This safari starts in Maun when you overnight at The Waterfront – we explore together The 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 head into the Okavango Delta, visitting 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.
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. 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, and their predators Lion and Cheetah. 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. We overnight at The Waterfront.
On the 26th April we 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 ;ast Moremi Game drive while our camp is packed, before driving out of Moremi at North Gate. We will fill our water trailer at the gate and then drive through Khwai Village to our site at Magotho, near the Khwai River.
Khwai Community Area, 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 mophane 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. 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 and can do limited walking. You will enjoy a tranquil 2 1/2 hour mekoro trip early one morning whilst here. On the 2nd 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 luxury walk in Sahara Tents US$7,300 inc 3 night B & B Waterfront