Situated in the southern reaches of Africa, Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas characterised by deep lagoons, wetlands, rugged hills and desert plains. The country’s primary tourist draw card is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari Desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta. These natural wonders provide a tranquil haven for an abundance of wildlife to thrive. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains, which host large prides of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills, where ancient rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.
Hainaveld & Ghanzi Farms
Days 1 - 4
The Hainaveld and Ghanzi Farms surround the north-western border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Ghanzi area is home to over 200 cattle farms and is known as the centre of Botswana’s cattle farming industry. In contrast, the Hainaveld area is renowned for its spectacular game viewing, first-class bird watching and cultural tourism. Visitors can explore local villages, learn about the ancient Kalahari hunter-gatherers, relax at a luxury lodge or spend a day on safari spotting wildlife.
Moremi Game Reserve
Days 4 - 7
Situated in the east of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve ranks as one of the most beautiful reserves in Africa. It covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and dense forest. This diverse ecosystem supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on Botswana’s national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offers visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.
Savuti - Chobe National Park
Days 7 - 10
Savuti lies in the heart of Botswana’s magnificent Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is made up of sweeping savannahs surrounded by rocky outcrops and a relic marsh. Savuti goes through wet and dry cycles, where wild dogs hunt in the dry river channel and where crocodiles swim in the deep waters. Visitors can spot abundant wildlife including a variety of birds, elephants, antelope, lion prides, hyena, cheetah and buffalo. The thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest are also a fantastic sight to witness.