Kalahari San Tribe Expedition

Kalahari Desert, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta
Repertory Trip: Next Offered March 4-20, 2016

Kalahari San Tribe Expedition route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $11,495  
Length: 17 days
Arrive: Maun, Botswana
Depart: Maun, Botswana
Lodging: 16 nights in beautifully located game lodges and private tented camps
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural adventure with optional hikes, game walks and game tracking by open 4WD vehicle and mokoro (dugout canoe)


  • Encounter the San people in one of the last remote areas of the Kalahari
  • Enjoy incredible gameviewing in the prime habitats of Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta
  • Explore Botswana's dramatic Central Kalahari Game Reserve

It was a wonderful and very interesting trip, a nice mix of camping and lodges.Joanne S.—Philadelphia, PA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  It will be several years before this journey is offered again. Now is the time to go!

This unique expedition brings us deep into the fabled Kalahari to meet the San people, the skilled hunter-gatherers whose African heritage dates back 30,000 years. To sit around the fire in the evening and listen to their songs, and perhaps witness a trance dance, is to travel back in time to the dawn of humankind. In our three days with the San, we stay in full-service tented camps. After our cultural expedition, we head out for a superb gameviewing safari on the jewel-green waterways of the Okavango Delta in Moremi Game Reserve, with its high game densities, in ethereal Xugana Lagoon, the quintessential Delta setting, and in the great Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Cry of the Kalahari fame. On safari, we track game by open vehicle and by dugout canoe in a spectacular array of Botswana’s richest gamelands.

Itinerary at a Glance

For a more complete description, Download Full Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-4
San Tribe / Xai Xai Camp

In very remote Xai Xai village in the Kalahari, our extended stay with the San people of the Ju/’hoansi and Babanderu tribes offers an exclusive chance for a glimpse into the life of hunter-gatherers in the beautiful setting of the Aha Hills. We enjoy dinners around our campfire under the starry sky.

Days 5-7
Nxamaseri / Tsodilo Hills

We travel to the Okavango River and overnight at the intimate Nxamaseri Lodge, then head out to experience the mystery and wonder of Tsodilo, a World Heritage Site. Here thousands of exquisite San rock paintings adorn the stone faces of the hills, chronicling a human presence tens of thousands of years old. The San consider Tsodilo a place of worship and home of their ancestral spirits.

Days 8-9
Okavango Delta / Xugana Lagoon

A spectacular charter flight over a green patchwork of islands brings us to delightful Xugana Lodge, with its comfortable en-suite chalets, open-air dining overlooking the lagoon, and setting sun. It has a perfect locale deep in the Okavango for our game walks and mokoro explorations as we savor the rich Delta ecosystem.

Days 10-12
Moremi Game Reserve / Xakanaxa Camp

We journey by boat to our remote private camp in Moremi, an ornithologist's delight. Moremi hosts almost every species of central and southern Africa’s famous birds, along with game including tsessebe and Burchell's zebra and predators such as lion, wild dog, and spotted hyena.

Days 13
Makgadikgadi National Park

From Laroo Le Tau Bush Lodge, we explore the spectacular desert environment of Makgadikgadi National Park.

Days 14-17
Central Kalahari Game Reserve

We head to this remote and spectacular reserve for splendid gameviewing over dunes and fossil pans, and a chance to see some rare desert species. Depart via Maun on Day 17.

For a more complete description, Download Full Detailed Itinerary

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate. It is a vehicle-based safari with mobile tented camps interspersed with accommodations in permanent tented camps, and will be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. Although the trip is not rigorous, it does involve some long driving days over rough roads and dusty, sandy game tracks, all in a desert environment.

We recommend you undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

About our Private Mobile Camps
Our mobile tented camping safaris in Botswana provide a true bush experience without sacrificing comfort. Our comfortable walk-in tents feature canvas beds, linens, mirror, tent lamps, chairs, and washbasins. Behind each tent is a private, open-air shower and toilet. Our crew sets up camp and prepares all meals. Delicious food is served in a comfortable dining tent. You’ll find camping delight­ful and very comfortable, and you will appreci­ate how close to nature you feel.

Game Drives & Wild Animals
We travel by Toyota 4WD Land Cruiser “go-anywhere” safari vehicles equipped with a refrigerator for cold drinks and a reference library on flora, fauna, and avifauna. They carry five trip members per vehicle, with guaranteed window seating­.

During drives and walks, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no trip can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Explanation of Trip Levels



This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered only every two to five years. This journey will not be offered again for several years. Now is the Time to Go!

Mar 4-20, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$11495 (4-10 members)
Single supplement: $1480
Internal airfare: $810 (subject to change)
Park Fees: $220
more on pricing

Extension Costs
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $3795

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • All accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Services of safari staff
  • All land transportation, airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, round trip flight from Johannesburg to Maun, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors. pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Maun, Botswana. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Maun, Botswana
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Maun, Botswana (airport code MUB) via Johannesburg, South Africa (airport code JNB)
Suggested arrival time: before 5:00 pm

Maun, Botswana
Date: Day 17

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Maun, Botswana (airport code MUB)
Suggested departure time: after 2:00 pm

Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge

Day 1 (1 night), Maun, Botswana

Royal Tree Lodge, set on a game farm outside Maun, features seven spacious, tastefully furnished tents on raised decks, complete with en suite ...
Click here for full description and more photos

Kalahari San Tribes—Mobile Safari Camping

Kalahari San Tribes—Mobile Safari Camping

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Kalahari Desert (Xai Xai),
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Tsodilo Hills,
Days 10 to 12 (3 nights), Moremi Game Reserve,
Days 14 to 16 (3 nights), Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Our safari is a true Hemingway-style mobile safari where we are accompanied by the same camp crew and camping equipment throughout. Our private ...
Click here for full description and more photos

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Nxamaseri Island Lodge

Day 5 (1 night), Okavango Delta, Botswana

Set on a small secluded wooded island in the Okavango Panhandle, Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a prime destination for seeing hippo, crocodile, and the ...
Click here for full description and more photos

Xugana Island Lodge

Xugana Island Lodge

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Okavango Delta, Botswana

Set deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta on the edge of a lovely lagoon, Xugana is the perfect base for exploring Okavango’s ...
Click here for full description and more photos

Leroo Le Tau Bush Camp

Leroo Le Tau Bush Camp

Day 13 (1 night), Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Set on a cliff above a waterhole on the Boteti River, this beautifully appointed, recently renovated lodge is located on the edge of the ...
Click here for full description and more photos

Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


namibia sossusvlei sand dunes

Sossusvlei Dunes Extension

Explore a Legendary Landscape from a Beautiful Wilderness Lodge

Safaris, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

south africa vineyards winelands

Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

johannesburg city skyline south africa

Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

It was a wonderful and very interesting trip, a nice mix of camping and lodges. Joanne S., Philadelphia, PA Wonderful trip and a nice blend of San experience and wildlife viewing. Robert R., Syracuse, NY Probably the best trip I’ve ever taken and a true wilderness experience! Peggy B., Carmel, IN It was a beautifully organized trip and had the perfect balance of culture and game viewing. Barbara R., Syracuse, NY The trip was amazing in every respect; I loved every moment of it and got so much out of it. I was like a sponge just soaking it all up and learning so much. Being with the San was surely the peak intercultural experience I could ever have. I think about them everyday and it was profoundly moving and meaningful and rich for me. Madeleine G., Bellevue, WA
A fabulous trip—well organized with most interesting talks, amazing birds and animals; the San tribe visit and rock art were highlights. The food was beyond fabulous, plenty of it too. Lovat W., Kennett Square, PA Gourmet meals in the bush—who would have guessed! Valerie S., Austin, TX