Botswana Land and Water Safaris
On a Botswana safari, bigger really is better. The elephants are super-sized, the landscapes vast, and the magnitude of the experiences beyond measure. Home to the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, Botswana truly is one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa.
The Okavango Delta defines the country’s landscape, cutting through the stark red hues of the Kalahari Desert in a flood of emerald green. During the seasonal rains, the Delta becomes a lush animal habitat. Here, you can explore meandering channels and papyrus-fringed islands by mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe). However, horseback rides, speedboat trips, and guided island walks are available too, and no less exciting! Expect to see an abundance of birdlife, hippos, and crocodiles. And don’t miss the sunsets. Bookend your days with sunset cocktails and marvel at the colours of the Delta as it turns molten gold.
On dry land, Chobe National Park is famous for its herds of elephant and buffalo. During the winter months, the animals converge on the Chobe River. As a result, wildlife sightings are particularly rewarding at this time. Furthermore, on a Botswana safari, you can enjoy almost guaranteed encounters with Africa’s star players: the Big Five.
With its wealth of world-class accommodation, Botswana is renowned as one of Africa’s top luxury travel destinations. Sumptuous safari lodges and intimate tented camps give you a front-row seat to the fabulous wildlife spectacles. With unlimited elbow room and the wildlife pretty much all to yourself, you can expect an utterly exclusive safari experience, unmatched anywhere else in Africa.
When to Go:
In Botswana as in most African safari destinations, animals will converge at water sources during the dry season to slake their thirst. As a result, Botswana game viewing at the Okavango Delta and in the reserves of Chobe and Moremi is at its peak between May and October.
The Okavango Delta is well known for its exceptional land and water-based safari excursions.
Chobe National Park is widely considered home to the largest elephant herds in Southern Africa.
Visit the Makgadikadi Pans in central Botswana during the Green Season to witness the annual zebra migration.
Top Destinations in Botswana Safari
Home to the world’s greatest concentration of larger-than-life elephants, Chobe National Park in Botswana is an unmissable safari destination in Africa. Ideally combined with a safari in the Okavango Delta, Chobe offers an incredible Big Five safari experience that includes incredible lion encounters in the Savuti Marsh and massive buffalo herds along the Chobe River.
Chobe became Botswana’s first national park in 1968 and continues to be one of Southern Africa’s most iconic wildlife destinations. The park encompasses three wildlife areas that all offer a unique experience: the Chobe River which offers amazing elephant, buffalo and plains game sightings along the river bank, the Linyanti Marsh in the far north which is peaceful and abundant in game, and the Savuti, which borders Chobe proper to the west and the Okavango Delta to the east.
Top experiences in Chobe include dawn and dusk game drives in open-air vehicles, luxury camping out under the stars and cruising along the Chobe River at sunset.
When to Go
Like any other big park or reserve in southern Africa, Chobe has distinct ‘seasons.’ The dry season (May to October) offers incredible game viewing as the landscape is thinned out and animals tend to gather at the riverfront or at waterholes. The green season (November to February) is lush and green, with newborn animals and phenomenal bird sightings.
Discover one of nature’s masterpieces. The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s largest inland deltas. It’s known for its sprawling grassy plains, meandering channels and rewarding wildlife encounters. This World Heritage Site sustains vast quantities of elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra and more. It’s also a predator’s paradise, supporting lion, leopard and wild dog.
With a large choice of private reserves and luxury safari camps, an Okavango Delta safari is an ideal choice for a honeymoon or couple’s holiday. Explore the papyrus-flanked islands and waterways of this lush animal habitat by mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe), boat, horseback or on game drives for up-close wildlife encounters and rewarding sightings of abundant birdlife.
To add on another highlight to your Okavango Delta safari, visit the Moremi Game Reserve, which occupies the east and central areas of the region. Moremi Game Reserve is also home to Chief’s Island and Xakanaxa Lagoon.
When to Go:
The Okavango Delta is hot for most of the year, particularly from October to December; May through August sees warm days with cool nights. Some roads may become impassable in the wet season (November to March). The drier months (July to October) are a popular time to visit when wildlife-viewing reaches a peak.
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View the patchwork plains of the Okavango Delta from the sky and discover why this watery landscape in the middle of the desert is a marvel of nature.
Glide swiftly and smoothly through narrow channels seeking out an abundance of birds and wildlife. Silent but for the call of a fish eagle or the grunt of a hippo, this is the closest you can get to the wild in the Okavango.
Chobe is best known for supporting the largest concentration of elephant found anywhere in Africa. It is not uncommon to encounter herds in excess of a hundred animals.
Experience the magic of Africa along the Chobe River and view the area’s legendary wildlife from the comfort of a luxury houseboat.
Savour the tranquility of cruising reed-lined channels in a mokoro or experience the thrill of action-packed game drives on land. However you do it, game viewing in the Okavango is always a rewarding experience.