Unique, Luxurious Botswana Safaris
With over 25 years of experience and a team who come from Africa, we are in the perfect position to create for you a unique, tailor-made Botswana Safari holiday that is second to none.
Botswana is one of the most beautiful and one of the least spoiled countries on the continent. Imagine being poled across the floodplains in a dug out canoe (or mokoro as they are locally termed), the scent of waterlillies permeating the air. Perhaps you might see a glimpse of the rare and elusive Sitatunga antelope.
Perhaps you might like to spend time amongst the bushmen, learning about their culture and the custom of trance dancing. Take a quad bike across the salt pans and discover the famillies of meerkats. Spend time on an open Landrover tracking down wild dog, leopard, lion and listening to them calling at night.
Feel the thrill as you determine the tracks of the species that walked past your tent as you lay sleeping. See the concentrations of elephant crossing the Chobe River, using their trunks as periscopes. Imagine walking with habituated elephants, their trunks in the palm of your hand or even riding them, looking down across the Okavango Delta. These experiences have all been captured on David Attenborough’s film Planet Earth. With experts who come from Botswana, contact us today to begin planning your Botswana safari of a lifetime.
Botswana Safari Highlights:
- The Kalahari Desert – Learning about the San people, quad biking across the salt pans and sleeping beneath the stars. Horse riding on the pans.
- Elephant Safaris in the Okavango Delta – Walking with elephants or riding with them.
- Canoe Safaris – spending a couple of nights on an island, sleeping in a tent and spending the days walking and being poled by your poler across the floodplains. These take place in Linyanti and the Delta.
- Private mobile safaris (or luxury camping), with just your family or group of friends and your guide staying in the best national parks and private concessions.
- Walking safaris in the Okavango Delta.
- Horse riding safaris in the Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Kalahari Desert.
- Houseboats – we have several houseboats on the Chobe River with tender boats attached so you can still go game viewing by boat!
- Specialist family safaris designed to educate and stimulate both children and famillies alike.
- Privately guided safaris – we have the best guides in Botswana to personally guide you throughout from beginning to end – whether you are staying at a lodge or on a private, mobile or camping safari. We also have a handful of pilot guides, who will both fly you and guide you at the same time!
- Fantastic, luxury lodges and permanent tented camps situated in game rich areas.
More about Botswana:
The Kalahari desert forms 82% of this unique land locked nation. The jewel in the crown is the extraordinary Okavango Delta, a 7000 square mile complex of waterways and wetlands seasonally fed by runoff from rains in the Angolan mountains and forming one of the great ecological wonders of Africa. Apart from the Okavango Delta being an area of extreme beauty, it is incredible to visit during and after the floods. The floodplains are totally transformed: entirely under water during the floods (when mokoro or poled canoe travel comes into its own) then gradually drying out to plains.
Botswana also offers the equally vast salt pans at Makgadikgadi, once large lakes, and the swamps and floodplains of the Chobe River which are renowned for concentrations of elephant and hippo. Together they form an ecosystem unparalleled in Africa. Almost uniquely, this is a country which one can visit year round with each month bringing different and beautiful experiences. The Moremi Game Reserve has the most prolific wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. The Okavango Delta is where our elephant back and walking with elephants occurs. Birdlife is spectacular and includes breeding colonies of herons, storks, pelicans and ibis. The rare Wattled Crane can sometimes be seen on the floodplains. The Linyanti region is equally spectacular. The Okavango “panhandle” in northern Botswana is glorious; traditionally an excellent area to fish for Tiger and bream and having probably the highest concentrations of evocative African Fisheagles. This is not a big game area but simply an area which is totally remote and unspoilt; no other lodges in close proximity and ideal for birdwatchers, fishermen, or those prepared to travel see a facet of Botswana which should not be missed!
Although we offer luxury safaris to Botswana, this is a big country and the “fly-in” template is the norm but, for something a little different to staying in one or more camps and simply game driving, we really recommend mixed walking and mokoro safaris. As always we use the highest quality of guiding for these and also for dedicated walking trails where one can sleep one night on a platform in a tree, so romantic with tea lights set around the platform! Or, perhaps, do a short mokoro trail from camp for two nights, sleeping out beneath the stars accompanied by your guide and poler, the equivalent of flycamping elsewhere. An excellent way to end a Botswana safari is to visit the magnificent Makgadikgadi salt pans. Once a large lake, these pans are now home to thousands of magnificent flamingos after the rains. Vast herds of plains game can also be found on the grasslands north and west of the pans and the zebra migration passes through twice yearly, it is totally different.
We offer a diversity of accommodation, from sophisticated design-led lodges, to traditional tented camps. The elephant back safaris involve staying at a beautiful, luxurious camp, complete with old fashioned copper bath, whilst the walking with elephant experiences can be arranged either from a small, luxury tented camp raised on a wooden walkway, or a more traditional styled tented camp. For families or groups, we would suggest a private, luxury tented mobile, perhaps interspersed with some super, small lodges which offer very different experiences and activities, and ending up with some luxury at the end. We offer superlative guiding whilst camp standards range from the utterly luxurious with candelabra, damask linen and cordon bleu chefs to a more basic mobile safari. A fantastic contrast is to end off, as suggested above, at one of the wonderful camps in the Kalahari. All have something to offer, at differing budgets. For couples or honeymooners, we can suggest some very special places! As well as fly-in safaris with game driving or mekoro-ing Botswana offers: Special Bushman Safaris, Walking Trails, Combination walking/mokoro safaris, Riding Safaris, Fishing, Designated Family Safaris with either a camp closed to your family, or a private vehicle and guide for your family throughout the safari, Elephant Back Safaris and walking with Elephant experiences. For details see above or our Special Interest or Riding Pages.
Let us know what appeals to you and we will design the safari of a lifetime!