. We saw many elephants, impalas, zebras, cape buffalo, giraffes, lions and hippos, as well as many birds. The waters of the Okavango Delta were free-flowing, clean, and cold -- like the Everglades, a flowing river spread wide. I took an excellent book about Africa with me and read it along the way: The Shadow of the Sun, by Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish journalist. Great read.
Highly recommended. Staff are professional and attentive
I would highly recommend this company.
I booked an extremely last minute one day mokoro trip in Maun. I was worried the reservation didn't go through but Chris contacted me to confirm my reservation within 10 minutes and kept me updated on the details of my outing leading up to the next morning. He arrived to pick me up from my hotel 15 minutes early and arranged his best tour guide to accompany me. It was a lovely day and the tour guide made sure to keep me entertained with botany facts and trinkets such as a necklace and hat that he wove out of lilies he plucked out of the water. The drivers were also committed to make my trip memorable and took a detour on the way back so I could visit a nice riverside bar. I would give this company 10/10 for customer service and professionalism.
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