Botswana Blooming Desert Mobile Safari

The best way to experience Africa is to be immersed in the land, vegetation and to be as close as possible to the animals. On foot, as part of a moving safari, is by far the best and most adventurous way to do this. Experienced guides will take you off the beaten track and help you experience Africa in a completely unique and life-changing way.

On this safari you will enjoy walks with the Kalahari bushmen, day game drives, game drives that are conducted at night, as well as the quintessential mokoro trip (dug-out canoe). Starting in Maun, you will travel to Central Kalahari, where you will stay in three different areas, namely Piper’s Pan, Tau Pan and Khwai. The tour finishes back in Maun.

Accommodation is varied in that Kalahari Plains Lodge offers canvas tents which are raised off the ground. the tents have been specially insulated to keep most of the heat out during the day, as well as keeping the cold out at night. The accommodation at Tau Pan is in environmentally adapted en-suite tents. The rest of your stay you will be camping tents: The tents are 4 x 3m Sahara style tents with high roof with a 2 x 3m en-suite bathroom and a 2 x 3m covered area in front of the tent. The tents are fitted with solid base camp beds made up with mattresses, sheets, duvets and pillows. The tents have en-suite long drop toilet facilities and a bucket shower at the rear of the tent. Showers can be ordered as hot, cold or warm and the water is heated in a bucket on the fire. Showers may be taken at any time but on Kalahari safaris the guide withholds the right to limit water use and showering depending upon the availability of water.

With a minimum age of 12 years for participants, there is no maximum age, but travellers need to have a level of mobility and fitness to take part in the guided walks.

 

  • Return charter flight Maun to Kalahari Plains
  • Road transfers Kalahari Plains to Piper’s Pan; Piper’s Pan to Tau Pan; return Maun to Khwai
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Exclusive camping in private campsites within the national parks and reserves.
  • All entrance and camping fees within the national parks and reserves.
  • All meals and selected drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) for the duration of the safari
  • Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle whilst on mobile; service of professional guide whilst at Kalahari Plains.

 

Destination:  Botswana

1

Day 1

Arrive in Maun by air from Johannesburg, where you will be met by a representative who will assist with your luggage and transferring you to the charter plane which will take you to the Central Kalahari. Here you will meet your guide and be transferred by road to Kalahari Plains Lodge

    • Accommodation
    • Dinner
    • Schedule Lodge Activities
2

Day 2

After breakfast you will meet a bushman family who will take you on an interpretative walk. The experience will offer insights into how the San Bushmen live and survive in the Kalahari, the ancient San culture, as well as how they navigate life in combination with their environment.

After lunch, head our on a game drive

Dinner, under the African stars is an experience you will long remember. A raised platform at the lodge offers the opportunity for an astronomy talk, where the lack of light pollution makes stargazing in the Kalahari quite spectacular.

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Schedule Lodge Activities
3

Day 3

Piper’s Pan is your destination today. After breakfast, head out in the safari vehicle, where the length of the drive is determined by the flow of the bush. The site where you will be spending the next three nights is private and miles from anyone or anything else, except the local wildlife.

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4 & 5

Day 4 & 5

Piper’s Pan, made up of 3 pans, is home to quite a few leopards, a population of cheetah and a resident pride of lion. Because the pans are covered in vegetation, it attracted animals for feeding and you can see herds of Wildebeest, Oryx and Springbok, as well as Giraffe and Kudu, who tend to stick to the islands of the pan

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Schedule Lodge Activities
6

Day 6

The wilderness area of the north-western part of the Central Kalahari is where today’s route goes, ending at Tau Pan.

The lodge is situated on a ridge of an ancient dune and offers beautiful views of the surrounding wilderness. Once you have checked in at the lodge and enjoyed a relaxing lunch, the afternoon game activity will introduce you to the area

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Schedule Lodge Activities
7

Day 7

The morning starts with a game activity and breakfast, before boarding your charter flight back to Maun and onwards to Khwai.

On arrival in Khwai the contrast between what you have experienced so far, in terms of vegetation and wildlife, will be immediately noticeable.

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transfers as mentioned
    • Schedule Lodge Activities
8 & 9

Day 8 & 9

Game drives, walking safaris, night drives and mokoro excursions are all on offer, giving you access to the elephants, lion, leopard, servla and African wildcat. Seasonally, there are also buffalo, tsesebe, giraffe, kudu and other antelope can be seen.

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Schedule Lodge Activities
10

Day 10

After breakfast and once you have said farewell to your safari crew, your guide will transfer you back to Maun on a final drive.

NOTE: Although we make every effort to adhere to schedules and itineraries, these are subject to change subject to weather, roads, and animal movements and availability. You will be notified of any changes.

Tour Location

BOTSWANA