Hyena Pan

Khwai Private Reserve, Botswana

Overview

Located in one of Botswana’s densest big-game areas, Hyena Pan is an exceptional safari camp where the wildlife encounters are authentic, intimate and always wild.

Key Features

  • Spend an afternoon in the underground hide, a favourite amongst photographers, and capture some once-in-a-lifetime shots
  • Meals are wholesome and fresh, and evenings are best spent in the open-air, campfire-lit boma with a nightcap
  • Private concession setting in famous Khwai River area
  • Located next to the only permanent source of water for miles around (a magnet for wildlife – elephant in particular), with top-notch wildlife-watching from the comfort of your room

Location

Overlooking an active watering hole and positioned between Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park – home to the world’s largest population of elephant – and the Khwai River, Hyena Pan is a meeting point for myriad animals (think nomadic herds of buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dog, as well as kudu, red lechwe and herds of dainty antelope dotted across the plains).

Game Drives

Whilst out on game drives, your binoculars won’t be short of action: sight giraffe and elephant from the north, herds of buffalo and zebra migrating from the south, and the watering hole’s resident hippo. Expert guides know exactly where and when to spot big cats, and 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.

Design

The atmosphere here is homely, relaxed and unpretentious. The thatched main area is raised and open-sided, allowing guests to keep an eye on the comings and goings at the watering hole down below. A wooden walkway leads out to a deck and firepit (perfect for those colder evenings), whilst the swimming pool looks directly across the watering hole.

The eight guest tents are linked to this main area by a winding path, all decorated with an eclectic mix of rustic furniture complemented by vibrant colours and local artefacts. Wake up to trumpeting elephant in the waters below and fall asleep to antelope grazing just outside your canvas walls.

Sustainability

Your stay directly supports conservation initiatives including the Feed A Child Programme as well as protecting the environment by equipping rangers to effectively work against poaching. Each tent is also solar-powered.

Why we love it

There are so many excellent activities at Hyena Pan, but top of the list for many is the camp’s camouflaged hide. A former ship’s container, this half-buried structure has been adapted with windows and chairs for hidden game viewing. Thanks to its position overlooking a waterhole, the steady stream of wildlife attracted affords great photographic opportunities.

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