Gem of Africa
Botswana has long been recognised as the ‘Gem of Africa’. Today, it even rivals the country of South Africa as the African continent’s most illustrious and high-end safari destination, and with good reason: a Botswana safari tour serves as the wondrous beginning of a brand new African adventure. In fact, the country has swiftly been shifting its tours away from lavish lodges and ultra-luxe accommodation in favour of more active safari-based itineraries coupled with comfortable yet authentically rustic camps.
When it comes to the truest and most immersive African safari experience, exploration tours to Botswana have been defined by the Okavango Delta and its standard-setting camps: Shinde and Kanana Camps serve as home to a wide range of African wildlife – some of the continent’s most stunning and exotic creatures. Kanana Camp offers a “sleepout” experience where you can stay overnight in a custom built 2 level deck with star lit views as you will only find in the remote African skies.
Stanley Camp is known all across the globe for its famous elephant interaction tours where you have the unique opportunity of enjoying lunch in the bush with the elephants.
In addition to the genuine African lodgings along the delta, Botswana is also home to the vast plains of the sprawling, semi-arid Kalahari Desert. Along its Makgadikgadi Pans, you’ll find Camp Kalahari – a 10-tent affordable alternative to the classic Jack’s Camp (also situated on the pans)……..here you will enjoy interaction with some habituated meerkats who will get “up close and personal”, using your shoulders or long range camera lens as a very convenient look out post… For the game explorers, a large number of horseback safaris are also in operation – these expeditions will take you right across the scenic pans of the Kalahari. For the most adventurous and truly fearless, the Selinda Canoe Trail effectively serves as just one memorable part of an unforgettable Botswana safari experience: this four-day trip – a 30-mile tour – will take you along the ancient and enchanting Selinda Spillway, making for a truly remarkable journey.
To the northeast of Botswana lies Chobe National Park. Home to some of the rarest species of African flora and fauna, this expansive reserve is world renowned for its massive and spectacular herds of elephants.
The Chobe floodplain provides rich grazing for the numerous animals in the park and a daily Chobe River boat cruise offers you the chance to see the animals from the water whilst they graze along the river banks and come down to the river to drink….and once you are in Chobe, you are only a one hour road transfer away from the majestic Victoria Falls.
All these areas offer a comprehensive and complete Botswana safari experience with diverse scenery and activities on offer….
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