Travel to Botswana
Luxury safari camps, African sunsets, wildlife viewing and friendly people
Botswana has a high-end, low-volume safari philosophy and a population of only 1.6 million people in a country the size of Texas. A full 40% of its land is dedicated to national parks and wildlife reserves, where you’ll find a variety of luxury safari camps. Botswana safaris provide guests the highest ratio of wildlife area per visitor in Africa, an average of 9,800 acres per bed.
BOTSWANA GAME RESERVES AND REGIONS
The Okavango Delta
One of Africa’s premier luxury safari and game viewing regions is a lush oasis atop the sands of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango Delta is home to thousands of palm islands, papyrus-lined watercourses, enchanting lagoons, and grassy floodplains, all supporting outstanding year-round game viewing and birding.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Selinda Wildlife Reserve & Chobe National Park
Home to the world’s largest concentration of elephants, rivers full of hippos and crocs, and excellent predator viewing, luxury safaris in the Linyanti, Selinda & Chobe regions provide a nice complement to Okavango Delta safaris.
One of the world’s great super-lakes is now the largest salt pan in the world offering guests a surreal luxury desert safari experience in complete solitude. Makgadikgadi Pans safaris provide a good complement to safaris in the lush Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park areas. This is an opportunity to experience true remoteness in a vast and silent environment like no other on earth.
The world’s largest sand basin is one of Africa’s most remote and untamed destinations as well as home to the last remaining true San Bushmen. One of Africa’s least visited locales, the Kalahari explodes with life following the summer rains around January: new grasses stimulate a migration of thousands of zebra and antelope, followed by predators including the famous Kalahari black-maned lions.
Mashatu Nature Reserve
The largest privately owned game reserve in southern Africa is the rugged home to an enormous elephant population and remote Botswana luxury safari camps. Because of its location at the South Africa border, Mashatu safaris complement a safari in the Kruger National Park area of South Africa very well.
SEASONS IN BOTSWANA
Botswana is a year-round luxury African safari destination with two distinct safari seasons, each one advantageous for travelers. The winter dry season runs from June to October, and the summer green season lasts from November until May.
Dry Season: Winter (June – October)
- Cloudless, sunny days; cool/cold nights; and crisp mornings
- Outstanding game viewing: animals gather around remaining water sources while less dense vegetation makes animals easier to see
- The bush is dry and brown so many predators blend in
- Average temperatures: 40F night, 80F day
- October game viewing is phenomenal, but it is the hottest month with daytime temperatures reaching a sticky 95-110F
- Peak safari camp rates
Green Season: Summer (November – May)
- Lush and green with beautiful wildflowers and water lilies
- Excellent birding as all the migrant species have returned
- Rich colors for photography
- New-born antelopes
- The bush is alive with the sounds of birds, frogs and insects
- Rains usually come in short, regional, heavy thunderstorms creating gorgeous skies
- Average temperatures: 64F night, 95F day
- Peak rain months are January and February
- Off-peak safari camp rates
- Game drives in open safari vehicles, day and night
- Mokoro (dugout canoe) trips
- Canoeing safaris
- Walking safaris
- Sunset boat cruises
- Nature walks with San Bushmen
- Quad biking
- Bird watching
- Meerkat interactions
- Horseback safaris