Why Botswana - What to expect
This unique ecosystem in the northwest of Botswana is a huge oasis in this usually rather dry region. The Okavango River offers in this delta one of the biggest and wildlife dense wetlands in Africa, therefore it is perfectly suited for safaris. Since 2014 it is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Linyanti Game Reserve
Be enchanted by the beautiful landscape of the Linyanti Game Reserve, which is situated on the eastern border of Chobe National Park. Should lady luck be on your side, you could even spot the rare African wild dog. Both here and in the Okavango Delta you could find yourself in the middle of waterways and water lilies observing hippos at a safe distance and listening to their impressive concerts.
This collection of salt pans in the northeast of Botswana spans over an area of more than 8.400 km². In the local summer this area is wet and the pans are filled with water, which offers the perfect opportunity to observe flamingos and huge herds of zebras. Furthermore there is the possibility to catch a glimpse of the rare and shy brown hyenas or to get up close and personal with meerkats. In winter when the area is dry again, there is the possibility of a different kind of safari on so called quad bikes.
For discerning families we recommend the Zarafa Dhow Suite in the area of the Linyanti Game Reserve, which offers every thinkable comfort. Here it is customary to also observe the African wildlife directly from your terrace.
For the culturally interested it is particularly impressing to go on an excursion with the San Bushmen. This would also give you fascinating insights into their way of life, their sustainability habits as well as showing the interesting survival techniques of these hunters and gatherers.
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Botswana has a gigantic plant kingdom to show? Many thousands species are native here, most notably the baobab tree, which can grow up to 800 years old and can also reach a massiv trunk diameter. Here you also find the sausage tree, from which Mokoros (dug-out canoes) are built. The name refers to the long, grey, sausage like fruit that hang down from branches on long flexible stems and can weigh up to 7 kg. It is therefore understandable that, according to an old African saying, the worst place to sleep would be under the sausage tree.
My favourite area in Botswana is the Selinda Game Reserve. Wonderful sceneries enable visitors to enjoy unique wildlife sights in a diverse landscape with picturesque lagoons and open plains. Imagine, you are sitting on your terrace and watch the elegant movements of a journey of giraffes, whilst the birds are giving their concert. Due to the diversity of nature, it is possible to enjoy guided game drives as well as guided walks. A very special highlight for me in this area, is the excursion on the comfortable pontoon for sunset.
In Botswana we purely arrange fly-in safaris. Should you wish a memorable experience, we may even be able to offer you a special transfer by helicopter between certain lodges you are staying at. We could most certainly also arrange a scenic helicopter ride over the Okavango Delta. As a special highlight the doors can be taken out of the helicopter, giving you the possibility to see and take photos of the wildlife and the scenery from a bird’s-eye perspective.
A stay in Botswana can ideally be combined with a visit of the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Should you prefer to spend some time by the ocean at the end of your safari, we could gladly organise a stay in Mozambique for example.
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|Official Name:||Republic of Botswana|
|Currency:||1 Pula (BWP) = 100 Thebe|
|Total land surface:||581.730 km² (World rank 45), thereof 46% forest, 2% farmland, and 32% pasture land|
|Expansion:||West-East and North-South respectively 950 km|
|Largest Cities:||Gaborone (156.803), Francistown (75.678), Selebi-Pikwe (42.350), Molepolole (41.730), Kanye (34.233)|
|Climate:||Generally Botswana can be visited throughout the year. The best season depends on the focus for your safari. Directly after the rainy season, the dry months April to August have pleasant day temperatures but very cold nights, especially in the coldest months June and July. In the Okavango Delta the water level rises during those months and the long grass makes game viewing a bit more difficult. The dry and hot months September and October are especially good for safaris in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. The animals venture close to the camps. Most spectacular wildlife encounters happen during this time. The rainy season from November through to March is characterised by hot day temperatures accompanied by rain showers as well as high humidity. The rain showers do not occur daily, but vary regionally and are mostly quite brief. Vegetation becomes green and lush. Game viewing is best done in the Kalahari region this time of the year.
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana
Zarafa Camp has been built at a spectacular location within the eastern reaches of the Selinda Reserve, overlooking the vast savannas and floodplains of the Zibadianja Lagoon under cool and shady Jackalberry and Red Ivory forests. Uninterrupted views from the camp onto the floodplains are truly breathtaking.
Accommodation is offered in 4 large and luxuriously appointed safari tents in ‘marquis style’. Each tent is close to 100 m² in size and has a large veranda, private plunge pool as well as en-suite bathroom with modern facilities, a copper bath and shower as well as an additional outdoor shower. Continuing the ‘marquis style’ of the accommodation, the main area is all under canvas with an emphasis on the view and the wildlife viewing out front. Furnished in the same ‘campaign’ style furniture, the main area evokes the traditional safari ambiance. Lounge and dining facilities may be enjoyed under cover or on the full length deck shaded by giant broadleaf trees.
Zarafa Camp offers an additional highlight with their two Dhow Suites in the Zarafa Villa, being an ultimate private retreat. Zarafa Villa operates on an entirely exclusive basis and caters for up to four adults or five guests if one child is included. Zarafa Villa is hosted separately from Zarafa Camp with a private chef, team and private guide. The villa provides privacy, comfort and bush feeling with a size of 210 m² under canvas. The main area is two storeys of expansive veranda with a pool on the lower level and the dining and fire area upstairs for views across the lagoon.
Guests have the chance of seeing elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, hyena, sable, wild dog, lechwe and plains game. Night drives produce an abundance of nocturnal species. There is no set routine at Zarafa Camp. You can partake in game drives in the reserve in the early morning, late afternoon and at night. The midday siesta time can be spent at one of the waterholes. Zarafa Camp is located at a brilliant wildlife area and most often the best wildlife viewing at midday is from your room! Wildlife drives are the primary activity and are conducted in open safari vehicles. Walking is also encouraged and can either be a short walk from camp or as a full morning’s activity. Walks are led by licensed guides who are firearm experienced and can only be carried out at the discretion of the manager.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Located on a tree-covered island in an approx. 35.000 ha private concession known as the Kwedi Reserve, Duba Plains Camp is one of the most remote camps in the Okavango Delta. The vast open floodplains that flood seasonally are a highlight, complemented by permanent waterways and a number of larger wooded islands, one of which is home to this small camp that prides itself on personal service and superb wildlife viewing all year round.
Accommodation at Duba Plains Camp consists of 6 tents each with en-suite bathroom, outside shower and veranda with panoramic vistas of the Okavango Delta floodplains. The thatched lounge, dining and bar areas are raised along with the pool on wooden platforms to better appreciate the breathtaking views.
Duba Plains offers the perfect Okavango wildlife experience in summer, winter, spring and autumn. Bird watching is superb and the wildlife concentrations on the open plains, along the waterways and in the denser forests are a highlight. Duba is one of the best areas for elephant, while large herds of red lechwe are commonly spotted, along with hippo, crocodile, kudu, impala, mongoose, warthog and even leopard. But the area is most famous for its lions and the area's huge herds of buffalo. One herd at times aggregates to over a thousand animals.
The camp offers a variety of activities including day and night game drives, often tracking the buffalo herd around the concession. Also on offer are leisurely nature walks. Boat cruises are dependent on the seasonal water levels in the Duba area.