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Botswana Safaris & Tours

Welcome To Botswana

“Other countries might have invented the safari, but Botswana has perfected it. The combination of epic wildlife populations in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, with the world’s largest network of salt pans in Makgadikgadi Pans and the desert-specialist animals of the Kalahari, makes for endless safari adventures.”

Eliud Karimi

Head Wildlife Guide/Director Of Operations

Home to iconic destinations like the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, Botswana claims the title of some of the best safari camps, lodges and mobile safaris in all of Africa. Being that internal flights on light aircraft are short and quick, the only limitation when it comes to designing an itinerary is your imagination and budget. Here you’ll encounter the largest elephant herds on the continent and track big cats and wild dogs through diverse wetlands. Due to its exclusive-use reserves, travelers get to experience some of Africa’s most sought-after sightings: wild dog packs and leopards plus lions that prey on buffalo and hippo in epic battles. With so much to do and see it’s easy to see why Botswana is a popular destination to watch Africa’s big game in pristine, beautiful landscapes.

Botswana is home to a number of superb National Parks & Game Reserves including: Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, and Nxai Pan National Park. With high concentrations of wildlife and diversity of scenic landscapes, it’s easy to see why Botswana ranks high up on the list for being one of the best safari destinations in Africa. A significant amount of its land has been set aside for wildlife conservation with 17% of land set aside for National Parks and Reserves while another 22% is used for Wildlife Management Areas.

When it comes to visiting Botswana, wildlife viewing is good year-round but can depend on which park you plan on visiting. If you are looking to travel to experience the Okavango Delta, Moremi, and Chobe we’d recommend visiting from May to September during the dry season where the temperatures are more moderate. If you plan on visiting the other national parks and reserves, the best time to visit is during the wet season (November to April) when fresh grasses attract wildlife and with the exception of January and February, rains seldom interfere with your trip.

Botswana is known for its subtropical desert climate which has fluctuating day and night temperatures but overall still low humidity. For six months out of the year, it receives little rainfall with the wettest months being December to March. During the winter, there is little to almost no rain while still maintaining low humidity. As the water sources dry up, you will find a greater concentration of animals around the various water holes and rivers. It’s important to remember that mornings can ger as cold as 42°F in the morning while daytime temperatures can reach 93°F in the afternoon depending on your location.

When it comes to a diverse healthy wildlife population, Botswana offers a majoritiy of the popular safari animals with the exception of rhino, which have recently been reintroduced. Here you will find a great number of elephants governing the river banks, especially in Chobe National Park which is known to be the home of the African elephant. Popular sightings include the Cape Buffalo often seen in small groups as well as hippos that traverse a majority of the major water systems in Botswana. For those that are lucky, you might have the opportunity to spot tree-climbing leopards as well as the endangered African wild dog.

Overall, wildlife viewing is best during the Dry season when the bush is thinner resulting in a concentration of animals around various waterholes and rivers. If you have your heart set on experiencing the wildlife in the Okavango Delta, the floods occur from June to October, providing the opportunity to watch exhilarating wildlife in a unique ecosystem. If you are flexible with your travel plans, heading to the parks in the Kalahari offer better wildlife viewing from November to April when the lush greenery appears attracting a wide variety of animals from the north.

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Our Recommended Botswana Tours

 

From the waterways of the Okavango Delta to the dense forests of Chobe National Park, Botswana’s diverse habitats provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable safari expeirience in Southern Africa. Here you will embark on exciting game drives through some of the contintents most remote regions and enjoy water safaris by mokoros (dugout canoes) through flooded plains. Due to the remote and isolated destinations, expert planning is needed and encouraged. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Our team is happy to design a safari to Botswana for you, to suite your preferences, time and budget.

Heart of the delta safari

Botswana & victoria falls

“This was the best trip I have ever taken. It truly was life changing. Not one aspect of this trip was disappointing. Our guide, Jackson was the most patient and informative guide, I think we could have ever asked for. We saw everything – the big five, a cheetah hunt, herds of elephants, lions, hippos! It was the greatest experience I ever had.”

“We have just returned from the most wonderful and amazing trip we have taken! We have traveled in Europe, Asia, North/South and Central America and this was the best trip we have had. The variety of animals and abundance we saw was beyond our expectations. We are looking forward to our next trip!”

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