Botswana: A more sparsely populated northern neighbour to South Africa, Botswana’s relatively conflict-free history and abundant wildlife, coupled with incredible and unique bio-systems, have made it a firm favourite with our visitors. This is bucket list stuff: good flight and land connectivity from Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Johannesburg to Maun or Kasana make this vast wilderness more accessible than you think. Picture yourself flying in a small plane over a vast tract of wilderness, spotting herds of elephant far down below at various drinking holes – then touching down literally in the middle of nowhere, to be taken to an eco-friendly lodge in an impossibly remote location. Welcome to Botswana.
Region: Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is rated as one of the top destinations for an amazing safari experience in Africa. Located in northern Botswana on the banks of the Chobe river it’s known as the most bio-diverse area in the country as well as having the highest concentration of game.
Featured lodge: Ngoma Safari Lodge
Located in Botswana, Ngoma is an oasis is in a wildlife wonderland. This boutique lodge offers unrivalled panoramic views over the game-rich Chobe River and floodplain and is on the doorstep of Chobe National Park, also known as Land of the Giants, as it is home to the largest herds of elephants on Earth.
Expect a vast and diverse array of wildlife as knowledgeable guides take you on safaris through the Chobe National Park, lazy afternoons by the pool and stunning dinners under African stars. Additional activities include river cruises, night game drives, game walks and local community visits.
Region: Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. It’s known for its sprawling grassy plains, which flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat. Here, dugout canoes are used to navigate past hippos, elephants and crocodiles whilst on dry land wildlife include lions, leopards, giraffes and rhinos.
The Okavango Delta is a unique pulsing wetland. More correctly an alluvial fan, the delta covers between 6 and 15 000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana and owes its existence to the Okavango River which flows from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into the harsh Kalahari Desert.
Featured lodge: Machaba Tented Camp
Machaba Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area. The Khwai Concession is a 35 000 hectare reserve situated in the northeastern Okavango adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. Machaba Camp is independently owned and run and is aimed at the affordable luxury travel markets across the world, offering great value for money and a unique classical safari experience. Machaba Camp will appeal to the novice safari guest as well as to the seasoned safari traveller.
The camp is built in the classic 1950’s style, with luxury safari tents, en-suite bathrooms and living areas, not forgetting the romantic outdoor showers. All the tents are situated on the ground and the pathways to the tents meander between the large riverine trees.
Stretching from the Northern part of South Africa, through Namibia and Angola, up to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world. Covering the centre of Botswana, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, has only recently been opened to the public and is normally recommended only for those who are well-organized self-sufficient groups of adventurers who can confront the remoteness, wilderness, harsh terrain and unforgiving climate. However, with the luxury lodges that are opening up in this area access via charter flights makes the journey much more comfortable. Further-more the lodges ensure the most luxurious stay possible. Although called a desert, the Kalahari is covered with a wide variety of habitats: sand dunes with many species of trees in the north, flat bushveld in the central area, mopane forests to the south and east, wide grasslands in vast open plains, acacia trees forests, saltpans and ancient riverbeds.
Featured lodge: Jack’s Camp
Jack’s Camp truly is one of the most legendary and iconic camps in Southern Africa. Founded by explorer Jack Bousfield in the 1960s, the camp sits in a striking spot on the edge of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, gazing over glittering salt pans and shimmering expanses of sun-scorched earth. It’s an oasis of style and old-world glamour in a landscape of savage beauty, and more elegant and enchanting than you could imagine in such a remote landscape.
The camp itself is incredibly unique with its quirky, Forties-style interiors, decadent furnishings, and sleek swimming pool pavilion. Then, there are the activities which include walking with San bushmen, getting up close and personal to a group of wild meerkats, and game drives in search of intriguing desert-adapted species.