Botswana holds the esteemed position as a conservation leader – here, where there are just over 2.5 million people, the government has been thoughtful and progressive about its conservation measures. The result is one of the last great remaining wildernesses, and the largest inland wetland in the world.
The matrix of habitats, the hydrological variation and the vast space create a wonderland of wildlife. Carefully developed to only have small-scale bush camps and difficult to access, the protected areas of Botswana remain a jewel in the safari crown. Seasonal variations in wildlife occur most notably around the Kalahari so while this itinerary does include this destination, at certain times of the year we might recommend itinerary adjustments.
Please note this is just a suggested itinerary highlighting some of the best aspects of Botswana. We can tailor any aspects of this safari to best suit your needs, feel free to talk to us to explore all of the available options.
Arrival in Maun.
Light aircraft transfer to your accommodation Kalahari Plains Camp
Light aircraft transfer to your accommodation Duba Expedition Camp
Light aircraft transfer to your accommodation Linyanti Bush Camp
Morning at Victoria Falls.
End of your safari.
Climate from October to April: these months are the country’s warm months, and you can expect it to go from hot and dry (October) to increasingly damp and humid. Rains occur at any time from November to April (or even a bit into May) and are usually in the form of afternoon rain showers, which pass quickly and are often spectacular. The season is full of renewal after the dry season: new young babies, gorgeous flowers and dramatic skies. This is also the best time to visit the Kalahari when the desert comes to life with fresh grasses and replenished waterholes.
Climate from May to September: the country’s cooler months, and in July and August it can be downright cold, even in Africa! These dry months are when the landscape is brown, water is at a premium and grasses are low. It is considered the ‘best’ time to wildlife view because of these conditions, but can also be dry and dusty, with little contrast for photography. Elephants will be congregated around the water sources in great numbers. Due to their territorial preferences, predators will be visible year-round, regardless of weather. Elephants and some ungulates will migrate regionally with the water supply.
Depending on what time of year you travel, we will recommend the best areas and camps to visit and which parts of the Serengeti National Park to go to in order to have the best chance of seeing the migration. We want to make sure that you have the best chance of seeing a lot of game - the migration is more than just wildebeest – it means predator action, and generally a huge congregation of all kinds of mammals!
From mid July to October, the migration is usually concentrated in the the northern part of the Serengeti and the wildebeest accumulate in the Mara River area. From December to March, the migration is usually located in the Southern Serengeti where the wildebeest congregate for calving season. Some of the camps (like Olakira) move twice a year to follow the migration, so will be located either in Southern or Northern Serengeti depending on when you visit. At other times of the year, the migration won't be so concentrated, but there is still plenty of game in the Serengeti - we will advise the most appropriate locations to visit.
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