Hyena Pan Safari Camp
Rustic splendour at a very reasonable price in game-rich Khwai Reserve
Hyena Pan Safari Camp
Hyena Pan is a comfortable and rustic small tented camp in a remote part of the huge Khwai Private Reserve. This vast wilderness area falls within some of Botswana’s finest game viewing areas, with Chobe National Park to the east, and Moremi National Park along the southern region. The camp overlooks a permanent waterhole, which acts as a magnet for a variety of species, particularly during the harsh dry season when water is scarce. Game viewing is superb, and the simplicity of the camp puts the focus firmly on a truly wild safari experience.
At the lodge
The guest area sits on an elevated platform, with an open-sided dining room, bar and comfortable lounge under a high thatched roof. A wooden walkway sweeps along the front of the lodge to a sun trap deck and the all-important fire pit, and the rim flow swimming pool looks directly across the waterhole, for a spot of wildlife-watching as you float. The camp is unfenced and completely open to the bush – elephants are frequent visitors, so be prepared for some close encounters!
Beneath the mopane trees, eight simple but comfortable canvas tents are set along a sandy pathway. Classic safari tents in design, they are surprisingly spacious, with full size twin beds and a charmingly rustic en-suite bathroom and shower at the rear, separated from the bedroom by a canvas screen. There is also a fabulous sleep out platform a short distance from camp, with comfortable beds and mozzie nets, should you feel like getting slightly closer to nature.
This private concession is without the restrictions of a national park and offers the freedom to follow the game as it roams, plus the added bonus of exploring on foot if you wish. Early morning and afternoon game drives consistently produce excellent sightings, including impressive herds of elephant and buffalo, big cats and a huge variety of plains game. African wild dogs are frequently encountered, and night drives offer the exciting possibility of spotting leopard, hyena (of course!) and other nocturnal species.