The Kalahari Okavango is a 10 night combination serviced mobile safari combined with Haina Safari Lodge and Camp Kalahari. Highlights of this safari include Haina Safari Lodge on arrival with an evening discussion by our resident specialist on the night skies and the culture and history of San people of the Kalahari, camping in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Makgadikgadi Pans in search of the Zebra migration, a stop for the night at Camp Kalahari in search of meerkats and then north to Khwai bordering on the Moremi Game Reserve with a mekoro excursion that gives will give you a glimpse of life in the Okavango .
Your guide for the duration of your safari will be there to welcome you on arrival at Maun Airport. You will eave Maun and begin your journey around lunchtime and head south to the Meno a Kwena Lodge on the Boteti River. Arrive mid to late afternoon. Enjoy sundowners overlooking the river on your first night in Botswana.
Following an early breakfast depart on a walk in the Kalahari with the resident San Bushmen. After a 2 hour drive enter the CKGR and Deception Valley in time for lunch in your mobile camp. The valleys in the Kalahari are extinct river valleys that occurred millions of years ago and are now covered in short dry grass. After a little rainfall the grass turns green offering the wildlife much needed nutrition. Explore areas like Deception Valley, Passarge Valley, Sundays Pans and Letiahau. To get a better idea of this unique ecosystem it is recommended you read “Cry of the Kalahari” by Mark and Delia Owens. A fiercely beautiful but hostile environment – the CKGR will creep into your soul and for many months after your visit you will yearn to return.
Today pack and move camp east to the huge expansive grasslands of the Makgadikgadi Pans in search of the huge numbers of zebra (up to 25000 animals) that leave the Boteti river system and concentrate on the open grasslands in search of nutritious grasses to give birth to their young. Despite their numbers they can be elusive so you will spend the next two nights in search of the herds and exploring this vast open landscape.
After breakfast and a short morning game drive pack camp and head further east to Camp Kalahari in a private Concession just outside the park. Arrive in time for lunch and you will settle into your tents at Camp Kalahari. In the afternoon head out for a late afternoon drive in search of the meerkats. Dinner will be serviced at the lodge.
An early morning road transfer takes you from the Makgadikgadi to Maun in time for lunch at a quaint local restaurant and then a road transfer to the mobile safari camp in the Khwai area adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. The Moremi Game Reserve forms part of the unique ecosystem called the Okavango Delta and Moremi covers up to one third of the Okavango. The total area of the Okavango covers up to 18 000 square kilometres of which the Moremi Game Reserve is 5000 square kilometres. Spend the next three nights camping at a campsite in the adjoining community area exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night. Experience a 2 hour mokoro trip exploring the waterways of Khwai which is the most eastern reach of the Okavango River system. After dark go on a drive with a spotlight for the opportunity to experience some of the nocturnal animals that are rarely encountered during the day. These activities are conducted outside the boundaries of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area
Today you will return to Main for your onward journey or trip home.