Exceptional game viewing
Mokoro and boat safaris in the Okavango Delta.
Luxurious but intimate camps
Botswana has some of the most exceptional and un-spoilt game viewing in Africa and should be top of any wildlife lovers list. Home to the world renowned Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a UNESCO heritage site, which offers an incredible sanctuary for both animals and birds creating a safari paradise! In stark contrast the shimmering salt pans of the Makgadikgadi and scorched desert of the Kalahari offer unique and varied activities including quad bikes, star gazing and encounters with the San Bushmen. While the Linyanti Reserve on the Namibian boarder is home to huge herds of elephant as well as exciting predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog.
If you are only doing a safari once in your lifetime, Botswana would be the place we would recommend. Bostwana is one of Africa’s great success stories with its stable economy and government and a sustainable conservation model of conserving wildlife through tourism. The stunning camps are often expensive, which means the volume of visitors is low but respect to nature is high. It is a private, intimate and exclusive destination and there is always a new experience to be enjoyed.
While Botswana is often known for its exclusive accommodation there are also some fantastic mobile tented safaris and for horse lovers the best and most exciting horse riding safaris. There is no end to the unforgettable experiences on offer from safaris in balloons, helicopters or traditional dugout canoes called mokoros, to safaris by landrover, foot, elephant, quad bike or horse – there is something for everyone!
The Okavango Delta.
Life in the Okavango Delta is reflected in the ebb and flow of floodwaters that seep down from the Angolan Highlands creating a haven for huge concentrations of wildlife, making it is one of THE safari destinations in the world. The Moremi Game Reserve, within the Delta, is an area of overwhelming natural beauty and rich with game and birdlife but there are also many other private concessions offering excellent game viewing in areas bordering the Reserve.
The various concessions do vary throughout the year due to the constantly changing levels of water which affects both the wildlife found and the experiences on offer. Some lodges are set on permanent water, allowing safaris by boat and mokoro, some tend to focus on game drives in open Landrovers while others offer a combination of land and water based activities.
We will tailor make your itinerary to ensure you go to the right places at the right time of year. We work closely with a number of fantastic camps and mobile safari companies in the Delta from the remarkable Mombo Camp on Chiefs Island, the beautiful water-based camps of Xigera, Jao, Kanana, Tubu Tree and Nxabega or the more game drive focused camps of Sandibe, Chitabe, Kwara and Duba Plains. Or for the more adventurous we can organize a mobile tented safari which is tailored to bring you closer to nature and can be combined with the Linyanti.
We would also highly recommend spending a few nights in Northern Botswana. Here the permanent water sources of the Linyanti & Chobe Rivers attract huge herds of animals. Chobe National Park is very well known but is rather over-crowded and so we prefer the neighbouring Linyanti Reserve. It is a beautiful reserve made up of lagoons and steadily flowing rivers with riverine forests of jackalberry and sausage trees leading to open grasslands and dry inland wooded areas. The Linyanti Reserve is highly populated with animals particularly in the dry winter months when elephants concentrate in enormous numbers at the rivers and waterholes. The particularly beautiful sable and roan antelopes are found here and red lechwe and the aquatic sitatunga antelope inhabit the wetlands. Thousands of zebra spend the winter in the Linyanti before heading south to the Savuti Channel in November in expectation of summer rains and good grazing.
Again there are a number of unique and charming camps from luxurious Zarafa and Selinda Camps in the Linyanti or characterful DumaTau and Little Vumbura in the Savuti.
Kalahari Game Reserve & Makgadikgadi Pans
To truly experience Botswana we would recommend that you combine the lush waterways of the north with the dry desert of the Kalahari and shimmering saltpans of the Makgadikgadi.
The Kalahari, which takes up three quarters of the country, is not a true desert but rather a semi-desert with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains and it supports more animals and plants than a true desert. After the rains come the herds of springboks, gemsbok, giraffe, wildebeest and zebra in their droves to eat the new green shoots and closely followed by the predators. Here we would recommend Kalahari Plains Camp.
Another ultimate highlight is to spend a few nights at Jack’s Camp on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans, north of the Kalahari. The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago.
Very little wildlife can exist here during the harsh dry season although this makes for unique desert experience as well as incredible quad biking adventures and star gazing. Following the rains the pan becomes an important habitat for migrating animals including wildebeest and one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations. Jack’s Camp is also the best place to see meerkats.
This part of Botswana is also home to the San Bushmen. They have lived in the Kalahari for 20,000 years as hunter-gatherers. Hunting wild game with bow and poison tipped arrows and gathering edible plants and insects, their understanding of their environment is truly educational. The chance to interact with them is humbling as you wonder at their ability to tread lightly on their world with respect and understanding.
Botswana combines beautifully with Victoria Falls and South Africa and for those wanting to combine safari and beach the Mozambique is an excellent add on. We can also help to organise specialist walking safaris with professional guides, mobile tented safaris and riding safaris.