28th May to 14th June 2021
Botswana: The Kalahari Desert and The Makgadikgadi Pans
Deep in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve a small group sit under a Camelthorn Acacia around a fire at one of the campsites, Deception 6. Earlier in the day, only a couple of kilometres from here we had followed the spoor of a big male Lion who was walking slowly in the direction of our camp. There was an air of excited anticipation, albeit tinged with a fear of this powerful symbol of Africa. As the Milky Way filled the sky we heard him roar, quite close, so as the camps here do not have fences we turned in for the night serenaded by his roars that got ever closer, until he settled down some yards from our camp.
- All hotels full board
- Take your own 4×4 option
- Palaeontologist guide at planet Baobab
- Wildlife identification sheets
- Enthusiastic wildlife experts
- Comprehensive roadbooks
- Bonfires and BBQ’s at wild camps
- 24 hour support
What’s not included
- Flights to Africa
We only use hotels, lodges and game parks that have been carefully researched by our team, so that you will have an unsurpassed experience in Botswana
Botswana is the ancestral home of the San Tribes and you will be able to immerse yourself into their culture.
Botswana will also deliver unsurpassed wildlife encounters
You will have the acclaimed Impala Support Teams on hand at all times, whilst in Botswana.
We are very experienced at travelling and camping in the bush so you can leave your safety and well being in our hands.
In Botswana more than 25 percent of the land area is set aside for gameparks and game reserves to conserve the national heritage of the country. This has ensured that you will have some spectacular sightings of Africa’s iconic animals,birds and insects.
We will be travelling through the north of The Central Kalahari Game Reserve, The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, where we will be crossing Nwetwe Pan and wild camping in the middle before moving onto a campsite in Nxai Pan.
San Cultural Walk and Trance Dance at Dqae Qare
The Kalahari Desert is the ancestral home of the San. here many groups live as they have done for thousands of years.
We have the oppurtunity to spend some time with some of them at Dqae Qare, where they will show you how to find food, set traps for game and which plants are used for the wood to make bows and arrows.
As darkness falls we will witnas a trance dance around the glow of a camp fire. It is a magical and awe-inspiring experience, with the women and children sitting in a ring around the fire as the men chant and dance close to its embers.
The Okavango Delta
The Okavango is an immense inland river delta that was formed after an earthquake changed the course of rivers that used to flow to the sea in Namibia.
You will have the opportunity to either fly above its rivers and lakes, where you will see the paths forged through the vegetation by Hippos and Elephants or take a Mokoro (canoe) excursion along its waterways, where you could have a close encounter with either of these enormous animals.
Hotels and Campsites
This adventure is primarily a camping one and we will be using the wild camp sites in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kubu Island on Sau pan and on Ntwetwe Pan. We also will be camping at the Dqae Qare San Lodge and at Harnas Wildlife Foundation (on our way from Namibia to Botswana). You can upgrade to a room at both campsites, if available. In Maun we use The Waterfront Hotel that is situated beside the Thamalakane River some 3 miles from the centre of Maun , which is close enough for Maun but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil.