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Our lodges in Botswana

San Camp

San Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Abu Camp

Abu Camp

Okavango Delta
Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp

Selinda Reserve
Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains Camp

Okavango Delta
Leroo La Tau

Leroo La Tau

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Kings Pool Camp

Kings Pool Camp

Linyanti

Why we recommend Botswana

  • Botswana has become the pinnacle for game viewing in Africa
  • Explore the wetlands of the Okavango Delta and discover a wealth of game and birdlife
  • Roam the arid plains of the Kalahari Desert and the breathtaking Makgadikgadi Pans
Map of Botswana
About Botswana

The jewel of the Kalahari, Botswana has quite fairly developed a reputation as Africa’s most iconic big game safari destination. A landlocked country in south central Africa, Botswana covers an area approximately the size of France with a population of just two million.

Swathes of Botswana come under government protection as national parks, bordering these areas are vast wildlife rich reserves which form further safe havens for game.

Certain natural phenomena combine in Botswana to give the country this distinctive seasonal pattern and create complementary wilderness safari areas in the heart of what could otherwise be a largely featureless desert.

The two geographical features of southern Africa visible from space are located in Botswana, the distinctive web and watery channels of the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a pan system the size of Switzerland and home to Africa’s second largest wildebeest and zebra migration.

As with much of Africa, different areas are defined by the availability of water, and to this regard there can be an enormous variety of experience in one location depending on the time of year you visit. Understanding this is just one reason it is so important to use the assistance of our specialists when planning your perfect safari holiday to Botswana.

Most visitors to Botswana arrive by air, flying up from South Africa. Direct flights connect with a variety of international airports, but Maun is the real gateway to a safari in Botswana. From here access is normally into the bush by light aircraft into remote bush airstrips. Botswana share as border with Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. There are numerous ways to link the countries together in a safari, many visitors will begin or end a Botswana safari with a few nights at the Victoria Falls - just 1 hour drive from Kasane.

Snapshot of Botswana

Capital city: Gaborone
Flight time: 13hrs from UK
Language: English, Setswana
Population: 2 million
Religions: Christianity
Sun hours / day: 9
Max. temperature: 27
Min. temperature: 32

Seasons in Botswana

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Chobe National Park

A vast area of interlinked wilderness corridors, protected migratory routes for huge herds of elephant. This is a land of floodplains littered by buffalo, acacia islands providing shade for the infamous Linyanti lions. The Savuti is home to more predators than any other part of wild Africa. These areas are also home to some of the most luxurious safari lodges and best guiding teams in Africa.

Makgadikgadi Pans

A fascinating and truly seasonal destination. Bring the rains in November and the pans team with life as tens of thousand zebra and wildebeest move across the Makgadikgadi for the rich grazing. This is a land of meerkats, brown hyena, air so clear in winter you can see the curvature of the earth and marvel at stars sitting horizon to horizon – you’ll lose count of shooting stars over an evening. A land of vast horizons, untold space, remote and wild – unlike anywhere else and the perfect complement to the game rich north. Add desert adapted wildlife, incredible bushman culture and walking guides, quad-biking safaris, migratory bull elephants and Africa’s most impressive big cats – the black-maned Kalahari lions.

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent. Undoubtedly, Moremi ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa, possibly in the world.

Okavango Delta

One of Africa’s most iconic safari areas. A phenomenon of nature where the Okavango River runs out, not to the sea but into the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Floodwaters arrive all the way from the Angolan Highlands in about June and water levels in the Delta can rise by up to three feet in a matter of days. A truly beautiful landscape with a jaw-dropping variety and volume of wildlife.

The Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres, covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia, and regions of South Africa. Despite being named a desert, it receives a lot of rainfall - between 5 and 10 inches annually. As a result, these dunes are covered with a relative abundance of vegetation attracting a large variety of wildlife, from black-maned lions to spotted hyenas. But this is undoubtedly a land painted by the deep reds and bone yellows of a desert. Combine the picturesque orange sands with the black velvet skies studded with infinite stars, and the Kalahari Desert will truly make you feel like you have arrived in Africa.

At 52,000 square kilometres, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of Africa’s largest protected areas. It is a very seasonal destination which comes to life over the changing seasons. Late in the rains the valleys are full of long rich grasslands and there’s perhaps nowhere better to Africa’s predators on the prowl. With so few lodges the choice of places to stay could appear limiting, but when you consider the excellent mobile safari operators, the options for international visitors are first class.

Practical info

Currency

The unit of currency in Botswana is the Pula (P). Full banking services are only available in major towns; however, ATMs are beginning to appear throughout the country.

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Lodge Specific

Passports and Visas

Passports: All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport.
Visas: No visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp. Extensions are available for up to 3 months.

Vacinations

Jabs recommended for all travelers are: hepatitis A, typhoid and hepatitis B. A yellow fever vaccination is required if traveling from an infected area in Africa or the Americas. Or for those who have been in transit for 12+ hours in an infected area. Otherwise, not recommended. Rabies is recommended if spending a lot of time outside or around animals. Two doses of MMR recommended if born after 1956. For tetanus and diphtheria re-vaccination is recommended every 10 years. Malaria prevention tablets are recommended in the north of the country. Speak to your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets such as Malarone or Doxycycline and avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellent.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.

Flying Doctor:
As you know, many safari camps operate in extremely remote areas and it is imperative that in the unfortunate cases of medical emergency, clients reach a well-‐equipped hospital fast and with expert care en-route. As previously stated, we insist that you take out travel insurance before allowing you to travel and while most good policies will include medical evacuation cover (which incurs huge costs for anyone not covered), inevitably emergencies arise out of hours, and delays whilst seeking authority from clients’ international medical insurers (or even Flying Doctors themselves when they are dealing with patients who do not carry their cover) can mean the difference between life and death. Therefore flying doctor cover is automatically included in our costed itineraries. We feel Flying Doctors offer the best in-flight care and equipment, the fastest response times and in our experience consistently prove to be the most reliable. The Flying Doctor Service is part of AMREF, a well-respected foundation that offers the premier evacuation service and all profits are ploughed back into their charitable work.

There are two levels of Flying Doctors tourist membership, dependent on the duration of stay and distance from Nairobi Hospital:

1. Tourist Membership up to 500 Km from Wilson Airport (valid for travel on all Northern Circuit itineraries including Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti)
Up to 14 days $15pp
2 months $25pp

2. Tourist Membership up to 1,000 Km from Wilson Airport (must be used for any itineraries that include southern Tanzania, Katavi, Mahale and Zanzibar)
Up to 14 days $30pp
2 months $50pp

The cover itself is as follows:

“AMREF Flying Doctors Service operates a 24 hours, 365 days a year operation. Full time medical staff and aircrew are on standby to respond to emergencies. In case of a medical emergency that requires an evacuation from a remote area, the Flying Doctor service will send in a medical team and an aircraft which can be converted into an airborne intensive care unit to evacuate you to Nairobi Wilson Airport where you will be transported by an ambulance to a hospital in Nairobi (the Flying Doctors do not cover the cost of hospitalization).

In addition the service operates one of Africa’s largest radio networks. So if you are in a remote area without any other form of communication it may be possible that you will be near an HF radio station that would be linked to AMREF's base at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

As a member of the Flying Doctor Society of Africa you are entitled to one free evacuation per year in case of a life threatening emergency that would necessitate the use of the flying doctors to transport you to a medical facility in Nairobi. The evacuation can be undertaken up to 500 or 1,000 kilometres radius of Nairobi depending on the type of membership you have taken.”
Please also visit their website: http://www.amref.org/flying-doctors/

You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 33 32 32 31 29 26 26 29 33 35 34 33
B 20 20 19 16 12 8 8 11 16 20 21 20
C 108 68 42 23 1 1 0 0 2 11 49 83

A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

Lodges and hotels in Botswana are open all year round. The dry season is April to November. The wet season is from November to March although predominantly just February and March. This period is a haven for all types of migrant birds and wonderful butterflies and flowers.

Since Botswana is largely desert or semi-desert it receives very low levels of rainfall so the rainy season brings only sporadic downpours yet very high temperatures. During May to September, the nights can be chilly.

Weather

Botswana JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 20 20 19 16 12 8 8 11 16 20 21 20
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 33 32 32 31 29 26 26 29 33 35 34 33
Rainfall ( mm ) 108 68 42 23 1 1 0 0 2 11 49 83

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