A Spot of Romance

DESERTS & DELTAS

Botswana is undeniably romantic. Think game drives across wildlife-dotted plains, mokoro safaris down gin-clear waterways, and a sense of adventure that can only come from being so close to the animals you see in storybooks. If that sounds like your sort of thing, then read on for the ultimate honeymoon adventure, Natural Selection-style…

First of all, we’ll whisk you off to Khwai Private Reserve, a luscious land of magical forests and emerald-green plains, and Tuludi, our newest camp that’s just made for two. Then, it’s time to visit the shimmering salt pans of the Makgadikgadi where you’ll discover the otherwordly landscapes alongside expert Bushmen trackers, chill out with the resident meerkats and fall asleep under the billowing white canvas of the tents at San Camp. Magic.

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Price from:

From $9,951

Duration:

6 nights / 7 days

Departure Dates:

01 July - 15 Oct

Min / Max Group Size

Enquire with reservations

Trip Begins / Ends

Maun / Maun, Botswana

Includes Mobile Camping:

No

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Marvel at the lunar-like scenery of the Makgadikgadi and revel in the peace and serenity of the mysterious landscapes.
  • Take some time out from activities and chill out by the swimming pool at Tuludi or head to the yoga pavilion at San for a practise with a difference!
  • Enjoy traditional game drives alongside mokoro trips and walking safaris in the Khwai Private Game Reserve.
  • Be one of the first to stay at Tuludi, our luxurious new Delta hideaway with all the bells and whistles.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $9,951 per person sharing (based on a minimum of 2 people travelling). Single supplements apply for groups of 3 and above. Please contact reservations for single traveller pricing, as rates will vary. Please note that the price is dependent on actual travel dates. Prices are valid until 31 December 2019. NB Tuludi opens in July 2019. 

Included: Accommodation, all meals & local beverages, all light aircraft and road transfers to and from Maun, all light aircraft and road transfers between camps, guest laundry, daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT.

Excluded: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.

Child Policy: Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Please contact reservations for child pricing and policies.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available at Tuludi, but not at San Camp.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.

 

When to Go & What to Pack

The green season is from January until March; the high season runs from July until October, and the shoulder seasons are from April to June, and November through to January (excluding Christmas and New Year).

Please note that San Camp is only open from April to October, in the dry winter months. It’s at this time that the Makgadikgadi Pans are at their iconic, desert best and activities like quad-biking can be done. If you’d like to travel in the summer season (November to March), please contact us for different accommodation options – both Jack’s Camp and Camp Kalahari are open year-round.

In the cooler, winter months, it’s worth popping a light jacket or warm sweater into your bag – it can get chilly in the evenings! A scarf or a wrap can also come in useful, as can warm shoes and socks. Other than that, your normal safari wardrobe will be fine (and remember your swimming kit if you fancy a dip at either San or Tuludi).

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Highlights

  • Marvel at the lunar-like scenery of the Makgadikgadi and revel in the peace and serenity of the mysterious landscapes.
  • Take some time out from activities and chill out by the swimming pool at Tuludi or head to the yoga pavilion at San for a practise with a difference!
  • Enjoy traditional game drives alongside mokoro trips and walking safaris in the Khwai Private Game Reserve.
  • Be one of the first to stay at Tuludi, our luxurious new Delta hideaway with all the bells and whistles.

The Essentials

Pricing Information: From $9,951 per person sharing (based on a minimum of 2 people travelling). Single supplements apply for groups of 3 and above. Please contact reservations for single traveller pricing, as rates will vary. Please note that the price is dependent on actual travel dates. Prices are valid until 31 December 2019. NB Tuludi opens in July 2019. 

Included: Accommodation, all meals & local beverages, all light aircraft and road transfers to and from Maun, all light aircraft and road transfers between camps, guest laundry, daily activities, expert guiding, park entrance fees & VAT.

Excluded: Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive travel insurance.

Child Policy: Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Please contact reservations for child pricing and policies.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available at Tuludi, but not at San Camp.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be fully customised.

 

When to Go & What to Pack

The green season is from January until March; the high season runs from July until October, and the shoulder seasons are from April to June, and November through to January (excluding Christmas and New Year).

Please note that San Camp is only open from April to October, in the dry winter months. It’s at this time that the Makgadikgadi Pans are at their iconic, desert best and activities like quad-biking can be done. If you’d like to travel in the summer season (November to March), please contact us for different accommodation options – both Jack’s Camp and Camp Kalahari are open year-round.

In the cooler, winter months, it’s worth popping a light jacket or warm sweater into your bag – it can get chilly in the evenings! A scarf or a wrap can also come in useful, as can warm shoes and socks. Other than that, your normal safari wardrobe will be fine (and remember your swimming kit if you fancy a dip at either San or Tuludi).

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Arrive at Tuludi, Khwai Private Reserve

Today, you’ll fly from Maun to our private airstrip in Khwai and arrive at Tuludi in time for an afternoon game drive, sundowners and all.

Days 2 & 3: Tuludi, Khwai Private Reserve

These days are yours to explore the magical reserve as you wish, on mokoro safaris, game drives or walking safaris.

Day 4: Transfer to San Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans

Swap the luscious landscapes of Khwai for the salt-baked earth of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Home for the next few nights is San Camp, an impossibly romantic camp where the magic is in the minimalism.

Days 5 & 6: San Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans

If you can tear yourself away from camp, explore the pans on quad bikes, on foot with the Bushmen, on game drives, or even atop a horse! And the swimming pool awaits when you return home…

Day 7: Return to Maun for your onward flight

Today, you’ll transfer back to Maun for your onward flight.

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Accommodations

Tuludi is a brand-new camp for 2019, located in the heart of the Khwai Reserve in a landscape fit for a fairy-tale. The tree-house style rooms are shaded by the boughs of cool leadwood trees and the sophisticated interiors mix the contemporary with the traditional. It’s an exclusive oasis that you’ll be delighted to return to after a day exploring the extraordinary ecosystem.

San Camp is one of the most wonderfully romantic camps on the continent. Nine tents, enveloped by billowing white canvas and flowing linen, look out over the shimmering expanse of salt ahead and each has a perfectly-private veranda from which to enjoy it from. At the main area, cakes and scones are piled high on brass platters, G&Ts are served in crystal glasses, and the water of the swimming pool sparkles invitingly…

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Wildlife

In Khwai Private Reserve, fasten your seatbelt for the safari ride of a lifetime! Buffalo congregate in their hundreds, antelope pick their way through the grass and there’s a predator just about every direction you glance in. There will also be the chance to sit back and watch super-herds of elephant as they splish and splash by the water – and watch out for crocodile lurking in the shallows, and hippo jostling for territory.

You might think at first glance that not a soul could survive in the bizarre environment of the Makgadikgadi – but spend a few days here and you’ll uncover a myriad of wildlife. Meerkats pop up from the desert dust, nomadic elephant wander and Kalahari, black-maned lion can sometimes be found, wandering further afield. One of the icons of the pan is the brown hyena. The third rarest carnivore in Africa, they are animals that are almost impossible to see anywhere else on the continent.

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