Hwange and the Pans


Hwange is a fantastic National Park for both wildlife and scenery and after the past 15 years Zimbabwe has missed out on a lot of deserved tourism due to the political problems there, we are extremely pleased that it is now opening back up and people are regaining confidence in this great country. Combine it with the Pans in Botswana for a truly varied and exciting journey.


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Location 1

Waterberry Lodge, Livingstone

Day 1 & 2

Arrive in Livingstone where you will be met by a member of our team and taken to Waterberry Lodge. This beautiful little lodge is right on the banks of the Zambezi; a perfect first stop!

Location 2

Sinamatella Camp, Hwange National Park

Day 3

Today you head south, cross the bridge over the Zambezi and into Zimbabwe. After a few hours you'll be in Hwange and no doubt watching an elephant cross the road. Sinametella is a very simple self catered lodge set high on an escarpment over looking the park.

Location 3

Masuma Dam Campsite, Hwange National Park

Day 4

Today you start driving across the park to Masuma Dam, this campsite is set up high so you have amazing views across the plains. There are clean ablution blocks here.

Location 4

Detema Dam Campsite, Hwange National Park

Day 5

Today you head further into the park, this campsite has spectacular views over the dam and will give you a good chance to see some of Hwange's Elephant, the largest population in the world.

Location 5

Nata Lodge, Nata

Day 6

Today you head across the boarder and into Botswana. the boarder is a small one and quite to navigate. Once in Botswana to head to Nata a small town on the edge on the Makgadikgadi Pan. This is a very clean and friendly lodge.

Location 6

South Camp Campsite, Nxai Pan

Day 7

Today you start to head to Nxai Pan, vast grasslands and salt flats scattered with dessert going wildlife. The campsite is set below acacia trees just a short distance from a waterhole.

Location 7

Baines Baobab Campsite, Nxai Pan

Day 8

Head across Nxai Pan today to Baines Baobabs, a clump of 7 baobab trees set on a mound overlooking a vast salt flat. The campsites are well spaced out over a huge area, you have your own private ablution block at each site.

Location 8

Meno A Kwena, near Makgadikadi Salt Pans

Day 9 & 10

This morning you head south out of Nxai Pan to Meno A Kwena on the edge of the Makgadikadi Salt Pans. This tented camp is fantastic, they have got it just right. Set on an escarpment over looking the Boteti River with great activities and staff.

Location 9

Deception Pan Campsite, Central Kalahari

Day 11 & 12

This morning you set off south to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the world’s second largest protected area. Your destination will be at Deception Pan, a game rich area in the northwest corner of Deception Valley. Your campsite will have a simple but private shower and toilet.

Location 10

Sunday Pan Campsite, Central Kalhari

Day 13

Tonight you stay at the Sunday Pan Campsite. There are three pitches at Sunday Pan and one at Leopard Pan. They are all nestled in the edge of the bush close to the main open pan area, all pitches have fire pits and private shower and toilet.

Location 11

Motopi Pan Campsite, Central Kalahari

Day 14

Today you continue east to Motopi Pan, this is a good area for game and your last night in the Central Kalahari. Each campsite has a private shower and toilet.

Location 12

Royal Tree Lodge, Maun

Day 15

Today you head out of the park and north to Maun. Royal Tree Lodge is set in its own private reserve on the banks of the Thamalakane River, you can walk here among the Giraffe, Zebra, Springbok, Ostrich, Eland, Gemsbok and Kudu as well as the birds. Its a great way to finish your safari.

Location 13

Depart Botswana

Day 16

Today you will be transferred to the international airport in good time for your international flight home.

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