Tour Itinerary

Discover the largest salt flats in the world! Once part of the Kalahari Super Lake, space is an enigma as a billion stars press you into your seat around the fire. Camping at Baines Baobabs under trees over 1000 years old, we wonder at all they have seen and stories they could tell of travelers over the years. Kalahari lions roar into the still night air, a sound to shatter the tranquility. 

Situated on the Northern edge of the Makgadikgadi, Nxai Pans is a stunning area of vast open plains fringed by Kalahari scrub lands with majestic Baobabs at the periphery. One of Botswana’s smallest National Parks, Nxai Pans is an amazing place to view exceptional game, and is the only place in Botswana where one can view impala side by side with springbok. The mighty zebra migration from the Linyanti, Chobe and Okavango move through here during the rainy season on their way south to the Makgadikgadi, for the fresh grazing towards the edge of the salt pans. The Best time to visit is February to April.

BLD - Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner


 Thamalakane River, Maun, Botswana

Thamalakane River, Maun, Botswana

Day 1 – Maun

On your arrival at Maun International Airport, Pierre will meet you off your aircraft and drive you the short distance to Maun Rest Camp set on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Here you can relax in the shade of a Real Fan palm tree while the team prepares the vehicles for the next days expedition. A scenic flight over the Okavango Delta is highly recommended, the perspective is fantastic and well worth it, we have included this in your tour cost. We will dine together as a group to get to know one another and for Pierre to explain the plan for the following day. (D)


 Nxai Pans, Botswana

Nxai Pans, Botswana

Day 2 – maun to south camp

After a delicious breakfast overlooking the Thamalakane River we will do some last-minute shopping, departing Maun we head East towards Nata. After about an hours drive we will find the entrance to Nxai Pan National Park. Once park fees’ have been paid and all the formalities completed we will game drive to our first campsite for the evening. Set amongst trees there are hot and cold ablutions and elephants wandering through the campsite. Dinner will be a delicious meal around the camp fire. (BLD)


 Nxai Pans campsite, Botswana

Nxai Pans campsite, Botswana

Day 3 and 4 - nxai pan

With a relaxed start to the day and a delicious breakfast we will spend some time doing a guided walk this morning with the guides. We will be looking for small animals and spoor from the late night visitors that prowl while we are all asleep. Once we are packed up and ready to move we will begin heading towards Khama Khama North East of our camp. This park is well known for its large herds of Zebra, wildlife sightings will certainly exceed your expectations! (BLD)


 Baines Baobabs night stars

Baines Baobabs night stars

Day 5 – baines baobabs

Dating back to 1862 the baobabs are an exceptional sight at sunrise or sunset. Spending most of the day game driving through the acacia woodlands and short savannah grasses we will retire to Camp 1 for our first night amongst these ancient trees’.  (BLD)


 Baines Baobabs at sunrise

Baines Baobabs at sunrise

Day 6 – baines baobabs

Black Backed Jackal, Honey Badger, Bat Eared Foxes are just some of the smaller predators that will make early mornings one of the best times to be awake. As the sky lightens, the night sounds become tangible creatures still foraging for a meal. Jackal may howl but if you come across a Honey Badger its best to retreat rapidly. They’re known as the fiercest creatures in Africa! And for good reason, they will attack or challenge any animal of any size.  (BLD)


 The Salt Pans at Baines Baobabs

The Salt Pans at Baines Baobabs

Day 7 – baines baobabs

After so much discovering today we will have a more relaxed start and take some time to relax and enjoy ourselves as we spend a half day in the campsite. We will explore the many tracks in the park, visit the watering holes  and so some walks. (BLD)


 Maramba River Lodge deck

Maramba River Lodge deck

Day 8 – Maun

With another glorious sunrise over the pans with coffee and a delicious breakfast prepared by our private chef we slowly start packing up the camp while you relax in your chair, we will take care of it all! A morning game drive will see us exiting the park after lunch and arriving back in Maun in the late afternoon. A Meru tent has been booked for you, wifi is once again available and while we prepare your dinner you can get back in touch with loved ones and send them all the fantastic photographs.  (BLD)