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Mention Botswana and two things readily spring to mind: outstanding safari and ultimate luxury. These are both delivered with resounding success, but also seemingly with ease, making it the perfect destination for a totally carefree safari. The majority of accommodation on offer in Botswana is tent-based due to strict eco-friendly regulations: if the camps are ever required to move then they leave nothing behind. When we say tents though, we mean rather more of a canvas castle – nothing quite prepares you for stepping into your first safari tent.

A Botswanan safari is diverse in so many ways.  The arid, dusty Kalahari plains cover vast swathes of the country, giving way to savannah grasslands, lush green forests and streams in the north while the wending sapphire waters of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta, are home to a wide array of animals that have all adapted to live in this remarkable landscape. The stark, lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pans is one of the most unique safari experiences on the continent;walk with San bushmen, quad bike over the eerie salt pan, frolic with semi-habituated meerkat, or search for the elusive brown hyena.  The Moremi Game Reserve is considered to be one of the best game reserves in the whole of Africa, and once you witness the sheer numbers of wildlife (particularly big cats) here we think you will whole-heartedly agree. Cap this off with a simply spectacular sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River, cruising alongside elephants and hippos and you will leave (if you can) with an overwhelming array of surreal memories.

Botswana with A&K
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. .



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic 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. Find out more

Holiday type: Set departure

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Quintessential Botswana

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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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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 Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge

 

Luxury and elegance combine at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge. Set on an escarpment overlooking the Chobe River and flood plain it is at the northern... Find out more

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Jack's Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Sited on the original spot chosen by Jack Bousfield in the 1960's, Jack's Camp is set on the Pans of the Makgadikgadi. A relic of one of the world's largest... Find out more

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Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Okavango Delta

Effortlessly romantic and set amongst shady trees and huge termite mounds nestles the small and intimate Sanctuary Baines' Camp. Poised between the plains... Find out more

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Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Moremi Game Reserve

Sanctuary Chief's Camp sits silent among the glassy waters of the seasonal flood waters. Sited in the exclusive Mombo concession of the Moremi Game Reserve,... Find out more

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Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

Okavango Delta

Set in an amphitheatre of ebony and sausage trees near the southern tip of Chief's Island, Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is situated on a 260,000 acre private... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Botswana: Safari in Style

Botswana, Zambia

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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Sanctuary Botswana and Zambia Green Season Offer

Botswana, Zambia

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Stay a minimum of 6 nights at a combination of the following selected Sanctuary lodges and camps in Botswana and or Zambia: Stanley's Camp, Chobe Chilwero, Sussi & Chuma and Chichele Presidential Lodge and Chief's Camp and pay a discounted rate.Valid for travel from 1st November 2014 to the 20th December 2014, 6th January to 31st March 2015 and 1st November to 20th December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

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Kay, Ben Harrison, Ben Oxley-Brown, Robin, Sara, Chris, Charlotte and Jo - are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every African hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout Africa, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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botswana map

Fly to

Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg

flying time

12 hours 40 minutes

time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

March - November

Weather

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.

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