Truly vast areas of prime wildlife country have been set aside as private reserves some covering hundreds of square miles. The essence of a Botswana safari is that you can enjoy luxury combined with a real wilderness experience in privacy and high comfort. With a tiny population of people, the animals and birds have the lion’s share of the country to themselves.
A quirk of geology causes the great Okavango River to run inland, finishing its course in the centre of the desert creating an enormous green fertile oasis called the Okavango Delta. Swaying palm trees, oceans of rich grassland and abundant pure water create a paradise for millions of animals. You can explore the Okavango Delta from your exclusive camp with expert guides by open vehicle and on short fascinating walks.
On a Botswana safari you can glide silently along breathtakingly beautiful waterways in a mokoro canoe or take a lazy boat cruise as the sun sets and flocks of birds come home. Further north the Savuti Channel, the Selinda Spillway and Linyanti Delta are all drier open savannah plains, semi desert and woodland where mighty herds of elephant roam, gathering in herds hundreds strong in the dry season from August to November.
A Botswana safari gives you an excellent chance to see predators, from dominant lion to wild dog which can be seen racing across the plains in pursuit of antelope. Add to this the full range of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, plains game and dozens of other mammal species, with over 400 species of birds and you have one of Africa’s most alluring destinations. The Botswana authorities pursue an enlightened policy of creating huge private reserves for tiny numbers of tourists. So, you and a dozen others may find yourselves with 600 square miles of big game country all to yourselves, returning from a thrilling day to a tented “palace” and a fabulous dinner after which to be lulled to sleep by the grunting of a hippopotamus.