Botswana Safari Locations
Botswana is famed for its abundance of wildlife. From the many documentaries filmed in its large swathes of wilderness to the thousands of international visitors it receives each year, there is no denying that Botswana has a huge amount of biodiversity and is home to some of the planet’s most beloved wildlife. From unbelievable opulence to rustic bush camps, Botswana can offer a safari experience for everyone and it can be combined beautifully with Victoria Falls and or Cape Town.
The most famous of Botswana’s wildlife destinations is an ever-changing landscape. From late June, the world’s largest inland Delta starts to fill with the water that fell in the Angolan Highlands months earlier. As the water enters, the Okavango becomes a vast system of vein-like waterways and small, isolated islands. July and August are the best months to experience the floods and camps like Jao offer exceptional mokoro safaris where you can glide along these waterways.
Not all Delta camps offer boating safaris though. Mombo Camp in the centre of the Delta is situated on a year-round dry island that offers some of the most exceptional game viewing in Africa. For a true Delta experience, it is worth combining two or three camps to ensure you can make the most of boating and vehicular safaris.
Chobe National Park
Whilst the Delta is famous for its ultra-luxurious safaris, Chobe National Park offers a great mix of great value and luxurious lodges just like Chobe Game Lodge.
The best thing about Chobe though is its accessibility. Perfect for a quick few day safari after visiting Victoria Falls, the National Park is perfect for viewing elephants who congregate in their thousands during the dry season. Boating safaris are what Chobe is renowned for and a sunset cruise along the river whilst sipping a refreshing beverage is what dreams are made of.
For families, Chobe is brilliant, however the park can get busy and with stricter rules than you would find in the private concessions in the Linyanti or Delta, one should consider Chobe carefully.
The Kalahari Game Reserve
Whilst the Delta and Chobe boasts huge amounts of water and lush vibrant landscapes, the Kalahari is very different. A vast expanse of desert shrub land that host an abundance of unique flora and fauna. No matter the time of year, visiting the Kalahari is worth doing, and Tau Pan is a favourite camp of ours.
From desert adapted lions to the shy aardwolf and the charismatic meerkat, the Kalahari can offer everything. At Tau Pan you can do traditional game drives, bush walks with Bushman trackers and also head out on day trips into famous areas like Deception Valley. Combining the Kalahari with a watery landscape like the Delta makes for an unforgettable trip.
There are many more safari destinations in Botswana to consider so if you are interested, make sure you contact one of our Africa experts who would be more than happy to chat through your options.