Green Desert Camping Trip (small group tour), Botswana
Explore and enjoy the Kalahari Desert in its most productive season when it receives low sporadic rains. The rains create a prolific wildlife viewing period with concentrations of desert species and their young in the fertile, ancient river valleys of Deception Valley and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The route takes the time to explore the contrasts of three major ecosystems: the Makgadikgadi 'moonscape' saltpans, Deception Valley in the Kalahari Desert, and ending in the fertile green islands of the Okavango Delta and its crystal clear waterways.
We use a variety of transport which brings out the best in each area: flying in private charters, overland transfers and exclusive combination mokoro-boat-land transfers provide both a bird's-eye view and an in-depth experience of the contrasting landscapes of Botswana.
Days 1 & 2: Njuca Hills, Makgadikgadi Pans
Depart for Njuca Hills, on the edge of the great Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert. The saltpans are among the largest in the world, part of a super-lake fossilised aeons ago. The Adventurer campsite is beautifully positioned under shady trees on rare hills with a superb view of the surrounding plains.
Surprisingly for such a harsh, lunar-like environment, life abounds, and brown hyaena, oryx and springbok are just a few of the desert-adapted species that can be seen. Activities include game drives, concentrating on the opportunistic birthings of desert animals and the diverse array of birds, including flamingos. In addition, the seasonal wildebeest and zebra movements provide amazing sightings at this time. Experience the phenomenal geology and simply enjoy the wide-open spaces of this ancient lakebed and surrounding grassy plains.
Days 3, 4 & 5: Deception Valley, Central Kalahari Game Reserve
After an early breakfast, we depart overland to our pre-erected private campsite in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
This prehistoric riverbed, flanked by petrified dune lands, is very appealing after brief rains, as it is covered with nutritious grasses that attract herds from all over this enormous reserve. These large congregations of desert wildlife with their young are followed by predators into the broad riverbed, all of which makes for outstanding game viewing.
Days 6 & 7: Xigera Mokoro Trails, Okavango Delta
After a light breakfast we depart overland to Maun, flying by light aircraft in the afternoon to the Okavango Delta, the water-filled paradise of the private Xigera area, within the Moremi Game Reserve. Xigera is the ultimate Delta experience, with serene waters flowing through innumerable channels around remote islands and a profusion of plant and animal life.
There is no better way to experience the Okavango than to travel through it by mokoro, walking and camping on the islands.
Activities include mokoro and walking safaris, which enable up-close encounters with the excellent diversity of birdlife (including Pel's Fishing Owl), frogs and a myriad wildlife species, some specially adapted to water, such as the rare sitatunga and the familiar red lechwe.
Day 8: Charter flight to Maun
After an early game activity and breakfast, we fly to Maun, where the safari ends.
This is a guided safari staying in dome tents with cot beds and shared bathroom facilities. It’s very comfortable and the emphasis is on excellent guiding, learning about the desert and delta as few people see it and exclusivity.
This is a 7 night safari to and from Maun on set dates and can be added onto any tailor made safari within Botswana, the Victoria Falls or South Africa
Please contact us for further details.