Home to both the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta, and the vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert, this land-locked country not only has a varied and intriguing landscape but is also abundant in wildlife.
Every year the Okavango floodwater arrives into the Delta during the dry season causing vast quantities of game to migrate inwards from the otherwise parched Kalahari desert. At this time of year water safaris, often by the traditional canoe known as mokoro, are the best way to soak up the dramatic skies and plentiful wildlife, whilst north of the Delta the Linyanti region offers both land and water- based activities. See the Kalahari Desert spring in to life during the green season, or take in the overwhelming sense of solitude and space of the Makgadikgadi’s spectacular salt pans, here you can also meet and learn about Botswana’s indigenous people, the San Bushmen.
Luxury accommodation in Botswana comes mostly in the form of exclusive bush camps – the trick is to find the right camp to suit the time of year, wildlife interests and thirst for adventure.
In the Kahalari we recommend Jack’s Camp for its stunning location on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans. Owned by the Bousfield family for generations, the collected antiques and artefacts add character and a sense of history to this simple yet elegant camp.
Little Vumbura Camp is on an island in a private concession in the Delta. With just six tents it is able to provide a pleasantly intimate atmosphere and is perfect for those seeking an island hideaway only accessible by boat. In the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, family-run Xakanaxa Camp also offers year-round land and water safaris and spectacular bird watching. The camp has a rustic elegance with its eclectic mix of furnishings from all over Africa and offers spectacular views over the lagoon. For an action-packed safari experience look no further than Mombo Camp, often referred to as the ‘predator capital’ and well-known for the large herds which conveniently gather on the plains in front of camp.
Zarafa Camp is one of the finest camps in Botswana, located in the eastern sector of the 135,000 ha Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. The camp has just four (vast) tents, each with a lounge, private pool, deep copper bath and indoor/outdoor shower, all overlooking the beautiful flood plains of the Zibadianja Lagoon. Owned by renowned film-makers and photographers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, activities include game drives, walking safaris and boating on the lagoon. No expenses spared, we love touches like the complimentary Swarovski HD binoculars and Canon cameras which are available for guests’ use.
Experience the excitement of game-viewing from horseback with Okavango Horse Safaris, based in the Okavango Delta. Owners PJ and Barney Bestelink offer guests the opportunity to ride between three authentic tented bush camps in a private concession area of over 2500 sq kilometres alongside expert guides.