Central Kalahari Desert

9 Days

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2 February 2025 - 10 February 2025 Available $6,495
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Summary

Maun is the starting and ending point of your fully catered and guided mobile tented safari. You drive out and you fly back in on your charter flight. It is a wonderful 9 day safari that will take you all over the breathtaking Kalahari desert wildlife areas. You will stay in our fully serviced en-suite tented accommodation and our guides will guide you through some of Botswana’s wildest and most deserted deserts. The last night you will stay in the wonderful Tau Pan Lodge.

Highlights

  • Experience the Boteti River area
  • Witness the zebra and wildebeest migration
  • Experience the Central Kalahari wilderness
  • Search for the world famous black-maned lion
  • Embrace the solitude of Passarge & Deception Valley
  • Visit the ancient Bushmen
  • Scenic charter flight to Maun
  • Optional safari extensions: popular requests include the Okavango Delta Safari, Kasane and Victoria Falls. Or a few days in one or two of the luxury lodges in the Okavango Delta.
  • Please let us know about your safari extensions in the enquiry form below.
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Global itinerary

After your arrival at Maun International Airport you will be met by our representative who will assist you with your luggage. We will transfer you in a closed mini-bus to the Khumaga area on the Boteti River for the first night at Leroo La Tau.

Dinner

After an early breakfast, you will depart the lodge with your guide for the drive to the entrance of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve through the Matswere Gate. You will stay in our private tented camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will explore Deception Valley and our guide will endeavor to find and show you the best sightings in the area.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will further explore Deception Valley this day. Together with your guide you will scan the tracks and the horizons to make sure you get to see all the beauty this desert wildlife area has to offer.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will again explore the large Deception Valley area. This is an excellent place for Kalahari predators like cheetah, lions, leopard, and brown hyena. But also herds of blue wildebeest, oryx and springbok graze on the pans. While giraffes and kudus browse the larger vegetation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you head toward the wilderness area on the north-western side of Central Kalahari. You will cross the extensive Leopard and San Pans before arriving at the magnificent and wildlife rich Passarge Valley.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The remoteness of this region, along with its climate and undulating terrain, offers some of the finest African wilderness experiences. This is the best place to track and find some of the famous black-maned Kalahari lions.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your guide will take you south west to Tau Pan Lodge. We shall conduct our own activities this afternoon and possibly take part in the bushmen walking experience. You will spend the night in the lodge and use their private airstrip to depart the next morning back to Maun.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a final morning game drive in the incredible Kalahari you will board your charter flight to Maun. You will arrive back in civilization in time to check in for your flight out or even better, to join our Okavango Delta Safari.

Breakfast

The following is included

  • 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.
  • Game drives and local transfers in customised safari vehicles
  • 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 in camp
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • 14% Value Added Tax

The following is excluded

  • All flights unless otherwise indicated
  • All accommodation outside of camp
  • Optional safari extensions
  • All food, drinks and personal expenditures outside of camp
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of personal nature
  • Staff gratuities
What should I bring regarding my health?

We have a comprehensive First Aid kit in camp, on board our vehicles and on walks; we cannot however cover everything, if you have any medical problems or existing medical conditions please bring enough medication and inform us of these problems as soon as possible.

Do I need vaccinations?

We do not know what you have already been vaccinated for. So for vaccinations, please consult your local GP or health provider.

Do I need to take malaria pills?

Our camp is in a malaria area. Although it is very remote and therefore very unlikely for malaria to occur, it is better to be safe than sorry. We suggest you speak to your local GP or healthcare provider and take the action he/she recommends as there are various differing ideas about what prophylactics to take, if at all. Some of the prophylactics can cause side effects such as nausea, headaches and a lowering of your resistance to the sun and it is important to bear in mind that malaria can be contracted despite taking tablets. We provide insect repellent but you are welcome to bring your own and please use them liberally, especially in the warmer months.

What is the weather like?

Summer (October – April) is hot in the middle of the day, sometimes as high 40 degrees Celsius in October, our hottest month, but this is uncommon, becoming cooler but still warm at night. The average day time temperatures are in the mid 30’s dropping to the low 20’s during the night. Botswana is a summer rainfall region and late afternoon showers can be common from December to April.

Winter (May – September) can go below 0 degrees Celsius at night but during the day it warms up substantially to about 25 degrees Celsius. Early morning game drives and on an open vehicle and the first hours of the walk can be quite chilly (particularly in July and August when scarves and warm hats are recommended). Dressing in layers is the best way to deal with the varying temperatures during the winter months, and a windproof jacket is a good idea.

What clothing should I bring?

Bring along a good jacket, scarf, gloves and woolen or fleece headwear if you are travelling in winter. It can get quite hot during the day so light summer clothing is also a must. The best was to deal with winter is to dress in layers.
If you are travelling in summer, a good sweater (jumper) is recommended, as it can get rather cool as well as a light raincoat. Light trousers and a cool long-sleeved shirt in the evenings in summer will help protect you from the mosquitoes. For the remainder bring light cotton clothing.

For walks it is recommended that you bring neutral or camouflage colored clothing (beige, khaki, olive, stone etc.) but when travelling in the vehicle, most colors are fine – light colors generally being cooler. Dark blue and black clothing are not recommended. Bring clothing that can be hand washed easily and dried quickly.
Bring some good walking shoes and quick drying sandals (with sturdy soles to protect you from the large thorns, ‘Keen’ is a good brand) as you may need to get your feet wet on walks and mokoro or boating activities. You may get opportunities to swim, so bring along a swimming outfit. Don’t forget your sun hat!

Can I drink the local water?

Although Botswana’s water is generally safe to drink, we supply filtered water. It is important to remember to drink enough water while on safari. If you are traveling in the summer months you should bring rehydration salts to add to your water. One sachet per person per day will be sufficient and will prevent any dehydration problems. Rehydration salts are available in most pharmacies in powder form, which is the most suitable for travel.

Are all food and drinks included?

In camp all meals are provided; please inform us if you have any special requirements or if you are allergic to any food. Water, tea and coffee and soft drinks are available all day. Wines, beers, spirits are available at sundowners and in the evening.

Are there any limitations for luggage?

On safari we prefer to travel light. If possible restrict to hand luggage only. Otherwise duffel/soft bags are preferable, as these pack easier into aircraft and vehicles, hard cases are not recommended.

Do I need to bring money?

Since your safari is prepaid, you will not need to travel with much cash. Botswana currency is in Pula (P) and Thebe(t). Pulas can be collected with your credit- or bank-card at the ATM in Maun before departure to the bush. The best denominations to bring to Botswana are US Dollars.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping of our staff is optional and the amount is entirely up to you.

What are necessary items to bring?

Binoculars are a must for safari. 10*42 is an ideal magnification, but any will do.
A camera with extra rechargeable batteries.
A good torch, handheld or better: head torches with 3+ LED units (Petzl, Black Scorpion are good brands)

Is there electricity in camp?

As it is almost always sunny, we run on solar power. We have adequate electricity in camp and charging facilities for local, USB and European plugs. USA clients should bring converters to South African or European plugs.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Central Kalahari Desert
From $6,495
/ Adult