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Botswana's salt pans safari

11 days from £6,750pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Walk with the bushmen in the Makgadikgadi Pans and learn about their traditional way of life.

  • Experience the dramatic skies and incredible sunsets of the Kalahari desert.

  • See the desert regions of Botswana come to life as the rain falls and deserts bloom.

  • Enjoy Botswana's spectacular wildlife.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Maun
  • Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari
  • Nxai Pan National Park

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Maun.

Day 2 Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

Maun , Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

On arrival in Maun you will be met and assisted to your light aircraft which will fly you across Botswana towards the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Here you will be met by your guide who will drive you to your camp in an open 4x4.

Day 3 Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

From the camp there are a number of activities with the main one being a guided safari drive into the national park. This is normally done as a full day excursion, stopping for a picnic lunch in the bush, allowing you to see and explore more of the park.

Day 4 Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

A second day of activities from the camp, which also offers boat safaris, a floating viewing hide on the river, bushman walks and a village visit. The camp is also a great place to relax with a pool overlooking the Boteti River.

Day 5 Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

Today you are transferred into the heart of the Makgadikgadi pans. Here you can further explore and learn about the giant and vast salt pans with your guide, enjoying a stunning sunset and looking for desert adapted wildlife such as aardvarks and the elusive brown hyena.

Day 6 Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari

This morning you will drive to see meerkats that live by the salt pans and can then, in the afternoon, head out on quad bikes across the pans, gaining a true sense of how vast and remote they are. It is also possible to walk with local San bushmen and learn about their fascinating way of life and to visit giant baobab trees.

Day 7 Nxai Pan National Park

Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari , Nxai Pan National Park

Today you will take a light aircraft flight to the Nxai Pan National Park. You should arrive in time for a game drive. This little-known park centres on a grass-covered fossil lake bed which attracts grazing animals in the green season and then elephants and buffalo, in search of water, in the dry season. Throughout predators luck, particularly lion and cheetah.


Day 8 Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park

You will explore the Nxai Pan National Park on safari and there is the option for a day trip to visit Baines' Baobabs: the historical pan and trees made famous by painter Thomas Baines.


Day 9 Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park

A second day for activities from the camp and in addition to guided morning and afternoon safaris one of the trackers can provide a San bushman walk showing you how the San have lived and survived in the Kalahari.


Day 10 International return flight

Nxai Pan National Park , International return flight

You will fly today from Nxai Pan to the Central Kalahari where you will spend three nights at Tau Pan Camp.

Day 11 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Harriet, an Audley Travel Specialist

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