Prehistoric-looking baobabs hold up the sky with outstretched fingers. Lion and cheetah stalk the huge herds of zebra as they make their migration from Linyanti and Chobe to fresh pastures, trekking through the game-dense Nxai Pan National Park along the way. Central Kalahari, Deception Valley and the pans are home to springbok, gemsbok and blue wildebeest.
And, of course, the Okavango Delta is alive with literally hundreds of different species of birds, as well as elephants, big cats, giraffe, zebra, hyenas, wild dogs, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles…
Johannesburg – Nxai Pans National Park
Catch an evening flight, arriving at Johannesburg the next morning to meet your onward flight to Maun, arriving soon after midday. From Maun a light aircraft will take you to Nxai Pans National Park. Because of its comparatively compact size – it is one of Botswana’s smallest parks – Nxai Pans has a great concentration of game.
Roaming across its horizon-wide plains and islands of acacia you’ll find impala and springbok, wildebeest, gemsbok, giraffe and elephants, not to mention vast herds of migrating zebras. And, of course, the big cat predators that stalk them. As well as lions, Nxai Pans National Park is recognised as one of the best regions to see cheetahs in action.
Stay: Two nights in a double room at Nxai Pan.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
A quick hop in a light aircraft takes you into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where you’ll be met and taken to the ecologically-aware Tau Pan Camp, standing on the ridge of an ancient sand dune, overlooking remote Tau Pan.
This camp is the ideal base for exploring evocatively-named places like Deception Valley, and Sunday, Piper and Passage Pans. You’ll go on game drives to see springbok, gemsbok and blue wildebeest, and predators like lions and cheetah. A professional guide and a tracker will point out game and take you on nature walks. Tau Pan is also a great place for star gazing.
Stay: Two nights in a double room at Tau Pan Camp.
Today you fly off to the world renowned Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s richest wildlife regions. Annual floodwaters create unique wetlands that support an incredible diversity of wildlife. Expect to see as many as 400 species of birds, as well as lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dogs, buffalo, hippo, crocodiles, a variety of antelope, monkeys, warthogs, genets, mongoose, bushbabies and more. At Kwara Camp you’ll be serenaded in the evenings by resident hippos and embark on exciting night drives.
You will explore the huge floodplain during the day, with morning and afternoon game drives, as well as taking mekoro dugout canoe trips along quiet channels, picnic almost within touching distance of wild animals and visit amazing Godikwe Lagoon to stand in your boat, literally eye-to-eye with thousands of nesting herons and storks.
Stay: Three nights in a double tented room at Kwara Camp.
Kwara – Maun – Johannesburg
Your journey home begins with a light aircraft flight from your local airstrip to Maun, where you’ll meet your connecting flight to Johannesburg. You’ll depart Jo’burg in the evening, arriving home early the next morning.