IT’S A PRIVATE PIECE OF BIG-GAME AFRICA, WHERE THE WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS ARE AUTHENTIC, INTIMATE AND ALWAYS WILD.
We’re all about the wildlife at Hyena Pan. First up is its phenomenal location in Khwai Private Reserve. Positioned between Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Khwai River, our exclusive concession is a meeting point for more animals than you can shake a stick at. Think nomadic herds of elephant and buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dog fiercely defending their territories, as well as kudu, red lechwe and herds of dainty antelope dotted across the plains.
And then there’s the camp itself. From its lofty position amongst a grove of cathedral mopane trees, the eight tents at Hyena Pan look over a watery lagoon of the same name. In the morning, you’ll open your tent flaps straight on to the trumpeting elephant in the lily-filled waters below, spend your siesta watching herds splash and snort, and fall asleep to antelope grazing just outside your canvas walls. This isn’t a place for those looking for opulence and extravagance; it’s a private piece of big-game Africa, where the wildlife encounters are authentic, intimate and always wild.
We’re not exaggerating when we say that Khwai is one of Botswana’s densest, big-game areas. Chobe National Park is just to the north of our little reserve, where dense mopane woodland attracts the world’s largest population of elephant. We’ve heard mutterings of 7,000, but many scientists believe there are nearer 10,000 trunk-swinging pachyderms in the area. And the best bit? There are no barriers and certainly no fences interrupting their movement into Khwai. Lucky us!
Your binos will be buzzing on game drives from Hyena Pan. Giraffe and elephant come from the north, whilst herds of buffalo and zebra migrate from the south, joining the resident hippo who fight fiercely for their space. Out on game drives, you’ll learn the difference between kudu and tsessebe, and distinguish rare roan antelope from the even rarer sable antelope. And don’t get us started on the birdlife; it’s as diverse and multi-coloured as the resident big game.
Then come the big cats. On some Botswana safaris, you enjoy brief glimpses of these predators. But in Khwai, we go one step further. Our guides know exactly where the territorial lines are drawn, and what to find, where. There’s a good chance you’ll see lion on the prowl, leopard slinking through the trees, as well as cheetah and even wild dog.
The flight to Khwai Private Reserve from Maun is approximately 35 minutes, and then it’s an hour-long drive to Hyena Pan from the airstrip. It’s also possible to drive here from Maun, and it takes between three and four hours.
CAMP FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
Botswana Safari Company recommends Hyena Pan for its affordable accommodation and exhilarating game viewing opportunities in the Khwai Private Reserve.
HYENA PAN CAMP RATES
Low Season - January to March 2020 - $460
Shoulder Season - April to June and November 2020 - $590.00
High Season - July to October 2020 - $685.00
Peak Season - August 2020 - $770.00
Fully inclusive - Per person sharing per night - Excludes flights
HYENA PAN IMAGE GALLERY
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