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THE ULTIMATE SAFARI DESTINATION


Botswana is a vast land of contrasts and is landlocked between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. Roughly the size of France with a population of only 2 million, it has dedicated 17% of its land to game sanctuaries with sound management policies to protect this rich asset. Without doubt Botswana is the World’s best safari destination, but it also happens to carry the tag of being the most expensive! However, for those seeking a top class safari experience it is money well spent as you do get huge tracts of land with very few camps or lodges and thus very few vehicles or people, ensuring that you do get a very exclusive and natural safari experience. The camps and lodges are of a high standard, as is the quality of the guiding to ensure that the whole experience is of the finest quality.
 
The majority of the country is covered by savannah scrub and the dry, arid Kalahari sands, broken by the breathtaking Okavango Delta, the salt pans of Makgadikgadi and the swamps and flood plains of the Chobe River. Collectively these areas constitute a range of ecosystems unparalleled in Africa and are abundant in bird, plant and wildlife.
 
The Okavango River rises in Angola and enters the north of Botswana where its fast flow is checked by the thick Kalahari sands. The waters are forced to disperse forming the veins of the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland deltas. Spilling over the desert floor it creates a myriad of serpentine channels, lagoons and islands and is Botswana’s prime wildlife location. To the eastern side of the Delta lies Moremi Game Reserve, an area that and combines permanent water with drier areas, making for some startling, and unexpected contrasts. In the north the Chobe River / Chobe National Park support an exciting array of mammals and bird life.
 
Savuti, which lies within the National Park, is much more arid but contains large populations of lion. North of Savuti is Linyanti, a beautiful and relatively undiscovered area that boasts papyrus-lined waterways, lush riverine forests and a great variety of game. The harsh central Kalahari Reserve is inhabited by the San people – hunter/gatherers who still reside in traditional dwellings.
 
The animals in the region have had to adapt over the years to cope with the unforgiving conditions of the land. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is a relic of one of the world’s super lakes which dried up thousands of years ago creating the largest salt pan in the world. In the wet season it fills with water attracting flocks of flamingos and one is able to see a migration of tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra followed by their feared predators.
 
In the south the Tuli Enclave is an attractively rugged area that is unlike the rest of the country. The Limpopo River cuts its way through granite outcrops and dense forests that sustain a variety of wildlife and bird life. Fascinating archaeological sites abound and iron-age settlements are still being discovered and excavated.
 
Botswana is a true wilderness area, untrammelled and essentially unchanged since time immemorial and will appeal to honeymooners seeking exclusivity and wildlife and safari enthusiasts. Botswana can also be easily combined with other Southern African destinations such as Zimbabwe (and in particular Victoria Falls), South Africa and Zambia, and also the wonderful islands and beaches of the Indian Ocean.


OKAVANGO DELTA & MOREMI

In the north-west of Botswana, the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari sands, creating the largest inland river delta in the world, with its clear waters and myriad of small islands being home to an astounding variety of animals, birds, reptiles and plants.
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LINYANTI & SELINDA

This is a unique area of waterways, marshes, riverine forests, woodlands and grasslands that is home to huge herds of elephants, zebras, antelope and buffalo plus large concentrations of predators, including large of prides of lion and packs of the endangered wild dog.
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CHOBE & SAVUTE

The Chobe region, in northern Botswana, is famed for its abundant elephant population and supports an exciting array of other mammals and bird life. It is often the starting or ending point of a safari in Botswana and is then just a short drive or flight away from Victoria Falls.
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DESERTS & PANS

The vast majority of Botswana is taken up by the enormous Kalahari Desert - a varied environment of sand, savannah, and grassland. Although this area is only sparsely inhabited by humans, it is one of the richest wildlife regions in all of Africa.
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TULI ENCLAVE

The Tuli Enclave is known as "the land of giants" for its vast panoramic views, rugged topography, huge ancient baobab trees and large rocky features carved from ancient granite rocks, plus its huge herds of elephants. An abundance of other game and birdlife also exists here.
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JACK AND JAO

During this amazing safari trip to Botswana and Mozambique, you will be staying in some of the most luxury camps within the country supported by some amazing game within the reserves that you will be visiting. You can also explore some of the amazing culture in the areas you will be visiting.
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WILDERNESS AND ROMANCE

Explore Botswana on this extraordinary holiday, you will be staying in some of the most luxury hotels which hold some fantastic game. To finish off you can spend the remainder of your holiday at a fantastic resort in Mauritius.
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WATERS OF THE WILD

Luxury 5 star get away to Botswana and Zambia, you will be explore some of the wildlife the major parks and areas of Botswana has to offer, along with staying in some of the top accommodation. You will end your holiday with a magnificent trip to Zambia.
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ABU CAMP- OKAVANGO DELTA

The Abu camp is situated in the pure and immaculate private Abu concession of the Okavango Delta. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in an Elephant herd. More Info

MOMBO CAMP / LITTLE MOMBO

Moremi is frequently described as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. Here on Mombo Island, surrounded by open floodplains teeming with game, you can siesta beneath ebony and fig trees with the very best of game viewing before you. More Info

&BEYOND SANDIBE OKAVANGO LODGE

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is situated in the great Okavango Delta, a 8,000 hectare private concession renowned for its lush waterways– a great safari experience guaranteed. Permanent swamps with groves of wild date palm cover approximately one third of the Delta. More Info

SANCTUARY BAINES’ CAMP – BOTSWANA

Baines' Camp is located on the lush and scenic Boro River, in a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, in a seasonal section of the Okavango Delta.
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&BEYOND XUDUM OKAVANGO LODGE

&Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge lies within a restricted wildlife concession overlooking the seasonal lagoon, which is guarded by a family of Hippos after the rainy season, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. More Info

DUBA PLAINS CAMPS – BOTSWANA

Duba Plains Camp is one of the most remote camps in the Okavango Delta and is located on a tree-covered island in a private 30,000 hectare concession known as the Kwedi Reserve in the northern Okavango Delta.
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SANCTUARY CHIEF CAMP- MOREMI

Chiefs Camp is found in the Mombo concession of the Moremi Game Reserve, it is known as the ‘Predator Capital of Africa’ meaning it is prime for game viewing and wildlife. More Info

JAO CAMP- OKAVANGO DELTA

Jao Camp is situated on a distant island in the heart of Okavango Delta it provide the ultimate Delta water experience as well land activities to widen the sightings of the animals the island inhabits. More Info

&BEYOND XARANNA CAMP

Located at the edge of a channel in the Okavango Delta in the heart of the game-rich region. The Camp offers a fantastic Botswana safari experience as it is situated in an exclusive wildlife concession. More Info

&BEYOND NXABEGA TENTED CAMP

Nxabega means ‘the place of the giraffe’, the camp is perfectly positioned to discover the brilliance of the Okavango, infront of the camp are wide open channels of the Delta. The placement of the camp gives off overwhelming views of the region and how glorious Africa is. More Info

ZARAFA CAMP – BOTSWANA

Zarafa Camp is located on the fringes of Zibadianja Lagoon in northern Botswana’s 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve. The camp offers an amazing wildlife experience and one of the most diverse and scenically captivating location in the region.
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SELINDA CAMP

This relaxed, yet luxurious tented safari camp offers extraordinary views over the Selinda Reserve's prolific floodplains and savannas and a tremendous diversity of wildlife, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant and packs of wild dog. More Info

KINGS POOL CAMP – LINYANTI

Kings Pool Camp is set overlooking the ox-bow-shaped Kings Pool lagoon and the Linyanti River System it is known as the Scandinavian Royalty. The camp presents magnificent wildlife viewing due to the range of habitats within the area. More Info

SELINDA CANOE TRAIL

The Selinda Canoe Trail is a five-day and four-night safari exploring Africa down the 45km stretch of Selinda spillway. Guests will be enjoying the snaking bends throughout the day and camping on the banks of the ancient waterway by night. More Info

SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO

Chobe Chilwero, ‘place of high view’, is on a gentle hill overlooking the Chobe River and Sedudu Island in Northern Botswana, where gorgeous, breathtaking vistas, awe-inspiring sunsets and an abundance of wildlife are the norm. More Info

ZAMBEZI QUEEN – CHOBE

There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as the great Chobe River. These waters divide Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park, whilst the river’s exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. More Info

JACK’S CAMP

Jacks Camp is situated alongside the breathtaking Ntwetwe Pan, which is within the stunning Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. These pans produce amazing game viewings due to habitats it holds. More Info

TULI SAFARI LODGE

The Tuli Safari Lodge is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve which is hidden in the easternmost corner of Botswana. The reserve holds overwhelming landscapes, a magnificent amount of wildlife, a truly genuine safari experience yet such a relaxing break. More Info

MASHATU GAME RESERVE

Mashatu Game Reserve is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in South Africa.
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    • Flight Time:Approx 12-13 hours via Johannesburg
        • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
        • Language: Setswana (Tswana) & English
        • Currency: Botswana Pula
        • Area: 231,800 sq miles (about the size of France)
        • Population: Approx. 2 million
        • Capital: Gaberone
        • The best safari destination on the planet!
        • Amazing wildlife
        • Huge wilderness areas with few vehicles and people
        • Stunning scenery and a great diversity of eco systems
        • The Okavango Delta is one of the official natural wonders of the world

      The summer season (Oct-Apr) usually brings high temperatures, However, the summer is also the rainy season and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for short periods of time. The winter season (May-Sept) is the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm. However, evening and night temperatures can drop especially in the Pans and Kalahari.
       
      BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
       
      The peak season for travel to Botswana is June to October when the game viewing is at its peak and the Okavango is in full flood. Huge herds of elephant and buffalo are congregating around the rivers and floodplains and the predators are very active. A good time to also see Wild Dog. For birders, summer migrants are also plentiful. The “Green Season” between January and March is also a very good time to visit as although there may be rainfall the temperatures are still in the low to mid 20’s and the prices are very attractive. The Makgadikgadi & Nxai Salt Pans can fill with water and get transformed into a lush floral kingdom, attracting the largest migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa!

      Health & Vaccinations

      We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. In addition a course of malaria prophylaxis is required. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

      Passport & Visa

      British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition you will need to have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport if entering via South Africa. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter into Botswana. Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa may be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate, and where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (eg an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate). You should travel with these documents in case you’re asked to provide them.

      Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Botswana. Call us on 01778 382764.