A safari to Botswana is one of the most incredible ways of exploring Africa!
Botswana offers so much to the safari traveller – from private mobile safaris, with your own guide, your own vehicle, staying in a tented camp erected purely for your party – whether there is just one, two or a family of you – to staying in a wonderful, authentic tented camp on the outskirts of the Okavango Delta, perhaps opposite a heronry, so that in the right season, you can watch the birds nesting!
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On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are hugely luxurious camps and lodges, dotted all around the Okavango Delta, as well as in Moremi, Chobe, Savute and the Kalahari Desert. The joy is that there is such great diversity in vegetation – from the verdant green papyrus which lines the Okavango Delta to the white sands covering the Kalahari desert – from the miombo woodlands to riverine forest, a favourite haunt for leopard.
There are elephant back safaris, walking with elephants, riding safaris in the Delta and in Linyanti, canoeing safaris, walking safaris and the more traditional game viewing safaris by open vehicle. The beauty is that all or part of these elements can be combined, to assemble the most perfect safari to Botswana! It is even possible to explore the Chobe River by boat – there are now several very comfortable, small boats where one can overnight and explore the waterways of the Chobe by day!
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Perhaps you might like to flycamp on a private island in the Okavango Delta, being the only privileged tourists, or you might like to explore the Makgadikgadi Salt pans by quad bike in certain seasons, spending time with habituated meerkats or learning about the San people and their traditions. We can even arrange initiation hunts and experience a dignified and sensitive Bushman safari, taking in the Tsodillo Hills and the ancient rock art.
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The floodplains in the Delta are absolutely beautiful. A mokoro ride through the swathes of floating water lilies, roamed by Red lechwe, is a magical experience. One can also do motorboat trips and 4×4 game drives as well as walking on the islands. On one of these walks I managed to see not one,but three, Pels fishing owls – possibly one of the world’s most elusive birds. The dense palm and jackalberry filled islands of this permanent wetland are ideal for these rare, fluffy, golden caramel-coloured owls. They hunt at night, when the fish eagle has retired, using their enormous dark almond eyes to scan the shallow waters. For these and more interesting ideas, from people who come from Botswana – please contact us!
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