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Botswana is unique country and by far one of the most exciting safari destinations on the planet. Its wild, unspoilt landscape offers a wealth of incredible game viewing opportunities. Botswana is often referred to as the "Land of giants" because its ancient baobab trees and free roaming elephant herds found throughout the country.
The contrast between the arid desert and wetland paradise, the Okavango Delta, creates a breathtaking landscape ideal for both land and water safaris. Many attempts have been made by writers to describe the fascinating beauty of Botswana's Okavango Delta with its breathtaking scenery and vast concentrations of wildlife. Choose from our extensive range of Botswana honeymoon and safari packages, or simply book your accommodation through us.
Botswana undoubtedly has some of the most amazing wilderness areas. The crown jewel is the Okavango Delta. The Delta is easily accessible from Maun Airport via short light air transfers into the various camps airstrips. Some camps located in the Moremi Game Reserve are accessible via road transfer.
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is home to the Savuti Chanel, and has a few of the most incredible safari camps in Africa. Predator sightings are regular, as are huge herds of elephants.
The Chobe River is the life-blood of the Chobe National Park, and game viewing via boat cruises on the river is one of the highlights of any visit to the Chobe area.
Suggested Safari Camps
Botswana has some of the best safari camps in all of Africa. The ones we recommend below are remote and located in true wilderness areas. In the Okavango Delta, Jacana Camp is a classic "water" camp. The camp offers year round water based game viewing activities, as well as the traditional game drives.
Little Vumbura is a small, intimate camp, located in an area in the north of the Okavango Delta renowned for excellent year round game viewing. Duba Plains is a camp famous for its lion-buffalo interactions, and the camp is owned and managed by people truly committed to wildlife conservation. Banoka Bush Camp is a really affordable safari camp located just north of the Moremi Game Reserve.
In the Moremi Game Reserve, Mombo Camp reigns supreme as possible the camp with the most regular and spectacular game viewing in Africa! Khwai Tented Camp is a small, rustic and traditional camp owned and managed by people serious about quality guiding.
Chobe Game Lodge is our favourite safari lodge located on the riverfront in the Chobe National Park, and Savute Safari Lodge is the best option in the Savute Marsh area of the Chobe. The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve is a wildlife lover's paradise, with Savuti Camp and Kings Pool offering unrivalled safaris in this area. Further north west is Kwando Lebala, another camp well known for excellent game viewing.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world, and in the summer season, Deception Valley is full of huge herds of plains game, as well as predators. Kalahari Plains and Tau Pan Camp are our recommended safari destinations in this reserve.
For many visitors Botswana offers the most rewarding safari experience due to its diverse variety of wildlife, spectacular scenery and natural environments. The country offers approximately 550 different bird species, over 170 mammal, 80 fish species and well over 3000 recorded plant species.
The best lion-viewing occurs in the central and northern regions of the Okavango as well as in the Moremi and Savuti Marsh, along the Linyanti, Kwando and Chobe Rivers. Large concentrations of elephant can be found in the Chobe, Linyanti and Savuti regions, the largest population in Africa can be found here.
The Okavango Delta is famous for its lion-buffalo interaction. The rest of the cats, leopard and cheetah occur year round in protected areas such as the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. Cheetahs are also found in the Savuti Marsh and Savuti Channel.
Trying to plan a safari to Botswana can be difficult if you've not yet visited the country. Why not just book a set tour with us? Below are a few of our Suggested Botswana Tours
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Most safaris in Botswana start and end at either Maun Airport or Kasane Airport. Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for guests with Air Botswana. Daily scheduled flights operate between Johannesburg and Maun and on certain days there are flights between Johannesburg and Kasane. Air Botswana also flies between Windhoek (Namibia) and Maun. Private charters can also be arranged for guests by Sun Safaris.
Most of Botswana lies within the tropics, hence some refer to the climate as tropical, however, it would be more accurate to say it is continental semi-arid. Botswana is a dry country and rainfall is generally low and unpredictable. The Okavango Delta is an oasis in this dry and arid country.
The summer season is from October to March and is usually hot and wet. Approximately 80% of the rainfall occurs during the months of December to February, also called the rainy season and average temperatures range from 26°Celsius reaching highs of over 40° Celsius. From March to May the day time temperatures become more bearable with cooler nights.
The dry winter months are more pleasant, June through to August; the day time temperatures are mild to warm however early mornings and evenings are cold with temperatures dropping below freezing point in some parts of the country.
The Moremi Game Reserve falls within the tribal land of the Batswana and is named after the late Chief Moremi III. Today, the Moremi rates as one of the leading wildlife areas of the world. The mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please.
The Tuli Block in Botswana offers a wonderful wildlife area in which to view game. The Tuli Block has an abundance of mammals as well as a long list of birds. The area also offers fascinating scenery. The Tuli Block integrates the Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Nature Reserve and other smaller game reserves.
Nxai Pan National Park adjoins the Makgadikgadi Pans on its northern border. The park is well known for its huge springbok herds. After the summer rains, game viewing can be very good and birding excellent. An interesting fact is that Nxai Pan is the only wild environment when springbok and impala occur naturally.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest in the world. It is Africa at its untamed best, and after the summer rains, the area around Deception Valley offers some of the best game viewing in Botswana. Gemsbok, springbok, lion and jackal are plentiful and the gathering of huge herds is a spectacular sight.
On the southern banks of the Linyanti River, is the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. Here the marsh subsides into lagoons and steadily flowing rivers with riverine forests of jackalberry and sausage trees leading to open grasslands, and dry inland wooded areas. Recognised as a prime game viewing area, the Savuti (also spelt Savute), covers almost 1,930 sq. miles (5,000 square km) in the south west of Chobe National Park.
The Makgadikgadi Pans consist of two major basins, relics of a massive lake and swampland that existed over much of northern Botswana between about 2 million and 40,000 years ago. This is an extremely fragile environment filled with fascination and interest. The management and guides have an approach of maximum care for the environment, and this is a destination for the true lover of remote experiences.
The Okavango Delta is one of Africa's most stunning wildlife areas. A true wilderness area, the Okavango is home to some of the best safari camps in Africa. Game viewing activities in include game drives, bush walks and mokoro rides.
The best area to view game in the Chobe National Park is near the riverfront of the mighty Chobe River. Located just a 90 minute drive from Victoria Falls, the Chobe is home to some of the largest elephant herds in Africa and few people come to Chobe without taking a trip on the river to see hundreds of hippopotamuses and crocodiles, as well as the elephants coming down to drink.
Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana. It is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts and now has shopping centres, hotels and lodges, as well as, car hire; although it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to bring their cattle to Maun to sell. The community is distributed along the wide banks of the Thamalakane River where red lechwe can still be seen grazing next to local donkeys, goats and cattle. Maun is a gateway for exploring much of northern Botswana; for example it is the natural hub for visitors from outside the region to explore the Tsodilo Hills and the Makgadikgadi Pans. The Thamalakane River discharges to the Boteti River, whose seasonal high flow reaches the Makgadikgadi.
The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.