Botswana – Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Botswana is without a doubt one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Its two big rivers, the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River serve as a boundary to an abundance of wildlife. It is most definitely the place to go if you want to see The Big Five and if you don’t feel like fighting with lots of other tourists! Here are just a few of the many reasons why beautiful Botswana should have a spot on your bucket-list.

Exquisite Landscapes
Botswana boasts breath-taking landscapes and untouched wilderness.

The Okavango Delta
The Okavango delta also known as the “Jewel of the Kalahari” is the world’s largest inland Delta (approximately 15000 square kilometres.)This tranquil haven is home to a magnitude of lush plants and a staggering array of wildlife and birds.

Chobe
Chobe is truly a magical place and home to Africa’s largest Elephant population. Cruise down the river at sunset and marvel at the lavish vegetation, vibrant birdlife and infinite animals.

Migrations
Yearly Zebra and Antelope migrations are a real spectacle to witness. An encounter you will never forget and definitely something for the bucket list.

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Off the Regular Tourist Map
Few safari lodges and a low impact tourist policy mean that the country has not been overrun by tourists. Most of the safari lodges are small (and often) luxurious providing a very intimate, authentic experience.

Desert
Botswana has a unique semi-desert of approximately 50 000 square kilometres. Stark and arid, its beauty is certainly is one of a kind.

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Game Boating
Botswana Is one of the few places left in Africa that you can go on safari and get up close and personal with wildlife in an old-fashioned houseboat, speedboat or canoe.

Committed to Conservation
Botswana is a true pioneer in ecotourism and is wholly committed to wildlife and nature conservation.

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Lovely People
The locals are amazing and their kindness and warmth is contageous. They are respectful, gentle, considerate and passionate about their country. You feel instantly at home amongst them!

Don’t waste any time! Contact us now and let us plan the perfect luxury Botswana safari for you.

Property of the Month – Mombo

Proudly presenting Mombo, a Wilderness Safaris masterpiece and October’s Property of the Month!

Mombo boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa, it’s set on its very own island in the middle of the Okavango Delta and its a real home away from home…

Here are a few more reasons to visit Mombo… and what it is that makes this property a real Botswanan gem!

Mombo is the flagship of Wilderness Safaris’ already impressive fleet. Set on a private concession on Chief’s Island in the middle of the Okavango Delta, Mombo arguably offers the best big game viewing in all of Africa. All of the big cats, spotted hyaena, black and white rhino, herds of elephant and abundant general game roam the concession in astonishing numbers. You could of course see all of this from capacious comfort and sophisticated style of the glorious Mombo suites – suites that will rival your own home for creature comforts and a sense of belonging.

Eco-friendly luxury

Mombo Camp is exclusive, extravagant and simply stunning. At the same time, much of the camp’s power is provided by a solar farm in keeping with Wilderness Safaris’ genuine commitment to conservation.

The main lounge and dining areas boast an atmosphere of inviting and contemporary African style that is unashamedly opulent while the expansive decks leading out from the thatched living area provide unimpeded views of the Delta. The two raised plunge pools offer the best possible respite from the Okavango heat while you sip your favourite cocktail.

There are just nine luxurious tented suites at Mombo Camp. Each is raised two metres from the ground and linked by raised walkways so you will always feel like you are floating above the delta while the wildlife is completely unimpeded by your presence. Each suite vaunts extensive private decking where you can rest in seclusion or enjoy an exquisite spa treatment from the comfort of your own thatched Sala – suspended over the flood plains of the Okavango.

 

Inside, whether it’s from the king-size bed, cosy lounge or generous bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, you will luxuriate in ultimately tasteful African luxury – always with a panorama of the wilderness beyond.
Mombo’s cuisine is an abundant collection of uncomplicated but delicious fare that can be enjoyed in the privacy of your deck, in the eerie but delightful boma or even out in the wild.

Fame in the wild

One of National Geographic’s most famous films – Eye of the Leopard – was shot at Mombo. The famous leopardess, Legadima is still a constant and confiding feature of this concession as is the legendary Maporota Pride.

Dawn and afternoon game drives are likely to offer you the chance to spend time photographing or simply being astonished by the beauty of Legadima and her cubs. The dynamics of the awesome lion prides offer constant excitement while the huge herds of impala, tsesebe and lechwe frolicking in the delta shallows epitomise the abundance of the Mombo concession.

In the quiet of the midday, you might visit the exquisite hide where you can photograph the plethora of bird life that the Okavango has on offer all year round.

Authentic commitment

Wilderness Safaris has been a huge supporter of the re-introduction of rhino (both black and white) to Chief’s Island and you might spend time tracking down these ancient remnants as they seek sanctuary in the Mombo wilderness.

For more on this incredible safari destination – please contact us here. 

FAQs — 10 Things To Know Before You Go On Safari

Organising a safari is always exciting, however, it can be a little bit daunting if it’s your first time. It’s even daunting for people who have gone on safari before because things change and different places require different things. In order to put your mind at ease, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten most frequently asked questions when preparing for a safari.

  1. Are all safaris the same?

Definitely not. There is an incredibly wide variety of safaris to choose from. Most people think of the traditional African safari trips—you know, the Big Five sightings, the African savannah, the vast plains … But, you can also go on boat (mokoro) safaris in Botswana or even ocean safaris in Mozambique! This is a great way to see hippos, elephants, and even crocs up close. Another thing to remember is that there are different types of game drives at different times of the day.

  1. Will I definitely see the Big Five?

This is something that really can’t be guaranteed. Unfortunately, nature is unpredictable, so it really is just all about luck. Don’t get obsessed with seeing the Big Five—just sit back, relax, and enjoy the things that you do see – you will no doubt be blown away by the experience!

  1. Do I need a visa to travel to Africa?

This truly depends on which country in Africa you are visiting, and which country you are coming from. If you are visiting Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, or South Africa, and you are from either the UK or the US, you will not need a visa if your visit will be less than 90 days. If you’re visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, and you’re from the UK or the US, then you will need a visa, but you can obtain one when you arrive in the country for approximately $50.00 per person. If you’re visiting Mozambique or Uganda, and you’re from the US or the UK, then you need to obtain a visa before you travel to these countries.

  1. Do I need to get any vaccines?

Yes. You need to book an appointment with your doctor to make sure that they can recommend the most up-to-date vaccine advice. You need to let them know where you’re going and for how long. Also inform them about any stop-overs that you might be having because if you stop over in Kenya at all, you will need to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Other African countries will not allow you to enter from Kenya if you have not had this vaccine. Most game parks in Africa are malaria areas so it is important to take malaria medication. The vaccines that are generally prescribed are for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and diphtheria, but your doctor will be able to advise you on this.

  1. Which currency will I need to take with me?

It’s best to use US dollars in Africa. However, South Africa does not accept US dollars, and so you will need to take the South African Rand if you will be staying in South Africa. You can use your credit cards as well, although the surcharge might be quite large.

  1. Is it safe to visit Africa?

Of course. We make sure that the countries where we operate our trips are safe, and we are kept up to date with regular updates about each country so we would be the first to know if there were any issues or safety concerns to worry about.

  1. Is there a specific dress code for a safari?

No. It’s important to dress comfortably and casually while you’re on safari. You should, however, take some smart casual clothes to the top lodges for the evenings. You should wear khaki for game drives, and you should bring along a polar fleece jacket for early morning game drives. Pack in a few cardigans or sweaters just to be safe because the evenings are sometimes quite cold. Here are a few more tips on what to pack when going on safari.

  1. Will I be able to charge my electronic devices?

Yes. Most of the lodges have an electricity supply of 240 volts and most use the UK-style plugs. South Africa is the exception because its sockets are either 2 prong or three prong with the larger, round pins. But, you will definitely be able to charge you camera batteries at all of the lodges.

  1. Will food and drinks be included in my accommodation fee?

Most safari lodges include your food and drinks in your accommodation fee but there are exceptions. You need to find out from your safari specialist whether or not your food and drinks will be covered by your specific lodge.

  1. Is it okay to drink the local water?

It’s best to be safe and to limit yourself to bottled water for your time spent in Africa. The safety of the water depends on the area so you can ask the camp manager whether or not the water is safe to drink.

For any other queries or questions you might have please contact us and we will be sure to help you out.

Where to See Leopards in Africa

The leopard is without a doubt the most beautiful and most elusive member of the Big Five. It’s the most sought after sighting amongst tourists and one that safari guides across Africa spend their days in search of. If you are lucky enough to see a leopard in your life… that moment will be one that you remember and treasure forever.

Leopards are solitary and stealthy predators whose mastery of camouflage makes them very difficult to spot. To increase your chance of seeing them you need to find their prime habitats where concentrations are greatest. It also really helps if guides are able to take you on night drives as well as drive off road in the reserve to follow these magnificent predators. A leopard sighting is truly a sight to behold but unfortunately seeing them really is down to luck. However, if you go to one of the 5 places listed below you will most definitely have better odds of witnessing this definitive wildlife experience.

Sabi Sands, South Africa

The Sabi Sands situated on the Kruger National Park’s western boundary has an incredibly high concentration of leopard. Within the Sabi Sands your best bet is most definitely Londolozi as this pinnacle safari destination prides itself in its incredible relationship with its leopards. The reserve contains hoards of the perfect leopard prey, its lush habitat and expanse of dense trees makes is perfect for leopards and guides are allowed to drive off road and at night in search of them.

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Click here to read our five favorite stories from the famous Londolozi blog.

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Moremi is a truly special place as it surrounds much of the Okavango Delta, Botswana’s wildlife hotspot. With herds of small antelope, monkeys, warthogs and the like the grassy floodplains and tall forest are prime leopard country. Most of the camps allow night and off-road driving which helps considerably too. Chiefs Camp in particular sits on the Delta’s largest island and is renowned for some of the best big game viewing in all of Africa and most notably leopard viewing.

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Samburu & Masai Mara Reserves, Kenya

The Samburu and Masai Mara National Reserves both have great reputations for excellent leopard sightings. Samburu a dry woodland area and the Mara an open rolling grassland are both prime leopard habitats. Leopards lie especially along the rivers, in the trees and in amongst the kopjes awaiting the arrival of their prey often which consist of the great herds that move annually into the areas.

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South Luangwa, Zambia

The exquisite South Luangwa Valley in central Zambia boasts one of the highest concentrations of leopard in Africa due to its high concentrations of prey. A wide and fertile alluvial plain nourished by the Luangwa River, the park’s wildlife ranges from aardvark to zebra and it has long been known for its dense concentrations of predators, especially lions and leopards. South Luangwa camps also offer some of Africa’s best walking safaris, which enable you to prowl this big predator country on foot!

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Kalahari Desert, Namibia and South Africa

The Kalahari Desert is a large “waterless” desert covering most of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. It is hot and rainfall is minimal but it is also home to a large collection of leopard, which graze and cool off by the few rivers in amongst the sandy plains, mostly up North towards Namibia.

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A leopard sighting is one of life’s true wonders, an experience you will never forget and one that will leave you speechless and covered (head to toe) in goosebumps! We wish you all the best on your quest to get up close and personal with Africa’s most magnificent predator.

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Experience of the Month – Walking Safaris

Do you have an adventurous streak within you? Do you love getting up close and personal to wildlife? Do you love being at one with nature? Well then a real African walking safari is an absolute must for your bucket list!

There is no better way to get up-close-and-personal with the African bush, and its wildlife, than to go on a walking safari. It is, without a doubt, the best way to fully experience and appreciate the magical intricacies that make up a regular day out in the bush.

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Even if you’ve had many safari experiences in the past, this iconic adventure will, no doubt, knock your socks off.

You walk in silence, you are at one with nature’s rhythm, and you are completely at peace with the world. The landscape is exquisite and ever-changing. From the Marula trees to the Jackal berries, from the Syringas to the Leadwood trees, from the dry riverbeds to the grassy plains, and to the rocky granite outcrops, there is so much to take in!

The expert guides will lead you every step of the way and ensure that your safety always comes first. Their love for the bush, and their incredible anecdotes about the animals and how and why they do what they do, makes the experience truly authentic and valuable. They will teach you how to judge how big an elephant is from its prints, how to tell how fast a lion is walking, and how to tell the difference between the red-billed and yellow-billed hornbill’s calls—you will learn so much! It’s most definitely the best way to learn about the bush. It certainly makes you wonder why we spend our days, months, and years learning about accounting, marketing, and law, instead of taking the time to stop and just simply appreciate, and fully understand, the world around us. There is just so much that nature can teach us… we just need to let it.

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A walking safari is such an adventure and it really is one way to get to know your friends and family better, too.

You wake to the sounds of birds chirping, lions calling to each other, hyenas reporting on the night’s events, and fish eagles crying, and yet it all seems so still and peaceful. Sitting in the middle of the bush with a hot cup of coffee and a rusk, you wait in quiet anticipation for the sun to peek over the canopy of Mopanis or to rise up above the river. It really is a spiritual experience like no other.

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For the birders among us, a walking safari is a must! There are so many birds of prey to be seen: from bateleurs, to fish eagles, to African hawk eagles. You’ll spot hornbills, barbets, rollers, sunbirds, bee-eaters, kingfishers, vultures, and many more. A walking safari allows you to get much better sightings than you would from a vehicle.

Your heartbeat will slow down to the pace of the African bush, you will go to bed and rise with the sun, and you will feel as though you are a part of something so much bigger—a world that exists out there every day, and that we miss as we race around obliviously, caught up in our corporate lives.

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If you have any questions at all on the possible walking safaris on offer, please contact us. We can design the perfect combination of luxury and adventure just for you, and all in a heartbeat.

 

Safari Pricing Explained

We are often asked how much safaris cost. This is because it is extremely hard to find prices for safaris online, and because there is an incredibly vast range of safari tours available—each type of safari tour obviously has its own associated costs, depending on the travel agent that you use.

Iconic Africa showcases the African destinations which best represent our values of the utmost luxury, world-beating African hospitality, delectable contemporary cuisine and most importantly an authentic commitment to wilderness conservation.

We aim to give you the most comprehensive quotations by detailing all of the expenses that you will incur during your safari adventure. We pride ourselves on the fact that our quotations have no hidden costs and no hidden surprises. Here’s what you need to know about safari costs.

Good safaris are expensive, however, you truly get what you pay for. We cater for mid- to high-end, boutique safaris which means our focus is on luxury, excellent service, and unforgettable safari experiences. It is important to remember that Africa is a huge continent. Great distances need to be covered by either cars, airplanes, or both. Therefore travel costs often make up a large portion of your safari expenses.

Because we cater for mid- to high-end safaris, the lodges that we choose are only the best of the best. Guests can expect a large staff complement at all lodges—in fact, the staff-to-guest ratio at most of the lodges that we recommend is a 3:1 ratio. This is to ensure that our clients are treated like absolute royalty. Of course, excellent accommodation and gourmet meals are world-class too. The lodges that we have on offer pride themselves on exclusivity and, of course, fewer visitors means fewer vehicles, which ultimately means a more exceptional and much more intimate wildlife experience for you.

We specialise in tailor-made safaris which ensures that our clients are not limited to pre-set itineraries or specific dates. Our clients can choose their own accommodation and they can indicate which activities they would like to experience on their safari. Our clients tell us what they want the focus to be on (for example, game viewing, birds, cats, relaxation, romance etc.), and we make sure that their expectations are not only met but exceeded. Read more in our Iconic Africa Promise

Our itineraries are perfectly planned out and drafted with each, individual client in mind. They are highly intricate and specific, so you will never be met with nasty shocks or unpleasant surprises. They contain comprehensive information about where, when, and with whom you should meet, and we set up the itineraries in such a way so that they are easy to read and the important information is easy to find. The itineraries also indicate where any costs are not covered by travel agency costs or accommodation costs.

So, what do we include in your quotation? Our quotations include all of your internal flights with specific details about each flight—such as when and where to meet, and who will pick you up to take you to and from the various airports. We also include details about all of your transfers, and all of your vehicles costs will be included. The quotation includes your day tours with specific details, and rental costs for rental cars and accommodation costs are also included in the quote.

For any other queries on costing please do let us know.

Traveller Review – Giorgio De Luca

Iconic Africa Traveller Giorgio De Luca has just returned home after a wonderful time in the Okavango and Victoria Falls. Giorgio was kind enough to chat to us about his trip and share some of his awesome photographs with us. Here’s what he had to say:
What did you think of the Okavango as a safari destination?
It remains my best destination in Africa for safari though I do have the impression that the numbers of animals as drastically reduced in the last 20 years.
What was your favourite thing about Victoria Falls?
We were unlucky with the weather and the falls with too much water (as expected for the season). The walking tour along the falls is my favourite experience, even better that the heli flight, because you feel the impressive power of the water! I’d also like to mention the good dinner and friendly ambiance created by the crew on board of the Sunset Cruise.
What was your most unforgettable moment?
Probably the photo shooting of the leopard. I looked like a staged scene for National Geographic but it was real i.e. the leopard, a magnificent sun-set, the leopard jumping on the branch perfectly exposed…
If you could describe your trip in one word what would it be?
Rewarding
What was the best sighting of your trip?
See above plus the sunset on the pond with the hippos in the background.
Where in Africa would you like to go next?
Never done Ethiopia and Rwanda (Gorillas)
Thank you Giorgio for sharing your incredible pictures and stories – we hope to see you back on African soil again soon!

Game Reserves and National Parks—what’s the difference?

If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime African safari, it is important to keep in mind the differences between game reserves and National Parks so that you can get the exact adventure that you have been dreaming of. Many travellers to Africa don’t realise that there is a huge difference between game reserves and National Parks, and this can often lead to disappointment because guests were hoping for a distinct type of experience.

What can be even more confusing is that private game reserves often exist within the target National Parks. For instance Singita Lebombo operates on a private concession within the Kruger National Park. Read on to learn more.

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Perhaps the most striking difference between the two lies in the exclusivity and freedom that guests will encounter. If you are looking for a unique safari adventure, it is essential to book in a private game reserve. Because there are fewer safari tours that take place in private game reserves, guests are allowed to freely explore the African wilderness.

Private game reserves offer guests the opportunity to escape from the crowds that are associated with the larger National Parks. This means that guests can experience the true African bushveld all to themselves, and they won’t have to share their wildlife sightings with an enormous crowd of other vehicles.

The number of visitors to National Parks is not restricted so the safari experience is open to everyone. Although this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that you will have to share your sightings with quite a large number of other people. ‘Traffic jams’ are a real thing in National Parks as visitors scramble about to view animals that have been sighted. Visiting a National Park will also mean having to share your bucket-list safari experience with all sorts of other visitors. At private game reserves, the number of vehicles that can be present at a game sighting is restricted to two or three cars which means that you are ensured the ultimate game viewing experience.

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National Parks are open to everyone, so sightings are often fleeting and crowded with other visitors and tourists. Often the best photos you can get will have a car or two in the picture.

National Parks often have many tar roads that allow visitors to enjoy them in any rental car available from the airport where you arrive. Even most of the dirt roads have been well maintained and will allow you to drive on them in a regular sedan or hatchback. This makes them National Parks very accessible to visitors. Most game reserves use purpose built 4X4s in order to traverse through the wild African terrain and get you into the best possible position to view the animals.

Private game reserves are just that, private. They allow you to experience Africa’s wilderness in a more authentic fashion, where you see Africa’s animals in their natural environment, undisturbed by the vehicles around them.

Game Reserve Vs National Park Vehicle Lion

Private game reserves only allow game viewing vehicles from the lodges to be used, and the rules about where you can drive are very different from the rules at National Parks. In private game reserves, game viewing vehicles are allowed to drive off-road to allow guests to search for big cats or to track specific animals. Private game reserves don’t have hours of operation like National Parks so guests are given an exclusive opportunity to experience an exhilarating night drive. This means that visitors to a private game reserve enjoy a more ‘full’ experience than visitors to a National Park.

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This means that at private game reserves you get to see amazing animal interactions that often occur out of sight of main roads and would definitely be missed at most National Parks.

It is essential to have the option of going on night drive if you would like to search for nocturnal animals which won’t be visible during the day. Unfortunately, visitors to a National Park have to abide by the rules that are set by the Park. This means that game drives are restricted to certain times and to certain roads. Guests cannot enjoy night drives in many National Parks. Bush walks are another popular activity that private game reserves offer that cannot be enjoyed by guests of most National Parks.

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National Park vs Game reserve RondavelsMost National Parks generally offer self catering options like these quaint rondavels or “huts”, where luxury private game reserves are usually an all included experience, with beautifully made up rooms and sumptuous feasts waiting for you after your daily activities.

There are positives to both types of African safari, but for the ultimate luxury African safari experience we would always recommend a private game reserve.

 

Game Reserve Vs National Park Luxury Rooms

Although it might seem that private game reserves are the way to go, it is important to remember that National Parks do offer some of the best game viewing in Africa and it is an experience that is not to be missed. Ultimately, your choice has to be based on the kind of experience you are looking for. If you are looking for exclusivity and freedom, private game reserves are your best option.

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Please do let us know if you have any more questions on the above as we’d be more than happy to help.

Lime, Cardamom and Blueberry Gin Fizz

“One of my very favourite things to keep me company on peaceful evenings in the bush, when the sun is setting, the dust is settling and the night-time creatures are starting to come alive is a Gin and Tonic. The added notes of cardamom and lime make this one extra special, and the pretty pinkness from the blueberry skins is hard not to love.” Sarah Graham.

Ingredients

  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 4 tots gin
  • 600ml tonic
  • Lots of ice

What to do

1. Add lime zest, cardamom pod, sugar and blueberries to your pestle and mortar. Crush the cardamom pod to release the seeds and mix everything together into a rough paste.

2. Transfer the mixture to a large glass jug, adding lime juice, gin and tonic water to taste, and lots of ice.

Photo from ‘Sarah Graham’s Food Safari Season 2’ by Ricardo de Leça.

For more of Sarah’s delicious food safari recipes click here. 

Month on Instagram

January has flown by already and 2017 is now in full swing!

The year has got off to a great start. We’ve reflected back on 2016, explored some stunning new lodges, gone on an expedition in search of leopards, created our 2017 bucket list and delved deeper into the Kruger National Park.

Just in case you missed out, scroll down here for a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to or click here for our latest Bush Diary Video. #luxury #safari #travel #africa

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Botswana – When to visit?

Botswana is an immense country with an endless and magnificent wilderness. From the Kalahari desert with its rolling grassy dunes and famed black-mane lions; to the impossible vastness of the Makgadikgadi salt pans; to Chobe in the east where the verdant river cuts a swathe through the arid land supporting enormous herds of game and the predators that follow them; to the Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Selinda where the Kalahari sands become an patchwork of crystal channels and emerald islands that support the most astonishing array of iconic African wildlife in a world of refreshed and pristine beauty.

There is no best time to go to Botswana – anytime is excellent. That said, there are a number of factors to consider when planning a Botswana safari depending on what it is you are looking for.

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The annual floodwaters of the Okavango Delta begin to rise in May (early winter) peaking in July and then receding again until the end of August. The weather is cooler during this period with nighttime temperatures sometimes dropping below freezing while midday is generally balmy. This is the best time of the year for water-based activities such as riding mokoros and boating through the endless channels. Vegetation is sparse making it easier to view the game and the lack of water ensures that the herds congregate at the riverside and waterholes. Game drives can be limited in the water-based camps but this is more than made up for by the water activities.

The summer months (November to March) constitute the rainy season and temperatures can reach peaks of 35 degrees Celsius. Rain is delivered in spectacular afternoon thunderstorms. This is the time when the migrant birds are resident and extensive game drives are possible. The bushveld transforms into a hive of activity for predators and young herbivores alike and a lush green hue embraces the landscape. Some camps have limited water activities at this time of year. Find out more detail per region below.

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Recommendations by Region:

The Okavango Delta

A magical wonderland at the heart of the Kalahari, the Okavango Delta is one of the world’s most prolific wildlife destinations. The waterways overflow with hippos and crocodiles while herds of antelope and elephant graze the rich floodplains.

Dry Winter Season (May to October)- This is an advisable time for water activities and the best time to see the hippo, elephant, buffalo and plethora of other game that call the verdant banks home.

Rainy Season (November to March)– Although game viewing is still good it’s not as great as in winter as the bush is very lush and thick. Take care; as you may get rained on during game drives at this time of year!

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The Savuti Region (within the Chobe National Park)

Savuti is situated in the South of Chobe National Park. It’s famous for its quantity and quality of wildlife as well as its jaw-dropping predator sightings.

Dry Winter Season (May to October)- The dry winter months ensure the best possible game viewing and predator sightings.

Rainy Season (November to March) – The rainy season is green and beautiful promising fantastic bird watching and maybe even a sighting of the phenomenal zebra migration.

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Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve is truly unique area surrounding a large portion of the Okavango Delta and its patchwork of waterways, islands, grasslands and woodlands.

 Dry Winter Season (May to October)- The weather is pleasant, mild and dry, the Okavango Delta is in flood and game viewing is brilliant at this time of year.

Rainy Season (November to March) – As the rains approach so do the stunning migrant birds and imminent birthing of lambs and foals.

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Linyanti Region

Just west of Chobe National Park lies the woodlands and wetlands of the remote Linyanti Region. This is the ultimate in big game wilderness with dry season herds and predators to rival anything you’ll find elsewhere in Botswana.

Dry Winter Season (May to October) – Game viewing is best at this time due to the sparse vegetation and lack of water.

Rainy Season (November-March) – There is still lots of game but it’s sometimes difficult to see due to the lush vegetation.

Whatever time of year you choose to visit magical Botswana you are assured the ultimate African safari and most probably the best game viewing you have ever… or will ever see!

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Please do let us know if you need any more help with when to go and what to do in beautiful Botswana.

If you are wanting to learn more about African safaris, maybe read our blog post about the difference between game reserves and national parks.