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Best Botswana Safaris, Lodges and Tours

Safari in Botswana

There are very few places in this World which we have still left as Mother Nature intended it to be – Bostwana is one of them.

Here in this article, we take you through the best of Bostwana safaris, lodges and tours. Botswana is the wildest of wild wildlife safari destination and it’s not for faint-hearted.

If you are the adventurous type and get bored traveling in a very planned environment Bostwana is the ideal destination for you.

Doesn’t matter if you are taking a 3-day safari or a 7-day safari tour in Botswana, we can assure you that you will have the time of your life.

With its mix of National parks, private game reserves, which offer amazing Safari lodges, safari tours and 4×4 self-drive safaris…life can only get exciting in Bostwana.

Home to the finest of wildlife, Bostwana has the maximum number of elephants in the World. If you land up during the rainy season you can watch thousands of Zebras as you sit in your 4×4 self drive jeep. Looking out through your safari Jeep’s window will be worth all the effort.

Holiday in Botswana

Botswana is the one hell of a destination. Visit Botswana this year for stunning landscapes, breathtaking wilderness and fantastic bird watching year around. While on your visit to Botswana, don’t miss out on the exceptional fusion of delta and deserts.

People of Botswana are genuinely warm and welcoming – and will leave you with memories, you can’t brush off in a hurry.

Just in case wondering 4×4 self drive safaris and tours are also a great idea for a honeymoon. If you are looking for a romantic outing, Botswana still fits the bill.

Best time to visit Botswana

Best time to visit any place totally depends on you and Botswana is no exception. What you want to see in Botswana will determine the best time to be in safari paradise.

If you are going for bird watching, summer is most appropriate time for all the migrant species come from North during this period.

If you are interested in Makoro safaris, August to September is the best time. If you want to do all of the above, the best time to visit Botswana will be from June to September.

Top things to do in Botswana

1. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango delta (or Okavango Grassland) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. In pic you can see a herd of elephants going to the watering hole. Vadim Petrakov / Shutterstock.com

The Okavanga Delta is a unique safari destination filled with more than 122 species of mammal, over 440 species of birds, 65 species of reptiles and 71 species of fish.

There is something magically different in this place- lions roaring, hyena laughing, mysterious landscapes and so many such things make it out of this world.

You can opt for assisted safaris and or self drive 4×4 safaris.

While you are in Okavango Delta don’t forget to go on a Mokoro ride. Mokoro rides can be a bit scary for some people.

Don’t worry, while on a Mokoro ride you will have expert guides keep you safe while you sit in a dugout canoe and watch wildlife at eye level.

The Okavanga Delta is best explored on a self-drive safari, for which the tour operator will give you a 4×4 drive jeep, a set of instructions and some blessing. After all, a safari to the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s biggest big game safaris.

Why Okavanga Delta is best for wildlife safari tours

– Your safari guide is allowed to drive off-road while searching for or following animals
– Your safari guide can take you on night safaris
– Some reserves in Okavango Delta offer walking safaris
– Private safari reserves in Okavango Delta are private – meaning you will go as a lone guest

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Safari lodges and camps in Okavanga Delta

There are a total of thirteen reserves, which you can explore for your wildlife safaris. Each one of them has best-of-the-World safari lodges and camps which we have mentioned below:

Sandibe Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has only one safari lodge called Sandibe Safari Lodge.

Chitabe Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has two safari lodges called Chitabe Camp and Chitabe Lediba.

Stanley’s Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has one safari camp called Stanley’s camp.

Baines’ Reserve, Botswana: The Baines Reserve has one safari camp by the same name Baines Safari Camp.

Abu Reserve, Botswana: The Abu Camp, which is one of the finest elephant safari camps out there is based out of the Abu Reserve. There is a newly launched camp called Seba Safari camp as well.

Nxabega Reserve, Botswana: This reserve has the popular Nxabega Safari Camp, known for its excellent guides.

Kanana Reserve, Botswana: Kanana reserve has two camps – the Kanana Safari camp and the Pom Pom Camp.

Jao Reserve: There are four safari camps in this reserve, which give you some exciting tours of the forest – the Jao Safari Camp, the smaller Jacana Safari Camp, Tubu Tree Camp and the classic Kwetsani Safari Camp.

Duba Plains Reserve, Botswana: There is only one camp here in this reserve – the Duba Plains Camp.

Vumbura Reserve, Botswana: There are numerous safari camps in the Vumbura reserve because it is one of the finest locations during the dry season. The best of these safari camps are – Little Vumbura and Vumbura Plains camps.

Mapula Reserve, Botswana: In the Mapula reserve is the similarly named Mapula Safari Lodge, which has a good amount of local community interaction.

Shinde Reserve, Botswana: If you prefer walking safaris, Shinde reserve may be your thing. The Footsteps Walking Trails lodge helps you with some of the best walking safaris you can undertake. Meanwhile, the same reserve has Shinde Safari camp in case you are interested in the usual trips into the forest.

Kwara Reserve, Botswana: The Kawara reserve boasts of two fine safari camps in the : Kwara Camp and the Little Kwara Camp.

2. Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park, Botswana
There is no shortage of wildlife in Botswana. In this pic you can see African elephants, Gemsbok, Sprinbok and Zebras at a waterhole in Chobe National Park. Vladislav T. Jirousek / Shutterstock.com

Situated in Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park is well known for being one of the greatest wildlife destinations of Africa. In Chobe National Park you can see massive elephants in huge numbers. Besides elephants, Chobe National park is also home to a lot of other wild animals.

Chobe is fun every day whether you are with your family, friends or spouse. Also whether you are driving your jeep alone, or your safari partner is your spouse or if you decided to take the route on a chopper.

3. Tsodilo Hills, Botswana

The Tsodilo Hills are a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001. Over 4,500 paintings are preserved in the 10 km area of Kalahari Desert. These hills hold great spiritual significance for San people who are the region’s original inhabitants.

The best time to visit Tsodila hills is winters because in summer it could be unbearably hot. Before going to hills you must report to the headquarters at the main camp.

4. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Moremi game reserve is a reserve in Botswana which protects the core of Okavango Delta. It covers one-third of Okavango Delta and it is one of the most easily accessible corner of the Okavango. With accommodation from economy to luxury class, Chief’s Island is Moremi’s finest area which offers it visitors Botswana’s top class safari camps.

5. Tuli block, Botswana

Situated in eastern Botswana, Tuli block is a wildlife-rich area and confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. It is a region of dramatic scenery and one of the best places for bird watching in Africa.

What are you waiting for? Make it to Bostwana this year!

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