Our Guide to Botswana

Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari

Stretching across seven countries, the Kalahari is one of Africa’s most prominent features. Unlike a classic sand desert, it is dotted with trees and crossed with rivers. It is home to Botswana’s aboriginal inhabitants, the San. The wonder of the Kalahari lies first in its magnificent solitude, vast skies and silence. Turn 360 degrees and you will see the horizon stretching away in all directions

The Kalahari sands cover an enormous area of Africa, sands are blown from as far away as Asia to settle across the African continent. The name 'Kalahari' is most commonly used in reference to the Kalahari Desert, found across much of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Unlike the vast sand sea of the Sahara, the Kalahari is made up of a diverse mix of environments: ragged mountains, great rivers, open savannah, arid acacia bush and vast salt pans all come together under the blanket of 'The Kalahari'.

You may find it surprising to learn that the Kalahari is home to an extraordinary species diversity. Enormous bull elephants roam the expanses of the Kalahari, and the largest lions ever recorded, the Black-maned Kalahari Lions, are found here. Besides the large mammals, head to the Kalahari to interact with meerkats who den in the sands and hunt the scrub in search of scorpions.

The San people of the Kalahari are Africa's original inhabitants. Guests at camps in the Makgadikgadi area of Botswana have the opportunity to meet the San and learn more about their traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle. An incredible privilege, and an experience that will live long in the memory.

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Makgadikgadi Pans, Linyanti & Victoria Falls

This thrill seekers safari through Botswana is perfect for families with teenagers. With activities galore, the whole family will get out and about on an active exploration of some of the most incredible and scenic areas that Botswana has to offer. Watch wildlife from a game vehicle or on foot and gallop on horseback through the beautifully eerie...

Best for: Adventure, Off the beaten track, Riding, Couples

Authentic Botswana

Okavango Delta & Makgadikgadi

Experience Botswana at its best, from the floodplains of the Okavango Delta, to the salt flats of the Makgadikgadi to spend a week in two of the most visually stunning areas of Botswana. Discover just how vastly they differ in both habitat and ecosystems for a wonderfully authentic Botswana holiday.

Best for: Adventure, Beach, Couples, Diving

Botswana in Ultimate Luxury

Okavango Delta, Linyanti & Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana has long been known to offer the ultimate safari experience. This stunning itinerary does just that, showcasing some of Botswana’s most luxurious lodges in incredible game viewing areas whilst offering top-notch service along the way. This, along with the beautiful scenery of the Linyanti, the unique eco-system of the Moremi and the...

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