As well as being a premier safari destination, Botswana is characterised by offering some of the most diverse and unique experiences. Here we give our rundown of the eight most exciting activities to do around Botswana to really make the most of your time here…
Widely-regarded as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, Botswana is a wildlife enthusiasts’ haven offering some of the best game viewing on the Continent. One of the key aspects that really sets Botswana apart is the diversity of experience on offer, in large part because of the unique environments that there are to explore, with the <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/okavango-delta-and-moremi" target="_blank">Okavango Delta</a> being one of the most impressive wildlife habitats in the world which can be explored by a variety of methods – whether on foot, by vehicle or on a boat cruise and the - recently becoming UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site – whilst <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/makgadikgadi" target="_blank">Makgadikgadi</a> offers a truly unique landscape as the largest salt pan in the world, with game viewing to match.
Our Botswana expert Anton had a unique experience up close and personal with elephants in the Okavango Delta, here he shares his tale of ‘Living with Elephants’.
Botswana has long held the crown of being Africa’s premier safari destination and attracts many with the diversity of safari activities on offer, with traditional mokoro canoes used as well as vehicles for wildlife viewing. Here our Botswana specialist Emma shows why getting out on foot is one of the most exciting ways to experience the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta offers one of most exceptional safari experiences on the continent with a range of activities. Whilst we never fail to be wowed by the Delta no matter what time of year we visit, water levels do have a direct impact on the activities and game viewing experience on offer. The rains and resultant flood vary year-on-year but the below can be used as a rough guide as to what to expect through the seasons.
Botswana’s raw beauty will always be a massive draw for anyone seeking a true wilderness experience in Africa. Well known for its density of game and wildlife and the largest inland delta in the world, Botswana is often at the top of many peoples' list when seeking a safari in Africa yet competitive prices keep Botswana exclusive and untouched.
As arguably the most exciting African country to go on safari, Botswana offers one of the greatest diversities of safari activities with game drives, bush walks, mokoros and motor boats amongst the most popular. Here our Botswana specialist, Annie, makes the case for why exploring the Botswanan bush on horseback should be top of your list.
One of the most elusive animals on the continent, spotting wild dogs is the top of many safari aficionados’ list. Our Botswana expert Anton is no exception – here he recounts his much sought-after experience on his recent trip to Botswana.
A Taste of Botswana
Kalahari & Okavango Delta, Botswana
Best for: Wildlife, Off the beaten track, Safari
This short but sweet itinerary gives you an excellent taste of what Botswana is all about, from the dry and expansive Kalahari desert, to the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta, showing you just how varied Botswana as a country is.
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Although it may seem quite far to go for a four day trip away, Botswana is just an hours time difference from the UK and a long weekend here is entirely feasible or makes a perfect add on to a city break in Cape Town. Starting your trip in the semi-arid Kahalari which covers not only part of Botswana, but Namibia, and part of South Africa too. This landscape is home to the Kalahari lion and the incredible San Bushmen - an experience not to be missed. Moving up to the Okavango Delta, you can expect a completely different landscape and coming into this part of Botswana by light aircraft is the best way to see how vast it really is. This area of floodplains provides a delicate ecosystem to a wide variety of different animals and allows for a completely different gaming experiences, including a mokoro trip. By the end of this trip you'll feel like you've been away for longer than four days after everything you've been able to cram in!
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Maun
Today your holiday begins as you catch your overnight flight to Johannesburg. From here you will catch a short hour and a half connecting flight to Maun in Botswana.
Days 1 - 3 : The Kalahari, Botswana
Stay at Deception Valley Lodge for 2 nights
At Maun Airport you will be met by a Delta Air representative and taken to your light aircraft where you will take a short 30 minute flight to Deception Valley Lodge. You will spend the next two nights here with all meals, drinks and activities included.
Deception Valley Lodge is set on 15,000 hectares of private reserve, bordering the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Activities are varied and you could find yourself on day and night drives, which may even take you off road whilst tracking the incrdidble Kalahari lions. On night drives you may spot animals such as porcupines, African wild cats and even aardwolf if you're lucky. A stay at Deception Valley would not be complete without experiencing a walk with the San (Bushmen). This experience will give a real taster of how this ancient tribe used to live, from foraging amongst the bush to find berries, edible roots and insects to telling stories through song and dance.
Days 3 - 5 : Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
This morning you will go on one final game drive on your way to the airstrip. Here your light aircraft will collect you and fly 20 minutes to the Oddballs Airstrip. On arrival into Oddballs you will be taken through camp to the main lounge area which backs onto the Okavango Delta channels. Depending on water levels you will be met by your guide and travel to Delta Camp in a mokoro. A mokoro is a traditional wooden 'dug-out' canoe used to navigate the water channels of the delta. This tranquil journey through the reeds should take around 50 minutes.
On arrival into Delta Camp you will be met by your host and after some refreshments will be shown to your room where you will spend the next two nights. Rooms here are individually designed and built on raised platforms. All food, drink and activites here are included.
Delta Camp is both luxurious and rustic with incredible unsurpassed views over the delta, where animals such as elephants, hippos and even warthog can be seen wallowing and grazing. During your time here you could spend warm afternoons exploring the reeds from a mokoro, take a trip to Chief's Island where you could go on a walking safari to find some of the incredible wildlife that resides there. This is a beautiful camp that you won't want to leave in a hurry!
Day 5 : Maun - Johannesburg - London.
This morning you will head back to Oddballs Camp where your light aircraft will be waiting to take you back to Maun. At Maun you will catch the hour and a half flight back to Johannesburg, and from there the overnight flight back to London where your holiday will end.
When to go
Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $3374 per person
Activities as per the itinerary
Internal light aircraft flights
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.