Botswana on a Budget (10 Days)
SAVE YOUR PENNIES
At Natural Selection, we believe
that everyone should go on a Botswana safari at least once
in their life. And it shouldn’t be any old Botswana safari.
We think it should be a truly diverse, all-singing,
all-dancing sort of trip; one that showcases Botswana’s
truly wild places and natural glory. And it also shouldn’t
cost an arm and a leg. A tall order? We’ve come up with this
fantastic, budget-friendly custom safari to two contrasting
regions of the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgadi that we
think fits the bill…
The itinerary begins in Khwai
Reserve, a private, community-focused area of the Greater
Okavango Delta region. Big cats and even bigger mammals roam
across its emerald-green landscapes, and it’s one of the
best introductions to Botswana that we could imagine. Once
you’ve earnt your safari stripes in Khwai, it’s time for a
couple of nights in the Uncharted Expeditions Camp. You’ll
follow the road less travelled, and uncover hidden spots in
the Delta that you didn’t even know existed. Next up, swap
the rich, grassy knolls of the Delta for a shimmering,
salt-baked landscape. You’re now in the Makgadikgadi Pans
National Park, a place that’s hauntingly beautiful,
surprisingly full of life, and endlessly mysterious.
- Compare three unique
destinations in Botswana and discover the different
species that call them home, at a very purse-friendly
- Make the most of staying in
the private Khwai Reserve and sample game drives, night
drives and walking safaris – the best of everything!
- Enjoy an optional, al-fresco
night at the Skybeds, three five-metre high platforms
where the wild things roam just below, and the stars
twinkle just above.
- Experience the thrill of a
semi-permanent mobile camp, and float into unexplored
areas of the Okavango Delta on a mokoro or boat safari.
- Take a walk with the
indigenous Bushmen, and discover the history and culture
of the people of the Makgadikgadi.
- Marvel at the second largest
migration of mammals in Africa, and watch as 40,000
zebra and wildebeest converge at the Boteti River (May
Day 1: Arrive in Maun and fly to
Hyena Pan, Khwai Private Reserve\Don’t waste a second of
wildlife-watching time and hop straight on a vehicle for an
afternoon game drive from Hyena Pan, sundowners and all.
Day 2: Hyena Pan, Khwai Private
After you’ve had your fill of game
drives, change the pace with a walking safari and examine
the finer details of Khwai.
Day 3: Skybeds, Khwai Private
Have you ever slept under the
stars, atop a five-metre high, treehouse platform, only
metres away from a game-filled waterhole? Give it a go at
our thrilling Skybeds (if you wish).
Day 4: Fly to Uncharted
Expedition Camp, Okavango Delta region
Buckle up for your Delta
Days 5 & 6: Uncharted Expedition
Camp, Okavango Delta region
Follow the wildlife on an all-day
game drive, or park at a waterhole and let the animals
meander around you. The next day, float around the watery
wonderland on a boat safari watch hippo jousting for
territory and crocodile basking in the sun.
Day 7: Fly to Maun and
drive to Meno a Kwena, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Arrive at Meno a Kwena,
order a chilled drink, and sip it as you watch the animals
at the Boteti River from your cliff-top viewpoint.
Days 8 & 9: Meno a Kwena,
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Your last two days are for
discovering the Makgadikgadi. Here, there are rare,
desert-adapted species to meet, Bushmen to walk with and
learn from, and vehicles to clamber aboard for spectacular
Day 10: Drive back to Maun
The last day of a safari is always
bittersweet, but there’s definitely time to squeeze in one
last activity before driving back to Maun Airport.
Hyena Pan is one of the most
purse-friendly camps in any Botswana private concession. But
that doesn’t mean we’ve compromised on style and comfort. In
fact, we haven’t compromised on anything – we’ve simply kept
things laid-back and relaxed. The eight tents are cool and
comfortable, and all have views of the water-filled Hyena
Pan in front of camp. We’ve also managed to squeeze in a
mini splash pool, and a rather lovely viewing deck, both of
which overlook the waterhole for continued wildlife-watching
wherever you happen to be in camp.
A good mobile camp has all the
necessary comforts and conveniences, but an excellent one
has a few hidden extras – and the Unchartered Expedition
Camp has more little extras than most. Think real beds,
fluffy pillows and hot showers in the bedrooms, damask
linens and delicate china in the mess tent, and home-cooked
feasts that taste as good as they look.
In the Makgadikgadi Pans National
Park, your camp is Meno a Kwena, a quirky, cliff-top tented
number, with extraordinary views to the Boteti River below.
One of Botswana’s original safari camps, and used by many
legendary hunters and safari pioneers over the years, we’ve
jazzed up the tents, but kept the old adventurous spirit –
and we think you’ll like it.
The greater Okavango Delta area,
including the 495,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve, is buzzing
with wildlife. Buffalo, zebra, reedbuck, wildebeest, and
sable and roan antelope dot the plains, and there’s an
extraordinary number of elephant plodding through the bush.
On game drives, you’ll watch lion and cheetah on the prowl,
and seek out elusive leopard and wild dog. Then there’s the
unique aquatic antelope (sitatunga and lechwe) and the
seemingly endless stream of water birds. And that’s just the
The sparse desert habitat of
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is unique to say the least.
During the dry season (May to November), the salt twinkles
like a mirage, and desert elephant and antelope pick their
way across the scorched ground. Then, the rain dutifully
turns the pan into a generous lake and giant flocks of
flamingo and water birds crowd the space. But the real
spectacle of the park is Africa’s second largest migration
of mammals. 30,000 zebra and wildebeest rumble across the
area, congregating at the Boteti River in April in a dazzle
of black and white (and grey and brown). And where there are
ungulates, there are predators. You’ll find a full sweep of
them in the MPNP, including lion, cheetah, leopard and wild
Pricing Information: From $5,345.00 per person sharing.
A single supplement applies to
single travellers. The price is dependent on actual travel
Travelling costs as per itinerary;
activities (most!); entrance and park fees; accommodation as
specified on a sharing basis; all meals and local drinks;
road transfers; applicable tourism levies, taxes, and all
Expenses of a personal nature,
such as telephone expenses & shopping; premium brand drinks;
tips and gratuities; additional activities; scheduled
flights and related taxes; Visa fees where relevant;
cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance.
Child Policy: Please enquire with
Disabled Access: Please enquire
Wifi: Wifi is available at Meno a
Kwena, but not at Hyena Pan, the Skybeds or the Uncharted
Can this itinerary be customised?
Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.
Extension ideas: This itinerary
has been designed to keep costs down but if you’re looking
for a little something extra, consider a night or two at
Camp Kalahari in the Makgadikgadi Pans.