Hyena Pan - Experiences
Hyena Pan Camp is situated in the stunning 500,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve in the north-eastern part of the Okavango Delta. This private concession borders both the Moremi Game Reserve to the south and Chobe National Park to the east. The camp itself is set in a grove of tall “cathedral” Mopane trees overlooking a permanent waterhole called Hyena Pan, which rises and falls through the wet and dry seasons. The pan is at its most full in the summer rainy season coming right up to the main area but in the dry winter season it is pumped from a nearby borehole so remains a magnet for the animals who need to drink daily.
The usual morning and afternoon game drives are offered along with bush walks but there are no water activities. The wildlife in this area is good with excellent populations of elephant. The immediate area around the camp is thick Mopane forest which can be tough for viewing the animals, but it is not far to the more productive areas. The game viewing is excellent at the waterhole right in front of the camp and there is a nearby underground hide which can offer astonishingly close eye-level elephant viewing and is quite an incredible experience.
Hyena Pan is comprised of 8 tented rooms on raised wooden decks to take advantage of the stunning view across the waterhole. Each tent comprises en-suite facilities with indoor showers and a small veranda with a couple of chairs for whiling away the afternoons watching the animals coming down to drink (and swim if there is enough water) The main area comprises a deck area and a covered lounge and a small open air fire pit. There is also a small pool with sun loungers all facing the hippo-filled lagoon. This camp is very much a simple, rustic, authentic safari camp and offers very good value when compared to some of the uber-luxurious camps on offer in the Okavango Delta.