Home of the Baobab - 6 days

A 6 day Safai into the wild and unspoiled areas of Africa. Wide open spaces, grasslands with herds of animals, salt pans stretching into the distance and night skies of wonder.

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This is a 6 day safari into the wild and unspoiled areas of Africa. You will get up close and personal with every variety of wild animal and enjoy a unique landscape of wide open spaces and ancient baobab trees, endless grass lands with herds of animals and evening skies that will fill you with awe.

You will explore the dry southern area of Botswana.  Leaving Maun you head for Lekhubu Island.  It is a rock outcrop in Botswana within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana called the Sua Pan, which is the largest pan in Botswana.  In this dry area the pan is the main source of water for the thirsty animals, so an ideal place for game viewing.

On day three you head for Matsaudi Camp just two kilometers from Rakop on the Boteti river.  This area is east of the Central Kalahari and you will notice a variety of species that are more prolific here than elsewhere in Botswana; such as brown hyena, aardwolf, oryx, bat-eared fox and ostrich.  Its harsh, sprawling terrain is dominated by grasslands, home to wildlife such as giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs.  The Boteti River cuts a green swath through the sun baked Kalahari and attracts many animals especially during the dry season.  On day three you head for Matsaudi Camp just two kilometers from Rakops on the Boteti river.  You get to meet and mingle with local people and enjoy vibrant and exotic dancing in the evening. 

Day four is spent at the Nxai Pan National Park which is part of the  Makgadikgadi Pan, a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana.  It is one of the largest salt flats in the world. This is an area of nutritious grasslands, attracting thousands of animals. Mostly the pans appear as endless white glaring plains, but in the wet season they transform and become verdant grass plains with herds of animals and thousands of water birds. This area teams with animals. Nxai Pan National Park is mainly forest and savanna woodland and large areas of open grassland. During the dry season Wildebeest and Zebra can be observed in their thousands. Predators include Lion, Cheetah and Hyena.  Antelope are the most common type of wildlife in this area, and from November to May they can be spotted as they come together to drink at the sparkling water. 

This is an African Safari to beat all!!

Highlights

  • Lekhubu Island
  • Rakops
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrive at Maun Airport from Johannesburg. Maun is called the Pearl of Botswana. You will be met at the Airport by a safari guide holding a signboard that reads “MARVELOUS MOBILE SAFARI”. The guide will take you to your hotel or lodge where you will stay for 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis at your own expense. Lunch and dinner will be served at your own expense.

 

DAY 2:

The morning begins with breakfast. You will be picked up from the hotel or lodge by a qualified safari guide and then depart Maun for a safari of a life time. Your guide has years of bush experience and is able to track animals to give you the best close-up encounters. A packed lunch will be served at Rakops Village. You will have a opportunity to stretch your legs for a while. Arrive at Lekhubu Island where your campsite will be ready. Lekhubu Island is a rock outcrop in Botswana. It is located in the Southern campus of the large natural topographic depression within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana called the Sua Pan, which is the largest pan in Botswana.  In this dry area the pan is the main source of water for the thirsty animals. You will have a siesta and a short but exciting game drive later in the afternoon to enjoy the landscape and wildlife of Lekhubu Island. Come back to the camp to shower with dinner following shortly. Bedtime will be determined by the last guest.


DAY 3:

The morning begins with a fresh shower from a shower bucket with warm water, have breakfast then depart to Rakops village in the northern direction from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The ecosystems, wildlife and landscapes in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve differs very much to what you would experience further north in Okavango regions. You will notice a variety of species that are more prolific here than elsewhere in Botswana; such as brown hyena, aardwolf, oryx, bat-eared fox and ostrich.  Its harsh, sprawling terrain is dominated by grasslands, home to wildlife such as giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs. There are several fossilized river valleys, including Deception Valley and Passarge Valley. Rakops is a very interesting village with few tribes. Tribes such as Bateti, Basarwa, Bakalaka, Bayei and Basubia who normally perform traditional dance styles to entertain clients. It is believed that the Bateti tribe were the first to reside in Rakops along the Boteti River. The river was named after the Bateti tribe. It stretches all the way from Maun to Lake Dow. Upon arrival in Rakops, you will drive to your designated Matsaudi campsites where you will have lunch and siesta. After high tea you head for the cultural tour in the village. After the cultural tour, you will drive back to your campsite, have your shower and dinner will be served. Around 7:00 pm just immediately after your dinner there will be a great performance from two tribes of the village namely Basarwa and Bateti, where you will be entertained with exotic rhythmic dancing until late.

 

DAY 4:

The morning begins with a fresh shower from a shower bucket with warm water, have breakfast then depart to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.The Makgadikgadi Pan, a salt pan situated in the middle of the dry savanna of north-eastern Botswana, is one of the largest salt flats in the world. This is an area of nutritious grasslands, attracting thousands of animals. It is, however, an area of low rainfall and the Boteti River rarely flows to capacity - but often has everlasting pools that attracts waterbuck, bushbuck and hippos.  From the gate of the park to the campsite you are on safari. Upon arrival at your camping area, you will be shown your tents and then have lunch and afterwards go for a siesta. Before your afternoon activity you will have high tea and then begin your game safari. Journeying into this magical land and across the desolate pans, you will somehow feel its ancient glamour.  Come back to camp have a shower and dinner follows.

 

DAY 5:

Have a quick shower and breakfast and do a short game drive within Makgadikgadi Park and exit through the northern gate. You will join the main road from Maun to Nata. About 30 minutes driving north and you will enter Nxai Pan National Park gate. The biggest draw to the Nxai Pan National Park are the zebras that migrate by the thousands to this area.  The second largest land migration in Southern Africa.  You are will be driving through the desert area once home to the San Bushmen as you make your way to the campsite. Upon arrival, you will have lunch and then go for a siesta. After High tea in the afternoon you set off to explore some of the most historically significant and awe-inspiring areas of remote Botswana.  

We’ll expect to see elephants, giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, zebras, and some of the big predators. The game drive will include a trip to Baines Baobabs, a cluster of millennia-old baobab trees [also called the upside down tree] in the Nxai Pan National Park. Baines Baobabs were named after the famous 20th-century painter and explorer who painted this unusual group of baobabs during his journey through southern Africa in 1862. The baobabs stand on the edge of a large salt pan that, although dry for most of the year, transforms into a massive sheet of water dotted with water lilies during the rainy season from December to March. During those wet months, water birds abound at the lagoon and create a spectacle of great beauty. We will drive back to camp in the evening, just in time to relax and take a shower before a superb dinner cooked over an open fire.


DAY 6:

Have a quick shower and have breakfast, then depart for Maun.  You leave camp and enjoy a long drive through iconic areas of Baobab trees and beguiling landscapes with a chance of seeing buffalo, elephant and buck, until you exit at the park gate. Upon arrival in Maun, you will be transferred to the airport to continue with other travel arrangements. Shake hands at the airport and goodbye.

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