Central Kalahari Eco 2019

Overview

I have been to Central Kalahari three times this year, and man oh man, it was good.

The Central seems to always produce something special. On my first round we had close Honey Badger foraging footage at Sundays. Two Aardwolf also at Sundays. A Caracal, African wild cat, cheetah at deception, three lovely lions at Passarge and loads of animals. The summer elephant visitors are even still around.

So the time of year pays a big role. My favourite time is just at the end of the wet season. Feb, March, April. The Central is green and lush with plenty of animals on the plains. Giraffe, oryx, wildebeest and springbok. The roads are sometimes wet and you might get a rainstorm or two but there is no dust and the park is brimming with life. I use the dry roads and avoid mud where possible.

This tour I keep small and exclusive, first come first served, we are only allowed a small number of people in our group in the park.

The Itinerary

Day 1.

We meet at our campsite near Kang in Botswana for our first night.

Day 2.

After breakfast we set off towards Central Kalahari and make our way on the sand road to Xade gate. There is a nice waterhole and probably some Elephants in the area. 

Day 3.

After breakfast we head to Piper pan, probably my most favourite campsite in Central. Here we take a day off and enjoy any possible and spectacular night sky thunder storm activity. It is an awesome experience.

Day 4.

We have the day to relax, so if you wanted to do a potjie or a big brunch this is it. We will go for a drive around the pans and look for the resident lions. I have seen them from the campsite on both of my last trips to the pan.

Day 5

We pack up and move on to the Passarge valley area. This is where the lion photos above was taken.

Day 6.

From Passarge we move up to Sunday pan where I often see the illusive Aardwolf and spend our last night in the park.

Day 7.

We exit the park and head towards Rakops. From here you could do a Maun detour if you wanted, but we are heading back south towards Serowe for our last night.

Day 8.

Early morning I head back to Johannesburg

Tour specific comments

Vehicle:

A normal 4×4 with low range as you buy them from the shop floor. No special kit required.

Drivers:

No experience required, I personally guide the tour and will give you everything you need as we go.

Towing:

It is a bit sandy but, if you want to you are welcome to bring a trailer or off road van.

Other:

Our 5 nights in the park has no water or power, so please bring your own. Water you need about 5 litre pp per day. 

Here is a video of the route

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