Drifters – Private Tours

Botswana Vehicle 7

MOREMI EXPERIENCE
5 Day Camping Safari – Maun to Maun
2 Nights Lodge, 2 Nights Camping

Included Highlights:

  • Serviced camping in national parks
  • Pristine & remote campsites
  • Maun
    Moremi / Khwai
  • Private tour

The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometre upon kilometre of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. But on closer inspection, coupled with local knowledge, a whole new world will manifest itself, and what is arguably Africa’s finest wildlife destination is revealed. Botswana is a country the size of France, with over a quarter of its land set aside exclusively for nature conservation.

Day 1: Arrival in Maun – You will be met by Drifter’s staff at Maun Airport, and transferred to the Drifters Maun Lodge. The lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Boteti River outside Maun and offers comfortable accommodation in tented units overlooking the river. This afternoon there will be time to relax at the pool, or a walk to explore the local village of Chenoga can be arranged. Tonight you enjoy a catered meal at the lodge.
Meals: D

Day 2 – 3: Moremi / Khwai – You have breakfast at the lodge, before departing for Moremi National Park. You will travel in a well-equipped, open 4×4 Land Cruiser, with our local Motswana guide and a camp assistant. The 4×4 isn’t just for show, as the national parks are truly wild places, the roads just tracks in the sand. We will game drive in the park for most of the day, arriving towards sunset at our exclusive private campsite, which is no more than a GPS point in the bush, completely secluded and undeveloped. It is as if we are the first people here, and are alone in the world. We bring everything we will need with us, and leave nothing behind when we depart.

We spend a second night, camping at either the same site, and spending the day game driving, or moving to a new site, game driving on the way. Road and weather conditions and booking availability will determine the exact itinerary.
Meals: B L D; B L D

Serviced Camping
The Private Botswana Tour offers the added value of a serviced camping experience in the national parks. During the camping part of the tour Drifters staff will handle the camp setup, with our staff erecting your tent and taking care of all camp duties. There is no participation required from you.

Day 4: Maun Lodge – This morning we do our last game drive, on the way out of the park. We then head back to the Drifters Maun Lodge. This afternoon there is time to relax and unwind after the adventure, to enjoy a cold drink or two, and perhaps enjoy a swim after the dusty trail. You enjoy a catered meal at the lodge tonight.
Meals: B L D
Distance: +- 120 km

Day 5: Departure – After breakfast at the lodge, our staff will transfer you to Maun Airport. Time permitting, an optional game flight over the Okavango Delta can be arranged (own expense).
Meals: B
Distance: +- 30 km

Optional Highlights/Activities - Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta

Serviced Camping 2

SALT PANS EXPERIENCE
5 Day Camping Safari – Maun to Maun
2 Nights Lodge, 2 Nights Serviced Camping

Included Highlights:

  • Serviced camping in national parks
  • Pristine & remote Campsites
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Baines Baobabs
  • Nxai Pans National Park
  • Private Tour

The casual visitor to Botswana could be excused for seeing the country as kilometre upon kilometre of flat, desolate scrubland with little or no surface water. But on closer inspection, coupled with local knowledge, a whole new world will manifest itself, and what is arguably Africa’s finest wildlife destination is revealed. Botswana is a country the size of France, with over a quarter of its land set aside exclusively for nature conservation.

Day 1: Arrival – Maun Lodge

You will be met by Drifter’s staff at Maun Airport, and transferred to the Drifters Maun Lodge. The lodge is located on the banks of the seasonal Boteti River outside Maun, and offers comfortable accommodation in tented units overlooking the river. This afternoon there will be time to relax at the pool, or a walk to explore the local village of Chenoga can be arranged. Tonight you enjoy a catered meal at the lodge.
Meals: D

Day 2: Makgadikgadi Pans National Park – After breakfast at the lodge we venture eastward into the spectacular Makgadikgadi Salt Pans National Park. Oceans of golden grass give way to the stark white pans, under a very big sky. You will travel in a well-equipped, open 4×4 Land Cruiser, with our local Motswana guide and a camp assistant. The 4×4 isn’t just for show, as the national parks are truly wild places, the roads just tracks in the sand.

We spend most of the day game driving in this truly unique area. The savannah grassland supports a variety of plains game, and in the summer months, when the pans fill with water, flocks of flamingos are common.

In the late afternoon we might take a stroll onto the pans, simply to experience the vast emptiness, the silence and the stark beauty. This evening we camp under a vast panoply of stars, with some of the best stargazing you could hope to do.
Meals: L D
Distance: +- 200 km
Accommodation:
Serviced Camping in true wilderness

Included Highlights/Activity:

  • Scenic drive
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Wild camping under the stars
  • Stargazing (weather permitting)

Day 3: Nxai Pans – Today we travel north towards Nxai Pan National Park, seasonal home to large herds of zebra and other plains game. Baines’ Baobabs are also found here. Made famous in explorer Thomas Baines’ 1862 painting, the trees are thousands of years old. We will explore the park, game driving in search of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and elephant, and the predators that are never far behind. Tonight we camp in the park, at a site near the famous baobabs, and again experience the serenity of the vast emptiness and the star-studded sky.
Meals: B L D
Distance: +- 150 km
Accommodation: 
Serviced wild camping*

Included Highlights/Activity:

  • Scenic drive
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Nxai Pans National Park
  • Wild camping
  • Stargazing (weather permitting)
  • Baines’ Baobabs

Day 4: Maun Lodge – An early breakfast and a final game drive, before we head back to the Drifters Maun Lodge.

This afternoon there is time to relax and unwind after the adventure, to enjoy a cold drink or two, and perhaps enjoy a swim after the dusty trail. You enjoy a catered meal at the lodge tonight.
Meals: B L D
Distance: +- 120 km

Day 5: Maun – After breakfast at the lodge our staff will transfer you to Maun Airport. Time permitting, an optional game flight over the Okavango Delta can be arranged (own expense).
Meals: B (Lunch own expense)
Distance: +- 30 km
Optional Highlights/Activities
- Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta

*Serviced Camping -The Private Botswana Tour offers the added value of a serviced camping experience in the national parks. During the camping part of the tour Drifters staff will handle the camp setup, with our staff erecting your tent and taking care of all camp duties. There is no participation required from you.

Important Information

This trip requires a valid passport, and for certain nationalities, a visa for Botswana. Seasonal malaria precautions are necessary and are locally obtainable. Drifters will supply linen during the tour (sheets, blanket, sleeping bag, pillow and towel). A barrel bag or backpack is best suited for this trip (suitcases do not easily fit into the luggage space provided). An extra day pack or camera bag is advised.

Spending money will be required for restaurant meals, drinks, visas, tips and curios. Our price includes all food as specified, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, transport, professional guides, accommodation, group equipment, permits and park entrance fees.

Our price does not include restaurant meals where stipulated, visas, tips, curios, optional excursions, alcohol, bottled water or soft drinks, airport taxes or airfares. Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.

Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.