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Botswana Safari

The Botswana safari experience tends to be an exclusive affair.  Accommodation is luxurious and chic, the wildlife and guiding are outstanding and standards of service generally are superb across the board.  As a result, Botswana is the most expensive of all the African safari options.
The expense is certainly justified however; a Botswana safari is a fantastic experience.  The dry season here (between May and October) sees some of the greatest wildlife migration on the planet as the Okavango Delta receives floodwater from the Angolan highlands, attracting a huge variety of game drawn from the arid Kalahari desert. Visitor numbers to the private concessions are strictly limited, making for a truly exclusive and intimate safari experience. 

Botswana is unique amongst its neighbours in its conservation strategy of low-volume / high-value tourism, conceived way back in the 1960s and diligently adhered to. The Botswana people know that their country is one of the last true wildernesses on earth, and they want it to stay that way.

Our Favourite Botswana Safari Lodges

There are various factors, which must be considered carefully in choosing where to stay.  The primary factor in the Okavango Delta area is the flood waters, generally at its lowest in December and highest in July across the region.  Camps are divided into 'wet camps' (close to main channels, which have water year-round), 'dry camps' and 'mixed camps'. Wet camps offer boating safaris in mokoro canoes; dry camps are best for viewing the big game, predators and grazers (game drives are taken in open 4x4 vehicles, night drives and walking may also be possible); and mixed camps can offer the best of both.  We recommend a combination of two or three different types of camp for the variety of wildlife and experience.  

Camps vary enormously in style and feel, as well as by location and the range of activities offered.  We can help you put together the perfect combination of camps for you, according to your travel dates, budget, required activities and general preferences.

Our Favourite Botswana Safari Parks

Our top 5 reasons to go on a Botswana Safari

1.      The Okavango Delta. If you have ever wondered what animals dream about, we’re pretty sure they dream about being in the Delta. This is Eden, a lush green paradise where elephants rumble about taking their pick of bulging fruits, hippos man the waterways and predators stretch out a paw for a meal.
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When to go to on safari in Botswana

The beginning of the year is Botswana's green season. The rains can fall heavily and this is the time to visit for fabulous birding. The fresh grazing in the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi attract large herds of animals at this time of year, with associated predators, and concentrations of game are always high in Chobe. However, as the usual big game areas (Okavango, Linyanti, Selinda) do not guarantee good viewing during this season, there is some superb value for money to be found.
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Botswana Safari Itinerary Suggestions

Botswana has a great light aircraft flying circuit, hopping from one lodge to the next. Our most popular itinerary is 5 or 6 nights in the Delta (2 or 3 nights in each of 2 lodges), then moving up to Savuti/Linyanti for 3 nights, then on to Zambia (Victoria Falls).  This itinerary takes in a variety of different landscapes, wildlife and game-viewing options, and also works perfectly in reverse.
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Although we tailor-make all our trips we have reproduced a number of popular itineraries here

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Map of Botswana

Map of Botswana Botswana - Okavango Delta Botswana - Moremi Botswana - Linyanti Botswana - Chobe Botswana - The Pans Botswana - Central Kalahari
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