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An unforgettable experience – Custom Botswana Safaris with Boundless Journeys

Witness the incredible, often touching interactions of wildlife like elephants, lions, buffalo, zebras, hippos, and antelope. Relax with congenial fellow travelers in exceptional camps, swap stories with guides over the campfire, dine on memorable cuisine, and sleep under canvas while snuggled in fine linens. Repeat.

Exclusive, low-impact, and epic all describe Boundless Journeys’ custom safaris in Botswana. Bush flights deliver you to remote wilderness camps. Experienced naturalist guides will introduce you to the wildlife. Deluxe (or, if you choose, downright luxurious) camps await you at day’s end, in scenic locations, featuring inventive cuisine, congenial staff, and a relaxing atmosphere—perfect for reconnecting with friends and family.

Boundless Journeys’ staff has traveled extensively through the prime game regions of Botswana, visiting camps and meeting guides, all to ensure that your customized safari is easy to plan, and unforgettably flawless once you are there.

Why Trust Your Custom African Safari to Boundless Journeys?
To develop a collection of truly unique safaris, Boundless Journeys has partnered with some of the best safari outfitters in Southern and Eastern Africa. In addition to experienced guides, first-class vehicles, and a diverse selection of camp and lodge options, our partners’ conservation efforts and community-mindedness are great matches for Boundless Journeys’ core philosophy.

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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES FOR BOTSWANA

Based on our years of designing custom safaris to Botswana, we believe that the combinations below deliver the best experiences in each region. Our Boundless Journeys trip specialists can further customize these options to match the interests of your group, and can mix and match the experiences below. Don't worry: If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore! Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.

Essential Botswana (May-October)

Regions Visited:

Linyanti

Located northeast of the Okavango Delta is the spectacular Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. It is a lush region comprised of three main tributaries – the Linyanti River, the Savuti Channel, and the Selinda Spillway – resulting in abundant grasslands, flood plains, woodlands, vegetation, and naturally, incredible wildlife, including the world’s highest concentration of elephants.

Herds of zebra and wildebeest can also be found here, in addition to giraffe, hippo, impala, Cape buffalo, antelope, roan, and impala. And with such a diverse array of wildlife on display, the Linyanti attracts such predators as lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah, as well as the endangered African wild dog.

Okavango Delta

One of Africa’s most extraordinary wilderness sanctuaries, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta is a spectacular sight to behold. It’s the largest inland delta system in the world – filled with islands, lagoons, and channels – and the fact that this 9,000-square-mile wetland oasis is located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert makes it even more remarkable.

Year round, this fertile landscape supports an incredible ecosystem and great migrations of wildlife. Lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and wild dog can be found in the Okavango Delta, as well as all the plains animals and excellent concentrations of zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe.

Moremi Game Reserve

The first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents, Moremi Game Reserve is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta. As it has one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent, it’s no wonder that Moremi is renowned for its environmental and scientific importance.

It’s also famous for fantastic wildlife viewing year-round, where you can see everything from over 400 species of birds and zebra, giraffe, and hippos to the "Big Five": lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. (In fact, both white and black rhino can be found at Moremi.)

An ideal Botswana safari combining the diverse habitats surrounding one of the world's great wilderness areas: the Okavango Delta.

Moremi Game Reserve | Okavango Delta | Linyanti Region (bordering Chobe National Park)

Day 1: Arrive Maun; bush flight to safari camp in Moremi Game Reserve; evening game drive
Days 2-3: Game drives and guided bush walks in Moremi Game Reserve
Day 4: Morning game drive; bush flight to safari camp on a private reserve in Okavango Delta; evening game drive
Day 5: Mokoro and other boat and Land Rover-based game viewing on a private reserve in Okavango Delta
Day 6: Morning game viewing; bush flight to safari camp in Linyanti Region bordering Chobe National Park; evening game drive
Days 7-8: Game drives and guided bush walks in Linyanti Region
Day 9: Bush flight to Maun or Kasane for international departure

Essential Botswana (November-April)

Regions Visited:

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

At 5,000,000 hectares, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the biggest protected areas in Africa and the second largest game reserve in the world. The dominant feature of this national park is the renowned 350,000-square-mile Kalahari Desert (although with its annual rainfall, it can be considered more of a semi-desert).

With its varied climate and landscape, an outstanding diversity of flora and fauna thrive in the Kalahari, including antelope, springbok, brown hyenas, giraffes, meerkats, jackals, and the Kalahari lion, as well as many species of reptiles and birds. The Kalahari is also home to the San people who, for over 20,000 years, have lived as hunter-gatherers in this must-see region of Botswana.

Okavango Delta

One of Africa’s most extraordinary wilderness sanctuaries, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta is a spectacular sight to behold. It’s the largest inland delta system in the world – filled with islands, lagoons, and channels – and the fact that this 9,000-square-mile wetland oasis is located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert makes it even more remarkable.

Year round, this fertile landscape supports an incredible ecosystem and great migrations of wildlife. Lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and wild dog can be found in the Okavango Delta, as well as all the plains animals and excellent concentrations of zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe.

Moremi Game Reserve

The first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents, Moremi Game Reserve is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta. As it has one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent, it’s no wonder that Moremi is renowned for its environmental and scientific importance.

It’s also famous for fantastic wildlife viewing year-round, where you can see everything from over 400 species of birds and zebra, giraffe, and hippos to the "Big Five": lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. (In fact, both white and black rhino can be found at Moremi.)

During Botswana's summer months, the Kalahari Desert comes alive, offering spectacular big cat viewing, combined with the wetland wonder of the Okavango Delta and renowned Moremi Game Reserve.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve | Okavango Delta | Moremi Game Reserve

Day 1: Arrive Maun; bush flight to safari camp in Central Kalahari Game Reserve; evening game drive
Days 2-3: Game drives and guided bush walks with San bushmen in Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Day 4: Bush flight to safari camp on a private reserve in Okavango Delta; evening game drive
Day 5: Mokoro and other boat and Land Rover-based game viewing on a private reserve in Okavango Delta (subject to water levels)
Day 6: Morning game drive; bush flight to safari camp in Moremi Game Reserve; evening game drive
Days 7-8: Game drives and guided bush walks in Moremi Game Reserve
Day 9: Bush flight to Maun or Kasane for international departure

The Kalahari Desert

Regions Visited:

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

At 5,000,000 hectares, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the biggest protected areas in Africa and the second largest game reserve in the world. The dominant feature of this national park is the renowned 350,000-square-mile Kalahari Desert (although with its annual rainfall, it can be considered more of a semi-desert).

With its varied climate and landscape, an outstanding diversity of flora and fauna thrive in the Kalahari, including antelope, springbok, brown hyenas, giraffes, meerkats, jackals, and the Kalahari lion, as well as many species of reptiles and birds. The Kalahari is also home to the San people who, for over 20,000 years, have lived as hunter-gatherers in this must-see region of Botswana.

Experience an adventurous safari into Botswana's Kalahari Desert, one of the most remote and unspoiled experiences on the African continent.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve |

Day 1: Arrive Maun; bush flight to safari camp in Central Kalahari Game Reserve; evening game drive
Days 2-3: Game drives and guided bush walks with San bushmen in Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Day 4: Bush flight to Maun for departure

Ultimate Botswana

Regions Visited:

Victoria Falls (Livingstone)

Over a mile wide and 300 feet high, Victoria Falls is an awe-inspiring site to behold. While it is renowned as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, its local name is particularly apt—Mosi-oa-Tunya ("the smoke that thunders")—as it accurately depicts the roar of the falls and the plume of spray that is visible for miles around as it cascades into the Zambezi River.

Wildlife also abounds in the area, which can be viewed from boating on the river or on game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, with fantastic sightings of rich birdlife as well as giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, and even white rhino.

The main Zambian town on the bank of Zambezi is "the adventure capital" of Livingstone, which is renowned for such its variety of sports like white-water rafting, horseback riding, and more.

Linyanti

Located northeast of the Okavango Delta is the spectacular Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. It is a lush region comprised of three main tributaries – the Linyanti River, the Savuti Channel, and the Selinda Spillway – resulting in abundant grasslands, flood plains, woodlands, vegetation, and naturally, incredible wildlife, including the world’s highest concentration of elephants.

Herds of zebra and wildebeest can also be found here, in addition to giraffe, hippo, impala, Cape buffalo, antelope, roan, and impala. And with such a diverse array of wildlife on display, the Linyanti attracts such predators as lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah, as well as the endangered African wild dog.

Okavango Delta

One of Africa’s most extraordinary wilderness sanctuaries, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta is a spectacular sight to behold. It’s the largest inland delta system in the world – filled with islands, lagoons, and channels – and the fact that this 9,000-square-mile wetland oasis is located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert makes it even more remarkable.

Year round, this fertile landscape supports an incredible ecosystem and great migrations of wildlife. Lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and wild dog can be found in the Okavango Delta, as well as all the plains animals and excellent concentrations of zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe.

Scheduled for the peak season for wildlife excitement in Botswana, this naturalist-led safari explores private areas within the Okavango Delta and bordering Chobe National Park.

Okavango Delta | Linyati Wildlife Reserve | Zambia (Zambezi River & Victoria Falls)

Day 1: Arrive Maun; bush flight over the Okavango Delta to western edge of Moremi Game Reserve; option for night game drive
Day 2: Mokoro trips, game drives, and guided bush walks into Moremi Game Reserve
Day 3: Morning game drive and bush flight into northern Okavango Delta; day and night game drives
Day 4: Day and night game drives in the Okavango Delta; boating, fishing, and mokoro trip options
Day 5: Bush flight to private Linyanti Concession; short game drive
Days 6-7: Game drives and nature walks in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve
Day 8: Bush flight to Zambia; arrive at Zambezi River camp; sunset cruise
Day 9: Options for game drive in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, river cruise, fishing excursion, guided nature walk, and tours of Livingstone town, and visits to Mkuni Market and Simonga Village
Day 10: Guided tour of Victoria Falls and departure

Where to Stay

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

At 5,000,000 hectares, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the biggest protected areas in Africa and the second largest game reserve in the world. The dominant feature of this national park is the renowned 350,000-square-mile Kalahari Desert (although with its annual rainfall, it can be considered more of a semi-desert).

With its varied climate and landscape, an outstanding diversity of flora and fauna thrive in the Kalahari, including antelope, springbok, brown hyenas, giraffes, meerkats, jackals, and the Kalahari lion, as well as many species of reptiles and birds. The Kalahari is also home to the San people who, for over 20,000 years, have lived as hunter-gatherers in this must-see region of Botswana.

Kalahari Plains CampDeluxe

Situated near the famous Deception Valley, Kalahari Plains Camp offers some of the best summer (Dec-April) wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. The solar powered camp has six ensuite tents and a central area with lounge, dining area and bar, all raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping views across the Kalahari. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, game drives, stargazing, and cultural interpretive walks with Bushmen.

Tau PanClassic

(Land Camp)

Situated on a remote ridge in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, this camp offers incredible views of Tau Pan—famous for its stark beauty. The solar-powered camp accommodates up to 18 guests in nine thatched ensuite rooms (including one family room) on raised decks. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, game drives, stargazing, and nature walks with Bushman trackers.

Linyanti

Located northeast of the Okavango Delta is the spectacular Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. It is a lush region comprised of three main tributaries - the Linyanti River, the Savuti Channel, and the Selinda Spillway - resulting in abundant grasslands, flood plains, woodlands, vegetation, and naturally, incredible wildlife, including the world's highest concentration of elephants.

Herds of zebra and wildebeest can also be found here, in addition to giraffe, hippo, impala, Cape buffalo, antelope, roan, and impala. And with such a diverse array of wildlife on display, the Linyanti attracts such predators as lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah, as well as the endangered African wild dog.

DumaTauDeluxe

The Linyanti (Land Camp)

DumaTau, meaning ‘roar of the lion,’ is a ten-room tented camp in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve bordering Chobe National Park. Situated at the source of the Savute Channel, DumaTau offers among the best game viewing in northern Botswana. Ten ensuite rooms, including two family tents, are raised off the ground to take advantage of sweeping river views. An airy, expansive dining and lounge area as well as a pool, overlook the lagoon and its residents.

Kings PoolLuxury

(Land Camp)

Nine well-appointed ensuite tents each have a large bedroom area, lounge, private plunge pool, sala and indoor and outdoor showers. Raised walkways allow animals to wander freely through the camp to and from the water. The lounge, dining room and bar areas are on expansive raised decks and there is a pool and an open-air ‘kgotla’ for dining under the stars. Game drives (day and night), walks, and sublime boat cruises on the Linyanti River are all offered here.

Savuti CampDeluxe

Linyanti Concession

Savuti Camp is situated in the private Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel, a deep, clear waterway that harbors hippo and aquatic life, and draws elephant, zebra, and others to be refreshed by its waters. This intimate camp offers ensuite accommodation in seven spacious tents that are raised off the ground and face the channel. From the camp’s thatched lounge area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend on wooden decks towards the channel.

Selinda CampDeluxe

(Land Camp)

Set in a pristine wilderness area on the banks of the Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana’s 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve, Selinda Camp is home to some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo in southern Africa. The camp accommodates 18 guests in nine ensuite tented villas, including a family room. A pool offers views over the crystal-clear spillway, and raised decks offer views of spectacular sunrises over floodplains teeming with wildlife.

ZarafaLuxury

(Land Camp)

Exclusive and private, this eco-friendly camp features four magnificent luxury tented villas and a spectacular main area, all raised on decking to take advantage of sweeping views of the Zibadianja Lagoon. Each tent features four-poster bed, beautiful copper tub, organic toiletries, outdoor shower, cozy fireplace, private plunge pool, private deck area and breathtaking views over game-rich floodplains. Complimentary use of professional grade telescopes, cameras, and binoculars are an ideal complement to plentiful game sightings.

Moremi Game Reserve

The first reserve in Africa that was established by local residents, Moremi Game Reserve is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta. As it has one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent, it's no wonder that Moremi is renowned for its environmental and scientific importance.

It's also famous for fantastic wildlife viewing year-round, where you can see everything from over 400 species of birds and zebra, giraffe, and hippos to the "Big Five": lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. (In fact, both white and black rhino can be found at Moremi.)

Jacana CampDeluxe

(Water Camp)

Located on a beautiful island on the Moremi Game Reserve, Jacana Camp offers classic Okavango Delta experiences, including mokoro, boating, game drives, and fishing. Surrounded by seasonally-inundated floodplains, Jacana Camp’s five ensuite tents (including a family tent) are built on raised wooden decks, with panoramic views of the Okavango Delta. The camp also features a cozy lounge, perfect for campfires under the stars, an elevated dining area situated between two magnificent trees, and a plunge pool.

Kwara CampClassic

Overlooking a secluded lagoon in the Okavango Delta adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve, Kwara accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in eight traditionally-styled ensuite tents on raised decks, each offering inside and outside showers. Kwara’s location offers diverse wildlife viewing and both water and land activities, including game drives (day and night), game walks, mokoro (dugout canoe) trips, boating and fishing.

Little MomboLuxury

Chief's Island (Land Camp)

Little Mombo is a smaller, more intimate camp than its nearby sister site, Mombo Camp. Built under a shady canopy, Little Mombo has three private, spacious and luxurious rooms under canvas featuring ensuite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private viewing decks. The camp overlooks floodplains which offer some of the best big game viewing in the Okavango Delta. The camp also has its own dining and lounge area, sparkling plunge pool, and open-air boma.

Mombo CampLuxury

Chief's Island (Land Camp)

Mombo Camp, is on the northern tip of Chief’s Island within the Moremi Game Reserve. Renowned for its gameviewing, the newly rebuilt Mombo (2016), is a luxurious camp in the midst of the Okavango Delta’s most prolific wildlife viewing areas. Nine spacious ensuite tents are raised from the ground to maximize views, and offer a veranda, private outdoor sala, and indoor and outdoor showers. Two plunge pools and a decktop gym are among the many amenities.

Sanctuary Chief's CampLuxury

Chief’s Island

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve. Twelve luxury bush pavilions are nestled in a jackalberry woodland and feature four poster beds, traditional ceiling fans, and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. With the finest cuisine and wines, this camp, along with nearby Mombo and Little Mombo, is consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana.

Xigera CampDeluxe

Xigera Concession (Water Camp)

Xigera Camp (pronounced kee-jera) is set in the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, surrounded by pristine wetland. Ten luxurious tented rooms, each with en suite facilities and an outdoor shower, are raised on wooden platforms. A lounge, dining area, and traditional African ‘boma’ offer memorable dining options, and there is also a plunge pool. A true "water camp," Xigera offers mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions and game-viewing by motorboat. The birding is incredible here, with Pel’s fishing owl among the highlights.

Okavango Delta

One of Africa's most extraordinary wilderness sanctuaries, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta is a spectacular sight to behold. It's the largest inland delta system in the world - filled with islands, lagoons, and channels - and the fact that this 9,000-square-mile wetland oasis is located in the middle of the Kalahari Desert makes it even more remarkable.

Year round, this fertile landscape supports an incredible ecosystem and great migrations of wildlife. Lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, and wild dog can be found in the Okavango Delta, as well as all the plains animals and excellent concentrations of zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe.

Abu CampLuxury

Special Interest Camp (Elephants)

Set in the pristine wilderness of the Okavango Delta, Abu Camp’s resident elephant herd offers guests the rare opportunity to interact with these impresive creatures. A haven of peace and tranquillity, Abu features six ensuite tented rooms, each with their own distinctive elegance, indoor and outdoor showers, and comfortable seating area. Private decks are sculpted around the shade trees, offering panoramic views. A star-bed allows the opportunity to sleep overlooking the elephant boma, with contented rumbling and low snores of the elephants below—an unforgettable experience!

Baines' CampLuxury

Special Interest Camp (Elephants)

Sanctuary Baines? Camp is built on raised platforms above the Boro River in the Okavango Delta. Offering the opportunity to walk with elephants, Baines is an intimate camp featuring five luxury rooms, with four-poster beds,  traditional ceiling fans, ensuite facilities, and private viewing decks. A swimming pool near the main lounge offers views of hippos wallowing in the lagoon. An opulent "star bath" provides a memorable soak.

Chitabe CampDeluxe

Chitabe Concession (Land Camp)

A deluxe safari camp consisting of eight spacious tents built on raised platforms, each with a private deck in front, ensuite bathroom facilities, and both indoor and outdoor showers. The main dining, lounge, and pool areas are thatched structures on raised platforms, with glorious views across the floodplains.  Due to its location on the edge of the Okavango Delta, this land-oriented camp offers exceptional year-round game viewing, and guests can enjoy day and night game drives and nature walks.

Chitabe LedibaDeluxe

Chitabe Concession (Land Camp)

Chitabe Lediba Camp is an intimate Okavango Delta camp ideal for small groups or families. Five spacious tents, including two family tents, are built on raised decks and feature ensuite bathrooms with outdoor showers and panoramic views of the Delta. The dining area, lounge and pool have a glorious vantage over the water hole where wildlife comes to drink. The camp’s wide range of habitats makes for amazing wildlife sightings on day and night game drives and nature walks.

Duba Plains CampLuxury

Special Interest (Lion & Buffalo)

Duba Plains offers luxurious accommodations in six spacious tents, each with an ensuite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower, private veranda, and swimming pool, on a remote island in a private 30,000-hectare concession. Wildlife is abundant and often wanders through camp, and the area is renowned for its indomitable lions, which often hunt in broad daylight, and were the subject of the National Geographic documentary, ‘Relentless Enemies.’

Jao CampLuxury

Jao Concession (Water Camp)

Jao Camp has nine spacious  tents situated beneath a canopy of shady trees.  Each luxury tent has ensuite facilities, as well as an outdoor shower, and a private sala providing views of the surrounding floodplains. In addition to lounge and dining areas, there are two plunge pools and an outdoor boma for dining under the stars, complemented by wines from an excellent wine cellar. Jao Camp also offers a wide range of massage therapies.

Kwetsani CampDeluxe

Jao Concession

With just five en-suite ‘tree-house’ chalets, each beautifully furnished and constructed of thatch, wood, glass, and canvas, Kwetsani offers an intimate setting deep in the Okavango Delta. Raised dining room, lounge and bar areas offer sweeping vistas of the surrounding floodplains, and a walkway leads to a plunge pool with loungers for a cooling midday siesta. Both land and water activities are offered here, from game drives to morkoro canoe excursions.

Little TubuDeluxe

(Water & Land Camp)

Little Tubu offers an intimate bush experience for only six guests, deep in the Okavango Delta. Three traditional-style tents are perched on raised wooden platforms with private decks, an outdoor shower and ensuite bathroom facilities. The main dining, bar and pool areas all blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment and maximize the views. The setting of the camp creates a remote wilderness experience on game drives, morkoro canoe excursions, boating, and from the strategically placed hides.

Little VumburaDeluxe

(Land & Water Camp)

Located on a remote island in the northern Okavango Delta, Little Vumbura’s six tented rooms are built on raised wooden decks, surrounded by water, and only accessible by boat. Diverse wildlife sightings are found on day and night game drives, mokoro canoe excursions, boating, fishing, and nature walks. Each spacious tent is well appointed, featuring ensuite facilities and private decks. The property also offers a plunge pool, lounge, and a star deck for nightime gazing.

Pelo CampClassic

Okavango Delta (Water Camp)

Set on a small heart-shaped island (pelo means ‘heart’) in one of the most remote areas of the Okavango Delta, Pelo Camp is an intimate, unpretentious five-roomed camp. Each spacious tented room offers two full or one king-sized bed with ensuite facilities. A lounge and dining area under canvas are complemented by a traditional African ‘boma’, and there is also a plunge pool. A true "water camp," Pelo offers mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions, guided nature walks, and game-viewing by motorboat.

Tubu TreeDeluxe

(Water & Land Camp)

Tubu Tree is set amid magnificent trees on Hunda Island in the Okavango Delta. Eight luxurious tents (including a family tent)—each with en suite bathroom facilities, outdoor shower and private decks—offer idyllic views.  The main areas and pool are also raised to maximize views. Large concentrations of game make for spectacular wildlife viewing, whether on game drives, morkoro canoe excursions, boating, or from the strategically placed hides.

Vumbura Plains CampLuxury

(Water & Land Camp)

Two separate seven-roomed luxury camps, each with its own raised dining, lounge and bar area tucked beneath a canopy of trees, command magnificent views across the floodplains. Large, luxurious rooms featuring contemporary African design are raised on wooden decks and each have a bedroom, lounge, en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool and sala. A stargazing deck extends into the floodplain, surrounding a convivial campfire.

What To
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What To Expect

We Take Care of the Details

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.

Weather

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

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With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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Namibia: Desert Dune Safari

Namibia is a country of startling contrasts that straddles two great deserts: the Namib (for which the country is named) being the oldest desert on the planet, with red dunes towering 1,000 feet high, lording over the Atlantic coast, and...

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South Africa: Ultimate Cape Town & Kruger Safari

Few countries can boast South Africa’s natural riches, cultural diversity, and pure scenic splendor, and we embrace all three in equal measure on this epic South Africa safari. This journey begins in Cape Town, one of the world’s most spectacular...

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