Two Sides of Botswana (7 Days)
EXPERIENCE THE HIGHLIGHTS
Dip your toes into two of Botswana’s most contrasting and
mind-bogglingly brilliant landscapes – the Khwai Private
Reserve and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – on this
seven-day custom itinerary, Two Sides of Botswana.
Your journey kicks off in the Makgadikgadi Pans National
Park. A lunar-like, otherworldly place, where space and time
seem endless, it’s a complete contrast to the green and
grassy scenes of the infamous Okavango Delta. You’ll spend
time getting to know the extraordinary landscape, the
wildlife and its people, on game drives, walks and visits to
historical sites, with a local Bushman guide leading the
Next up is Khwai Private Reserve, a footprint-sensitive
and community-based joint venture partnership, which is
focused on making sure that the local villagers are well
looked after. You’ll follow the Khwai River as it cuts
through open floodplains of wetlands and scattered islands,
and don’t forget your binos – there’s plenty of game along
the way. In Khwai, you’ll also have the opportunity to mix
up your game viewing on walking safaris and traditional
mokoro canoe rides on the river itself.
- Embark on a walking safari (in both Khwai and the
Makgadikgadi), and uncover the smaller details of life
in the bush that can be easily overlooked from the
height and speed of a vehicle.
- Game drive or quad bike across the moonscapes of the
- Marvel at the second largest migration of mammals in
Africa, and watch as 40,000 zebra and wildebeest
converge at the Boteti River.
- Explore the Khwai Private Reserve on game drives,
and search for big cats, watch large herds of elephant,
hippo, buffalo and more…
- 450 different species of bird in Khwai will have
even the most reluctant of twitches reaching for their
- Float through the shallow waters of Khwai’s
floodplains on a traditional mokoro safari. These
graceful, poled vessels have been used since people
first arrived in Botswana.
Day 1: Arrive in Maun and transfer to Meno a Kwena,
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Your first destination, Meno a Kwena, has something
rather special in store. Located above the Boteti River, the
quirky tents are the best seats in the house for the watery
drama that unfolds below…
Day 2: Meno a Kwena, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Game drive through the desert-scapes, bird watch from the
comfort of your bedroom, walk with Bushmen trackers, or
visit the nearby Gweta village. The choice is yours!
Days 3 & 4: Transfer to Maun and fly to Hyena Pan, Khwai
After a short flight from Maun, you’ll touchdown in the
green and grassy Khwai Private Reserve for two days of game
drives, elephant spotting and al-fresco dinners at Hyena
Days 5 & 6: Sable Alley, Khwai Private Reserve
Transfer across the reserve to Sable Alley. If the mood
takes, you hop in a traditional mokoro or discover the bush
on foot to see the wildlife from a different perspective.
Day 7: Fly back to Maun Airport and depart
Your last day, and a chance to squeeze in the activities
you didn’t have time for yesterday before transferring back
to Maun for your onward flight.
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.
Our two camps in Khwai Private
Reserve are Sable Alley and Hyena Pan. We chose the
different locations based on their proximity to wildlife,
and both camps are next to waterholes that draw a
kaleidoscope of animals from far and wide. In fact, all you
need to do is unzip your tent flaps in the morning, and
you’re on safari quicker than you can say ‘Where’s the
coffee?’ Hyena Pan’s eight tents are cool and quirky, and
there’s a mini splash pool and large viewing deck at the
main area. Sable Alley is her stylish older sister, with
twelve tents, a larger swimming pool and plenty of private
places from which to enjoy the view.
The sparse desert habitat of
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is pretty unique. 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
The 495,000 acre Khwai Private
Reserve is positively bursting with game, and it’s just as
varied as the habitats you’re driving through. Wildlife
moves freely from the neighbouring Moremi Game Reserve, and
you’ll see buffalo, zebra, reedbuck, red lechwe, sable and
roan antelope, and waterbuck dotted over the landscape. This
is a reserve for spotting predators, and lion and leopard
hide in the mopane bush, whilst cheetah and wild dog
frequently cross the open plains. And don’t forget the
elephant. There’s an extraordinary number of the grey
pachyderms in the park, crossing from Chobe to Moremi, and
the sightings are top-notch.
Pricing Information: From $3,529.00 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 is not available at Sable Alley or Hyena Pan.
Can this itinerary be customised?
Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.
Extension ideas: Why not
experience the thrill of the Skybeds and add a night in our
five-metre high sleeping platforms in the heart of the Khwai