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.
Sanctuary Stanley's Camp
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Off the beaten track
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is a classic tented camp on a private concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Sanctuary Stanley's Camp offers varied game viewing and is home to the inspirational Living with Elephants programme.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Set among ebony and sausage trees, Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is a beautiful tented camp on a 260,000-acre private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta, renowned for its abundant wildlife and especially its birds. The natural wonders of the area constantly change over the seasons from lush green when the rain flows down the Angolan highlands, to dry savannah when the neighbouring Kalahari Desert tightens its grip on the terrain. The eight en-suite tents at Stanley's Camp are elevated on decking and furnished with large hand-crafted beds, antiques and oriental carpets. There is also a private outside deck with a hammock where you can swing and calmly survey your surroundings.
Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is one of Botswana's smaller and more intimate camps, accommodating a maximum of 16 guests with the highest standards of service. The well camouflaged main building is built into the existing tree-line and offers extensive views over the surrounding floodplains. Dinner is usually served overlooking the game-rich plains, accompanied by a choice of fine South African wines, and bush lunches can also be arranged, either with some of the elephants or with your feet cooling in one of the lagoons.
Stanley's is predominantly a water-based camp that also offers day and night drives as well as guided walks being outside Moremi Game Reserve. The real highlight of the camp, though, is the opportunity to interact with a herd of semi-habituated African elephants. The camp arranges half-day walks with the elephants, allowing you to observe them up close and in their natural bush environment - an uplifting experience and one that will remain with you long after you’ve left.
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.
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.
Living with Elephants
Meet and interact with Jabu and Morula, a pair of semi-habituated orphaned elephants and walk with them in their gigantic and silent footsteps. This is a truly uplifting experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who share their time with them.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe & Victoria Falls
If you love elephants then this is the perfect trip for you with unique opportunities to interact with elephants in both Botswana and at Victoria Falls. As well as elephants, you will enjoy exceptional game viewing in both the Okavango Delta and Chobe.