Kalahari Blooming Desert Experience

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Maun Botswana
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Maun Botswana
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Botswana

Tour Dates

2020
  • 2020
August
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  • February
  • March
  • April
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  • June
  • July
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  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From USD 4720 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

On our travel days we have an early start. The best game viewing is the early morning and so each day begins at the first hint of dawn with a coffee and light breakfast around the fire. From here we go straight into game-drive, walking safari or mokoro trip. After several hours of wildlife viewing we stop for a comfort break and have tea, coffee and cookies.

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Central Kalahari Wilderness Experience
• Bushman Experience
• Searching for the famous black-maned lion
• Visiting the remote Piper’s Pan
• Exploring the fringes of the Okavango Delta by mokoro
• The freedom of the Khwai Concession area

Your Safari Includes:
• Spacious and comfortable tented accommodation, including beds, bed linen and towels, with a private bathroom en-suite.
• Services of a professional guide, safari chef and camp assistants, complete with a supply vehicle whilst on
Letaka mobile; service of professional guide whilst at Kalahari Plains
• Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles whilst on Letaka mobile, access to all lodge
facilities and activities at Tau Pan including bushmen walk whilst at Kalahari Plains
• 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 drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T) for the duration of the safari
• All activities as specified in the itinerary

Prices are subject to change.

*2019 Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.

*2020 Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Maun to Kalahari Plains / Charter flight (1 hour)

You will arrive from Johannesburg by 13h30 into Maun Airport where you will be met by a Wilderness Air representative who will assist you with your luggage before transferring you to the charter plane for your flight over the Central Kalahari to Kalahari Plains Lodge where your guide will be waiting to meet you.
Upon arrival at Kalahari Plains, once you have been shown to your accommodation, you will then have a chance to relax in the comfort of your tent and the rest of the lodge or use the telescope in the lounge area for a closer look at the water hole before taking a short sundowner and orientation drive.
Your biggest decision will be to decide if you want to sleep in your tent or on your sky bed above it!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tented lodge accommodation at Kalahari Plains

Meals

Meals:

All meals and drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)

Day 2: Full Day Exploration

A chance to stretch your legs after breakfast this morning with a bushman family walk within close proximity to the camp. The experience enables and understanding of how the San Bushmen lived and survived in the harsh Kalahari Thirstland as well as gaining an insight in to the ancient San culture and their humble and gentle approach amongst the family units and with the environment.
An afternoon game drive will depend upon the game but we will hope to head out towards Khudu and Mmaphwe Pans.
After dinner, head up to the platform for an astronomy talk. As one of the remotest places on earth the absence of light pollution makes stargazing here in the Kalahari quite spectacular.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tented lodge accommodation at Kalahari Plains

Meals

Meals:

All meals and drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)

Day 3: Kalahari Plains to Pipers Pans / Travel Day / Travel time approximately 5 hours

After an early breakfast, you will depart the lodge with your guide for the drive the Piper Pan region where you will be spending the next 3 nights in a private site miles from anyone or anything else other than the local wildlife. The total length of the drive will depend on how much you see along the way.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Letaka Tented Camp Piper’s Pan - Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Meals

Meals:

All meals and drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)

Day 4 & 5: Piper Pan Exploration Days

Pipers Pan consists of 3 main pans. Impressive in size, these are some of the largest pans in the Kalahari.
The best game viewing is the early morning and so each day begins at the first hint of dawn with a coffee and light breakfast around the fire. From here we go straight into game-drive, walking safari or mokoro trip. After several hours of wildlife viewing we stop for a comfort break and have tea, coffee and cookies. Around 11 am we return to camp where there is time to freshen up with warm water in your standing basins before enjoying a sumptuous brunch consisting of fresh-baked camp bread, baked dishes and cold salads. After brunch there is time to relax, siesta, read a book, shower etc. Before heading out in the late afternoon for our game-drive or mokoro with sundowners we will enjoy freshly baked cakes with our afternoon tea. In areas outside of the National Parks we may also return to camp after dark with the use of a spotlight to look for nocturnal game.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Letaka Tented Camp Piper’s Pan - Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Meals

Meals:

Day 4 & : All meals and drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)

Day 6: Piper Pan to Tau Pan / Travel Day / 80km

(Arrive at Tau around lunchtime)
Today we depart from Piper’s Pan and head toward the wilderness area on the north-western side of Central Kalahari. Our journey takes us over endless vegetated dune-fields and the extensive Pokoje and San Pans before arriving at the magnificent and wildlife rich Tau Pan.
The lodge is situated on the crest of an ancient dune and has a commanding view of the surrounding wilderness. Your guide will drop you off to enjoy a relaxed lunch and you will conduct the afternoon activity with the Tau Pan Lodge guide

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tented lodge accommodation at Tau Pan

Meals

Meals:

All meals and drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)

Day 7: Tau Pan to Khwai / charter flight / 1 hour 30 minutes

A final morning activity in the incredible Kalahari before boarding your flight to Maun and onwards to Khwai where your Letaka guide will once again be waiting for you.
The differences in the habitat and wildlife will be instantly noticeable and three nights in this area will offer a contrasting experience and the opportunity to see different wildlife.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Letaka Tented Camp in Khwai Concession

Meals

Meals:

All meals and drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)

Days 8 & 9: Khwai Exploration Days

We spend our time between the dry-land habitats of the lead-wood and camel-thorn woodlands and savannahs and the riverside and marshy back-waters of the Khwai.
The best game viewing is the early morning and so each day begins at the first hint of dawn with a coffee and light breakfast around the fire. From here we go straight into game-drive, walking safari or mokoro trip. After several hours of wildlife viewing we stop for a comfort break and have tea, coffee and cookies. Around 11 am we return to camp where there is time to freshen up with warm water in your standing basins before enjoying a sumptuous brunch consisting of fresh-baked camp bread, baked dishes and cold salads. After brunch there is time to relax, siesta, read a book, shower etc. Before heading out in the late afternoon for our game-drive or mokoro with sundowners we will enjoy freshly baked cakes with our afternoon tea. In areas outside of the National Parks we may also return to camp after dark with the use of a spotlight to look for nocturnal game.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Letaka Tented Camp in Khwai Concession

Meals

Meals:

All meals and drinks (filtered water, soft drinks, beer, wine and G&T)

Days 10: Safari ends in Maun

After saying farewell to your safari crew, your guide will take a slow drive back towards Maun on a final drive before arriving at approximately 12h00, in time for the international check ins.
For guests wishing to extend their stay and head in to a lodge, please note that we depart Khwai by 08h00, therefore, any charter flights will need to be organized from Maun after your arrival back at 12h00.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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