Safaris, Stars & Skybeds
- Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
- Product code: BOT-SSS_8DAY
Dip your toes into two of Botswana’s most contrasting and mind-bogglingly brilliant landscapes – the Khwai Private Reserve and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
Your journey kicks off in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. A lunar-like, otherworldly place, where space and time seem endless, it’s a complete contrast to the green and grassy scenes of the infamous Okavango Delta. You’ll spend time getting to know the extraordinary landscape, the wildlife and its people, on game drives, walks and visits to historical sites, with a local Bushman guide leading the way.
Next up is Khwai Private Reserve, a footprint-sensitive and community-based joint venture partnership, which is focused on making sure that the local villagers are well looked after. You’ll follow the Khwai River as it cuts through open floodplains of wetlands and scattered islands, and don’t forget your binos – there’s plenty of game along the way. In Khwai, you’ll also have the opportunity to mix up your game viewing on walking safaris and traditional mokoro canoe rides on the river itself.
Day 1: Meno a Kwena Tented Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Start your trip off with a bang at Meno a Kwena in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Perched on the edge of the wildlife-filled Boteti river, you don’t even have to leave camp for fantastic game viewing. The quirky tents are the best seats in the house for the watery drama that unfolds below…
Day 2: Meno a Kwena Tented Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
You’ve got yourself a full day to explore the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on foot or by vehicle – or why not try both? Game drive through the desert-scapes, bird watch from the comfort of your bedroom, walk with Bushmen trackers, or visit the nearby Gweta village. The choice is yours!
Days 3 & 4: Transfer to Maun and fly to Hyena Pan, Khwai Private Reserve
After a short flight from Maun, you’ll touchdown in the green and grassy Khwai Private Reserve for two days of game drives, elephant spotting and al-fresco dinners at Hyena Pan.
Day 5: Skybeds, Khwai Private Reserve
Tonight’s the night to try out our magnificent Skybeds – three, five-metre high platforms with alfresco bedrooms that will definitely give you a night to remember!
Days 6 & 7: Sable Alley Camp, Khwai Private Reserve
After your night under the stars, relocate by game drive across Khwai to Sable Alley and get stuck into game drives, walks, birdwatching, and canoe excursions, to name but a few. If the mood takes, you hop in a traditional mokoro or discover the bush on foot to see the wildlife from a different perspective.
Day 8: Transfer back to Maun Airport and depart
Your last day, and a chance to squeeze in the activities you didn’t have time for yesterday before transferring back to Maun for your onward flight. There will be time to take those last-minute photos before you zoom off to Maun Airport for your flight home.
Note: Single Supplement is an additional cost which applies to individuals traveling alone. Meno a Kwena road transfers depart the airport at 14h00 for camp and depart camp for the airport at 10h00. Any deviation from these transfer times/destinations will incur a private transfer cost of US$400 NETT per vehicle one way.
Green Season - 10 January - 31 March
Shoulder Season - 01 April - 14 June & 01 November - 09 January
High Season - 15 June - 31 October
August Peak Season - 01 - 31 August
Terms & Conditions:
The tour price includes the following services
- Meet,Greet and road transfers to camp by your local guides
- Accommodation at the hotels, game lodges or rest camps specified in the itinerary, on the basis of two persons sharing a twin-bedded room with en suite bathroom, or shower / toilets.
- Meals from Lunch on Day one to the end of the scheduled safari and a reasonable amount of drinks.
- Transportation by 4X4 specially designed safari vehicle, with qualified driver, for all journeys specified.
- Scheduled activities, Conservancy fees, for sightseeing excursions specified.
- English Speaking tour guide and tracker services for walking experience.
- Full Pre-departure and final documentation with detailed “Guide to Planning your African Safari”.
Services Not Included:
- International airfare, inter-camp airfares are not included.
- Flights from/to either Maun or Kasane are not included and must be added.
- Items of a personal nature, telephone calls, premium imported brand beverages, personal purchases, optional extra activities, etc.
- Any meals or activities not listed, or any services not specified.
- Gratuities to tour guides, drivers and restaurant staff for services rendered.
- Compulsory Travelers insurance and cancellation protection.
Group Size – Min 2 / Max 8
Age Limits – Minimum of 12 years for starbed experience. For families with children under 12 years, please contact safariline for details.
Deposit and Booking Requirements
This quotation is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation.
Travel insurance coverage for injury, illness or loss of effects while on tour is NOT included, is highly recommended for travel and compulsory for many lodges and adventure safaris in Southern and Eastern Africa.
Registration: A 25% deposit of the total land price, per person is required. The remainder of the cost is due 75 days prior to departure date. Airline tickets must be purchased within two weeks of reservation confirmation.
Payment is accepted by personal check, company check or credit card.
Reservation Policy: All tariffs quoted include VAT and current grading levy. The price quoted is subject to change in the event of any unforeseen increases in fuel costs including currency fluctuations and/or Government levies/taxes, including Park Fees and Entrance fees. Safariline reserves the right to amend the quoted tariffs accordingly should the Government change the percentage level of VAT or introduce any other tax or Levy. Safariline will not cancel a tour, holiday or other travel arrangement once the client has paid in full unless it becomes necessary to do so as a result of hostilities, war or threat of war, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist unrest, active or threatened natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions or if a group tour does not have a minimum required participants, or for any other adverse event beyond the control of Safariline. In the event of cancellation Safariline will inform the client without delay and will make every effort to offer a suitable and comparable alternative
Cancellations: Cancellations received more than 75 days prior to departure will be subject to the nonrefundable $500.00 per person fee plus any charge incurred by the hotels, ground handlers or operators up to the
Entire deposit of 25% of the total trip costs
Between 75-30 days prior to the scheduled departure date ................. 50% of total trip costs
During the last 30 days including the scheduled departure date:.. 100% of the total trip costs
Safariline is pleased to offer a Travel Protection plan designed as an exclusive insurance plan to provide broad protection. The plan protects you and your travel investment if you need to cancel your trip for covered reasons prior to departure or if other covered unforeseen circumstances arise during your trip. This comprehensive insurance package provides pre-Departure trip cancellation, Post departure Trip interruption, Trip delay (8 hours or more), Medical Expense/Emergency Assistance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, baggage and personal effects and baggage delay.
For premium costs and coverage descriptions please see our website http://www.safariline.net, home page under “Destinations” lower right side of home page – click on the blue button “Relax & Buy Trip Insurance. Or, contact us to provide a quotation.