Maun – Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana
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 does not boast a large population at all, and is in fact considered the least visited area in the whole of Botswana. We reach the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in the late afternoon 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 wildlife project run by the community that helps in saving perishing rhinoceroses, as well as teaches the significance of protecting these magnificent animals. We are treated to an open game drive, accompanied by an expert local ranger. During this outing we are educated about the surrounding wildlife and are taught fascinating facts about the animals we spot, as well as the abundant flora. Our final evening on this tour is spent at a lodge where you will enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Stevensford Game Reserve or similar (Twin share room with en-suite facilities)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 700 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11- 12 hours