9th to 25th August 2022 Real Desert experience with San Man followed by Okavango Delta
You arrive in Maun on the 9th August 2022 and we collect you and take you to The Waterfront to relax after your flights. Swim, sleep, read, enjoy the ambience here.
On the 11th August 2022 we collect you at 10am and we drive under 4 hours to
to our camp which will be set up 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. Nxai Pan is at its best for game viewing if you want masses of animals, between December and April when many antelope have their young. In the dry season the waterhole is the place to be and often supplies amazing sunset shots of Elephants, Giraffe and sometimes even Lion, silhouetted by the setting sun. The area attracts large numbers of Springbok and Gemsbok drawn to the short sweet grasses that grow on the pan.
We will settle into our camp here briefly before heading out for a game drive ending up at the Waterhole for sunset and a sundowner.
12th and 13th August Full day Nxai Pan
14th August 2022. We have a last game drive at Nxai and then drive to Baines Baobabs for morning tea and a break.
Then to the gate and we briefly inflate our tyres for a short drive down the tar road to the Entrance Gate to Makgadikgadi Pans NP where we check in again. With an area of 3 900 km2 – incorporates the western end of Ntwetwe Pan, extensive grasslands and acacia woodland. At its northern boundary, it meets the Nxai Pan National Park, separated only by the Nata-Maun Road. The Boteti River last flowed in 1992 and started flowing again past Khumaga in early 2009. It stopped flowing again in 2018. During the dry season, the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park thrives with activity as literally thousands of Zebra and Wildebeest vie for water, when the deep pools in the river have dried DWNP use 3 solar power Boreholes so the animals have water to drink and the Hippo’s a place to submerge.
We use one of the 3 BOGA Operator sites here, away from other people at night. Be warned do to the proximity of Khumaga Village and the state of the Electric Fence that the Elephants had no respect for, you will also see some cattle inside the park..
Our staff will by now be ahead of us to set up our camp we will drive through to The exit gate Khumaga to fill our water and have our picnic lunch., before driving back to our exclusive campsite away from other people.
After settling in. Evening drive along the Boteti river, we don’t know if this mysterious river will be flowing or not
15th and 16th August two full days at Makgadikgadi Pans NP we will probably have early drives then return to camp and in the heat of the day find a vantage point along the river in order to see the maximum number of Zebra this area is renowned for.
17th August we have a last game drive and fill our water tank here before meeting our back up team at the gate and crossing the Boteti – if it is flowing, by ferry
and driving via Khumaga Village and then Rakops Village to Matswere Gate the entrance to the vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) where we will have our picnic lunch at the gate. We then drive about 4 hrs to our remote site far from anyone else and “close” to the Letiahau Waterhole, where our camp will be set up for 4 nights. After dropping our luggage and water/wood trailer we will go out for a short drive and listen to the Cry of the Kalahari over sundowners.
18th, 19th and 20th August 2022 Central Kalahari Game Reserve – 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 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. Our Fun and personable San Trackers will show you how these, the first people, survive. 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 potable water is available is at the entrance gates and often they have none. he roads. Deception Valley – made famous by Mark and Delia Owens book, ‘Cry of the Kalahari’. Three amazing free days in the vast wilderness that is the Kalahari, we may drive for many km on our game drives or just be guided by our San trackers who will share their wisdom and knowledge with you on how to survive in this incredibly harsh yet beautiful environment.
21st August 2022 we have a big breakfast before loading luggage etc and game driving out of the CKGR (this will take 4 hours at least) and driving via Makalamabedi Village to Boteti Camp in Khumaga Village. We have a picnic lunch along the way.
22nd August 2022 – we leave Boteti Camp after breakfast (supplied by the Lodge) and drive to Camp Kalahari, arriving in time for a late lunch. Our back up team returns to Maun.
Camp Kalahari, owned and run by Natural Selection is full of marvelous surprises, San People and Meerkats are two of them but I will keep you in suspense for the others!! We have 3 lovely nights here. Make sure you have mastered the art of night time photography for our stay here. I will say no more.
On the 25th August 2022 we have a long fulfilling day. We leave Camp Kalahari after breakfast and drive to Maun where we ave lunch and fuel up. We then drive 3 hours to Khwai where our trusty back up team has gone ahead and set up camp for 4 nights, in this special part of the Okavango Delta. a great contrast to the Kalahari. Next to Moremi Game Reserve Khwai concession is a community-run private reserve adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, divided from it by the Khwai River. The river attracts high concentrations of thirsty wildlife. Riverine forest lines the wide water lily and papyrus covered floodplains around the Khwai River. A myriad of colourful birdlife
is found in this watery habitat that is a breeding area for many species. Away from the river and plains is thick Mopane woodland dotted with pans that attract many animal species and where we often spot wild dog. The Khwai Community is running this area and all fees paid here go into the local Community providing schools, scholarships, water pumps and more. There are three exclusive operator sites, both beautifully situated under large Leadwood tree’s and a huge spread out Public site near the Khwai River. All are well spaced from each other and under the shade of immense Acacia Tree’s. To stay at Khwai you must have your booking in by the 1st October the year before.
The game viewing is superb, as good as in Moremi, and in addition to the normal game drives we are allowed out of the vehicle (responsibly of course) can drive off road at the Guides discretion, we can also spotlight our way back to camp late evening.
26th, 27th and 28th August 2022 Khwai, inc a 2 1/2 hr mekoro Excursion.
29th August return to Maun and fly out
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