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Nxai Pan National Park
You will really enjoy this tour itinerary having the combined city, desert and nature touristic points of Uzbekistan. A good tour for discevering the most popular destinations of Uzbekistan
Canoe down the Belize River and enjoy the wildlife that calls the riverbank home. You will also learn about the history of the river, which used to be a major trading route in historical times.
At the end of each day of paddling, enjoy the sunset from our campsite while our cook prepares you a local meal by the campfire. And if you are adventurous, our guides will take you on a night expedition to see crocodiles while paddling your canoe on the river.
The Belize River was once used as a major trade route, shuttling goods between the Mayan ancient cities both in ancient times and colonial times. The British loggers even used it to transport mahogany tree trunks to the Caribbean Sea.
The Belize River is 180-miles (290km) long, making it the longest river in Belize. It drains more than one-quarter of the country. Also known as the Old River, the river is navigable up to the Guatemalan border.
Sossusvlei is quite simply the main reason many people come to Namibia. Quite remote at 380km away from Walvis Bay, and most of the road is pretty bad. If you can handle our "Namibian Massage", as we jokingly refer to the washboard corrugation of the C14, the scenery is very nice. We pass gravel plains, grassy plains if it has been a good rain year, and through two river passes. Along the way, you may see a variety of wildlife. The most common is Oryx and Ostrich.
We pass through the lonely town of Solitaire. It has amazing food and is a welcome break from the unforgiving road. Once we reach our campsite at the NWR resort of Sesriem we stretch our legs again for a bit. At Sesriem, they have some of the coldest beer in the country, as well as a restaurant. From our base at Sesriem, we can go see the Sesriem canyons, the Elm Dunes of Sossusvlei and the Dead Vlei(Marsh). The word Vlei in Afrikaans means marsh in English, but this specific march only gets water every couple of years, so it is not quite the same meaning as the English word which conjures up images of wetlands. The Dead Vlei was featured in "The Cell" where it was the opening scene for the movie.
The dunes at Sossusvlei are of a much more red appearance than those of the coastal regions, and interspersed with mountainous rock makes for some pretty awesome pictures. "Big Daddy" is the world's highest dune at more than 300m from foot to tip, and is standing next to the Dead Vlei with its mysterious petrified tree stumps and rock hard white clay floor.
Dune 45 is along the road to Sossusvlei and is almost instantly recognizable and a great spot for some photographs. Also in the parking area is the Elm dune, which overlooks grassy plains and the Naukluft mountain range towards the East. Just outside the park is the Sesriem Canyon, access to which is also only on foot. In rainy years there is a little bit of water in the canyon. The rock here is all sedimentary rock, and the formations are quite impressive. We will set up camp for the group, and a Barbecue provides the food for dinner.
On the second day, after breakfast and breaking up the camp early in the morning, we will cover the attractions of the area that we did not get to on the first day, and then it's the long road back home.
This Safari starts in Maun on the morning of the 1st November – we suggest you arrive the day before and overnight at The Old Bridge or Thamalakane River Lodge or similiar.
We collect you around 9am and we drive 136km on the tar road to the Nxai Pan gate at the main road, where we check in and let our tyres down for the sandy road ahead.
On arrival at Nxai Pan, after filling our water, we proceed about 8km to our private camp site, where we have lunch as the staff set up our camp.We will spend 3 nights here, the Waterhole will be the main focus of attention here, the only water for many kilometres around giving us stunning sunset photographic opportunities. We will have game drives and spend time at the waterhole watching the numerous animal comings and goings – and hopefully Eagles and Vultures will come to drink as well as numerous other bird species. On one day we will take a picnic lunch to Baines Baobabs, a special place worth seeing!
On the 4th of November our camp gets packed up as we have our early morning game drive, we return for bacon and egg sandwiches and after hooking up trailer drive back out of Nxai Pan and after a short distance on the tar road turn into Makgadikgadi Pans NP. Here we drive an hour and a half to Khumaga where we set up in the Public Camp site, above the flowing Boteti River. We stay here for a further 3 nights and will explore this interesting area extensively. The Boteti River was dry for 18 years but started flowing again 5 years ago. The water attracts 1,000’s of Zebra as well as numerous water birds, birds of prey and many animals. Although you feel really in the wild here the proximity of the village means that we get cell phone reception here, strange being in the bush!
After 3 nights we again pack up and cross the Boteti River by ferry and carry on from Khumaga Village down the tar road to Rakops – where we stop for diesel and wood. We then drive 45km on a reasonable sand road to Matswiri Gate, entrance to the CKGR (Central Kalahari Game Reserve). After checking in here we proceed another 45km to Deception Valley where we set up camp in an undeveloped operators site nearby. We will have 3 more nights here and depending on game activity, extensively cover the area between Sunday Pan and Letiahau water hole. The rain will be due to start any time now cloud formations can be stunning, the Kalahari skies will humble you! I have been in the Kalahari for the first thunderstorm of the year and it was amazing – I am hoping we will be so lucky.
On the 10th November we return to Maun – if you are continuing the trip with us you will overnight at The Old Bridge Backpackers or Thamalakane River Lodge.
A Mystical Night Filled with Awe and Wonder. For sure the adrenaline rush was still in your body after the thrilling safari by day. Therefore, Liwa safari overnight is here to cradle your night.
Accompanied by our skillful guides take a rest to our portable shelter supported by poles and let the firewood warms your body while savoring the smell of BBQ for dinner.
As the night deeper, the stars become brighter. The twinkle of the stars will be your entertainer by creating imagination and dreams in your mind. You will realize what a tiny place you have occupied in this world while awing and wondering in the universe.
The Arabic coffee aroma wakes you up from your dream. Start your day with breakfast while watching the sun how it changes the colour and mood of the desert.
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