Top Lodges in Moremi Game Reserve

Dreaming of a safari adventure in the Okavango Delta and looking for the perfect place to stay? Set your sights on Moremi Game Reserve. Not only is it a treasure of the Delta, often celebrated as its crowning glory, but it’s also home to some of Botswana’s most superb lodges.

Comfortable seating area

One of Africa’s most unique locations with heart-warming hospitality, Image Credit: Wilderness Little Mombo

What is Moremi Game Reserve Famous for?

Dive deep into the magic that makes Moremi Game Reserve stand out from the rest. Spanning 40% of the Okavango Delta’s eastern section, Moremi offers a fascinating blend of dry landscapes and seasonal water channels, allowing for a diverse range of safari activities on both land and water.

Mokoro rides in Moremi Game Reserve

Mokoro rides in Moremi Game Reserve, Image Credit: Delta Camp

Moremi’s varied ecosystems host an impressive array of wildlife. From rivers bustling with birdlife, elephants relishing morning mud baths and hippos lazing in lagoons to African wild dogs that are always on the go, elusive leopards lurking in forests and lions surveying the savannah (peppered with plains game of course!) – Moremi has it all.

Lions on safari

The wealth of wildlife is both vast and varied, Image Credit: Wilderness Little Mombo

A Lodge for Every Type of Safari Lover

As Africa’s Leading Safari Company, we appreciate your unique preferences when it comes to a dream safari. With lodges ranging from lavish to homely, exclusive to vibey, we have the perfect home base for you to explore the intricate beauty of Moremi Game Reserve. So, without further ado, here are our top picks…

Man standing by an elevated firepit area overlooking a river at sunset

Every lodge has its own unique charm and personality, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

1. Okuti Camp – Nest on the Riverbanks

Perched beside the tranquil Maunachira River, Okuti Camp offers guests front-row seats to a constant procession of animal and birdlife drawn to the water. The camp is renowned for its unique design, featuring semi-circular, reed-lined structures or “Mosasas,” providing an experience that is as visually delightful as it’s comfortable.

Semi-circular reed-lined Mosasas

Okuti shows off with exceptionally unique style and architecture

Beyond enjoying the wildlife surrounding the camp, make sure you try out Okuti’s specially designed safari vehicles, which ensure unhindered game-viewing and photography opportunities. Plus, the guides love to test the waters, so exciting boat excursions are often on the menu!

Game drive following lions in Moremi Game Reserve

Unhindered views in specially-designed safari vehicles, Image Credit: Okuti

2. Camp Moremi – East African Elegance

Lying beneath the cool canopy of a riverine forest that fringes the Xakanaxa Lagoon, Camp Moremi combines the allure of East Africa with timeless sophistication. With thatch and timber architecture, the camp provides a tranquil environment reminiscent of the classic safari style. But the appeal of Camp Moremi doesn’t end with its aesthetics.

Camp Moremi exterior view

An idyllic setting tucked away in a riverine forest, Image Credit: Camp Moremi

Here, the wildlife is as varied and vibrant as the habitats themselves. Embark on game drives to visit waterholes where wild drama unfolds. Navigate waterways by boat and observe elephants taking refreshing dips while hearing grunts of displeased hippos reacting to the sudden disturbance of their once calm, murky waters.

Boat excursion and hippos in Moremi Game Reserve

Discover bustling river life on boat excursions in Moremi Game Reserve, Image Credit: Camp Moremi

3. Mombo Camp – Safari Sophistication

Nestled in Moremi Game Reserve’s heart on Chief’s IslandMombo Camp, or “place of plenty”, is aptly named for its abundant wildlife, including plains game, predators, and frequent lion sightings.

Elephant sighting whilst on a bush picnic

A rich and immersive African safari experience, Image Credit: Wilderness Mombo Camp

The luxury tents at Mombo are not only expansive but lavishly furnished, featuring private decks, plunge pools, verandas for relaxation, salas for quiet contemplation, and the option of indoor and outdoor showers.

Private outdoor deck with plunge pool and sala

Glass doors open onto a verandah and comfy sala, Image Credit: Wilderness Mombo Camp

4. Little Mombo – Epitome of Exclusivity

For those who envision an exclusive safari, Little Mombo is the pinnacle of secluded opulence. This intimate retreat, connected to Mombo Camp by a wooden walkway, offers a private haven for you and up to seven guests.

Women enjoying the serenity of her private veranda and day bed

Little Mombo allows you to feel as if you have it practically all to yourself, Image Credit: Wilderness Little Mombo

Your luxury canvas home awaits for relaxation, while communal areas, including a cosy lounge, dining space, boma, and a fire pit under the stars, offer spaces to connect and create unforgettable memories with loved ones.

Firepit area overlooking delta views at sunset

A perfect choice for those interested in a rich and immersive African safari experience, Image Credit: Wilderness Little Mombo

5. Oddballs’ – Rustic Rejuvenation

Set on a secluded isle adjacent to Chief’s Island and the Moremi Game Reserve, Oddballs’ Camp and Oddballs’ Enclave are renowned for their stripped-back charm and provide a small, intimate setting, perfect for those seeking a private and authentic safari adventure. 

A rustic experience which is exceptionally authentic

A secluded place with a policy of no motorised activities allows for peace and quiet, Image Credit: Oddballs’ Camp

With a commitment to eco-conscious travel, both camps facilitate a deep bond with nature, allowing you to explore the wild through walking safaris and traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions.

Tented room

Alfresco en-suite tents built on elevated decks, Image Credit: Oddballs Camp

What’s more, these eminent camps proudly offer the sole service of personal guides for every two guests. These aren’t ordinary guides; they are native experts, born and raised in the area, and can provide a depth of knowledge and insight into the ecosystem and local culture that’s second to none.

Mokoro safari along the shallow waterways

Experience the Delta in the most authentic way possible, Image Credit: Oddballs’ Enclave Camp

6. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp – Spacious and Spectacular

For those with a penchant for “safari chic”, look no further than Sanctuary Chief’s Camp. The ultimate luxurious experience awaits on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve’s exclusive Mombo Concession, offering a unique blend of indulgence and untamed wilderness.

Views of the delta from the camp's viewing deck

Relax and appreciate the views of the Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Here, sophistication is evident with a well-appointed bar, library area, expansive dining room, and an unexpected delight, namely a pizza deck complete with an oven. Along with the rest of the architecture, each of these amenities skillfully blends with the landscape, providing game-viewing opportunities right from your doorstep.

Woman on the viewing deck with an elephant in the distance

Get up close to Mother Nature’s wondrous wildlife, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

7. Camp Xakanaxa – Your Canvas Abode

Occupying a coveted spot along the Khwai River, Camp Xakanaxa – pronounced “Ka-ka-na-ka” (a mouthful, we know!) – stands as a premium choice if you’re looking for heart-stopping wildlife adventures accompanied by all those “home away from home” comforts you crave.

View of Camp Xakanaxa and river

Enjoy a year-round Moremi Game Reserve land and water safari experience, Image Credit: Camp Xakanaxa

When not exploring the wilderness, Xakanaxa’s elegant lounge and dining areas are perfect for catch-ups. And, for those with curious minds, delve into the library or spend leisurely afternoons on the sun deck. Need a refreshing dip? The plunge pool awaits. Each space is designed for enjoyment amidst the wild beauty of Moremi Game Reserve.

Fire-deck extends over the Khwai River and creates an enchanting environment

Main areas extend over the Khwai River and are set on raised platforms to maximise views, Image Credit: Camp Xakanaxa

We’re Here to Craft Your Perfect Safari

Embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Okavango Delta with Moremi Game Reserve’s exquisite lodges as your base. Isn’t it time you treated yourself to the adventure you deserve?

Start planning your dream safari with us today, and let the magic of Moremi take its hold!

Featured Image: Wilderness Mombo Camp

Lodges in Moremi Game Reserve

A Guide to a Khwai Safari

You’re familiar with the famed Okavango Delta, right? Well, let us introduce you to another facet of its splendour – a Khwai safari. One of Botswana’s most picturesque and predator-rich areas, Khwai unfolds in the northeastern fringes of the Delta, nestled between the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. And, with no fences separating Moremi and Chobe from the Khwai River, a myriad of species naturally saturate this safari hotspot.

Large elephant herd traversing the Khwai marshland and rivers

Explore this wildlife paradise between Moremi and Chobe, Image Credit: African Bush Camps

A True Showcase of Botswana’s Scenic Grandeur

Split into the Khwai Private Reserve and the Khwai Community Concession, this expansive area covers nearly 400,000 hectares. And, as massive as that may seem, we’ve explored every glorious inch of it!

As you venture into this wild land, you’ll uncover a captivating array of environments. From lagoons and flooded pans to grasslands, bushveld and woodland forests – there’s ample room for nature to flourish.

Seemingly boundless Khwai landscape with grassland, trees and waterways

Khwai is an ENORMOUS area boasting an array of environments, Image Credit: Little Sable

Not surprisingly, given the vastness of Khwai, we’re often asked: “Where’s the best place to stay to make the most of my Khwai safari?” To address this, let’s begin by highlighting the distinctions between Khwai’s Private Reserve and Community Concession…

We’ll help you decide on the best base to branch out on your Khwai safari, Image Credit: African Bush Camps

Khwai Private Reserve

The Khwai Private Reserve covers 200,000 hectares and benefits from abundant wildlife flowing in from Chobe and Moremi. It features diverse landscapes of open grasslands, waterways, mopane hinterland, and the Khwai riverfront. Exclusivity is its standout feature here, as you can only access the reserve when staying at one of its luxury lodges.

Elephant traversing through green marshes in front of one of the Khwai lodges

Elephant sightings are a frequent occurrence, Image Credit: Little Sable

These secluded lodges lie in the northern expanse of the region, where magnificent mopane trees thrive – the perfect setting to truly immerse yourself in nature. Further south, you’ll find the Khwai River, the primary hub for your safari adventures. It’s in this region that the terrain is most favourable for remarkable animal sightings.

Luxury tented room

Savour a Khwai safari in the lap of luxury, Image Credit: Sable Alley

While game drives are undoubtedly a Khwai safari essential, what truly distinguishes the lodges in the Khwai Private Reserve is their commitment to enhancing your experience with bespoke activities. Anticipate immersive walking safaris, mokoro (dugout canoe) journeys (when water levels permit), inconspicuous viewing hides, and more.

Lion and lion cub playing

From felines to fowls, enjoy all kinds of animal sightings, Image Credit: Sable Alley

Our Top Accommodation Picks – Khwai Private Reserve

Sable Alley exterior

Sable Alley’s lagoonside setting makes for sensational wildlife viewing, Image Credit: Sable Alley

Khwai Community Concession

Encompassing 180,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, the Khwai Community Concession stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of local Khwai villagers, expertly overseen by the Khwai Development Trust.

While it may draw a slightly higher number of tourists, owing to its accessibility to the public, this extraordinary sanctuary remains a popular choice for those seeking a fulfilling Khwai safari.

Rooms private view deck complete with hammock and telescope

The Khwai Community Concession will be sure to impress, Image Credit: Belmond Khwai River Lodge

But don’t be misled by its “public” status; our admiration for Khwai Community Concession remains steadfast! It’s a place where wildlife movements are aplenty, unencumbered by imposing barriers. So, just like its private counterpart, the community concession basks in the bountiful game that flows from the Moremi and the Chobe National Park.

Lion pride sighting while on a game drive on a Khwai safari

The lodges inhabit an area highly populated with plains game and predators, Image Credit: Little Machaba

Within this splendid region, a plethora of lodges and campsites await, catering to a diverse range of preferences, from budget-conscious travellers to connoisseurs of luxury. Moreover, our recommended lodges offer not only exceptional comfort but also unparalleled proximity to the Khwai River.

Lodge viewing deck with private pool and view of the waterways

Stay at sumptuous lodgings closer to the river and waterways, Image Credit: African Bush Camps

Although the focus of safari activities in this public concession leans toward land-based activities like game drives and nature walks, some lodges extend the excitement to visits to local communities as well as mokoro safaris if the water levels permit.

Bird's eye view of a mokoro safari

Search for Africa’s most sought-after wildlife on a peaceful mokoro safari, Image Credit: African Bush Camps

Our Top Accommodation Picks – Khwai Community Concession

Pool deck overlooking the wilderness

Enjoy traditional-style safari camps in the game-rich Khwai area, Image Credit: Machaba Camp

Wildlife of Khwai

The Private and Community sections of Khwai are widely considered the best game reserve in Botswana. This is thanks, in part, to the density and diversity of its wild inhabitants. Here, you’ll find a wealth of wildlife and, in particular, hordes of elephant herds meandering through Khwai to get to and from Moremi and Chobe. 

Elephants in the Khwai River

Large herds of elephant are drawn to the Khwai River in the dry months, Image Credit: Tuludi Camp

Moreover, majestic big cats like lions and leopards share their territory with a wide array of antelope species, including sable, roan, kudu and many more. Additionally, the elusive African wild dog makes momentary appearances while on the move, and the waterways are the haunt of hippos and crocodiles.

Pack of wild dogs in green grass

You could possibly spot the endangered African wild dog while on your Khwai safari, Image Credit: Sable Alley

Birdlife of Khwai

On a Khwai safari, you’ll find that the birdlife is prolific to boot – offering a spectacular display of species. Raptors reign supreme in the treetops, while saddle-billed and marabou storks elegantly wade through the shallows.


Birdlife is excellent and varied, Image Credit: African Bush Camps

During the wet season, the concession’s limited permanent water source along the Khwai River attracts an even greater variety of aquatic birds. Keep an eye out for a flourish of fish eagles, kingfishers, and the radiant lilac-breasted roller, alongside a multitude of other feathered creatures.

Kingfisher in the reeds

Khwai is a bird-lover’s paradise, Image Credit: African Bush Camps

Craft Your Ultimate Khwai Safari

Equipped with our first-hand knowledge, you’re now poised to embark on a Khwai safari that transcends the ordinary. Our recommendations are not mere suggestions but insights drawn from our own experience. 

Contact our Travel Experts and explore Botswana’s wilderness like never before – a world of raw beauty and thriving wildlife.

Feature Image: African Bush Camps

A Khwai safari

A Safari in Selinda Game Reserve

Welcome to Selinda Game Reserve, an extraordinary wildlife destination nestled in the heart of Botswana. As experts in the field, we have had the privilege of exploring this remarkable reserve firsthand. Today, we’re excited to share why Selinda Game Reserve should be at the top of your safari bucket list.

A couple canoeing in the Selinda Spillway

The ultimate in carefree exploration in Selinda Game Reserve, Image Credit: Selinda Explorers Camp

1. Pristine and Private Location

Known for its untouched wilderness and exclusivity, Selinda Game Reserve is one of our favourite hidden safari gems. The region thrives between the wetlands of Linyanti Wildlife Reserve and the legendary Okavango Delta. And it’s here that nature reveals one of its most spectacular creations: the expansive floodplain known as the Selinda Spillway. 

Giraffes crossing the waterways

Selinda’s Spillway connects the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti Swamps, Image Credit: Okavango Explorers Camp

The Spillway ebbs and flows, its floods dictated by the whims of rainfall, creating a whimsical spectacle of ever-changing waterways and attracting animals in abundance. Moreover, as a private concession, the reserve offers an intimate safari experience with limited vehicle access and a low number of guests. You’ll have the privilege of exploring vast stretches of wilderness, free from crowds and relishing the feeling of being immersed in nature.

Boat cruise on the Selinda Spillway

A private paradise virtually all to your own, Image Credit: Zarafa Camp

2. Diverse Habitats and Enthralling Scenery

One of the unique features of Selinda Game Reserve is its remarkable variety of ecosystems. From sprawling floodplains to lush woodlands and meandering waterways, the reserve showcases diverse habitats that attract a wide array of wildlife. The scenery creates a beautiful backdrop for your safari, making every moment a visual delight.

Elephants crossing the waterways in Selinda Game Reserve

A range of diverse habitats, including marshland, riverine woodland, savannah and more, Image Credit: Selinda Explorers Camp

3. Unparalleled Wildlife Encounters

From lions navigating river crossings to cheeky hippos asserting dominance, Selinda Game Reserve offers thrilling encounters with wildlife. Home to the endangered African wild dog, Selinda also provides a rare opportunity to observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

African Wild Dog sighting while on a game drive

The animal population thrives in this remote oasis, Image Credit: Selinda Camp

With sightings of rare roan antelope, giraffe, buffalo in their masses, and the gentle giant elephant, Selinda Game Reserve captivates with its wealth of wildlife. We can also attest that, thanks to verdant vegetation and waterways, Selinda is a magnet for a menagerie of avian residents, making every moment a delight for the bird enthusiasts amongst us.

Wildlife in Selinda Game Reserve

See an abundance of species in this flourishing ecosystem, Image Credit: Selinda Camp

4. Immersive Safari Activities

Having ventured into the deepest corners of this extraordinary region, let us share a secret with you… Selinda Game Reserve offers an abundance of ways to explore its wonders. From exhilarating game drives and walking safaris to tranquil boat cruises and catch-and-release fishing, there’s an activity to suit every preference.

Game drive vehicle taking guests through the waterways

You’ll be treated to an intimate and exclusive safari, Image Credit: Okavango Explorers Camp

Imagine tracking a pride of lions through the bush, witnessing a leopard gracefully perched on a tree branch, or marvelling at the colourful birdlife that graces the reserve’s waterways while silently gliding in a canoe. These immersive experiences will allow you to connect with the natural world on a much deeper level.

Canoeing along the Selinda Spillway

Bear witness to wildlife wandering along the banks on a canoe safari, Image Credit: Selinda Explorers Camp

5. Limited Camps, Limitless Experience

Selinda Game Reserve offers a safari experience like no other, thanks to its limited number of camps that create an intimate and exclusive ambience for visitors. Seamlessly blending contemporary comfort with the natural elements, the camps provide a lovely fusion of luxury and wilderness. Without further ado, allow us to present our top picks.

Our Favourite Places to Stay:

Main bonfire area at Zarafa Camp

With the small number of camps, you’re treated to an intimate and exclusive safari, Image Credit: Zarafa Camp

Optimal Time to Travel to Selinda

To make the most of your safari experience in Selinda Game Reserve, it’s essential to consider the best time to visit. The dry season, from May to October, is generally regarded as ideal. During this period, the vegetation thins out, and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife sightings more frequent and concentrated.

Additionally, the cooler temperatures also ensure more comfortable game drives and outdoor activities. However, it’s worth noting that each season offers its own unique charm, so consult with our Travel Experts to tailor your safari adventure according to your preferences.

Zebras traversing shallow waterways

Wildlife interaction is at its best, Image Credit: Okavango Explorers Camp

Discover Selinda’s Untamed Splendor

With its exceptional wildlife encounters, exclusive and spellbinding landscapes, diverse habitats, exciting safari activities, and sublime accommodations, Selinda Game Reserve has it all. Get in touch with our Travel Experts, and let’s start planning your extraordinary journey to one of Botswana’s most coveted destinations.

Featured Image: Selinda Explorers Camp

Dining table set for two on the main viewing deck with elephants in the background

Five Times the Fun: Tim Sanders’ African Odyssey Continues

Setting off on his fifth African odyssey with Rhino Africa, Tim Sanders recently experienced a two-week adventure, braving the wilds of South AfricaBotswana and Zambia. With Allison, one of our exceptional Travel Experts, meticulously attending to every detail, his trip once again exceeded all expectations. Delve into Tim’s extraordinary expedition and discover why his profound admiration for Africa is ever-so evident.

“I spent the most glorious two weeks in Southern Africa under the superb guidance of Rhino Africa, who planned every step with total precision.” – Tim Sanders

Tim at the Blyde River Canyon

“The Blyde River Canyon view was unbelievable” – Tim, Image Credit: Tim Sanders

Tim’s Relentless Return to Kambaku River Sands

Returning to Kambaku River Sands for the fourth time, Tim was once again ecstatic with the lodge’s excellence. With its convenient location in Timbavati Game Reserve, just 30 minutes away from Hoedspruit Airport, Tim has always loved how easily accessible the lodge is. And, as per usual, Kambaku’s friendly staff, delectable cuisine, and cosy lodging left a lasting impression.

empty chair with side table adorned with tea and coffee, on the private outdoor viewing deck

Comfortable thatched suites with private viewing decks for observing animals, Image Credit: Kambaku River Sands

Tim was thrilled to witness the Big 5 and an array of other remarkable wildlife, including African wild dogs and a charismatic chameleon. The communal dining approach at Kambaku enhanced the camaraderie among guests, especially during the memorable Boma night, where staff and guests participated enthusiastically. 

“Kambaku continues to have the friendliest of staff and most superb food (and just the right amount too).” – Tim Sanders

Boma area with bonfire

At Kambaku, you can dine al fresco or alongside the riverbed surrounded by campfires, Image Credit: Kambaku River Sands

A Tranquil Haven and Panoramic Delights

Following his safari experience, Tim reveals the elegance of Oliver’s Lodge, a charming country house situated on the outskirts of White River, a small town near the Greater Kruger National Park. This peaceful retreat provided a welcome respite after days of thrilling safari adventures.

Additionally, while exploring the Panorama Route, Tim was pleasantly surprised by the breathtaking view of the Blyde River Canyon, an experience he describes as nothing short of unbelievable.

“Panorama Route was an unexpected blast as I really did not know what to expect.” – Tim Sanders

Viewing point of the Three Rondavels along the Panorama Route

The Panorama Route is a natural wonder in South Africa and one of the world’s most beautiful driving routes

Botswana is Brimming with Elephants

Returning to Ngoma Safari Lodge in Chobe National Park for the second time, Tim was enthralled by the flood plain in its full splendour. The lodge’s friendly staff and fellow guests created an inviting atmosphere, making Tim, a solo traveller, feel at ease. Tim was delighted by the abundance of wildlife sightings, particularly the numerous elephants and lions that roamed freely.

“The friendliest of staff and fellow guests; as a solo traveller it was a real pleasure to be asked to be with other guests.” – Tim Sanders

Dining deck with view of Chobe River and floodplains

Overlooking the Chobe River, Ngoma Safari Lodge blends with its surroundings, Image Credit: Ngoma Safari Lodge

A boat cruise along the river provided a unique perspective, allowing Tim to witness the captivating sight of elephants playing in the water. The lodge’s well-appointed rooms, complete with private plunge pools and breathtaking views, ensured Tim’s stay was nothing short of superb.

Tim on a river cruise with elephants nearby in the background

Chobe is known for its thriving population of elephants, Image Credit: Tim Sanders

Authentic Africa in Zambia

Tim chose Anabezi Camp in Lower Zambezi National Park for his first visit to Zambia, which perfectly embodied the essence of African life. The vibrant countryside, with locals dressed in colourful attire going about their day-to-day activities, left a lasting impression on Tim. A thrilling flight to the luxury camp in a four-seater aircraft added to the sense of adventure.

“It was my first time to Zambia, and will not be my last! I really felt the life in the countryside epitomised Africa.” – Tim Sanders

Zambian woman in colourful clothing

Locals in a village going about their day

Anabezi Camp’s ultimate luxury and personalised service impressed Tim with the game drives tailored to his preferences. Offering a plethora of safari options, including vehicle, boat, walking, and canoe safaris, the camp ensured every wildlife encounter was up close and unique.

The spacious rooms, waterfront terraces, and private plunge pools provided an idyllic retreat, while the sightings of leopards, lions, elephants, hippos, and crocodiles delighted Tim throughout his stay.

“I experienced brilliantly comfortable lodges, superb game drives, excellent cuisine and timely ground support.” – Tim Sanders

Beautifully furnished main deck area

The camp’s communal areas evoke a classic African style with a modern touch, Image Credit: Anabezi Camp

Further Unforgettable Encounters

Tim’s journey was filled with unforgettable moments that highlighted the true essence of Africa. Remarkable sightings included witnessing multiple generations of leopards, getting up close to a crocodile slipping into the Zambezi, and observing elephants joyfully playing in the Chobe River.

Mother leopard with her young cub and juvenal

A very rare sighting of a multi-generational leopard family, Image Credit: Tim Sanders

But it’s not just the abundance of wildlife that continues to captivate Tim’s heart – it’s the people he meets along the way. From our attentive Travel Experts like Allison, who ensure every detail is taken care of, to the friendly staff at each lodge who make him feel like part of the family, Tim has been embraced by the warmth and hospitality that’s uniquely African.

“This was my fifth time with Rhino Africa, and it definitely will not be my last! Five stars all around!” – Tim Sanders

Two elephants in the river

Elephants frolicking in the river, Image Credit: Tim Sanders

Here’s to Your Next Chapter, Tim!

As the sun sets on Tim’s latest adventure, he eagerly awaits his next, yearning to once again set foot on the hallowed soil of our extraordinary continent. However, he knows that this parting is only temporary, for Africa’s irresistible charm beckons him back to create a collection of even more extraordinary memories.

We extend a heartfelt invitation for you to immerse yourself in the resplendence of Africa, allowing it to seize your imagination. Contact us to help you weave your very own story that will leave you forever captivated by the spirit of Africa.

Le parc national de Chobe est connu pour sa population florissante d'éléphants

South Africa is the Greatest Country on Earth!

Nearly 30,000 experienced travellers have voted for their favourite destinations, airlines, and travel companies (among others) in this year’s Telegraph Travel Awards. And we’re over the moon to share that our wonderful Rainbow Nation was voted the greatest country in the world! South Africa is brimming with diverse cultures, languages, culinary experiences, landscapes and seascapes, wildlife and birdlife… Find out more about what makes it better than all the rest.

Scenic photo over vineyards in the Cape Winelands

Explore the Cape Winelands and many other scenic landscapes in South Africa

South Africa, the Greatest Country in the World

South Africa might be at the bottom of the world map, but it’s at the top of the Telegraph’s list of best countries. Considering the kaleidoscope of landscapes and experiences, our home is truly the world in one country.

Expect a world-class Big 5 safari experience in Kruger National Park while immersing yourself in pure luxury at some of the most famous private safari lodges.

Indulge in award-winning wine and unique culinary experience in the Cape Winelands, where every corner is Instagram-worthy! Picture-perfect moments await you here, framed by vineyards and dramatic mountain ranges. 

Clifton 4th Beach dotted with umbrellas and beach-goers

Clifton’s beaches are the place to be during the holiday season in Cape Town

Then there are the world-famous beaches of our home, Cape Town. Clifton and Camps Bay are worthy of their praises. Hues of blue water glitter in the sun and wash up on champagne-hued sandy beaches, almost as if bowing down to the majestic Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles mountain range.

South Africa even has its own version of the Garden of Eden, known as the Garden Route. Emerald mountains wing lush green forests and winding roads, with the tanzanite Indian Ocean on either side. It’s the ultimate self-drive destination!

Robberg Nature Reserve along the Garden Route, South Africa - voted the greatest country in the world

Our Garden Route is a paradise for nature lovers and families

Oh, but wait, the good news doesn’t end here. Not only was South Africa lauded as the best country on Earth, but three other African destinations also made the top 10, namely Maldives, Kenya, and Botswana.

The Idyllic Maldives

Reaching third place in the Telegraph Travel Awards, the Maldives is a place of dreams, love, and adventure. As translucent waters encircle the string of islands, you can expect to find some of the best diving and snorkelling sites in the world as you explore gardens of coral. 

Back on land, marvel at the intricate decorations and Quranic script on the country’s oldest mosque in Malé, Hukuru Miskiy, and stroll in the old bazaar area. Wondering when to visit this island paradise? Find out more in our blog post about the best time to travel to the Maldives.

Photo: Bienvenido al paraíso, Crédito de la imagen

Welcome to paradise, Image Credit: Maldives Manafaru Beach House

Wildlife-focused Kenya

In seventh place, Kenya offers a front-row seat to the spectacle of the Great Wildebeest Migration, when more than two million animals – including zebra, antelope, and gazelle – travel across the plains to follow the rainfall in search of greener pastures.

The scenery of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru, and the shoreline embrace mountains, forests, deserts, and waterscapes. It’s also the ideal destination for a hot air balloon safari!

Rinocerontes desfrutando de um lanche saboroso no Parque Nacional do Lago Nakuru

East Africa should be on everyone’s bucket list

Remarkable Botswana

Botswana’s spectrum of contrasting landscapes and wildlife makes it a premier safari destination. At number 10 on the list, our neighbouring country has grown in popularity.

The veins of the Okavango Delta create a watery web bustling with wild- and bird life, including antelope, lion, leopard, and the African wild dog. Furthermore, there’s the home of the gentle giants, Chobe National Park, well-known for its thriving population of elephants.

In contrast, the Kalahari Desert is probably one of the most untouched wilderness areas in the world and features enormous salt flats, the Makgadikgadi Pans. Expect vibrant sunsets and night skies drenched in stars.

Elephant drinking in Botswana, one of the greatest countries in the world

Explore Botswana’s wilderness with us

It’s Time to Visit the Greatest Country in the World

Seeing four destinations from the same continent under the top 10 of the greatest countries on our beautiful planet is impressive! Besides feeling very chuffed about the performance of our home continent, we’re also excited to share our travel expertise with you. The entire Rhino Africa Crash lives, breathes, and loves Africa.

So, if you were looking for a sign, waiting for a confirmation from the universe, or for the African stars to align… Well, the time is now! Contact our Travel Experts to plan your luxury African adventure with us today.

blyde river canyon sunrise

Chief’s Island: Where All The Wildlife Go

Welcome to Chief’s Island in Botswana, the crown jewel of the Okavango Delta and a sanctuary for an astonishing array of wildlife. As the largest island in the delta, Chief’s Island, holds the key to an unrivalled wildlife experience. Join us as we unveil the captivating secrets that make this destination a true haven for nature enthusiasts.

Mokoro safari along the shallow waterways in and around Chief's Camp

Experience the Delta in the most authentic way possible, Image Credit: Oddballs’ Enclave Camp

Location and How to Get There

Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta is located within the pristine Moremi Game Reserve. To reach this remote wilderness, in most cases, you’ll have to catch a light aircraft from Botswana’s Maun International Airport to a nearby airstrip. From there, a thrilling game drive or a short boat transfer will bring you to the Chief’s Island lodges.

Elephant sighting on viewing deck

The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp are awe-inspiring, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Why is Chief’s Island a Wildlife Mecca?

When the delta’s waters surge, Chief’s Island becomes the largest area of refuge for countless animals. It’s here, in this extraordinary setting, that you’ll encounter the richest concentration of wildlife in Botswana.

You’ll find lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant roaming freely. And, for those seeking rare sightings, both the black and white rhino grace these lands. Additionally, with a stroke of luck, you may even catch a glimpse of the endangered African wild dog, adding a touch of intrigue to your adventure.

Mother leopard with cub

Chief’s Island is home to the Big 5 and a wealth of other wildlife, Image Credit: Wilderness Mombo

Yet, the wildlife encounters on Chief’s Island extend far beyond African wild dogs and the famous Big 5. In fact, there are almost too many species to list! Here, you can witness zebra, giraffe, numerous antelope species dotting the landscape, flourishing birdlife in the skies, and so much more!

Lion and antelope standing in a grassy-area on Chief's Island

There’s no end to the array of animals you’ll find on Chief’s Island, Image Credit: Wilderness Little Mombo

Chief’s Island Activities

Discover a world of safari activities that will keep you captivated during your stay on Chief’s Island. Prepare to get up close and personal with throngs of wildlife on sensational game drives, intimate nature walks, bush breakfasts, brunches and lunches, and, of course, classic boat and mokoro excursions.

While the availability of mokoro and boat trips may vary depending on the season and water levels, rest assured that our team will be there to assist you in planning your trip to ensure you make the most of these unique experiences. We’ve been to the Okavango Delta many times and know exactly what experiences you shouldn’t miss!

Picnic in the wilderness

From game drives and walks to mokoro safaris and bush picnics, enjoy a host of activities, Image Credit: Wilderness Little Mombo

Our Favourite Chief’s Island Lodges

As a very secluded and exclusive destination, Chief’s Island offers a limited but exceptional range of camps and lodges. However, whether you’re looking for a lap-of-luxury escape or something with a little rustic allure, Chief’s Island has the perfect lodgings for you. Here’s a selection of our personal favourites.

1. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Found beneath a grove of jackalberry trees, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offers a remote oasis where you feel like you’re the sole human presence for miles. Moreover, the camp has been designed in a “safari chic” style and boasts a number of facilities. 

Views of the delta from the camp's viewing deck

Relax and appreciate the views of the Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

The bar and library area offers a refined space for relaxation, while the extended dining room and pizza deck allow you to delight in delectable creations. Alternatively, if you’re seeking a bit of rejuvenation, a tranquil spa and well-equipped gym await, while a kids’ playroom ensures your little ones have their own adventures.

Notably, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s accommodations are just as impressive, with big bush pavilions and luxury suites, each enjoying its own private dining area, outside seating area and a terrace pool – all ideal for absorbing the surrounding nature and wildlife passing by.

Plunge pool and outdoor deck

You can often view game without even leaving camp, Image Credit: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

2. Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp

For those seeking an authentic African safari, Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp are the ultimate choices. Perched on elevated platforms, these two camps treat you to some of the best views of the Okavango Delta. Moreover, embracing their historical roots, both camps proudly preserve the traditions of “old-world” safaris.

Firepit area overlooking delta views at sunset

A perfect choice for those interested in a rich and immersive African safari experience, Image Credit: Wilderness Mombo Camp

Tucked away in a verdant thicket of towering mangosteen and fig trees, Mombo Camp’s spacious wood and canvas suites beckon with their plunge pools and expansive decks, offering sweeping vistas of the flourishing floodplains. Additionally, other facilities include a gym, spa, viewing deck and pool area, as well as a hide.

Outdoor private pool deck

An in-room massage treatment is a great way to recharge and relax, Image Credit: Wilderness Mombo Camp

Designed for exclusive-use groups and connected to its larger sibling, Mombo Camp, by a raised wooden walkway, Little Mombo maintains its self-sufficiency with its own lounge, dining area, firepit, boma, bar, and plunge pool. Its three spacious canvas rooms exude elegance and are exquisitely equipped with their own lounge, sala, verandah, and opulent bathroom.

Women enjoying the serenity of her private veranda and day bed

Little Mombo allows you to feel as if you have it practically to yourself, Image Credit: Wilderness Little Mombo

3. Oddballs’ Camp and Oddballs’ Enclave

Bordering the Moremi Game Reserve on a small island just off the edge of Chief’s Island, you’ll find Oddballs’ Camp and Oddballs’ Enclave. These two remarkable camps have been meticulously designed to leave the lightest possible footprint on the environment.

Viewing deck

Raised viewing decks overlooking the Delta, Image Credit: Oddball’s Camp

What truly sets these camps apart is the sole provision of a personal guide for each pair of guests. These guides are not only intimately familiar with the area but were also born and raised here, granting them a wealth of knowledge about the intricate local culture and the fascinating dynamics of the ecosystem.

Dedicated guides offer fascinating insight into the complex ecosystem as well as the local culture, Image Credit: Oddballs’ Camp

In terms of accommodation, Oddballs’ Camp presents elegant ensuite tents perched on raised decks, providing an elevated vantage point to admire the breathtaking delta. What’s more, the camp features a central bar and lounge area where you can unwind and socialise.

Tented room

Al fresco en-suite tents are built on elevated decks, Image Credit: Oddballs’ Camp

On the other hand, at Oddballs’ Enclave, the smaller, more exclusive counterpart to Oddballs’ Camp, you’ll find only a handful of “mini-Meru” tents, carefully crafted to provide a cosy and peaceful retreat. The emphasis is on tranquillity and privacy, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the wild surroundings and enjoy a true sense of seclusion.

Tented room interior with view

A more intimate and secluded offshoot of its sister camp, Oddballs’, Image Credit: Oddballs’ Enclave

Discover the Enchantment Chief’s Island for Yourself

The captivating wonders of Chief’s Island await! With its unrivalled wildlife encounters, stunning landscapes and lodges, this is a destination beyond compare. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning and delve into the secrets of this wildlife mecca, where each moment is filled with unapparelled natural splendour. 

Chief's Island in the Okavango Delta

Why Our Travel Expert Bianca Loves a Botswana Safari

Discover the unparalleled allure of a Botswana safari in a captivating interview with Bianca Johnstone, one of our esteemed Travel Experts. Join us as she shares her first-hand experiences and unveils the distinctive qualities that set Botswana apart from other popular safari destinations.

Bianca in a game drive vehicle

Bianca visited Botswana earlier this year, staying at three Wilderness camps, Image Credit: Bianca Johnstone

Bianca’s Botswana Breakdown

We took our Travel Expert Bianca aside to learn more about why she fell in love with Botswana, as well as her hot tips about travelling here.

1. How Does Botswana Compare to Other Safari Destinations in Africa?

You cannot compare it to anything else really. It’s very unique and very different to any other safari destination. A safari in Botswana is very diverse, from Chobe National Park, Savuti, Linyanti and Selinda to the Okavango DeltaKalahari, and Makgadikgadi – it has an enormous diversity of ecosystems and activities.

Unlike the Kruger National Park, Botswana isn’t as saturated with Big 5 wildlife – but you can still see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo (if you know where to go) along with quite a number of other unique species that are endemic to the region. Seasonally, it is also a spectacular birding haven.

Compared to countries like South AfricaZambia and Zimbabwe, I’ve found that a safari in Botswana is best done over a longer period with more locations to fully appreciate its boundless biodiversity. The guiding is also very authentic, with the guides having grown up there and are very tuned into the bush.

Antelope springing through shallow waters

Botswana offers an amazing array wildlife, making it one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, Image Credit: Wilderness Duma Tau

2. What is the Most Underrated Aspect of a Safari in Botswana?

There’s nothing underrated when it comes to a safari in Botswana – it’s very highly rated! But, if I had to nit pick, I would say the Green and Shoulder seasons are “underrated”.

These lower-priced periods of the year still offer exceptional safari experiences, showcasing stunning landscapes, sunsets, expansive vistas, and incredible wildlife throughout. Having personally explored Botswana during these seasons, I can attest to their year-round allure.

Bianca taking a photo of the sunset

A safari in Botswana during Green and Shoulder seasons is just as magical, Image Credit: Bianca Johnstone

3. What Aspects of Botswana’s Wildlife Do You Find Most Compelling?

The birdlife – it’s just something out of this world. And the elephants swimming across rivers from island to island, which is very unique to Botswana.

Many elephants crossing the Chobe River

Botswana is famed for its thriving population of elephants, Image Credit: Chobe Game Lodge

4. What Advice Would You Give Someone Planning a Botswana Safari?

If possible, one must stay at a land and water camp on a private concession or a land camp and water camp combined in the Okavango Delta, if budget and time allow.

The Chobe region is also an amazing experience in the dry season. Here, you won’t want to miss those massive elephant herds, and the boating safaris are pretty spectacular too. Also, Linyanti would be a great add-on.

However, for me, the main focus will be the Okavango Delta and then add on other destinations based on budget, time and preferences – one MUST experience the boating in the channels. This is what really sets Botswana apart!

Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta

The highlight of any Botswana safari is a Mokoro (a dugout canoe) trip, Image Credit: Wilderness Vumbura Plains

Bianca’s Take on the Camps

5. What Were Your Favourite Aspects of Each Camp You Stayed at?

They’re all totally different. Botswana is a very complex destination as some regions may be dry in March, but, come July, they will be swelling with water and so on. As such, the activities – in terms of water vs land-based safaris – may vary depending on the time of the year. However, here are my first impressions from my latest trip in March this year…

Duma Tau

Duma Tau is in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve (a private area connected to Savuti and Chobe) and has all-year water from the Linyanti Channel. The lodge sits on the channel and has sunsets like I’ve never seen before and the most amazing bird life I’ve ever encountered on safari (GREEN SEASON!). I saw seven different eagle species on one game drive. 

The area is much drier than the Okavango Delta but has water all year due to the Linyanti Channel. There are very few lodges in the area, so it feels very exclusive in this vast private reserve – like you’re really in the wild with nobody around.

Pool and viewing deck at sunset

Explore the Linyanti River by boat or barge, reclining on the cushions with a sundowner in hand, Image Credit: Wilderness Duma Tau

Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains is a massive private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. It’s one of the few land and water camps available in Botswana (all year round). So, you can do the boating, mokoro and game drives throughout the year – the game viewing is absolutely spectacular, and the lodge is unique and beautiful.

Aerial view of Wilderness Vumbura Plains

Vumbura has a variety of habitats, wildlife and an enormous traversing area, Image Credit: Wilderness Vumbura Plains

Jao Camp

Jao Camp, in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, was just mind-blowingly beautiful. It’s one of the most amazing camps I’ve stayed at, and absolutely beyond incredible on all levels. 

It’s hard to believe that it’s benchmarked around the same price as Duma Tau and Vumbura, but this has to do with the game viewing opportunities – which were actually brilliant!

Lion sighting on a game drive

The wealth of wildlife at Jao Camp never fails to thrill, Image Credit: Wilderness Jao

However, I visited Jao Camp in the green season, so there was no flooding, thus no water around on the concession. But, come the dry season, it’s mainly just water-based safaris. That being said, in the wet season, it is essential to combine Jao with a land camp such as Vumbura Plains to get the best of both land- and water-based safari activities.

Pool deck

Botswana’s Jao is a sculptural marvel of natural and recycled materials, Image Credit: Wilderness Jao Camp

6. Were There Any Particular Wildlife Sightings That Stood Out for You?

Chasing wild dogs on the hunt for over an hour, very exciting, bruised butts and hips after – lots of laughter, and we did not see them take anything down, but the thrill was something else.

A group of African wild dogs in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

The African wild dog is one of the world’s most endangered mammals

Conservation, Community, and Sustainability

7. Were There Impactful Initiatives at The Camps That Impressed You?

Duma Tau, Vumbura Plains, and Jao Camp all fall under the Wilderness Safaris umbrella. Wilderness is a non-profit travel organisation, and their entire modus operandi is the upliftment of communities, protection of wilderness areas and, of course, the wildlife.

You’ll see that all the camps are community drivers, and the concessions are all owned by local tribes who benefit from it. ALL staff are from Botswana, bar a few from South Africa, usually in management positions, with the purpose of training up local managers. ALL the staff come from the local communities and are uplifted by the lodges.

There are fewer bums on seats, which aids higher incomes for the staff and lessens the footprint in the area – it’s ALL about conservation.

Staff members at Duma Tau

Wilderness is determined to empower people from Botswana’s local communities, Image Credit: Wilderness Duma Tau

8. Are There Any Anecdotes from Your Trip You’d Like to Share?

Not that I can think of – a safari in Botswana is an all-encompassing and meditative experience, it’s very wild and very untouched, and it changes you from within. If you don’t have a “burst into tears” moment in Botswana, then that would be unusual. It can be so overwhelming that it can bring you to tears – but for me personally, any safari can do this.

Experience a Botswana Safari for Yourself

Ready to explore the wild, wild wonders of Botswana? Reach out to our Travel Experts, and let’s start planning!

Botswana landscape at sunset

Chobe National Park: A Safari Guide

Prepare for a safari that will stampede its way into your heart and leave echoes of trumpeting giants lingering in your soul. Welcome to Chobe National Park, where elephants reign supreme, and the powerful pulse of the great Chobe River breathes life into the land. Today, we unveil the ultimate safari guide to this remarkable destination.

Elephants drinking water

A visit to Chobe National Park promises elephant encounters like no other!

Best Time for a Safari in Chobe National Park

Would you like to know when to plan your trip to Chobe National Park? Well, we highly recommend that you catch all the wildlife action during the dry season, from May to October.

During this time, you’ll enjoy warmer days and cooler nights, with seasonal waterholes drying up and only permanent water sources remaining to quench the thirst of animals.

A bird’s eye view of the Chobe National Park

A bird’s-eye view of Chobe National Park

But hold on, bird lovers and crowd escapists, there’s something for you too! If you want to see a different side of Chobe in Botswana, you’ll love the green season between December and April. During this period, the summer rains transform the savannah into a luscious green paradise, making it the perfect time for birding and peaceful escapes.

Hippopotamus on the banks of the Chobe River

Hippopotamus on the banks of the Chobe River

Wildlife in Chobe National Park

Get ready for some serious pachyderm action, folks, because Chobe National Park is THE place to be for elephants – we’re talking about the largest concentration of African elephants on the entire continent! But that’s not all, oh no, Chobe is also the ultimate wildlife hotspot, with massive herds of roaming plains game and predators lurking around every corner.

Many elephants crossing the Chobe River

Chobe National Park is famed for its thriving population of elephants, Image Credit: Chobe Game Lodge

Exploring this flourishing ecosystem, you’re likely to encounter lions, spotted hyenas, or even an ever-elusive leopard or two. And, if that’s not enough to get your heart racing, you’ll be pleased to know that rare and endangered species like the African wild dog and puku (Kobus vardonii) are thriving in the lush grasslands along the Chobe riverfront.

Lions frolicking in a marsh while a game drive vehicle follows

Chobe National Park’s dynamic landscape is home to a variety of animals including many predators, Image Credit: Camp Savuti

Safari Activities in Chobe National Park

Whether you’re a safari newbie or a seasoned explorer, you won’t want to miss out on the incredible range of activities on offer in Chobe National Park. While the classic game drives hold their allure, we encourage you to embrace a myriad of experiences that provide a dazzling display of alternative perspectives.

Elephants crossing a river being observed by visitors on a cruise

River cruises ensure uninterrupted views of the wildlife

Nature beckons with enticing walks, bountiful fishing expeditions and riverside dining. Although, we must confess that nothing compares to the exhilaration of Chobe’s legendary river cruises and photo safaris. Here, you will intimately encounter elephants gracefully crossing the water, witness hippos luxuriating in their aquatic sanctuary, and observe throngs of animal and birdlife congregating at the water’s edge.

Boat photographic safari on Chobe River

Get the ultimate close-ups on a specialised photo safari, Image Credit: Pangolin Photo Safaris

Birding in Chobe National Park

Feast your eyes on some of Africa’s most charming and sought-after feathered friends in Chobe National Park. With over 400 species of birds recorded, it’s a bird lover’s paradise. Moreover, the Chobe River acts as a glistening oasis in the middle of the scorching sun, attracting a stunning variety of birds.

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle in Chobe National Park, Image Credit: Derek Keats

Be sure to keep your peepers peeled for a captivating array of avian marvels, from giant kingfishers and African fish eagles to the sleek African skimmer and melodious collared palm. And let’s not forget the granddaddy of them all, the southern ground hornbill. Catch a glimpse of these winged wonders and let your heart take flight!

As the largest kingfisher in Africa, the giant kingfisher is a sight to behold, Image Credit: Chobe Game Lodge

Places to Stay in Chobe National Park

Whether you yearn to be enveloped and embraced by the lush wilderness or desire to reside right amidst the magnificent Chobe River on a houseboat, a host of Chobe National Park accommodation choices await, tailored to satisfy every discerning taste. Without further ado, let us unveil a curated selection of our personal favourites…

Riverbank view of elephants from a houseboat

From tented camps to luxury lodges and upmarket houseboats, there are many accommodation options to choose from, Image Credit: Chobe Princess

Walk in the Footsteps of Giants

Now, armed with the knowledge of the perfect time to venture into this untamed domain, rally your adventurous companions, gear up for an expedition of a lifetime, and brace yourself for the electrifying encounters that await you in Chobe National Park.

Are you ready to walk in the footsteps of giants? Let’s start planning!

Featured Image: Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Ihr Safari Guide für den Chobe Nationalpark

5 Things to Know When Travelling to Botswana

Travelling to Botswana is like diving headfirst into waves of wilderness – you never know what you’ll find! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few important tidbits to keep in mind before you venture into the wild heart of Africa.

Safari aquático via mokoro no Delta do Okavango

When travelling to Botswana, be sure to go on a mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta

1. What Month is Best for a Safari in Botswana?

Looking for a wild adventure that’ll make your heart sing? Then head over to Botswana during the dry months from June to October! Trust us, it’s a time like no other when the animals come out to play and put on a show that’ll leave you wanting more. This is also the perfect time to see the Okavango Delta in full flood.

But don’t count out the rainy season from January to April! While some wildlife may scatter, certain areas like Chobe‘s Savuti region and the Kalahari are perfect for summer game viewing. Plus, you’ll see other iconic animals on their migration path, including our striped zebra friends.

Zebras walking into the sunset

Watch the zebra migration in Botswana

2. What is the Cost of a Safari in Botswana?

Many variables can influence the cost of travelling to Botswana. Do you want to travel during peak season or enjoy a quieter, off-peak adventure? How much luxury do you desire, and where do you want to explore? It’s safe to say that the more you invest, the more exclusive your safari experience will be.

But don’t let the price discourage you – exclusivity is key to an unforgettable safari. Private reserves and lodges offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wilderness without fending off crowds of tourists.

If Botswana is calling your name, be prepared to dish out anywhere from $550 to $3,000 per person per night. Whether you opt for a 4-star or lavish 5-star stay, the memories will be priceless.

Luxury safaris in Botswana at Kind's Pool in Okavango Delta

Travelling to Botswana does not mean you have to sacrifice luxury, Image Credit: King’s Pool

3. Are There Any Luggage Restrictions in Botswana?

When travelling to Botswana, many remote camps and lodges are only accessible by charter flight. These flights have limited luggage capacity, so remember to pack all your checked luggage in one soft-sided bag per person and keep your hand luggage in a small daypack or handbag.

The total weight of your luggage (checked and carry-on) should not exceed 20kg (44 lbs). But don’t worry about packing clean clothes for every day. Many lodges and properties offer laundry services at no extra cost. Keep it casual, too – Africa’s dress code is pretty relaxed!

Commercial flights are a little more laid back, but their allowance is still one checked suitcase of 20kg (44 lbs) per person, so we suggest sticking to that weight.

collecting luggage botswana airport

Make sure to bring your soft-sided bags when going on safari in Botswana

4. Connection Times for Charter Flights in Botswana

Most of Botswana’s remote camps have their own airstrips to accommodate charter flights. These light aircraft transfers do not work on a set schedule.

The operations team on the ground confirms the flight times a day or two in advance based on the number of passengers flying and the route they’ll take. So, the camp will notify you of your flight details 24 to 48 hours before your takeoff.

Charter aircraft on runway

Light aircraft transfers give you access to remote places in Botswana, Image Credit: Wilderness Air

5. What are The Child-Entry Requirements?

If you’re embarking on a journey through the stunning borders of Botswana with a mini-adventurer (a child under 18), bring a certified or notarised copy of their unabridged birth certificate, along with their trusty passport.

And hey, if one of the parents can’t join in on the fun, don’t fret! Just make sure to have an affidavit from the other parent granting permission for the travel shenanigans.

Start planning your next family holiday to Botswana

Are You Ready for Your Safari in Botswana?

So pack light, bring your little explorers, and prepare for a lifetime adventure. With the right planning, preparation and help from our Travel Experts, you’ll be ready to take on Botswana in full safari force!

Reach out to our Travel Experts today, and let’s start planning!

Wilderness air flight in Africa

Botswana in Pictures: A Land of Fascinating Contrasts

In a landlocked country in southern Africa, bordered by Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, lies a mysterious country packed with wildlife. Get a glimpse of this wonderland in our Botswana in pictures blog post…


Birds eye view of the Okavango Delta - Botswana in pictures

Bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Little Sable

In Botswana, you’ll find the largest inland delta in the world. The Okavango Delta attracts many different species, including these lechwe antelopes. They are reliant on water, which is why they flock to the Delta’s floodplains.


Game drives in the Okavango Delta

Game drives in the Okavango Delta promise exciting sightings, Image Credit: Wilderness Abu Camp

When you’re not exploring Botswana on water-based safaris, your classic game drives will be just as action-packed. The Okavango Delta is home to the Big 5, which includes the majestic lion, and seeing these big cats will undoubtedly be one of your most memorable sightings.


Botswana in pictures: Mokoro rides in Moremi Game Reserve

Mokoro rides in Moremi Game Reserve, Image Credit: Delta Camp

A mokoro is a traditional dugout canoe, best compared to Venice’s gondolas. However, the difference is that you won’t be staring at buildings! Instead, you’ll glide silently along the water, all your senses on high alert, as you admire the landscapes and wildlife coming to the water for a drink or splash.


Elephants crossing the Chobe River

Elephants crossing the Chobe River, Image Credit: Chobe Game Lodge

In Chobe National Park, you’ll find herds of elephants as far as the eye can see! This pocket of Botswana is world famous for having the highest concentration of our beloved gentle giants in the world. And if you want to see them swim, you should visit the Chobe River!


Botswana in pictures - Scenic helicopter flips over the Okavango Delta

Scenic helicopter flips over Botswana’s wilderness, Image Credit: Camp Okavango

A helicopter ride is one of our favourite ways to admire Botswana because the country is so vast that it can be difficult to comprehend its full magnificence when you’re on land. However, when you take to the skies, you get a full bird’s-eye view that will take your breath away!


Walking with Meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana

Walking with meerkats in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Image Credit: Camp Kalahari

How cute? We love Botswana’s meerkat colonies, and watching them go about their business is very entertaining! Your best bet to see them is in the Makgadikgadi Pans.


The perfect horseback safari experience in Botswana

The perfect horseback safari experience in Botswana, Image Credit: Camp Kalahari

Another one of our favourite activities in Botswana is a horseback safari. Just imagine trotting along with wildlife, getting much closer when you join them at their eye level.


Birds eye view of the Okavango Delta - a perfect example for Botswana in pictures

The magical Okavango Delta, Image Credit: Little Sable

Swap traffic commutes with fresh open air on a game drive through Botswana. The Okavango Delta is one of the country’s biggest attractions. Known as “the river that never finds the sea”, it has puzzled many with its flood reaching its peak in the dry winter season.


leopard in the savannah botswana

Leopard lazing under a tree in Botswana, Image Credit: Khwai River Lodge

Leopards are famously elusive, camouflaged well in the African plains and hiding in tree branches. Therefore, this big cat is a treat to see on safari and in Botswana, you will encounter your fair share.


Botswana in pictures: Game drive sunset drinks stop

Game drive sunset drinks stop, Image Credit: African Bush Camps, Khwai Leadwood

How dreamy is this setting for sipping sundowners as the sun goes down? And in the Okavango Delta, your guide will set everything up in the water for magical reflections all around you. You’ll feel like you’re floating among the clouds.

Come See Botswana in Real Life

Inspired to visit Botswana? You won’t regret it! Contact our Travel Experts, and they’ll tailor-make an Botswana itinerary to suit your individual needs, wants, and more.

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Birds eye view of the Okavango Delta