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Kalahari Safari 9 days

Experience the best of Botswana in our Kalahari Desert Safari

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $1440 - $2800
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 9 days
Best months: January - December
Countries visited: Botswana Botswana
Parks visited: Central Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Big five
  • Camping
This breath-taking experience will take you from the North of Botswana down to the second largest game reserve in the world, Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Kalahari special starts in Maun with activities including Mokoro, walks and will then continue south towards Nxai Pan where one can experience diverse wildlife in its natural habitat. From Nxai the trip leads you into Makgadikgadi Pans where the empty, endless horizons (as far as the eye can see) will be waiting for your arrival. The amazing landscape of this area gives you a true sense of tranquility. Our last stop will be the Central Kalahari Game Reserve where you have an opportunity of seeing a great wildlife variety. Day 1 and 2 Maun (Mokoro and walk) Day 3 and 4 Nxai Pan (Game Drives) Day 5 Makgadikgadi Pans (Game drive) Day 6, 7, 8 and 9 Central Kalahari Game Reserve Day 9 - End of trip. (Back to Maun) Facts: Period: Possible all-year around but no doubt the best period is from December to May Places: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan and Makgadikadi Game Reserve Best for: Desert environment, isolated salt pans, cheetahs, zebra migration, mokoro and walk

Day by day itinerary for the Kalahari Desert Special 9 days safari

Day 1

Unlimited Tours and Safaris professional guides will meet you on your arrival at Maun International Airport. Immediately your will be taken around Maun for some shopping and an opportunity for you to exchange you money to our local currency. Depending on your time of arrival you will be transferred to a Mokoro (canoe) station. You will be introduced to our professional polers and that’s the beginning of Mokoro (canoe) experience as we head to the islands. Enjoy the smoothest ride and melodious bird’s sounds singing to welcome your presence into their territory. We will find a secluded spot to setup your camp and enjoy lunch. This afternoon is an adventurous bush walking where you will be with your guide before dinner and rest.


Day 2

Today after breakfast we break up camp and you will be taken back to Mokoro station wich is where our game drive vehicle will pick you up as we depart to Nxai Pan. It will take about 3 hours to reach the pan. We bring packed lunch and snacks with us.

On our arrival time we will immediately set up camp. There will be enough time for you to relax and refresh from the trip. After that you will join your professional guide for an afternoon game drive around the pan; this game drive will be extended until sunset and you will come back to camp in time take your shower before enjoying dinner under the African skies.

Day 3

Wake up in the morning and have light breakfast before a Day trip; game drive to explore the whole Nxai Pan. We expect to see elephants, Giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, zebras and predators. We will bring packed lunch and snacks, because we are going to spend the whole day in the bush, and will not return to camp before dinner in the evening.

Day 4

Wake up in the morning for a light breakfast, break camp and head to a nearby ancient super lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans, where the open landscape is breathtaking. Where your eye sees as far as it can. We will go visit the ancient lake, where Kubu Island is located. Kubu Island is a national monument. Ghostly baobab sentinels on the shores of kubu Island survey yet another serene Makgadikgadi sunset. At sunset the colours of the baobab trees change to the striking golden shades of yellow and orange.

The trip to Makgadikgadi pans will take about 1 hour. Snacks will also be available to spice up the trip. On arrival we will setup camp, which will be a bit early approx (8:30) then it’s a game drive and packed lunch will be spent on tour in the bush. And we will drive back to camp around dinnertime, just in time to relax and take a shower before a superb dinner.

Day 5

Wake up around 06:00 am for a light breakfast and a game drive which completes the uncovered sites from the previous day. Between 09:00 - 10:00 we will depart from Makgadikgadi Pans, heading for the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This trip may take about 4 hours. Packed lunch and snacks will be prepared and enjoyed along the way.  On arrival we will quickly set up tents so that you can relax after a pretty long day, and enjoy dinner before its time for some safari sleep.


Day 6

Wake up in the morning for a light breakfast. Join your professional guide for an educational full day gamedrive. Your packed lunch and snacks will be enjoyed under a suitable acacia tree.  Return late in the evening for shower and dinner under the stars.

Day 7

Wake up for a light breakfast and get ready for a guided full day game drive (packed lunch and snacks during the day) then return to camp on early sunset for shower, dinner and safari sleep.

Day 8

Wake up in the morning for a light breakfast. Go for game drive then back to the camp for brunch, since we going to have long trip back to Maun, we break our activity into two to allow you to relax then that’s how we finish our tour with an afternoon game drive.

Day 9

Wake up in the morning for a full breakfast. Break camp as we head back to Maun international airport where you will connect to your Johannesburg flight. Safari ends

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