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Botswana's Kalahari Desert

Tour Code: BWA06

A 10-day safari to Botswana's Kalahari Desert, including six nights of mobile camping in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, timed to coincide with the end of the rainy season when the mammals and birds move in and the desert bursts into life.

10 days from £3295(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2295 SRS: £495


This holiday is timed to coincide with the end of southern Africa’s summer rains. At this time, in early March, the parched landscape of the Kalahari Desert bursts into life and is fleetingly transformed into a mosaic of rich grasslands dotted with colourful flowers, acacia scrub and seasonal watering holes. Great herds of game move in to take advantage of the new growth, stalked in turn by predators, whilst numerous birds arrive either to breed or to refuel on their long journeys north. After an initial night in a comfortable lodge near Maun, this safari offers six nights of fully serviced en suite camping in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We will head out on morning and afternoon game-drives in our open vehicles in search of such mammals as Gemsbok, Springbok, Cheetah and Brown Hyena, while birds to look out for include Pale Chanting Goshawk, Temminck's Courser, Crimson-breasted Shrike and Northern Black Korhaan.

  • Includes 6 nights of fully-serviced mobile camping in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Open vehicles with great visibility
  • Stay at 2 exclusive & remote campsites in Deception Valley & Passarge Valley
  • Look for mammals such as Cheetah, Lion, Bat-eared Fox & Brown Hyena
  • Raptors including Martial, Tawny & Steppe Eagles
  • Abundant birdlife such as Crimson-breasted Shrike, Violet-eared Waxbill & Sociable Weaver
  • Extend your holiday in the Okavango Delta or with a visit to the Victoria Falls
  • Led by expert naturalist guides


 

Food

All food is included in the cost of the holiday (with the exeption of lunches on Days 2 and 9, i.e. whilst travelling) and consists of delicious meals cooked by camp / lodge staff.

Accommodation

One night in a comfortable lodge outside Maun (all rooms have private facilities) followed six night in a mobile wilderness safari camp under the shade of trees, in dome tents equipped with camp beds, bedding, pillows and ensuite facilities (shower and 'bush loo').

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Fly Maun (via Johannesburg).

Day 2 Maun.

Day 3/8 Mobile camping, Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Day 9 Depart Maun.

Day 10 Arrive London.

Beyond the watery reaches of Botswana's magnificent Okavango Delta, lies the vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert. Although baked by an unrelenting sun for much of the year, the Kalahari bursts into life at the end of Southern Africa's summer rains. By early March, the parched landscape is fleetingly transformed into a mosaic of rich grasslands, dotted with colourful flowers, acacia scrub and seasonal watering holes. This is an exciting time to visit. Great herds of game move in to take advantage of the new growth – stalked by their attendant predators – whilst numerous birds arrive to either breed or refuel on their long journeys north. The starkly beautiful landscape of the Kalahari is best explored on a mobile safari and this tour follows a similar format to our long-running, and very popular, 'Botswana's Desert & Delta' holiday.

After an initial night in a comfortable lodge near Maun, the safari includes 6 nights of fully serviced ensuite camping in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, split between two exclusive and remote campsites in Deception and Passarge Valleys. From here we will head out on morning and afternoon game drives in our open vehicles in search of such mammals as Cheetah, Lion, Bat-eared Fox, Gemsbok, Springbok, Southern Giraffe, Eland and perhaps something rarer such as a Caracal or Brown Hyena. Martial, Tawny and Steppe Eagles circle overhead, whilst other birds to look out for include Pale Chanting Goshawk, Temminck's Courser, Northern Black Korhaan, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Black Cuckoo, Violet-eared Waxbill and the aptly-named Sociable Weaver.

For those wishing to see more of Botswana, or another southern African country, there are plenty of extension options available, including time in the Okavango Delta or a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

Crimson-breasted ShrikeCheetahGemsbokMeerkatsNorthern Black KorhaanPale Chanting GoshawkBat-eared FoxMartial EagleTawny EagleViolet-eared WaxbillAfrican LionCheetah (Andrew Pay)

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Tue 27th February 2018 - Thu 8th March 2018

FULL

£3295

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