Pans and Okavango Safari Route Details

Route Description

Introduction

This safari explores the contrasts, extremes and continually moving wildlife of northern Botswana, including the waterless moonscape of the Makgadikgadi saltpans, Nxai Pans and the Okavango Delta.

When to go

The best time to visit Botswana is during the dry cooler months from May to October.

Detailed description

DAY 1 & 2 - San Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans
After arrival in Maun, we fly by light aircraft to San Camp, situated in a private concession on the edge of the great Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert. The saltpans are among the largest in the world, part of a super-lake fossilised aeons ago.

Surprisingly for such a harsh, lunar-like environment, life abounds, and brown hyaena, oryx and springbok are just a few of the desert-adapted species that can be seen. Activities include up-close encounters with suricates (meerkats), one of the most endearing animals in the world. Experience phenomenal geology, quad biking, authentic San (bushman) cultural walks and fascinating Stone Age archaeological artefacts - or simply enjoy the wide-open spaces of this ancient lakebed.

DAY 3 & 4 - Nxai Pan, Nxai Pan National Park
After an early breakfast, we depart overland to our pre-erected private Adventurer campsite in the Nxai Pan National park, stopping for lunch en-route at the famous Baines Baobabs, which Thomas Baines painted on his exploratory expedition in the late 1800s.

These pans are fossilised, covered with short nutritious grasses and acacia trees, creating wildlife-rich areas surrounded by vegetated dune savannahs. Extensive game drives explore the surrounding pans, with an excellent chance of seeing spectacular dry season predator and prey action at the waterholes!

DAY 5 & 6 - Xigera Mokoro Trails, Okavango Delta
After arrival in Maun, we fly by light aircraft to the water-filled paradise of the private Xigera area, within the Moremi Game Reserve. Xigera is the ultimate Delta experience, with serene waters flowing through innumerable channels around remote islands and a profusion of plant and animal life.

There is no better way to experience the Okavango than to travel through it by mokoro, walking and camping out on some of its green islands - all essential elements of the Xigera Mokoro Trails experience.

Activities include mokoro and walking safaris, which enable up-close encounters with the excellent diversity of birdlife (including Pel's Fishing Owl), frogs and a myriad game species, some specially adapted to water, such as the rare sitatunga and the familiar red lechwe.

DAY 7 - Charter flight to Maun
After an early game activity and breakfast, we fly to Maun, where the safari ends.

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