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Botswana

Introducing Botswana

Botswana is the true conundrum of Southern Africa. Although around 80% of its land is the Kalahari Desert it is most often the great delta of The Okavango that attracts the majority of animals and as a result travellers.

This is a great country to travel in. Its economy is far healthier than its near northern neighbours thanks to its large diamond mines. Its government although recently aggressive towards it traditional hunter gatherer communities is one of the most stable in the region and its tourism infrastructure is such that it caters well for every travellers needs.

From the fingers of water that sliver over its silt plains to create The Delta and offer a much needed drink for its wildlife to the stark landscapes of its salt pans and desert lands its often combined with visits to South Africa, Namibia and Victoria Falls but has enough to attract any traveller as a standalone destination.

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Location

Southern Africa

Population

1.5 Million

Currency

Pula

Best time to visit

Jun - Oct

Capital

Gaborone

Common language

English & Setswana

Highlights of Botswana

The Okavango Delta and Moremi Game reserve

Around 15000sq km of Botswana becomes the world largest inland Delta each year as the Okavango River heads south across the plains of the Kalahari creating a vast waterway that attracts animals from throughout Southern Africa. Wildlife viewing is at its best in July & August when the waters are high with some lodges closed during the dryer times but the Delta offers a chance for travellers to feel the vastness of its lands year round.

Travellers fly into various lodges scattered on islands throughout the Delta or base themselves in the township of Maun and take Mokoro, dug out tree canoes, on safaris along its swamplands to view the many animals that come to feed and breed here.

Its eastern section is fenced off as Moremi Game Reserve where many lodges offer travellers the chance to see animals from ground level by using the waterways as transport and game viewing points.

Chobe National Park

Located only an hour or so drive from Victoria Falls Chobe is a convinient starting point for many travellers visiting Botswana. It’s famous for its population of 70,000 + Elephants which are often viewed from water based vantage points as they graze close to river banks and waterholes. Lodges here offer inclusive safari experiences which are a great way to start your Botswanan journey or to add a wildlife experience to visiting the Falls and its surrounding areas.

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Thought to be amongst the largest salt pans in the world this region is in stark contrast to much of the Botswana visited by travellers. It is certainly becoming popular though as travellers seek out more unusual pursuits. Tour operators offer a chance to quad bike on the pans, sleep under the stars or join them in tented camps placed far into the pans so as to offer a truly remote safari experience.

The Kalahari

The days of remote communities living semi nomadic lives as they had for centuries in the Kalahari have diminished in recent times. The Botswanan government has moved many communities away from areas they wish to mine and this has caused unrest amongst the Basarwa Bushmen especially.

There are however a few community based tourism programs created by the Basarwa and Herero herders such as Xai Xai where travellers can join the men on hunting trips and horseback safaris or the D’Kar Kalahari village where artists and craftsman offer their wares for sale that have managed to bridge this gap.

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When to visit

From the dry of the Kalahari and Magdakidaki Flats to the vast Delta of the Okavango this is an all year destination with a popular winter that attracts not just animals but travellers.

The Delta - Invariably the seasons affect Botswana’s most popular attraction the Okavango Delta with some island lodges not accessible during the wet season which is also very hot and occurs between October and April.
Winter is the best time to travel here from May to September when the waterways of the Delta attract it highest content of animals. Take your jumper though as nights are cold.

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Travel in Botswana


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from AUD4,095.00 per person twin share

Trip code: SUN1926
Duration: 14 days
Visits: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe
From: Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Departs: Selected Sundays throughout the year
Accommodation: 2 to 3 star lodges, guesthouses, cabins within campsites and wilderness tented camps in the Okavango Delta
Highlights: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Okavango Delta, Moremi game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

Small group tour with a maximum of 12 passengers
This small group safari journeys from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. During your safari you will experience the most prolific game regions of Botswana. Highlights include the pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta, the vast salt pans of the Makgadikgadi, wildlife rich Chobe National Park and the iconic Victoria Falls. A USD300 activity payment is payable to the Tour Leader at the beggining of the tour.



from AUD2,262.00 per person twin share

Departs Fridays Kasane to Kasane
4 star river cruise
Visits Chobe River, Botswana

Each houseboat has a minimum of three smaller boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa's unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests.



Chobe Princess

Departs daily Kasane to Kasane for any duration
4 star river cruise
Visits Chobe River, Botswana

Each houseboat has a minimum of three smaller boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa's unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests.



Gorilla
from AUD2,476.00 per person twin share

Trip code: AA12746
Duration: 3 days
Visits: Rwanda, Uganda
From: Kigali to Kigali
Departs: Daily
Accommodation: 4 star lodge.
Highlights: Kigali, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trek

Private tour

For those wishing to visit the rare mountain gorillas, this three day trip offers the best value option. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of four forests where these primates inhabit, is four to five hours’ drive from Kigali. Trekking in Bwindi allows travellers to take advantage of the lower permit rates in Uganda. We encourage you to stay longer in Rwanda and Uganda, however if you only have a few days then this tour is a great option.



Pom Pom Camp

Trip code: WEL1467
Duration: 3 days
Departs: Daily from Maun
Visits: Okavango Delta
Accommodation: 4 star luxury tented accommodation
Highlights: Mocoro boat rides, river safaris and scenic flights

In the heart of the Okavango Delta within the Matsebe concession area, Pom Pom Camp is another jewel in Botswana's crown! A 20-25minutes scenic flight over Okavango Delta from Maun, Pom Pom overlooks a scenic lagoon, nestled under shady trees, hippo grunt and frolic in front of camp's permanent lagoon that is surrounded by miles of reeds. Mokoro trips offer you a wonderful means of viewing wildlife as you glide between palm-fringed islands.



Zambezi Queen
from AUD1,665.00 per person twin share

3 days Kasane to Kasane
5 star river cruise

Visits Chobe River, Botswana

Away from the day trippers and in a world of pure indulgence, the Zambezi Queen cruises the Chobe River. Guests can view animals directly from their luxury suite on board the boat or on included excursions. Chobe National Park boasts some of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Small craft are used to position guests close to animals as they visit the river to feed, frolic and bathe. Time on the Zambezi Queen is a perfect addition to a stay in Victoria Falls which is only an hour or so away.



Zambezi Queen
from AUD2,491.00 per person twin share

4 days Kasane to Kasane
5 star river cruise

Visits Chobe River, Botswana

Away from the day trippers and in a world of pure indulgence, the Zambezi Queen cruises the Chobe River. Guests can view animals directly from their luxury suite on board the boat or on included excursions. Chobe National Park boasts some of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Small craft are used to position guests close to animals as they visit the river to feed, frolic and bathe. Time on the Zambezi Queen is a perfect addition to a stay in Victoria Falls which is only an hour or so away.



Game drive Chobe National Park

5 days Victoria Falls to Kasane (departs daily)
3.5 star hotel and safari lodge
Includes: guided tour of Victoria Falls, all safari game activities in Chobe National Park

This journey combines Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and nearby Chobe National Park in Botswana. You enjoy a guided tour of the falls during your two days in Victoria Falls. Then you venture into Botswana for two days of safari game activities in Chobe National Park. Chobe is Botswana’s premier park and is known for its 80,000 resident elephants, plus a large variety of animals.

 



Elephant in Chobe National Park

7 days Victoria Falls to Maun
3.5 star hotel, 4 star lodges

Visits Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta

This trip combines iconic Victoria Falls, Botswana’s premier wildlife park, Chobe National Park and the wilderness of the Okavango Delta. In Victoria Falls you take a sunset Zambezi River cruise and a tour of the Falls. In Botswana you enjoy small launch safaris on the Chobe River, then take a scenic flight into the Okavango Delta. The flight allows you to witness the wonder of the wetlands from above, before experiencing the Delta from ground level at your vintage safari camp.



Chobe Game Lodge pool

7 days Chobe National Park to Maun (departs daily)
Private package

5 star game lodge, 4 star safari camps
Visits Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta

This safari visits three very unique regions of Botswana. Stay in the only game lodge in Chobe National Park and spend two days on 4WD and boat safaris cruising the Chobe River. Then stay in two distinctively different safari camps in the Okavango Delta, both chosen for their professional approach to personalised game viewing. View masses of elephant, a myriad of bird life and plenty of land and water-based wildlife.



White rhino
from AUD3,655.00 per person twin share

16 days Johannesburg to Johannesburg (departs Saturdays)
Guided small group safari
3 star game chalets / camps / hotel
Visits Kruger, Matobo, Hwange, Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango Delta, Khama Rhino Sanctuary

This small group safari explores the amazing culture and natural beauty of both Zimbabwe and Botswana. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-out canoe, view animals up close on the Chobe River, discover the tribal history of Matobo and feel the spray from Victoria Falls. This safari covers it all – wildlife, history and culture.


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