3 NIGHTS MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS: BAOBABS, BUSHMEN, MEERKATS & MIGRATION
Follow the road pointed out by the giant anteater and you will discover the intriguingly named Planet Baobab. The Baobab capital of the world, this is a place where the average age of each tree is 4000 years and the boundless lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, an area the size of Switzerland, stretches as far as your eyes can see. The camp itself is a quirky oasis amid staggeringly large baobabs where you can swim in the largest and coolest pool in the Kalahari, eat the best pan-African cuisine, and drink cheap beer in the funkiest bar in Africa with vagabonds, travellers, and locals.
Once you’ve arrived in camp and had a quick dip in the pool and a cool drink in the bar, you’ll head off with your guide to the unexplored wilderness of the vast and empty salt pans – Ntwetwe Salt Pan to be exact. It’s the bigger of the two Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and provides one with breath-taking views of the sparkling salt extending in all directions.
Then, there’s cold drinks to be had, sunsets to be watched and braais to be cooked before you fall into your bed roll under the Makgadikgadi skies for silence, slumber and dreams.
Wake up to the Kalahari sun rising between your toes and warm your hands on a mug of piping hot coffee before heading back to the edge of Ntwetwe with your guide.This morning, you’ll be on the lookout for unique desert-adapted species such as bat eared foxes, springbuck, Kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats.
Once back at Planet Baobab, there’s just enough time for a hearty breakfast in the restaurant before you depart for Meno a Kwena. The drive will take about 2.5 hours and there’s plenty of incredible scenery en-route as you wind your way across the border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and down to the Boteti River.
When you’ve had a chance to settle in to your room, it’s time to enjoy the delights of Meno.
Choose from either a boat cruise along the Boteti River or simply kick back and relax with a drink by the pool or in the floating and hide and watch the animals from a different perspective.
During the dry season (roughly April to October) the Boteti River is the only source of water for miles around, and the zebra of Africa’s second largest migration (alongside hundreds of other animals, predators and prey) assemble on the banks, making for remarkable game viewing.
You may also like to walk down to the local village with the Bushmen for a taster of life in Botswana.
Dinner tonight will be served in camp in the outdoor dining area, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.
After a hearty breakfast by the camp fire, you’ll hop in a 4×4 for a game drive into the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Today is about wildlife-watching and you should keep your binoculars handy for some of the desert wildlife that inhabits this part of the country. If you’re lucky, you may spot elephant, zebra, brown hyena and even a lion if the time is right.
Around halfway, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch in a shady spot. On the way back to camp, the drive will take you along the Boteti River. In this winter dry season, it’s the only source of water for miles around and the dazzles of zebra that congregate on the banks are magnificent. You should also be able to spot elephant splashing in the water and dainty antelope picking their way down the riverbank. And of course, where there’s prey, the predators are never far behind and lion and leopard can often be seen prowling alongside. You’ll arrive back to camp in time for dinner under the star-spangled sky and a (very!) good night’s sleep!
This morning you may choose to stay in camp for a leisurely breakfast or, depending on timings, take a trip to the local village with the Bushmen. You’ll then depart camp and transfer back to Maun for the next stage of your trip.
1 Nights’ accommodation under the stars
2 Nights’ accommodation at Meno a kwena camp
All activities as specified on itinerary
All Meals as specified on itinerary
International and Regional Flights
Travel Insurance (Mandatory to have travel Insurance)
All Items of personal nature (Crafts, Gratuity etc.)
All other items not mentioned on this itinerary
Transfers to/from Maun International Airport (Can be arranged, itinerary is easily accessible by road)