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.
Kwara Concession, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Best for: Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Wildlife
Little Kwara is a superb fly-in tented camp on the edge of Botswana's Okavango Delta close to Moremi Reserve. Little Kwara is a birder's delight, with special boats allowing you to peer into the nesting bird colonies on amazing Godikwe Lagoon.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Little Kwara Camp is situated in a tree’d island on the edge of the permanent waters of the world renowned Okavango Delta in Botswana. The concession shares a common boundary with Moremi Game Reserve.
This brand new camp is an intimate four-tent camp with a fifth pilot or guide accommodation and is consistent with the Kwando Safaris promise: Intimate Camps, in Private Areas, with Personal Service - Vintage Africa. The tents are spacious, and are elevated into the tree canopy on wooden decks each with its own private veranda. Each tent has its own en suite facilities comprising bathroom with bath and an inside/outside shower. This is an ideal camp for exclusive use by small groups and families.
Little Kwara Camp offers all the following activities - mokoro trips year round, double deck boat cruise, island walks as well as game drives both off road and at night. Fishing is also offered on request, using normal reel and rod fishing - flying fishing enthusiasts need to bring their own equipment. Guides and trackers will beat the same high standard as is normal in all Kwando Safaris Botswana camps. To put the concession area into context - 175 000 ha (or 1750 square kilometres ) is almost half a million acres! The ability to operate off road and at night is critical in order to see the up to 30% of interesting mammal species that are mainly active at night. These include leopard, lion, wild dog, hyena and smaller predators. The presence of permanent water at Little Kwara ensures excellent year-round game viewing. The permanent water also ensures that mokoro trips (dugout canoes) can take place in shallow water throughout the year. Little Kwara is one of a handful of camps able to make this claim of being a wet and dry camp all year around.
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.
Explore the Delta by boat
Spend an afternoon exploring the Okavango Delta on a boat safari with wonderful wildlife sightings and bird watching on offer. A relaxing and peaceful experience, make sure you keep your camera handy for sunset, which is always spectacular.
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.
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.
Spend a few hours fishing in the Okavango Delta which is home to over 70 species of fish. Tiger fish, African pike and talapia are the most commonly caught species and with expert guiding it doesn't matter whether you're a novice or an avid angler.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Johannesburg, Livingstone, Chobe National Park, Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Little Kwara
This luxurious safari takes in the mighty Victoria Falls before a full exploration of Northern Botswana. The holiday encompasses a host of different terrains, experiences and incredible wildlife viewing from start to finish.
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls
A wildife-rich safari combining Botswana's Okavango Delta and the birding paradise of the Linyanti, staying at safari camps in the heart of the action. After your adventures, unwind on an island upstream of the Victoria Falls.