This morning you will fly to Botswana.
Welcome to Botswana! Botswana is a landlocked country, bordered by Zambia and Zimbabwe to the northeast, Namibia to the north and west, and South Africa to the south and east.
Botswana has placed great emphasis on its deliberate ‘high price –low impact’ policy to successfully preserve its fragile eco-systems and plentiful wildlife. It makes the country a highly sought after, truly African wildlife experience, living up to its status as the ‘Gem of Africa’.
There are an incredible variety of great National Parks to visit, the most popular being the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and the Okavango Delta, which is the world’s largest inland delta, a seasonal wetland of channels, palm-lined islands, and wide grassy floodplains, visible from outer space. The Chobe National Park is to the north of the country and is home to the largest elephant herds in the world.
Located in the heart of Moremi Game Reserve, which lies within the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, is one of the original, authentic bush camps, Xakanaxa Camp. This will be your home for the next 3 nights. Its idyllic location on the banks of the Khwai River overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon ensures it is one of the few camps to provide guests with a year-round land and water game viewing experience.
Activities offered at Xakanaxa include game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles and short water game viewing excursions in mokoros in conjunction with a longer powerboat exploration. Included in your stay are two scheduled safari activities daily, and the associated park fees. Below are descriptions of the parks you will visit.
The Chobe National Park boasts four distinctly different ecosystems: Serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area to the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west and the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest, with the hot, dry hinterland in between.
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is situated between Maun and Nata, in northern Botswana. These great thirstlands cover some 4,900 square kilometers of lifeless land which transforms when the rains come in mid-November. They retain their water into April or May, attracting a spectacular array of water birds and stimulating dramatic migrations of wildebeest and zebra.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve situated in the center of Botswana. This reserve characterized by vast open plains, saltpans, ancient riverbeds and the world renowned Deception Valley. The Basarwa or San Bushmen have been resident in this region for thousands of years, surviving in a climate of sporadic rainfall, varying from 170 to 700 ml per annum.