Botswana Safari

Jacana Lodge, Okavango

  • Only a 30-60min charter flight from Maun to the lodge of your choice and...
    welcome to a world famous natural wonder - the watery and shimmering Okavango Delta.
  • This game-rich inland delta offers many luxurious water- or land based safari lodges
    which can easily be combined with a stay in Chobe Game Reserve and/or the Victoria Falls.
  • Also listed below, some 'off-the-beaten-track' Botswana reserves offering a remote and authentic big game safari experience

  • Stay only 2-3nights at one lodge or... if you have more time,
    do 2nights at a land-based lodge + 2nights at a water-based lodge.
    For 6nights or more, ask about our set departure guided driving tours
  • For those with even more time, consider adding on 2 nights at Victoria Falls -
    an easy 1.5hr road transfer from Chobe Riverfront.
  • November to March sees hot wet Botswana summers
    April to May great weather
    June to October is dry, wintery and PEAK SEASON

map of botswana

There are FOUR main regions to consider in Botswana:

  • 1. Okavango Delta
  • 2. Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Delta
  • 3. Linyanti and Savuti region - north of the Delta
  • 4. Chobe Riverfront - far north Botswana and gateway to Victoria Falls
  • where to stay

    First up,the well-known Delta

okavango delta

1 of 4 Botswana regions

Explore this game rich, watery maze of meandering reed channels, deep pools, tranquil lagoons and overgrown palm fringed islands as you search for big game and keep an eye open for crocodile and hippo lurking in the still waters... Luxurious land and/or water based camps are dotted across the 15000 sq km area and offer compelling game viewing excursions either by mokoro, on foot or on guided day and night game drives. 

Our FIVE favourite Delta lodges are:

  • Vumbura Plains Lodge, Okavango

    Okavango lodge 1 of 5
  • stay

    an eco-retreat of contemporary design offering excellent game density and sensational lodging 
    2 camps, each with 7 spacious suites with open lounge, outdoor shower, plunge pool & 'sala'
    a central lounge/dining area with open fire-pit deck protrudes scenically into vast floodplains 
    sumptuous and romantic retreat in an unspoilt region of the Delta, great for honeymooners
    year-round day/night drives, walks, mokoro/boating, cultural tours & seasonal fishing
  • travel

    45min charter flight from Maun
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $1075 to $2730 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar brands, 2 daily activities, park fees and laundry
    EXCLUDED premium bar brands, travel insurance, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Chitabe Camp, Okavango

    Okavango lodge 2 of 5
  • stay

    linked by walkways, 8 raised tented rooms with walk in mosquito net, shady veranda & outdoor shower 
    thatched & open sided central lounge/bar area with library, fire pit and plunge pool with views 
    situated in a private concession, on an island, with plentiful prey and a range of predators
    open grasslands, acacia woodland, shallow waterways and lots of game on day/night drives 
  • travel

    20min charter flight from Maun
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $1034 to $1864 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar brands, 2 daily activities, park fees and laundry
    EXCLUDED premium bar brands, champagne, travel insurance, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Jacana Camp, Okavango

    Okavango lodge 3 of 5
  • stay

    set on a lush, tropical island surrounded by wild palms with views across tranquil waters 
    5 raised tents with large beds, ceiling fan, balcony and glorious double outdoor shower 
    elevated main dining/lounge area with bar, plunge pool and fire-pit under starry skies 
    year-round boating/mokoro activities & dry season drives dependent on water levels
    hippo all around camp with elephant and other game best seen in the dry season
    no night drives
  • travel

    40min charter flight from Maun
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $705 to $1155 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar brands, 2 daily activities, park fees and laundry
    EXCLUDED premium bar brands, travel insurance, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Nxabega Tented Camp

    Okavango lodge 4 of 5
  • stay

    9 elegant safari tents on platforms with breathtaking views of the ever-changing Delta 
    central lounge/dining/bar area with pool overlooks open channels in front of camp 
    water & land adventures on day/night drives, mokoro/powerboat cruises & bush walks
    good for green season viewing and offers water & land activities all year-round
  • travel

    25min charter flight or 25min helicopter transfer from Maun
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $835 to $1750 per person sharing per night
    high season jun-oct
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar, game drive & refreshments, laundry, medical evacuation insurance, VAT, airstrip transfers & park fees.
    EXCLUDED landing fees, premium bar, landing fees, travel insurance and staff gratuities
  • Machaba Lodge, Khwai River

    Okavango lodge 5 of 5
  • stay

    10 airy & luxurious riverside tents with bathroom, living area and outdoor showers
    classic 1950's style camp (owner operated) offering game viewing from your tent
    central, tented area with library, swimming pool and picturesque river views 
    affordable luxury & a classical tented safari with day/night guided drives

  • travel

    30min charter flight from Maun + 20min road transfer
  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $590 to $1055 per person sharing per night
    high season jun-oct
    INCLUDED all meals, laundry, Khwai airstrip transfers, local bar, levies & taxes
    EXCLUDED premium bar brands, charter flights, travel insurance and staff gratuities

Moving on into the heart of the Delta

moremi game reserve

2 of 4 Botswana regions

Within the heart of the Delta, the Moremi is at its most beautiful between April to June (right before peak season rates...) when the slowly trickling flood waters has transformed the barren plains into sparkling waterways spectacularly dotted with water lily ponds. Large numbers of game migrate towards these abundant waters and peaks from July to end October when huge herds congregate around smaller remaining watering holes. Being a public park, night drives and off roading is not allowed here but Chief's Island lies at the centre of the Moremi and becomes home to enormous numbers during high water season as herds literally get trapped here. And with such a high concentration of game, night drives are probably not necessary... 

Take a look at THREE fabulous lodges here:

  • Mombo Camp, Moremi

    Moremi lodge 1 of 3
  • stay

    9 spacious en-suite tents, on 2m high decks, with veranda, indoor/outdoor showers & sala 
    enormous concentrations of plains game and predators found literally on camp's doorstep
    central thatched lounge/bar/dining area with boma, 2 plunge pools and a gym with VIEWS
    large prides of lion, all the cats, large herds of buffalo, elephant, rhino & giraffe
    luxurious seclusion in this sumptuous flagship camp in the heart of the Delta
    no night drives due to being located within Moremi Reserve borders

  • travel

    55min charter flight from Maun

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $1990 to $3502 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar brands, 2 daily activities, park fees and laundry
    EXCLUDED premium bar brands, champagne, insurance, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Chief's Camp, Moremi

    Moremi lodge 2 of 3
  • stay

    nestled in a woodland, 10 spacious pavilions with bath, outdoor shower and deck with pool
    also a 6 sleeper suite with private ranger/vehicle, butler, chef, housekeeper and pool deck 
    sumptuous four poster beds, draped mosquito nets, ceiling fans and floodplain views
    elevated central bar/lounge area - lower deck with dining room, pool and fire-pit
    views change from dry flood plain teeming with game to a lush & tranquil lagoon 
    excellent game viewing on guided day drives and seasonal mokoro excursions
    no night drives due to being located within Moremi Reserve borders
  • travel

    25min charter flight from Maun

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $1295 to $2985 per person per night
    high season jul-aug & 21dec-5jan
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar, game activities, park fees, laundry, emergency medical evacuation and airstrip transfers
    EXCLUDED premium ba, spa, heli-trips, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Camp Moremi, Moremi

    Moremi lodge 3 of 3
  • stay

    a hidden gem, set under a lush green canopy overlooking a water lily fringed lagoon 
    11 safari tents on raised teak platform with private facilities and viewing deck 
    elegant thatched lounge/dining/bar area with library, pool and thatched boma 
    an authentic safari experience offering land/water based game activities
    no night drives due to being located within Moremi Reserve borders

  • travel

    40min charter flight from Maun

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $579 to $999 per person per night
    high season jul-oct
    INCLUDED all meals, local bar, game activities, medical evacuation insurance, park fees/levies and laundry
    EXCLUDED premium bar, charter flights, transfers and staff gratuities

And then, we go off-the-beaten-track

Linyanti and savuti

3 of 4 Botswana regions

Most visitors normally head from the Delta into Chobe National Park but, hold on, for an even MORE remote and exclusive safari experience, take a look at the wild frontiers of Selinda Reserve and the neighbouring Linyanti region. Until recently set aside for hunting only but now, with the hunters long gone, wildlife has returned in great numbers and has put this off-the-beaten-track firmly on the big game safari map. Enormous herds of elephants pass through in the dry season along with a multitude of grazer game spending winter here before migrating east towards the Savute for summer. And hot on their trail, hungry predators like lion, cheetah, hyena, wild dog and even leopard. Shared by few, the region offers some surprisingly fabulous lodges but, with most lodges being rather small and intimate, book EARLY to get in - and go remote...

THREE favourite wilderness lodges are:

  • Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve

    Linyanti lodge 1 of 3
  • stay

    envisioned as the ultimate luxury tented safari camp offering the most excellent wildlife encounters 
    4 immense and sumptuous tented suites raised on wooden decking with panoramic lagoon views
    copper bath, fireplace, polished floors, rugs, plunge pool and indoor/outdoor showers
    telescope and complimentary use of Swarovski binoculars and a Canon 5D SLR camera 
    remote and exclusive - dramatic landscapes - day/night drives and lagoon cruises 

  • travel

    45min charter flight from Maun

  • rate

    rates 2019 
    tented suites from $1460 to $2900 per person per night
    Dhow Suites from $7008 to $13920 per night for 4adults
    high season 15jun to 31oct
    include all meals, local bar brands, 2 daily activities, park fees, laundry and air strip transfers 
    exclude $15 pp per night levy, spa, premium bar, travel insurance, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Duma Tau, Linyanti

    Linyanti lodge 2 of 3
  • stay

    re-opens 31july 2020
    set on a lagoon and dramatically centred between two elephant highways
    10 luxurious riverside tents on raised wooden decks linked by elevated walkways
    an expansive dining/lounge area with pool, floating fire pit and sweeping lagoon/river views 
    a haven for wildlife on land and water, offering both day/night game drives & river cruises
    in the midst of the hunting grounds of lion and the critically endangered wild dog
  • travel

    55min charter flight from Maun

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $1015 to $1927 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, local bar brands, 2 daily activities, park fees and laundry 
    exclude premium bar brands, champagne, travel insurance, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Savuti Camp, Linyanti

    Linyanti lodge 3 of 3
  • stay

    in a remote part of the Linyanti with elevated front row seats to the resurgent Savute Channel
    stopped flowing between 1980 & 2008 but now a deep, clear waterway with hippo & aquatic life 
    raised off the ground and facing onto the channel, 7 spacious walk-in tents with bathrooms 
    a raised central thatched dining area with plunge pool, large viewing area and fire pit
    abundant game, dense dry-season concentrations of elephant and spectacular birding 

  • travel

    55min charter flight from Maun

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $770 to $1595 per person per night
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, local bar brands, 2 daily activities, park fees and laundry 
    exclude premium bar brands, champagne, travel insurance, charter flights and staff gratuities

And finally Chobe Riverfront - gateway to Victoria Falls.

Chobe Riverfront

4 of 4 Botswana regions

Situated in northern Botswana and the most northern tip of Chobe National Park. The lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area is known for its enormous herds of elephant and buffalo. Not the wild big game safari experience like the more remote lodges mentioned above, but memorable sundowner cruises along the Chobe River offer magnificent photo opportunities of hippo ambling onto dry land and a riverfront that spectacularly fills up with animals gathering to drink. 

THREE great places to stay here are:

  • Chobe Game Lodge, Riverfront

    Riverfront lodge 1 of 3
  • stay

    the only permanent lodge within park, overlooking Chobe River and only a 2hr transfer from Vic Falls 
    47 river facing, air con rooms with overhead fans, mini bar, en-suite bathrooms & private terrace 
    and 4 exclusive river view suites, each with a separate lounge area and private plunge pool 
    large central area with swimming pool terrace, riverside boma, in-house beautician and gym
    guided game drives (can get busy in season), game viewing by boat and sunset cruises

  • travel

    fly 1hr45min JNB/Kasane or 1hr40min charter flight from Maun + 15min road transfer

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $863 to $1250 per person sharing
    high season jul-oct
    include all meals, local bar brands, mini bar, scheduled activities, laundry, emergency medical evacuation insurance, park fees/levies and Kasane airport transfers 
    exclude premium bar brands, charter flights and staff gratuities
  • Ngoma Lodge, Chobe Forest Reserve

    Riverfront lodge 2 of 3
  • stay

    set well away from the busy Chobe riverfront in quiet area a 1 hour drive from Kasane Airport
    situated within Chobe Forest Reserve and overlooks the Chobe River and its open floodplains
    only 8 spacious thatched river suites - 2 of which have day beds and may be used as triple
    all suites with aircon, bath, indoor/outdoor showers, lounge and sundeck with plunge pool
    game viewing from suite can include Chobe elephants, migrating zebra & grazing buffalo
    central restaurant/lounge/bar area with sundeck, pool and floodplain and river views
    do day and night game drives, guided walks, birding and game viewing by river boat
    2 night stay includes full day safari: a Chobe drive, river cruise & picnic lunch 

  • travel

    1hr road transfer from Kasane airport

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from $565 to $975 per person sharing
    high season jun-oct
    include all meals, Kasane/Kazangula return transfers, local bar brands, laundry, up to 4 daily activities, park fees and levy
    exclude exclude premium bar brands, private game vehicles, private transfers and staff gratuities
    member of pack for a purpose so save space and bring much needed supplies for schools and clinics
  • Chobe Princesses, Riverfront houseboats

    Riverfront lodge 3 of 3
  • stay

    based on the eastern tip of the Caprivi Strip - so actually operating on Namibia side
    3 houseboats sleeping 10 adults max in 4/5 double or twin aircon en-suite cabins
    explore the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers with 3 tender boats for daily excursions 
    modern shower, toilet, hand basin and large sliding windows for river views
    huge herds of elephant often cross the river in front of these houseboats 
    non-stop game viewing as docking sites overlook prime game habitat
    buffalo, lion, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu & leopard
  • travel

    complimentary transfer from Kasane airport (incl river boat to Namibian passport control)

  • rate

    rates 2019 - from R11 550 to R15 356 per person sharing for 2 nights (set departure days Mon and Wed)
    high season mar-nov
    include all meals, local wines, Kasane return transfers (incl boat crossing to Namibian border post)
    exclude premium bar brands, Chobe National Park Game Drive and staff gratuities

  • Victoria Falls - note

    Chobe Riverfront to Victoria Falls is only a 1.5hr road transfer
    so either start in Vic Falls - followed by a Botswana safari
    or end the safari with 2 blissful nights in Vic Falls

itinerary ideas

Below some ideas of what can be done - but YOU decide.
Travel when YOU want to - choose YOUR favourite lodge
and combine destinations as YOU wish.
Take a look:

8 nights - Cape Town and Okavango

day 1
arrive Cape Town and stay 5nights
(or more if time allows)
 
day 6
fly direct 2.5hr Cape Town/Maun
charter flight Maun to lodge
short transfer to lodge for 3night safari
 
day 9
return charter flight lodge to Maun
fly 1hr45m Maun to Johannesburg
fly out of JNB

14 nights - Cape Town, Winelands and Okavango

day 1
arrive Cape Town and stay for 8nights
 
day 9
1hr self drive to Franschhoek winelands and stay for 3nights 

day 12
drive 1hr to Cape Town airport and drop rental car
fly 2.5hr direct Cape Town to Maun Botswana
charter flight Maun to lodge
transfer to lodge for 3night safari

day 15
return charter flight lodge to Maun
fly 1hr45m Maun to Johannesburg
fly out of JNB

12 nights - Cape Town, Vic Falls and Okavango

day 1
arrive Cape Town and stay for 5nights
 
day 6 
1hr self drive to winelands and stay for 2nights 

day 8
drive 1hr to Cape Town airport and drop rental car 
fly 2hr45m direct Cape Town to Victoria Falls
transfer to hotel or lodge and stay for 2nights

day 10
1.5hr road transfer to Kasane Airport, Botswana
1hr-1.5hr charter flight Kasane to Okavango and stay 3nights

day 13
30-60min charter flight lodge to Maun
fly 1hr45m Maun/Johannesburg
fly out of JNB

14 nights - Namibia, Vic Falls, Botswana & Cape Town

day1
arrive Johannesburg Airport and overnight to rest up

day2
fly 2hr Johannesburg to Windhoek
charter flight Windhoek to lodge
short transfer to lodge
stay 2 nights Namibia

day4
return charter flight lodge to Windhoek
fly1.5hr Windhoek to Victoria Falls
transfer to lodge or hotel
stay 2 nights Vic Falls

day6
1.5hr road transfer Vic Falls to Kasane Airport, Botswana
1hr charter flight Kasane to Okavango Delta
 transfer to lodge
stay 3 nights Botswana

day9
30min charter flight to Maun
fly 2.5hr Maun to Cape Town
end your holiday with 5nights in beautiful Cape Town
or stay as long as you want!

  • Beautiful botswana

    a trip for the senses...
Tubu Lodge, Okavango
'We visited 2 different lodges in Botswana and you were spot on with your suggestions - luxurious accommodation, friendly staff and excellent game viewing at both! Just delightful - thank you, Daniel!!!!'
David and David, USA


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