8-DAY CHEETAH & BIG CAT TRAILS IN BOTSWANA’S GAME RESERVES

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OVERVIEW

This eight-day Botswana trip is dedicated to those in love with cats! On this adventure, you’ll focus your attention mostly on lions, cheetahs, and leopards. You shall appreciate other game as you move from park to park.

You’ll enjoy rustic-style accommodation in the tented camps with the opportunity to sleep under the stars at night and enjoy your meals around an African campfire. The Nxai Pan National Park is a national park in north-eastern Botswana, consisting of Nxai Pan, which is one of the Makgadikgadi Pan salt flats.

Day 1: Arrival in Maun & Game Drive
Day 2: Game Drive & Sightseeing in Nxai Pans
Day 3: Travel to Moremi Game Reserve
Day 4: Moremi Game Reserve Exploration
Day 5: Beginning of Xakanaka Tour & Excursions
Day 6: Game Drive, Sightseeing in Xakanaxa & Xini Lagoons in Moremi Game Reserve
Day 7: Game Drive & Sightseeing in Khwai Concession
Day 8: Departure, Transfer to Maun & End of Botswana Trip

DURATION

8 days, 7 nights

DESTINATIONS

Botswana: North-West District, Maun, Ngamiland South District, Tutume

TRAVELLERS

1 traveller

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INCLUDED

– 7 nights accommodation
– 14 activities
– 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
– Airport transfer
– Entrance fees
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MAUN & GAME DRIVE
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You’ll arrive at the airport and be met by your driver. You’ll have a quick brief about the Botswana trip and drive straight to Nxai Pan for your first game drive. En route, you’ll enjoy a delicious packed lunch. Later, you’ll embark on an afternoon game drive to spot some of the many wildlife species that
inhabit this game-rich area. Around 6 pm, you’ll head back to the camp, have dinner and sit around the fire trading stories about the days’ activities.

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Off-Road

11:00 to 15:00

From: Maun Airport
To: Nxai Pan
On arrival in Maun, you will be picked up by your tour guide and you will have a chance to change your currency and do some shopping before proceeding in to Nxai Pans, which is about 230 kilometres from Maun.

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Xakanaxa Campsites

13:00 to 13:30
30 minutes

Xakanaxa Camp is in a prime location on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of the  Moremi Game Reserve. It offers a year-round authentic water safari experience which makes it very popular with travellers to the area.

Whilst you eat at the campsite at Xakanaxa, you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds of nature with birds chirping and leaves rustling in the bush. Xakanaxa campsite has three regular visitors, in the form of elephant bulls who come by to graze on the acacia and marula trees, so you may be lucky enough to see them during your meal.

Address: Botswana

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Nxai Pan Afternoon Game Drive

15:00 to 18:00
3 hours

Enjoy a fabulous game drive in the Nxai Pans National Park.

This national park is home to elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, Cape wild dog, jackal, hyena, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, and honey badger. You will explore the south camp and the eastern parts of the park.

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Address: Nxai Pan, Botswana

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Fully-Serviced Camping in Nxai Pan

18:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 3)
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Camping in bow tents with ablution and full camping gear. Camps are set up prior to arrival by the staff. You will have access to hot showers and personal portable toilet. A campfire will remain burning throughout the day.

Address: Nxai Pan, Botswana

DAY 2: GAME DRIVE & SIGHTSEEING IN NXAI PANS
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This morning will be filled with game viewing in Nxai Pans, one in the morning and one in the evening. You will be able to see a large variety of animals such as elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, Cape wild dog, jackal, hyena, bat-eared fox, aardwolf,
and honey badger. During your free time, you can relax at the camp or explore Nxai Pans.

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Nxai Pans Morning Game Drive

07:30 to 12:00
4 hours 30 minutes

Enjoy a fabulous game drive in the Nxai Pans National Park. This national park is home to elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, Cape wild dog, jackal, hyena, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, and honey badger. You will explore the south camp and the eastern parts of the park.

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Address: Nxai Pan, Botswana

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Free Time in Maun

13:00 to 15:00
2 hours

You’ll have a chance to explore the Maun area. You can take a walk around the river, doing some kayaking or even do some shopping. This is your time to relax and enjoy the culture and nature of the area on this Botswana holiday.

Address: Maun, Botswana

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Nxai Pan Afternoon Game Drive

15:15 to 18:00
2 hours 45 minutes

Enjoy a fabulous game drive in the Nxai Pans National Park. This national park is home to elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, Cape wild dog, jackal, hyena, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, and honey badger. You will explore the south camp and the eastern parts of the park.

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Address: Nxai Pan, Botswana

DAY 3: TRAVEL TO MOREMI GAME RESERVE
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This morning, after a campsite breakfast, you’ll travel from Nxai Pans to Moremi Game Reserve where you can find a diverse spectrum of wildlife. Large herds of animals make their way from the dry Kalahari Desert in search of both food and water here. You’ll make a stopover in Maun for supplies before proceeding to the campsite in the Moremi Game Reserve.

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Nxai Pans Morning Game Drive

06:30 to 10:00
3 hours 30 minutes

Enjoy a fabulous game drive in the Nxai Pans National Park. This national park is home to elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, kudu, springbok, impala, ostrich, Cape wild dog, jackal, hyena, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, and honey badger. You will explore the south camp and the eastern parts of the park.

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Address: Nxai Pan, Botswana

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Off-Road

10:00 to 11:45

From: Nxai Pan
To: Moremi Game Reserve
Travel from Nxai Pans into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

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Moremi Wildlife Reserve Game Drive

13:30 to 17:00
3 hours 30 minutes

Moremi Game Reserve becomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods, attracting much wildlife to the area. On land, there are wildlife such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, elephants, and buffalo. There are many species of birds and antelope such as impala, red lechwe, waterbuck and
kudu. You will have the chance to spot them grazing for food and relaxing in the African heat. Lookout for hippos and crocodiles by the waterways and take in the natural beauty of the acacia and baobab trees and dot the landscape.

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Address: Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

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Camping Xakanaxa Campsites

17:00 check-in
07:00 check-out (Day 5)
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Camping in the Khwai Concession Campsites, you will be situated in the Okavango Delta. Ensuite ablutions with hot shower are at your disposal. In the
evening, you can enjoy a fire-lit campsite under the bright moon or stars.

Address: Khwai, Botswana

DAY 4: MOREMI GAME RESERVE EXPLORATION
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Today, you’ll enjoy the day exploring the vast vegetation and wildlife in the Moremi area. You will enjoy a boat cruise in the morning – this method of transport allows you to reach areas far and wide in the park. Later, this is followed by a game drive in the afternoon where you will seek out more of Africa’s wild creatures.

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Moremi Game Reserve by Boat

08:30 to 10:30
2 hours

Moving from wetland to dryland – traversing the meandering palm, papyrus fringed waterways, thick in woodland and rich in wildlife – reveals the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world.

Enjoy a boat cruise in the Moremi Game Reserve to reach areas far and wide in the park. You will be able to see hippos, crocodiles, many species of birds, and possibly an elephant bathing or crossing.

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Address: Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

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Afternoon Game Drive in Moremi Game Reserve

15:00 to 18:00
3 hours

You’ll enjoy game driving in the Moremi Game Reserve. Look out for water lilies, tall palm trees and exciting wildlife including elephants and antelopes.

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Address: Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

DAY 5: BEGINNING OF XAKANAKA TOUR & EXCURSIONS
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This morning, you’ll continue your Botswana trip with a hearty breakfast followed by today’s game drive. You’ll head back to camp after another successful session of animal spotting and relax before lunch is served. At around 3 pm, you will have high tea then do the afternoon game drive. You could also choose to do the optional boat cruise. Around 6 pm, you’ll head back to the camp, refresh before you have dinner and sit around the fire and enjoy the stars.

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Moremi Wildlife Reserve Morning Game Drive

07:00 to 12:00
5 hours

Moremi Game Reserve becomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods, attracting much wildlife to the area. On land, there are wildlife such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, elephants, and buffalo. There are many species of birds and antelope such as impala, red lechwe, waterbuck and
kudu. You will have the chance to spot them grazing for food and relaxing in the African heat.

Lookout for hippos and crocodiles by the waterways and take in the natural beauty of the acacia and baobab trees and dot the landscape.

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Address: Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

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Afternoon Game Drive in Moremi Game Reserve

15:00 to 18:00
3 hour

You’ll enjoy game driving in the Moremi Game Reserve. Look out for water lilies, tall palm trees and exciting wildlife including elephants and antelopes.

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Address: Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

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Camping Xakanaxa Campsites

18:00 check-in
08:00 check-out (Day 6)
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Camping in the Khwai Concession Campsites, you will be situated in the Okavango Delta. Ensuite ablutions with hot shower are at your disposal. In the
evening, you can enjoy a fire-lit campsite under the bright  moon or stars.

Address: Khwai, Botswana

DAY 6: GAME DRIVE, SIGHTSEEING IN XAKANAXA & XINI LAGOONS IN MOREMI GAME RESERVE
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The perfect base from which to explore the sounds of the South Island including Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound, today you’ll spend the day in Te Anau. Situated next to spectacular Lake Te Anau and surrounded by the Fiordland National Park, the Te Anau Golf Club is a hidden gem and one of New Zealand’s most picturesque golf courses. Today, you’ll have the chance to tee off at the 18-hole challenging par 72 courses with the unique view of the majestic mountain scenery.

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Xakanaxa Morning Game Drive

08:00 to 12:45
4 hours 45 minutes

Moremi Game Reserve becomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods, attracting much wildlife to the area. On land, there are wildlife such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, elephants, and buffalo. There are many species of birds and antelope such as impala, red lechwe, waterbuck and
kudu. You will have the chance to spot them grazing for food and relaxing in the African heat.

Lookout for hippos and crocodiles by the waterways and take in the natural beauty of the acacia and baobab trees and dot the landscape.

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Address: Xakanaxa, Botswana

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Afternoon Game Drive in Moremi Game Reserve

14:45 to 18:00
3 hours 15 minutes

You’ll enjoy game driving in the Moremi Game Reserve. Look out for water lilies, tall palm trees and exciting wildlife including elephants and antelopes.

Address: Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

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Camping Xakanaxa Campsites

19:00 check-in
07:00 check-out (Day 8)
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Camping in the Khwai Concession Campsites, you will be situated in the Okavango Delta. Ensuite ablutions with hot shower are at your disposal. In the
evening, you can enjoy a fire-lit campsite under the bright moon or stars.

Address: Khwai, Botswana

DAY 7: GAME DRIVE & SIGHTSEEING IN KHWAI CONCESSIO
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Today brings one of the top wildlife experiences in one of the most loved places in the Botswana wildlife destinations. You’ll catch up with the Big 5 and more amazing game and landscaping. There are stable populations of large predators such as lion and spotted hyena found here. If you are really lucky, you may also spot one of the elusive leopards.

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Fiordland Helicopters Dusky & Doubtful Sound Heli-Experience

10:00 to 11:45
1 hour 45 minutes

Moving from wetland to dryland – traversing the meandering palm, papyrus fringed waterways, thick in woodland and rich in wildlife – reveals the many facets of this unique ecosystem, the largest intact inland delta in the world.

Enjoy a boat cruise in the Khwai Concession to reach areas far and wide in the park. You will be able to see hippos, crocodiles, many species of birds, and possibly an elephant bathing or crossing.

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Address: Khwai, Botswana

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Khwai Concession Game Drive

15:00 to 18:00
3 hours

Khwai Concession in the Moremi Game Reserve becomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods, attracting much wildlife to the area.

On land, there are wildlife such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, elephants, and buffalo. There are many species of birds and antelope such as impala, red lechwe, waterbuck and kudu. You will have the chance to spot them grazing for food and relaxing in the African heat.

Lookout for hippos and crocodiles by the waterways and take in the natural beauty of the acacia and baobab trees and dot the landscape.

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Address: Khwai, Botswana

DAY 8: DEPARTURE, TRANSFER TO MAUN & END OF BOTSWANA TRIP
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This morning, you’ll enjoy your campfire breakfast, then pack up the camp and do your final game drive with a packed lunch en-route to Maun and the airport.

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Khwai Concession Morning Game Drive

07:00 to 09:45
2 hours 45 minutes

Khwai Concession becomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods, attracting much wildlife to the area. On land, there are wildlife such as lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs, elephants, and buffalo. There are many species of birds and antelope such as impala, red lechwe, waterbuck and kudu.

You will have the chance to spot them grazing for food and relaxing in the African heat. Lookout for hippos and crocodiles by the waterways and take
in the natural beauty of the acacia and baobab trees and dot the landscape.

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Address: Khwai, Botswana

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Off-Road

10:00 to 13:00

From: Khwai
To: Maun
Your driver will transport you to the airport for your flight or to your next destination.