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8 Day Best of the Kalahari Botwana Safari Adventures

Nxai Pan National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve

This safari brings you to some of the remotest places on earth. The Kalahari leaves nobody unimpressed and the landscapes and sundowns are top. Learn about the adaptions of the wildlife to survive in this environment. We make a walk with Bushman and learn about their survival skills, dances around the fire. This trip is away from the normal tourist highways while still highly recommended.

Tour Summary

  • You’ll go to Botswana Botswana
  • This tour starts and ends in Maun (Botswana) – Getting there & away
  • You’ll visit Nxai Pan NP & Central Kalahari GR
  • Activities: game drives, walking safaris (with an armed guide) & specialized birding(with a professional birding guide)
  • Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • Getting around: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Day 1: You are collected at the airport and we drive to our camp in Nxai Pan NP Sundown game-drive

Your guide will meet you at the Maun International Airport or your hotel and transfer you to our base in Maun. After a briefing by your guide we head for the bush to Nxai Pan or Kumaga area, this depending on where the game is concentrated that specific time of year.
There we put up camp for the next 2 nights. We use 4.7 x 3 m ensuite Meru tents with beds. Shower, toilet and wash basin are provided and no participation is required, all tasks are done by the staff.
We will arrive at the camp in time to familiarize yourself with the services offered and will have time to shower before leaving on a sundowner tour in the camp’s neighborhood. Dinner in camp and relax at the campfire.

  • Main destination: Nxai Pan National Park
  • Accommodation:  Mid-range camping Inside Nxai Pan NP
  • Meals & drinks: Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 2: Nxai Pan National Park

A visit to the famous Baines Baobabs is a feature of our program today.
The early mornings and late afternoons are set aside for game viewing in the Park which is well known for its lion pride feeding around the waterhole. Depending on the season we’ll make a morning drive to the Boteti river or to the Northern part of the park. The afternoon drive is shorter and we check for early nocturnal animals like honey badger-aardvark-brown hyena.

  • Main destination: Nxai Pan National Park
  • Accommodation:  Mid-range camping Inside Nxai Pan NP
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedAll drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 3: Drive to Central Kalahari Game Reserve

We make an early start with coffee/tea and a healthy snack before boarding our game viewing vehicle to head off to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve following the Makgadigadi National Park’s border.
Once inside the Park a game drive takes us to our camp for the night.
Lunch is an extensive picnic during the day and dinner is around the campfire at our exclusive camp site. We make an afternoon game-drive in the well-known Deception Valley. Beautiful sundown before heading back to camp.

  • Main destination: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Accommodation:  Mid-range camping Inside Central Kalahari GR
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedAll drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Today is spent game viewing in and around the renown Deception Valley area where we set up camp in the northern section of the Park. We leave early morning to be back in camp at lunchtime.
Relax at our exclusive wilderness camp during the afternoon. Time for shower and siesta before leaving for an afternoon drive.

  • Main destination: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Accommodation:  Mid-range camping Inside Central Kalahari GR
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedAll drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Today we make a full day trip in the reserve visiting Letiahau waterhole or Passarge Pan, depending on game-concentrations. Lunch is a picnic in the bush. We are back in camp by sundown and have time to shower before dinner is served. Today should make up our quota for Kalahari specials: black-mane lion and cheetah, to mark only some.

  • Main destination: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Accommodation:  Mid-range camping Inside Central Kalahari GR
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedAll drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 6: Game farm in the Kalahari

We leave the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to the middle of Bushmen country deep into the Kalahari where we overnight on a private game farm close to a San (Bushman) Village.
We spend the afternoon walking with the bushman into the Kalahari and getting to know the traditional survival skills for which the Bushman are famous. They show us also how to make fire and dance.
The area is authentic African Kalahari bush; expect encounters with game on our walks.
In the evenings, pre-dinner drinks are served and after dinner drinks are enjoyed around the camp fire.

  • Main destination: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Accommodation: Dinaka Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge located outside Central Kalahari GR
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedAll drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 7: Kalahari on a private farm

We leave early on a full morning game-drive in the Northern part of the farm. We visit a viewing platform and drive past several waterholes to find animals. Lunch is served at the lodge and after time for shower and siesta we leave on an afternoon drive in the neighborhood and spend some time in a hide at a waterhole to see who comes to drink, back in the lodge by dark.

  • Main destination: Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Accommodation: Dinaka Safari Lodge Mid-range lodge located outside Central Kalahari GR
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedAll drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

 

Day 8: Last day and end of this tour

After breakfast, we leave our lodge hosts, pack up and ease our way back to the main road and we head North. Arrival in Maun, is around noon. Lunch is enjoyed at a restaurant and followed by transfer to the airport or to your hotel in town.

  • Main destination: Maun
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)All drinks (Premium wines & liquors might be excluded)

Package Includes:

  • Private Transport & Transfers
  • Fully inclusive itinerary
  • Guides with a knowledge Local & Wildlife
  • Camping equipment
  • Entry & Park fees as per itinerary
  • Clean & Reliable accommodations
  • Meals as specified (B,L,D)
  • Mineral water on safari
  • International flights
  • International medical insurance
  • Tourist entry visa
  • Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and Gratitudes
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

MAPS & PRICE

Tour Rates

DATE 2 PERSONS 4 PERSONS 6 PERSONS
03. Jan. 17 - 31. Mar. 17 US$ 4,250 US$ 3,500 US$ 2,700
01. Apr. 17 - 31. May. 17 US$ 4,250 US$ 3,500 US$ 2,700
01. Jun. 17 - 30. Jun. 17 US$ 4,250 US$ 3,500 US$ 2,700
01. Jul. 17 - 31. Oct. 17 US$ 4,250 US$ 3,500 US$ 2,700
01. Nov. 17 - 15. Dec. 17 US$ 4,250 US$ 3,500 US$ 2,700
16. Dec. 17 - 02. Jan. 18 US$ 4,250 US$ 3,500 US$ 2,700

About pricing

  • This tour accepts children who are 5 years and up. Children under 12 receive a discount.
  • Children Age 5 - 12 applies 50% of Adult rate sharing with parent.
  • Children Age 5 - 21 applies 75% of Adult rate on the own room.
  • Children 12 years of age and above full Adult rate applies.
  • All rates are quoted in USD per person sharing room
  • This tour can't be booked by solo travelers.
  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Possible up to 7 people in one vehicle
  • Meal plan: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner, AL-all inclusive, N/A-not applicable

Payment policy

  • A deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking.
  • A deposit of 40% is required at 1 week to safari date
  • Balance payment shall be paid on the arrival date
  • Payment Method: Paypal, Bank Transfer, Mobile Money