5 DayAncient Rivers and Pans
Classic Kalahari Safari Explorer Tour

This 5 day Classic Fly-in Kalahari Explorer package - Ancient Rivers and Pans explores 2 fascinating areas of the Kalahari Desert, showcasing the intricacy of this great wilderness through the eyes of its first people. Includes flights ex/to Johannesburg.

Accommodation: Classic canvas safari accommodation with en-suite facilities

Activities: Game drives, walks with Bushmen, visits to pans and Baines' Baobabs

Destinations: Maun, Nxai Pan, Central Kalahari, Deception Valley

Seasonal: All year round safari destination

Classic Fly-in Kalahari Explorer Experience

There can be a no more fulfilling way of experiencing a safari in Africa than under the guidance of people who have grown up on the land and whose ancestors have survived the harsh environment for centuries. This Ancient Rivers and Pans Package provides all this and more.

Both Nxai Pan and Central Kalahari that are visited on this classic Botswana holiday represent the true Kalahari which is seldom experienced anywhere else. Your experienced guides provide knowledge and passion to enhance an already unforgettable African safari.

Your activities on this Ancient Rivers and Pans safari include game drives, spectacular stargazing and nature walks with Bushmen trackers, ensuring that the experience is unique and true.

Day 1: Johannesburg - Maun - Nxai Pan

Arriving in Maun on a flight from Johannesburg you will be transferred to your camp in Nxai Pan National Park by light aircraft. You will arrive in time for lunch and a short rest before the afternoon game drive.

Nxai Pan is a cousin of the legendary Makgadikgadi Pans set in the Kalahari and sightings here differ between the dry season and the wet season, with the wet season attracting great herds, whilst during the dry season, the animals target the few permanent waterholes.

Day 2: Nxai Pan

An early morning wake-up signals a day of excitement and spectacular game sightings as you explore the Nxai Pan National Park. During the wet season the drives will concentrate on the grass plains where herds of animals gather with their young, which in turn attracts predators.

The dry season means the drives seek out the permanent waterholes where the resident animals congregate under the watchful eyes of the ever-present predators. Whatever the season drives to the famous Baines' Baobabs are an option, and with nightfall some of the best stargazing in Africa can be had

Day 3: Nxai Pan - Central Kalahari

There will be time for a drive in the early morning before returning to the bush camp for brunch and the transfer to the Central Kalahari where you will spend the next 2 nights. You will be staying in the game reserve itself and activities involve game drives in the area and drives to Deception Valley, made famous in the book by Mark and Delia Owens titled 'Cry of the Kalahari'.

Day 4: Central Kalahari

An early wake-up call and light breakfast precedes the day's activities of exploring the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with the help of a Bushman tracker who will share his intimate knowledge on game drives and nature walks. The Bushmen are the original inhabitants of the Kalahari and as such know the area better than anybody.

Picnics on a pan surrounded by the wide vistas are a highlight of a Kalahari safari, and at night there is no more dramatic place to view the stars of the southern skies than in the desert. Falling asleep to the sounds in the Kalahari is an experienced to be savoured.

Day 5: Central Kalahari - Maun - Johannesburg

This is the last day of your Classic Kalahari Explorer Package. There will be ample time for a final morning activity and breakfast. You will be transferred to the airstrip before your flight departs for Maun, where you catch the onward connection to O.R. Tambo International Airport. You will arrive in Johannesburg secure in the knowledge that you have savoured one of the highlights of Africa.


  • Return flight from Johannesburg per scheduled departure
  • Light aircraft flight ex/to Maun
  • Meet and Greet in and out of Maun in a private guest lounge
  • 4 night's in en-suite accommodation
  • All inclusive of all meals and drinks including premier brands (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • All game viewing activities
  • Daily laundry
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