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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Bushmen, Desert and Delta
Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta and Linyanti
Best for: Luxury, Off the beaten track, Safari
A wonderful trip to Botswana rich in experiences with Bushman interaction in the Kalahari, exceptional game viewing and a range of activities in the world-renowned Okavango Delta as well as the wildlife-rich Linyanti; a birder's paradise.
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This is a unique safari which will allow you to take in some of Botswana's true highlights staying in affordable accommodation that offer wonderful experiences. You will begin in the Kalahari where you will have the chance to encounter San Bushmen and learn more about their unique way of life as traditional hunter-gathers as well as the chance to go in search of desert species including the iconic Kalahari black-maned lion. Your safari experience proper is in the Okavango Delta staying at a wet camp which offers wonderful game viewing with walking and mokoro safaris, harking back to a simpler age of safari with the chance to explore the famous Chief's Island on foot as part of a walking safari. Finally you will fly to the Linyanti in the far north of Botswana, bordering both Chobe National Park and Namibia's Caprivi Strip. This is another area renowned for its exceptional game viewing with 4x4 and boat safaris to make the most of your time here. This is the perfect itinerary for those in search of a trip to Botswana that offers excellent wildlife sightings and wonderful experiences at a really reasonable price.
Days 1 - 3 : Near Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Stay at Grasslands Bushman Lodge for 2 nights
Upon arrival into Maun, you will meet your pilot who will fly you by light aircraft to the Kalahari, with views of the desert below. You will stay at Grasslands Bushman Lodge for the next two nights with all meals, house drinks and activities included. Whilst here you will enjoy a comprehensive San (Bushmen) experience, which is truly authentic. Your group will be part of a genuine foraging expedition. This particular area is well known for the superb viewing of the Kalahari lions and recently released rhinos. Why not explore your surroundings on horseback? You will also be able to go on game drives in the Kalahari to take in the unique desert-dwelling wildlife and beautiful scenery found in this unique region.
Days 3 - 5 : Okavango Delta, Botswana
Stay at Oddballs' Enclave for 2 nights
After a final activity activity this morning you will be flown into the Okavango Delta - make sure you are looking out of the window as you come in to land for some spectacular views of the Delta! You will stay at Oddballs' Enclave for two nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees, walking and mokoro safaris included. A stay at Oddballs' Enclave takes you back to a simple way of exploring the bush with your own mokoro guide who will expertly pole you through the delta in search of the wildlife that it is famous for. You will cross by mokoro onto the famous Chief's Island where you can explore on foot as part of a walking safari with some wonderful wildlife encounters on offer. This is an intimate choice with just five tents and thanks to it being a water camp with just mokoros and walking, numbers are kept to a minimum for activities with just two people guided by each poler, making for an exclusive and peaceful experience. The wonderful setting of the camp overlooking the Delta's waterways and Chief's Island makes it the perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing too and amazing sunsets are virtually guaranteed!
Days 5 - 8 : Linyanti, Botswana
Stay at Camp Linyanti for 3 nights
After a final walk or mokoro ride this morning you will be flown to the remote Linyanti on the border of Chobe National Park and Namibia's Caprivi Strip. This area is known as one of the best game viewing regions in the country with huge herds of elephants and buffalo as well as various antelope and the predators that prey on them. You will stay at Camp Linyanti for three nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. A diverse safari experience awaits you here with twice daily game drives as well as a daily boat activities, which are particularly enjoying for keen birders. This is an exclusive camp with just five safari tents, accommodating a maximum of 10 guests at any one time. The tents themselves are relatively simple but enjoy wonderful views over the Linyanti Wetlands with excellent game and bird sightings on offer.
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Day 8 : Linyanti - Maun
After a final game drive this morning you will be flown by light aircraft back to Maun. Upon arrival you will be able to continue with your onward international flights home.
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From $5209 per person
Game viewing activities as per itinerary
Internal light aircraft flights