Welcome to Botswana, one of Africa's last pure wildernesses, where wildlife roams freely and untamed, offering an authentic safari experience. Botswana's reputation as a premium safari destination might be intimidating for first-time travellers. However, the Botswana Highlights Safari, is a meticulously crafted journey that ensures accessibility without compromising on the awe-inspiring wonders of this remarkable country.
Safari Guru's Botswana Highlights Safari combines three-safari camp adventures exploring three iconic biomes: the Okavango Delta's waterways, land-based Delta safaris, and the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans.
Add an optional extension to the breathtaking Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, adding an extra touch of enchantment to your journey.
The Botswana Highlights Safari offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the untamed wilderness of Botswana in all its glory. From the tranquil waterways of the Okavango Delta to the diverse landscapes of the Moremi Game Reserve and the surreal beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans, this safari is carefully crafted to immerse you in the wonders of nature.
Botswana Highlights Safari is a 9 to 12-night itinerary ideal for couples or small groups seeking an authentic safari holiday while enjoying some of Southern Africa's best experiences.
While the Okavango may not be what you have in your mind's eye when you think of a safari; still, it is home to the big 5, many other predators, plains game and hundreds of species of animals and birds. It also offers the chance to spot creatures seldom seen elsewhere, such as sitatunga, Pels fishing owl, wild dog and the ever so majestic wattled cranes.
A journey to the Makgadikgadi Pans is a pilgrimage to an extraordinary desert oasis, where nature's wonders and cultural heritage intertwine. Spanning over 6,000 square kilometres, these shimmering salt flats form one of the largest salt pan complexes in the world, yet, contrary to its barren appearance, the Makgadikgadi Pans teem with wildlife, particularly during the wet season.
Come, be captivated by the rich wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and the authenticity that Botswana has to offer. Contact the team at Safari Guru for more information on this extraordinary adventure, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 1-3: Arrival and Okavango Delta Waterways
Upon your arrival in Botswana, you will be greeted by our friendly airport personnel and transferred by light aircraft to your luxurious water camp, Setari Camp in the Okavango Delta.
This stunning camp, resembling an enormous treehouse, offers a magical start to your Okavango Safari experience.
At Setari Camp, you will discover the true essence of the Okavango Delta. Explore the intricate network of waterways aboard traditional mokoros, gliding past reed-filled channels and observing the magnificent elephants, hippos, and a plethora of bird species that call this place home. Embark on guided walking safaris, venturing deep into the delta's wilderness, where you'll have the chance to encounter wildlife on foot and gain a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystem.
After each exhilarating day, return to the camp for well-deserved relaxation and sumptuous meals. Setari Camp offers exceptional comfort and elegance with its eight exclusive, light and airy tents. Each tent is a blend of understated luxury and relaxed stylish furnishings, featuring indoor/outdoor showers and deep free-standing baths. You'll enjoy a twin share accommodation on an all-inclusive basis, and your private deck will offer breathtaking views of the Okavango Delta's spectacular sunsets and sunrises.
Day 4-6: Land-Based Delta Safaris at Seba Camp
Experience the transition from waterways to land as we bid farewell to Setari Camp's tranquil beauty and embark on an exhilarating land-based safari adventure, including drives and walks.
From Setari Camp, we venture to Seba Camp, located in a famous private area of Botswana. Renowned for its dramatic wildlife viewing opportunities, this area has served as a base for elephant behaviour research and wildlife filmmakers. At Seba Camp, you'll have the opportunity to further immerse yourself in the wonders of the land-based safari experience.
Traverse vast open savannahs, expansive floodplains, and enchanting woodlands as you venture on thrilling game drives, and track and locate Africa's famous wildlife, including the elusive leopard and, if luck is on your side, the critically endangered African wild dog.
Prepare to also encounter prides of majestic lions, herds of mighty buffalo, graceful giraffes, and an array of captivating wildlife that call this untamed land home. With its unique location and varied habitats, Seba Camp also offers sightings of giraffes, zebras, buffalos, impalas, tsessebe, lechwe, and wildebeest. The diverse birdlife is equally astounding, making it a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.
Each of the eight well-appointed guest tents at Seba Camp features vibrant decor, celebrating the diverse ethnic people of Botswana.
Day 7-9: Makgadikgadi Pans: A Surreal Safari Experience
Next, we venture to the vast and surreal landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans, where salt pans stretch as far as the eye can see. Time your visit to experience the extraordinary annual zebra migration, a spectacle that rivals the wildebeest migration in East Africa. Your final stop in this exciting safari adventure is Camp Kalahari, providing a unique opportunity to explore the expansive pans on 4x4 game drives, spotting elusive predators, desert-adapted wildlife and marvelling at the raw beauty of this starkly contrasting environment.
During the dry season, you may have the opportunity to interact with a meerkat colony and gain insight into their fascinating social dynamics, embark on thrilling quad bike adventures across the seemingly endless salt pans, feeling the exhilaration as you speed across the vast expanse. Or saddle up for a horse riding excursion amidst the migrating herds, allowing you to witness the wildlife from a unique and intimate perspective. At night, retire to your luxury camp and be enchanted by the silence and serenity of the desert.
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the San people and embark on an extraordinary journey of discovery. Join them on bushman walks, where you'll learn about their exceptional survival skills, intricate knowledge of the natural environment, and profound spiritual connection to the land. Engage in conversations with the San people, listening to their stories and gaining insights into their way of life that has remained unchanged for millennia.
There are limited accommodation options in the Makgadikgadi and Central Kalahari, and the only other camps offering similar experiences include; Jack's Camp and San Camp.
A Majestic Finale: Victoria Falls Extension
For those craving an additional dose of natural wonder, we offer an optional extension to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Prepare to be awestruck by the sheer power and grandeur of "The Smoke that Thunders" as the falls create an awe-inspiring spectacle of mist and rainbows. This majestic wonder will serve as the perfect complement to your Botswana safari, providing an unforgettable climax to your African adventure.
Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Victoria Falls as you witness the mesmerising spray and hear the thunderous roar of cascading water. The sheer magnitude of this natural wonder will leave you in awe as rainbows dance in the mist, creating a magical atmosphere that is truly unforgettable.
Embrace a variety of activities that showcase the splendour of Victoria Falls. Take guided walks along the winding trails that offer different vantage points and breathtaking views of the falls. Cruise along the mighty Zambezi River, immersing yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings while keeping an eye out for wildlife along the banks. For adventurous souls, exhilarating experiences like bungee jumping or helicopter rides provide a thrilling perspective of this iconic landmark.
During your stay at Ilala Lodge, immerse yourself in the comfort and elegance of your chosen room style. Select from the Deluxe Wing, the Garden Wing, or the Pool Wing, each offering a unique experience tailored to your preferences.
There are many other guest houses, lodges and hotel options in Victoria Falls; allow Safari Guru to share some variety and choose the best fit for your budget, preferred activities and the additional time you want to relax.
The Botswana Highlights Safari offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the untamed wilderness of Botswana in all its glory. From the tranquil waterways of the Okavango Delta to the diverse landscapes of the Moremi Game Reserve and the surreal beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans, this safari is carefully crafted to immerse you in the wonders of nature. With an optional extension to Victoria Falls, you can add an extra touch of enchantment to your journey. Come, be captivated by the rich wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and the authenticity that Botswana has to offer. Join us on this extraordinary adventure, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Botswana Highlights Safari is availbale all year round, and different travel times would offer varied results in weather, local conditions and wildlife sightings. Consult with your Safari Guru Travel Professional for guidance, or visit our Best Time to Visit Botswana and Visit Victoria Falls pages for more information.
The itinerary includes; shared accommodation, twice daily safari activities, flights ex Maun, Kasane and Victoria Falls, transfers, all meals, local drinks and park fees. A Sunset River Cruise and a Private Guided Tour of Victoria Falls.
Not included; gratuities, visa costs (if required), local curio purchases or travel insurance, local flight to Maun, and local flight from Victoria Falls. This tour starts in Maun, and ends in Victoria Falls, but we can assist you with booking your flights you require.
Additional destinations can be added either before or after this itinerary. Botswana and Zimbabwe connects well with South Africa and Zambia.
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