On the 10th March we collect you at 9am and drive under 4 hours to Nxai Pan National Park, where we have our first 3 nights in the Wilderness.
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. The extremely rare Brown Hyaena and Cheetah are frequently spotted here.
We will visit Baines Baobabs on our way out of this park on the 13th March, on our way to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park only 70 sandy kilometres away from Nxai. Makgadikgadi Pans National Park The Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve – 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. 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. BOGA has two operators sites here, far from other people and from here we will hear the Zebra often hear their predators (mainly lions, but occasionally Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Leopard). There is also a small group of Hippopotamus that live in the river and some crocodiles that had dug caves into the banks of the dry riverbed and are now very relieved that the river is flowing again.
We have 3 nights at an exclusive Operator’s site near Khumaga. Then on the 16th March we have a last early drive along the Boteti River before filling our water trailer and driving via Rakops Village (where we get fuel and ice) to Matswere Gate, Entrance Gate to the CKGR (Central African Game Reserve) we will have a picnic lunch here before driving another 2 hours to our exclusive site near Deception Valley. 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 best time to visit is during or soon after the rains when large herds of springbok and gemsbok, as well as wildebeest, hartebeest and eland gather for good grazing. Water is at a premium here as we will have bought it from Khumaga
We have our last 3 safari nights here exploring the area from Letiahau, Deception Pan and Valley, Leopard Pan and Sunday Pan.
On the 19th March we have an early game drive before a hearty English Breakfast, and we drive 5 hours to Maun, overnighting again at The Waterfront
7 places left. Cost pp sharing in luxury walk in Sahara Tent with showere and toilet en suite US$4,500, enquire for our cheaper en suite dome tents