Set Departure Safari

7 Days Kalahari Participation Safari

"Explore everything the Kalahari has to offer within 7 days."
Price 0 USD * (See price tab)
When to Go
All Year
6 Nights
Safari Type
Mobile Safari
Central Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans, Maun

This safari offers an insight into comprehensive and broad travelling experience throughout Central Kalahari Game reserve. It is ideal for the adventure enthusiast offering breathtaking scenery and desert wildlife.

This 7 day safari through the Kalahari starts in Maun, from where you travel 120 km southwest to the Kalahari. During this trip minimal help from the guests is required, which means that you for example carry your own luggage or help to set up the tents. Along the way it provides a wonderful sense of community.

Your first destination is the Deception Valley Private Reserve, which is located on the border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Here you will spend 2 nights and dive deep into the cultures of the San Bushman living here and learn a lot about nature and the animals, which are absolutely perfectly adapted to the desert conditions. Besides oryx antelopes, springboks and eland antelopes, with a bit of luck you may also get to see lions, hyenas and cheetahs.

Continue to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve where you will spend another two nights. The endless expanses of untouched desert nature, small and big wonders of nature, beautiful sunrises and clear nights revealing absolutely breathtaking starry skies await you. You will do some game drives to explore the region and get as many impressions as possible.

The third destination of this trip is the Boteti River on the edge of the Magkadikgadi National Park. Among other things, this region is famous for its very curious meerkat colony, which have already used one or the other tourist as a vantage point. Also through the Magkadikgadi National Park you will undertake game drives to get to know the flora and fauna of this unique national park.


  • Game Drives in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Learn about the San Bushman culture
  • 1 night in a comfortable lodge in the Makgadikgadi area
  • Learn interesting facts about the desert adapted creatures

map and overview

  • 2 nights Deception Valley Private Reserve
  • 3 nights Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • 1 night in the in the Makgadikgadi area

start dates

7 December 2023 - 13 December 2023
4 January 2024 - 10 January 2024
1 February 2024 - 7 February 2024
29 February 2024 - 6 March 2024
28 March 2024 - 3 April 2024
24 April 2024 - 30 April 2024
2 May 2024 - 8 May 2024
16 May 2024 - 22 May 2024
23 May 2024 - 29 May 2024
6 June 2024 - 12 June 2024
9 June 2024 - 15 June 2024
20 June 2024 - 26 June 2024
30 June 2024 - 6 July 2024
4 July 2024 - 10 July 2024
14 July 2024 - 20 July 2024
18 July 2024 - 24 July 2024
28 July 2024 - 3 August 2024
1 August 2024 - 7 August 2024
11 August 2024 - 17 August 2024
15 August 2024 - 21 August 2024
25 August 2024 - 31 August 2024
29 August 2024 - 4 September 2024
8 September 2024 - 14 September 2024
12 September 2024 - 18 September 2024
22 September 2024 - 28 September 2024
26 September 2024 - 2 October 2024
6 October 2024 - 12 October 2024
20 October 2024 - 26 October 2024
24 October 2024 - 30 October 2024
3 November 2024 - 9 November 2024
7 November 2024 - 13 November 2024
5 December 2024 - 11 December 2024

detailed itinerary

Day 1 – 2: Kalahari Private Reserve, camping

The safari begins in Maun where your guide will meet you at 07h30 at your lodge. You will travel 120km to a private reserve on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Upon arrival you will set up camp and have a safari briefing. Wild camping. (Day 1 – L, D)

You will explore the area for the next two days, enjoying game drives and participate in a nature walk led by a local San tracker. They will share intricate bush knowledge and give you an insight into their unique and intriguing culture. You will also do game drives to explore the area, home to a fascinating variety of desert specialised wildlife such as oryx, springbok and eland as well as predators including lion, brown hyena and cheetah. Savour the vast open spaces, clear night skies and uninterrupted beauty.  (Day 2 – B, L, D)

Maun – Kalahari Private Reserve (northern border CKGR): 120km, 4h

Overnight: Camping site in Deception Valley Private Reserve

Day 3 - 5: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, camping

You will wake up as the sun rises and head toward the pristine wilderness of the largest game reserve in Botswana. The next three days will be spent exploring the undeveloped wilderness of the northern region of the Kalahari. Camping is in a private designated campsite with bush ablutions. (B, L, D)

Kalahari Private Reserve – Central Kalahari Game Reserve: 80km, 3-4h (including game drive)

Overnight: Camping site in Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Day 6: Makgadikgadi, comfortable lodge

This is your last morning in the Kalahari, after breaking camp you will do a slow drive to the Makgadikgadi area. You will spend the night at a camp on oasis on the edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park, overlooking the Boteti River in Khumaga village. Enjoy an afternoon game drive into Makgadikgadi National Park. (B,L,D)

Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Boteti River Camp: 180km, 4-5h (including game drive)

Overnight: Boteti River Camp or similar 


After an early morning breakfast you will make your way to Maun. The safari officially ends at 10h30 for 11h00 on Day 7 at Maun Airport. Bush Ways can assist with your onward travel arrangements. (B)

Boteti River Camp – Maun Airport 180km, 2.5h


Description: camping safari requiring a minimum participation from the guests, i.e.: setting up the tent and packing it / carrying their bag from/to vehicle at campsites. The rest of the camp chores are carried out by our team made up of one guide and one camp assistant.

Equipment: Tents are 2.1m x 2.1m x 1.75m. A 5cm high density foam mattress is provided for each guest. Ablutions are shared and bush ablutions set up by our team when staying in game reserves and national park campsites.

Vehicle: 4×4 safari vehicles custom-built by Bush Ways – custom built trailers.

# of guests: Max 12 pax – No minimum pax required, safari is guaranteed once Bush Ways has accepted and confirmed a departure.


Prices 2023:

Low season: 1420,- EUR per person sharing

High season: 1450,- EUR per person sharing

Prices 2024:

Low season: 1460,- EUR per person sharing

High season: 1490,- EUR per person sharing


Price includes:

Camping Accommodation and equipment (spacious bow tents with mattresses), rooms at a comfortable lodge in Khumaga, all transfers and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L –lunch, D – dinner) and filtered drinking water, tea/coffees, services of a Professional Guide and Camp Assistant, all Botswana park fees for activities included on itinerary and transport in specialised safari vehicles.


Does not include:

Restaurant meals, visas, airport transfers, tips, curios, optional excursions, beverages (alcohol, soft drinks), Insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping sectors, any increase in National Park Fees.

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