Why Botswana? The vast isolation of remote reserves, a remarkable flatness that stretches as far as the eye can see. A natural beauty of extraordinary wildlife in the Kalahari Desert and the fan-like waters of the Okavango Delta.
~ Okavango Delta one of the world's finest natural wonders, an inland oasis created by the summer rains of the Angolan highlands. In 2014 the Okavango became the 1000th UNESCO world heritage site. Seasonal months bring amazing diversity and dark afternoon thunderstorms are a spectacular sight.
~ Setswana is widely spoken with other languages including Kalanga, Sara, Ndebele and certain areas of the country Afrikaans. The San people known as Bushmen or Basarwa are indigenous hunter and gathers, living in various parts of Botswana and Southern Africa today.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Okavango Delta waterways and beautiful clear days, each season has its own individual characteristic. This is what makes Botswana unique, varying contrasts of ecosystems that enable wildlife to be viewed year round.
Dec - Mar
The summer rains begin, vegetation starts to thicken and afternoon thunderstorms are spectacular. Wildlife drink from various waterholes, sheltering from the midday heat. This is the time for many species to give birth to their young and prime season for avid birders.
Apr - May
As the summer rains come to an end the floodwaters from Angola start their journey down into the Okavango floodplains. The days are becoming clear and night time temperatures fall.
Jun - Oct
The once grassy floodplains of the Okavango Delta are now covered, making it a haven for wildlife. Dry season has begun and game viewing is at its peak. Night temperatures drop dramatically in the drier desert areas whilst the days are warm and clear.
November brings hot days with the first imminent rains of summer.
Exceptional wildlife photography, arid desert plains, majestic waterways and islands. The Okavango a wetland oasis within a desert, ancient valleys and white salt pans.
Intimate island camps, with pods of grunting hippos and playful elephants.
Changing seasons, waterways of the delta floodplains gradually start to fill. Wildlife is abundant on the water’s edge, mokoros glide along with only a touch of sound.
Each of these has a different wildlife or cultural aspect, which is attractive to the human eye for certain times of the year. Large herds of elephant and buffalo are seen in the Okavango along with the black and white rhino, that have recently been introduced into the Moremi game reserve area.
Hyena lurk around at sunset, especially Abu Camp, in search of some opportunistic moments.
Fascinating termite mounds, leopards and mopane woodlands.
Remote wilderness and a quietness greets you on arrival at Linyanti’s airstrip. The landscape and mopane woodlands are a haven for wild dog, lions and leopard waiting patiently for their prey. The Linyanti river, a spectacular arena for hippos, elephants and a beautiful African sunset.
You will often see red lechwe and sitatunga in these marshy areas while elephants predominantly visit in the drier winter months. Linyanti is a home to a wide range of predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. The endangered wild dog stronghold is a major feature, including the striking roan and sable antelope that are often seen eating in their preferred broad leafed woodlands.
Birdlife is abundant all year round with a variety of species, the crested francolin, arnott’s chat, red necked falcon, egyptian geese and red billed hornbills.
Blanket of stars, a desert with a touch of the unknown.
Meerkats, San bushmen and black-maned lions, are only a few mammals that call this expansive desert reserve home. Bright stars blanket the sky in the cool of night and in seasonal months, days are alive with wildlife.
Rainfall is nearly non existent with summer thunderstorms being the exception, as they are brief and erratic.
Significant wildlife populations are in the Kalahari, impressive herds of springbok, gemsbok and red hartebeest. Plains game move seasonally between the dunes and valley, with winter game concentrating around waterholes. Smaller mammals such as the meerkat, bat eared - cape foxes and desert pygmy mouse can also be seen.
Predators like the Kalahari’s black maned lion are found especially in the northern regions and are attracted by the huge amount of plains game after the summer rains. Additional wildlife to be seen are honey badgers, cheetah, wildebeest and zebra.