Botswana

Overview

With its dramatic salt pans, diamond rich deserts and vast open savannas teeming with wildlife, Botswana could very well be the Africa you’ve always dreamed about.

Located in Southern Africa, Botswana is one of Africa’s great game destinations. With about 40% of its land designated as protected parks and reserves, travelling in Botswana will have you feeling like you’re in a natural paradise. Botswana’s emphasis on low-impact luxury tourism also ensures that even the most famous game-viewing areas are isolated and private.

Lightfoot Travel focuses on Botswana’s most beautiful regions that have the highest concentrations of wildlife, and the most exclusive luxury tented camps and lodges – the Okavango Delta, and the Kalahari Game Reserve, the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.

Be enthralled by the unique sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta, the biggest inland delta in the world. Travel silently through the waterways in a traditional mokoro (traditional dug out canoes) with a guide, or discover the beauty and richness of the area on horseback or even elephant back. If you’re going for the game viewing, most animals meet up around the waterholes from May to October. Birds and vegetation thrive in the area’s rainy season from November to April, with birds returning from their migration and plants burst with rich colour.

The Kalahari Desert is a huge semi-arid sandy savannah in Southern Africa, covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia, and is way up there on our Africa ‘to do list’. It has some of the best safaris in all of Africa, and is a great holiday destination for families, couples and groups of friends. Bond with meerkats before they go foraging for the day, track the desert black rhino, and witness the sheer size and power of the Kalahari black-maned lion.

Selinda is a private concession found in the northern part of Botswana linking with Linyanti and the Okavango Delta, and is renowned as one of the best game viewing areas in the region. The best time of year to see predators in action, view enormous herds of elephants and the very rich birdlife is from May to October. Hopefully during your safari you will witness rare animals like red lechwe and sitatunga. It is also a birdwatcher’s paridise and those who know their birds can look out for the rare narina trogan.

Whether you’re in search of the best wildlife safaris or looking to go on the honeymoon of a lifetime, our experts are on hand with personalized advice to help you design your own tailor-made itinerary to Botswana.

Botswana Regions

Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans is a colossal network of saltpans in the epic Kalahari Desert. A few millennia back, Lake Makgadikgadi completely dried up leaving behind a shimmering white, horizonles…

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Central Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert is a vast expanse of arid lands covering most of Botswana and dipping into Namibia. It’s home to some of the most pristine landscapes in Africa and the breathtaking Cen…

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Savute, Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is located just west of Victoria Falls in Botswana. It has one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, counting leopards, giraffes, baboons, impala and lions amo…

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Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando

Selinda is a private concession found in the northern part of Botswana linking with Linyanti and the Okavango Delta, and is renowned as one of the best game viewing areas in the region.

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Okavango Delta

The Okavanga Delta is the largest inland delta in the world, which has created an incredible home to a huge oasis of wildlife. It also has the highest density of African wild dog packs on th…

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Botswana Itineraries

Botswana Properties

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&Beyond Chobe Under Canvas

Botswana, Savute, Chobe National Park

This luxury mobile safari camp is set in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, an area with phenomenal game viewing. &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas is based in the Chobe Riverfront area of the p…

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&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

This luxury safari camp is nestled under the shade of ebony trees in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, deep in Botswana’s ancient Okavango Delta. &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp delive…

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&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Botswana, Okavango Delta

This luxury safari lodge is nestled within a forest of wild palms and ancient fig trees overlooking the river, on the southern border of the Moremi Game Reserve deep in Botswana’s Okavango…

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&Beyond Savute Under Canvas

Botswana, Savute, Chobe National Park

&Beyond Savute Under Canvas is a luxury mobile safari camp located in the Savute area, a remote corner of Chobe National Park. It delivers a traditional safari experience without comprom…

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&Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

This luxury tented safari camp is situated on Delta Island amid the Okavango Delta’s waterways within a 62,000-acre private reserve in Botswana. &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp is …

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&Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Botswana, Okavango Delta

&Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge lies on the edge of a seasonal lagoon deep in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, an area renowned for its abundance of wildlife. This luxury safari lodge has…

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African Horseback Safaris

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Ride with giraffes, track buffalo across the delta and watch the big 5 in action, on this highly personalised riding adventure. The African Horseback Safaris is based at the western side …

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Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Botswana, Okavango Delta

This luxury boutique lodge lies on the edge of the Leadwood and Fig Tree forest of the Khwai River floodplains in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Thi…

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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Botswana, Savute, Chobe National Park

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge lies on the banks of the river in the heart of the Chobe National Park, in Botswana. As well as the finest accommodation, this luxury boutique safari camp has a…

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Camp Kalahari

Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans

Once upon a time, the legendary hunter and crocodile catcher, Jack Bousfield set off on one of his regular walkabouts through the Botswana bush. Armed with a tattered sketch-map of an ear…

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Chief’s Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Nestled in the ‘predator capital of Africa, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is one of the most luxurious safari camps in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Named after the Chief Moremi, the here…

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Chitabe Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Bordering the famous Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Chitabe Camp is set in an area combining open floodplains, wooded islands and lagoons – all of which provide a wide variety …

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Chobe Game Lodge

Botswana, Savute, Chobe National Park

Chobe Game Lodge lies on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, one of the world’s greatest safari destinations. The park is teeming with wildlife and has one of…

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DumaTau

Botswana, Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando

This luxury tented safari camp is situated in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve bordering the western boundary of Chobe National Park. DumaTau overlooks a hippo-filled lagoon and offers …

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Jack’s Camp

Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans

While on a trapping expedition in the Makgadikgadi Pans during the 60's, Jack Bousfield stumbled upon a site that so captured his imagination, he set up camp under an acacia with the unshake…

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Jao Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Jao Camp is located on a large, remote island in a private concession, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta. With varied habitats ranging from waterways and l…

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Kanana Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Meaning paradise in Setswana, Kanana is a sparkling jewel set in the remote inner reaches of the Okavango Delta, overlooking seasonal floodplains. Nestled in a private concession, amongst…

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Kings Pool

Botswana, Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando

Kings Pool is a luxurious safari camp located in the wildlife-rich Linyanti, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. Kings Pool hosts 9 well-appointed twin-bedded tented rooms, ea…

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Kwando Kwara Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Kwando Kwara Camp is set overlooking a secluded lagoon in the northern Okavango Delta. This region offers a contrasting experience, as its location allows access to the permanent waterways o…

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Kwando Lagoon Camp

Botswana, Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando

Situated within the Linyanti Kwando Concession on the shady banks of the Kwando River, Kwando Lagoon Camp offers luxury tented accommodation in one of Africa’s most pristine wilderness are…

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Kwando Lebala Camp

Botswana, Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando

Kwando Lebala Camp is situated in the south of the Kwando concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. The southerl…

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Mombo Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Here is where you’ll find yourself in the midst of bush-to-bush game. Located off the northwest tip of Chiefs Island, Mombo Camp is one of the most luxurious tented camps to be found in …

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Nxai Pan Camp

Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans

This luxury safari camp lies on the western edge of Nxai Pan, a grass-covered fossil lakebed, in Botswana. Despite the arid environment, it is home to a surprising array of animals, birds an…

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San Camp

Botswana, Makgadikgadi Pans

San Camp is situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remnant of an extinct super lake that once covered most of Botswana. Turn 360° and nothing crosses th…

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Botswana, Savute, Chobe National Park

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero lies on a hilltop above the Chobe River on the edge of Chobe National Park, in Botswana. The park is home to the world’s largest remaining population of elephants …

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Savuti Camp

Botswana, Savute, Chobe National Park

Savuti Camp is located in the private Linyanti Reserve in Chobe National Park, Botswana. This luxury safari camp lies alongside the Savute Channel, it is renowned for its elephant population…

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Selinda Camp

Botswana, Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando

Characterised by its game-rich floodplains, the exclusive Selinda Camp has the enviable location on the banks of the dynamic eastern Selinda Spillway between Okavango Delta and Chobe Nationa…

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Shinde Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Shinde Camp lies on lush palm island on the edge of the Shinde Lagoon in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, Botswana, an area teeming with wildlife. Recently refurbished, this luxu…

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Tau Pan Camp

Botswana, Central Kalahari

This luxury safari camp lies on a sand ridge overlooking a watering hole, offering breathtaking views of the famous Tau Pan. It was the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari …

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Tubu Tree Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Huddled in the 60,000 hectare Jao Reserve, Tubu Tree Camp offers the best of both land and water safaris in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Comprising of 5 very comfortable tents built on rais…

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Vumbura Plains Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

This intimate camp exudes luxury in the bush. Situated in the enviable position in a private concession, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve nestled in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta.…

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Xakanaxa

Botswana, Okavango Delta

One of Botswana’s original safari camps, Xakanaxa (pronounced ka-ka-na-ka) exudes an authentic bush camp atmosphere that blends in harmoniously with nature whilst providing you with all yo…

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Zambezi Queen

Botswana, Savute, Chobe National Park

Cruising through the untamed waters of the Chobe River which dissects Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Zambezi Queen takes you on a one-of-a-kind African Safari in your own privat…

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Zarafa Camp

Botswana, Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando

Incorporated with all the components of a ‘perfect’ safari camp, Zarafa Camp gives you authenticity and luxury all in one. Located in the 320,000 acre private Selinda Reserve, Zarafa cam…

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