Botswana offers world-class safaris, and whether it’s a luxury honeymoon or a once in a lifetime safari holiday, it promises a privileged wilderness adventure.

In Botswana’s heavily protected reserves, you’ll rarely pass more than one other safari vehicle, which means un-interrupted encounters with some of the most spectacular game in Africa.

Botswana is also known for its stunningly diverse landscapes, so having awoken to bellowing hippo in the Okavango Delta, you can take a canoe safari along the spillways of Linyanti, Kwando, and Selinda; visit predator-rich Chobe, and then head to the arid Makgadikgadi Pans for a safari holiday rich in contrast.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA

Weave through papyrus swamps and giant lily pads in a dug-out mokoro canoe as you meander the waterways of the Okavango Delta. With pairs of hippo eyes peering out from the water and a kaleidoscope of birdlife fluttering overhead, this is one of the most magical ways to experience this UNESCO world heritage site.

Experience the thrill of a game drive in the Moremi Game Reserve; follow expert guides as they track the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino, and leopard – in this protected area of the Okavango Delta. With one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent, and a reputation for the highest concentration of game, the reserve offers spine-tingling chances to witness the major predators in action.

Bask in glorious ruby sunsets in classic ‘old-safari’ style camps in the Chobe National Park, where Livingstone visited in the 1850s. Dine under a panoramic expanse of stars and taste the adventure of meals cooked on an open-fire, sleep with the rustle of mystery noises in the night, see the movement of shadows flicker across your tent in the moonlight, and wake to joyful birdsong as the dawn breaks.

Sail down the Chobe River as it snakes from Namibia to Botswana; with wonderful photographic opportunities, relax as the wildlife comes to you – the water’s edge is a haven for thirsty land animals in the scorching sun.

Catch migrating zebra thundering across the Central Kalahari, the world’s largest game reserve covering a staggering 52,800 square kilometres. Previously inhabited only by the San (Bushmen), the reserve recently opened to the public making it one of Botswana’s best kept secrets.

Quad-bike through the surreal landscape of the Makgadikgadi Pan, an ancient super lake now fossilised as a shimmering expanse of white crystals. Gaze eternally towards the horizon where the vast salt flats – the size of Portugal - meet a cobalt blue sky, and greet the colonies of inquisitive meerkats who have made the unforgiving environment their home.

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