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8 Days Wildlife Safari in Nxai Pan National Park and Baines Baobabs, Botswana

Maun Rest Camp, Botswana

Fantastic Botswana Safaris

Discover the largest salt flats in the world! Once part of the Kalahari Super Lake, space is an enigma as a billion stars presses you into your seat around the fire. Experience camping at Baines Baobabs under trees over 1,000 years old, you may wonder at all the trees have seen and stories they could tell of travelers over the years. Kalahari lions roar into the still night air, a sound to shatter the tranquility. All these experience will let you be excited more to join this safari tour.

Meet the guides

Pierre
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Highlights

  • Exciting safari activities
  • Explore Nxai Pan National Park
  • Witness different wild animals in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy the tranquil ambiance of nature
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 7 nights accommodation

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7 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Maun Airport
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Accommodation

For this safari, you will be provided with seven nights accommodation. Most of the accommodation will be in camps. The tents are large, airy and comfortable, and positioned on the roof to keep your privacy and safety in mind. The walls of the tent are double lined with canvas and mosquito gauze.

The canvas can be rolled up on all four sides to allow maximum appreciation of the view and in hot weather to allow air flow through your tent. The mosquito gauze offers great protection from all insects, but you can choose at any time to have the canvas walls rolled down if you prefer.

  • First night: Manu Rest Camp
  • Second to fourth night: camp out in Nxai Pan
  • Fifth night: Bains Baobabs Camp One
  • Sixth night: Bains Baobabs Camp Two
  • Seventh night: Bains Baobabs Camp Three

Program

Day 1: Maun

On your arrival at Maun International Airport (MUB), 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. You can relax in the shade of a real fan palm tree while the team prepares the vehicles for the expedition.

A scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is highly recommended, the perspective is fantastic and well worth it. You will dine together as a group to get to know one another, Pierre will explain the plan for the following day. Dinner is included for this day.

Day 2: Maun to south camp

After a delicious breakfast overlooking the Thamalakane River, you will do some last-minute shopping in Maun. There will be fresh produce to purchase as well as food, drink, and snacks that you would all like to have for the next few days. This is also your chance to purchase personal drinks as well.

Departing Maun, you will head east towards Nata. After about an hour's drive, you will find the entrance to Nxai Pan National Park. Once park fees have been paid and all the formalities are completed, you will start the game drive to the first campsite for the evening. The camp is set amongst trees. There are hot and cold ablutions and elephants wandering through the campsite.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day. Dinner will be a delicious meal around the campfire.

Day 3 and 4: Nxai Pan National Park

With a relaxed start to the day and a delicious breakfast, you will spend some time doing a guided walk this morning with the guides. You will be looking for small animals and spoor from the late night visitors that prowl while you are all asleep. Once you are packed up and ready to move, you will begin heading towards Khama Khama north east of the camp. The park is well known for its large herds of zebra, wildlife sightings will certainly exceed your expectations. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day.

Day 5: Bains Baobabs Camp One

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, you will retire to Camp one for the first night amongst the ancient trees. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day.

Day 6: Bains Baobabs Camp Two

A dawn wake up to experience the sunrise amongst the trees is an experience well worth being roused from the bed so early. Some choose to appreciate it from the comfort of their rooftop tents, so long as you are awake to see it, you will love it. You will spend another day exploring the park, seeing springbok, impala, zebra, and searching for that elusive hyena you hear whooping in the night.

Camp Two is not far from Camp One but the differing perspectives are well worth it. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day.

Day 7: Bains Baobabs Camp Three

You will spend another day exploring the tracks and roads of the park. You may have coffee and lunch in the shade of an acacia while waiting for the heat to dissipate before returning to the camping area for the night. While the park is not big at 2,578 square kilometers, it is still full of game and the time spent waiting for the game to come to you is well worth it. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day.

Day 8: Return to Maun

With another glorious sunrise over the pans with coffee and a delicious breakfast prepared by the private chef, you will slowly start packing up the camp while you relax in your chair, they will take care of it all. A morning game drive will see you exiting the park after lunch and arriving back in Maun in the late afternoon.

A Meru tent has been booked for you, Wi-Fi is once again available and while you prepare your dinner you can get back in touch with loved ones and send them all the fantastic photographs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for this day.

Guides

Pierre Pitlo

Location

This safari will take place at Nxai Pan National Park and Bains Baobabs in Botswana.

Botswana

From the arid deserts of the Central Kalahari in the South to the lush green forests of the Chobe, Moremi, and Okavango Delta in the north, Botswana is rich in diversity of landscapes, culture, and natural wonders. With the largest elephant populations in all of Africa, star-studded skies in the ancient super lake of the Makgadikgadi Pans, and the world's largest alluvial fan of the Okavango Delta, this country has a choice for all tastes of safari.

Nxai Pan National Park

Situated on the northern edge of the Makgadikgadi, Nxai Pan is a stunning area of vast open plains fringed by Kalahari scrub lands with majestic Baobabs at the periphery. One of Botswana’s smallest national parks, Nxai Pan is an amazing place to view an exceptional game and is the only place in Botswana where you can view impala side by side with springbok.

The mighty zebra migration from the Linyanti, Chobe, and Okavango move through there during the rainy season on their way south to the Makgadikgadi, for the fresh grazing towards the edge of the salt pans. The best time to visit is February to April.

Food

All meals are included in this safari tour. Most importantly, a certain amount of water is supplied throughout your safari. In the heat of the African bush, it is essential to remain hydrated and healthy. The vehicles each have their own water supply, this is drinkable but is a scarce resource.

Personal drinks or alcohol is not covered in the cost of your tour so purchase before you leave. Please note that the fridge on each vehicle is for the sole use of the expedition food supplies, it is not there for the storage of personal items. African Safari Experts would appreciate if you would like a cold beverage at the end of a long day, so they will be able to make space for this where possible.

  • Breakfast: bacon and eggs with toast and cereals
  • Lunch: Sandwiches with fruit
  • Dinner: Salad, main course, and dessert

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you would like to do additional activities these will be for your own account. You may try like the sunset boat cruise on the Thamalakane River and the scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. A walking safari is an activity that should not be missed out on and African Safari Experts would encourage you to do one. You will smell, feel, and hear Africa on foot like no game drive can ever give you.

What's included

  • Transfer from and to Maun Airport (MUB)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 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
  • Bedding and linen
  • Safe, clean drinking water for the duration of the tour
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • All camping site costs
  • Selected South African wine at dinner (two glasses per person per night, red or white wine)
  • After dinner liqueur (double tot of Amarula)
  • All guiding and driving by professional guides and 4X4 experts
  • Camp set-up and dismantling of equipment each morning and evening
  • Satellite phone for medical emergencies only
  • Charging facility for camera batteries
  • Your own private guide (two guests to each guide and vehicle)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Pre-dinner snacks with sundowners
  • A head torch (to be returned at the end of the tour)
  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo

What's not included

  • 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 and above the wines included at dinner

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Maun Airport (MUB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. African Safari Experts will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Maun Airport Airport transfer included: Maun Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 56 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 120 days before arrival.
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