Kalahari & Okavanago Safari
The “Green Season” is a special time of year to visit Botswana. By December the rains have finally arrived transforming the dry, dusty bush into a green, lush wonderland. Wildlife takes advantage of this bounty as they gather in large herds to give birth. Large predators stalk the herds in hopes of an easy meal. Zebra and other plains game migrate south from the Chobe region to graze on the fresh grass of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari Desert. Birds show off their colorful breeding plumage, joined by migrants escaping the northern hemisphere’s winter.
On the Kalahari & Okavango Safari, you will journey through the Kalahari Desert and learn about ancient Bushmen culture, visit the endless grasslands of Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi Pan in search of the zebra migration, search for all the classic African game in the Moremi Game Reserve, and glide across the Okavango Delta in a traditional dugout canoe. Accommodation will be in lodges for 2 nights and luxury camping for 8 nights.
We are only offering 3 departures dates for this extraordinary safari:
January 17-27, 2018
February 1-11, 2018
March 2-12, 2018
Space is limited to 7 guests per departure. Contact us with any questions.
- $4300.00 (Jan, Feb, or Mar departures)
*Rate is per person sharing. Single supplement applies
Length: 11 days/10 nights
Route: Starts in Maun, then east to Kalahari & Makgadikgadi, then west to Moremi. Ends in Maun.
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Day 1: Kalahari Desert Region; Haina Safari Lodge
The safari begins in Maun, where your guide will meet you upon arrival. You'll head south to spend your first night in Botswana at the Haina Safari Lodge on the border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. You'll arrive mid to late afternoon. Enjoy sundowners around the fire on your first night in Botswana and an evening presentation on Conservation, Nights Skies & the San People of the Kalahari by an expert on all subjects - Mr Paul Sheller. (Day 1: Lunch, Dinner)
Days 2-4: Central Kalahari Game Reserve; Luxury Mobile Camping
Following an early breakfast, you'll depart on a walk in the Kalahari with the resident San Bushmen. After a 2 hour drive you enter the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Deception Valley in time for lunch in our mobile camp. We will spend the next three nights in the Reserve on game drives in search of Kalahari lions, zebras, wildebeest and other game. The desert transforms at this time of year with red sand covered with a carpet of grass and wildflowers. (Day 2-4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Days 5-6: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park; Luxury Mobile Camping
We pack and move camp east to the expansive grasslands of the Makgadikgadi Pans in search of the huge numbers of zebra (up to 25000 animals) that leave the Boteti river system and concentrate on the open grasslands in search of nutritious grasses to give birth to their young. Despite their numbers they can be elusive and we spend the next two nights in search of the herds and exploring this vast open landscape. (Day 5-6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Private Concession near Makgadikgadi Park; Camp Kalahari (lodge)
After breakfast and a short morning game drive we pack camp and head further east to Camp Kalahari in a private concession just outside the park. You'll arrive in time for lunch and to settle into your tents at Camp Kalahari. In the afternoon, we head out for a late afternoon drive in search of the meerkats. Dinner will be serviced at the lodge. (Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Days 8-10: Moremi Game Reserve & Okavango Delta; Luxury Mobile Camping
An early morning road transfer takes us from the Makgadikgadi to Maun in time for lunch at a quaint local restaurant and then a road transfer to the mobile safari camp in the Khwai area adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. The Moremi and Okavango regions are famous for abundant wildlife, including elephants, lions, and various antelope. It's one of the best places to see the rare African wild dog. We spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in the adjoining community area exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Experience a 2 ½ hour mekoro trip exploring the waterways of Khwai which is the most eastern reach of the Okavango River system. (Day 8-10: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Departure
Following our customary early morning breakfast and early game drive we say goodbye to our back up team and camp staff and head back to Maun. You'll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and back to Maun (this is optional and at additional cost).
We are offering only 3 departures for this special safari!
Jan 17-27, 2018
Feb 1-11, 2018
Mar 2-12, 2018
Contact us to reserve your seat!
Haina Safari Lodge is located northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. Classically African, relaxed and informal, this lodge accommodates a maximum of 20 guests. The main lodge consists of a lounge, dining room and bar area housed beneath a pitched thatch and timber structure. The swimming pool, sundeck, well-appointed bar and an expansive boma eating area are among the facilities available to visitors. The sundeck being a popular spot for social activities and for exchanging accounts of the various sightings of birds and animals seen during the day.
Camp Kalahari is located on a private concession bordering Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This traditional bush camp in the style of the old explorers, has ten spacious Meru tents, comprising six twin tents, three double tents and one family unit. All Guest tents have ensuite covered bathrooms, hot and cold running water and flush loos along with four poster beds, crunchy cotton sheets, rich textiles, Moroccan kilims.
Mobile Camping Accommodations: A mobile safari is just that-mobile! We carry all our supplies with us and camp in remote, private, and unfenced campsites. You'll be joined by a professional guide and a team of camp assistants who will do all cooking, setting up camp, and other chores. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the Botswana wilderness!
The tents are spacious, walk-in, Meru style tents with 2 windows and a small front awning. Each tent is supplied with bedding (camp beds, bedroll – mattress, pillow and sheets, duvet, blankets and towels) and en-suite (attached to your tent) bathroom with covered door, bush toilet (long drop), bucket shower and small table, mirror, hand wash basin.
All meals are prepared for you over an open fire, whetting your appetite with tantalizing aromas as we cook hearty and healthy bush cuisine. Food is always plentiful on safari and we provide a hearty, international style of bush cuisine.
GROUP SIZE: Maximum group size is 7.
INCLUDED: Accommodation as specified in itinerary; Walk in tents with built-in floors, beds and all linens and en-suite shower/toilet (with towel, soap, shampoo); Services of a professional guide and camp assistants; Transport in customized, open safari vehicles; Camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves; mekoro trip in Khwai; All entrance fees and camping fees within Botswana national parks and reserves; All meals and selected drinks (wine, beer, gin/tonics, juices, bottled water); All activities as specified in the itinerary.
EXCLUDED: All international flights and departure taxes; Entry visas; Travel insurance (required); Accommodation not specified in the itinerary (i.e. pre-/post-safari extensions); Optional activities and excursions (i.e. scenic flight); Staff gratuities; Spirits (other than gin); Items of personal nature and toiletries; Laundry; Increases in park fees.
PAYMENT: A non-refundable, 20% deposit is required to confirm booking. Balance is due 7 weeks before departure. If booking is within 7 weeks of departure date, entire balance is due upon receipt of invoice.
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