Resting silently in the arid grassland are a pair of black-maned Kalahari lions. On a Botswana safari holiday, this is not unexpected. In the enormous Kalahari Trans-frontier Park, these lions have become desert-adapted, and live alongside many other species: springbok, hyena, and the very sociable meerkat, to name but a few.
In contrast to this arid region, flying into the Okavango Delta on a small plane reveals an ever-changing floodplain filled with rivers, lagoons, swamps, islands, and channels. Moremi Game Reserve, in the eastern part of the Delta, is surrounded by various unfenced and privately managed wildlife concessions.
Super luxurious bush camps and lodges in the Delta are exclusive, with excellent guides—among the best in Africa. To make the most of your time in this magnificent wilderness, you need to carefully select the right accommodations. That’s no easy task. Unless you have the knowledge and experience of an Enchanting Travels destination expert, who can guide you with the right choices, based on the season and your personal wildlife-viewing interests. Walking safaris, game drives, and water safaris—we can plan them all, to give you a comprehensive experience of this fascinating ecosystem. Picture this: As your mokoro (canoe) gently glides through the water, you spot a pod of submerged hippos. Colorful birds flit by or forage on the banks, while an African Fish Eagle suddenly sweeps down to grab its prey from the water.
Dense with animals is Chobe National Park in the country’s north, most famous for its huge herds of elephants adding up to an incredible 100,000 animals. We’ll book you into the best lodges along the Chobe riverfront, to make sure that so long you are in the area, your animal encounters never stop.
As a tourist destination, Botswana has traditionally opted for a high price / low numbers formula, in part as a conservation strategy, and also to differentiate itself from neighboring tourist countries who follow a mass market tourism policy. However, that isn't to say that Botswana is an expensive high-end destination. In many respects costs and quality compare to neighboring South Africa. However, the two jewels in Botswana's tourism crown (the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park) are quite exclusive, although there are budget options.
For independent travelers touring the region, Botswana offers an interesting contrast to the poverty of its northern neighbors and is free from the apartheid hangover that still blights South Africa. Botswana has a long-established tourism industry and levels of service are good, hassles are low and tourist numbers are minimal away from the main parks, allowing for some magical 'off the beaten path' experiences.
Important Things To Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: Stay up to 90 Days without a visa.
Recommended Vaccinations: Yes for Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Polio & Shingles.
This Destination is Best For: Safaris and cultural immersions.
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes.
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: Year-round destination but best if travel between May and October & November to April.