Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary
We awake early to a hearty breakfast and depart from Maun journeying through the greater Kalahari area via Mopipi, spotting enormous salt pans in the distance. Though it is a pleasant and beautiful drive, Mopipi’s population is rather small and is renowned as the least visited area in Botswana. We reach the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in the late morning and set up camp. In 1989, a few locals wanted to transform the Serowe Pan (formerly a hunting region) into a conservation area for the rhino that have made this place their home. The Pan was decided upon due to its rhino-friendly environment and its close proximity to a Botswana Defence Force base which keeps the area guarded 24/7. Situated on the edge of the massive Kalahari Desert, Khama is a perfect environment for white rhino, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. Khama is a community-based wildlife project that aids the locals and preaches the significance of protecting these creatures.
At noon we are treated to an open game drive, accompanied by an expert local ranger. During this we are educated about the surrounding wildlife and are taught fascinating facts about the animals we see, as well as the abundant flora. Our final evening on this tour is spent at a hotel nearby where we will overnight and enjoy our last dinner on tour.
Trip Highlights: Kalahari Desert fringes, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, open vehicle game drive
Accommodation: Kwa Nokeng or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 700 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11- 12 hours