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Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi Pans

A wonderful opportunity to explore the lush, emerald green Okavango Delta, before heading to the stark moonscapes of the hauntingly beautiful Makgadikgadi Pans, all accompanied by some of Botswana's very best guides.

At a Glance

  • Incredible, adventurous itinerary exploring Botswana's wilderness

  • Botswana’s wildlife moves constantly, the mobile camp has the advantage of being able to pack up and move with it

  • Spend a morning hanging out with the family of habituated meerkats at San Camp

  • Take a guided walk with the San bushmen and see how they live in such a harsh environment

  • Explore Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a remote archaeological sites on 4wd quad bikes

Adventure, Off the beaten track, Wildlife, Couples

Insider's View

Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Okavango Delta - wonderfully refreshing!

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Learn all about the Okavango's fascinating wildlife from some of the country's top guides!

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

Lying on my back on the silent Pans and watching the stars come alive was magical.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.


Your adventure starts in the verdant surroundings of the Okavango Delta. Your light aircraft flight takes you over swathes of lush vegetation bisected by clear deep water channels, so characteristic of this beautiful corner of Botswana. Touching down on the airstrip you will be met by your guide and taken to your first mobile camp, a simple affair consisting of luxury safari tents and a main mess tent, although dinner is usually taken under the stars. The emphasis here is on exploration and comfort - your every whim is catered to at the camp, and miraculous meals are produced from the simplest of bush kitchens - you can even pop to the back of camp and take a tour!

Activities revolve around exploring the bush - either on exciting walks led by your guide, day and night game drives, or, to slow the pace a little, a gentle drift down the deep water channels of the delta. In the evenings, as the sun sets, your guide will park by the edge of a lagoon or channel and dispense sundowner drinks as the light fades from the sky and the night animals begin to reanimate.

Your second stop is on a private, secluded island reached by boat - here you will sleep truly under the stars in sumptuously comfortable bedrolls with just a mosquito net separating you from the African night. This is Africa, true adventurer style - but your guide is nearby, and can be called if necessary.

Dawns in the Okavango Delta are breathtaking - rise early like the predators and head out on foot to explore - a final walk around the island and you will board your boat, ready for the next part of your journey.

The next stop is San Camp - down in the incredible lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans, where land blends seamlessly into sky and the horizon seems to go on for ever. Here you will stay in the recently refurbished San Camp, an oasis in the pans, and with a spectacular, quirky charm all of its own. Explore the pans by quadbike, kikoys wrapped around your head Jack Bousfield style, before visiting the habituated den of meerkats (who will climb on your head if you let them). In the evening, visit the majestic Chapman's Baobab, pockmarked with the initials of adventurers past. As the sun sets and the moon rises, enjoy cold drinks on the pans before driving back to San for a delicious supper.

A highlight of any trip to the Pans must be a walk with the San Bushmen. These gentle souls will lead you through their ancestral home, showing you how they hunt, how they gather water in the most arid of environments, and perhaps even inviting you to participate in a Bushmen game! Their way of life is simple and fascinating, and their friendliness and readiness to introduce guests to their traditions and culture is wonderful. Many guests return saying that the Bushmen experience is the single most memorable experience of their entire trip!





Fly to the Okavango Delta (via Johannesburg & Maun)
3 nights

Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Mobile Camp - Uncharted Africa
3 nights

Makgadikgadi, Botswana

San Camp
Fly home from Makgadikgadi Pans (via Maun & Johannesburg)

Location & Directions

Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi Pans

When to go

Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.

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