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.
Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Best for: Honeymoon, Off the beaten track, Wildlife
Xaranna Tented Camp is a small intimate camp with sweeping views opening up onto a permanent lagoon teeming with hippo. The Camp combines the best of what the Okavango has to offer, both on land and the water, accompanied by expert guides and trackers.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Reachable only by boat during the high water season, this intimate camp with only nine tents offers an exclusive experience steeped in the wonder and magic of this extraordinary ecosystem. Xaranna enjoys 25,000 hectares of pristine wilderness which will be shared by only 18 guests at any one time, meaning a totally private experience. Xaranna's guides are among the best and will gently introduce guests to the surrounding area and its resident game.
As well as excellent big game viewing there are diverse bird and plant species to enjoy, including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl. Bee eaters frequent the area and can often be seen in their noisy colonies and kingfishers can often be spotted darting in and out of the reeds.
Guided walking, 4x4, mokoro and powerboat adventures are all on offer - and the boat trips up the swollen waterways are a particular highlight, the boat able to drift up almost silently to game, giving amazing photographic opportunities.
Meals are a relaxed and friendly affair, complemented by delicious pan-African cuisine. The carefully positioned guest areas maximise the sweeping views across the channels, with classic delta tree-line silhouettes. The main guest areas offer a spacious games and reading area as well as a shaded veranda for dining.
Each spacious tent enjoys gorgeous views, as well as a romantic sala and private plunge pool.
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.