Botswana is blessed with some of the most outstanding wildlife on Earth and home to a magnitude of contrasting ecosystems, from the wetlands and floodplains of Okavango Delta, to the grassy plains of Chobe, the desert of the Kalahari to the salt pans and savannahs. Experience the stunning beauty and isolation of the landscapes, the wondrously rich range of wildlife and unimaginable vastness of one of Africa’s best kept secrets. This is the wild kingdom.
Wildlife – The Okavango Delta – the biggest inland delta in the world – floods each year creating a spectacle unlike anything on Earth, a place where wild creatures roam and rule one of the last great wildernesses. You’ll be spoilt for choice with an abundance of wildlife in numbers, from birds to hippos, elephants to zebra. Within the Chobe area you can glimpse herds of buffalo & elephant, and their accompanying predators which roam not too far behind. Linyanti Reserve is blessed with its large population of graceful yet powerful elephants. Wildebeest and antelope roam the savannas. Botswana is truly an animal lover’s paradise!
Breathtaking Landscapes – Enjoy the stark desert beauty of the Kalahari, gaze across the grasslands at sunset as the breeze tickles your face, or take an escorted drive through the central pans and salt flats in Chobe. Such a drawcard for wildlife and visitors alike.
Outdoor Adventures – Have the desert experience of a lifetime while staying at one of the permanent camps of the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. Imagine drifting in a Mokoro (local canoe) down the waterways that snake through the Delta, keeping on the lookout out for the eyes of a hippopotamus peeping out of the water, watching birds flit passed, peek through the reeds for a glimpse of elephant or zebra. Game drives here are exciting, you’ll see something completely different each time you go on a game drive. We highly recommend taking a helicopter flight between camps in the Okavango, to experience a bird’s eye view of the snaking waterways that make this Delta incredible.
Exclusive lodges and some of Africa’s best camps – In Botswana, your lodge is just as important as your daily activities. A place to wind down each evening after an eventful and exciting day. Think sumptuous lodges and remote tented camps, serviced by fantastic staff with attention to detail and impeccable service. In Botswana, we are spoilt with exclusive safari camps, the likes of which are unparalleled elsewhere. Some lodges may have elephants strolling past, which you can enjoy in safety, and in awe. We can arrange for you to ‘sleep out’ under the stars in the Kalahari Desert, dine on gourmet meals under the stars in the Okavango, or simply sit by the campfire sharing stories of the adventures you had that day.
Where to Go?
Okavango Delta – The incredible Okavango Delta is considered one of nature’s greatest masterpieces. This vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland is found in the heart of Botswana, spreading across the Kalahari Desert to form Africa’s largest marshland. The Okavango floodwaters actually arrive in the Delta during the dry season, causing phenomenal quantities of game to migrate inwards from the otherwise parched Kalahari Desert.
Linyanti Reserve – The Linyanti Reserve lies along the Linyanti River adjacent to Botswana’s Chobe National Park about 40 miles northeast of the Okavango Delta. It is famous for its outstanding predator action, high end safari camps, and low-density tourist traffic which give the area a true wilderness character.
Chobe National Park – Chobe is Botswana’s first national park, focused along the Chobe River. The park is best known for its elephant and buffalo populations that collect in mammoth proportions during the dry season.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve – The largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world. During and shortly after good summer rains, the flat grasslands of the reserve’s northern reaches teem with wildlife, which gather at the best grazing areas. At other times of the year, when the animals are more sparsely distributed, the experience of travelling through truly untouched wilderness is the draw.
When to Go?
Weather can vary between the south and north. One of our travel designers will share with you our recommendations on the best time to travel, based on your safari itinerary.
Okavango Delta: Time your visit to coincide with the yearly floods. June – October is the dry season for Botswana but floodwaters arrive from the north. The floodplains are at their peak from June – August, the best time for game viewing. November – March is the Green Season however the waters are receding, and wildlife is more dispersed.
Chobe National Park: July – October is peak season.
Kalahari: November – April will provide the best game viewing. The summer wet season provides full watering holes and the greenest time of the year.
At Rothschild Safaris, we believe that the design of your trip is very important. We put great time and care in to the order and logistics of your you travel. A typical transit day on safari might include a game drive in the morning followed by a mid-morning shared scenic charter flight, arriving at your next camp in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. We are prepared with expert advice and first-hand experience on the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between locations, so that you have minimum stress and maximum time on the ground.