- 13th March. The Waterfront, Maun. This BnB is close to the river in quiet area but within easy reach of the town centre. Knowledgeable hosts and excellent breakfasts.
- 14th, 15th & 16th March. Camp Kalahari. This lovely camp is owned and run by Natural Selection. We will get a great Meerkat experience as well as interaction with the Khoi-San people. (Bushmen)
- 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th March. Central Kalahari Game Reserve.We will be at a great site away from other people at night at the end of Deception Valley.
- 21st, 22nd and 23rd March. Nxai Pan National Park. A very good site from which to enjoy Nxai Pan’s magnificent scenery and great game viewing.
- 24th March. The Waterfront, Maun.
- 25th, 26th & 27th March. Xini Lagoon, Moremi Game Reserve. One of my very favourite exclusive sites in Moremi at Xini Lagoon. The area consists of large open grasslands, Mopane forest and verdant lagoons.
- 28th, 29th & 30th March. Moremi area of Khwai. A beautiful site well away from others in the area. As we say “there is always something interesting happening on the Khwai!”
- 31st March. The Waterfront, Maun.
13th March. The Waterfront, Maun.
This safari starts in Maun on the 13th March 2022 when you overnight at The Waterfront. This BnB is close to the river in quiet area but within easy reach of the town centre. Knowledgeable hosts and excellent breakfasts. You can come a day or two earlier if you wish more time to relax and unwind from your travels.
14th, 15th & 16th March. Camp Kalahari.
On the 14th March we start our adventure and explore together three desert area’s that will be lush at this time of the year.
We collect you at 9am on the 14th March 2022 and drive around 4 hours, to Camp Kalahari run by Natural Selections. There will be San people here to interact with our own San Trackers and us, and apart from the survival knowledge we will gain here from these first Human Habitants in this area there is a colony of habituated Meerkats that we hope to meet early in the mornings at sunrise. We hope to see them emerge from their den, sun and groom each other perhaps using your shoulder or head as a vantage point, before they start their bust day of foraging. A great photographic opportunity to see a desert scorpion come to a crunching end. This is a luxury camp.
17th, 18th, 19th & 20th March. Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
On the 17th March 2022 after brunch, we drive to the CKGR – we will have a picnic lunch at the gate before we drive another 2 hours to Deception Valley, where our staff will set up camp for 4 nights. We will be at a great site away from other people at night at the end of the famous Valley. It is FULL MOON on the 18th of March a lovely time to be in the Kalahari!
From our base here we will, depending on game movements, explore as far as Letiahau to the West, Deception Pan and Valley, Leopard Pan, Sunday Pan and one day we will take a picnic lunch for a drive to Passarge Valley.
21st, 22nd and 23rd March. Nxai Pan National Park.
Today we will take the long drive to Nxai Pan National Park, where our luxury camp will be set up for 3 nights by our staff who will have gone in earlier to facilitate this. A very good site from which to enjoy Nxai Pan’s magnificent scenery and great game viewing.
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 between December and April when many antelope have their young. The area attracts large numbers of Springbok and Gemsbok drawn to the short sweet grasses that grow on the pan. We have 3 nights here.
24th March. The Waterfront, Maun.
On the 20th March 2022, we will go, via Baines Baobabs and driving through Makgadikgadi Pans NP and Rakops Village to Maun. Here you will enjoy a night resting, recharging camera batteries, going through photos and enjoying delicious food.
Optional afternoon/evening activity is a 30 or 45 minute flight by Helicopter over the Okavango Delta, this is highly recommended.
25th, 26th & 27th March. Xini Lagoon, Moremi Game Reserve.
On the 25th March we leave The Waterfront at 10am, and drive to Moremi Game Reserve, having our lunch at the gate before driving less than 3 hours to our exclusive site at Xini Lagoon. This is one of my very favourite exclusive sites in Moremi, the area consists of large open grasslands, Mopane forest and verdant lagoons.
Moremi Game Reserve – Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km2, here land and Delta meet to create an exceedingly picturesque preserve of floodplains. 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. Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination. It is the only reserve inside the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta. We will take a boat to the Inner Delta, a rare chance to see the elusive Sitatunga antelope. Our camp is set up here for 3 nights. We will explore as far as Bodumatau and Black Pools on our game drives whilst here.
28th, 29th & 30th March. Moremi area of Khwai.
On the 28th we have a last Moremi Game drive while our camp is packed, before driving through Moremi to a site on the Khwai Loop close to the Khwai River. We are staying in beautiful site well away from others in the area. As we say “there is always something interesting happening on the Khwai!”. There are at least three prides of Lions that occupy the river front. It is also great African Wild Dog country.You will enjoy a tranquil 2 1/2 hour mekoro trip mid morning whilst here.
31st March. The Waterfront, Maun.
We have a last early morning game drive here before a hearty English breakfast, and we drive back to Maun. It is best if you again overnight at The Waterfront as we are unlikely able to make flights out.
April 1st- Departure
You fly out of Maun, to Cape Town, Johannesburg or Windhoek.
Cost per person sharing in luxury walk-in Sahara Tents: US$9,320
3 nights B & B Waterfront, 3 nights Camp Kalahari and 12 nights fully inclusive on safari with Ulinda.
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