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.
Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Chief's Island, Moremi Game Reserve
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Highlights
Sanctuary Chief's Camp is an award-winning safari lodge in Botswana's Mombo Concession, Africa's predator capital. Search for lion and wild dog in the Okavango by day, then settle back and enjoy Sanctuary Chief Camp's rustic elegance and stellar service.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Shaded from the heat of the day by a beautiful grove of jackalberry trees, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is so remote you’ll feel like the only humans for miles and miles. The camp, which is Sanctuary Lodges' flagship property, has been skilfully integrated into the landscape and guests are frequently able to view game without even leaving camp. There are twelve secluded tented rooms raised on wooden platforms, designed for ultimate privacy and comfort, each coming with an en-suite bathroom and private deck giving you a front-row seat on the rich spectacle of African wildlife. With the finest cuisine and wines, the camp is also consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure. Located in Africa’s ‘predator capital’, with abundant wild dog, lion, cheetah and leopard, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offers exceptional opportunities to interact with this amazing environment.
The camp’s open-plan living areas are also raised on decks and include a bar and lounge, dining pavilion, library, curio shop and swimming pool. The dining experience is a fantastic fusion of Western and African flavours, created with both local and imported ingredients.
The Mombo Concession is frequently referred to as the "predator capital of Africa" and the game viewing opportunities here are exceptional. Wild dog, lion, cheetah and leopard are all found in good numbers. The camp has daily excursions in open four-wheel-drive vehicles and quiet mokoro trips (subject to water levels) along the narrow delta channels during the flood season. The enormous numbers of lion on Chief's Island offer an embarrassment of riches for the amateur photographer.
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.
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.
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This trip is fantastic, for 3 reasons - Incredible luxury, amazing locations and exceptional game viewing.