Desert & Delta
BotswanaWith pristine scenery, rich wildlife experiences and offering an overall incredible safari, Botswana is often touted as the ‘crème de la crème’ of the safari world!
This captivating region offers diverse landscapes ranging from vast open moonscape of the Kalahari Desert (Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans) to the ever-changing flood levels of the Okavango Delta. Animals adapt as the water floods and evaporate throughout the region (and seasons) providing a fascinating game viewing experience.
Botswana is very easy to combine with Victoria Falls or another region within Southern Africa. With flights departing to Nairobi from Livingstone (Zambia), it is now quite easy to combine with East Africa!
AccommodationChoose from a selection of world-class camps in Botswana
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Meno A KwenaMakgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert
This recently updated, sweet and quirky camp set high up on the banks of a river that is often flooded with elephants – and other animals too! – that you can watch right from the comfort of your own tent.
Other reasons to add Meno A Kwena to your Botswana itinerary:
- Variety of landscapes: combine this camp with another location in the Okavango Delta and you will have a beautifully diverse Botswana safari experience
- The location of this camp provides easy access to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the open plains of the Makgadigadi Pans National Park and Nxai Pans
- The only camp to have a floating wildlife viewing hide
- In between activities, relax by (or in!) the lovely pool that enjoys sweeping views of the river and beyond
- Between May and November experience the second largest zebra migration as they congregate by the river
- Endearing camp staff that will make you feel right at home
- Last – but certainly not least! – a fascinating (and… unique to Meno) experience for guests are the nature walks with the indigenous local bushmen tribe. Provides an amazing insight into their culture, the area’s native plants and wildlife
Little KwaraMoremi Game Reserve
If you haven’t heard about the Kwara Concession, we’ll let you in on a little secret… It is amazing! Incredible game viewing to be had in this beautiful concession that borders the Moremi Game Reserve on the northern edge of the Okavango Delta.
More reasons to add this little gem to your itinerary:
- Intimate camp; it only accommodates 10 guests at a time
- Personalized service
- Guide and Tracker team
- It’s nice when you can go to a camp that offers a variety of game viewing activities (year round, by the way!)
- Game drives – including night drives
- Walking safaris
- Motor boat cruises
- Mokoro (dugout canoe) rides
- Little Kwara is one of a handful of camps able to make this claim of being a wet and dry camp all year around.
Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the Northern Okavango Delta, Shinde is a luxurious camp located on the edge of Shinde Lagoon which teems with animal and bird life.
- Located in a private concession that offers both land and water activities
- Shinde borders the Kwara concession so it would not be advisable to combine these two areas
- You’ll never be bored, as the camp offers several activities:
- Game drives – including night drives
- Explore the Delta by motor boat and mokoro (dugout canoe)
- Walking safaris
- And fishing!
Chitabe CampMoremi Game Reserve
Under the Wilderness Safaris portfolio, this camp is independently owned and operated. Situated in a private concession just south-east of the Okavango Delta, Chitabe has an array of landscapes from open floodplains, waterways, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodlands, riverine forest and open grasslands – attracting incredible wildlife and diversity of species.
More reasons to love this camp:
- This area seems to have an abundance of predators – lions, leopards and sometimes even cheetahs (although, animal sightings can never be guaranteed!)
- Great area for wild dogs
- The rooms are lovely: spacious and incredibly comfortable
- Amazing staff and guiding
Selinda Explorer’s CampLinyanti Concession
Selinda Explorer’s Camp is situated in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, famous as a sporadic and unusual watercourse that has been a source of wonder as it ebbs and flows according to its own natural rhythms. The story of nature and wildlife is fascinating as it adapts to this unique eco-system.
More reasons why we enjoy this camp:
- Excellent wildlife viewing to be had in this area
- Fantastic staff and guides will ensure you have an unforgettable stay
- Enjoy learning the sensitivities of this area and how wildlife has adapted to it over the years
- On request and based upon availability, for the more adventurous guest you can sleep out at the hide underneath the stars
- Other game activities are on offer for a varied safari experience
San CampMakgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert
Situated on the edge of the vast and stark Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – the remnants of an extinct lake that once covered most of Botswana – San Camp is ideal to combine with another camp in the Okavango Delta for a truly diverse – and unique to Botswana! – safari experience.
More reasons to include this special place in your Botswana itinerary:
- Consisting of six elegant white tents that dot the shore of the enormous sparkling salt pan providing spectacular views
- San Camp has a reputation for delicious, fresh and original menus along with excellent service
- The camp contains a small natural history museum and library, a tea tent spread with cushions provides a sheltering sanctuary and a tented yoga pavilion
- Expert guiding, incredibly friendly habituated meerkats, unique desert species, old-world safari styling and superb cuisine all come together to create an experience that is completely different to any other
Little VumburaVumbura Concession, Okavango Delta
Little Vumbura is situated on a beautiful island in the Vumbura Concession: a private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta. This camp is a firm favourite among guests and here are the main reasons why:
- Surrounded by water, the approach to this camp is unique and unforgettable as you drive from the airstrip and then hop in a motor boat for the final stretch
- Water-based activities are just as popular as those on land offering diverse wildlife sightings
- Little Vumbura consists of only 6 beautiful tents all shaded by the canopy of an ancient forest
- Wonderful staff on board ensuring that you are very well taken care of! You won’t want to leave
Linyanti Bush CampChobe Enclave
Bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave – in the famous Linyanti area on the shoulder of Chobe National Park – a private concession that is best known for – but not limited to! – its large herds of elephants that tend to frequent this concession during the dry months until the first rains arrive.
More reasons to enjoy Linyanti Bush Camp:
- Excellent mid-to-upper range option in terms of luxury
- Tents are well-appointed, spacious with comfortable beds, fixed showers with running hot water and flush toilets
- As the only source of water in the dry months, the Linyanti marshes plays host to a great diversity of game
Khwai Tented CampMoremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta
Located within a community-run concession just on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve (Okavango Delta), this eco-camp is situated on the banks of a lagoon that flows into the Khwai River.
- Besides the day-time drives which can feature Africa’s big attractions – lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe – you are able to explore nature after sunset with a night drive. This activity, along with the guided walking safaris, is not usually permitted in the National Parks or Game Reserves, and allows guests to get an up close and personal experience with some of Africa’s nocturnal and/or more elusive animals.
- Excellent game viewing in the area; although the concession is not private so you will see other vehicles during your game drives
- Intimate camp with only six tents – including a family unit
- Basic in style yet comfortable and relaxed
- Night drives, mokoro (dugout canoe) rides and walking safaris are available
- Camp is open all year round
Jack’s CampMakgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert
Ten roomy and super stylish canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers have been fashioned in classical style. The camp itself is set into a palm grove, from afar it looks like a mirage across the pans.
Why we love this place:
- It is like visiting another world! Great camp to combine with another in the Okavango Delta for a truly diverse safari experience
- Drive across the wide open pans on 4 wheel drive quad bikes
- Unique meerkat interaction – get up close with these curious creatures
- Enjoy evenings under star studded skies, sleep out in the salt pan!
Savuti CampOkavango Delta
Savuti Camp is located in the Linyanti Concession alongside the famed Savute Channel. For many years the channel was dry, before the waters returned in 2008 and abundant game congregated around and adapted to their new surroundings. As part of a natural cycle, the channel is dry once more, resulting in a rich feeding ground and corridor between the surrounding mopane woodlands for both plains game and predators.
- The Savute area harbours one of the densest dry-season concentrations of elephant in Africa
- Day and night game drives, along with boating safaris and walking safaris are available – making Savuti one of the best “all-round” camps in the Delta.
- A unique “sleep out” is possible in the hide, though, guests should be slightly adventurous in spirit for this
- High numbers of predators (especially lion and leopard) are common in the area
Tubu Tree CampOkavango Delta
Located on Hunda Island in the Okavango Delta, an area that embodies both wet and dry habitats – making it possible to experience both land and water game viewing activities. More reasons to consider staying at Tubu Tree:
- This camp was built in a traditional style with elevated wooden walkways connecting eight tents on raised platforms
- Each tent possess picturesque views of the surrounding floodplains from a private deck
- Hunda Island is famous for its leopard sightings (although, this can never be guaranteed) as well as its excellent densities of large game species
- For a truly unique experience, the camp has access to two hides that can be converted into star beds (sleeps up to 4) – an ideal activity for the more adventurous!
Pelo CampOkavango Delta
Pelo Camp is located in the heart of the famous Okavango Delta, and more specifically, in the Jao Concession. It’s what we would consider a “wet camp” whereby all of the activities are done from the water.
- Ideally, you’d combine a stay at Pelo with a “dry camp” where you can experience game drives. We’d usually suggest a minimum of 5 nights in the Delta region (staying in 2 different camps)
- With just 5 tents, Pelo is one of the smaller, more intimate “budget-friendly” camps in the Delta
- Open from April – November each year, Pelo Camp offers guests the opportunity to explore the famed Delta by boat, mokoro or by foot
- Visitors can relax by (or in!) the swimming pool and literally watch the wildlife go by – hippos, elephant and more species can regularly be seen from the pool area
- Great for birders!
Boat SafarisWatch wildlife from the water
In certain areas you can enjoy a change from the typical game drive in a vehicle and instead, experience wildlife viewing from the water. The Selous, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Lower Zambezi all offer opportunities to cruise along in a boat while elephant, buffalo and more come down to the water to drink, and of course, there are plenty of hippo and crocs to watch out for too!
Canoeing/Mokoro RidesA different perspective from the water
Canoeing offers you a great way to experience the wildlife and scenery from the water, while gliding along lakes and river tributaries – this is possible in a variety of regions, such as the Lower Zambezi (Zambia), Okavango Delta (Botswana) and Arusha National Park (Tanzania). Traditional mokoro rides are available in the Okavango Delta and are an absolute “must-do” at your water-based camp.
Horse RidingAfrica on horseback
Whether you are a passionate equestrian who is looking for a multi-day riding safari galloping through the bush, or simply a novice who wants to walk along slowly across the plains, we can arrange riding safaris to suit. There are a range of great properties for riding in Kenya, Botswana and to a lesser extent, in Tanzania.
Conservation ProjectsContribute to conservation efforts
We have many friends who are heavily involved in conservation projects across Africa. We’re able to arrange for you to participate in some of these various projects during your safari – whether it be helping to identify lions as part of the Mara Predator Project, or maybe you’re interested in helping to relocate rhinos; we’re able to suggest ways to incorporate some conservation activities during your safari.