This short but great safari starts in Maun the morning of the 8th September 2022. You fly in the day before the 7th September 2022 and overnight at The Waterfront, next to the Thamalakane River in a quiet area of Maun.
On the 8th Sept we collect you and we drive around 4 hours to our exclusive site at Nxai Pan. Nxai Pan / Baines Baobabs
– 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.
During the dry season there is often the opportunity to witness a kill as the lions often set up at the only pumped public waterhole in this small National Park. The extremely rare Brown Hyaena lives here but you must be up early to spot one and Cheetah are frequently spotted here. During the dry season Sunsets at the Waterhole can provide a Photographers dream shots, of Giraffes or Elephant (and sometimes even Lions) silhouetted with the sun setting behind them. Full Moon is the 10th September 2022 and Nxai with it’s wide open spaces is a lovely place to see it. We have 3 nights at Nxai Pan.
On the 11th September we have a big day, starting early we will have a short Nxai Pan game drive, before going with our team in tandem back to Maun and onto Moremi Game Reserve, then driving deep into the park to our exclusive site a few km past Xakanaxa.
Moremi Game Reserve
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! There are several different habitats in Moremi; ideally we stay in one for at least 3 nights to experience one well, especially the Xakanaxa area where there is the opportunity to take a boat to visit the incredible island heronry at Godikwe.
It is full of breeding herons and storks from May through to October. If you are interested in birds there is also the chance to stay on a nearby island for the night so as to catch the action at the Heronry for Sunset and Sunrise! Just the beautiful channels and lagoons encountered along the way in the boat make this worthwhile to anyone.
We will have a full days boat cruise from Xakanaxa on the 13th September 2022 a wonderful day.
We return to Maun on the 14th September 2022 early afternoon and you again overnight at The Waterfront. Optional extra a 45 minute game flight over the Okavango Delta by helicopter this evening.
8 places available, cost pp sharing in luxury Sahara Tents US$3650 all inclusive