LUXURY SAFARI BOTSWANA – Jewel in The Crown

LUXURY SAFARI BOTSWANA –  you know that the seasonal flood have arrived  when you see verdant landscapes scattered with palms, hippo- studded lakes, prancing ostriches and  swaying elephants.  The sheer quantity of wildlife here increases the chance of spotting once-in-a-lifetime scenes so, bring your camera – and a sense of adventure.

Luxury Safari Botswana, Elephants, Botswana, Chobe, Kasane, Luxury Family Holiday © Jean-Louis Vandevivère

Luxury safari Botswana are generally exclusive, in private reserves. The Okavango Delta supports a large concentrations of animals on both a permanent and seasonal basis. Through careful wildlife management it has become perhaps one of the best places to see animals and birds in Africa.  From the early stages Botswana’s government declared a low impact high income tourism policy, the game is abundant and tourists are few. They have taken the brave decision to ban all hunting of wild animals for sport and dedicated their army to anti-poaching – last year they lost just 100 elephants when other parts of Africa lost thousands. There is now a huge initiative moving forward which will see over 100 rhinos relocated from unsafe areas in South Africa to Botswana’s wildlife haven, the Okavango Delta.


“Unfetted by fences, Botswana has one of the greatest movements of wildlife on the planet with millions of animals that travel in vast herds across the plains of the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta.”


Botswana  is a country roughly half the size of France with a population of just 1.8 million which makes the wildlife the real ‘king of the jungle’ creating a real luxury safari experience. Botswana’s lodges really get it right – they offer top guides, the best food and extraordinary locations for a higher price than in other parts of Africa, but this has allowed them to keep their areas truly wild, pristine and untouched.   Unfetted by fences, Botswana has one of the greatest movements of wildlife on the planet with millions of animals that travel in vast herds across the plains of the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta has an extraordinary network of waterways fed by rains from Angola with their swaying reeds and tall grasses.  Fly above the Makgadikgadi engaging in a glorious bird’s eye view of mile upon mile of shimmering white salt pan that stretches endlessly to the horizon.  The national parks and private game reserves cover nearly half of the country – and form a unique range of ecosystems which support a rich diversity of plant, bird and animal life.

For all the reasons mentioned above a Luxury Safari Botswana offers a thrilling, exciting and exhilarating experience, everything is so wild that you could spend hours seeing nothing, before rounding a corner to find a leopard on a kill, a herd of elephants, a pride of lions or if you’re really quick a cheetah.  This is why safari enthusiasts indulge in Botswana, and why people return on numerous occasions for their safari fix.

A lodge we think you will like!

Chiefs Camp, Botswana – Luxury Safari Botswana

Over the past 17 years , Chief’s Camp has earned itself a reputation as one of Botswana’s premier safari lodges.  But not content to rest on its laurels, it has recently undergone a wholesale renovation by its owner, Sanctuary Retreats.  As you approach Chiefs Camps you will enjoy the fragrance of wild sage bushes, you may spot a rare Verreaux’s eagle-owl, a troop of Chacma baboons or a herd of elephants enjoying a midday bath.  You will notice the zebras and impalas will flee your path as you drive up to Chiefs Camp in one of the Sanctuary’s open air 4x4s. The large rooms have, standalone pavilions, each with their own outdoor plunge pool, poised on expansive decks. On-site guest experiences include evening talk by outside speakers and guides, and a children’s education area where among other things, plaster moulds of lions paws can be  explored to allow families to immerse themselves in the Delta.  Couples will be lavished in luxury, from the communal pool and its designer daybeds, to the full – service bar, spa and gym.

But to enjoy all that a luxury safari, Botswana has to offer, guests will have to stay a while, because much of their time will be spent out on morning and afternoon excursions, which come as part and parcel of any Sanctuary stay or guests can take mokoro canoe trips from the lodge’s deck, between morning and afternoon game drives to ensure they don’t miss a thing.  Guests at these camps also get exclusive access to Sanctuary Retreats ‘Walking With Elephants experience, a partnership with the Living With Elephants Foundation, founded by Doug and Sandi Groves.  The Groves are custodians of three orphaned elephants saved from culling in Zimbabwe and South Africa.  Sanctuary guests can walk among them, in an effort to educate people about the plight of the African elephant.

When we think you should go – Best time to visit Botswana – Luxury Safari Botswana

The Okavango is flooded from June to October. The Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe are Botswana’s most popular parks. The best time to visit them is from May to September, during the dry season and winter, resulting in more moderate temperatures.

September and October are dry, hot and dusty with not much in the way of bird watching but also not many mosquitoes and less vegetation. This means this is often considered the best time to visit Botswana as wildlife clusters around the diminished waterholes, and there is little greenery to block the fantastic scenes.

How to get there

Flights are via Johannesburg with British Airways or South African Airways.

 

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