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chobe region botswana

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Why go to Botswana

Botswana is an untamed wilderness, Africa in her most natural state. The country has a very small population and the government has designated nearly 17% of the country to National Parks and a further 20% to protected wilderness areas. The world famous Okavango Delta is one of the last great wetlands in the world and all of these factors combined ensure that Botswana has abundant game, birdlife and incredible flora kingdoms.

 

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Where to go in Botswana

Chobe National Park

Home to a population of nearly 120 000 elephants and other large herds of buffalo and antelope. The lion and other predator populations follow. A boat cruise along the Chobe River is an exceptional way to view these animals; as is the 4×4 safaris through the park.

Okavango Delta

The world’s largest inland delta, nearly 15000 kilometers of inland waterways, inland lagoons and islands. Traditional wooden dugout canoes, or mokoros, take one on a leisurely meander through the myriads of waterways where the water is so clear and so pure, you can drink it. Walking safaris and overnight camping in the delta are an experience never to be repeated anywhere in the world.

Moremi and Savuti

The parks have no fences so the large populations of game, especially the elephant move freely along the ancient game trails. The birdlife is prolific and the predator list is impressive: lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog abound.

Makgadikgadi Pans

The salt pans of Botswana (once an old Superlake) provide some of the most dramatic scenery in Botswana. Two of the pans, which are the largest of their kind in the world, provide on earth, a surface as close to the surface of the moon. In Winter, when it is dry, the entire surface dances with mirages, while in the summer months, pale green shoots appear and more than 50 000 wildebeest and Zebra migrate here. The flooded pans also attract a huge colony of flamingoes, which make a sea of pink wings and feet and beaks.

 

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Male lion (Panthera leo) crossing marshland, side view

When to go to Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana is from April through September. These are the winter months so although it is extremely cold at night and the early mornings, the days will still be pleasant. This also is the dry season so the bush is dry and sparse which is perfect for game viewing. The channels in the delta will be full of water though, perfect for gliding along in your mokoro. Please note this is high season so prices will be higher.

The months from October through to February, prices will be cheaper, but temperatures will soar – you will be looking at day temperatures of 35 degrees Celcius or 95 Fahrenheit. The migratory birds will have returned and many of the animals have dropped their young, so this can also be an absolute highlight.

For updated weather forecasts across Africa, please visit www.africanweather.net

Most Popular Tours In Botswana

6 Day Botswana Accommodated Safari

- 1 week
A short Safari that starts in Victoria Falls and moves through to Botswana and the Chobe National Park and the Okavango delta. Known for their large elephant herds and multitudes of game, the Chobe is in a class of its own. The Okavango Delta is one of the last great inland wetlands in the world and will be an unforgettable experience. An incredible trip that will not fail to meet your expectations.
  • Starts: Vic Falls
  • Ends: Maun
  • Group Size: Min 2 Max 18
  • Local Payment: N/A
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2017 Rates from ZAR 8,750 pp and Activity Package ZAR 11,440 pp. 2018 Rates from ZAR 10,950 pps and Activity Package ZAR 15,620 pp

7 Day Botswana Mobile Camping Safari

1 week
This safari is perfect for those wishing to visit the best wilderness areas in Botswana in very comfortable mobile camping safari style. Starting in Kasane and ending in Maun. The Fully Serviced Safari is a non participation safari, where the safari team will carry out all the necessary camp chores to keep the safari running smoothly.
  • Starts:Kasane
  • Ends:Maun
  • Group Size: Min 2 Max 9
  • Local Payment: N/A
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From USD 2,320 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)

21 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Budget Camping Adventure

3 weeks
Between Cape Town and Victoria Falls, we go through some incredibly diverse landscapes – richly fertile winelands, arid and hauntingly beautiful deserts, dramatic canyons and tranquil lagoons. Highlights include game watching in Etosha National Park, climbing giant sand dunes in Sossusvlei, camping out in the Okavango Delta, and an overnight excursion in the Chobe National Park.
  • Starts: Cape Town
  • Ends: Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment: USD 590
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ZAR 13,900 pp and local payment USD 780 pp

7 Days Okavango Wilderness Trail Budget Accommodated Adventure

1 week
The Okavango Wilderness Trail offers a comprehensive week long small group adventure to some of the best highlights of Botswana. This tour offers incredible value with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, your journey takes you through a variety of breath-taking views and a wildlife experiences including Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This trip will leave you with unforgettable memories of close encounters in Chobe with elephants, stunning waterways of the Okavango and endangered Rhino in Khama Sanctuary. This seven day adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Africa, leaving you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this diverse continent.
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Starts:Vicoria Falls, ZimbabweJohannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group Size: Max 12
  • Rates: ZAR 12,480 pp plus USD 670 Safari Pass
  • Single Supplement: ZAR 2,240 pp
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ZAR 12,480 pp plus USD 670 Safari Pass paid locally pp

Best of Botswana – 7 Days Accommodated Adventure Safari

7 days
Discover the best of Botswana in this seven day adventure packed tour. See the great herds of elephant along the Chobe river in the Chobe National Park, seek out the lions of the Savute, wander on foot in the great Moremi, as well as visit the lagoons and islands of the Okavango Delta.
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Starts: Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends: Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Rates: ZAR 12,935 pp plus USD 415 pp Safari Pass paid local
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ZAR 12,935 pp plus USD 415 pp Safari Pass paid local

32 Day Eastern & Southern Africa Budget Camping Safari

4 weeks+
Experience Southern & Eastern Africa's culture, geography and wildlife. This adventurous trip takes you to top game parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kruger, and to unique sites as Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls. Relax at the beaches of Zanzibar and Malawi .
  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Nairobi
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment: USD 790
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From ZAR 23,100 pps and local payment USD 890 pp