AFRICA’S LAND OF CONTRAST
Botswana is, without a doubt, our favorite safari destination! It’s a country of extreme contrasts and unparalleled beauty. From the phenomenal moon-like landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, to the grassy expanses of the Kalahari Desert, and the lush, water-lilied swamps of the Okavango Delta; Botswana is a unique African wilderness that offers the safari of a lifetime!
Botswana has also become known for its intimate bush camps and lodges that immerse you “in” nature, as opposed to keeping you at arm’s length, looking “onto” nature; and Khaki Fever loves that many operators have kept to the traditional safari style of sleeping “under canvas”, steering away from the commercial feel of modern hotels and lodges.
You can be certain that a safari to Botswana will include the continent’s best wildlife experiences in some of the most luxurious, and “authentic” bush camps and lodges on the planet. Everything from traditional wildlife safaris and walking trails, to mokoro trips (traditional dugout canoe) on the quiet swamps; to adventurous mobile safaris, horseback safaris and sleeping under the stars is possible in this extraordinary country. If you only choose only one place to visit in Africa, make it Botswana!
Botswana has two distinct seasons: Summer (roughly November to April) – there is a higher chance of rain in summer, and the vegetation is thicker so animals can sometimes be harder to find, but this is also when the bush is at its most beautiful. Summer is considered “off peak”, so you can find slightly more affordable options during this time. This is a fantastic time of year to visit the Kalahari, Savuti and Chobe National Park, where game sightings are great all year round.
Winter (roughly May to October) – this is considered “peak season”, where the bush is drier and less dense, and animals congregate around concentrated water sources. In the Okavango Delta, winter is when the flood waters arrive (so despite being the “dry” season, there is a lot of water), and the channels and flood plains are full of water and full of life – this is an excellent time to enjoy water-based activities like mokoro trips (traditional canoe). Book well in advance of the peak season to avoid missing out on a phenomenal Botswana adventure!
Africa’s safaris offer some of the best wildlife experiences on the planet!