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.
Xudum Delta Lodge
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Best for: Honeymoon, Wildlife
Situated near the permanent channels of the delta with sweeping views of the vast floodplains, Xudum Delta Lodge's nine, playfully crafted suites include large bathtubs and romantic alfresco showers as well as private plunge pools.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Xudum Delta Lodge is situated on its own private island in one of the Okavango Delta's reserves, overlooking a permanent lagoon which teems with hippos and attracts all types of water bird including herons and storks.
The lodge has just nine very smart "safari suites" each with far-reaching views over the lagoon. The suites are designed in contemporary style, each being split-level, and with an en-suite bathroom complete with bath, unusually for a camp in the Delta. But the crowning jewel of the rooms is the hideout - right at the top of the room and with incredible views over the Delta, this is a perfect place to game-view or rest in the afternoons. At night, should guests wish, the hideout can be transformed into a truly wonderful sleep out under the stars. Inside, each suite has its own air-conditioner and ceiling fan which offers real relief during the very hot months.
Like the rooms, Xudum's main area is also split level and the whole area has been designed to take advantage of the incredible views - everywhere you look there is a view! There is a bar and dining area, and the lodge also has a well stocked safari shop with all the essentials and also a good selection of wildlife books about the area.
Activities from Xudum Delta Lodge focus on exploring the surrounding area with your expert guide and include day and night game drives in fully equipped 4x4 vehicles, guided walks into the bush, and mokoro and boat trips on the surrounding waters. The guiding at Xudum is renowned and the lodge, while not in the most game-rich area of the Delta, offers guests the opportunity to explore the waterways and to enjoy some really spectacular birdwatching while staying in this luxurious and beautifully crafted lodge.
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.