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Botswana is home to Africa’s most richly populated wildlife areas, with an unsurpassed variety of animals. The country offers the best concentrated safari experiences, and due to its largely roadless wilderness areas lends itself to the fly-in safari. About the same size as France, the country’s highlights are definitely in the remote wilderness areas including the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Savute and the Kalahari. World Journeys offers fully serviced mobile camping safaris, walking safaris and luxury fly-in safaris staying in our favourite lodges. Botswana and Namibia are a perfect combination to create a Journey in Africa.

Linyanti National Park
The Linyanti and upper Savuti areas are among the most beautiful in Botswana with exceptional game viewing with large herds of buffalo, zebra and elephant. Because this area is a private game reserve, the vehicle concentrations are very low and the wilderness experience is one of the best in Africa.

Chobe National Park
Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam – the highest concentration of anywhere in Africa…so if you love elephants you will not be disappointed!  Chobe can be enjoyed by houseboat cruise or staying at one of the few lodges located within the National Park.

Okavango Delta
Covering between 6,000 and 15,000 sq km of the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana, the Okavango Delta is unlike other famous deltas such as the Mississippi as it is a vast inland river delta that is affected by seasonal flooding drawing in lions, leopards, hyenas and more. A true pristine wilderness experience and the jewel of Botswana!

Kalahari Desert
A large basin like plain of the interior plateau of Southern Africa which occupies almost all of Botswana, the third eastern of Namibia and the northernmost part of the Northern Cape province in South Africa. Arid-adapted game includes springbok, oryx, wildebeest, kudu and steenboks, as well as desert specialties such as meerkat, bat-eared foxes, cape fox and brown hyena. One of the more unexpected Kalahari Desert facts is that all three African big cats can be found here – cheetahleopard and the famous black-maned Kalahari lions.

Makgadikgadi Pans
The reserve is a salt pan with an area of 3,900 sq km and one of the largest salt flats in the world.  The pans itself is only accessible during the dry season – from March to October when the glaring white surface spreads so far that you can see the curvature of the earth and this the winter season with sunny days however extremely cold nights. August to November is when  wildebeest and zebra migrate slowly towards the Boteti River in anticipation of the rains.

The very best time for wildlife viewing in Botswana is between April and November, when the water levels are lower and birds, mammals and big game congregate around the water holes and channels to drink.

Outside of this season, there are many good reasons to visit including the calving season of newborn animals during November and December, and for “twitchers” between January and March when the Okavango Delta comes alive with over 400 species of birds.

Just thinking about this beautiful country makes me smile. From its wonderful people to its serene environments and sheer beauty, it is a safari lover’s dream.

Our Botswana journey started in Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in Africa. Our accommodation was true ‘glamping’ style complete with a comfortable double bed, flush toilet, and hot bucket shower…oh, and did I mention a butler! Safaris in Chobe are done by land and boat with the wildlife viewing certainly living up to expectations as over 200 elephants congregated in one area to play in the water.

From Chobe we took a light aircraft down to the Okavango Delta – one of the most pristine and remote safari destinations one could ever hope for. With a focus on high quality, low volume tourism, you will not see masses of people, with the camps and lodges accommodating only around 30 guests. Travelling in December was not only great value but also a good time to see incredible birdlife and plenty of young animals. Think cute fluffy cheetah cubs, baby elephants and baby hyenas – simply adorable!

Our days in the Okavango Delta were spent doing morning and afternoon safaris, with downtime spent relaxing at the camps, enjoying a swim in the pool while wildlife wandered past. Quite the way to relax! The meals were simply superb and hearty with the staff taking note of what foods and drinks we particularly enjoyed. I was quite blown away upon arriving at the second camp to be greeted with “welcome Mrs Bennetto, your pink gin is waiting for you in your room”!

As we flew back to Maun in our light aircraft it was an incredible sight to see zebras and elephants from the air – almost as if they were farewelling us from their little slice of paradise.

Davina Bennetto, Sales Executive

Currency Botswanan Pula (BWP)

Language Setswana is the national language of Botswana, while English is the official language.

Why we love it Botswana has a fantastic contrast of arid to semi-arid desert covering much of the country – the Kalahari, and the incredible watery lagoons and labyrinths of the Okavango Delta which is in itself one of, if not the top highlight of any visit to Africa. The Kalahari and its salt pans including Makgadikgadi and Nxai, offers visitors game viewing (including specific desert species such as the meerkat), endless vistas and starry skies, opportunities to learn about the San culture and activities such as quad biking. In the Delta on the other hand, you can be taken on mokoro trips (dug out local canoe) with your guides, and enjoy game viewing by vehicle, boat and on foot. There is so much to explore in this watery paradise and it is well known for its numbers of predators and its high numbers of bird species. Travel around Botswana is most often by light aircraft and this in itself affords the most incredible views over the channels of the Delta. Chobe National Park is also situated in Botswana and is the home of the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Botswana also combines very well with a visit to Victoria Falls and other game viewing in Zambia.

Weather Summer is from November to the end of March and is also the rainy season. The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm. The best time to visit the Okavango Delta is from June – October but travelling in the in-between periods of April/May or November is often recommended as it is outside of the “high” and more expensive season.

Social customs & quirks Botswana was originally a protectorate of the British crown, known as Bechuanaland, and became independent in 1966 after which diamonds were discovered. The majority of peoples in Botswana are either of Khoisan or Bantu descent, which include other tribes within these. The San or “Bushmen” people for example, under the Khoisan group, are well documented and believed to be the race to which any person can trace their genetic heritage. While on safari you will find many of the staff at camp are local Botswanan and extremely proud to be sharing your experience of their country with you.

Festivals & events For nine days each April the Matisong Festival takes place in many venues around Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone. There’s theatre, traditional music and dance, marimba bands, choirs and a range of more western-influenced styles of dance and music.

Travel to Botswana from Australia may require a visa – to check current requirements go to https://visalink.com.au/visa-quick-check

Health* Please contact your General Practitioner for advice regarding the recommended vaccination programme for travellers to this region. The only compulsory health requirement is a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if coming from, or travelling through, an infected area.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Belmond Grand Tour of Southern Africa

Africa 7 or 10 nights

Belmond's Grand Tour of Southern Africa embraces an iconic Cape Town hotel and three thrillingly different safari experiences in the diverse landscapes of Botswana.

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Botswana Sensational Summer

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Chobe River Safaris

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Zambezi Queen or Chobe Princesses

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The banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent - estimated at approximately 120,000.

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Fly around Botswana

Fly around Botswana

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Stay 2 or more nights at Sandibe to enjoy free helicopter transfers!

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Makgadikgadi & Mekoros
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Okavango & Kalahari Contrasts

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African Horseback Safaris, led by dedicated guides, offers more than 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the magical Okavango Delta to explore by horseback.

The Ultimate Journey

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Victoria Falls

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