From luxury safaris to mobile tented camps Botswana remains one of our favourite safari destinations purely because of the fantastic wildlife viewing experiences in a spectacular wilderness settings. A safari in Botswana is easily combined with safaris in the surrounding countries and for complete contrast combine a safari in Botswana to the Okavango Delta with the desert wildlife of Namibia. Easy flight connections make Victoria Falls and Cape Town readily accessible too.
It was all fabulous, magical & amazing in equal measure.Mrs. S. - Yorks.
Botswana and the people were a revelation - so friendly, we loved every minute of it and would go back.Mr. & Mrs. H. - Manchester
A great value safari through Botswana - Moremi - Savuti Marsh - Chobe River
Small camps & a very personal safari experience - wet and dry camps in the Okavango Delta and the incredible Savuti Channel
A luxury escorted small group mobile safari through the some of the best locations in the country
A wonderful extension of a Delta safari or stand alone desert adventure.
Walking in a prime location rich in a variety of flora & fauna.
Across the north of Botswana, from the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park there is a wide choice of tented camps and lodges. We have selected some here but know personally of many of the others and can create a safari to suit your style and budget.
Re. my recent holiday to Botswana and Zambia I thought that my visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos would be a hard act to follow. However I was not disappointed. The holiday was an outstanding success in every respect, the wildlife was spectacular, the guide excellent the accomodation and hospitality faultless, even the flights on KLM were convenient and comfortable. My only regret is that I had not booked a few extra days and spent more time in Zambia.Mr. F. - Cheshire
Botswana is undoubtedly one of the best wildlife safari destinations in Africa. Botswana is a success in Africa, stable, wealthy through diamonds and through developing sustainable tourism with the finest low impact, high quality safari holidays. With less than 3 persons per square kilometre and around 20% of the land protected much of Botswana is still a really wild, big sky country; a flat land under a huge dome of beautiful delicate blue that is so well mimicked in the country's flag.
Any luxury Botswana safari holiday offers a stunning intensity of wildlife much of which is associated with the jewel of Botswana, the Okavango Delta. Consequently any Botswana safari is likely to combine superb hosting by the wide variety of lodges and camps with expert guiding and incredible wildlife encounters. Your holiday in Botswana is guaranteed to be an intimate and educational safari experience.
Botswana is also a land of stark contrasts. The vast Kalahari Desert, evocative, arid bush country that is home to meerkats, gemsbok, black-maned lions and the fabled San Bushmen who demonstrate how they survive in this harsh land; a fascinating addition to any Botswana safari. Sitting and sharing making a fire using sticks with them is a thrilling and humbling experience. Out here too are the shimmering Makgadikgadi Pans, the salty remnants of a pre-historic super lake. Among the surrounding grasslands that attract a huge zebra migration are isolated palms and immense historic baobab trees.
The Okavango Delta is an amazing safari destination, its beautiful channels of clear deep blue water flowing around myriads of lush green islands is safari paradise found. Small camps usually with no more than 8 rooms in huge private wildlife concessions ensure that your safari holiday is unique. The superb range of camps in the Okavango Delta are accessed by light aircraft from Maun which is easily reached from Johannesburg. Safari game drives from the 'dry' camps and activities on the water such as being poled along in a mokoro or dug-out canoe from a 'wet' camp are the highlights of a Botswana safari. Red lechwe, sitatunga and Pel's fishing owl are among the special species of the Okavango whilst just to the north Duba Plains is famous for its interactions of lions with large herds of buffalo.
Moremi Game Reserve covers about 20% of the Delta and generally provides a more affordable alternative for a Botswana safari holiday. Inclusive, comfortable mobile camping safaris operate throughout this region of Botswana and into Chobe National Park. Here you will find some of the largest elephant herds in Africa.
Finally, in northern Botswana, beyond the Okavango are Selinda, Kwando and Linyanti which have ancient occasional water courses and dry grassland channels surrounded by mopane and riverine woodland with small pans and riverside reed beds that attract a wide range of wildlife. For instance, sable antelope and wild dogs are more common in these areas.
TIME ZONE GMT +2 hours
To: Maun or Kasane for safaris; Gaborone
Airlines: Air Botswana, South African Airways, or from Johannesburg or Air Namibia from Windhoek
Flight time: approx. 13 hours
Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, Meningitis vaccinations are recommended as is Malaria prophylaxis. You should consult your G.P. for up to date and precise details before travelling.
Botwswana is a year round destination. The rains in the Angolan mountains ensure that the Okavango is flooded in July and August making this a spectacular time to safari in the Okavango Delta. The rains fall on the Okavango usually in December whilst the Mgakgadikgadi Pans flood in the rains that the Kalahari receives generally in March and April and this weather can make travelling on the tracks difficult around some camps.