Botswana is blessed with some of Africa’s most beautiful wilderness areas. The country is dominated by the Kalahari Desert, the world's largest expanse of unbroken sand, and this is where you will find the incredible Okavango Delta − one of the largest inland water systems in the world.
Each year, it turns into a thriving ecological paradise, courtesy of tectonic plate shifts that swell the Kwando River and flood the plains. During the dry season, from May to October, the Delta becomes a sanctuary for animals as they venture towards the water in the flooded areas to drink and graze in almost incomprehensible numbers. In turn, this creates a spectacle that is not replicated anywhere else in the world. Species that may be seen during this time include the elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, hippo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, impala, African Wild Dog and wildebeest.
An explosion of new life, allows predators to take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced young whilst the receding water levels reveal more open areas populated by the grazing game species and make the islands and plains more accessible.
By contrast, from November to April, the wet season brings with it the opportunity to encounter lush vegetation and dramatic skies - perfect for birdwatchers and photographers. Expect to encounter bird species such as the Lilac-breasted Roller, Greater Flamingo, Red-crested Cuckoo and African Spoonbill.
The Linyati Wildlife Reserve
Located further north of the Delta, this area is a wonderfully isolated area boasting stunning scenery and prolific numbers of animals and birds, including herds of elephants that reach enormous densities in the dry winter months. Additionally, you'll find species of zebra, antelope, buffalo, wildebeest, hyaena, lion, leopard and cheetah, along with wild dogs, no doubt attracted by the marshes, waterways, riverine forests and grassland.
Our featured properties in the Okavango Delta area are located in the Vumbura Reserve; Vumbura Plains Camp comprises two separate, seven-tented camps with their own dining, lounge and bar area, star-gazing deck and private plunge pool. Alongside game drives in open Land Rovers, ,massage treatments, excursions in mokoros (dug-out canoes) or on foot, catch-and-release fishing (in season) and exceptional bird watching opportunities are available.
Situated in a pristine riverine forest in the Abu Concession, Abu Camp's main focus is the conservation of elephants - as well as looking after its privileged guests of course! The camp has its own resident herd, which can be viewed throughout your stay from the private teak decks and the bar - a prevailing house party atmosphere prevails at this boutique retreat, and the bar provides a natural hub for guests to meet at sundown and discuss the day's sightings over a cocktail.
Kings Pool Camp
At Kings Pool Camp in the Linyanti region, you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and elephant-watching on a cruise aboard the camp's double-decker barge, Queen Sylvia.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Botswana's climate is semi-arid making the winter months (from May to August) the best and most popular time to visit as the grass is sparse and animals are easier to spot. However, during the summer (from November to March) Botswana’s becomes a kaleidoscopic paradise with an explosion of new life, allowing predators to take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced young. The receding water levels reveal more open areas populated by grazing game species and make the islands and plains more accessible.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Botswana.
British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Onward connecting flights with Airlink and Air Botswana to Maun.
From London Heathrow to Johannesburg: 10 hours, 50 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Johannesburg to Maun: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Botswana Tourism Development
From 01 June 2017, visitors to Botswana will be asked to pay a new Conservation & Tourism Levy of 30.00USD when they arrive at all ports of entry (excluding children aged 9 and below).
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
From 1 October 16, new regulations have come into force in Botswana regarding documentation requirements for child travellers. Please note that parents now need to present a child's valid passport, along with a certified copy of their unabridged birth certificate. Should a child be travelling with only one birth parent, or legal guardian, a signed affidavit must be provided by the other parent.
A visa is required for entry into Botswana.
Dual nationals using two different passports can only enter the country on the same passport can only enter the country on the same passport they used to exit the previous country.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
In certain areas, precautions against malaria are necessary.