Your Botswana Safari: The Ultimate Guide

Botswana is known for its vast wilderness, incredible wildlife, and memorable safaris. The Okavango Delta is home to endless palm-covered islands. While the Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi regions have moonscape saltpans. It’s the ideal destination for travellers looking for unfenced, pristine surroundings.

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Botswana’s dedication to protecting its wildlife heritage is renowned in Africa. The country has a total land area of 581,730 square kilometres. About 40% of that area is dedicated to protecting and conserving wildlife. These areas are home to the world’s largest concentrations of elephants and provide protection for endangered large mammals like the lion, Black Rhinoceros, African Wild Dogs and cheetah. Botswana is also a bird lover’s paradise and one of the best places to see the Wattled Crane, Slaty Emu and the Pels Fishing Owl.

Botswana’s first conservation efforts started in 2014 when it outlawed commercial hunting. Former hunting areas were then transformed into safari destinations. Botswana has made the decision to adopt a low-impact, high-quality tourism model. This means that you can enjoy all the luxuries of a safari without having to worry about large crowds at the camp you’re staying at or congested game drives.

Botswana’s National Parks & Game Reserves – What’s the difference between them?

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If it’s your first time going on safari, you may have questions about the difference between national parks, concessions, and game reserves. We’re here to help you understand the difference between these designated areas, and what it means for your Botswana safari adventure.

National parks vs. Game reserves

National parks are owned and managed by the government, whereas a private game reserve is owned and managed by the lodges within these reserves. Both national parks and game reserves offer special safari experiences. However, national parks may attract more people because of the vast number of accommodation options in these areas. Game reserves, on the other hand, offer more exclusivity and less foot traffic.

Botswana has four national parks, Chobe, Gemsbok, Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan. These national parks are run by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Linyanti and Moremi, are two of the most popular game reserves in the area.

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Types of Safaris in Botswana

A Romantic Safari in Botswana

Few experiences can match the romance of an African safari. Botswana is the ideal destination for a honeymoon, babymoon or an intimate romantic safari. Our camps are secluded and offer the most intimate luxury safari experience. A private candle-lit dinner can be arranged on the deck of your room, while you watch the majestic African sunset. Some of our camps also have a spa where you can book a special couple’s massage. Lodging and game viewing truly come together in Botswana. There are so many special memories you can treasure with your partner on an African safari in Botswana.

Solo Safari in Botswana

Botswana offers a stimulating, eye-opening, and somewhat spiritual experience for solo travellers. However, most activities are carried out in a group, so you will have to be comfortable with doing some activities like game drives and walking safaris in a group. At our camps, there is enough room for you to enjoy your privacy and reflection after a jam-packed day in the African bush. For the solo traveller, we recommend spending some time at our Khwai Leadwood or Linyanti Bush Camp. You will find that these camps are perfectly suited to your needs, and they have some great activities for you to enjoy on your solo safari.

Family Safari in Botswana

Botswana offers a stimulating and fascinating country for wildlife and nature lovers. Our camps cater for family safari too. Activity options for children are important because there are some age restrictions on game drives, walks, mokoro cruises, and other activities. You’ll be pleased to know that all our camps are family-friendly, and we run an activity club, called the Ngwana Club, to keep the kids stimulated and entertained. Your children will have their own, professional, and experienced guide, teaching them about the many wonders of the African bush.

Travelling to Botswana

The easiest and fastest way of traveling to Botswana is done by connecting from Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa (O.R Tambo), although connecting flights are available from Cape Town and Windhoek, Namibia. Botswana has a relatively easy transport system. However, you do not need to worry about how you will get there.

We will handle all the logistics for you. From curating your itinerary to booking your flights and meeting you at the airport, all of this is done by our travel consultants.

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Languages in Botswana

English serves as the official language of Botswana. It is widely used for written communication, business, administration and education. Most of Botswana’s population have a working knowledge of English and about 2.8% recognize English as a first language.

Setswana, commonly referred to as Tswana, is the most popular spoken language in the country. In fact, Setswana is the lingua franca of Botswana. Although, English is commonly used for written communication, Setswana is mainly used as a spoken language.

Common Greeting in Botswana

If you look forward to interacting with local communities around the camps where you’re staying, a good way to start is to greet the locals. Start with hello, which is “dumela rra” (doo-meh-lah rah) to a man and “dumela mma” (doo-meh-lah mah) to a woman.

Is Botswana Safe?

Botswana has been rated as one of the safest countries to visit in Africa. The country is also a popular destination for tourists, who are welcomed and appreciated by the locals. Botswana has a low crime rate, so tourists shouldn’t feel uneasy. However, it’s important for tourists to be aware of their valuable possessions and not neglect common sense when protecting themselves.

Our camps are secluded from busy towns and large crowds. We have taken every precaution to make sure you are safe and feel secure while you are on your African safari.

Our Top Botswana Camps

Linyanti Bush Camp

You will find Linyanti Bush Camp on the border of the Chobe National Park, in a private concession within the Chobe Enclave. The camp is located on the banks of Linyanti River, which happens to be the only source of water during the dry season. Linyanti Bush Camp offers an intimate Chobe safari experience. The main area offers delicious Pan African cuisines and a refreshing swimming pool. You can enjoy safari activities such as walking safaris, catch and release fishing, and mokoro trips.

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Highlights of Linyanti

  • The camp offers a mix of land and water activities that will delight everyone.
  • You can also spend the time at the pool relaxing and playing board games. Keep your camera and binoculars close by, as there are many species of wildlife and birds in the area.
  • Linyanti is most well-known for its large numbers of buffalo and elephants.
  • This camp is ideal for hosting small groups, couples, or solo travellers.

Linyanti Ebony Camp

The charming Linyanti Ebony Camp is located on the banks of the Linyanti River. This river provides the only permanent water supply for the area’s wildlife, even during dry seasons. This camp is ideal for a family safari and offers guests a unique safari experience in Linyanti’s natural habitat.

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Only four luxury tents, including a family tent, are available and each tent has a beautiful en-suite bathroom and stunning views of the surrounding African bush.

Linyanti Ebony’s main area consists of a lounge, dining room with delicious Pan African cuisine and a splash pool. There are two daily game drives, walking safaris and bird-watching. Boat cruises, mokoro excursions, fishing, and boat cruises are all part of the adventure.

Highlights of Linyanti Ebony

  • The camp offers a mix of land and water activities that will delight everyone.
  • Enjoy your favorite beverage as you retreat to the main area’s deck. This elevated deck offers breath-taking views of Linyanti Marsh.
  • You’ll have great photographic opportunities here.
  • Linyanti Ebony camp is ideal for hosting small groups and families.

Khwai Leadwood

Khwai Leadwood is a luxury safari camp found just off the banks of the pristine Khwai River. The camp is located on the north-eastern border of renowned Moremi Game Reserve.

Khwai’s biggest drawcard is undoubtedly the plentiful and extraordinary wildlife – you’ll never be bored here! Adventure and relaxation are on offer as guests live out their ultimate safari experience – from setting off on a morning walking safari to enjoying a gin and tonic overlooking the Khwai River.

Khwai Leadwood

Khwai Leadwood is a great place to relax and reflect. The pool is a great place to cool off and read a book, while getting in some rest between the action-packed game drives. The luxury tents offer all the creature comforts, including a daybed that can be used for afternoon naps on the private deck.

Khwai Leadwood is the perfect place to go if you want a safari experience that allows you to connect with nature, but still offers all the luxury and comfort you would expect from a luxurious getaway.

Highlights of Khwai Leadwood

  • An authentic safari camp in the wildlife rich Khwai Concession.
  • Amazing views of the Khwai River.
  • Night drives and walking safaris.
  • Mokoro (traditional canoe) safaris along the river (dependent upon water level).

Khwai Bush Camp

Khwai Bush Camp is an African bush camp in its classic form. It was built in the Tsaro Concession, located on the banks of the Khwai River and is nestled in a forest of leadwood and sycamore trees. This camp offers stunning views of the wildlife found in Moremi Game Reserve.

Khwai Botswana Luxury

Khwai Bush Camp preserves the romance of yesteryear, and this blends effortlessly into the natural setting. This camp is open all-year and offers excellent wildlife viewing along with a sustainable, community-centred approach. There are many ecosystems in the Khwai region that offer opportunities for exploration, including lush floodplains, forests, and lagoons with all-year-round wildlife encounters.

Khwai Bush Camp comprises of four standard chalets (with a fireplace) and two family chalets, all of which have en-suites. Watch the magic of Africa unfold from the sanctuary of your chalet’s cool, thatched interior or the veranda that overlooks the famed Moremi Game Reserve.

Highlights of Khwai Bush Camp

  • Guided walks, game drives and seasonal mokoro excursions (water-level dependent).
  • Amazing wildlife sightings.
  • Cultural tours to the Khwai local village.

Migration Expeditions

Migration Expeditions Camp, a new camp set up in Nxai Pan National Park, shines a spotlight upon the spectacular zebra migration that occurs around December-March each year.

Migration Expeditions’ eco-sensitive design facilitates a seamless flow between its pristine desert environment and our stylish bush camp. The main area has two canvas-covered hubs: one side housing a dining area with an open kitchen and opposite, a cosy lounge area. Solar-powered charging points are available for those all-important cameras. The fire circle is at the heart of our bush camp offering and is an extension of the shared lounge area. Its magnetic quality beckons, inviting guests to share an authentic, warm African safari experience with us.

Where to See the Zebra Migration

Zebra migration

These vast herds of zebra travel approximately 1000 km per year from Chobe and the Linyanti/Kwando River systems to the Nxai Pan area around the same time as the arrival of rainfall in Nxai Pan.This is the longest migration among African mammals. The zebra are drawn to greener areas and sweeter grass, where they can give birth in optimal conditions. The herds begin to move back towards the Northern Chobe National Park region in March, although the arrival of rain will determine the exact timing.

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