A fully customized, private Botswana safari is without a doubt one of the greatest travel adventures in the world. The wildlife viewing opportunities in the Okavango Delta are beyond compare, with the iconic Big Five in abundance—including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Many a world traveler, having crisscrossed the globe, would consider Botswana the culmination of a life-long dream.
The owners of Safari Adventures Worldwide were pioneers in the development of the safari industry in Botswana. In 1974 they moved to Botswana from Zimbabwe and worked tirelessly with the Botswana Government and local communities, sharing the benefits of ecotourism. Their vision was to create value for local communities and the country by taking people on life-changing journeys while at the same time maximizing the positive impact on biodiversity conservation.
Located in Southern Africa, Botswana is landlocked by neighboring Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Nearly 40% of the country has been designated as national parks and wildlife reserves.
Botswana’s most distinctive feature is the Okavango Delta, and an Okavango Delta safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. One of the largest inland deltas in the world, its scale and magnificence have secured it a position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Each year, fresh rainwater flows down from Angola, into this Delta to create a wetland and wildlife wonderland unlike anywhere else on earth. It supports a huge diversity of wildlife year-round that makes for the most glorious game-viewing experience. Some of the animals you will likely encounter on your Okavango Delta safari include elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, the elusive sitatunga, and a host of plains game. In addition, with nearly 600 bird species Botswana offers unique opportunities for bird lovers as well.
In the northeast are the Chobe National Park and Linyanti reserves which possess diverse habitats that include marshes, waterways, riverine forest and dry woodlands: the perfect environment to attract large concentrations of game, particularly elephant and buffalo and all the predators.
To the South lies the Kalahari Game Reserve, one of the biggest protected areas in Africa. A Kalahari Desert safari, while not as well known as some other areas of Botswana, can offer a truly off-the-beaten-path experience. The Kalahari Plains are home to the black-maned lion and some of the best cheetah viewing in the world, particularly in the summer months when huge herds of springbok, oryx and wildebeest attract predators from all corners of the desert. At first sight, this environment appears a barren desert of rolling sand dunes but closer examination reveals grasslands, bush, scrub, tree savannah, dry riverbeds and rocky outcrops, ideal habitat for gemsbok, springbok, brown hyena, and hartebeest. During the dry season, the days are cloudless and the early mornings and evenings are cool, perfect for a safari. This arid, starkly scenic landscape is an amazing contrast to the Okavango Delta but a jewel in itself.
Climate in Botswana
The rainy season is from December to March with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 33°C (64 °F to 91°F) and the long dry season from April to November with temperatures of 6°C to 22°C (42°F to 72°F).