DESERTS & DELTAS

DESERTS & DELTAS

Botswana is undeniably romantic. Think game drives across wildlife-dotted plains, mokoro safaris down gin-clear waterways, and a sense of adventure that can only come from being so close to the animals you see in storybooks. If that sounds like your sort of thing, then read on for the ultimate honeymoon adventure, Natural Selection-style…

First of all, we’ll whisk you off to Khwai Private Reserve, a luscious land of magical forests and emerald-green plains, and Tuludi, our newest camp that’s just made for two. Then, it’s time to visit the shimmering salt pans of the Makgadikgadi where you’ll discover the otherwordly landscapes alongside expert Bushmen trackers, chill out with the resident meerkats and fall asleep under the billowing white canvas of the tents at San Camp. Magic.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE AT TULUDI, KHWAI PRIVATE RESERVE

Today, you’ll fly from Maun to our private airstrip in Khwai and arrive at Tuludi in time for an afternoon game drive, sundowners and all.

Accommodations

Tuludi is a brand-new camp for 2019, located in the heart of the Khwai Reserve in a landscape fit for a fairy-tale. The tree-house style rooms are shaded by the boughs of cool leadwood trees and the sophisticated interiors mix the contemporary with the traditional. It’s an exclusive oasis that you’ll be delighted to return to after a day exploring the extraordinary ecosystem.

DAYS 2 & 3: TULUDI, KHWAI PRIVATE RESERVE

These days are yours to explore the magical reserve as you wish, on mokoro safaris, game drives or walking safaris.

Wildlife

In Khwai Private Reserve, fasten your seatbelt for the safari ride of a lifetime! Buffalo congregate in their hundreds, antelope pick their way through the grass and there’s a predator just about every direction you glance in. There will also be the chance to sit back and watch super-herds of elephant as they splish and splash by the water – and watch out for crocodile lurking in the shallows, and hippo jostling for territory.

You might think at first glance that not a soul could survive in the bizarre environment of the Makgadikgadi – but spend a few days here and you’ll uncover a myriad of wildlife. Meerkats pop up from the desert dust, nomadic elephant wander and Kalahari, black-maned lion can sometimes be found, wandering further afield. One of the icons of the pan is the brown hyena. The third rarest carnivore in Africa, they are animals that are almost impossible to see anywhere else on the continent.

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO SAN CAMP, MAKGADIKGADI PANS

Swap the luscious landscapes of Khwai for the salt-baked earth of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Home for the next few nights is San Camp, an impossibly romantic camp where the magic is in the minimalism.

Accommodations

San Camp is one of the most wonderfully romantic camps on the continent. Nine tents, enveloped by billowing white canvas and flowing linen, look out over the shimmering expanse of salt ahead and each has a perfectly-private veranda from which to enjoy it from. At the main area, cakes and scones are piled high on brass platters, G&Ts are served in crystal glasses, and the water of the swimming pool sparkles invitingly.

DAYS 5 & 6: SAN CAMP, MAKGADIKGADI PANS

If you can tear yourself away from camp, explore the pans on quad bikes, on foot with the Bushmen, on game drives, or even atop a horse! And the swimming pool awaits when you return home…

Wildlife

San Camp’s great appeal is the nothingness, but that certainly doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. You’ll find wildebeest and zebra roaming in straggled herds, standing out like sore thumbs against the pristine whiteness of the earth, and ostrich bobbing on the horizon. Stay for a few days and there’s a good chance of spotting lion and elephant on a game drive, and even brown hyena, one of the continent’s most rare and elusive mammals that’s pretty much impossible to see anywhere else. If you’re looking to tick a few species off your bird list, then sharpen your pencil for the pan is home to Kori bustards and northern black korhaan, chestnut-backed finch larks and capped wheatears. And we couldn’t talk about the Makgadikgadi without mention of our meerkats. We’ve worked with researchers to habituate a whole mob of them, and the cheeky fellows aren’t afraid to come and find out exactly who you are.

DAY 7: RETURN TO MAUN FOR YOUR ONWARD FLIGHT

Today, you’ll transfer back to Maun for your onward flight.

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This itinerary starts at $9,275/person* and is fully customizable based on the number of people and travel dates.

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