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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. .

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Useful info

Fly to

Maun or Kasane via Johannesburg

flying time

12 hours 40 minutes

time difference

GMT +2 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

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.

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Botswana Offers

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Suggested itineraries in Botswana

Quintessential Botswana

from £5,275

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Highlights of Botswana

from £4,165

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Bush Skills Adventure in Botswana

from £1,595

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Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet

from £51,230

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style

from £6,925

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Classic Botswana

from £4,765

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Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie & Kent to Botswana 2015

from £8,245

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Suggested accommodation in Botswana

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge


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Jack's Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

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Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Okavango Delta

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Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Moremi Game Reserve

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Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

Okavango Delta

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Abu Camp


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Our top Botswana offers

Botswana & Zambia

Family Botswana

Family Offer Save up to £2,730 per child
Stay a minimum of 2 nights at any Sanctuary lodge or camp in Botswana or Zambia and one child under 15 sharing will stay free of charge when sharing with two adults. Based on 2 adults and one child travelling on the Classic Botswana, prices start from £5560 per adult and £1085 per child including international flights and taxes. There are age restrictions at some of the camps and lodges. Valid for travel from now until 20th December 2014 and 6th January to the 31st March 2015 and 1st November to 20th December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.


Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Sanctuary Botswana Offer

Save up to £1200 per couple
Stay in either Sanctuary Baines' Stanley's, Chief's Camp or Chobe Chilwero Lodge for 5 nights and pay for 4. Prices from £3720 per person. Valid for travel between 1st April - 31st October 2015 (Excluding 1st July - 31st August 2015). Terms and conditions apply.



Botswana Belmond Camps Offer

One free night - save up to £1,150 per couple
Stay a minimum of 4 nights at any of the Belmond camps in Botswana, Khwai River Lodge, Eagle Island Camp or Savute Elephant Camp and only pay for 3 nights. Subject to availability. Valid for travel from 1st January to the 31st May 2015 and 15th November to 23rd December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.


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