This is a fantastic Safari, with only 4 places left. It starts in Maun on the 1st July 2022, with 3 nights at an exclusive HATAB site at Nxai Pan – Part of the great Makgadikgadi complex, Nxai Pan National Park covers an area of 2,100 km2, and comprises several larger pans which were once ancient salt lakes. These larger pans are now grassed, and are scattered with islands of acacia trees, and smaller pans that fill with water during the rainy season – thus providing rich resources for wildlife. Seven huge, gnarled baobab trees, named after the 19th century explorer Thomas Baines, are situated on an island overlooking and surrounded by the white, crusty Kudiakam Pan. Baines stood here over a hundred years ago and painted this otherworldly scene. It has essentially remained unchanged.
We will enjoy the sunsets and the action at the only pumped waterhole a great chance to photograph Giraffe, Elephant and sometimes even Lions with the sun setting behind them, a photographers dream come true!!
7th July 2022 we leave Camp Kalahari after an early breakfast and have a long day’s driving, to get to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where our back up team will have gone to our exclusive HATAB site and set up our luxury camp again. The CKGR is One of the remotest and most unspoiled parts of Africa, the Northern part of this park is one of the prime game viewing areas in Botswana. This is the largest Game Reserve in Botswana covering 52,800 km2. Nothing prepares you for the immensity of this reserve, nor its wild, mysterious beauty. There is the immediate impression of unending space, and having the entire reserve to yourself. Waist-high golden grasses seem to stretch interminably, punctuated by dwarfed trees and scrub bushes. Wide and empty pans appear as vast white stretches of saucer-flat earth, meeting a soft, blue-white sky. At night the stars utterly dominate the land; their brilliance and immediacy are totally arresting. The best time to visit is during or soon after the rains when large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest and eland gather for good grazing. The dry season amazes with seeing what these desert adapted animals can endure- most survive for months with no surface water to drink, getting moisture from vegetation such as tsamma melons, tubers that are dug up and dew. During the dry season water is non-existent in the park, all water used by us must be bought in by us, as the only water is available is at the entrance gates and often they have none. We have 4 nights here and will explore extensively from Letiahau waterhole (salty water that nevertheless attracts both predators and their prey), Leopard Pan, Sunday Pan, Deception Valley, and probably even Passarge Valley on a picnic lunch expedition).
On the 11th July we have a last desert game drive early before, with a picnic lunch, we drive to Maun and overnight at The Waterfront, hosted by Patrick and Heather Penstone great safari characters in their own right, we will still be able to sit around a campfire here, swim in their lovely pool, catch up on correspondence with the free Wifi and just relax.
Optional extra is a 30 or 45 minute game flight over the Okavango Delta by Helicopter, expensive but well worth it.
12th July 2022 after a hearty delicious continental breakfast at the Waterfront, we will drive to Moremi Game Reserve where we will have 3 nights at an exclusive BOGA site near Xakanaxa. Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km2, here and and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains – either seasonally or perennially wet, waterways, lagoons, pools, pans, grasslands and riparian, riverine and mophane forests. This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination, if you are very Lucky!! It is the only Game Reserve inside the 1000th World Heritage Site The Okavango Delta. Some of the exclusive campsites we use could be the in the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely! Whilst here we will enjoy a Full Day boat cruise into the Inner Okavango Delta, visiting an active Heronry Island at Godikwe and having lunch and a rest period on a nearby island, this will be one of the highlights of this fantastic safari.
15th July 2022 we have a last game drive in the Xakanaxa area before driving via Hippo Pools for a picnic lunch, and where we meet the Khwai River and floodplain we will take our time to get to our new operators site and only arrive at our exclusive site at Khwai late afternoon. This is an absolutely excellent place to see and photograph Wild Dogs, although they do abound throughout the area.
We have another 3 nights here and will enjoy a 2 1/2 hour afternoon mekoro trip one day.
18th July 2022 we will have a last early morning game drive probably into Chobe National Park along the Khwai River, and enjoying our brunch along the way. We will meet up with our back up team led my Victor Phuthego, at Mababe Gate where there is a cell phone signal, and drive the 4 hours to Savuti in tandem with our team. We have 3 nights at an exclusive BOGA site at Savuti. The Savuti Channel in northern Botswana is a famous waterway in a thrilling state of flux. For a quarter of a century, the Savuti Channel was dry, creating wide-open grassland, home to both quantities and varieties of wildlife and a legendary predator’s enclave. In 2008, the waters returned, and abundant game congregated and adapted in its wake. The water dried up again and the channel stopped flowing in 2015. No one knows when it will flow again, I hope it will be in my Safari lifetime!
There are 3 solar pumped waterholes at Savuti, all well spaced – Rhino Vlei, Marabou Pan and Pump Pan, there is a lot of activity around these from May until the rains should start mid November and we visit them daily. There is a site where ancient San rock art can be seen after a small but steep climb. It is humbling to see and puzzle over and causes one to marvel at the people who previously inhabited the area. A beautiful island of 13 Baobab trees is not so well known but necessitates a short excursion and is a wonderful site to photograph.
On the 21st July 2022 we will have a last early morning Savuti drive, before meeting our back up team at Goha Gate and driving together through the Chobe Forest Area, to the tar road at Kachikau. We will have a picnic lunch together at a lovely Baobab Site near Mabele Village and we will fill our diesel and get ice before we re enter the park. Our site is at the Namibian Border end of the park, under immense Natal Mahogany Tree’s right next to the Chobe Floodplain which will probably be drying up at this time of the year. The first glimpse of the Chobe River – deep and dazzling in the sandy terrain – is always breathtaking. Undoubtedly one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe supports a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else in the country. Established in 1968, the park covers approximately 11700 km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. The Chobe River forms its northern boundary. The most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country, the Chobe Riverfront is famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape Buffalo, which during the dry winter months converge upon the river to drink. The Chobe River attracts thousands of animals searching for water during the dry season. The river is host to a stunning array of birdlife (Yellow Billed Storks, African Spoonbills, White Faced Whistling Ducks, Egyptian Geese, Vultures, Owls and Kingfishers, Secretary Birds, Dikkops, Herons, Eagles – especially Fish Eagles, in addition to many other birds), and a 3-hour boat cruise is taken on every safari to take advantage of this. If lucky you will see Elephants swimming in close proximity to you, in addition to the normal pods of slumbering Hippo’s, Red Lechwe, Crocodile, Impala, Kudu, Leguaans, Puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), Sable, Roan, Waterbuck and numerous other animals you can view.
We have our last 3 Safari nights here and will explore the river front, as far as Serondera extensively on our lengthy game drives. We will go into Kasane for a 3 hour boat cruise one day another highlight of this safari.
On the 23rd July 2022 we will game drive the 50km or so along the river and take you to Kasane after a hearty full English Breakfast, and you can fly out or transfer to Victoria Falls.
Optional extra is a 3 night Caprivi Houseboat Safari down the mighty Zambezi River in Namibia, great for Birders and those with a Cultural interest – if you take this option then you end up in Kasane on the 26th July 2022.
4 Places only left on this safari, cost pp sharing is US$12,368.50 all inclusive in our luxury Sahara Tents, enquire if you would like our more budget friendly 3 m canvas dome tents with en suite toilet and hand basin