Botswana: Okavango Delta, Meerkats and Vic Falls

From the Okavango to Moremi, the Northern Kalahari and Chobe - ending at Vic Falls

We're a family from the States and it's our first safari. Botswana appeals - we'd like to avoid crowds of tourists in our game viewing, would like to make sure we see lots of big game for the kids...and we'd love to meet the Meerkats”

Barry and Sheena

What we recommended and why

Cool temperatures, great value shoulder-season rates and excellent dry-season game viewing, make June an outstanding time of year to visit Botswana.

The headwaters that feed Botswana's Okavango Delta are high in the mountains of Angola, many hundreds of miles to the north.

By June however, when the rainy season feels like a distant memory, those flood waters reach the Delta, fanning out into the numerous channels and tributaries that make up this extraordinary phenomenon.

Sometimes the flood appears literally overnight, transforming this areas into a haven for waterborne game viewing. 

We recommended starting the safari in the Moremi Game Reserve, one of the best places in Africa for large mammal viewing. This was a chance to quickly get some of the major species - elephant, lion, buffalo and more - under the belt. Being in a private concession we were able to include a walking safari as part of the stay.

From here it was into the Delta proper and the chance to see this remarkable habitat from the water. Being poled silently through the crystal clear waters of the Delta in a dugout Mokoro is an experience unlike any other.

The contrast provided by the Makgadikgadi Pans - the next stop in the Northern Kalahari - could not be greater. These elemental pans, many thousands of square kilometres in area are a wonderful place to discover desert-adapted specialists, from the Bushmen themselves, whose tracking skills are arguably the best in the world, to colonies of habituated meerkats who will be more than happy to sit on your head as a way of extending their line of site.

Chobe was the next stop, home to one of the continent's largest populations of elephant as well as the chance to explore the Chobe River with its abundant bird and animal life by boat.

The safari finished up at Victoria Falls viewing it from the Zimbabwe side of the river where the views of the falls - close to their maximum capacity at this time of year - are the best.

The journey

Kicking off with plenty of big game and a chance to walk (2 nights)

Kwara Camp

Moremi Game Reserve

Kwara Camp is in the southern most corner of the huge private Kwara concession on the northern edge of the Delta which is at the...

Exploring the stunning scenery and wildlife of the delta by Mokoro (3 nights)

Okavango Delta

 

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland Delta in the world and is incomparable to any other game destination in Africa.  A vast...

Walking with Bushmen, meeting the meerkats and quad biking(3 nights)

Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans

 

The Makgadikgadi is a remote and elemental place and one that shows two very distinct and unique faces.  For much of the year this...

Vast numbers of elephants and boating on the Chobe River (3 nights)

Chobe

 

Chobe National Park covers 10,566km2 and is renowned for its high game concentration. Encompassing four distinct eco-systems, the...

Seeing Victoria falls, cruising the Zambezi and catching up with some R&R (2 nights)

Victoria Falls

 

On the 17th November 1855, David Livingstone was busy about his quest to find the source of the Zambezi when he came across the...

I just wanted to express our extreme thanks to you for putting together our itinerary for our Botswana trip. We truly had an amazing time from the first to the last day. We saw thousands of animals up close and observed their behaviour”

Barry and Sheena

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