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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.

Best time to visit Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana is from May to October during the dry season when long, warm, sunny days give way to cooler evenings with clear, star-filled skies. Despite being the rainy season, from December to March, temperatures are still in the 20s so there's never really a bad time to visit this beautiful part of the world. From December to March is the perfect time to go bird watching in Botswana.

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. .


Useful info

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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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 £5,580pp

There is nowhere like Botswana. The wilderness experience here is second to none, with vast swathes of pristine savannah, flood plains, rivers and lagoons... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Botswana

Nights: 11 | from £4,515pp

A safari of contrasts that enables you to view Botswana’s magnificent wildlife in both Linyati and the world-famous Okavango Delta, with the option to... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Bush Skills Adventure in Botswana

Nights: 3 | from £1,995pp

Enjoy unique insights into one of the natural wonders of the world – the vast Okavango Delta, swarming with wildlife – while learning bush survival skills... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Botswana: Safari in Style 2017

Nights: 9 | from £7,515pp

Discover the magical Okavango Delta combined with the mighty Victoria Falls, making this trip an unforgettable experience Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Botswana Under Canvas

Nights: 10 | from £4,995pp

Botswana is the ultimate luxury safari destination; during this trip you will stay in four different tented camps, allowing you to get close to nature... Find out more

Holiday type: Private set departure Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Chobe

Luxury and elegance combine at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. Set on an escarpment overlooking the Chobe River and flood plain it is at the northern tip of...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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Honeymoons

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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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Abu Camp

Okavango Delta

Abu Camp is a stunning camp, every detail has been thought of and it is a place of true luxury and discovery. The elephant experience at Abu camp involves...Find out more

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Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Okavango Delta

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is set at the heart of the delta on Xaxaba Island and shaded by the cool branches of indigenous Illala Palms that surround...Find out more

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Belmond Khwai River Lodge

Moremi Game Reserve  

Belmond Khwai River Lodge is set on the banks of the Khwai River, the only permanent source of water in the area. The Khwai River is regularly frequented...Find out more

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Belmond Savute Lodge

Chobe National Park  

As the name suggests, Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is known for the herds of elephants that can be spotted roaming its plains. But other large animals...Find out more

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Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari is the best way to experience the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way. You'll find Camp Kalahari nestled amongst the...Find out more

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Chitabe Camp

Okavango Delta

Chitabe Camp is located in an area of 28 000 hectares of pristine Okavango Delta wilderness, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve and is nestling between...Find out more

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Chitabe Lediba

Chitabe Camp

Chitabe Lediba is located in an area of 28 000 hectares of pristine Okavango Delta wilderness, bordering the Moremi Game Reserve and is nestling between...Find out more

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DumaTau Camp

Linyanti

DumaTau is built under cool mangosteen trees overlooking an enormous lagoon. It is located just east of the source of the Savuti Channel. Accommodation...Find out more

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Jacana Camp

Jacana Camp

Jacana Camp consists of five Meru-style tents built on raised wooden decks overlooking the panoramic views of the Okavango Delta. Each tent is classically...Find out more

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Jao Camp

Jao Camp

This super luxurious camp is the flagship camp on the Jao concession, the nine tents are of open plan design each with a lounge, dressing area, main bedroom,...Find out more

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Kings Pool

Kings Pool

Kings Pool Camp is named after a Scandinavian monarch spent a number of nights camping out on the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, long before any structured...Find out more

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Kwando Kwara

Kwando Kwara

Kwara camp is set overlooking a secluded lagoon in the north of the Okavango Delta. This area offers a contrasting experience, due to the access to the...Find out more

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Kwando Lagoon

Kwando Lagoon

Kwando Lagoon is perched on the banks of the wild Kwando River, overlooking the Mudumu National Park in the Namibian Caprivi Strip. This heavily forested...Find out more

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Kwando Lebala

Kwando

Kwando Lebala Camp has eight especially designed tents set on the wide-open flood plains, with panoramic bush views from your own private deck. Lebala...Find out more

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Kwando Little Kwara

Kwando Little Kwara

This exclusive camp has 5 spacious tents that are elevated into the tree canopy on wooden decks each with its own private veranda. The tents have a large...Find out more

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Kwando Nxai Pan

 

Kwando Nxai Pan is located on the western edge of the fossil pan from which the camp takes its name. Nine purpose built desert rooms specially designed...Find out more

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Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani camp's accommodation is a unique tree house made out of canvas, glass and wood on a raised platform with beautiful furnishings making this a...Find out more

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Linyanti Bush Camp

Linyanti

Linyanti Bush Camp is an intimate and relaxed six tented camp on the banks of the Linyanti Marsh, within a Private Concession. Each of the comfortable...Find out more

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Little Mombo

Little Mombo

Little Mombo Camp is an extension of Mombo Camp and shares the same island, with just three rooms Little Mombo is an exclusive retreat in the heart of...Find out more

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Mombo

Mombo

Mombo Camp is a luxurious camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta, included on any itinerary for a first time visitor or for the seasoned safari traveller...Find out more

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Motswiri

 

Motswiri is located in a beautiful and remote area combining the open flood plains of the Okavango Delta with the thick, riverine forests lining the Selinda...Find out more

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Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Nxabega Camp

Nxabega Okavango tented Camp is located on the edge of the Okavango Delta in a 7 000 hectare exclusive wildlife concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve....Find out more

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San Camp

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park  

San Camp is set on a private concession that adjoins the Makgadikgadi National Park. San camp is the sister camp to the famous Jacks Camp. Supremely remote,...Find out more

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Sandibe Okavango

Sandibe Okavango

Sandibe Safari Lodge is set on a permanent channel of the magnificent Okavango Delta. It's adjacent to the game-rich Moremi Wildlife Reserve. The beautiful...Find out more

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Savuti Camp

Savuti Camp

Savuti camp is a beautiful and intimate camp, each room is light and airy with very comfortable furniture and has a private deck. The main area of the...Find out more

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Seba Camp

Seba Camp

Seba Camp overlooks a perennial lagoon with prolific birdlife and resident pods of hippo. The camp is named after Seba, one of the elephants historically...Find out more

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Selinda Adventure Trail

 

Experience the ultimate safari adventure with a five night/four day canoe trail along the Selinda Spillway to the Linyanti in north eastern Botswana....Find out more

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Selinda Camp

 

Selinda Camp is located on an island on the banks of the Selinda Spillway near to where the Kwando, Savuti, and Linyanti Rivers converge. Selinda Camp...Find out more

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Shinde

Okavango Delta

Shinde is hidden on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, an intimate camp located at the edge of Shinde lagoon, which teems...Find out more

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Tubu Tree Camp

Okavango Delta

Tubu Tree camp is a classically designed safari camp offering the perfect place to explore the Okavango Delta. The accommodation may be simple in design...Find out more

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Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains camp is a unique camp consisting of Vumbura Plains South and Vumbura Plains North, each camp is identical with 7 guest rooms each having...Find out more

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Xigera Camp

Xigera Camp

Xigera Camp (pronounced Keejera) is located on a riverine island right in the heart of the Okavango Delta it is a true wetland paradise, surrounded by...Find out more

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Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

An intimate lodge, Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge is designed with privacy in mind. Set along the banks of a lagoon and guarded by a resident family of hippo,...Find out more

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Xugana Island Lodge

 

Just 8 large raised reed and thatch chalets make up with small lodge. Each chalet has a private viewing deck from which to enjoy the wonder views of the...Find out more

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Zambezi Queen

 

The Zambezi Queen is comprised of 14 Suites, 4 of which are Master Suites, sliding mosquito net doors and the finest finishes complete this cocoon of...Find out more

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Zarafa Camp and the Dhow Suites

Selinda Reserve

Set on the fringes of the Zibadanja Lagoon on the 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve, Zarafa Camp evokes an atmosphere of a 1920's safari with modern touches....Find out more

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