Tailor made safaris and holidays to Botswana – honeymoons, group trips, luxury and camping.
Botswana safaris are a fabulous adventure – travel by canoe or light aircraft deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta and you won’t see another soul (apart from other guests in camp!) for the duration of your stay. Botswana has the fourth lowest population density in the world, so there are plenty of areas with no human habitation at all. Huge skies and never ending vistas over the pans make you feel as though you are in another world. This is a perfect location for an African honeymoon too and Botswana combines well with Victoria Falls or the Mozambique coast maybe? We are African safari experts and offer bespoke holidays and honeymoons to Botswana.
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Safaris in Botswana do come with a high price tag, there are no direct flights (mostly you fly via South Africa) and the running costs for safari operators deep in the wilderness are high. But most of the luxury camps and lodges are fairly small and pride themselves on top guiding and fabulous up close wildlife sightings. The Okavango actually covers a massive area, it’s not just the watery bit! The seasons here are also different to the rest of Africa as they are dictated by the flow of the flood waters, not actual rain falling from above! So although the main rains fall from December to February, the peak floods do not rise until about July. The water gathers up in Angola and steadily pushes down stream through the Caprivi Strip into the ‘pan handle’ and on into the ‘fingers’ of the Delta waters ….. eventually it trickles it’s way to Maun (the safari ‘capital’ and main airport) and on down to the pans. Way back in history, the pans used to regularly flood into massive super lakes. These days they still have water in them in the rains but they completely try out into a lunar landscape in the heart of the dry season.
As well as game viewing by jeep, you can do bush walks, fishing, night drives, boating and canoe trips in Botswana. Ask me for advice on the best combination of camps to suit your favoured activities and the time of year. Botswana’s dry season runs from April through to October with October being scorching hot. The flood waters are highest in the Delta July – August making this peak season for two reasons! When the waters are high, the surrounding land is still very dry, so it makes for fabulous game viewing as the animals congregate towards the water as the dry season progresses.
Horse riding safaris are also popular in Botswana with there being several really good operators in the Okavango Delta and some around the edge of the Kalahari Desert. If you are a seasoned Africa traveller and want to do something different in Botswana, try the Tuli Block, bordering South Africa, where there are great game reserves such as Mashatu with luxury camps and a range of activities including horse riding, cycling and conservation projects with predator and elephant tracking.
If you are keen to see African Wild Dogs, Botswana is a strong hold and denning usually taking place around June time, the only time when they stay still long enough for the guides to find them! So head out in July for the best chance of seeing the packs denning with their puppies.
Chobe National Park and the surrounding Savuti area to the north takes you up to the border with Zimbabwe and Zambia and makes this area popular for access from Victoria Falls. Boat cruises on the Chobe River are fantastic for birding and in the dry seasons herds of elephants hundreds strong spend much of their time in the river too. There are houseboats and fishing camps for those wanting to spend longer on the river systems in Northern Botswana, around the Caprivi Strip and the Kwando and Linyanti rivers which lead down to the Selinda Reserve and onto the Okavango Central. The Selinda spillway flooded in recent years for the first time in decades and this resurgence of waters between the Linyanti and the Okavango has opened up the way for canoe safaris in Botswana. Usually about three nights long, these are mobile safaris where your canoes carry your camp and food with you, the connection with wilderness is the main aim here, though you will also see plenty of wildlife along the way.
The ethnic tribes people of Botswana are the San Bushmen and there are only a few camps and lodges that you can interact with them in an authentic way. Spend time with these endearing people and learn how they track and survive in their harsh desert environment. Also in the Kalahari you can spend time with Meerkats, observe Cheetah, Brown Hyena and Gemsbok and enjoy the lunar landscapes of the cracked up salt pans, where you often see fossils buried deep into the pans … signs of another time period completely. Spend the night out on the pans in the dry season, sleep on a bed roll looking up at the stars in the sky and listen to the hyena and lion call in the distance ….
Mobile camping safaris are a great way to see a lot of Botswana – chose from a participatory group safari with pop up dome tents or assisted safaris with en-suite tents or if you want a private guide and a complete wilderness experience just for you and your family or friends, we can arrange that too. Family Safaris can include special children’s activities such as fishing, archery and learning tracking skills, Ker & Downey have an incredible ‘young explorers’ programme and we can arrange exclusive safaris for your family of all ages in Botswana with them.
You can also self drive in Botswana, though we don’t really recommend it as it’s very easy to get lost, particularly in the Kalahari! This is the land of the ‘No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ and those of you who, (like Jules!), follow all the books avidly, will delight in seeing for yourself Mma Ramotswe’s beloved country – there are even tours around Gabarone to visit the places mentioned in the books!
There is too much going on in Botswana to describe here on one page, so give us a call to discuss your requirements and we can tailor the perfect African safari to Botswana for you!