If you are a seasoned safari traveler and wildlife lover, you need to visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This wildlife rich delta is the pinnacle of luxury safari travel.
Before visiting the delta we do recommend you consult with local experts to find the best accommodation for your needs as not all lodges cater to families for example, and some specialize in it, don’t want to get the wrong lodge of course. Visit AfricanSafariHome.com for more information.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana provides some of the best and most unique game viewing in the world, if not the most unique. Taking a Mokoro (traditional canoe) ride down the banks of the delta allows you to get up close and personal with large animals like Hippos and Elephants. This unique water level experience is exhilarating and a tad scary at times to be honest, but a truly magical way to view game.
The other highly recommended game viewing experience is on the back of an African Elephant. These large majestic creatures take you effortlessly into the heart of the bush where you can view a large variety of game up close, without scaring them off with the sound of a motor vehicle engine.
As previously mentioned, Botswana caters mainly to the upper end of the market. The lodges in the Chobe game reserve and on the Delta itself offer four star plus accommodation, with the majority offering the complete five star experience.
Game drives into the surrounds are typically done twice a day, once in the early morning before breakfast and an afternoon/evening game drive before dinner. Snacks and drinks are served on the game drives and on special occasions you can arrange for dinners in the bush, away from the main lodge that is. If you are travelling in winter be sure to dress warmly as temperatures are often in the single digits, making for a very cold game drive.
If you are a bird lover or keen bird photographer, Botswana offers many exciting opportunities. Most lodges are situated on waterways in the Delta and this makes for an abundance of photographic opportunities.
Complete safari packages including dinner, bed and breakfast will start at around $2,500 per person sharing for a five-night stay in the low season. For specific dates contact your travel advisor and also ask for multi-lodge specials. You can often get a better rate if booking your safari with one operator who has multiple lodges, as apposed to different lodges etc.
If you are travelling with a family please ask your consultant for the best time of the year to travel, as Botswana is a malaria area. Typically children travelling to Botswana should be twelve years or older. Your travel consultant can also advise on the necessary medical precautions you may wish to take before departing. (Malaria tablets etc)
For more information or to book a safari to Botswana visit African Safari Home for friendly, experienced consultants. African Safari Home has more than twenty years experience arranging bespoke trips Southern and East Africa.