3 NIGHTS COSY HIDEAWAY MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS STARS & STRIPES
You will arrive at Meno a Kwena at around 16h00 in the afternoon. A cosy hideaway in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana, the camp is perched high on the rocks above the Boteti River with the most magnificent views across the landscape.
When you’ve had a chance to settle in to your room, it’s time to head out on your first activity. Choose from either an evening boat cruise along the Boteti River with the chance to spot dazzles of zebra as they congregate on the banks or perhaps a snoozing crocodile or two, or simply kick back and relax with a sundowner by the pool and watch the animals from your clifftop position.
Dinner tonight will be served in camp in the outdoor dining area under the theatre of stars overhead.
Today is your first opportunity to discover the magical Makgadikgadi Pans. After a hearty breakfast by the camp fire, you’ll hop in a 4×4 and drive to the beautiful Nxai Pan, leaving camp at around 08h00.
Meno a Kwena is located on the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (MPNP) and the drive will take roughly 4 to 5 hours with a halfway stop for a picnic lunch in a shady spot en-route.
The Makgadikgadi Pans are a lunar-like expanse of sparkling, glittering salt and the beautiful nothingness is enchanting, cathartic and unlike anywhere else on earth.
Once a super lake that covered most of Botswana, the pans shimmer seemingly never-ending all the way to the horizon, interrupted only by scattering of desert palms, baobabs and the occasional umbrella acacia.
But in this seemingly empty landscape lives a wealth of wildlife and you’ll spend much of today searching for the different species. Keep your eyes peeled for zebra and wildebeest roaming the plains, ostrich bobbing on the horizon and maybe even lion or the elusive brown hyena if Lady Luck is on your side.
In the afternoon, you’ll swap four wheels for a boat and float down the water all the way back to camp. A water safari is a fabulous experience and there will be plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities and mesmerising scenery to look at along the way – and lots of chilled drinks in the cooler box!
You’ll arrive back in camp for a sundowner by the camp fire, followed by dinner under the stars.
This morning you’ll rise with the sun and head out on foot with the San bushmen, walking along the river and through the bush surrounding camp. Offering a window into the past, the bushmen will teach you how they have survived in this harsh environment and about their hunting techniques and food-gathering skills that have been honed for generations.
You’ll look for edible plants, grubs and insects and learn about the traditional and medicinal uses of the flora in the area. Toward the end of the green season, you may also be lucky enough to witness the start of the zebra migration as the herds make their way towards the Boteti River.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, head back to camp for lunch and a siesta snooze.
In the afternoon, you’ll head down to the floating hide on the river for a peaceful afternoon of gameviewing.
The hide is positioned at eye-level to the wildlife and provides an enthralling and very different perspective on the comings and goings at the river. Remember to bring your camera too – these are memories that you certainly won’t want to forget.
Later in the afternoon, it’s back to camp for a last dip in the swimming pool or a sundowner by the camp fire before a final dinner under the stars.
Depart camp after a leisurely breakfast and transfer back to Maun for the next stage of your trip.
3 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)