Your private and exclusive bush lodge elevated on stilts in pristine African bushveld in Botswana

Your private and exclusive bush lodge elevated on stilts in pristine African bushveld in Botswana

Book your 6 night family stay or corporate think-tank at Nitani Lodge now.

Self drive or fly-in.

6 nights for 10 people in 5 luxury suites – each with its own plunge pool. Pricing is structured for either self-catering or full board. Please advise your preference on the form below.

The full board option includes a full staff compliment, experienced bush guide and a private chef. Availability excludes Easter weekends which are permanently booked.

The lodge is hidden amongst the riverine trees along the Majali river and is built on stilts to allow animals to move freely and undisturbed under the buildings.

Nitani’s environment is increasingly rare – an unspoilt wilderness where human impact has been minimised through careful architecture and environmentally friendly technology.

 

 

 

 

About the Botswana Tuli Block region

The greater Tuli region in Botswana, which encompasses the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, is bordered by the Motloutse, the Shashe and Limpopo rivers in the north-eastern corner of Botswana and the south-western part of Zimbabwe.

The lodge is tucked into the greenery on the banks of the Majali River – a quiet mecca in the middle of the wild. The entire lodge, incorporating five luxury bedroom suites, is of timber construction – built on elevated on stilts two metres above the earth, enabling elephant to browse almost within touching distance. Lengthy walkways meander between the suites and the centralised facilities. The entire camp was designed for optimum appreciation of the bush – not a single tree was cut down in the process). Solar power and generator provide the electricity for the camp.

The wildlife experience within the reserve is also vast, with admirable populations of Elephant, Leopard, Eland, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala and Wildebeest and occasional sightings of Lion and Cheetah. The bird-life is astounding, with more than 350 recorded species. On night drives, one can often see African Wildcat, Spotted Hyena, Black Backed Jackal and a host of other small nocturnal animals.

Nitani operates on a superior service ethic, with sufficient staff to cater to every guests’ need – where privacy is sacrosanct, making Nitani a private Eden.

Nitani Game Reserve is easily accessible via road, scheduled flight or private charter service.

2BWild Safaris will manage all your bookings, including 4×4 vehicle hire and/or fly-in arrangement and transfers to the lodge.

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Don and Debbie’s luxurious Africa expedition


Don and Debbie from Colorado share their 2BWild Safari adventure with us

Safari description: Fly-in, luxury to wild Big Five reserves.

All travel arrangements, route and itinerary planning, bookings, flights, transfers and accommodation by 2BWild Safaris.

Itinerary: Okavango Delta and Linyanti area – Botswana; Hwange National Park, Stanley & Livingstone Hotel in Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe.

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Hi Viv,

We had a fantastic trip and game viewing was exceptional. Plenty of great food and wonderful accommodation. Also lots of miles (not the really good part – but we saw a lot of country).

On the Botswana / Zimbabwe portion:
First, we were beyond impressed on the smoothness of the hand-over from one location to another. Someone was always there waiting for us and took good care of us whether getting us to an airplane, across the border or to a park.

Accommodation at all four locations was very good. Rooms were very clean, very comfortable, well furnished, and very attractive and appealing. Calling them tents may be technically correct but certainly misleading. Staff were fantastic.

The Delta was WET!! – but plenty of animals and a great guide and we would certainly return. The food service here was the best of any game camp we were at either in the Botswana/Zimbabwe area or South Africa. The staff here were also the most accommodating. We enjoyed the hippo ‘party’ outside our room the first night and were mildly disappointed that the party did not continue the other nights (of course the absence of a party made sleeping easier).

The Linyanti area was dry of course – and again a great room. The food here was wonderful but not as great as it was in the Delta. Again good staff. Not as many animals as at the Delta but we did witness a leopard stalking and ultimately succeeding with a kill within a few feet of our vehicle. Very impressive.

Hwange also had great rooms – and a view – as did the rooms at the Delta and Linyanti. The cook here went to a lot of trouble making special meals for us and they were very well received. I was quite surprised at the lack of game but I guess the weather had a major impact. We did see the pride of lions (Cecil’s pride minus Cecil of course) and we upset a sleeping old bull elephant who was lying down. For a few moments it was exciting because the elephant wasn’t happy and couldn’t decide whether to charge or leave. The driver stayed in reverse with the engine running and said he was very concerned because the elephant was not behaving normally.

The charter flights were enjoyable and comfortable. The flight from Victoria Falls International airport to the bush airport (ie a dirt airstrip) was in a 4-seater Cessna 206 – with the returning flight on a much larger Cessna Caravan which was very comfortable.

The Stanley & Livingstone hotel was first class and highly recommended. A good trip to the Falls – and of course we were soon wet through from the mist. Certainly a magnificent sight.

And then back to Joburg and a relaxing night repacking in the Intercontinental. We decided that the Intercontinental at the airport is the place to stay waiting for a flight. Service there is first class. The staff checked on us to make sure our room service was satisfactory, when we didn’t talk to anyone after our wake up call someone knocked on our door to make sure we were up (can’t have the residents missing their plane).

Thanks for everything Viv! Finally, what do you have on walking with the Gorillas? Debbie wants to include that area (activity) on our next trip probably next year.

All photos: Debbie

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Mirages, rainbows, thunderstorms and dust: Kgalagadi, January 2017

Kgalgadi 01-2017 (Photo: 2BWild)
Kgalagadi 01-2017
(Photo: 2BWild)

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) trip report – 2016/2017

This recce trip undertaken by 2BWild Safaris to the Kgalagadi Desert in South Africa in December 2016/January 2017 was a wonderful experience and great success.

Our route
Johannesburg > Vryburg > McCarthy’s Rust (Botswana border post) > KTP: Twee Rivieren > Nossob > Gharagab > Bitterpan > Kalahari Tented Camp > Urikaruus > Kielie Krankie > Augrabies Falls > Kuruman > Johannesburg

This is indeed a very special and unique African wilderness area where one can experience the nuances of the vast Kalahari Desert and the specialised flora and fauna which thrive there.

Access using 4×4 vehicles is essential and accommodation in the wilderness camps is an experience of a lifetime.

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Gharagab

Gharagab - captures the magic of the African Kalahari
Gharagab – captures the magic of the African Kalahari

 

Johannesburg > Vryburg > McCarthy’s Rust (Botswana border post) > KTP: Twee Rivieren > Nossob > Gharagab > Bitterpan > Kalahari Tented Camp > Urikaruus > Kielie Krankie > Augrabies Falls > Kuruman > Johannesburg
From Nossob rest camp, situated roughly in the middle of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP), it’s a relatively long 155km 5 hour interesting and enjoyable drive to the Gharagab wilderness camp. The “main” gravel road is in good condition, albeit with minor corrugations, with interesting waterholes and pans along the way.

Right up near the top of the Park near Unions End, one leaves the “main” gravel road on a one way route around and back down to Gharagab. It’s one-way for good reason – the “tweespoor” (twin track) is a sandy bumpy twisty road with a few mild dune rises to negotiate. A good 4 wheel drive vehicle is essential.

After the exciting dune driving we see the camp from a distance, considerably raising our anticipation. The camp attendant Andries was there to meet us, well presented, smartly dressed in his uniform, friendly and courteous as they all are. We were shown to our log cabin, one of four, and what a cosy “home-from-home”.

Overlooking a floodlit waterhole down in the arid valley below, this beautiful private cabin was well appointed with all the basic requirements for a comfortable stay. Ours was Unit #1 – worth noting as it’s the only one with a 220V electricity plug behind the fridge – I won’t tell if you don’t! Perfect for charging car batteries, laptops and cell phones – whilst you download all those terrific photos and videos from your cameras).

Twin beds, spacious bathroom (again with good water pressure and piping hot water), a complete kitchenette with full range of cutlery, crockery and dish-wash basin. Not to mention the magnificent balcony with a fixed braai (barbecue) and most incredible view of the expansive bush, dunes, and waterhole below. Pure bliss.

During our stay we saw an unprecedented 14 jackal during the afternoon and evening, visiting to drink before moving briskly on. Gemsbok, springbok, common duiker and more. Unfortunately no lion during our stay, although Gharagab is renowned for its strong and vociferous lion population.

One of the best features of Gharagab is the lookout point on the rise behind the camp. This well constructed wooden deck, above the water tanks and solar arrays, offers a magnificent view across the African Kalahari dunes. A perfect spot for sundowners. Just beware of wild animals when walking there and back – and be sure to leave before nightfall.

Gharagab can be extremely hot in summer – over 44C – and extremely cold in winter. So choose your visiting time with care. The hottest period is October/November. Our trip took place in December – and was quite bearable, being a dry heat (as opposed to a humid coastal heat).

Urikaruus

Urikaruus wilderness camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Urikaruus wilderness camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Johannesburg > Vryburg > McCarthy’s Rust (Botswana border post) > KTP: Twee Rivieren > Nossob > Gharagab > Bitterpan > Kalahari Tented Camp > Urikaruus > Kielie Krankie > Augrabies Falls > Kuruman > Johannesburg

These beautifully designed riverside cabins stole our hearts from the minute we arrived.

Set high up on stilts overlooking the Auob “river” (usually dry), these five units are all interconnected with a wooden boardwalk, making them suitable for large family groups, or private individual bookings.

The elevated structure not only offers an excellent view of the river bed and floodlit waterhole – but it also enables the free movement of wildlife – including lion – below the cabins.

During our one night stay we experienced the most magnificent thunderstorm which introduced a brief but important flow in the river. We were also treated to a dusk view of the resident lioness escorting her three tiny cubs to the waterhole.

The bedroom and kitchen/dining room are on separate levels, each with own balcony.

Exceptionally clean, well kept, with all cutlery and crockery, efficient fridge, and piping hot water with good pressure in the shower.

Of all the KTP wilderness camps I would rate Urikaruus as the best – and not to be missed – with a minimum of two night’s stay.

Our camp attendant Erick was most helpful and efficient.

 

KTP gallery

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2017 Personalised safaris

2BWild Safaris is well advanced with the planning of a number of personalised safaris for 2017 for a range of clients.

Destinations, amongst others, include Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Self-drive self-catering; fully guided and catered; and fly-in luxury are just a few of the travel styles being incorporated in the briefs.

These unparalleled wilderness areas of Africa offer endless unique bush and desert  landscapes, many with Big Five game sightings, all with outstanding photographic opportunities.

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Botswana:

Khumaga
Khumaga

Khumaga, Khwai, Linyanti

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Namibia

Ai-Ais National Park

Richtersveld/Ai-Ais; Namib Nauklift;

 

 

 

 

Northern Namibia:

Kunene River, N Namibia
Kunene

Kunene, Kaokoveld, Skeleton Coast, Etosha, Cape Fria, Hartmann’s Valley, Marienfluss

 

 

 

 

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Chilojo Cliffs, Gonarezhou

Zimbabwe:

Gonarezhou

North meets South – Andrés comes to Africa – Olé!

Andrés from Spain had this to say about his recent 2BWild Safari:  (June 2016)

Route: BOTSWANA: Okavango Delta; ZIMBABWE and ZAMBIA: Vic falls; BOTSWANA: Senyati and Kubu Island.

Me so excited in the Vic falls!
Me so excited in the Vic falls!

Hi Viv!

The trip was greeeeeeeat, absolutely amazing. We really enjoyed all different places where we stayed. I am sending you here some pics. Are the ones from my iphone but still I really love them! I have plenty but i am sending you a small selection of some of my favourites!

We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
We did the flight over the Okavango Delta. You can even see the elephant from there in the pic!
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
Our Mokoro boat that we did while staying in Ngepi, Caprivi.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.
A breathtaking sunset at Senyati, Botswana.

Regarding the car everything was PERFECT as well! We had NO problem with it so I really really appreciate your kind assistance with that!

Thanks Viv,

Andrés

This is one of my favourite places of the trip... Kubu Island. It is very very special...
This is one of my favourite places of the trip… Kubu Island. It is very very special…
Devil's pool in Zambia's side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!
Devil’s pool in Zambia’s side. We had a bath up there, the first day they were opened, was incredible!

 

Chobe, Caprivi and the Okavango Delta – simply untouchable!

24 July 2016

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Mokoro trip, Okavango Delta, Botswana – an unforgettable experience

Yesterday Felix wrote to Viv at 2BWild – ecstatic about his trip just completed, to the Chobe National Park, the Caprivi strip, and the Okavango pan-handle in Botswana.
The natural beauty and proliferation of African wildlife in these regions is truly exquisite. Such a trip requires careful planning and specific knowledge about where (and how) to go, and what, when (and how) to see. This is what Viv at 2BWild does so very well.

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Crossing the Limpopo
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Sunset over the Chobe River, Botswana
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Chobe Elephants
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A view of Hippo from the Mokoro – a little calm adrenalin for the African day

Typically, along with the vibrant African sunsets and never-ending bushveld, vleis and riverine forest, one will be sure to encounter large herds of Elephant with their young lazily crossing the Chobe River; Buffalo congregations of 400 and more browsing in the reeds, more often than not with a pride of Lion lurking in the vicinity plotting the kill; the elusive Lechwe antelope; the majestic Fish Eagle; large pods of Hippo exchanging their constants snorting of jokes; important herds of the rare Roan and Sable antelope; the unusual Puku; the shy and rare Chobe Bushbuck; with a bit of luck or good spotting eyes – a Leopard snoozing in a jackalberry tree; and most importantly – an abundance of birdlife.

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Elephant on the island hike
FELIX HACKER-06-2016-sunrise over the okavango delta
Sunrise over the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Included in Felix’s group’s activities on this trip was:
-A Mokoro (traditional African canoe) trip, poling through quiet inlets and estuaries of the Okavango River, closely exploring the riverine areas in search of the secretive Pel’s Fishing Owl and the diversity of other birdlife. Hippo and Elephant observations from this water-level-vantage-point are undoubtedly a lifetime experience, never to be forgotten.
– And an island hike on the pristine game-filled terra-firma of the Okavango Delta.

FELIX HACKER-06-2016-Catching the Tiger
Tiger fishing in the Okavango Delta – a must for the fisherman’s bucket list

Felix and his group comprised a party of seven adults and two children,

travelling in three well-equipped four-wheel drive vehicles.

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This is what he had to say!

From: felix
To: viv.2bwildsafaris@outlook.com
Subject: Wonderful holiday
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:42:52 +0000
Hi Viv
 
We’re back in SA and had a WONDERFUL trip in Botswana. All worked out well and we enjoyed some of the new things we did. I have attached a few photo’s for your records.
 
Thank you sooo much for the trip advice, planning and booking – it was much appreciated by the whole group.
 
Kind regards

Felix

[All photos by Felix Hacker]

 

Itchy feet – and a taste of Africa – Hakuna matata!

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29 June 2016

IMG_1912Here’s a snippet of just some of our 2BWild Safaris recently completed, some in progress, and some in the future that we’re all still looking forward to: Zimbabwe-Gonarezhou; South Africa-Pilanesberg; Namibia and Botswana; South Africa-Welgevonden Game Reserve; Zimbabwe- Mana Pools; Botswana-Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP)… Read on…
To discuss with us and plan your next personalised safari in Africa diving trip click here.
Zimbabwe, Gonarezhou:
Terry & Party

Late afternoon sun catches the timeless Chilojo Cliffs
Late afternoon sun catches the timeless Chilojo Cliffs

Terry and friends (a group of twelve in total) returned a week ago from their annual safari together, this time to Gonarezhou. Instead of Beit Bridge, they opted to go through the Kruger and enter Mozambique at Pafuri border post and then through the Sango border post into Zimbabwe. They stayed in the south, travelled straight up the middle and stayed at a number of camps in the northern section, including two nights at the luxurious Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. They returned along the same route, staying at a different camp in the south before crossing through Moz and back into SA.

South Africa, Pilanesberg – an international family reunion and 80th birthday celebration:
Colin and Family
3-IMG_6427Colin and his family (16 in total, some having travelled from the USA) are spending four days in Pilanesberg National Park this week, staying in chalets at Bakgatla Camp, where they will be celebrating his Dad’s 80th Birthday. They will have a sumptuous Champagne Bush Breakfast at the private Boma in the Park on his Dad’s special day. There will be many self-drive game drives as well as a Bush Walk for some members of the group.

Namibia and Botswana – Caprivi and the Okavango Delta:
Felix & Party

Chobe River waterfront (photo: JeT, 2Bwild)
Chobe River waterfront (photo: JeT, 2Bwild)

Felix and his party of nine will be on the road heading north from early tomorrow (30/6). They will be travelling through Botswana up to the Chobe waterfront, through the Caprivi to Mamili and Mudumu, and then around to the Okavango Panhandle for a few days’ fishing before heading back home via Maun, Gweta (to visit Nxai Pan) and Francistown.

 

 

South Africa, Welgevonden Game Reserve:
Graeme and Rowan
While in SA from the UK, Graeme and Rowan will spend three days next week in the malaria-free Big 5 Welgevonden Game Reserve at one of Rare Earth’s luxurious 5-star lodges, Ekhutuleni.

 

 

Zimbabwe, Mana Pools:
Frank and Party

The main destination for Frank and his group of six is Mana Pools (Nyamepi camp). They’ll be leaving SA in July and travelling via Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Elephant Sands and Kasane, with a visit to Vic Falls, before crossing into Zambia for an overnight stop and then entering Zimbabwe. Their return journey takes them through Livingstone, Zambia and Nata in Botswana before re-entering SA.

Mark and Party
Another group is headed for Mana Pools, this time in September, Mark and his group of six will be doing a very quick trip from SA via Elephant Sands to begin their safari in the Zambezi National Park. From there they will overnight in Zambia before entering Zimbabwe early the next day for their five-night stay at Nyamepi in Mana. Once again, they’ll do a lightning return from Mana, overnighting in Antelope Park and then back into SA the following day.

Bitterpan camp

 

Botswana, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP)
JJ & Susan – KTP
JJ and Susan are off to Kgalagadi in July. Initially they were going to do the Nossob 4×4 Trail but unfortunately their friends couldn’t make the trip and more than one vehicle is required for the Trail. They will be camping at Polentswa and Rooiputs on the Botswana side as well as camps on the South African side.

The 2BWild Team

Urikaruus Camp

Last but not least – we too/two, Viv and John, head off to KTP in December for a 10 day visit. A number of months ago our excellent personalised travel agency specialist, Viv of 2Bwild Safaris did a fantastic job in securing the best sites for us as booking opened for the year! On our return we’ll also visit the renowned and beautiful Augrabies falls. Can’t wait! Yeeehaaa!

 

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Kelly’s self-drive trio visits Moremi, Chobe and Vic Falls

April 2016. Kelly and Sarah on a mokoro outing on the Okavango Delta on their first ever safari into Africa.

Kelly, Sarah, and Kelly’s Dad Dennis, went off on their first ever African safari adventure  in April.  Setting out from their home in Johannesburg, the trio  visited the Moremi Reserve, enjoyed the “once-in-a-lifetime” flip over the Delta, went on to the unforgettable wildlife sightings of the Chobe waterfront, and soaked up the awesome views of Victoria Falls  – before heading home two and a half weeks later.

2BWild took care of all accommodation bookings, planned their itinerary and plotted a suitable route for them well in advance; and also booked their fully equipped Toyota Hilux vehicle for the trip.

“This trip was so amazing. We just can’t wait to start planning our next safari!,” said Kelly.

Kelly, Sarah and Dennis’s Elephant-back safari
Dennis, Sarah and Kelly. Nata Lodge, Botswana.
Zip-lining across the Zambezi near Vic Falls
Their sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River

 

Okavango, Moremi and Chobe safari – Kayt went wild !

Viv recently planned, routed  and booked a 2BWild overland safari for her client and fellow Honorary Officer friend, Kayt Murphy, her Mom and her daughter – to the Okavango Delta in Botswana for April 2016.

Kayt and family ready to take a flip over the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Kayt and her family  travelled in their own 2×4 vehicle, and Viv specifically selected roads and routes appropriate for the vehicle.

Viv pre-booked their accommodation, to suit their needs and pocket, well in advance (usually one year ahead).

Their safari took them from their home in Pretoria, South Africa,  through the length of Botswana to the Okavango Delta, then via the wild and big five Moremi Game Reserve and wilderness, up to the magnificent Chobe River waterfront. From there back down south via Nata and home.

Chobe River waterfront (photo: Viv, 2Bwild)
Chobe River waterfront (photo: Viv, 2Bwild)

“This was such an awesome trip,” said an ecstatic Kayt on their return. “I’d simply love  to go’n live up there! What an amazing trip. Thank you Viv!”

 

 

 

Botswana: restrictions on the transport and movement of meat has been lifted.

 

Botswana veterinary zoning
Botswana veterinary zoning

Movement restrictions on cloven hooved animals lifted in Zone 11 – Botswana

The Botswana Ministry of Agriculture informs the farming community and the general public that movement restriction in zone 11 (Kweneng, Kgatleng, Southern Ramotswa and Tlokweng) of the cloven hoofed animals and their products has been lifted with immediate effect.

Therefore, slaughter facilities are now allowed to resume ‘business as usual.’

The lifting of the ban follows completion of all tests on the buffalo which proved negative of Foot and Mouth Disease-FMD virus and the inspection of all cloven hoofed animals which proved free of the disease.

Furthermore, the public is informed that the search for the possibility of any buffalo has been called off following the extensive ground and aerial search that ruled out any presence of buffaloes in Zone 11.

The Ministry of Agriculture wishes to thank the public for their cooperation during the difficult and trying time.

For further information contact Boikhutso Rabasha at 3689115, 72339719 or Geoffrey Pheko at 3689116/77520819.