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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Botswana's salt pans safari

9 days from $10,790pp

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
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Tour highlights

  • 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.

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

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 People and learn about their fascinating way of life and to visit giant baobab trees.

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

  • 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.

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

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

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°F) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari
Nxai Pan National Park

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