"We had a great time, and the guides were very helpful and knowledgeable", GURU Traveller, Tim Shaw
"We ended up seeing the big 5 and so much more. I didn’t expect to be so close to the animals and have the most stunning photos. It really was the best experience and I can’t recommend you more highly in your choice of destinations and Wildlife Safaris overall.", GURU Travellers, Sally & Kim
World Heritage site
52,800㎢ Arid Wilderness
Undoubtedly one of the premium wildlife safari destinations on the entire planet Botswana is all about luxury; exclusivity and indulgence. Botswana comprises a few iconic safari and experiential travel locations, but none as prominent as the Okavango Delta; a World Heritage Site which was listed in June 2014.
The Okavango Delta is one of the wealthiest biodiversities which Africa has to offer, with healthy populations of all well-known and sought-after mammal species, over 400 bird species and an abundant population of aquatic life, of which quite a few are endemic to the area. A Botswana safari would not be complete without a trip into the Okavango Delta, and if possible the Moremi National Park, to explore its hidden waterways which are ever-evolving as a living ecosystem.
The Linyanti Concession, inlcuding the Chobe National Park is located in northern Botswana which holds some the most significant populations of elephant on the planet. The Linyanti is a vast expanse of wilderness offering guests the contrast of wooded savannah safari to that of perennial waterways which can team with wildlife during the drier months. The famous Savuti channel forms a significant boundary into the Linyanti and holds tales of nature that frequent books and documentaries.
The central area of Botswana is definitely for the experiential traveller who seeks more than just a wildlife fiesta. This area comprises the vast desert of the Central Kalahari and the salt pans of the Makgadikgadi National Park and more; home to Botswana's wandering Khoisan people and the much-loved meerkats. The centre of Botswana is also home to some of the healthiest remaining populations of cheetah in the region.
All areas of Botswana are suitable for family travel and offer great diversity for boating, mekoro which is the traditional dugout canoe, walking and vehicle-based wildlife viewing. Botswana boasts many remarkable luxury properties, ranging from the classic and authentic to the uber-luxury; such as Mombo Camp which has been named the worlds 'Best Hotel Travel + Leisure'. The destination has also staged several wildlife documentaries of which the most well known is 'Eye of the Leopard', which featured the famous Legadima. Legadima died a few years back, but her progeny are still roaming strong, and almost all Mombo visitors are rewarded with at least one interaction with her family members.
Botswana safari itineraries complement well with the Victoria Falls from either Zimbabwe or Zambia and have daily scheduled flights into both Cape Town and Johannesburg for international connections.
Botswana was home to Safari Guru founder Deon De Villiers and his family for six years, so we have an extreme passion, insider contacts and a wealth of knowledge we wish to share with you on this fabulous safari destination. Safari Guru has a presence in Botswana to offer a meet and greet service, as well as local assistance where required.
As a boutique tour operator we only share a very small selection of preferred properties in each country we operate; mainly those in which we have ultimate confidence and first-hand knowledge of providing our clients with intimate bush experiences. Enquire for rates and availability, and further insight into additional preferred properties which might be more suited to your style of travel and luxury.
Located just off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango, Mombo is considered the most fertile area in the Delta, with its mix of habitats attracting large herds followed by numbers and varieties of predators.
This recently-rebuilt camp maintains the integrity of its pristine environment through the use of natural materials, minimal human footprint and 100% solar status.
Elevated on wooden decks beneath towering shade trees, Mombo overlooks a floodplain teeming with game. Elegant, expansive guest tents celebrate Mombo traditions while a large deck and plunge pool are ideal vantage points from which to observe the passing wildlife.
Built to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s, the renowned and totally brand new Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 acre private reserve typifies the region’s unique landscape. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains.
Guests will be able to enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area.
This is the place where lions and buffalo meet!
Set in age-old riverine forest, Abu Camp offers the extraordinary privilege of interacting with African elephants: meeting the individuals, walking with them and being part of a herd makes this a unique experience. Game drives, walks (on request) and mokoro trips take in the diversity of game in the area.
Abu’s six luxurious, explorer-style tents blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings. Each has a tree-shaded deck with a private plunge pool overlooking a lagoon.
Abu’s one-of-a-kind Star Bed is set over the Abu Herd’s boma and guests can spend a night here, being lulled to sleep listening to the elephants’ rumbling snores below.
DumaTau, on the banks of the Linyanti River’s Osprey Lagoon, is located close to the source of the Savute Channel, between two elephant corridors, offering an exclusive combination of land and river experiences. Wildlife is viewed during game drives, on nature walks, and while boating along the serene waters of the Linyanti River (levels permitting).
The tented units (eight twin and two family) are raised off the ground with window-like netting providing a sense of space and dramatic views of the river. The architecture and interiors evoke a bygone age of exploration, carried through the main areas and ending on a floating fire deck. The Star Bed at Zibadianja Lagoon offers a thrilling perspective of the African bush at night.
Luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area that is a mix of water and dry land. The wildlife is diverse, so that both land and water activities on vehicles, mekoro and boats deliver an all-round African safari experience.
Vumbura Plains comprises two satellite camps, each with its own main area with an expansive vista across the floodplains.
Chitabe Lediba is located on the same island as its sister camp, Chitabe. The main area and pool enjoy glorious views over the surrounding floodplains and small lediba (remnant lagoon waterhole), where a variety of game comes to drink during the day. The area, with outstanding wildlife, is explored on guided walks or day and night game drives.
Canvas tented-style rooms are built on raised decks with luxurious and tasteful interiors. The en-suite bathrooms have double vanity basins and indoor and outdoor showers offering spectacular views. There are two family units, one (for older children) with an adjoining front deck and the other (for youngsters) with an adjoining corridor; each family room has its own en-suite facilities.
Jack's Camp is a Kalahari Legend. Sitting in Botswana's immense Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - 50-minutes flying time from Maun – under a grove of palm trees, with extensive views across the Pans.
Jack's is one of Africa's most storied and iconic camps and just one of three in a one million acre private wildlife reserve.
The camp has one of the most comprehensive collections of ancient artefacts in Botswana, collected by the Bousfield family over decades, and is the only camp in Africa with a swimming pool tent - and a tea tent!
Savuti is set on the productive Savute Channel – a refuge for a variety of wildlife and a fascinating natural phenomenon: When dry, it is a rich feeding ground and corridor between the mopane woodlands for both plains game and predators. When the waters flow, game congregates around it in numbers. Activities include day and night game drives, nature walks and boating (water levels permitting).
Canvas-and-thatch tents (including a family unit) and main area extend outwards on raised decks, facing the Savute Channel. A log-pile hide and a sunken hide provide unique settings to watch wildlife at the water's edge.
Qorokwe Camp has nine tented suites, one of which is a spacious family suite with its own splash pool. En-suite facilities feature a convertible indoor/outdoor shower. Built on raised wooden platforms, the main area includes a dining area, lounge, library, bar and an infinity pool overlooking an expansive lagoon.
Highlights of Qorokwe’s dining experiences include festive boma evenings and scrumptious pizzas from the camp’s bespoke oven.
The name Qorokwe means “the place where the buffalo broke through the bush into the water" evoking the high-density game area in which this camp is situated...
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