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.
Letaka Northern Highlights Mobile Safari
Moremi, Khwai & Chobe, Botswana
Spend nine days exploring the varied habitats of Botswana, from the savannah and woodlands of Moremi to the waterways of Khwai and ending in Chobe. A great intrepid itinerary for those seeking a classic safari experience in a beautifully diverse country.
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This uncomplicated but extensive itinerary is an excellent way to see the northern highlights of Botswana. From the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve to exploring the waterways of the outskirts of the Okavango Delta by mokoro. You will also explore the unfenced boundary of the Khwai Community Area where the woodlands and permanent rivers and lagoons offer a great habitat for a range of wildlife, from wild dogs, lions, elephants and a range of antelope species. As well as daily game drives, you will also be able to head out after dark to try and spot some of the more elusive nocturnal animals. Ending the trip in Chobe National Park and by the Chobe River offers great opportunities to spot elephants and hippos wallowing in the cool waters, and heading out by boat gives a completely different perspective of both the river and bush.
This nine night adventure offers the chance to spot wildlife every day in a variety of activities. Staying in mobile camps throughout is low impact on the environment and a much more sustainable and environmentally friendly way to explore this spectacular region.
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Maun
Today your holiday begins as you leave home and take your first flight to Johannesburg. On arrival into Johannesburg you will head through customs and board your next flight to Maun in Botswana.
In Maun, you will then catch a light aircraft flight to the Xakanaxa Airstrip in Moremi National Park.
Days 1 - 4 : Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Stay at Letaka Moremi Mobile Camp for 3 nights
On arrival into Xakanaxa Airstrip you will be met by your Letaka guide who will game drive you to your mobile tented camp where you will spend the next three nights.
You will spend time exploring the stretches of the eastern extremity of the Okavango Delta, including the Savuti Marsh. The Moremi is famed for its wild dog populations and you could be lucky enough to see these animals working as a pack and moving together. Other animals in the area include large number of buffalo, lion prides, red lechwe and many birds.
Evenings will be spend swapping stories and notes around a camp fire and eating some tasty hot food, prepared in the bush kitchen.
Days 4 - 7 : Khwai Community Area, Botswana
Stay at Letaka Khwai Mobile Camp for 3 nights
After breakfast you will head out in a game vehicle towards the Khwai Community Area.
You're likely to see bull elephants bathing in the cool waters of the Khwai, as well as wallowing hippos and even some huge crocodiles. Keep your eye out for predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard, as well as other game such as wild dog, giraffe, zebra, red lewche and sable.
Your time in this area will be spent going on game drives during the day, as well as at night. Exploring the Khwai floodplains after dark with spotlights offers a completely different gaming experience. You will also have the exciting opportunity to head out on a mokoro (traditional dug out canoe) to explore the reed channels and waterways in the most tranquil way imaginable.
Days 7 - 10 : Chobe and the Zambezi, Botswana
Stay at Letaka Chobe Mobile Camp for 3 nights
This morning you will head north into Chobe National Park. You will spend the next three nights here in an exclusive wilderness campsite in your mobile camp.
Exploring the central Chobe by game vehicle allows dramatic wildlife viewing with the famed interaction between lion and elephant. With large areas of surface water, birdlife is plentiful, with thousands of dove and sandgrouse drinking in the water sources, and predators like the yellow-billed kite, tawny eagle and African hawk-eagle keeping a close eye.
Day 10 : Kasane - Johannesburg - London
This morning you will leave Savuti to travel along the Chobe River to arrive at Chobe Safari Lodge for lunch. After lunch you will round off your extensive trip with an afternoon boat cruise. This peaceful activity gives you the opportunity to see elephants wallowing in the cool waters, birds flying overhead and probably hippos peeking up out of the surface of the water.
From here you will head to Kasane Airport to begin your journey home.
Why not stay for longer?
If you would like to extend your trip, tagging on a couple of days at the end of this itinerary offers a great opportunity to see Victoria Falls. We recommend you heading over to Zambia and staying at Waterberry Lodge for two nights. Waterberry offers a charming and tranquil stay on the waterfront, the perfect base to explore the falls and surrounds.
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
Things to do
Mokoro trips in the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, and the best way to explore the myriad of water channels is by mokoro. Gliding silently through these channels with no noise pollution is a completely tranquil experience.
Birding in Botswana
The waters of the Okavango Delta attract a wide variety of bird life, much of which is incredibly colourful. Birding highlights include Pel's fishing owl, African skimmer and colourful bee-eaters - guides will be on hand to assist.
Game drives in the Okavango Delta
Explore the open plains of the Okavango Delta on an open 4x4 game drive with an expert guide who will explain the sights and sounds of the Delta. Track big game and explore further afield than you could on foot to make the most of your time in the Delta.
Boat trip in Chobe
Not only are boat safaris very relaxing they offer the perfect chance to explore the main Chobe River with fantastic elephant sightings on offer as well as excellent birding opportunities. An afternoon spent out on the water is a rewarding experience.
From $1539 per person
Game viewing activities as per the itinerary
Internal light aircraft flights