SADC special – valid until 30 June 2021. The Nxai Pan & Okavango Private Fly-In Lodge Safari offers A once in a lifetime opportunity for South Africans to visit some of the most iconic safari areas in Botswana at unbelievably reduced prices. A private fly-in lodge safari rich in diversity that guarantees excellent wildlife sightings, all while staying at luxury safari camps that are usually only affordable to international visitors.
Day 1, 2 & 3: NXAI PAN NATIONAL PARK (Nxai Pan Camp – click here)
Upon arrival at Maun International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your light aircraft for a scenic flight to Nxai Pan National Park and Nxai Pan Camp.
Nxai Pan was originally state land, and an area of 1676 sq. km was declared a game reserve in 1970. In 1992 the boundaries were extended to include Baines’ Baobabs, and National Park status was granted.
The pans were once part of the super lake that covered much of central Botswana, including Lake Ngami and the Okavango Delta. The landscape is largely covered by grassland and dotted with clusters of umbrella acacia trees and mopane woodland to the north. During the rains, from November to late March, the landscape changes to lush green, the pans become covered in succulent grasses which attract large herds of antelope. Birdlife during this period is prolific, many species being different to what one would see in the Delta – it is definitely a birders paradise.
The area is well known for large numbers of springbok and elephant and during rainy season zebra migrate to the region. Giraffe and oryx are also often seen in the area in large herds with up to 30 in a group. These large herds attract many predators – lion, cheetah, jackal, spotted and brown hyena and sometimes the endangered wild dog and the secretive leopard. The desert camps make a perfect contrast to the Okavango Delta and is a great way to start or round off any trip
Nxai Pan Camp is the only permanent camp situated within the Nxai Pan National Park. The camp was opened in 2009 and is proving a popular desert destination. There are nine rooms which are linked to the main area by means of a slightly raised walkway, at night these are lit with lanterns to show you the way. The rooms are built from a light, specially selected material which keeps them warm in winter and cool in summer, a fan also helps circulate the breeze in those hotter months. The rooms are light and spacious. The main area of each room features double or twin beds, a seating area, and a small writing desk. The bathroom area has shelving and hanging space, a double sink and inside and outside showers, there is a separate flush toilet.
Décor is simple but homely. Each room has a low wooden veranda offering perfect views of the permanent waterhole where elephants are often a feature, along with the jackals and guinea fowl who always come to drink – the perfect spot to relax during the day.
At Nxai Pan Camp you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives using a guide and tracker, this adds to the experience on two levels. You have two sets of eyes searching out the action, looking for tracks – this ensures a good chance of sightings, especially predators. In addition, having the tracker concentrating on tracking means that the guide is more able to talk to you and keep you informed and answer any questions you may have, which leads to a more relaxed, convivial game drive atmosphere.
As well as game drives, you will enjoy a day trip to see the famous Baines’ Baobabs –they are truly majestic, sentinels standing tall on the edge of the salt pan.
In addition, you can enjoy nature walks and stargaze. The nature walks are led by one of the Bushmen trackers. It is a fascinating experience where you will take a step towards learning and understanding how it is possible to survive in such a hostile environment– you’ll get a glimpse into the way of life and beliefs of the original inhabitants of the Kalahari Desert.
Day 4, 5 & 6: OKAVANGO DELTA (Pom Pom Camp click here)
On day 4 you’ll depart from Nxai Pan via light aircraft to the world-renowned Okavango Delta. Flying over the delta by light aircraft gives you a unique perspective and it will allow you to see how vast the delta is and how the system of channels, lagoons and islands combine to make this one of the worlds last true wilderness areas.
One of the largest inland water systems in the world, the Okavango Delta covers an approximate area of 16 000 square km of the Kalahari and rates as one of the most spectacular travel destinations in the world. The Kavango River rises in Angola’s highlands and flows through Namibia, before flooding onto the soft sands of the Kalahari creating the world’s largest inland delta. The floodwaters of Angola take approximately three months to reach the borders of Botswana, and may only reach the southern end of the Delta in June. This creates a unique source of water in this region during the dry season – as the surrounding game reserves are drying out, the Okavango’s waters are rising and attracting a huge array of wildlife that remains in the area from May to October.
In the heart of the Okavango Delta, Pom Pom camp is another jewel in Botswana’s crown. Here, hippo grunt and frolic in front of the camp’s lagoon that is surrounded by miles of reeds. An 18 – bedded safari camp, built and designed in the style of safari camps of old.
Thoughtfully designed, the tents overlook a scenic lagoon and are quietly nestled under a grove shady tree. The camp has 9 large walk-in luxury tents, all with en-suite showers, flush toilets and although roofless, the bathrooms are enclosed for privacy, security and importantly offer you a truly unique bush adventure.
This is a camp for the safari traditionalist. In the main thatched building, you will find a cosy bar, lounge and table settings for imaginative meals prepared by our safari chefs. Pom Pom is known as much for its “soul” as for the game and wildlife in the area. Camaraderie prevails around a campfire each night as bush lore anecdotes are recounted whilst a gracious meal is prepared and elegant wines uncorked. Over hot coffee and perhaps a fine cognac, you will re-live the day’s events and compare notes on fishing and photography – and of course plan for another day that will be remembered long after your return to civilization.
During your stay at Pom Pom you’ll explore this magnificent area on morning, afternoon & night game drives with a guide & tracker. As Pom Pom is in a private concession the guide is able to drive off-road in search of sightings and also it means the afternoon game drives are extended into the night with spotlights – after a sundowner drink or two.
Fishing is also offered at Pom Pom for 10 months of the year but is prohibited in January and February as this is peak breeding season. Basic equipment is supplied, but avid fly-fishers are advised to bring their own equipment.
The mokoro trip is the quintessential delta experience. There is nothing more relaxing than poling along the lagoon and channels with your guide, soaking up the atmosphere and seeing things from a totally different perspective. There is a boat available to go out for short sunset cruises, the perfect way to spend an afternoon, meandering the waterways. It is also possible to do guided walks year-round. An area is chosen at the guide’s discretion and in keeping with safe distances from large herds of elephant and buffalo. The distance and area for each walk may vary seasonally at the guides’ discretion.
Pom Pom is big game country and there are frequent sightings of large herds of elephant and buffalo. Predators are also in abundance and there is a very good chance of seeing lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and spotted hyena. For the birders out there, this is a paradise, especially from November to May when the migrant species are still present.
Day 7: MAUN – (Riley’s Hotel – click here)
There is time for one last morning game drive or mekoro excursion before or you can enjoy a relaxed morning in camp as you get ready to end your amazing safari to Nxai Pan and the Okavango Delta.
Leaving Pom Pom Camp by light aircraft, you’ll arrive at Maun Airport where you will be met by a representative who will transfer you to Covid-19 testing facility at Maun Airport. A negative Covid test is required for return to South Africa. The Covid-19 test is for your own expense and results will be available in time for your flight to South Africa.
Once you’ve completed your Covid-19 test, you will be transferred by road to Riley’s. The first hotel established in Maun and a landmark since the early 1900s, Riley’s is a home away from home and scenically set on the banks of the Thamalakane River.
Day 8: Maun Airport – safari ends
After breakfast, you have the rest of the morning free to relax at the hotel or by the pool and reflect on the amazing experience you have had.
You will be transferred by road to Maun International Airport to catch your flight back home.
NORMAL PRICE: US$ 5 210.00 per person sharing
SPECIAL SADC PRICE: (valid for travel by SADC residents or citizens until 30Jun21)
BWP 16 980.00 per person sharing
BWP 6 280.00 single supplement
BWP 12 300.00 per child (4 – 15 years old)
BWP 17 590.00 per person sharing
BWP 6 280.00 single supplement
BWP 12 600.00 per child (4 – 15 years old)
BWP 18 200.00 per person sharing
BWP 6 280.00 single supplement
BWP 12 920.00 per child (4 – 15 years old)
Kids under 4 years: Free of Charge
Booking conditions for SADC special:
- Rates are applicable for SADC residents or citizens only
- Rates valid for travel before 30Jun21
- Full payment must be made within 48 hours of confirmation, failing which the reservation will be cancelled.
BWP 16 980 pps
- Fully inclusive fly-in lodge safari at fraction of the cost
- Nxai Pan National Park
- Okavango Delta
- Guided game viewing activities
- World renowned wilderness areas
- Fully inclusive lodge experience
- Tranquil water-ways of the Okavango Delta
- Stark beauty of the Nxai Pan National Park
- All inter-camp light aircraft and road transfers
- 3 nights at Nxai Pan Camp on a full board basis
- 3 nights at Pom Pom Camp on a fully inclusive basis
- 1 night at Riley’s Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
- Guides and trackers on all game viewing activities
- Daily Laundry
- Emergency medical evacuation cover
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