Going on Safari in Botswana? We Answer Your FAQs.
Mar14

Going on Safari in Botswana? We Answer Your FAQs.

Famed for its abundant big game, scores of predators and rare species of bird, Botswana most certainly offers its visitors the opportunity to observe a spectacle of wildlife in a pristine location. The country is home to a diverse eco-system and unique biome, brimming with water wonderlands such as the Chobe River and Okavango Delta and authentic desert location such as the semi-arid Kalahari desert. Botswana is hemmed in by 4 countries, which means it enjoys contrasting scenes and a range of remarkable habitats. Lest we not forget the forests, salt pans and national parks dotted across the flat country! Sparse, lush, mysterious and exciting – Botswana is a world in one! Armed with the knowledge that this is an exceptional destination, you’ve now set your sights on going on safari in Botswana. And we’re pretty sure you have plenty of questions. We’ve extracted the most commonly asked FAQs, and answered them as best we can. When can you visit Okavango Delta? The Okavango Delta is a permanent body of water and is a year-round safari destination. During the drier months (May-Sep) the tributaries have less water and the vegetation is thinner. This does make it easier to spot game on the banks of the Delta, and it’s also the time of year when the temperatures are more moderate. June – August provide the best opportunities for boating and canoe safaris  – this is when the water level is higher. Do I need shots to go to Botswana? The most common vaccinations that travellers get prior to travelling to Botswana is Typhoid and Hepatitis A.  Typhoid injections are recommended, but not a necessity. Just make sure you’re up to date with all of your standard shots. You could also invest in getting a tetanus booster prior to travelling. Malaria is prevalent in most safari regions in Africa, so we recommend you take precautions. Chat to your local GP about the various preventative measures on offer. Do I need a yellow fever certificate for Botswana? Botswana does not require a yellow fever certificate. However – if you are travelling from a country that has a high risk of yellow fever (Uganda for example), then you will need to produce your certificate upon arrival. If you arrive from international destinations such as the UK and US, you most certainly won’t need a certificate. Do I need a visa for Botswana from the UK? It’s always best to consult with your embassy to confirm what entry visa you will need when travelling to another country. The current entry regulations state that British nationals do not need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days....

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5 Types of Safari Experiences to Explore in 2019
Jan05

5 Types of Safari Experiences to Explore in 2019

2018 went by in a flash – quicker than a fleeting glance of a leopard under the twilight sky. Let’s make 2019 the year to start planning your African safari. Your first option is to narrow down the type of safari you would like to do, and then move onto the safari destination. Of course, you can combine a number of countries and types of safaris; it’s all dependent on you, your budget and your time. Let’s unpack a few of the types of safaris on offer in Africa. Here are 5 types of safari experiences to explore in 2019. The Water Safari Experience Botswana is the home of the water safari, with the Okavango Delta being the obvious destination of choice. The low gradient alluvial fan of the Okavango Delta is a remarkable region well-worth visiting. There is nothing more rewarding than the soothing sounds of the water mingled with the call of the African fish eagle. A water safari promises a wealth of bird-life, abundant elephant sightings (the wrinkled grey giants LOVE to swim and bathe), crocodile, and hippo sightings. Predators can be spotted in the Moremi Game Reserve, which forms part of the Delta region and guests can enjoy a fully immersive island experience when they stay on one of the islands in the open waters (Chief’s Island is the most famous). The narrow papyrus-lined channels are perfect for exploring on a traditional guided mokoro trip and the open waters offer endless views of crystal clear waters framed by savannah landscapes. The Chobe region also offers water-based activities, with the Linyanti and Savuti swamps offering up a great diversity of game viewing. The swamps are a result of the Linyanti River rising up in the Angolan Highlands, and joining forces with the Chobe River. Savuti has gained an international reputation for being the region where lions take down elephants. The Savuti channel dried up years ago due to tectonic plate movement, and the predators were forced to adapt and survive, creating a lineage of lions that hunt elephants. When the Linyanti swamps are full, the river tends to flood the once barren Savuti Marsh; an area that now enjoys prolific game. Click on this link for your Botswana safari options: https://www.sunsafaris.com/safari/botswana/ The Bucket List Safari Experience The bucket list safari experience is a well-documented type of wildlife holiday centred around major migrations and unique experiences. These safari experiences have made it to mainstream media and have been dubbed “not-to-be-missed” experiences. If you’re a bucket list chaser then we recommend heading to the Masai Mara to witness the annual wildebeest migration, go trekking with gorillas in Uganda, go to Chobe National...

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3 Safari Lodges on the Riverfront in Chobe National Park
Nov08

3 Safari Lodges on the Riverfront in Chobe National Park

The contrasting landscapes, abundant wildlife, and untouched pockets of safari paradise makes Botswana a sought after safari destination. The country is home to premier land and water based safari activities, and a range of lodges are peppered throughout the country. Want a water safari? Head to the Okavango Delta, a world heritage site and home of the water safari. Want a savannah style safari combined with mighty rivers? Then head to the popular Chobe National Park, the land of giants. Want a desert safari? Then head to the arid Kalahari, a culturally significant area home to vast landscapes and mind-blowing mirages. There are so many lodges peppered throughout Botswana that it’s hard to pin down our favourite safari hideaways, so today we’re focusing on 3 safari lodges on the accessible riverfront area of Chobe National Park. Staying here will ensure The Chobe National Park is in the north east part of Botswana, in close proximity to the Okavango Delta. The mighty Chobe river meanders its way through the park, and the Chobe Riverfront is home to hoards of big game. The area is known as the land of giants because of its high concentration of elephants. The park is the third largest in the country, and the riverfront region is the most accessible.  Of course, the geographical marvel of the Linyanti Marshes, and the ferocious predators of the famous Savuti region also fall within the national park. Chobe National Park is home to contrasting eco-systems, and therefore offers a variety of habitats for a wealth of different species. Kasane is the town that serves Chobe, and this is where the four countries of Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe meet. It is also where the mighty Chobe river and powerful Zambezi rivers converge.  Chobe Game Lodge Chobe Game Lodge is situated on the banks of the Chobe River, inside the Chobe National Park. This is the only permanent lodge situated inside the national park. The lodge is expansive and has 47 rooms, sleeping a total of 94 people. It’s a 5 star lodge in a prime location, and all rooms are river facing. Sit on your private balcony and watch the elephants, hippos and birdlife flock to the shores. Chobe Under Canvas Chobe Under Canvas offers guests the opportunity to stay in a mobile tented camp on the banks of the Chobe River in the heart of the national park. This mobile camp is the ultimate in luxury safari living, and has 6 East African style tents nestled on the banks of the river. Enjoy boat cruises, game drives and a relaxed safari in the Chobe National Park. Chobe Elephant Camp Chobe...

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Expert Advice: 10 Best Safari Camps in Botswana
Sep13

Expert Advice: 10 Best Safari Camps in Botswana

We know what a challenge it can be to decide on the right safari camp when there are so many sensational offerings out there, so we decided to consult our in-house area experts to get a summarised version of the 10 best safari camps in different countries. Recently, Natasha gave us her top 10 Kruger accommodations, and now Liselle has given us a list of the 10 best safari camps in Botswana. It is an incredibly helpful guide and includes camps that suit couples, families, adventurers, and luxury-seekers, sourcing the best lodges in particular areas, which have been chosen by Liselle based on her personal experience visiting the camps herself and arranging safaris for her guests. So, below is a list of the top 10 lodges in Botswana. You’re welcome! Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta In a private Okavango Delta concession, where water, land, and air-based activities offer a broad spectrum of game viewing and excitement, the premier Vumbura Plains ties it all together with luxurious finesse. One of the area’s most supreme safari options, this is one for those who want to splash out for that superior Botswana safari experience in private Okavango Delta. Budget: * * * * * From US$ 1075 (low season) – US$ 2730 (high season) pppn sharing Private concession Contemporary tented camp Private plunge pools No WiFi Seasonal activities: guided walks, boating, mekoro, catch-and-release fishing Extra activities: hot-air ballooning, massage treatments, helicopter flights, cultural experience Wildlife specials: sable, resident pack of wild dogs, large buffalo herds, elephants in camp Little Vumbura, Okavango Delta  Also located in the Kwedi Concession of the northern Okavango Delta, like its sister camp, Vumbura Plains, Little Vumbura enjoys the shade of ancient jackalberry and mangosteen trees prominent in the area. This is an intimate tented camp with only six rooms, all of which look out onto the lagoon and floodplains beyond. Little Vumbura is simple, yet stylish, conservation and community conscious in true Wilderness Safaris fashion, and the guiding and hosting teams at camp are experts. Ideal for families some special child-orientated activities and attention to detail. Budget: * * * * * From US$ 1045 (low season) – US$ 2021 (high season) pppn sharing Private concession Intimate tented camp Family friendly Swimming pool No WiFi Seasonal activities: guided walks, boating, mekoro, catch-and-release fishing Extra activities: hot-air ballooning, helicopter flights, cultural experience Wildlife specials: same as Vumbura Plains Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve Let’s start with the view! Zarafa features high on our safari expert’s list as one of Botswana’s premier safari accommodations. Its location in Selinda on a private concession means things are wild, unhurried, and totally exclusive. The...

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Our Top Okavango Delta Sunset Images from Em Gatland
Jun30

Our Top Okavango Delta Sunset Images from Em Gatland

Em Gatland was recently nominated as one of the top female wildlife photographers, and her portfolio of images certainly displays a clear passion for the great outdoors. Not only does she have the ability to capture emotion in her subject, but her unique angles of wildlife evoke a sense of curiosity with the viewer. Whether it’s her minimalist, stark white images or bold and daring landscape images that assault your eyes with their contrasting colours, she certainly knows how to captivate her audience. At Sun Safaris, we’re always waiting with bated breath for the next batch of images to be released. While Em was assignment in the Okavango Delta she stayed at Xobega Island Camp as part of an educational. Guests explored remote areas of Botswana, including the Selinda Spillway, the Kwatale Conservancy, the Savuti region in Chobe National Park, and an isolated island in the Okavango Delta. The route from the Kwatale to the boat station in the Moremi National Park that transports you to Xobega Island Camp, is quite an adventure. It’s a 6 hour route that is more like a game drive than a transfer. Cruising through the Moremi you’ll spot abundant predators, waders and other unexpected pockets of wildlife. Another part of the journey to Xobega Island Camp is the motorboat cruise to the island, which takes roughly 40 minutes. As you motor through the water you will notice plenty of activity from hippo, crocs and water dwelling birds of prey. These species provide perfect subjects against mesmerising backdrops – a photographer’s dream! The focus at Xobega is the water safari. Evenings are spent cruising across the open waters and exploring the narrow papyrus lined channels of the Okavango, catching the sunset as it slips into the horizon. Before your journey begins you might be lucky enough to enjoy a mokoro safari, which is a safari in a traditional dug out canoe. On safari in the Okavango Delta means you are always presented with plenty of opportunity to photograph an array of sightings. Here are Em’s latest sunset images straight from the Okavango...

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Amazing Aerials of the Selinda Spillway and Savuti Region
Dec13

Amazing Aerials of the Selinda Spillway and Savuti Region

Photographers Shannon Benson and Russell MacLaughlin constantly delight us with their string of wildlife photos. Always eager to use the latest in technological advancements when it comes to photography, this duo combine their innate skill with their technical know-how to deliver stark photos of polar bears in the Arctic and emotive photos of pachyderms in Botswana. They certainly use the golden age of technology to their advantage, and their results are always mind-blowing. While on assignment at two lodges in Botswana, in regions so vastly different yet somehow similar, they took these incredible aerial photos of remote corners of pristine safari paradise. The first batch of images comes fresh from the Selinda Spillway, a quiet and wildlife rich region that links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps. The water levels of the area can create interesting patterns where we see water flowing in two different directions in a reserve comprising game rich floodplains. The Selinda Reserve is renown for its remarkable landscapes and variety of game, making it one of the most sought after concessions for a Botswana safari. There are only a limited number of people allowed into the area at a given time, which means plenty of exclusivity and privacy. These photos were taken at RAW Botswana Motswiri Camp, an eco-aware luxury camp located on the banks of the Spillway. This environmentally conscious camp looks out over the peaceful floodplains, and has only five tented chalets, each built on wooden decking and overlooking the waterways. The second set of images comes fresh from the Savuti region of Chobe National Park, and highlights the sheer beauty of a brazen African landscape and the breathtaking wonder of golden hour. The images were taken at the exclusive and luxurious eco-friendly Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge. Ghoha rests on the ledge of the Ghoha Hills on the outskirts of the Savuti channel inside the Chobe National Park, and has sweeping views of the surrounding Savuti region. Two incredible places that we get to see from a bird’s eye view, thanks to Russell and Shannon’s visual journey....

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Introducing Chobe’s Remote Nogatsaa Pans Lodge
Nov11

Introducing Chobe’s Remote Nogatsaa Pans Lodge

Nogatsaa Pans Lodge is a relatively unknown lodge located in a less-explored region of the Chobe National Park, a game-rich area teeming with an abundance of game. The major drawcard of staying at this safari lodge in Botswana? The design, position and variety of species. Nogatsaa could not have been designed better, and architects have certainly taken advantage of the surrounds and cleverly constructed hides, viewing points and lounges in prime game viewing positions. This eco-aware lodge is an extension of its natural environment, and not an intrusion into its remote and raw surrounds. Situated 80 km south of the Chobe River front area, Nogatsaa region has a unique cluster of clay-bottom pans which fill up during the rainy season and supplemented during the dry season. The pans draw a wealth of wildlife to the area, which can be viewed from the comfort of one of the many hides dotted around the area. This eco-aware lodge epitomises safari sophistication and its superior design elements and attention to detail, make it a sought after destination. This is the latest brainchild of Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge, an exquisite luxury lodge in an unusual position of top of a hill in the Savuti region. It goes without saying that Nogatsaa will be as successful as its sister lodge. Nogatsaa’s 12 exquisite luxuriously tented rooms with private balconies overlook the Kwikamba Pan, the largest pan in the area. There are luxury tented rooms and family rooms, each with a flexible bed configuration, comprising 3/4 beds and king size beds. Expect exquisite en suite bathrooms, white percale linen, oversized pillows and towels for extra comfort, and even extra touches such as gowns and slippers. Your tented palatial safari suite has a lounge, chairs, and even a desk to catch up on some writing or work you’ve neglected. In short, Nogatsaa’s rooms epitomise the ultimate in safari style. We’ll let the images do the talking with this...

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