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Botswana's salt pans safari

9 days from $8,440pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Maun
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Central Kalahari
  • 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.

Audley Travel specialist Jack

What our specialists say...

This trip gives a wonderful experience of the diversity and uniqueness of Botswana's landscapes. Travelling in the Emerald Season you are likely to have some rainfall however you will also see the desert regions at their best for wildlife and enjoy the Okavango Delta at its most lush and green. You begin with a visit to the Makgadikgadi Pans, an incredible stark salt pans landscape which blooms at this time of year attracting zebra and antelope herds. Move on to Tau Pan where the game viewing is at its height in the Emerald Season and then finally travel to the unique and beautiful Nxai Pan. At this time of year the birdlife is superb and this is the time of year when plains game give birth to their young.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Maun
  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Central Kalahari

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Makgadikgadi Pans

Maun , Makgadikgadi Pans

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

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Day 2 Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi Pans

This camp offers a great experience in the Kalahari as the animals migrate to visit the salt pans. It is also possible to walk with the bushmen and learn about their fascinating way of life.

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Day 3 Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi Pans

Another day exploring the incredible salt pans from Camp Kalahari. A great activity here is to visit the colony of habituated meerkats.

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Day 4 Nxai Pan National Park

Makgadikgadi Pans , 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 many grazing animals in the green season.

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Day 5 Nxai Pan National Park

Nxai Pan National Park

You will explore the Nxai Pan National Park, including a visit to Baines' Baobabs, the historical pan made famous by painter Thomas Baines.

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Day 6 Central Kalahari

Nxai Pan National Park , Central Kalahari

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

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Day 7 Central Kalahari

Central Kalahari

Today you will enjoy guided game drives from your camp. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest in their thousands and provides for some excellent game viewing. Predators abound and there are good populations of lion, cheetah, leopard and jackal. Brown hyena and wild dog can also be found in the area.

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Day 8 Central Kalahari

Central Kalahari

The birdlife in the area is also very good with species such as the kori bustard and the black korhaan commonly seen. Ostrich are often present in large flocks along with many species of sand grouse which are incredible to watch when they flock to the waterholes.

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Day 9 Return home

Central Kalahari

Today you will be flown back to Maun Airport to meet your onward flights.

Audley Travel specialist Jack
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Maun
 
 
 
Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari
 
 
 
Nxai Pan National Park
 
 
 
Central Kalahari
 
 
 

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