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BOTSWANA HOLIDAYS

A Botswana Safari Holiday Conjures Up Images Of Elephant, Lion And Leopard, Stunning Sunsets And Clear Night Skies.

Overview

Your safari will include day and night game drives, nature walks in spectacular areas with expert guides, river cruises on the game rich Chobe River and canoe trips on the Okavango Delta. Botswana is a destination of startling contrasts, from the inland waterways of the Okavango Delta, creating an incredible natural splendour with its islands, lagoons and waterways to the game-rich parks of Chobe and Moremi, and the desert like terrain of Savute. Botswana is truly a safari destination that will create memorable and unique experiences. Come and join us for a thrilling Botswana Safari.

Random Fact

    • The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s largest inland water systems, covering approx. 6,000 square miles during peak season. It takes almost nine months for the water to make its journey from the Angolan rains to the bottom of the Delta, creating a plethora of waterways weaving between islands.
    • Botswana is the finest country for comparing meerkats. No other country has so many of them.
    • In the !Xoo language of Botswana and Namibia, only spoken by about 3500 people, there are 112 distinct sounds, compare that to the approximate 40 we have in English.
    • Botswana is the world’s third-biggest diamond producer.

The Best Time To Travel To Botswana

May to October

The dry season and Winter in Botswana: There is less vegetation, and wildlife is at its peak with the animals easier to spot in increasing numbers around waterholes and rivers. The temperatures are cold at night and in the mornings. Packing warm winter clothing during June, July and August for the morning game drives is recommended. This is the Peak season for a Botswana Safari and lodges should be booked in advance.

November to April

The Summer months of Botswana: The scenery is greener and you will still see plenty of wildlife, including newborn animals and migratory birds. Except for January and February, rains are mostly short afternoon showers. Some lodges and camps close down during part of the wet season.

During January and February the rains can be continuous for days. The temperatures are hot in October and November.

A year-round birding destination, bird watchers will find the migrant-filled summer months the best time to visit Botswana for both numbers and diversity of species.

Useful Information

Language
English, Setswana.

Visas
Passports must be valid for 6 months.

Some visitors need to apply for visas before arrival please check with your Embassy or contact us for more information.

Currency
Botswana Pula

Time Difference
GMT + 2 hours

Internal Flights and Transfers
Due to the remote areas the camps and lodges are based in, transfers between camps may take place by boat, mekoro, game drive vehicle or light aircraft.

Weight & Luggage Restrictions
For safety reasons light aircraft transfers have a restriction of 15kg luggage plus 5kg of hand luggage (20kgs total) per person, packed in SOFT bags. (In Zambia and Mozambique this limit is decreased to 15kg  per person total on light aircraft transfers, scheduled flights remain at 20kg). Only one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 5kg is allowed per person. Please note that a handbag is considered as a piece of hand luggage.

How To Get The Best Out Of Your Botswana Holiday & Regional Information

The Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is on the NE side of Botswana with the Chobe River forming the Park’s northern border. The Park lies close to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia and an ideal location for a combination of the awesome Victoria Falls.

The Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve lie on the SW of the Park. A safari circuit combining a Safari in Chobe, with Okavango Delta is a popular choice, together with a few nights at Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side or the Zambia side.

Boat cruises on the Chobe River offer alternative experiences with wild-life viewing along the river. Sightings of buffalo, giraffe, zebras, elephants and different species of antelopes is a common sight, as well as predators like leopard and lion. During the dry winter months of May to October, the Chobe River has the only permanent supply of water thus making excellent wild-life experiences. Hippos and crocodiles are also seen on these cruises and for the bird enthusiasts, over 460 bird species have been recorded in the Chobe National Park.

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a large inland river delta caused by the Okavango River emptying onto open land, instead of the open sea, and flooding the savannah. In other words the Okavango is a vast river that never meets the sea, forming Africa’s largest inland wetland miracle. The geology of the area, part of the African Rift Valley, has resulted in the ‘capture’ of the Okavango River forming the Delta and immense waterways, swamps, flooded grasslands and floodplains.

These mesh of meandering channels create a haven for wildlife. The endangered species of white and black rhino and the African wild dog, together with huge numbers of cheetah and lion have all adapted in living in the wetland system.

The Moremi Game Reserve and several private wildlife sanctuaries are home to large herds of elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion and all kinds of antelope.

Exciting activities in the Okavango Delta are Mokoro Trips on the waterways (local dug-out canoes), game walks and sunset motorboat cruises. Scenic helicopter flights will create memories of the wonder of Okavango Delta.

Okavango Delta is a jewel in the heart of the Kalahari Desert creating a wetland of dazzling natural beauty & is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

The spectacular wildlife accompanied with breathtaking sunsets, extraordinary viewing of wildlife on land and on water, provides superb photographic opportunities.

The delta’s watery heart is best discovered by mokoro through shallow channels and floodplains, as well as crossing the islands on foot. For less water and more of the big game, visit a camp on its drier edges (including Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Community Area).

The Makgadikgadi National Park is where the Okavango Delta finally fades into desert. The Boteti River draws a line in the sand, separating the dry Makgadikgadi from the thirst lands of the Kalahari beyond.

This is the place to watch plains game crashing through sharp acacia trees, gathering under lofty palms and lurking in the shade of the riverine woodland, keeping close to the water. When the Boteti River is full, big elephant bulls can often be found playing in the water and browsing in the reeds while the sun sets on the day.
The Boteti is about a more traditional safari experience. Explore the banks by game drive, drift along the river by boat (when water levels allow), or wait for the wildlife to pass by from the sanctuary of a hide.
Once the rains arrive (October – November) the zebras and wildebeest abandon the Boteti, migrating to the saltpans and only returning in the winter (April – May). During the green season the Boteti’s banks become a quiet green landscape of technicolour sunsets and an explosion of birdlife.

 

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