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Hyena Pan

Lodge 8.5 Rating
Price 690 450 415 415 510 510 567 625 690 625 625 485 485 USD
Jan 7.0
Feb 7.0
Mar 7.5
Apr 7.5
May 8.0
Jun 8.5
Jul 8.5
Aug 8.5
Sep 8.5
Oct 8.0
Nov 7.5
Dec 7.0
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Hyena Pan
is located in the Okavango Khwai area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

At 2100 square kilometres, the Khwai Concession is a relatively large private safari area, even by local standards. Situated to the northeast of the Okavango Delta and bordering Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park and the Linyanti Waterfront areas, the area is largely comprised of dry mopane woodland, with water frontage onto the Khwai River only on its southern boundary. Wildlife is generally focused on the better watered southern sector and the northern water holes during the May/Oct dry season, but disperses into the vast wooded hinterland during the converse Nov/Apr green season.

This relatively simple camp is set 12km north of the river, around a waterhole in the heart of the dry mopane forest in order to take advantage of the wildlife that congregates here, especially during that May/Oct dry season when there are other functioning waterholes in the area.

The camp itself is centred on a very pleasant open-sided main building with lounge and dining areas, as well as a small gift-shop and a modest plunge pool out on the main deck, with steps leading down to a pleasantly earthy camp-fire area. Guest accommodation is in a total of eight comfortable tents accessed by ground level pathways and set up on low decks.

Rather encouragingly there is no phone signal and no wifi facilities, but there is a central charging facility for devices. Children of all ages are welcome although those 0-11 years are required to share with an adult or older sibling.

Activities include vehicle safari and night vehicle safari, with excursions beyond the concession and out into Moremi National Park also being possible. Spending time in camp around the waterhole is a major feature, the elephant and giraffe interaction in particular should be extremely good.

Access to the camp is usually by light aircraft, but unusually the camp can be reached by vehicle from Maun in 3-4 hours, which is a pleasant drive and can save a great deal of money, especially for larger groups.

The main potential downsides are the relative simplicity of the camp, the potential for relatively lower wildlife sightings in the dry mopane forest areas immediately around camp and the lack of walking safari and water-based safari options.

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