Desert and Deltas (7 Days)
DESERT AND DELTAS
If you thought a safari was only
about game driving across vast, wildlife-spotted plains,
then this unique custom itinerary in Botswana’s Okavango
Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pan will make you think again.
There’s certainly game drives, and there’s also plenty of
wildlife, but we’ve also got walking safaris led by expert
Bushmen trackers, traditional mokoro safaris and quad
biking, and otherworldly, lunar-like landscapes, just made
for marvelling at. After all, we do like to be a little
different at Natural Selection.
The Okavango Delta and the
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans couldn’t be more different – and
that’s exactly why we’ve combined them in this itinerary.
When you reach the Makgadikgadi, you might think you’ve
arrived on another planet. Shimmering salt stretches as far
as the eye can see, silence dominates, and it’s all yours to
discover as you wish. Then it’s off to Khwai Private
Reserve, a luscious land of winding waterways, thick forest
and emerald-green grass, not to mention a jaw-dropping
concentration of wildlife. Talk about chalk and cheese!
there are two things you’ll definitely not forget in a
hurry, they are racing across the Makgadikgadi Pans atop a
quad bike, and spending time with habituated meerkats.
Spend the morning with one of
the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen of the Makgadikgadi, and delve deeper
into the history of the mysterious land.
Discover the rare,
desert-adapted animals that call the Makgadikgadi home.
Mix and match your game viewing
and explore Khwai Private Reserve on game drives, walking
safaris and night drives.
Prepare to be amazed at the
astounding variety of wildlife in Khwai, from rare antelope
to lion and leopard, and enormous herds of elephant to wild
Wildlife-watch from the comfort
of your tent at Sable Alley, and watch the comings and
goings of the animals at the waterholes in front of
Day 1: Arrive in Maun and fly
to Jack’s Camp, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Settle into safari-life at
Jack’s Camp, and marvel into the astonishing scenery in this
extraordinary corner of Botswana.
Days 2 & 3: Jack’s Camp,
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
The next two days are jam-packed
with activities, and on the menu, we’ve got walks with the
Zu/’hoasi Bushmen, game drives, quad bike explorations, and
meetings with cheeky meerkats.
Day 4: Transfer to Sable Alley,
Khwai Private Reserve
Today, you’ll leave the
shimmering salt pans behind and head for the greenery of
Khwai Private Reserve and Sable Alley camp.
Days 5 & 6: Sable Alley, Khwai
Rise early for wildlife-filled
game drives, and take afternoon meanders along the river,
or, if you’re activitied out, try an ‘armchair safari’ in
camp, and wait for the wildlife to come to you.
Day 7: Transfer back to Maun
We won’t say too much about
today, but at some stage you’ll have to leave and head back
to Maun for your onward flight.
The tents at Jack’s Camp are
pitched on a low, grassy knoll amongst an oasis of desert
palms in the heart of the lunar-like Makgadikgadi. The
camp’s hub is the mess tent, a canvas pavilion where
three-course dinners are served at tables draped in the
finest Damask linen. The ten, 1940s-style canvas bedrooms
all have ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, and
private verandas with views over the bleached landscape.
There’s also a swimming pool and a Natural History Museum to
keep you busy, even in the quiet times.
Opened in 2017, Sable Alley is a
modern slice of light, bright and beautiful luxury amid the
game-rich floodplains of Khwai. The best news is that it’s
as sustainable as it is sophisticated – the camp was in fact
established to create a meaningful bridge between the
tourism industry and local villagers, and we’re proud of
what we’ve achieved so far. The elegant tents overlook a
peaceful lagoon, and you can enjoy the views from one of the
12, ensuite bedrooms, the swimming pool, or the stylish main
You might think, at first
glance, that not a soul could survive in the bizarre
environment of the Makgadikgadi Pan. But spend a few days
here, and you’ll find the myriad of wildlife that calls the
moonscape home. Meerkats pop up from the desert dust (always
a highlight), nomadic elephant wander, and Kalahari
black-maned can sometimes be found, slightly further afield.
One of the icons of the pan is the brown hyaena. The third
rarest carnivore in Africa, it’s an animal that’s pretty
much impossible to see anywhere else. And whilst we’re on
the subject of rare, every so often you might catch a
glimpse of a bat-eared fox or an aardwolf, a cheetah or
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 $6,854.00 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
Disabled Access: Please enquire
Wifi: Wifi is not available for
the duration of this trip.
Can this itinerary be
customised? Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.
Extension ideas: Go wild and
spend 2 or 3 nights mobile camping in the heart of the
Okavango Delta, or the Kalahari. Please ask for details!