Wild Dog Research
Wake up, grab a coffee and enjoy your last moments at Meno a Kwena. After breakfast you will transfer back to Maun and hop onto a small plane, to continue your adventure into the Okavango Delta. You will be flyting onto the Khwai Private Reserve in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, with a chance to appreciate the beauty of the Okavango Delta along the way.
Khwai Private Reserve has one of the most beautifully iconic landscapes in Botswana. It is 200,000 hectares (770 sq. miles) of pristine wilderness. Mopane woodlands give way to riverine forests and spectacular floodplains with pans (waterholes) and flooded grasslands that wind their way through the KPR from the Khwai River.
You will be staying at Little Sable Camp which offers an intimate and relaxed safari setting – the perfect place to be after an adventurous day on the go. With 8 traditional style tents on raised wooden platforms, each with a private viewing deck, en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower, you’ll love spending time here.
This afternoon you will learn about the important wild dog and predator-focused research program being undertaken by Wild Entrust’s Botswana Predator Conservation program, as well as Natural Selections support of this work.
Enjoy your first night leisurely sitting around the crackling firepit, cocktail in hand.
Khwai Private Reserve
Day 4: As the sun rises you will wake to the beauty of the wilderness. Today you get to enjoy the greatest iconic Okavango Delta experiences.
You’ll spend your day on a morning, afternoon and evening game drive looking for signature wildlife. Khwai has an excellent reputation for sightings of elusive species such as wild dogs, serval cats, honey badgers and you may even spot a pangolin. Jump on a Mokoro and wind your way around the crystal-clear waterways, with abundant bird and plant life.
Day 5: Wake up to a steaming hot cup of coffee and a light breakfast, before heading off. Today we visit Khwai Village, as part of your morning game drive.You’ll get to see first-hand the community work that is being done there, with a visit to the preschool to plant a tree.
Your safari guide will also stop outside the Kgotla to explain its role in the community. After a busy morning you’ll head back to camp for a restful few hours, to enjoy the stillness. Cool down around the pool enjoying the perfect game viewing platform for photogenic opportunities. Or laze in your tent, before heading out again on an afternoon game drive. If you are visiting between June and August, we’ll take you to visit the grass harvesting project en route.
Tonight, a member of the conservation team will talk about how the lodge works hand-in-hand with the local community and how the KPR ranger team monitor wildlife and work closely with the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) on antipoaching.