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8 Day Central Kalahari - with an optional extension to Deception Valley Lodge
An adventurous safari, chosen for its less travelled routes through Deception Valley, Tau Pan, Piper Pan. This Safari starts and ends in Maun.
Day 1 Arrive at Maun International Airport where you will meet your Penduka guide. We depart towards the Central Kalahari Game Reserve where we set up our first night’s camp close to the banks of the dry Boteti River. Enjoy the first evening under the African sky and around the campfire. Overnight Boteti River.
Day 2 After breakfast we leave the Boteti and soon arrive at Matswere Gate, where we enter the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. We make our way through the Passarge Valley (all these valleys are old fossil river beds now, with clusters of trees and grass). We stop for lunch in the shade of the acacia trees. In Passarge Valley the chances of seeing giraffe and cheetah are very good. We arrive in camp late afternoon. Time to relax and have a shower. Time permitting we go on a late afternoon walk on the pan itself. The campsite at Tau is most spectacular with beautiful views and sunsets over the vegetated pan –normally there is a good variety of game grazing in the background. Tau (meaning Lion) is well known for its predators and to hear Lion at night and in the early morning is nothing unusual. Overnight Tau Pan.
Day 3 Early morning wake up, after tea/coffee we leave on a full morning game drive in search of resident game. Return back to camp around 11h00 for a sumptuous brunch. Time at leisure in camp during the heat of the day. Late afternoon game drive arrving back in camp with time to take a shower before enjoying sundowners. Overnight Tau Pan.
Day 4 Today we travel south via a couple of vegetated pans to reach the remote Piper pan in the early afternoon. Lunch served en route. We enjoy the peace and tranquility around the campfire. Overnight Piper Pan.
Day 5 Morning and afternoon game drives. Time to relax during the heat of the day. Overnight Piper Pan.
Day 6 & 7 After breakfast we make our way due northeast via Lethiau Valley to reach Deception Valley in the afternoon. We spend these two days exploring Deception Pan, and the adjoining pans. This area is home to a number of Kalahari animals such as springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest, brown hyena and lion, which we should see on our morning and afternoon game drives. Overnight Deception Valley.
Day 8 Option 1: A leisurely breakfast early morning, break down camp and then we drive north along the cut line to Kuke corner bidding the Central Kalahari Game Reserve good bye. We will arrive back in Maun in time for your outbound flight. End of your safari Optional 2 Day extension: A leisurely breakfast early morning, break down camp and then we will drive north along the cut line to Kuke corner, bidding the Central Kalahari Game Reserve good bye. We will arrive at Deception Valley Lodge in time for lunch. You will be shown to your luxurious chalets and have the pleasure of water on tap. In the afternoon we will have a walk with the Bushmen.
They will demonstrate their survival techniques and way of life in the inhospitable land of the Kalahari. There will be plenty of time to take a bath or shower with views of the bush before dinner. Overnight Deception Valley Lodge.
Day 9 After a magnificent breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your charter flight back to Maun in time for your outbound flight.