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    Botswana

    Experience the captivating Kalahari wilderness in search for the famous black-maned lion and follow in the steps of ancient bushmen

    Blooming desert
    9 nights / 7 spaces / 5 tours / from USD 4,995

Blooming desert

  • Itinerary

    Itinerary Outline, 9 nights:
    2 Nights: Tented lodge accommodation at Kalahari Plains
    Activity guide: Bushmen walk, game drives

    3 Nights: Tented Camp Piper’s Pan - Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
    Activity guide: Game drives

    1 Night: Tented lodge accommodation at Tau Pan
    Activity guide: Game drives

    3 Nights: Tented Camp in Khwai Concession
    Activity guide: Game drives

  • Accommodation

    This safari has a mix of lodge accommodation, fully serviced en-suite tented accommodation and camping.

    You will be staying at the Kalahari Plains Camp for the first 2 nights, then mobile camping for 3 nights close to Piper's Pan, 1 night lodge accommodation at Tau Pan and 3 nights tented camp at Khwai Concession. 

  • Extensions

    Popular safari extension requests include:

    • Helicopter or fixed-wing scenic flight over the Okavango
    • Multi-day extension to a lodge in the Okavango Delta
    • Multi-day extension to a lodge in the Chobe region
    • Makgadikgadi Pans

      Please contact us for further info and reservations.
  • Prices & Tours

    • This safari has 5 tours per year - once a month from February to June.
    • Each safari can have up to 7 guests and the safari is guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 guests.

    • The price starts from 4,995 USD to 6,030 USD per person sharing depending on the season. 

    The price includes:

    • Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds, bed linen and towels, with a private bathroom en-suite.
    • Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle.
    • Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles.
    • Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves.
    • All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves.
    • All meals and drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) whilst in the Camps.
    • All activities as specified in the itinerary.
    • 12% Value Added Tax.

    The price does not include:

    • Travel Insurance.
    • All flights unless otherwise indicated.
    • Items of personal nature.
    • Staff gratuities.
    • Optional safari extensions.
    • Any drinks at lodges or accommodation other than the safari camp.

     

Itinerary in detail


Day 1: Maun to Kalahari Plains / Charter flight (1 hour)

Activities: Game viewing.
Accommodation: Lodge tented accommodation

You will arrive from Johannesburg by 13h30 into Maun Airport where you will be met by a Wilderness Air representative who will assist you with your luggage before transferring you to the charter plane for your flight over the Central Kalahari to Kalahari Plains Lodge where your guide will be waiting to meet you. Upon arrival at Kalahari Plains, once you have been shown to your accommodation, you will then have a chance to relax in the comfort of your tent and the rest of the lodge or use the telescope in the lounge area for a closer look at the water hole before taking a short sundowner and orientation drive. Your biggest decision will be to decide if you want to sleep in your tent or on your sky bed above it!

 

Day 2: Full Day Exploration

Activities: Game viewing & Bushman walk
Accommodation: Lodge tented accommodation

A chance to stretch your legs after breakfast this morning with a bushman family walk within close proximity to the camp. The experience enables and understanding of how the San Bushmen lived and survived in the harsh Kalahari Thirstland as well as gaining an insight in to the ancient San culture and their humble and gentle approach amongst the family units and with the environment. An afternoon game drive will depend upon the game but we will hope to head out towards Khudu and Mmaphwe Pans. After dinner, head up to the platform for an astronomy talk. As one of the remotest places on earth the absence of light pollution makes stargazing here in the Kalahari quite spectacular.

Day 4 & 5: Piper Pan Exploration Days

Activities: Game drive 
Accommodation: Mobile tented camp

Habitat: Pipers Pan consists of 3 main pans. Impressive in size, these are some of the largest pans in the Kalahari. Unlike the pans of Khutse and the southern Kalahari the pans here are vegetated. A sparse covering of herbaceous and woody plants cover the ground here. The south-western edges of the pans are bordered by large, vegetated sand dunes. The lower slopes have a clay soil and are dominated by dense growths of rattle trees Catophractes alexandrii further up the slopes are groves of false umbrella thorn Acacia luderitzii and worm-cure albizia Albizia anthelmintica. The islands of trees in the pans themselves are dominated by the bizarre wild sesame tree Sesamothamnus spp.

Wildlife: Home to a good population of cheetah, a resident pride of lion and several leopard, whose territories include parts of the pan, this is an excellent place for Kalahari predators. The break of dawn is an excellent time to be out looking for the crepuscular brown hyaena that patrol the pans, scrounging for a meal. Good sized herds of blue wildebeest, oryx and springbok graze on the pans. Giraffe and greater kudu browse on the verges and the islands of the pan.

Day 6: Piper Pan to Tau Pan / Travel Day / 80km

Arrival at Tau around lunchtime

Activities: Game drives
Accommodation: Lodge tented accommodation

Today we depart from Piper’s Pan and head toward the wilderness area on the north-western side of Central Kalahari. Our journey takes us over endless vegetated dune-fields and the extensive Pokoje and San Pans before arriving at the magnificent and wildlife rich Tau Pan. The lodge is situated on the crest of an ancient dune and has a commanding view of the surrounding wilderness. Your guide will drop you off to enjoy a relaxed lunch and you will conduct the afternoon activity with the Tau Pan Lodge guide

Day 7: Tau Pan to Khwai / charter flight / 1 hour 30 minutes

Full day of extended game drive and journey time with picnic lunch between camps.

Activities: Game drives
Accommodation: Tented camp

A final morning activity in the incredible Kalahari before boarding your flight to Maun and onwards to Khwai where your guide will be waiting for you. The differences in the habitat and wildlife will be instantly noticeable and three nights in this area will offer a contrasting experience and the opportunity to see different wildlife.

Days 8 & 9: Khwai Exploration Days

Activities: Game Drive, walking safaris (conditions permitting) and night drives and mokoro excursion

Habitat: We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai.
Wildlife: The Khwai region boasts excellent populations of both bull elephant as well as breeding herds. Lion, leopard, serval and African wildcat are common predators of the region with wild dog and cheetah being less common. Buffalo use this area seasonally with large herds moving in during the summer rains. The swampy areas in the west are home to red lechwe. Other ungulates include tsesebe, blue wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, roan antelope and impala.

Days 10: Safari ends in Maun

After saying farewell to your safari crew, your guide will take a slow drive back towards Maun on a final drive before arriving at approximately 12h00, in time for the international check ins.
For guests wishing to extend their stay and head in to a lodge, please note that we depart Khwai by 08h00, therefore, any charter flights will need to be organized from Maun after your arrival back at 12h00.

Please Note

Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries, these are subject to change subject to weather (specifically with current flood conditions, the driving times may differ between the areas quite considerably depending upon the time of year), roads, and animal movements and availability. You will be notified of any changes.

Please also note that the guided walking activity is seasonal based on rains and grass height, your guide will determine the safety of walking in Khwai.

 


Why you'll love it

  • Central Kalahari Wilderness Experience: Experience the famous Central Kalahari Game Reserve - the second largest game reserve in the world!

  • The Black-Maned Lion: Search for the famous and impressive black-maned lion.

  • Bushman Experience: Follow in the steps of ancient bushmen, learn about the San culture and their gentle approach with the environment. 

  • Visit to the remote Piper’s Pan: A stunning stretch of flat grass, usually covered with springbok and Oryx. 

  • Explore on a Mokoro: See the sights and investigate the waterways of the gorgeous Okavango Delta on a traditional canoe.

  • Enjoy the Khwai Community Area: As a community area, Khwai allow people to experience night game drives, guided walks and mokoro excursions.

READY TO PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE?

We work with private campsites, small camps and exclusives lodges to give you the best and most authentic experience of Africa. With this in mind, the earlier we start planning your trip, the better. The ideal time to start organizing your safari is six to eight months before your planned departure date – especially if you want to travel during peak seasons, including around school holidays.

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