WE LOVE BOTSWANA. FOR US IT’S AFRICA'S ULTIMATE SAFARI DESTINATION, WHERE LUXURY TOURISM MEETS A REFRESHING ATTITUDE TO CONSERVATION – IN FACT 40 PERCENT OF THE LAND IS RESERVES AND PARKS.


 

The dramatic Kalahari landscapes make for a truly fascinating journey, whether you visit the vast salt pans, deserts or – our particular favourite – the beautiful Okavango Delta. Ideally you'd, fly into Maun, then take a charter flight to Mombo Camp in the Moremi Reserve.

Mombo is one of the best spots in the Okavango, at the northern tip of Chief’s Island overlooking the open floodplain with its enormous concentrations of wildlife (lions especially). The game drives here are brilliant, and you’ll more than likely see everything from elephants and buffalo to the big cats. But if you think that’s special, it gets even better than that!

Next stop is Jao Camp in the heart of the Delta. It’s remote – one of the beauties of Botswana is its lack of other tourists – and here you’ll really see what makes this area unique. Jao is surrounded by all sorts of habitats from waterways to grasslands; and if you go in the winter months most of the game viewing is water-based.

This is when the Okavango really comes to life. It’s the world’s largest inland river delta, its crystal-clear waters soaking away into the Kalahari (that’s why it’s called ‘the Jewel of the Kalahari’); and one of the very best ways to see its abundant animal and bird life is by mokoro traditional dugout canoe. It really does give you a completely different perspective!

The final stage of our journey is equally special, but for different reasons; if you love elephants, Kings Pool Camp is the place for you! Located in the vast Linyanti private concession in Northern Botswana’s Chobe National Park, this area has Africa’s largest concentration of Pachyderms, with herds sometimes 400-strong. Of course, with cruises on the river and the lagoon attracting all manner of wildlife there’s a lot more to see besides; but when they come grazing right into your camp, it’s the elephants you’ll never forget!

HIGHLIGHTS

 

The sound of silence: The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are vast, and the only way to cross is on a quad bike. As you zoom along the pans, you lose all sense of time, space and direction.

 

Join the herd: Why settle for watching a herd of giraffe, zebra or Lechwe Antelope when you can ride along with them? The plains and lagoons of the Okavango Delta are ideal riding country.

Love elephants? Then you’ll love Abu Camp. Their resident herd, rescued from safari parks, zoos and game reserves will, albeit briefly, adopt you; and you’ll walk with them and ride on their backs to get closer to wildlife.

 

​MUST STAYS

A selection of hotels from our portfolio

MOMBO CAMP

Okavango Delta

 

Mombo has a reputation for abundant wildlife, and more than lives up to it (as you'll see when you fly in). Take earplugs too: the wildlife can get quite noisy at night! The nine exquisite rooms are raised high for maximum game viewing, while the décor is a fabulous blend of natural materials and fine linens with outdoor terraces and plunge pools. 'Little Mombo' is particularly well-suited to families.

​JAO CAMP

Okavango Delta

 

Jao is different to many camps, as you're right on the water of the Delta with the nine spacious 'canvas cottages' on poles, with unbelievable views. Wooden walkways around the camp make it feel like you're walking in the trees and the stylish Italian-designed rooms are lovely, plus there's a spa with massage therapies and plunge pool. And as everything's raised, the wildlife can get really close!

KINGS POOL CAMP

Chobe

 

This is real luxury in the bush. Just nine thatched ‘rooms’ (huge and plush, each with a big deck, plunge pool and décor that mixes contemporary chic with colonial themes) makes for a small group, and we like how the guides sit with you at lunch so you get to feel a real part of the team. The location is beautiful, with the lagoon attracting plenty of game and viewing by double-decker boat (water levels permitting!).

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