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.
An Introduction to Botswana
Okavango Delta & Savuti, Botswana
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Highlights
This itinerary is a perfect little introduction to what Botswana has to offer in both incredible scenery and unforgettable game viewing. Going from Delta to bush, you'll be amazed at the varied landscapes one country can offer.
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The Delta is a magical place where animals have learnt to adapt to a watery ecosystem, where lions hunt by day through the water and hippos wallow among the reeds. Visitors can not only enjoy spectacular scenery from the light aircraft transfers, but once on the ground can experience the complete tranquillity of the reeds and surrounding water channels. Moving on to Chobe National Park, Camp Savuti is located close to the Savuti Marsh, which has frequently been hailed as the Serengeti of Botswana. Although game viewing cannot be guaranteed, Savuti is generally a great area for game viewing and game vehicles cover lots of ground to find some incredible animals. Both of these areas and camps combine to offer an exciting and unforgettable trip in an amazingly beautiful country.
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Maun
Your holiday will begin with an overnight flight from London to Johannesburg, taking around 11 hours. On arrival into Johannesburg you will catch a connecting flight which will take you onto Maun in Botswana.
Days 1 - 4 : Okavango Delta, Botswana
Stay at Oddballs' Enclave for 3 nights
On arrival into Maun you will be met by a Delta Air representative who will take you to your light aircraft where after a short 20 minute flight you will touch down in the Okavango Delta. Here you spend the next three nights at Oddballs Enclave with all food, drink and activities included.
Oddballs Enclave is the sister camp to Oddballs Camp and is directly next to it, just off the airstrip. Enclave is a small and intimate camp which backs onto the reed channels of the Delta, offering spectacular views and if you're lucky, the odd elephant joining you for breakfast.
Oddballs Enclave offers both mokoros trips (water levels dependent) through the reed channels and walking safaris on Chief's Island. The largest island in the Okavango Delta, is raised above the water level and is home to the richest concentration of wildlife in Botswana. Three days here offers plenty of time to relax and explore all of what the Delta has to offer.
Days 4 - 7 : Linyanti, Botswana
Stay at Camp Savuti for 3 nights
This morning your light aircraft will return to transfer you to Camp Savuti located in the western region of Chobe National Park. You will spend the next three nights in Camp Savuti in a 'meru' style tented room with all food, drink and game activities included.
Fed by the Savuti Channel the Savuti Marsh is flooded seasonally, which has caused it to develop a reputation as being one of the world's first-class game viewing areas. Twice daily game drives - one in the morning and one late afternoon after lunch, will take you in the surrounding Savuti area where animals such as lions, leopards, hyena, elephants, giraffe, and many more can be spotted!
Day 7 : Maun - Johannesburg - London
This morning you will start your journey home. You will be game driven from Camp Savuti to meet your light aircraft transfer at the airstrip. From here you will have a 40 minute flight back to Maun. From Maun you will take your flight back to Joahnnesburg in time for your overnight flight back to London.
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 $3968 per person
Game viewing 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.