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Botswana

why

Botswana?

Botswana is very close to our hearts, particularly the Savuti region where we first met, lived and worked together for many years. Botswana gets under your skin and one visit is never enough!

The countries leaders were early adopters of high-quality, low volume tourism which has created sustainability, employment and preserves the environment and wildlife.

It is a land of contrasts and offers some of the highest quality safari experiences in Africa.

  • Game drives both day and night (night drives only available outside of the National Parks)
  • Hot Air Balloon rides
  • Walking safaris (in certain areas)
  • Birdwatching
  • Mokoro rides through the Delta channels
  • Horse riding
  • Game flights
  • Helicopter flights
    • Population: 2.25 million (2017)
    • Area: 581,730 km2 (47th largest country by area)
    • Capital: Gaborone

the

Okavango Delta

Stunning crystal-clear waterways, hidden islands, floodplains that are home large herds of elephant, incredible birdlife, predators and the little guys. All living in their natural environment, hunting and breeding as they always have. You have to experience it to believe it. I always get a little bit breathless talking about the Okavango and it isn’t until clients come back and we catch up and they understand why – it has recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is humbling to walk beside the annual flood waters as they reach like fingers into the sandy areas that only minutes before were bone dry. To watch nature in its absolute finest is out of this world.

  • Large herds of elephants as they run to the water hole, slurp and splash around with the rest of the herd.
  • Silently exploring the waterways om a traditional dugout canoe (mokoro).
  • Listening to the bell frog orchestra whilst lying in your tent at night
  • Hearing a lion roar in the dead of night
  • Birdwatching is out of this world – the Delta is a birder and photographers dream.
  • Watching the sun go down with a cold drink in hand -nothing beats the Africa sky.

the

Kalahari

The Kalahari is home to the traditional San Bushman and always makes us think of the movie, ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’. It is vast, flat and diverse. It is a place where you can feel like you are the only person in the world and wonder how anything survives, but survive they do. This is where you can see large herds of zebra, wildebeest and other plains game. So of course, there will be predators not too far away. The skies are massive and the stars are out of this world.

The Kalahari is divided into northern Kalahari and central Kalahari. The north is made up of a number of major salt pans – Makgadikgadi, Nxai, Ntwetwe and Sua.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the biggest protected areas in all of Africa. It’s a vast expanse of scrub that’s may look devoid of life at first, but the summer rains bring life in abundance with plains game and predators congregating en masse.

  • Walk the ancient paths with the San Bushmen who have called the Kalahari home for centuries.
  • Endless horizons and incredible night skies.
  • Game drives looking for the black maned lions and cheetahs.
  • Galloping on a horse across the arid plains.
  • Experience first hand the intricacies of a meerkat gang.
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the

Linyanti

The Linyanti River system and varied woodland habitats along the Linyanti faultline offers a complete contrast to the Okavango Delta and is an essential part of any Botswana itinerary. The magical Zibidianja lagoons are the source or the legendary Savuti Channel. It is plays home to large herds of elephants in the dry season and abundant other wildlife with incredible birding. There is something magical about sitting with a herd of elephants as they run to the waterhole for a drink and then silently drink their fill before playing with the rest of the herd. Or watching a pride of lions trying to single out an unlucky individual in herd of buffalo in their thousands. You could spend weeks in the Linyanti and still not have enough time!

  • Elephants, elephants and more elephants in the dry season (Jul-Nov).
  • Hyaenas and lions and the interaction between the two eternal enemies.
  • Hippo pools that appear out of nowhere.
  • September – November- dry, hot and dusty and game heading to waterholes as though they have never drunk before.
  • Lions walking the Savuti channel.
  • Wild dogs on a chase.
  • Night drives to see nocturnal species doing their thing.

Chobe

National Park

The perennial Chobe River forms the North-east border of Botswana’s Chobe National Park which ultimately flows into the might Zambezi River. It’s a vast National Park with many habitats supporting a myriad of wildlife and is a top tier birding destination too. During the dry season (June to October), one of the greatest concentrations of elephants in Africa congregate around the river and decimate the riparian vegetation. It’s also home to the Savuti Channel and Savuti Marsh to the south, where the ancient river fans out and forms flat grassland surrounded by wooded vegetation. Pumped waterholes support wildlife here through the dry season and is home to predator and prey in abundance.

  • Elephants at waterholes in the dry season (Aug-Nov).
  • Hyaenas and lions and the interaction between the two eternal enemies.
  • Boat rides on the Chobe for birding and elephants up close.
  • Elephants crossing the might river.
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