Situated in the centre of southern Africa, landlocked Botswana is recognised as one of Africa’s last remaining pristine wilderness areas. The timeless immensity of the great Kalahari Desert, which forms the majority of Botswana, gives way abruptly to the magic of the Okavango Delta, a serene sanctuary of crystal clear waterways, lagoons and a prolific animal population, considered one of the most incredible wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.
Other ‘must see’ places in Botswana include the savannah habitats of the the Linyanti and Selinda and, in season, the central Kalahari.
Traditionally the ‘best’ months to travel in Botswana are mid June to mid November, however the shoulder months (April/May & November/December) also provide great game viewing opportunities. In November, the build up to the rain manifests in thunderstorms which continue into December; but the bulk of the rains occur January through to mid March.
Historically, most tailored safaris in Botswana range between 7 to 9 nights incorporating a range of habitats to deliver a diversity of experiences. In addition to land based activities (game-drives and walks), the water dimension enables the inclusion of boating and mokoros (traditional dugout canoe). To experience the Okavango and its immediate environs (time pending), you should look to incorporate three different habitats in a safari; savannah, seasonal delta and a permanent water habitat.
There are also a couple of very accomplished horse safari operators in the Okavango for those competent and inclined.
Being centrally located within the Southern African region, Botswana is proximal to other countries in the region. We often combine Botswana with Victoria Falls and safari destinations within Zambia and Zimbabwe, luxury safari lodges in South Africa as well as Cape Town.