Explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe), on foot or by 4×4. A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, crystal clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.
Hippos inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honey badgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose. Experience the delicate details of the glistening waterways on a mokoro ride, where iridescent dragonflies, frogs of every colour and jewel-like kingfishers live in the papyrus-lined banks
Moremi Game Reserve
The only proclaimed wildlife reserve in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is also widely regarded as the most beautiful. Moremi Game Reserve has the most diverse habitat and animal populations in Botswana. The reserve contains about a quarter of the Okavango Delta and stretches across several thousand square kilometres, comprising a stunning landscape of forests, lagoons, floodplains and islands. Game viewing is excellent year-round and resident species include lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, wild dog, zebra, red lechwe and many more.
Savute, a remote and wild corner of Chobe National Park, stretches from the park’s northern boundaries to the Linyanti River. The area’s main feature is the mysterious Savute Channel, which flows and dries up seemingly unrelated to the rainfall. Dry and arid for almost 30 years, animals in the area were sustained by artificial waterholes. With the Savute Channel flowing again in recent years, the region has undergone a startling transformation, reverting to its natural lush and marshy state. Large numbers of wildlife have been attracted to this rejuvenated wilderness haven
Situated north east of Chobe National Park, on the border between Namibia and Botswana, this magnificent area boasts of unparalleled wildlife encounters with large herds of buffalo in the dry season and sightings of rare and unique wildlife species such as aardvark. Large herds of elephants can be viewed at the rivers and waterholes, and thousands of zebra concentrate in the winter before heading south. Other wildlife seen includes lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and various other nocturnal species.
Selinda Game Reserve
The Selinda Reserve is a 320 000 acre (129 500 hectare) private wildlife sanctuary in northern Botswana. The famous Selinda Spillway, which links the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers, meanders through the area. Abundant wildlife is attracted to the vast floodplains and grasslands along the river, with large numbers of elephant and vast herds of buffalo congregating around the Zibadianja Lagoon in the dry winters. Predator viewing is also exceptional, including lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah.
Chobe National Park
Botswana’s famous Chobe National Park is a must-see wildlife destination that includes the Savute Channel and natural beauty of the Linyanti River. Chobe covers almost 11 000 km² (6 836 square miles), was the country’s first national park and boasts the biggest concentration of wildlife in Africa. But it is best known for its large numbers of Kalahari elephants, probably the biggest continuous elephant population in the world, currently numbering around 120,000.
Makgadikgadi Pan and Nxai Pan
They are the largest salt pans in the world – Makgadikgadi Pan spans 16 000 km² (9 942 square miles), and are the remnants of an ancient lake. The pans are interspersed with sandy desert and occasional vegetation. One of Africa’s biggest zebra populations makes this vista of white sand and salt their home. When rains fall during the wet season, the pans are filled with water and attract large flocks of flamingos, as well as big herds of zebra, springbok and wildebeest, followed closely by predators, making for fantastic game viewing.
Central Kalahari is a vast reserve whose landscapes are dominated by an intricate network of fossilized and vegetated sand dunes. During the dry season, Jun/Oct, migratory game moves out from Central Kalahari towards more permanent sources of water, leaving a thin population of resident game to tough it out. This makes for a safari experience too subtle for most, but definitely not without its attractions. During the green season, Nov/May, herds of migratory game following the patterns of rainfall across the landscape, with the open plains between the dunes alternately flowering and fading as the desert showers come and go. This is an unpredictable but truly magical time to visit.
Kgalagadi National Park
Kgalagadi National Park is in the extreme southwest of Botswana. Together with the adjoining Gemsbok National Park on the South African side of the border, Kgalagadi represents an enormous protected area of the Kalahari Desert. This is wild and remote country where landscapes here are huge, game is sparse and safari is both logistically difficult and aesthetically very subtle. There are no lodges or facilities in Kgalagadi. The main mode of access is by way of an overland traverse between Upington and Maun via everywhere in between. A massive journey only suitable for serious off-road convoys. We are not presently operating safaris into Kgalagadi.
Tuli is a large quarter of land located in the extreme southeast of Botswana, bordered by Zimbabwe across the Shashe river to the east and South Africa across the Limpopo river to the south. It’s a surprisingly wild and beautiful area, being largely unfenced and surrounded by other tracts of wilderness and protected reserves. Wildlife is reasonably prolific, with elephants, lions and leopards topping the bill. This is one of the best non-malarial safari areas in Africa. The area has unusually broad range of safari activities including day and night vehicle safari, walking safari, mountain hiking, horse-back safari and mountain-bike safari.