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Nxai Pans and Baines Baobabs – 7 Days

From: $4,500.00

Discover the largest salt flats in the world on this seven-day tour! This tour takes us to Nxai Pans, once part of the Kalahari Super Lake. Space is an enigma here at night, because a billion stars press you into your seat around the fire. We camp at Baines Baobabs under trees that over 1000 years old, as we wonder what stories they could tell. Kalahari lions roar into the still night air, a sound to shatter the tranquillity.

Description

Nxai Pans is a stunning area of vast open plains stretching towards infinity. Situated on the northern edge of the Makgadikgadi, it is fringed by Kalahari scrub with majestic Baobabs at the periphery. One of Botswana’s smallest National Parks, Nxai Pans is an amazing place. It has exceptional game, while one can also view the rare spectacle of impala side by side with springbok. The mighty zebra migration moves through here from Linyanti, Chobe and Okavango during the rainy season. They head south to the Makgadikgadi because there is fresh grazing towards the edge of the salt pans. The best time to visit is February to April.

Getting There

By Plane:

You can fly directly into Maun with either Botswana Airways or Airlink (South Africa). On arrival in Maun a driver/guide will be waiting for you in arrivals, he will have a small board bearing your name.
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Full Itinerary

Day 1 – Maun

On your arrival at Maun International Airport, Pierre will meet you off your aircraft and drive you the short distance to Maun Rest Camp set on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Here you can relax in the shade of a Real Fan palm tree while the team prepares the vehicles for the next days expedition. A scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is highly recommended, the perspective is fantastic and well worth it, we have included this in your tour cost. We will dine together as a group to get to know one another and for Pierre to explain the plan for the following day. (D)

Day 2 – South Camp

After a delicious breakfast overlooking the Thamalakane River we will do some last-minute shopping, departing Maun we head East towards Nata. After about an hours drive we will find the entrance to Nxai Pan National Park. Once park fees’ have been paid and all the formalities completed we will game drive to our first campsite for the evening. Set amongst trees there are hot and cold ablutions and elephants wandering through the campsite. Dinner will be a delicious meal around the camp fire. (BLD)

Day 3 & 4 – Nxai Pans

With a relaxed start to the day and a delicious breakfast we will spend some time doing a guided walk this morning with the guides. We will be looking for small animals and spoor from the late night visitors that prowl while we are all asleep. Once we are packed up and ready to move we will begin heading towards Khama Khama North East of our camp. This park is well known for its large herds of Zebra, wildlife sightings will certainly exceed your expectations! (BLD)

Day 5 – Baines Baobabs

Dating back to 1862 the baobabs are an exceptional sight at sunrise or sunset. Spending most of the day game driving through the acacia woodlands and short savannah grasses we will retire to Camp 1 for our first night amongst these ancient trees’. (BLD)

Day 6 – Baines Baobabs

Black Backed Jackal, Honey Badger, Bat Eared Foxes are just some of the smaller predators that will make early mornings one of the best times to be awake. As the sky lightens, the night sounds become tangible creatures still foraging for a meal. Jackal may howl but if you come across a Honey Badger its best to retreat rapidly. They’re known as the fiercest creatures in Africa! And for good reason, they will attack or challenge any animal of any size. (BLD)

Day 7 – Baines Baobabs

After so much discovering today we will have a more relaxed start and take some time to relax and enjoy ourselves as we spend a half day in the campsite. We will explore the many tracks in the park, visit the watering holes and so some walks. (BLD)

Day 8 – Maun

With another glorious sunrise over the pans with coffee and a delicious breakfast prepared by our private chef we slowly start packing up the camp while you relax in your chair, we will take care of it all! A morning game drive will see us exiting the park after lunch and arriving back in Maun in the late afternoon. A Meru tent has been booked for you, wifi is once again available and while we prepare your dinner you can get back in touch with loved ones and send them all the fantastic photographs. (BLD)

BLD – Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Included/Excluded

Included:

Meet & transfer from Maun Airport to Maun Rest Camp (a 15-minute drive)
Two nights’ accommodation at Maun Rest Camp (Meru Tent; One night prior and one night after the tour ends)
All fuel costs for the duration of the tour
Vehicle use for the duration of the expedition driven by your personal guide
All National Park entrance fees
Private Chef preparing all meals (Our chef has 25 years’ experience & will provide delicious meals with silver service dinner table dining)
Accommodation with bedding & linen
Safe, clean drinking water for the duration of the tour
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on tour:
Breakfast: Bacon & Eggs with toast & cereals
Lunch: Sandwiches with fruit
Dinner: Salad, Main course & Desert
All camping site costs
Selected South African wine at dinner (2 glasses per person per night, red or white wine)
After dinner liqueur (Double tot of Amarula)
All guiding & driving by professional guides & 4X4 experts
Camp set-up & dismantling of equipment each morning & evening (a local camp manager is employed for this)
Satellite phone – medical emergencies only.
Charging facility for camera batteries
Your own private guide – 2 guests to each guide & vehicle making this an incredibly personal experience.
Mosquito repellent
Pre-dinner snacks with sundowners
A head torch – to be returned at the end of the tour
Biodegradable soap & shampoo

Excluded:

Personal travel insurance
Local and international flights
Any additional or optional activities not listed above
Any items of a personal nature
Gratuities of any kind
Malaria medication – please consult your Doctor
Any drinks over & above the wines included at dinner.