Botswana offers one of the most unique safari opportunities in the world – the chance to travel along the tributaries and rivers of the Okavango Delta in a traditional dugout canoe called a Mokoro. You traverse the same waterways as all the animals and will come across elephants immersed in water up to their ears and hippos lounging in the mud.
The Mokoro usually carries one or two passengers, while your experienced guide will stand at the stern of the canoe using a long pole called an “ngashi” to push the vessel forward. The Mokoro safari is not only wildly exhilarating but also very peaceful. You’ll see a great variety of birdlife and rare glimpses of Lechwe or Sitatunga – both swamp-welling antelope – feeding by the water.
Exclusivity and Luxury
Take in the beauty of the Okavango Delta, experience the isolation and vastness of the Makgadikgadi Pans or enjoy seeing the prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park or the Kalahari Plains. What truly sets Botswana apart is the exclusivity of its safari offering and there is a exclusive portfolio of luxury camps to choose from
An expert guide in Botswana is a vital link between you and the intricacies of the natural world. They love sharing their knowledge and do so with passion and humour, making the whole journey seamless and interpretive from start to finish. The guides that we recommend are all experienced and fully trained professionals, many who are skilled photographers and can assist you in taking amazing wildlife.
Rare Wildlife Sightings and Zebra Migration
Botswana is the ultimate wildlife destination; it is a blend of unique habitats, incredible wildlife viewing opportunities and inspiring accommodation. However, quite often guests have something in particular that they really want to see, and more often than not, they are those elusive, rare species.
Moremi Game Reserve and adjoining private land concessions in the Okavango provide the perfect environment in which to see endangered wild dogs in their natural habitat – this is often an ask from guests, which I can totally understand. Botswana also has a number of other rare species which can be seen on safari including the black-maned Kalahari lion, sitatunga, puku and red lechwe antelope, brown hyena, the African skimmer and aardvark.
The Zebra migration forms in an area that is covered by the Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi Pans national parks and then goes in search of the lush grasses and waterholes of the Boteti River, before heading back again – a journey of hundreds of kilometres.
From about March to April, the herd – which can number around 25,000 animals – moves still further south and crosses into the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a place like none other in Africa as it has mile upon mile of shimmering white salt pan, stretching endlessly to the horizon. Of course, as the zebra move so do their predators and a safari to see this event is also likely to encounter lion, hyena, cheetah and the odd leopard as well.
Commitment to Conservation
Botswana is renowned for its conservation efforts to secure the African landscapes in order to protect its resident and seasonal wildlife populations. In a huge effort by a number of partners many of the key areas that are under threat are selected, which are often found next to national parks and reserve. A huge conservation effort has been put in place to save the African Rhino that is under huge threat from poaching throughout Africa.