Untamed Botswana Safari (11 Days)
- This itinerary is the Full Monty of Botswana safari
itineraries, and we’ve packed a lot into eleven days.
Untamed Botswana is all about taking the road less travelled
and exploring the wildest corners of this phenomenal
country, including Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the
infamous Salt Pans, and the fabulous Khwai Private Reserve.
Your adventure begins in the Makgadikgadi Pans National
Park, home to the second largest migration of mammals on the
continent and our wonderful Meno a Kwena camp that boasts an
unrivalled outlook over the wildlife-filled Boteti River.
Then it’s off to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, an otherwordly
place that enchants all that visit, for game drives amongst
desert-adapted wildlife and walks with ancient bushmen.
You’ll end your trip in the green and grassy Khwai
Private Reserve. With three different camps (including a
five-metre high ‘skybed’), game drives, walking safaris and
mokoro trips, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Game drive and quad bike across the mystical surface of
the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Visit Gweta Village (from Meno a
Kwena) and take bush walks out to the historic sites nearby,
accompanied by a Bushman guide.
Spend a morning in the
company of the habituated meerkats of the Makgadikgadi Pans.
You’ll never look at the cheeky creatures in the same way
Make the most of staying in a private concession,
and enjoy night drives and walking safaris in the Khwai
Canoe’s away! Take a mokoro safari in
Khwai, and glide serenely across glassy channels and jungled
Spend a night sleeping under the stars atop
one of our magical, five-metre high Skybeds platforms.
Day 1: Meno a Kwena Tented Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans
Start your trip off with a bang at Meno a Kwena in the
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Perched on the edge of the
wildlife-filled river, you don’t even have to leave camp for
fantastic game viewing.
Day 2: Meno a Kwena Tented Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans
You’ve got yourself a full day to explore the
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on foot or by vehicle – or
why not try both?
Meno a Kwena is one of Botswana’s original safari camps,
frequented by many an intrepid hunter and pioneer over the
years. Views are out-of-this-world good, looking down to the
Boteti River and the herds of zebra that it attracts. Meno
isn’t a camp of unnecessary frills; instead, you’ll find
rooms full of character and unique eccentricities,
personalised service, and a huge dose of passion for the
Day 3: Transfer to Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
The destination today is Camp Kalahari in the
Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, the largest system of salt pans in
the world, and quite something to behold.
Camp Kalahari is our refreshingly simple tented camp on
Brown Hyaena Island, just on the edge of the Makgadikgadi
Salt Pan itself. CK doesn’t take itself too seriously
(rather like its owners, one might say), and it’s an
eclectic mix of original African furniture and colonial
antiques. During the day, put your feet up in the thatched
main area and have a peek at the library. At night, you’ll
retire to one of 11 ensuite tents.
Days 4 & 5: Camp Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
It’s time for more meerkats, quad bikes, game drives and
desert wildlife. There are far worse ways to spend a couple
Makgadikgadi: seemingly empty and desolate, you might
think that there’s not much to see in these otherworldly
environments. But happily, you’d be wrong! Desert-adapted
elephant and comical antelope pick their way across the
pans, and meerkats pop up in the most surprising of places.
They might be a little harder to see, but there’s a few
predators around too: black-maned Kalahari lion, leopard,
cheetah and even wild dog (if you’re lucky). The
Makgadikgadi Pan is the place to spot Brown hyaena. In fact,
they’re pretty much impossible to find anywhere else. And
the highlight of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is
undoubtedly the second largest migration of mammals in
Africa, in which 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).
Day 6: Transfer to Hyena Pan Tented Camp, Khwai Private
Reserve (via Maun Airport)
After arriving at Hyena Pan, your first treat (of many)
is to watch the eles as they splish and splash in the
waterhole at the front of camp.
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.
Day 7: Hyena Pan Tented Camp, Khwai Private Reserve
Get settled into the Khwai way of life with a full day of
activities, or a little R&R.
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
Day 8: Skybeds, Khwai Private Reserve
Tonight’s the night to try out our magnificent Skybeds –
three, five-metre high platforms with alfresco bedrooms that
will definitely give you a night to remember!
Days 9 & 10: Sable Alley Camp, Khwai Private Reserve
After your night under the stars, relocate by game drive
across Khwai to Sable Alley and get stuck into game drives,
walks, birdwatching, and canoe excursions, to name but a
Day 11: Transfer back to Maun Airport and depart
The last day always arrives too quickly. There will be
time to take those last-minute photos before you zoom off to
Maun Airport for your flight home.
From $6,850.00 per person sharing in the green season.
A single supplement applies to single travellers. The
price is dependent on actual travel dates.
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 relevant VAT.
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 reservations.
Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.
Wifi: Wifi is available at Meno a Kwena, but not at Camp
Kalahari, the Skybeds, Hyena Pan or Sable Alley.
Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can
be fully customised.
Extension ideas: If you’re feeling intrepid, add on a
couple of nights in the Uncharted Expedition Camp in the
heart of the Okavango Delta and discover yet another piece
of this beautiful country.