KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA (KHWAI DEVELOPMENT TRUST)
The Okavango river rises in the highlands of Angola, flows through the Caprivi Strip and disperses itself in a great big floodplain in Ngamiland, commonly known as the Okavango Delta. It is truly one of the most beautiful places in Africa, with its meandering waterways, islands of tall majestic trees and its unbelievable wildlife. One of these myriad of channels flows through an area known as the Khwai River, meandering through some of the driest elephant country. An absolute oasis in itself – it is visited by a huge variety of animals and is well known for good sightings of wild dog, leopard and big elephant herds. The bird life along the edges gives one a window of wild fowl, from many different type of duck to raptors drinking or preening their feathers after a dip into the shallow edges. Hippo are ever present and it is common to see huge crocodile basking in the sun on some grassy patch close to the water’s edge. Moremi Game Reserve borders the Khwai River on the opposite bank and lion prides walk or swim freely at the shallow crossings, following the herds of game, like impala or zebra in the area.
Day 1. KHWAI COMMUNITY AREA
Arrive in Maun via Air Botswana or SA Airlink (daily flights from Johannesburg, usually arriving in Maun around mid-dayThere are daily flights between Johannesburg and Maun.
A representative/pilot from Mack Air will be there to meet you off your scheduled flight, to fly you to the nearest airstrip to your camp listed on the itinerary. A mobile safari camp will have been fully established prior to your arrival. You will be met by our guide and shown to your comfortable tent. Sundowners on the Khwai River as you watch your first African sunset. Elephant are silhouetted against the orange light of a fading sun and the clouds reflect a surreal light across the landscape.
Up early to have tea/coffee with fresh camp bread, cheese platter or fresh fruit salad and then to go out on the morning game drive. Lion calls heard through the night dictate a lot of the drives and following fresh lion tracks can be very exciting. We take a tea, coffee and refreshment hamper with us for a short stop mid-morning. We return to camp between 11:00 am – 12:00 am, where a brunch, which is a combination of breakfast and lunch, awaits you. After brunch, siesta or simply take an an opportunity to read, write up your safari journal or review the day’s photographs until 3:30 pm. Tea & Coffee, with sweet and savoury snacks and freshly baked camp bread, is served before the afternoon game drive.
Game drives in the morning and afternoon, exploring further afield in search of receding flood plains and the bird life it has to offer.
Another day in paradise, looking and listening to the continual sights and sounds of the bush. Stopping under a shady tree, we watch hippos or crocodiles in the water, herons stalking their prey in the shallows, or the antics of monkeys nearby. A troop of baboon forage as they miraculously escape the beady eyes of crocodile. Wild dog can appear as in a blink of an eye, as they run past the vehicle in pursuit of an impala. Game drives are a pleasure and a relaxing way to take in all that nature around us offers. After brunch, we will ask you to pack your bags through siesta time so that while we are out on a short game drive tomorrow morning, the staff can drop the tents and load up the camp. This will be our last evening in Khwai.
Early start to catch a strolling leopard or explore the direction of lion calls from the night before. After a short morning game drive, a hearty brunch before flying back to Maun in time to catch your scheduled airline for your onward connections. Please note the cost of these air charters is not included in the daily tariff.