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.
Deception Valley Lodge
The Kalahari, Botswana
Best for: Wildlife
Deception Valley Lodge is a family-run lodge in Botswana's Central Kalahari Game Reserve. With its friendly hands-on attitude and illuminating Bushman walks, Deception Valley Lodge provides an authentic Kalahari adventure, and great summer game viewing.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Accommodating up to sixteen people, Deception Valley Lodge has a peaceful atmosphere, offering comfort and a vibrantly-coloured rustic decor. Six of the eight chalets feature twin-bedded rooms with an en-suite Victorian-style bathroom, an outside shower and a private spacious lounge, and there is also a chalet with two inter-connecting rooms ideal for families.
The main lodge has an ethnic African theme and was built to blend into the surrounding bush without altering, damaging or detracting from its ambience. Here there is a dining room, lounge and bar area, all decorated in warm Kalahari colours and filled with local Bushman and other African artefacts. From the deck you can view wildlife activities at the nearby water hole. A curio shop and small library forms part of the complex, while the swimming pool situated close to the main camp is perfect for a dip when the mercury climbs. The boma features prominently during the African nights when guests can enjoy dinner while gazing up at a million stars in the clear Kalahari night sky.
Along with traditional early morning and late afternoon safaris in open 4X4 vehicles (there is a maximum of just three vehicles), there are night drives, off-road tracking and bird watching for over 200 species from the deck at the main lodge or in a hide at one of the watering holes. A stay at Deception Valley Lodge also offers a superb opportunity to take a guided walk with the Bushmen to explore their culture, survival and hunting skills, and see their extraordinary knowledge of the bush and animal life. You can also witness their knowledge of medicinal and poisonous plants; see how they make bows, arrows and other tools; be humbled by their hunting skills; be entertained by their sense of humour; help them make a fire; and quench your thirst in the traditional way.
The climate of the Kalahari has three distinct phases. The rains, which commence any time from November to January and last through to March or April, make this time a birder's paradise. A cold dry spell follows from June to August, while a hot dry spell lasts from September until the rains start.
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 Kalahari
A game drive after dark is the perfect way to spot some of the lesser seen nocturnal animals that only come out after the sun has gone. Although hard to spot, you could see porcupine, aardwolf, bat eared fox or the Kalahari lion having a night time stalk.
San Bushmen interaction
A stay in the Makadikgadi wouldn't be complete without encountering the San tribe to learn more about their hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the harsh conditions of the Kalahari. Let them take you on a guided walk through the bush for a unique perspective.
Game Drives in The Kalahari
Head out in a game vehicle in the morning or late afternoon to explore the arid landscape of The Kalahari. Go in search of the Kalahari lion, and spot leopards, cheetah, kudu, giraffe and many more in the second largest desert in Africa.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Kalahari & Okavango Delta, Botswana
This short but sweet itinerary gives you an excellent taste of what Botswana is all about, from the dry and expansive Kalahari desert, to the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta, showing you just how varied Botswana as a country is.