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.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Best for: Honeymoon, Spectacular scenery, Wildlife
Abu Camp offers the ultimate safari experience - the chance to walk and interact with elephants among the lush waterways and verdant plains of the Okavango Delta. This exclusive camp has just six en-suite tents and is very special indeed.
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Abu Camp is located on 500,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the west of the Delta surrounded by a grove of magnificent hardwood trees on the edge of a large lagoon with a resident school of hippos.
The tents have a unique and wonderful design and have been recently rebuilt with a private viewing deck overlooking the lagoon. Each tent at Abu has beautiful en-suite facilities with a shower and a bath.The dining and bar areas are set on raised wooden decks that wind around African ebony and sycamore fig trees. The lounge and dining tent has big comfy sofas, with a breathtaking view over the lagoon.
Guests at Abu Camp are invited to share with the resident elephant family what is, without doubt, the ultimate elephant education safari. The elephant experiences offer many magical moments including interaction with the resident herd of 11 elephants by walking with them through rich wildlife areas. Abu also offers game drives, bush walks and mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) safaris.
Abu Camp offers a three-night safari for a maximum of twelve people, ensuring that all the guests grow with the herd as they get to know them, offering a superb learning experience that is also a journey through the eyes of the elephants. All guests arrive and depart at the same time, allowing them to begin to relax and absorb the tranquillity of their surroundings and to get to know the herd at the same pace. Cathy and her loving patience with the small calves in her herd, the antics of the youngsters, and the obvious wisdom of the elders all come together to create a rare glimpse into the lives of these intelligent and extraordinary animals.
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
Night drives in the Okavango Delta
Go out after dark in search of elusive nocturnal animals including serval, leopard, porcupines, genets and more. This is also a fantastic time to observe the beauty of the night sky with little light pollution and the perfect opportunity to star gaze.
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.
Sleeping with the Elephants at Abu Camp
A real once-in-a-lifetime experience, sleep out under the stars overlooking the elephant boma at Abu Camp. Drift off to the sound of the elephants snoring below for a night that you will not forget easily
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.
Game walks in the Okavango Delta
Much of the Okavango Delta lends itself to being explored on foot on a bush walk. This is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the smaller aspects of life here, as well as trying your hand at tracking big game on foot under the tutelage of your guide.
Helicopter ride over the Delta
Why not get a bird's eye view of the iconic Okavango Delta with a scenic helicopter flight, which will not only allow you to appreciate the beauty but also spot wildlife from above, making for a truly memorable experience.