Tours & Safaris - Botswana
The best time to visit Botswana depends on the seasons, the area you are planning to visit and what you hope to see. Typical safaris range from four to seven days and can include a variety of experiences, such as game drives, mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe) excursions, hot air ballooning, wildlife photography, bird watching, canoe safaris and days spent on one of the Chobe Houseboats.
Below is a basic map indicating the more well know safari destinations in Botswana, with a very brief explanation of each.
A typical Botswana safari often includes visits to other parts of Southern Africa, like Victoria Falls in the neighbouring countries of Zimbabwe & Zambia and Cape Town in South Africa.
With Botswana your destination focus, here are some highlights that we recommend adding to your travel wish-list.
Chobe National Park
Known for its concentrated and abundant elephant population, Chobe offers spectacular elephant-watching, especially from the deck of a boat on the Chobe River. With marsh, riverine, savannah and grassy woodland areas providing a range of habitats, the biological diversity of the park is extraordinary and renowned. An incredible 460 bird species have been recorded in the park. In winter, when water in the park is scarce, animals converge on the Chobe River to drink, bathe and play.
Savuti & Linyanti
Savuti and Linyanti are marsh areas within the Chobe National Park. Savuti, in the west, is fed by the Savuti Channel, which dries up for long periods and results in an erratic water supply to the marsh. Linyanti, in the north-west of the park, is named for the Linyanti River. Both marshes have large concentrations of animals and offer visitors spectacular bird watching. Sightings of the large Abdim’s storks, kori bustards and large secretary birds are a treat even for inexperienced birders.
Every summer, rainfall in the Angolan Highlands collects and flows for a 1,200 kilometre journey to drain into the Okavango Delta. The Okavango is a river that doesn’t flow into the sea. Instead, from June to August, its waters flow into the flat and dry Kalahari desert to flood the delta seasonally. This water subsides, lost to transpiration by plants (60%), evaporation (36%) and percolation into the aquifer system (2%). Only 2% makes it into Lake Ngami. The Delta experiences its peak visitor numbers in August, when nights average 10°C and days warm up to 30°C.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)
This reserve is the second largest in the world and, like others in Botswana, it boasts an incredible diversity of wildlife. During and shortly after the summer rains, the reserve’s flat northern grasslands teem with large numbers of antelope and especially large herds of springbok and gemsbok. The terrain within this massive reserve is mostly gently undulating with open grasslands, areas of larger trees, occasional sand dunes, pans and fossilised rivers.
The Makgadikgadi Pans area is made up of many salt pans with sandy sections between them. For most of the year, the pans are covered by a dry, salty clay crust but seasonally, after good rains, the pans are covered with water. Blue-green algae bloom and grasses sprout. It is then that the pans become an important habitat and refuge for migrating animals - wildebeest, zebra and the predators that follow them - and migratory birds. The largest pan, Sua, is home to one of two breeding populations of greater flamingos in southern Africa.
Wedged between Zimbabwe and South Africa is a small piece of Botswana known as the Tuli Block. The land here is mostly privately owned by game farms that cater to tourists. The far eastern section is the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, which was formed by the unity of three major concessions. The area boasts spectacular landscapes, diverse and abundant wildlife, geological attractions and a host of historical, cultural and natural history features. The Tuli Block is easy-to-access by road from South Africa and all the major cities in Botswana.
Summer or winter, Botswana has so much to offer visitors. Even a long stay would never been long enough! Our tours will give you a hint of the Botswana’s highlights in the time available. In addition to our recommended safari options, we are also able to plan a tailor-made Botswana safari itinerary for your visit.