African Safaris and Travel - Photo Safaris in Africa
We’re not going to deny it;
safaris can be an expensive business. That’s why we at
Natural Selection have come up with this seven-day
custom itinerary in Botswana’s Okavango Delta Region and
the Makgadikgadi. It will help you save a few pennies,
but without compromising on all the important bits;
seeing the best wildlife, in the best areas, and
contributing to the ongoing protection and conservation
of some of Africa’s last great wild places. So, where
will you be going? Your first stop is the Khwai Private
Reserve, a 495,000 acre private conservancy that falls
within Botswana’s superstar Okavango Delta Region. It’s
one of the most wildlife-dense regions in an
animal-filled country, and the tranquil surroundings are
perfect for game viewing and updating your bird list.
Moving on to the
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park from Khwai is rather like
stepping into an entirely different world. This moonscape of
salt pans covers a seemingly endless 4,900 square kilometre
area. On first glance, it might look as if there’s nothing
there at all. But that’s simply not true. Look a little
closer, and you’ll find a plethora of desert-adapted life.
- Explore the
best of Botswana’s wild places on a variety of
activities, and save a few pennies too – what’s not to
- Game drive
through the grassy plains and glistening waterways of
Khwai Private Reserve, spotting lion, elephant, zebra
and buffalo as you go.
- Boost your
wildlife photograph collection and spend a morning in
our ground-level photographic hide at Hyena Pan.
- Visit Gweta
village, located in the community close to Meno a Kwena,
a learn a little about the fascinating culture in this
corner of Botswana.
- Rise early
in the morning and embark on a full-day exploration of
the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park by vehicle,
picnicking in shady spots as you go.
Marvel at the second
largest migration of mammals in Africa, and watch as
40,000 zebra and wildebeest converge at the Boteti River
Day 1: Arrive
in Maun and fly to Hyena Pan, Khwai Private Reserve
Arrive at Hyena
Pan, shower, settle in and toast the beginning of your
safari with a crisp G&T around the campfire. Magic.
Days 2 & 3:
Hyena Pan, Khwai Private Reserve
Get stuck in to
a game drive, or lace up your walking boots for a safari on
foot – you’ve got 495,000 acres at your disposal!
Day 4: Fly to
Maun and drive to Meno a Kwena Camp
fly back to Maun and hop in a vehicle, ready for the short
drive (around 1.5 hours) to Meno a Kwena and the
Days 5 & 6:
Meno a Kwena Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Head out on a
game drive, and find antelope with comical, twisted horns,
as well as some of the rarer desert species, and then take
to the water for a boat safari on the Boteti River. Time it
right and you’ll be able to watch the wildlife drinking at
the water’s edge, just before the sun disappears for the
Day 7: Drive
back to Maun
Today, it’s time
to return home. We’ll take you back to Maun Airport for your
onward flight. But don’t think about that yet.
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
The two best
things about Meno a Kwena? The view, looking down to the
Boteti River and its accompanying assemblages of wildlife,
swiftly followed by the passion of the staff for everything
conservation and wildlife related. But we also have to
mention the tents. Perched on a clifftop, each one is
tremendously comfortable, stylish, and a little bit quirky
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.
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 dog.
Pricing Information: From $3,890 per person sharing in
the green season.
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
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 Hyena Pan.
Can this itinerary be customised?
Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.
Extension ideas: Why not
experience the thrill of the Skybeds, three, five-metre high
sleeping platforms in the heart of the Khwai Private