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.
Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana
Best for: Wildlife, Spectacular scenery, Safari
For those seeking something a little more authentic, this might be the perfect itinerary for you. Staying in the Okavango Delta and moving on to the Moremi region, you'll experience how water and game viewing make an exciting pairing.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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Starting in the Okavango Delta at the rustic Oddballs Camp, you will experience the panoramic views of the reed channels whilst staying in domed tents raised on wooden platforms. Days in the Delta can be spent on peaceful mokoro trips where only the sounds of hippos disturb the peace, or walking on Chief's Island, home to various game and wildlife. Moving onto Xakanaxa, this mobile camp has been set up prior to your arrival and offers complete comfort. This area of the Okavango still receives a fair amount of flooding; here you could go on both game drives around the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve and boat safaris along the rivers, offering up various opportunities to spot game! Staying in tented rooms allows you to get closer to the action and have a more immersive game experience.
Day 1 : London - Johannesburg - Maun
Today you will begin your holiday with an overnight flight to Johannesburg where you will catch your connecting flight to Maun in Botswana.
Days 1 - 4 : Okavango Delta, Botswana
On landing into Maun you will be met by a Delta Air representative who will take you to your light aircraft transfer for Oddballs Camp. The flight will take approximately twenty minutes where you will be able to experience the amazing views across the Delta.
On arrival into the airstrip you will be welcomed by the Oddballs staff who will lead you through to Oddballs Camp and take your bags straight through to your tented rooms. You will spend the next three nights here in a standard tented room with all food and activities included.
This rustic camp boasts excellent views across the Delta. You will feel totally at peace in this charming camp, staff are friendly and accommodating and the various sitting areas allows you to appreactiate just how tranquil this area of Botswana is.
Spend you days exploring Cheif's Island and the game and wildlife that resides there. Or when water levels are high enough, glide through the reed channels in a mokoro.
Days 4 - 7 : Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
This morning the light aircraft will return to take you on the short fifteen minute flight to the Xakanaxa region of Moremi where you will stay in a mobile camp for the next three nights. All of your food, drinks and game activities will be included throughout.
This mobile camping spot will be set up completely prior to your arrival. Far removed from a typical camping holiday in the UK, these tents have beds set up inside and en-suite facilities attached, complete with a drop loo, water basin and bucket shower for which hot showers will be provided. All meals are incredibly cooked in a bush kitchen in camp.
You can expect days of game drives around the beautiful Moremi area where a variety of game and animals such as lions, wild dog, leopards, impala, elephants and many more could be seen. When water levels are high enough, you could even book in to go on a boat tour along the waterways for a completely different gaming experience.
Day 7 : Maun - Johannesburg - London
This morning your light aircraft will take you back to Maun, taking approximately twenty-five minutes. From Maun you will take an hour and a half flight to Johannesburg where you can catch your overnight flight back to London where your holiday will sadly 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 $3154 per person
All meals & some drinks
Game viewing activities as per 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.