Arguably one of Africa’s most popular destinations with travelers, this beautiful country is home to incredibly distinctive landscapes and dotted with some of the best safari camps on the continent.
Botswana conveniently borders South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, making it a must-see country. Book a luxury Botswana safari with Vayeni as your African Destination Management partners, and your trip will seamlessly integrate all that Botswana has to offer.
The Okavango Delta, in the northwest corner of the country, is one of the world’s largest natural inland freshwater deltas. On an annual basis, flood water from the Okavango River enters a massive natural depression in northern Botswana, working its way slowly southwards. Most of this water then dries up again, thus creating a cycle of events that allows a rich ecosystem to thrive and support an incredible diversity and volume of wildlife, that migrate in and out of the area at different times. With the arrival of the annual dry season, this area comes alive, teaming with an array of wildlife and birdlife, providing visitors an unforgettable safari experience.
North of the Okavango Delta, one can find four private game reserves in the Linyanti Region – Kwando, Selinda, Linyani and Chobe Enclave, which offer guests exclusive and private safaris in a luxurious setting sure to please even the most discerning of clients. This tranquil place offers a pristine wilderness experience, every bit as scenic as that of the Okavango and just as filled with exciting opportunities for a luxury Botswana safari.
Here, the Selinda Spillway lends its name to an unspoiled reserve, which sprawls for 320,000 acres around its outskirts, and is filled with the promise of discovery and adventure. The winding channels, lagoons, papyrus groves and reed beds attract a myriad of wild creatures such as the rarely seen sitatunga, along with reedbuck, impala, giraffe, waterbuck, and kudu year round. Lion, hyena, cheetah, jackal, caracal, and hyenas are also common residents, while large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest are seasonal attractions.
However, the biggest attraction by far in this part of the world is the solitude, and you will find that Linyanti’s lavish safari accommodation is exclusive and impeccable, offering a personal touch that will linger in your memory.
Need a wildlife fix? The Chobe National Park has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, most notably featuring large populations of elephant and bird. Luxury Botswana Safaris in Chobe are one of the most popular activities in the diverse wonderland that make up this central southern Africa state. Botswana’s flat, expansive landscapes make it easy to enjoy fantastic sightings of 85 species of mammal and over a thousand different kinds of birds.
With Botswana being a bastion of conservation worldwide, you even have a chance of spotting endangered creatures such as Pel’s Fishing owl, African wild dog, cheetah, Cape vultures, wattled cranes, and kori bustards during your Chobe safari.
Covering over 50 000 km², the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world. Home to a wide variety of incredible wildlife, including lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah, brown hyena, giraffe, blue wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok and red hartebeest. In the wet summer months, wildlife gather at the best grazing areas in the northern reaches of the reserve.
The land in the park gently undulates, and is alternatively covered with sparse bush and long grass, which conceals the prevalent sand dunes. Deception Valley, which began to form 16,000 years ago, is found in the northern extremities of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and it’s lush grasses are known to attract hordes of wildlife in the rainy season for the ultimate Botswana safari.
The most popular time of year to visit the reserve is undoubtedly in between January and April – summer – when the inter-dune valleys are lush with vegetation, attracting wildlife in great numbers. While this is the most beautiful, and exciting time of year, it is also the most difficult in terms of travel, with the rain often making the roads difficult to navigate.
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is a salt pan with an area of 3,900 kilometres. It is one of the largest salt flats in the world and for most of the year it is desolate and extremely arid where you can see so far that it feels like the curvature of the earth can be perceived. However, during the rains these pans come to life with not only elephants, zebra, wildebeest and other large mammals but hundreds of thousands of flamingos too – an incredibly awe-inspiring experience to be missed when visiting Botswana.
The Khwai Concession is situated in between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. It is a wildlife rich area with many predators and is the “go to” place to see wild dogs. The Khwai River flows through the concession and gliding silently down in a Mokoro is certainly one of the highlights of staying in this area, with a high concentration of game along the riverbanks to entertain you.
Savute is known as the “mystery” region in Chobe National Park due to the dramatic changes to its environment. Dry for almost 30 years, this area has recently undergone a startling transformation with the Savute channel flowing once again. Not only is it flourishing with wildlife, it has reverted to its natural lush and marshy state.