This safari starts in Maun on the 17th April 2021 when you overnight at The Waterfront
On the 18th April we start our adventure and explore together two desert area’s that will be lush at this time Nxai Pan and the CKGR (Central Kalahari Game Reserve) before overnighting in Maun and then heading into the Okavango Delta, visiting Moremi Game Reserve and Khwai.
We collect you at 9am on the 18th April 2021 and drive 4 hours to Nxai Pan National Park, where our camp will be set up for 3 nights.
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. 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.
On the 21st April, we will go, via Baines Baobabs and driving through Makgadikgadi Pans NP and Rakops Village to Matswere Gate, entrance 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. 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.
On the 25th April 2021 we have a last early morning game drive here before driving 5 hours to Maun, taking a picnic lunch with us. We overnight at The Waterfront. Optional afternoon/evening activity is a 30 or 45 minute flight by Helicopter over the Okavango Delta, this is highly recommended.
On the 26th April we leave The Waterfront at 10am, and drive to Moremi Game Reserve, having our lunch at the gate before driving another 3 hours to our exclusive site several kms from Xakanaxa.
Moremi Game Reserve – Contained within an area of approximately 3900 km2, here land 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. It is the only Game Reserve inside the World Heritage listed Okavango Delta. Some of the exclusive campsites we use could be the in the Garden of Eden the scenery is so lovely! We will take a boat to visit the incredible island heronry at Godikwe. It is full of breeding herons and storks from May through to October.
Our camp is set up here for 3 nights. We will explore as far as 3rd Bridge and Paradise Pools on our game drives whilst here.
On the 29th April we have a last Moremi Game drive while our camp is packed, before driving through Moremi to a site near Hippo Pools close to the Khwai River.
On the 1st May 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.
Cost pp sharing in luxury walk in Sahara Tents US$6,300 inc 3 night B & B Waterfront and 12 nights safari nights