Botswana

Home to some of the most varied landscapes on the continent as well as huge numbers of wildlife.

ABOUT BOTSWANA

A wildlife and wilderness mecca

Botswana is the ultimate safari destination, and one of the first countries associated with memorable, exhilarating journeys into pristine wilderness. Its crown jewel, the Okavango Delta, is definitely one for the Bucket List. An ecosystem like no other, this extraordinary series of waterways stems from a major river, fanning through a parched inland area before trickling to nothing in the sands of the Kalahari. The impact of this life-giving oasis on the wildlife of this area is remarkable. Botswana is essentially a game-viewing destination and a two-week safari will enable visitors truly to immerse themselves in the incredible variety of eco-systems across the country. With an astonishing range of camps from jaw-dropping, luxury lodges, to beautifully rustic tented camps, both mobile and fixed, Botswana never fails to live up to its impressive reputation.



It is the higher-end destination for safari, but if you are seeking abundant wildlife, with high concentrations of predators, in areas of extremely low human impact, then Botswana is the place to go. Northeast of the Delta, in the Savuti and Chobe area, the elephant populations are the densest in Africa, (during the Southern Hemisphere winter). Botswana took a bold move, early in its democracy, to focus on high-end, low-impact tourism, resulting in fewer beds at higher prices. This discourages the mass tourism seen in other countries and offers a far more ‘wild’ experience. As you traverse the floodplains of the Delta, or race after wild dogs hunting along the Linyanti river, you are not competing for space with large numbers of vehicles, and the photographic opportunities are truly breath-taking. With a population of only 2 million spread across such a vast country, there is plenty of land to go around for both people and wildlife. Parks and reserves have been established for the protection of the wildlife. Here, in the wilderness of Botswana, this level of remoteness elevates your experience: your adventure here will feel like a unique privilege.



Climate

The seasons in Botswana are indistinct. Rains generally start in October or November and persist through to March or April. Within that period there may be long dry spells. In April, temperatures begin to fall and May is generally regarded as the first month of the dry, cool winter, characterised by clear sunny days and cold nights. Spring begins in August and temperatures rise rapidly during the hot, dry period of September, October and November until the rains again break.

Seasons

JANUARY (Green Season)
FEBRUARY (Green Season )
MARCH (Green Season)
APRIL (Shoulder Season)
MAY (Shoulder Season)
JUNE and JULY (High Season)
AUGUST (High Season)
SEPTEMBER and October (High Season)
NOVEMBER (Start of Green Season)
DECEMBER (Green Season except 20 Dec – 10 Jan)





Botswana is truly a land of breathtaking contrasts, from the sandy plains of the Kalahari Desert to the lush oasis of the Okavango Delta. It is possible to combine these areas into one visit, gaining a spectacular overview of different scenery and attractions: from peaceful mokoro rides through clear waterways, to exhilarating game-drives along riverine forests, to a visit at your own deck from a great herd of elephants. Game-viewing is usually at its best during the dry season (in the winter months of May to August) and in the hot spring-time months of September and October, when the animals gather around dwindling sources of water, near rivers, pools and waterholes.



Morning and Afternoon Safaris
Bird Watching
Walking
Boat Trips
Night Safaris
Cultural visits
Hot Air Ballooning
Beaches
Private Charters
Fishing



2.25 Million People
Gabarone
Pula
English and Setswana
Diamonds, Tourism and Beef




OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

We have first-hand experience of the camps and accommodation in this magnificent safari paradise