Safaris within Botswana are most certainly some of the finest around offering a very intimate and exclusive safari experience to guests. There is minimum tourism impact on the region ensuring game- viewing is at its prime.
The majority of guests have an interest in game viewing as a whole, but many also tend to have a special interest, Botswana is renowned for outstanding
and highly qualified guides, allowing for guests not only to see the big game but also experience something a little different and unique.
Should guests have a special interest, we will accommodate this in our planning process and include options to maximise the guests overall Botswana Safari experience.
Botswana is a superb birding destination for both resident and migratory species, the summer months from November through to March are probably best as there are huge numbers of migrants.
Bird watching is part of the general game drive and boating activities on all types of safaris, however for those who are particularly interested in spending more time bird watching and learning more on the birds in Botswana, specialised birding safaris and guides can offer dedicated birding trips.
Safaris are often scheduled to include the best time of year and best areas, in order to maximise the birding experience.
Walking and Canoe Safaris
Specialised walking and or canoe safaris are now becoming more readily available within Botswana.
Walking and mokoro (Traditional dug out canoes) are generally activities offered to all guests staying in lodges within the delta and private concession areas, Unfortunately there is no walking allowed within the Game reserves and National Parks at this time although this is planned in the future. Mokoro (Canoe) trails are most prominently offered in the Okavango delta lodges.
Walking safaris can be organised for guests that wish to spend more time off a vehicle than on a vehicle. Trips can be booked as day walks from camps or longer itineraries where guests walk from one camp to another.
Short Mokoro trails (approx 3hr at a time) are offered in the delta lodges, for guests wanting to spend more time on canoe, longer itineraries can be
booked to incorporate 2 – 5 night sole canoe safaris – either camping in the bush or returning to overnight in specific lodges/camps. Walking is an activity included on Canoe trails.
Walking and canoe trips are not offered to minors and it is recommended that guests booking more active safaris such as these, are suitably fit and comfortable with being more adventurous in the wilderness.
Horse riding Safaris
The Okavango delta offers an inimitable experience for horse riding enthusiast.
Lodges and operators offering horse riding safaris tend to have their own properties specialising in short and longer itineraries from 3 – 7 days. Some operators include other activities whilst on a horse riding safari – to allow for a little contrast in activities.
Riding safaris in the Okavango delta and or the Makgadikgadi salt pans are aimed at the experienced rider, for the more inexperienced rider, shorter activities in add on destinations such as Victoria falls or Livingstone can be added to a guests itinerary.
Specialised Family Safaris
The majority of lodges within Botswana allow children, however age limits are generally applicable and full rates are often applied during high season months of travel.
For Families looking for something a little different and a holiday where the children are keen to interact more – many operators have guides and staff specialised in being on Safari with children. They will go out of their way to simplify things and to make sure the kids are included at every opportunity.
The green season ( November – April) is a popular time of year for lodges to offer child friendly months, child rates, and packages for short and longer itineraries – where the guide accompanies the guests, teaching the children to be ‘junior guides,’ learning about the bush and wildlife alike.