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Now this is an emergency. An A&K emergency. As our guests watched a family of bathing elephants in Botswana’s tannin-hued Okavango Delta they noticed the calm confident guide making a slightly agitated,surreptitious radio call. Were they in danger?
‘No,’ the guide assured them. ‘Everything’s under control.’ He wasn’t bluffing. A few minutes later, a motor launch rounded the river bend and sped towards them, before its driver, with James Bond panache, lobbed a couple of limes to the guide. Crisis averted. Sunset G&T could now be served with ice and a slice.
Guests have also waxed lyrical about the Starbaths at Sanctuary Baines’. They returned from a dusty game drive to discover the copper tub moved out onto the deck under a million-tog duvet of stars. The champagne’s on ice, bath water frothed to perfection using a fork attached to an electric drill. Bath baristas. Whatever next?
You’ll have to ask our brilliant multi-centred regional team. It has offered luxury travel in Southern Africa for over four decades. That means top-notch guides with specialist knowledge, 24-hour emergency contact and longstanding local relationships that generate unique experiences including a behind-the-scenes Origin of Mankind Tour with Kalahari San Bushmen.
Take a Botswana safari with Abercrombie & Kent and you’ll enjoy the best camps, starting in the Okavango – the planet’s largest inland delta – where you explore by foot, vehicle or dug out canoe. A fifth of the delta falls inside the Moremi Reserve including an area lauded as the country’s predator capital.
Further north the Selinda Reserve sits on a major migration route, while Chobe National Park boasts some of Africa’s densest game concentrations, including 500-strong herds of elephant. Head back south for the extraordinary culture of the Kalahari’s San Bushmen and surreal Makgadikgadi saltpans, where seasonal dustings of water and grass provide a teeming refuge for thirsty wildlife. Sadly, lime slices are not available. .
Suggested itineraries in Botswana
Nights: 9 | from £5,295
Enjoy Botswana’s finest wildlife views with expert guide led game drives, a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River and sundowners in camp each night.
Nights: 9 | from £5,275
Explore Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta while enjoying the comfort of luxury lodging throughout your 10 night stay in Botswana.
Highlights of Botswana
Nights: 11 | from £4,165
Discover the spellbinding Okavango Delta before heading to wildlife-rich Linyanti and continuing south to Nxai Pan and the ‘Baines Baobabs’ during this 10 night adventure.
Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet
Nights: 18 | from £51,230
An 18 night adventure through stark Ethiopia, verdant Uganda and the sweeping Serengeti to Victoria Falls, Botswana, the Namibian dunes and cosmopolitan Cape Town.
Bush Skills Adventure in Botswana
Nights: 3 | from £1,595
Hone your bush skills on this 3 night addition to any Botswana holiday as our knowledgeable guides teach you how to survive life in the Delta.
Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style
Nights: 11 | from £6,925
Visiting Johannesburg, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and Livingstone
Suggested accommodation in Botswana
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Sanctuary Baines' Camp
Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Moremi Game Reserve
Sanctuary Stanley's Camp
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Prices from £7,410 per person saving up to £615 per person for 11 nights
Save up to £615 per person on the following departure dates 14th September, 13th October and 4th November 2015, must be booked by the 31st July 2015. Prices from £7,410 per person for the 4th November and from £9430 per person for the 14th September and 13th October including international flights and accommodation on a full board basis. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Prices from £2,700 per person saving £1,045 per person for 3 nights
Extend your stay in Botswana with a three night trip to the incredible Makgadigkadi Pans with this special offer of one free night when you stay for three nights. Price from £2,700 per person including return light aircraft flights from Maun airport and three nights accommodation including all meals and activities based on two people travelling together sharing a twin/double. Subject to availability. This offer must be booked by the 30th June 2015 and it is valid for travel from 1st September to the 31st October 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
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Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg
12 hours 40 minutes
GMT +2 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
March - November
The best time to travel is between March and November, rain fall is at a minimum and the days are cooler but clear. Early mornings and evenings can be chilly. The Delta is normally in flood from May until August.