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

Gourmet meals in the bush—who would have guessed!Valerie S.—Austin, TX

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.

Early Sign-up Discount!

$500 discount per person for all 2016 departures

Limited to the first six sign-ups per departure. Please note that these special offers cannot be combined with other discounts.

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

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Days 1-4, March 4 - 7, 2016
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, March 8 - 10, 2016
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, March 11 - 12, 2016
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, March 13 - 15, 2016
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, March 16, 2016
Makgadikgadi National Park

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

Days 14-17, March 17 - 20, 2016
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.

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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 cozy beds, linens, tent lamps, and have en suite bathrooms with a toilet, mirror, sink, and hot water shower. 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


Departures & Leaders

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   Adam Hedges

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
Johannesburg Extension
   from: $1095
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $995
Sossusvlei Dunes Extension
   from: $3795

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% 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 to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.

Adam Hedges

Adam Hedges, born in Kenya, began going on safaris during school holidays with his parents. After finishing school and earning his pilot's license, he started work as an apprentice safari guide and later led safaris throughout Kenya and Tanzania. In 1983, he moved to Botswana and began operating some of the first photographic safaris in Botswana. As a member of the executive committee for Botswana's Tourism Association for five years, he became deeply involved with developments in the country's national parks. "I love taking people from developed countries and showing them the beauty and complexity of a true African wilderness. I hope I can increase people's awe of and respect for nature, and give them a better understanding of how it works." Adam continues to travel the length and breadth of sub-Saharan Africa on foot, by vehicle, and in his single-engined Cessna, often with his wife, Brigitte, and their two sons. His passions include flying (especially in his Cessna over the Okavango), walking in the bush among elephants, and paleo-anthropology. He speaks English and Swahili.

Upcoming Trips:

Kalahari San Tribe Expedition, March 4-20, 2016

Client Testimonials:

Adam is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate not only about Botswana, but of Africa, its history, geography, geology, wildlife, and botany. Vicky L., San Rafael, CA
Botswana: Kalahari Explorer
We enjoyed traveling with Adam. He was very professional and his knowledge of the area's history, flora, and fauna was extensive. Peggy F., South Burlington, VT
Kalahari San Tribe Expedition
Adam Hedges was truly the best guide ever—on all of my travels. He enthusiastically shares his love with such zest, and his knowledge and experience is impressively vast. Mary G., Iselworth, UK
Kalahari San Tribes Expedition
Adam Hedges and his whole staff were first-class and the best part of the whole safari. He knowledge and enthusiasm they shared with be with me forever. Diane K., Erie CO
Adam’s leadership and attention to detail made this trip a huge success. Greg S., San Jose CA Adam has my complete confidence as a trip leader. I would recommend him to anyone. John G., Palo Alto CA
Kalahari San Tribes Expedition
Adam was incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of our trip, from the wildlife to the history of Botswana. He taught all of us so many things. Kelly S., San Jose, CA Adam is absolutely THE best. His patience in answering questions, his knowledge of the area, his graciousness, his storytelling—he is a lovely man. Ellen A., Two Harbors MN

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 Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

Gourmet meals in the bush—who would have guessed! Valerie S., Austin, TX 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 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
It was a beautifully organized trip and had the perfect balance of culture and game viewing. Barbara R., Syracuse, NY Probably the best trip I’ve ever taken and a true wilderness experience! Peggy B., Carmel, IN Wonderful trip and a nice blend of San experience and wildlife viewing. Robert R., Syracuse, NY It was a wonderful and very interesting trip, a nice mix of camping and lodges. Joanne S., Philadelphia, PA