For many guests a safari in Botswana is the ultimate experience, both for first-timers planning a once in a life time safari and for our regular guests.
The main appeal is the exclusivity of the experience in Botswana; the tourist numbers in the vast Private Concessions are strictly limited and you may only see a couple of other vehicles during your game drive, providing an escape from the buzzing public. Here you have options for day and night game drives, walks and in the wet areas mokoro or boat activities.
Botswana also offers cultural experiences with the bushmen or San people, the oldest tribe in Southern Africa. Another unique experience is to spend time with habituated meerkats in the Makgadikgadi. Of course many guests know Botswana through reading the books of Alexander McCall Smith, The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and find it very interesting to visit after glimpsing the country through his books!
Botswana is a great destination for relatively short safari durations. In just one week you can stay at three different camps, each in a totally different area and offering contrasting experiences. The inter-camp transfers form part of the experience as you generally fly from one camp airstrip to the next, avoiding any return to civilization and saving on precious wildlife viewing time.
Botswana is also a great year-round destination, with a good infrastructure, and virtually all camps and lodges remain open throughout the year.
In the main we prefer to stay in private concessions or community run areas with the associated benefits of off-road driving and night drives. Neither of these is allowed in the National Parks.
Accommodation in Botswana ranges from premium level camps and lodges to simple mobile tented camps. Whilst some of the premium camps are truly luxurious the operators in Botswana have worked hard to maintain a true wilderness experience. In the main you will not find air-conditioning, internet access, telephones or even hairdryers at the very best and often breathtakingly expensive camps in Botswana. If these things are important to you then South Africa may be a better destination. What you do find in Botswana is a genuine and exclusive wilderness experience, although this does come at a price.
It is easy to combine a safari in Botswana with a visit to Victoria Falls, either on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side. For those guests with extra time we can also add on a safari in these neighboring countries. There is also now a direct flight between Maun and Cape Town, allowing you to enjoy a few civilized days in Cape Town after your safari in Botswana. Both Maun and Kasane airports are getting major facelifts as we write, attracting more international airlines in the near future.