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Botswana

Botswana is recognised as one of Africa's last remaining pristine wilderness areas. The timeless immensity of the great Kalahari Desert gives way abruptly to the magic of the Okavango Delta, a serene sanctuary of crystal clear waterways, lagoons and a prolific animal population.

Traditionally the 'best' months are mid June to mid November, however the shoulder months also provide great game viewing opportunities.  In November the build up to the rain manifests in thunder storms which continue into December; the bulk of the rains occur January through mid March.

Botswana
Best Months Mid June - October
Shoulder Months April - mid June and November - December
Epic Suggests 10 Days
  • Okavango Delta

    The Okavango is an area of unusual beauty and striking contrast.  Whilst the periphery is semi-arid, the Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, forested islands and vast floodplains.

    africa-botswana-okavango-deltaIn the dry winter season one of the most spectacular events in the natural world occurs; floodwaters that have travelled 1,000 kilometres from the highlands of Angola, infiltrate the Delta causing a great concentration of wildlife.  Many species of wild animals concentrate around major water systems at this time.  Epic recommends five to six nights on safari taking in two habitats; permanent (perennial) and seasonal delta. This provides a great diversity of water and land activities, and a rounded game experience.

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  • Chobe, Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando

    Chobe National Park and the private safari concessions on its periphery - the Linyanti, Selinda and Kwando areas - make up the major savannah habitats north of the Okavango up to Victoria Falls. These areas are drier than the biomes of the Okavango and hence provide a wonderful contrast. In the rainy season (December - March) the game in these areas move away from the major water systems to take advantage of the sweeter grasses inland.

    africa-botswana-chobeAs the drier months come to the fore, the game concentrates in sizeable numbers back on the river systems. It is not unusual to see large herds of elephant and buffalo and a bevy of predator species at this time. Activities offered in these areas normally comprise drives and walks. In some areas boating and canoeing is undertaken as well. Guests ordinarily spend two to three nights here.

  • Kalahari Desert and Magkadigkadi Pans

    Botswana is home to two great desert areas; the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Magkadigkadi Salt Pans. The Central Kalahari is a mix of wide open plains and acacia woodland, with excellent viewing of springbok, oryx and other desert adapted wildlife, as well as lions, cheetah and other predators.

    africa-botswana-kalahari-desertThe Magkadigkadi is one of the great wilderness areas of the world. The vast salt pans are best explored on quad bikes, horseback or game-drive. The space and feeling of solitude are unparalleled.  In the Kalahari the game is most prolific during the rainy season (December - April), whilst the Magkadigkadi is arguably at its most spectacular during the drier months. Guests often wait for a return trip to Botswana to explore these areas, and as a rule spend two to three nights here.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Video Highlights

    This footage was shot by Epic's Managing Director, Brad Horn, whilst guiding guests on safari. The footage you see was taken on activities with the guests. This therefore is something similar to what you might see should you visit Botswana.

    Botswana offers an incredibly varied safari experience with the opportunity for both land and water based activities. The quality of game-viewing in Botswana is outstanding and is made all the more special by the exclusive nature of the safari concessions and the ability to drive off-road to view key species.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Maun / Okavango Delta

    Today you fly by light aircraft from Maun to the Okavango Delta.

    Depending on the camps chosen, your flight will be between 15 and 40 minutes.  Epic suggests a selection of three different camps, each located in a contrasting habitat. This way you get variety of scenery, animals and activities including drives, walks and water based activities.

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    Days 2-3: Okavango Delta (seasonal camp)

    These areas are seasonally inundated with floodwaters and are on the periphery of the perennial swamp.

    The waters are at their peak between May and October whereupon the floodplains are filled with shallow water. This provides a mecca for resident game as in the dry season (May - November) the game is concentrated close to the water.   The seasonal areas house wonderful game and a great array of activities. For this reason Epic generally advocates three nights in the camps located in seasonal delta areas.
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    Day 4: Okavango Delta (seasonal camp) / Okavango Delta (perennial camp)

    Today you transit by light aircraft from your seasonal delta camp to the perennial delta.

    Your flight by light aircraft is no longer than 30 minutes and takes place in the middle of the day; in this way, you enjoy your morning game drive at one camp and your late afternoon game activity at the next.
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    Days 5-6: Okavango Delta (perennial camp)

    This is the permanently inundated region of the delta. As a general rule, two nights are recommended here with the focus being water based activities; motorboats, traditional dugout canoes and fishing.  Game-drives and walks are often also on offer. With such great diversity of activity, one is able to break the routine of being confined to a vehicle. 

    Whilst the sheer volume of water limits game quantities, these areas offer a wonderful opportunity to draw breath and appreciate the splendid isolation of this water wilderness.
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    Day 7: Okavango Delta (perennial camp) / Linyanti Region

    Fly by light aircraft from the Okavango Delta to your savannah camp and spend two nights.
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    Day 8: Linyanti Region

    These regions are somewhat drier than the Okavango, but still with a wonderful variety of habitats and experiences.  Well-known for the huge elephant concentrations that congregate along the waterways and lagoons during the dry winter months, the general game viewing is excellent year round including impala, wildebeest, red lechwe, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, baboon and warthog.

    Predator sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyaena are good.  Camps are chosen carefully to maximise variety of habitat, activities and exclusivity.
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    Day 9: Linyanti Region / Livingstone, Zambia

    Today you take the short flight by light aircraft from the Linyanti to Livingstone (Victoria Falls).  You will stop at Kasane, Botswana to complete border formalities.

    Most Epic clients spend one or two nights at The Falls, either at the beginning or end of their Botswana journey (directly before or directly after a stay in the Linyanti region due to its proximity).
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    Indicative Cost

    From US$ 900 per person per day.

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    Extension: Victoria Falls, Zambia

    Victoria Falls is a must-see for any first time safari goer and is a logical addition to a visit of northern Botswana.  Known as Mosi-Oi-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), The Falls are three times wider and double the height of Niagara Falls.  In the peak flow months of March through September, the scene is spectacular.

    In addition to a walking tour of The Falls, a helicopter flight over them is a must.  Other activities include a sunset river cruise, a visit to the local village and markets, tea on Livingstone Island, rafting the rapids, zip-lining or bungee jumping.
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    Extension: Kalahari Desert, Botswana

    A 2-3 night extension down to into the Kalahari provides a wonderful contrast to any Okavango safari experience.  The Kalahari offers great variety of desert adapted species, as well as vastness, serenity and silence in copious quantities.

    It is just over an hour from the Okavango on a scheduled light plane flight.
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    Extension: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

    The Lower Zambezi also offers a wonderfully contrasting experience to the Okavango. The Zambezi is extremely wide and spectacular in this area, and boat rides, canoes and fishing are available. The mountainous escarpment of the Zambezi Valley provides a dramatic background to some excellent game viewing, with large concentrations of elephants, hippo, buffalo and general game. The area also has excellent predator viewing.

    It is roughly and hour and a half’s flight to Livingstone (where you will complete border formalities) then another 2 hours down to the Lower Zambezi.
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    Extension: Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town is the most beautiful city in southern Africa and offers wonderful cultural, historical and nature based experiences.

    There is a direct two hour flight from Maun to Cape Town three times a week, or alternatively a 1.5 hour flight to Johannesburg followed by a one hour domestic flight to reach the Cape.
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  • 1/13 | Video Highlights
  • 2/13 | Day 1: Maun / Okavango Delta
  • 3/13 | Days 2-3: Okavango Delta (seasonal camp)
  • 4/13 | Day 4: Okavango Delta (seasonal camp) / Okavango Delta (perennial camp)
  • 5/13 | Days 5-6: Okavango Delta (perennial camp)
  • 6/13 | Day 7: Okavango Delta (perennial camp) / Linyanti Region
  • 7/13 | Day 8: Linyanti Region
  • 8/13 | Day 9: Linyanti Region / Livingstone, Zambia
  • 9/13 | Indicative Cost
  • 10/13 | Extension: Victoria Falls, Zambia
  • 11/13 | Extension: Kalahari Desert, Botswana
  • 12/13 | Extension: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
  • 13/13 | Extension: Cape Town, South Africa
It all went so smoothly - we didn’t even have to think twice about any of the logistics! The three camps were all so wonderful and so unique. Thank you again for setting up such a special trip. It is one that our family will remember forever.

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