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Waterfall, Salt Pan and Desert! 12 Night Safari. 23 May- 4 June 2018

Begin with 3 nights in Victoria Falls before transferring to Kasane border where you will be met by your guide. We proceed to Planet Baobab where you enjoy a meerkat experience. After one night there we go to Nxai Pan for 3 nights including Full Moon. We hope to see good predator sightings at the waterhole. We then have 2 nights in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, another special area and finally we go to the very special Kalahari  and spend at the famed Deception Valley experiencing the desert and desert adapted species. Finally proceed to Maun on 4 June where we say a fond farewell.

OVERVIEW

  • 23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls
  • 26 May- Planet Baobab
  • 27/28/29 Nxai Pan: Full Moon 29
  • 30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans
  • 1/2/3 June CKGR
  • 4 June Ends Maun

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!


Gardens-Pool-Area
23/24/25 May: Victoria Falls Batonka Guest Lodge B & B only

The upmarket Boutique Guest Lodge within easy walking distance of town is modern and tastefully decorated. It’s small and personal and by far the best choice in its price range. This eco friendly lodge is just 2.5 kilometres from the Victoria Falls entrance.

Batonka offers 22 tastefully designed and decorated, spacious rooms each with its own small balcony. TV, wifi, air-conditioning, universal chargers, mosquito nets and a tea and coffee station are standard in every room. The large modern en-suite bathrooms are really stunning. Inter-leading family rooms are available.

The large central area encompasses the reception, curio shop, lounge and indoor dining room as well as a very large outside terrace which overlooks the gardens and swimming pool. This terrace, with a nice coffee bar is an ideal place to relax and chat to fellow travellers take in a coffee or opt to eat your meals here.


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26 May- Planet Baobab

We will overnight here in Bakalanga Huts and enjoy dinner in their restaurant.

27 May you will have an early morning start to drive 45 minutes to the Meerkats hopefully in time to see them sunning themselves before heading off to forage. A visit to Ntwetwe Pan follows with the chance to quadbike, an exhiliarating experience. You retyrn to Planet Baobab in time for a shower and lunch before we had to Nxai Pan for 3 nights


Cheetah
27/28/29 Nxai Pan

Full Moon 29th May

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. During the dry season there is often the opportunity to witness a kill as the lions often set up at the  only pumped waterhole in this small National Park.

Nxai Pan has become famous due to the award winning IMAX film by Tim Liversedge, called Roar, mostly filmed at the pumped waterhole during the dry season, where the resident lions set up to kill the Springbok and other animals drawn to the only source of water for miles around. The extremely rare Brown Hyaena and Cheetah are frequently spotted here.

It is Full Moon the 29th May a special place to be!


Black Backed Jackals- Jane Bettenay
30/31 Makgadikgadi Pans

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.

There is a small public Campsite at Khumaga, and from here we can witness the huge herds and 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.


Lion Roaring
1/2/3 June CKGR

Deception Valley #1

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. 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.

We have the last 3 nights of this epic safari at Deception Valley

4 June 

Ends Maun


Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Bed linen
  • Bath towels

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

COST PER PERSON: US$4320 per person sharing fully inclusive for the 12 nights. 8 spaces left!