Makgadikgadi: A Quad Bike Safari in Remotest Botswana

If the thought of a traditional safari makes you yawn, the Makgadikgadi Pans should get your attention. Far away from the well-trodden routes of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, this is an invitation Now’s your chance to swap rolling bush and floodplains for salt flats and isolation in remotest Botswana.

luxury in the desert

You’ll begin your alternative safari sipping tea in the luxurious 1920’s style Jack’s Camp. This may be camping, but it’s far from roughing it. Every detail, from the cool cotton sheets you sleep in, to the Persian rugs underfoot makes this camp unique. The surprises don’t stop there either, with the Makgadikgadi Pans also throwing up their fair share of unusual wildlife. Early the next morning, we’ll pull you out of bed to meet the watchmen of the desert, the meerkats. On these crisp mornings, you may find yourself with a meerkat snuggling up to you for warmth, or using your head as a sentry lookout post.

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The up-close experiences don’t stop there either as you also track hyena and wildebeest over the scorched, white earth. From there, you’ll then be blazing across vast lunar expanses on a quad bike en route to your next stop: Kubu island.

Visit to Kubu Island

Home of ancient bloated baobab trees and the largest flamingo colony in the world, Kubu island is an eerie, mystical place. Discover ancient fossil beaches and mysterious stone walls guaranteed to amaze. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, before snuggling down into your luxury roll matt and duvet under the star-spangled sky. The next morning, you’ll jump on your quad and head back to Jack’s Camp across the stunning Makgadikgadi salt-pans. With no visual landmarks, you’ll quickly start to lose perspective, and become totally reliant on your expert zoologist guide.

Indigenous experience

All that adventure – and the journey’s not over yet. You’re still to meet indigenous Bushmen trackers who’ll teach you how they survive in this harshest of environments. Breaking all the safari norms, Jack’s Camp and the five day Kubu Island experience is like nothing you’ve seen before. You really have to do it to believe it.