What To Expect
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From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-safari travels, assisting you with booking regional air, and meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom safari. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Botswana.
Botswana, with the exception of the Okavango Delta and the eastern parts of the country, is almost entirely comprised of the Kalahari Desert and as such, rainfall is low. Total annual rainfall for Maun, for example, is only 470mm or 18.5 inches. Phrases like "rainy season" or "afternoon showers" need therefore to be seen in context.
During the November-April summer season, rain typically falls in short, sporadic showers in the late afternoon, producing dramatic dark skies and vivid rainbows before passing. During the May-October winter season there is very little or no rain and spectacular blue skies prevail. Summer weather (December-April) is warm to hot during the day and pleasantly cool at night. Winter weather (May-September) brings cool mornings and evenings, refreshing (occasionally chilly) nights, and warm days. October and November are the hottest months, with average daytime temperatures in the mid-90s.
You may obtain other regional weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
The Safari Experience
A variety of activities can be included on our custom safaris in Botswana, but the primary activity is usually game driving. The wildlife is typically most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (these times also provide the best light for photography), and therefore we plan our activities accordingly.
Typically, one of the camp staff will knock at your tent door early in the morning, and camp guests will gather for a quick, light breakfast and coffee or tea before departing camp as the sun rises. We move slowly, and even when animals are not present, the landscape and sounds of the bush are entrancing. We spend a few hours exploring and observing animals at watering holes or on the move from one region to another.
As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. Our guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the animals. We keep a respectful distance - although the same cannot always be said about the animals and it is not unusual to come nose-to-car with baboons, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and elephants. By mid-late morning, we return to camp where a delicious brunch awaits.
After brunch, we enjoy a few hours of down time, enjoying the amenities of camp, resting, bird watching, taking photos, or perhaps reading about the region you are visiting.
Later on, we gather for hors d'oeuvres and drinks before heading out for the afternoon activity. Some days this will be another game drive, while other times we may board mokoros for a quiet exploration of the waterways near camp or explore the area on foot in the company of our guide and a ranger.
"Sundowners", a light snack and cocktails served in the bush, are an African safari tradition, and a great way to enjoy unforgettable sunsets. We then make our way back to camp, sometimes driving with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals.
In the evenings, dinner is enjoyed as a group, and will vary from seated meals ordered from the daily menu, to dining in the camp 'boma' with a feast of traditional African foods and entertainment by the camp staff. These are joyful performances where it is often difficult to tell who is having more fun - the staff or the camp guests!
When to Go
With a carefully planned itinerary, Botswana can be a year-round destination. The classic safari route from Maun, Botswana to Victoria Falls threads through the famed Okavango Delta to the Linyanti/Selinda reserves, and ends on the Zambezi River in Zambia or Zimbabwe. For this itinerary, the best game viewing is from June-October, but really the game viewing is very good year-round in these regions, and the November-May season can provide pricing advantages. No matter when you go, we can help you select the very best itinerary based on your specific dates.
In terms of wildlife viewing, many agree the following are the best times to go to specific regions:
Central Kalahari Game Reserve: November-July; big cat sightings are best January - April
Chobe: April - December; June - November offer the very best game viewing
Linyanti: Year-round; elephant concentrations are highest June-October
Moremi/Okavango: Year-round; May - November offer the very best game viewing
Nxai Pan/Makgadikgadi Pan National Parks: November-July; zebra migration in Makgadikgadi Pans runs from January-April
Savute: Year-round; December-April offer the very best game viewing
Tuli: Year-round; March-November offer the very best game viewing