What makes Botswana so unique is undoubtedly the Safari experience. When you consider that three quarters of the country is in fact a desert, it is impossible to imagine that this probably one of the best Safari destinations in the world. The Okavango Delta is a wetland within a desert, receiving its waters from rain falling in central Africa thousands of Kilometres away. The Okavango allows for one to experience a very different Safari to that of South Africa where the Delta allows for a Safari on a Mokoro (Dugout Canoe) – Something that cannot be done in the Sabi Sands. The terrain is also very different allowing for very different, if not easier visibility of the large herd animals. In the drier months you can also expect to see high game concentration as they come together to find what very little water is available. Excellent photographic opportunities due to great light, colour and subject matter are also found with the most breath-taking landscapes and sunsets.
Botswana is divided into 4 well known areas; The Chobe National Park, located in Botswana’s north eastern district. The Chobe River forms the park’s northern border. It is flanked in the south west by the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The Chobe Forest Reserve runs run parallel to the Zimbabwe border in the east. When in flood the Zambezi River pushes the Chobe River back on itself and links with the Linyanti River. The eco system forms a biosphere very unique in Africa. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve which is one of the biggest protected areas in Africa. As it is a desert most visitors are misled into believing that the area is dry and not much animal activity will be seen. This is definitely not the case. The Linyanti in northern Botswana boasts the famous Savute Channel, once again a river in its own right, and the productive Linyanti River. This area is famous for its huge concentrations of elephant in the dry season and big game all year round. The most famous of the three is the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s biggest inland deltas, and ranking as one of the world’s top wildlife destinations, the Okavango Delta is one of the richest and most varied habitats in Africa offering huge diversity of flora and fauna.
The uniqueness of these very different terrains is that it allows for visitors to enjoy three very different kinds of Safaris, on land, in the water and in the desert. This is probably the only place in the world where this can be done. It is important to remember that as with all Safari experiences there is just never a ‘good time to go’. Every season is great to visit depending on exactly what it is you would like to see. Large herds are usually better found in the winter months BUT for those wishing to see varied off spring, summer is generally best to visit. Remember that the summer months are very hot so again for those who feel that it may be uncomfortable winter should be considered. As summer is the peak of their high season, availability is easier to find in winter.
We have put together a list of some of our favourite properties in Botswana and suggest that you combine more than one in various areas to best enjoy ALL that beautiful Botswana has to offer.
Wilderness Safaris’ Vumbura Plains Camp / Okavango Delta – A retreat of contemporary and unique design, Vumbura Plains comprises two separate satellite camps. Each camp has its own sumptuous lounge and dining area tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees. Magnificent vistas across the Okavango Delta extend outward while a deck with comfortable cushions protrudes into the floodplain, either for star-gazing or as a convivial camp fire setting.
&Beyond Savute Under Canvas / Chobe National Park – Luxury mobile safari tents with ensuite bathrooms are positioned at secluded sites in a remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park. Spend nights under canvas close to nature in the landscape of the African night. Secluded campsites in the wildlife haven of Savute provide a base for up close and personal adventure and discovery. Carefully positioned as close as possible to the resident game, enjoy the simplicity of camping in one of the top wildlife areas in the world. Camps move to a different site every five or six days. This is a true African experience, with campsites in remote areas where guests can expect to see few other people or vehicles.
Wilderness Safaris’ Kings Pool Camp / Linyanti – Named for Scandinavian royalty, Kings Pool overlooks the handsome oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve bordering Chobe National Park. The camp boasts a spacious main area that comprises of a lounge, dining room and a convivial bar beautifully set on expansive raised decks from which to soak up the gorgeous views and possibly even spot elephant crossing the channel. There is also a pool and an open-air ‘kgotla’ for evening dining under the stars.
Wilderness Safaris’ Kalahari Plains Camp / Central Kalahari – Set in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kalahari Plains Camp offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. Its star attractions include the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world’s best cheetah viewing. Kalahari Plains Camp is perfectly situated overlooking an immense pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies. It comprises nine en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out above each from which to enjoy moonlit or star-studded nights. Fascinating cultural experiences allow for an authentic insight into the ancient Bushman clans of the area. Diverse game includes carnivores, wildebeest, red hartebeest and springbok as well honey badger and mongoose.
Combine your trip to Botswana with a few nights either at the Victoria Falls or in Cape Town. For more information on our add on packages contact firstname.lastname@example.org