7 day safari

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Tour Highlights

One of the best places to see Cheetahs

View rare desert adapted wildlife like Oryx

Few visitors at wildlife sightings

Spectacular night skies and unique bushman culture

If you enjoy the path less travelled and seeing a greater diversity of wildlife, then a camping safari to the edge of the Kalahari in Botswana could be for you. This 7 day bespoke Botswana wildlife holiday spends 3 nights each in Nxai and Madadakagdi Pans. There is plentiful resident wildlife in the Nxai Pan National Park which is mainly desert adapted species such as springbok, gemsbok, ostrich and brown hyena. During the summer months this population is swelled by elephant, zebra, eland, giraffe and wildebeest. The pans are one of the best places to see wild cheetahs in Botswana and prides of lions also follow the seasonal migrations.

    When to go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Best time to visit - FEB


Day 1

Best wildlife lodges in Maun Thamalakane
Arrive in Maun and overnight at a riverside lodge
You will be met and transferred to an idyllic lodge located just 15-20 minutes away and on the banks of the Thamalakane River. It offers a lovely setting with beautiful views of the river and the vast array of water birds that inhabit this area.

Day 2

Best wildlife lodges at Nxai Pan
Private transfer from Maun to Gweta Lodge
After an early breakfast you will be picked up by your driver naturalist and transferred 3 hours south to Gweta Lodge, located close to Nxai Pan. After a refreshing swim and some lunch you will be ready for your first afternoon game drive. Nxai Pan National Park lies just north of the Maun-Nata main road and adjoins Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its northern border. The pan itself is a fossil lakebed about 40 square km in size and is known for the annual migration of Zebra and Wildebeest, which occurs in the rainy season between December and April.

Accommodation : Gweta Lodge

Days 3&4

Zebra drinking at Nxai Pan in Botswana
Two full days of safaris at Nxai Pan
To maximise our time on safari, each day we will take a packed lunch with us and drive early morning to Nxai Pan. The time of year that you decide to travel will dictate our wildlife viewing strategy. Nxai Pan is home to elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, Cape wild dog, jackal, hyena, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, and honey badger; as well as many beautiful resident and migratory birds

Accommodation : Gweta Lodge

Day 5

Best wildlife lodges at Makgadikgadi Pan
Drive from Nxai to Makgadikgadi Pan
After an early breakfast we will drive from Nxai to Makgadikgadi and check into the lovely Boteti river camp. There will be time to refresh and have lunch before we take our first afternoon private game drive into one of the largest salt pans in the world. The Makgadikgadi Pans game reserve is the scene of large migrations of zebra and wildebeest from the Boteti River across to Nwetwe Pan.

Days 6&7

Best places to see lions in Botswana Makgadikgadi Pans
Two full days of safaris at Makgadikgadi Pan
Large predators like Lions, Cheetah and Brown Hyena follow the migration of the Zebra and Wildebeest, so by locating the herds we place ourselves in the ideal position to witness predator/prey interaction. The landscape is harsh during the summer and only a few desert adapted birds are able to survive here; such as ostriches and the chestnut-banded plover.

Day 8

Drive back to Maun to connect with your onward flight
Sadly, your bespoke Botswana safaris visiting Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans has come to an end, but we hope you will return soon to explore more of this beautiful country.

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £3500 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for travel from February 2021 until December 2022


  • £100 donation to Gorilla Doctors
  • Breakfast in Maun
  • All meals in Nxai and Makgadikgadi
  • Services of expert naturalists throughout
  • All transfers and activities as stated.


  • International and domestic flights
  • The cost of applying for entry Visas
  • Drinks at the lodges
  • Gratuities and tips for hotel staff and your naturalist

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Our clients say about us

Thursday September 28, 2017
Wild Botswana Experience

This was a wonderful mobile camping trip visiting several areas of Botswana. It was my first time mobile camping and I absolutely loved it - even the 'long drop toilets'! To sit outside...

By Chris
Thursday October 20, 2016
A great wildlife trip where I saw everything I hoped for

On a safari trip I go with hopes and expectations, in this case they were exceeded which was a first. The vehicles used were modern and most importantly not crowded. The trip was a photographic...

By David
Wednesday September 3, 2014
Amazing experience

Everything went like clockwork . Superb organisation, transfers, border crossings, our guide and driver were excellent making sure we got everywhere on time and with little fuss, but lots of...

By Lesley