"We had a great time, and the guides were very helpful and knowledgeable", Tim Shaw
"I might have left Botswana, but it still lives within me", Deon De Villiers
52,800㎢ Arid Wilderness
Undoubtedly one of the premium safari destinations on the entire planet Botswana is all about exclusivity and indulgence. Botswana comprises a few iconic safari, or experiential travel locations, but none as prominent as the Okavango Delta; a World Heritage Site which was listed in June 2014.
The Okavango Delta is one of the wealthiest biodiversities which Africa has to offer, with healthy populations of all well-known and sought-after mammal species, over 400 bird species and an abundant population of aquatic life, of which quite a few are endemic to the area. A journey to Botswana would not be complete with a trip into the Okavango Delta to explore it's hidden waterways which are ever evolving as a living ecosystem.
The Linyanti Concession is located in northern Botswana which holds some the most significant populations of the elephant on the planet. the Linyanti is a vast expanse of wilderness offering guest the contrast of wooded savannah safari to that of perennial waterways which can team with wildlife during the drier months. The famous Savuti channel forms a significant boundary into the Linyanti and holds tales of nature that frequent books and documentaries.
The central area of Botswana is definitely for the experiential traveller who seeks more than just a wildlife fiesta. The central area which comprises of the Central Kalahari and the Mkgadighadi are home to Botswana's infamous Koi San people and the much-loved meercats. The centre of Botswana is also home to the largest remaining populations of cheater that Africa has to offer.
All areas of Botswana are suitable for family travel and offer great diversity for boating, mekoro which is the traditional dugout canoe, walking and vehicle-based wildlife viewing. Botswana boasts a number of remarkable properties, and one of which is Mombo Camp which has been named the worlds number one property on many locations and also has been used for a number of wildlife documentaries of which the most well known is "Eye of the Leopard, which featured the famous Legadima. Legadima died a few years back, but her progeny are still roaming strong, and very few Mombo visitors are not rewarded with at least one of her family member interactions.
Botswana safari itineraries compliment well with the Victoria Falls from either Zimbabwe or Zambia and have daily scheduled flights into both Cape Town and Johannesburg for international connections.
Botswana was home for my beautiful family and me for six years, so I have a real passion, and a wealth of knowledge I wish to share with you on this fabulous safari destination.
Located just off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango, Mombo is considered the most fertile area in the Delta, with its mix of habitats attracting large herds followed by numbers and varieties of predators.
This recently-rebuilt camp maintains the integrity of its pristine environment through the use of natural materials, minimal human footprint and 100% solar status.
Elevated on wooden decks beneath towering shade trees, Mombo overlooks a floodplain teeming with game. Elegant, expansive guest tents celebrate Mombo traditions while a large deck and plunge pool are ideal vantage points from which to observe the passing wildlife.
Chitabe Lediba is located on the same island as its sister camp, Chitabe. The main area and pool enjoy glorious views over the surrounding floodplains and small lediba (remnant lagoon waterhole), where a variety of game comes to drink during the day. The area, with outstanding wildlife, is explored on guided walks or day and night game drives.
Canvas tented-style rooms are built on raised decks with luxurious and tasteful interiors. The en-suite bathrooms have double vanity basins and indoor and outdoor showers offering spectacular views. There are two family units, one (for older children) with an adjoining front deck and the other (for youngsters) with an adjoining corridor; each family room has its own en-suite facilities.
Built to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s, the renowned and totally brand new Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 acre private reserve typifies the region’s unique landscape. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains.
Guests will be able to enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area.
This is the place where lions and buffalo meet!
Luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area that is a mix of water and dry land. The wildlife is diverse, so that both land and water activities on vehicles, mekoro and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience.
Vumbura Plains comprises two satellite camps, each with its own main area with an expansive vista across the floodplains.
Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, an area linking the Okavango Delta and the Chobe/Savute corridors.
Its villa, the Dhow Suites, consist of two tents and private main area and operates entirely independently of main camp. Few camps rival the location of this little gem, Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property. Overlooking the crystal waters Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the famous Savute Channel, every area of camp has a magnificent view. The lagoon is also the water source for a tremendous population of wildlife – dry season sightings boast buffalo and elephant by the hundreds.
Situated on an immense pan, Kalahari Plains lies in a remote corner of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a place famed for vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators – including legendary black-maned Kalahari lions and feisty honey badgers.
Game drives unlock wildlife treasures while respectful San Bushman experiences provide insights into a unique culture.
Interact and experience traditional San Bushman culture in a respectful, authentic manner.
DumaTau, on the banks of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon, is located close to the source of the Savute Channel, between two elephant corridors, offering an exclusive combination of land and river experiences. Wildlife is viewed during game drives, on nature walks, and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti River (levels permitting).
The tented units (eight twin and two family) are raised off the ground with window-like netting providing a sense of space and dramatic views of the river. The architecture and interiors evoke a bygone age of exploration, carried through the main areas and ending on a floating fire deck. The Star Bed at Zibadianja Lagoon offers a thrilling perspective of the African bush at night.
Savuti is set on the productive Savute Channel – a refuge for a variety of wildlife and a fascinating natural phenomenon: When dry, it is a rich feeding ground and corridor between the mopane woodlands for both plains game and predators. When the waters flow, game congregates around it in numbers. Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks and boating (water levels permitting).
Canvas-and-thatch tents (including a family unit) and main area extend outwards on raised decks, facing the Savute Channel. A log-pile hide and a sunken hide provide unique settings to watch wildlife at the water's edge.
Mobile tented safaris in Botswana are without a doubt a fabulous way to explore one of Africa's last unspoilt Wilderness areas.
Letaka Safaris is a citizen-owned safari company that has been operating in Botswana since October 2000. The founding directors, known locally as the Letaka Brothers, have over 40 years of combined guiding experience and have been guiding safaris full-time in Botswana since the mid-'90s. Today they employ seven fulltime guides and are renowned for having some of the most highly experienced mobile safari guides in Botswana.
Set in age-old riverine forest, Abu Camp offers the extraordinary privilege of interacting with African elephants: meeting the individuals, walking with them and being part of a herd makes this a unique experience. Game drives, walks (on request) and mokoro trips take in the diversity of game in the area.
Abu’s six luxurious, explorer-style tents blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings. Each has a tree-shaded deck with a private plunge pool overlooking a lagoon.
Abu’s one-of-a-kind Star Bed is set over the Abu Herd’s boma and guests can spend a night here, being lulled to sleep listening to the elephants’ rumbling snores below.
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