BOTSWANA

Mokoros
Mokoros

Okavango Delta, Botswana. ©Carroll Pierce

Leopard
Leopard

Okavango Delta, Botswana. ©Hadley Pierce

Cheetah in the Rain
Cheetah in the Rain

Tuli Block, Botswana. ©Jomi Krobb

Mokoros
Mokoros

Okavango Delta, Botswana. ©Carroll Pierce

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This landlocked Southern African country is the quintessential safari destination. With massive private game reserves and national parks, Botswana boasts a multitude of habitats, from arid acacia thornveld to lush wetland swamps and of course, the country’s crown jewel, a massive inland delta oasis amidst the Kalahari desert known as the Okavango Delta.

Here, a long-standing tradition of luxury lodges offer possibly the most exclusive safari in Southern Africa, with a distinct effort being made on minimizing the human footprint by keeping visitor numbers lower than in adjacent countries. Prices as a result can be slightly higher than elsewhere, but the unique ecosystem of the Delta more than compensates by providing spectacular wildlife action. This can be observed from a vehicle, on foot, on horseback, or from a dugout canoe know as a Makoro. Renowned for its photographic safaris, the Okavango is one of the best places to encounter and observe large predators, especially the elusive leopard and the endangered African wild dog.

 

The rest of the country does not disappoint either; the more arid Central Kalahari Game Reserve is well-known as one of the largest wilderness areas on the continent and is extremely rich in flora and fauna. In the north, the Kwando, Linyanti and Chobe areas are home to some of the highest concentrations of African elephant and large lion prides as well as their associated prey.  The large river systems and adjacent floodplains and savanna can be visited almost year-round with a definite peak season from July to October. An absolute must for beginners and experienced safari-goers alike. 

Key Points:

-Main attraction: the Okavango Delta, incredible predator viewing

-Best visited: June-November

-Suggested stay length: 10-14 days

-Suggested traveler: First time safari goers, luxury seekers

BOTSWANA ITINERARIES

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  • 11 days / 10 nights

  • 3 nights premier safari lodge, Okavango Delta

  • 3 nights premier safari lodge, Okavango Delta

  • 4 nights luxury hotel, Cape Town 

  • *All camps depending upon availability

  • Pricing from: USD 17,762, includes all charter flights

Photo: Wilderness Safaris

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  • 11 days / 10 nights

  • 3 nights classic safari camp, Okavango Delta

  • 3 nights classic safari camp, Okavango Delta

  • 4 nights boutique hotel, Cape Town 

  • *All camps depending upon availability

  • Pricing from: USD 10,062, includes all charter flights

Photo: Wilderness Safaris

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  • 10 days / 9 nights

  • 3 nights adventure safari camp, Linyanti Concession

  • 2 nights adventure safari camp, Okavango Delta

  • 4 nights boutique hotel, Cape Town 

  • *All camps depending upon availability

  • Pricing from: USD 5,336, includes all charter flights

Photo: Wilderness Safaris

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