Beautiful Botswana is an African Eden. From the Okavango Delta to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park and all the wild spaces in between, this unspoilt wilderness supports an astonishing concentration of majestic wildlife.

One of Africa’s very best wilderness destinations, Botswana is a wildly beautiful and extraordinarily varied country. This safari destination is blessed with a rich array of African wildlife. Its diverse and untamed landscapes, spanning deserts, rivers and savannahs, support a range of wild animals seldom found in a single country, making Botswana a game-viewing paradise. The Big Five – lion, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino – can all be found here, although it may take a trained guide to help you track every species down! 

An astonishing 38 percent of Botswana is dedicated to national parks and wildlife reserves, creating an immense unfenced wilderness in which the animals roam free. The country adopted an official ‘low volume, high returns’ ecotourism policy almost 35 years ago, which means that you can explore this game-rich country in unusual peace.

Much of Botswana stretches across the Kalahari Desert and the only sources of year-round surface water are the Chobe River in the north, the Limpopo in the southeast, and the outstandingly beautiful Okavango Delta – the world’s largest inland delta – in the northwest. The delta’s freshwater plains sustain an abundance of life and large numbers of game throng here. Also to the north lies the Makgadikgadi Pan – a large saltpan that is transformed by good summer rains into a wildlife wonderland. 

Botwana’s spectacular national parks are specifically situated where the wildlife is more concentrated, and offer a range of accommodation options. The Chobe National Park supports the world’s largest concentration of elephants, while Moremi Game Reserve is nearest to the Okavango Delta. In the Kalahari Desert are the vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. 

The Big Five, cheetah, antelope, wild dog, bat-eared fox, hippo, giraffe, gemsbok, zebra and hyena are just a small sample of the wildlife to marvel at year-round. First-time safari adventurers particularly love the milder, dry winter months from June through September when game viewing is easiest, with animals clustered close to waterholes and rivers, and short grasses and dry trees improving visibility.

Like much of southern Africa, this semi-arid country falls within the southern hemisphere’s summer rainfall area. When the rains set in from November until March, temperatures can be very high but the dry, dusty African landscape transforms into a lush green paradise, with afternoon thunderstorms bringing refreshing, much-needed rain. Seasonal wetlands fill up and rivers start to flow. Plains game such as impala and springbok give birth now, while the grasslands are covered in nutritious sweet grasses. And where there are babies, you will find predators: this is an excellent time for Big Cat action, as the breeding herds provide easy pickings for lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.

Botswana offers a range of activities for families and adventurers alike. Connect with the natural world with guided game-viewing drives and nature walks. Gasp at the phenomenal perspectives offered by scenic flights and deeply relaxing river cruises or mokoro (dugout canoe) trips in the Okavango. Exploring the delta’s network of channels and pools, in the company of an expert guide, is the wildlife — and birding — experience of a lifetime. Visit a local village to socialise with the Batswana and immerse yourself in their cultural world. Whatever you choose, prepare to have a corner of your heart colonized forever by beautiful Botswana.

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Chobe Game Lodge

Experts will tell you that the Chobe Riverfront offers one of the most impressive safari experiences in Africa, which makes ‘the one and only’ Chobe Game Lodge an excellent base for your Botswana wildlife experience. Situated on the famous Chobe Riverfront – which teems with game – Chobe Game Lodge is perfectly placed for safaris by game-viewing boats or 4X4 game-drive vehicles or – if you don’t want to leave your tranquil surrounds – from the comfort of its ‘Far Deck’. The historic Chobe Game Lodge is conveniently situated just 90 minutes’ road transfer from Victoria Falls, and still remains…

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Chobe Princess

Get in sync with the timeless flow of life in the Botswana wilderness aboard one of the three Chobe Princess houseboats. Each of these sister vessels is its own totally private, floating ‘boutique hotel’. We cannot imagine a more special way to soak up the wild sights and sounds of the game-rich Chobe River!   Each beautifully appointed Chobe Princess has just four or five cabins, so your family or group of friends has the entire boat to themselves for your river safari. The warmly welcoming crew takes care of your every need, serving up delicious food and astonishing wildlife…

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Duba Plains Camp

Owned by Dereck and Beverly Joubert – National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers – Duba Plains is designed to meld into the landscape and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of shade. Five traditional safari-style tents on raised decking, plus a separate two-bedroom suite, make up this intimate and exclusive camp, where you can relax on your own private deck overlooking the surrounding floodplain and watch a steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent has its own private plunge pool and undercover sala (day rest area), as well as a beautifully appointed en-suite bathroom comprising flush toilet,…

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DumaTau Camp

DumaTau – a small, luxurious tented camp close to the source of the Savute Channel on Osprey Lagoon – is tucked between two elephant corridors, which means it is excellently located for extremely rewarding game viewing on drives along the Savute. Its name means ‘roar of the lion’ – a clue as to what you can expect during a stay in this remote Botswana wilderness. DumaTau offer access to an excellent combination of habitats, from the Linyanti Swamps to floodplains and mopane woodlands. The camp is raised off the ground to take advantage of its astonishing river views, and has…

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Footsteps Camp

One of the special attractions of authentic, traditional, rustic Footsteps Camp is its exclusivity. Each family has the use of the private six-bedded camp, a professional guide, personal chef, waiter, housekeeper and dedicated mokoro guides. This gives you total flexibility to explore the bush at your leisure. This comfortable private camp accommodates guests in three specially designed, twin-bedded, Meru tents complete with sewn-in floors. One of the tents can be converted into a family unit that sleeps five. Each tent has its own newly refurbished en-suite bathroom including wash basin, porcelain flush toilet and bush shower, and even a daily…

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Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

High on a granite koppie in western Chobe National Park, Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge is a tranquil sanctuary overlooking a well-visited watering hole and the game-rich plains of the Savuti. You could even spot the Ghoha lions, a pride that roams between the lodge and this waterhole, or spotted and brown hyena – all without leaving the comfort of your home in the bush. Sleep under canvas in one of the 11 luxurious tented suites (two for families) built on wooden platforms with teak floors and private decks. The views from each en-suite tent are spectacular, even from the shower.…

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Jack’s Camp

In the pristine vastness that is the Makgadikgadi Pans, Jack’s Camp rises out of its arid surroundings like yet another of the area’s shimmering mirages. The olive-green canvas tents trimmed with fluttering scallops evoke traditional 1940s East African safari style, an effect underpinned by the lush Persian carpets that adorn the wooden decking underfoot. The camp – consisting of 10 spacious tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring flush toilets and both indoor and alfresco showers – is set into a palm grove that lends it a Moorish ambience. The decor taps into this, with bedroom suites decorated in rich, exotic prints…

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Jao Camp

Shaded by lush riverine forests and set in an area where islands fringed with riverine forests meet vast productive floodplains, luxurious Jao Camp provides the ultimate Okavango Delta water experience. The nine beautifully designed, totally private thatched tents are situated under a canopy of shady trees. A private sala on the deck of each spacious tent is the perfect place for an afternoon siesta, with astounding views of the delta. Each luxurious guest tent includes a spacious bedroom, lounge, deck with sala and en-suite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers, double vanities and a bathtub. In addition to the main lounge…

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Kalahari Plains Camp

If you agree with us that true luxury cannot be counted by the thread count of bed linen or the plushness of a carpet but lies in the privilege of exclusive access to vast tracts of Africa’s best wildlife areas, seclusion, privacy and space, you will love Kalahari Plains Camp. This luxurious camp in the remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers some of the best summer wildlife-viewing opportunities in Africa. The reserve is the largest conservation area in Botswana and one of the largest in the world. Within this beautiful biome, Kalahari Plains Camp looks out over an immense pan…

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Kanana Camp

A hidden jewel on the Xudum River, Kanana – in a private concession in the southwest of the Okavango Delta – offers superb land- and water-based safari activities. The area encompasses a necklace of islands dotted with palms, figs, ebony and knobthorn, and is home to myriad birds, plants and animals. The nature of the habitat means it is the perfect place to experience the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta. Guests are accommodated in seven spacious twin- and double-bedded safari tents and one family tent, each with en-suite bathrooms with shower, hot and cold running water and…

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Kings Pool

Situated in the northern reaches of Botswana within the Linyanti Concession, this historic camp lies to the west of the Chobe National Park and overlooks the Kings Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River. While much has changed since King Leopold honeymooned here in the mid-1900s, the unique safari experience that’s fit for royalty remains. This thatch-and-canvas tented camp is well known for regular visits from local elephant herds who love to frolic in the lagoon, while there is a plethora of other wildlife in the diverse surrounding grassland and riverine landscape, from antelope to African wild dog and leopard. Each beautifully…

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Lagoon Camp

Overlooking Namibia’s gorgeous Mudumu National Park on the opposite bank of the Kwando River, this heavily forested site is home to a wide range of birds and mammals. Lagoon Camp’s eight traditionally styled tents are carefully designed to make the most of this proximity to Africa’s wildest inhabitants. Each tent’s private deck, living area and bathroom affords beautiful views over the river; in fact, you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your bed to enjoy these views of the river and the hippos and elephant that thrive here. En-suite bathrooms have an indoor and outdoor shower, as well…

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Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp is enjoying its resurgence in iconic status thanks to its recent 2016 rebuild. Consistently voted among the best safari lodges in the world in its 30 years of operation, Mombo is that rare combination of extreme yet down-to-earth luxury, extraordinary animal sightings, admirable conservation commitments and stellar service. The revamp has taken the Mombo of old – with its heavy, dark-wood detailing, as if carved out of the forest itself – straight into the 21st century without losing any of its African wilds appeal. Pale wood is on show in the massive suites and new common areas, while…

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Ngoma Safari Lodge

Its location on a ridge within the Chobe Forest Reserve just 3km from the Chobe National Park means that Ngoma Safari Lodge has panoramic views over the Chobe River and its floodplain. Low-key luxury rules here. The understated yet elegant safari lodge is built of natural materials – think thatch, wood and stone – so that it blends into its surroundings. The charming and airy central lodge area is where you’ll find the guest lounge, dining room, bar and a plunge pool that is extremely welcome in the heat of summer. Beneath the outstretched boughs of an ancient baobab, the…

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Okuti Camp

This tranquil oasis comprises just five spacious twin-bedded mosasa on raised teak decks with blissful river views. Each beautifully appointed mosasa has an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower, hot and cold running water and flush toilet. The honeymoon suite features a double bed, bathtub and indoor and outdoor shower, while each of the two family units consists of two bedrooms sharing spacious bathroom facilities. Romantic mosquito nets and fans set the ambience in your mosasa, where canvas and mesh-screen walls open onto the great outdoors. Between game drives you can relax on your own private veranda and watch hippo…

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Sable Alley

Beautiful Khwai Private Reserve is situated to the northeast of the Okavango Delta, adjacent to the famed Moremi Game Reserve. An enormous 495 000 acres, it is blessed with year-round water and masses of wildlife that congregates at the lagoon’s edge and in the grassy surrounds of the reserve. Hippo, elephant, buffalo and birdlife galore are guaranteed, but the reserve is also well loved for its predator population of cats, African dogs and hyena that has flourished since hunting in the area was prohibited. With only three game-viewing vehicles out at any one time and a maximum of seven guests…

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San Camp

Ecosensitive San Camp is the sister camp to Jack’s Camp and it has the same wildly romantic ambience. The classic white safari tents stand majestically on the edge of the enormous sparkling saltpan, each in the shade of stately desert palms. The camp is small and intimate, with just six widely spread out tented rooms. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and bucket shower. In keeping with tradition, lighting is simple – traditional old spirit lamps are atmospheric and allow for excellent stargazing of the Kalahari’s magnificent night skies. In this stark environment, luxury is redefined: simple…

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Savuti Camp

Situated in the pristine and remote Linyanti Concession, Savuti Camp is an intimate, luxurious boutique safari camp with just seven sumptuous thatched safari tents. The family unit is raised off the ground and connects to the central thatched dining area, plunge pool and large viewing platform via wooden decks. A fire deck extending from the viewing area also provides exceptional views of the Channel and its abundant wildlife. Between game-viewing safari drives, relax at camp and gaze out at the innumerable elephant and other wildlife strolling past each day. With its elevated position on the Savute Channel (a watercourse that…

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Tau Pan

The first semi-permanent camp to open inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Tau Pan makes the most of its starkly beautiful, remote and unspoilt surrounds. Situated on the ridge of an ancient sand dune, the camp overlooks the permanent watering hole at the famous Tau Pan, named for the pride of iconic black-maned Kalahari lion that frequent the pan and the camp itself. Days at this haven in the Central Kalahari are filled with game drives in a 4x4 Landcruiser in the company of a guide and tracker team; day trips to well-known Deception Valley or Sunday, Piper and Passarge…

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Vumbura Plains

Vumbura is designed to minimalist principles but with an eye to maximum comfort and luxury. Streamlined design is warmed by the use of warm, tactile, natural materials and a pleasingly neutral colour palette that blends effortlessly into its location tucked under a canopy of trees fringing the grassy Delta channels and plains. At Vumbura Plains, lofty spaces and outsized suites soar up to the high thatched ceilings that allow air to circulate freely. Each open-plan suite is raised into the canopy by wooden decks, which also connect the rooms as they thread through the leafy trees, offering superb views of…

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Xigera Camp

A true water camp, Xigera is idyllically situated on Paradise Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. This small, luxurious camp is perched on wooden decks raised above the deep channels and lush vegetation of this remote and magnificent part of Moremi Game Reserve. Palm-filled islands, riverine forests, expansive floodplains and crystal-clear water channels mark this wetland haven. A safari here gives you outstanding opportunities to witness extraordinary wildlife diversity right up close. This is the land of the shy sitatunga antelope and Pel’s fishing-owl, and few game-viewing experiences can beat the thrill of silently gliding up to Africa’s…

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Zarafa Camp

Located on the far eastern edge of the private 130 000-hectare Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, exquisite Zarafa Camp is an idyllic outpost that gives you entrée to the remote, game-filled wilderness that links the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors. This beautiful, four-roomed tented camp – designed in the best traditions of the classic safari era but with a contemporary focus on truly low-impact ‘green’ living – overlooks the crystal-clear Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel. The lagoon is also the water source for a massive wildlife population, and dry-season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by…

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