Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 609

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Elephant in a canal in the delta

Day 1: Okavango Delta

Upon arrival at Maun airport you will be met and transferred to your next flight to Pom Pom Camp on Pom Pom Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta overlooking a lagoon. This concession is on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve offering superb scenery and a true wilderness experience. Depending on your arrival time you may have the opportunity to start exploring the delta today.

Meandering through the delta

Day 2: Okavango Delta

Today you will be able to begin enjoying the delta and all it has to offer. You can begin by exploring the waterways in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe) or go in search of wildlife on game drives. You can also take guided walks or go fishing with the locals. Described as 'the jewel of the Kalahari', the Okavango Delta is a huge expanse of water in northern Botswana, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland river delta in the world. Studded with islands and reed banks, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of birdlife and animals including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and crocodile.

Mokoro poler in the Okavango Delta

Days 3-4: Okavango Delta

You fly to Gunn's Camp, a wonderful luxury vintage safari camp overlooking legendary Chiefs Island on the border with Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. Spend two nights here and further explore the delta by mokoro, enjoy guided bush walks, go fishing with the locals and learn more about the ecology of the area. Moremi Game Reserve covers some 4871 square km (70% of which part of the Okavango Delta) and is considered obe of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. Moremi consists of a network of waterways surrounding two large islands - Chiefs Island in the west and Mopane Tongue in the east. Moremi is a fenced reserve, game viewing is impressive throughout the year.

Day 5: Okavango Delta - Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP

Leaving the delta behind fly to Planet Baobab lodge near Gweta on the Makgadigadi Pans where you'll spend the next two nights. Explore the area on Baobab bush walk and on returning to the lodge you can enjoy sundowners. In the dry season the never ending ethereal lunar landscape of glistening salt pans is spectacular, the plains are barren and animals gather to drink at the deep pools of water, which are all that remains of the dries up Boteti River. When the rains come grasslands flourish and the pans fill up with water becoming great sheets of water, attracting a fantastic array of waterbirds and triggering spectacular migrations of wildebeest and zebra.

Day 6: Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP

Early this morning you head over to Ntwtwe Pans for a guided excusrion and a visit to habituated meerkats. This afternoon is at leisure. Ntwetwe Pan is the western twin of Sua Pan and is of a similar size and topography. One finger extends to the north of the road, while to the southwest the pan breaks up into several smaller pans, including Lake Xau. The old north–south trading route between Gweta and Mopipi crosses the centre of the pan, and the two famous isolated baobabs (Green's Baobab and Chapman's Baobab) that marked this route for early European explorers, including Livingstone who left his initials here, still serve as important landmarks.

Day 7: Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP

After breakfast transfer to Gweta for the short flight back to Maun where arrangements end.

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