Botswana Safari Recommendations
Botswana offers diverse ecosystems and fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities with some of the finest water-based safari activities in Africa. Having said that by including different styles of lodges and game reserves in your safari, you can combine both water based game viewing and the more traditional game drive vehicle style game viewing.
We offer a range of safari packages from four days to fourteen days, however, given the diversity of the country we find that it is often the case that by consulting with our team, a tailor-made safari offers better value. With that in mind we have listed below our location recommendations, such that you can get a feel for the places you would like to include in your safari. Next step is to contact our team of safari specialist who can advise on the best itinerary to suit your pocket and must see locations.
The tourism brand of the country “Africa’s Best Kept Secret” which is founded on the protection of its delicate environment and the pursuit of consistent sustainable development for the people of Botswana.
Botswana exhibits its exclusivity to an exceptionally high standard. The country has based its tourism industry on attracting discerning travellers who are willing to pay more for the privilege of visiting the country. With this in mind many of the lodges, particularly in the Okavango, are only accessible by small plane, which pushes that exclusivity up even higher.
Many of the lodges are spectacular but in a stylish and simplistic way. The lodges blend beautifully into the ecosystem in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. It is all about being at one with nature, having a minimal impact on the environment and yet seeing it in style and with the luxury that guests expect from exclusive lodges.
Probably the biggest issue to consider when visiting Botswana is the scale of the country. The easiest and most popular method to move from one location to another is by small aircraft, however this does push the cost of your safari up. Our advice is to limit your trip to two main yet diverse locations and enjoy all that those areas offer.
With over fifteen years experience we can recommend various safari itineraries to maximise your wildlife experiences within your budget.
For example, a very popular favourite with our guests is to tailor a safari that includes a time spent in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National park, which also enables a day visit across the border to Victoria Falls.
As an aid, our guidance below explain more about the most popular locations to visit. Please get in touch for more information.
Okavango Delta - The Worlds largest inland Delta
The Okavango Delta is dubbed as the jewel of the Kalahari being blessed with a unique ecosystem serving as an oasis for its inhabitants. It is fed by the floodwaters of central Africa where the water fans out into the Okavango Delta forming a wetland system of beautiful palm-fringed channels, lagoons and islands that support a wealth of fauna and flora.
Along with beautiful water channels, lagoons and islands, there are trees, shrubs and bushes of various species. It is home to over 200,000 animals that roam its wilderness areas giving colour to the whole Delta and Moremi Reserve. Many of Africa’s iconic animals are resident in the area including leopard, rhino, zebra, lechwe, giraffe, lion, monkey, antelope, crocodile, hippo, elephant, buffalo, hyena, impala, reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest and many more. There are also over 400 kinds of birds such as the African Eagle, Hammerkop, Ostrich, Crested Crane, elusive Pel's Fishing Owl, Lilac Roller etc.
The best way to explore the delta is by dugout canoe, locally called a mokoro, being gently propelled through this unique watercourse by your own guide. This is the ultimate relaxing approach to wildlife spotting whilst having an opportunity of seeing this unique environment from a different perspective.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park, the first national park of Botswana, was established in 1968 and covers approximately 11,700 sq. kms, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodland. It is the most accessible and frequently visited of Botswana’s big game country and is famous for its large herds of elephants, often reaching 100,000. During the dry winter months of May through to September enormous numbers of these pachyderms converge upon the river to drink, bathe and play.
And not only is it famous for its huge herds of elephant, but also its buffalo as well as the associated predators such as large prides of lion that have learnt to hunt them. There are also numerous antelope and other plains game as well as vast pods of hippos wallowing in the shallows of the River Chobe. Plus the birdlife is spectacular, so make sure you have your binoculars with you.
There are several game lodges set along the banks of the Chobe River from where you can enjoy daily game drives or boat based game viewing. Another option is to stay on a houseboat (our particular favourite) that enables you to game view 24 hours a day, should you choose to do so. Whilst on a houseboat, you are permanently on safari, which is a bit of a novelty in itself. Lounge on luxurious decking overlooking the water and watch vast pods of hippo as you float by or alternatively take out the smaller boats to get up close and personal with the wildlife and see Chobe from a different perspective.
The majestic Victoria Falls are very close by. A short two-hour road trip to the North Western corner of Zimbabwe. You can easily visit the falls on a day trip from tour Chobe lodge.
The intricate pan shapes of the Makgadikgadi were formed from the shrinking of an ancient lake. The resultant salt pans are in sharp contrast to the Okavango Delta’s explosion of life. It uniquely supports complex ecosystems of palms and baobab trees as well as seasonal wildlife when the rains come. In the wet summer season, visitors witness the overwhelming sight of zebra and wildebeest migration.
In the dry season, the Makgadikgadi Pans receives the world’s second largest zebra and wildebeest migration after the Serengeti - Masai Mara wildebeest migration. During the first months of each year, the landscape becomes green and robust attracting 25000 zebra and wildebeest to the Makgadikgadi Pans. In November, at the beginning of the rainy season, up to 25,000 zebra start their migration through the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks in search of water and lush grazing grounds.
The is also home to a variety of wildlife like genet, caracal, impala, wildebeest, jackal, bushbuck, brown and spotted hyena, kudu, porcupine, to name but a few.
The Central Kalahari is the second biggest game reserve in the world. Despite being in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, trees, shrubbery and bushes decorate the area and colourful flowers come with the summer rains. Central Kalahari is populated with a large number of gemsbok, springbok and wildebeest. There are also predators such as lions, cheetahs, jackals, leopard, hyenas, wild dog and many others. Plains game such as eland, duiker, kudu, giraffe, warthog, red hartebeest are also inhabitants of the place from December to April when the animals converge on the water source.