Botswana

Kalahari, Okavango, Moremi, Savuti, Selinda, Chobe, Khwai

…where an intrepid guide led us to wondrous sightings of African Wild Dogs, cheetahs, and a pride where a lioness dragged a roan antelope to feed seven hungry cubs.
Melinda, Berkeley, CA

Botswana MapFrom our first visits in the early 80’s when there were only a handful of simple, rustic camps, we at Next Adventure have loved Botswana. The country remains a wildlife haven and now it’s easier to appreciate its flora and fauna and enjoy the contrast between lush paradise of the Okavango Delta and the stark beauty of the Kalahari Desert from the comfort of an exclusive camp and lodge.

Each year floodwater flows into the Okavango from its source in the moist central African highlands over a thousand kilometers away into the Kalahari Desert where it creates a unique wetland sustaining a huge diversity of wildlife and fabulous bird life.

To the north-east of the Okavango Delta are the Chobe and Linyanti Game Reserves with marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and the world-famous Savute Channel – areas renowned for predators and large concentrations of game, particularly elephant. The grasslands of the Kalahari together with the lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi saltpans are in total contrast to the verdant, game-rich Okavango and Linyanti regions.

  • Kili  McGowan's photo
  • Kili  McGowan's photo
  • Red Lechwe
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  • Kili  McGowan's photo
  • Kili  McGowan's photo
  • Yellow-billed Stork
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  • Malachite Kingfisher
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  • Kili  McGowan's photo
  • Kili  McGowan's photo

    Accommodations in Botswana

    Botswana today offers stylish and exclusive accommodation in permanent tented camps and safari lodges dotted throughout the Delta, Chobe/Linyanti and the Kalahari adjacent to parks and reserves or in private concession areas. Please see a few examples below.


    Duba Expedition Camp Okavango Delta

    Little Vumbura Okavango Delta

    Mombo Camp Okavango Delta

    Selinda Camp Linyanti

    Selinda Explorers Camp Selinda Reserve


    Botswana: the lush paradise of the Okavango Delta contrasts exquisitely with the stark silence of the Kalahari Desert and yet both are full of wildlife and birdlife. Botswana’s low-volume/high-revenue tourism policy and stable democracy have made it a shining star for sustainable tourism while ensuring that visitors have a exclusive wilderness experience.

    Botswana is home to some of the most luxurious and unique safari destinations in all of Africa. Next Adventure is proud to partner with Wilderness Safaris, Great Plains Conservation, Uncharted Africa, Desert & Delta Camps, Ker & Downey Botswana, Kwando Safaris, Sanctuary Retreats, African Bush Camps, Mashatu and many other independent camps and lodges in Botswana. We have a long working relationship all of these providers, have visited most camps personally and have celebrated over 30 years of operations in Botswana!

    Selinda Canoe trail

    Selinda Canoe trail

    Louise and Kili McGowan have visited almost all the camps and lodges in Botswana and can expertly arrange your visit to these areas on a tailor-made basis. We also specialize in combining your safari in Botswana with the Kalahari Desert or other destinations in Southern Africa.


    Kalahari Bushman Walk

    KALAHARI DESERT

    This ‘desert’ is actually covered with vegetation including stunted thorn and scrub bush, trees and grasslands. The largely unchanging flat terrain is occasionally interrupted by gently descending valleys, sand dunes and large numbers of pans. The pans fill with water during the rainy season, attracting a horde of wild game and they drain in the dry season, creating a visible transition in the flora and fauna in an area that few would want to miss.


    Selinda Canoe trail

    OKAVANGO DELTA

    In the North-west, the Okavango River flows in from the highlands of Angola and soaks into the sands, forming the 15,000 sq. km network of water channels, lagoons, swamps and islands. The Okavango is the largest inland delta system in the world a bit smaller than Israel or half of Switzerland, forming a labyrinth of channels, lagoons and river lets.


    Morning at our first camp - Xaxanaka

    MOREMI GAME RESERVE

    The lush grasslands are a home to a teeming variety of antelope and other animals including Warthog, Mongoose, Spotted genets, Monkeys, Bushbabies and Tree Squirrels. Seen from the comfort of open tour vehicles or lounge areas in lodges, the Botswana experience is unparalleled for its ability to provide an intimate encounter with nature. Explore its unique pockets such as Xakanaxa, Chief’s Island and Eastern Moremi.
    The warthog got away - Savuti

    SAVUTI AREA

    An area with distinctive character, Savuti is characterized by the Mababe depression. Marked by the Magwikwe Sand ridge, the geologically unusual Savuti channel acts as a magnet to all sorts of game and rare vegetation that’s a testament to Savuti channel’s dynamic biodiversity.


    CUSTOM SAFARIS

    At a minimum, one needs at least five nights to visit two areas in the Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve. To include Chobe or Savuti /Linyanti, the typical safari is usually 7-10 days for a good visit and might involve three or four camps. Other areas of Botswana, such as the Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, can also be combined with the Chobe, Okavango and Moremi areas.The gateways for Botswana safaris are Maun (from Johannesburg) or Kasane (from Victoria Falls). Often, our itineraries begin in one gateway and depart through the other. We arrange all charter flights between the camps and overland transportation where needed.

    15 nights in Zimbabwe & Botswana - Classic Flying Safari Hwange - Mana Pools - Victoria Falls – Okavango Delta - Linyanti

    ITINERARY IN BRIEF
    Oct 26            Arrive in Vic Falls, Fly to Hwange, Transfer to Little Makalolo Camp
    Oct 27-28       Private safari activities from Little Makalolo Camp
    Oct 29            Transfer to airstrip, Fly to Mana West airstrip, Transfer to Ruckomechi Camp
    Oct 30-31        Private safari activities from Ruckomechi Camp
    Nov 1              Transfer to airstrip, Fly to Vic Falls Airport, Transfer to The Elephant Camp
    Nov 2              Transfer to Airport, Fly to Little Vumbura via Kasane, Transfer to Little Vumbura
    Nov 3-5           Private safari activities from Little Vumbura
    Nov 6              Transfer to airstrip, Fly to Savuti Camp
    Nov 7-8           Private safari activities from Savuti Camp
    Nov 9              Transfer to airstrip, Fly to JNB via Maun for international departure

    For full details, please view the full PDF itinerary here.

    Zim and Botswana Circuit SAMPLE Itinerary

    16 nights in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa Victoria Falls – Okavango Delta - Moremi – Cape Town


    ITINERARY IN BRIEF
    04 May: Arrive in Johannesburg, overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel (1 nt)
    05 May: Morning scheduled flight to Livingstone, Zambia. Transfer to Toka Leya Camp (2 nts)
    06 May: Full day of exploration in Victoria Falls and Livingstone
    07 May: Shared light aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta, transfer to Tubu Tree Camp (3 nts)
    08-09 May: Wildlife viewing activities from your base at Tubu Tree Camp
    10 May: Morning shared light aircraft transfer to Chitabe Lediba Camp (2 nts)
    11 May: Wildlife viewing activities from your base at Chitabe Lediba Camp
    12 May: Helicopter transfer to Little Mombo Camp (3 nts)
    13-14 May: Wildlife viewing activities in the Moremi Game Reserve from Little Mombo
    15 May: Shared light aircraft transfer to Maun, scheduled flight to Cape Town. Transfer to the Kensington Place Boutique Hotel (4 nts)
    16 May: Full day private tour of Cape Town, Table Mountain & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    17 May: Full day private tour of the Cape Peninsula Cape of Good Hope & Boulders Beach
    18 May: Day at leisure to explore the other highlights of Cape Town
    19 May: Full day private tour of the Cape Winelands with drop-off at Le Quartier Francais (1 nt)
    20 May: Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your international departure

    For full details, please view the full PDF itinerary here.

    Botswana, LVI and CPT Sample Itinerary

    The camps and lodges we prefer are small exclusive properties catering to only 8 to 22 guests. Many of these are located on private concession areas. All have luxurious tented accommodation and include ensuite bathroom facilities. A bar and dining area are located around a central lounge. Most camps these days have a plunge or swimming pool and all are very attractive and comfortable if not luxurious. They are quoted on an ‘all-inclusive basis’, which includes accommodations, meals, professional wildlife guides and all wildlife activities by open safari vehicle, walks, watercraft or night game drives. Rates include park fees, taxes, most drinks and laundry. For small groups or families, we often can reserve the entire camp on an exclusive basis. Next Adventure quotes a package which includes all charter flights and related services required for your journey.

    Generally rates in permanent tented camps range from a low season of about $750 per person per night to a high season of over $1500 per person per night inclusive of accommodation (double or twin) meals and shared activities. Light aircraft transfers or charters to and from the camp(s) are in addition to the nightly rate.

    Botswana – 11-day Luxury Safari & Tour – Livingstone/Vic Falls, Okavango Delta, Kalahari

    Guided Camping Safaris

    These guided camping safaris with Wilderness Dawning are especially great for families and private groups!

    9 night Highlights of Botswana Xakanaka - Khwai - Savuit - Chobe - Victoria Falls

    ‘HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA’ is a 9 night camping safari that takes in all that the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park offers. From the outset, with a fantastic flight into our remote camp in Moremi, to the remarkable game viewing that the enigmatic Savuti Channel offers, with the last few days spent alongside two of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, to the safari’s end viewing the magnificent Victoria Falls. The 8 nights spent out in this unique wilderness will leave indelible memories of spectacular wildlife and evenings spent around a campfire under billions of stars.

    Safari includes 8 nights non-participation camping and 1 night in a safari lodge in Livingstone, transportation throughout is in a specially modified 4×4 vehicle with a professional guide and back-up crew who handle all the camp chores and cooking.

    For full details, please view the full PDF itinerary here.


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