Botswana offers one of the most diverse and visually stunning Safari aspects that Africa has to offer. It is here that you can experience the quiet desolation of the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi Pans, see the world from the water in the Okavango Delta and marvel in the magic of the elephants of Chobe.
The gateways to Botswana are Gaberone, Maun and Kasane as well as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia. From here, depending on the location of your lodges, transfers will either be by road or by light aircraft, a truly thrilling arrival to your Botswana Holiday.
Located in the North East of the country, Chobe is a great add-on to a Victoria Falls stay, especially if you are a little pressed for time. It is here that the countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia converge on the Zambezi River.
Chobe National Park is well known for its excellent populations of elephant, In the north-west you can discover the floodplains of the Chobe River, the Savuti is known for its landscapes of marshlands and the Linyanti River with its riverine forests.
We offer a number of stunning safari options in the Chobe region, both land and water-based.
OKAVANGO REGION, DELTA & MOREMI
The true jewel in Botswana's crown, the Okavango. Words cannot describe the incredible experience that you encounter here, deep in the bush with the winding waterways, it's no wonder that Prince Harry chose Botswana as the special place to propose to the Duchess of Sussex.
Home to the Big 5 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Delta consists of endless floodplains, forests and riverine woodlands and an incredible example of biodiversity.
Many of the safari activities in the Okavango centre around the water and travellers will find themselves exploring marshy waterways by boat and even traditional mokoro (a dugout canoe).
THE KALAHARI DESERT
Home of the famous San people, also known as "Bushmen", the Kalahari is an experience unlike no other. The San have lived here for over 20 000 years and their skills of survival in this harsh environment are legendary.
It is here that you can view the incredible wide open spaces of the Makgadikgadi Pans with the spectacular sights of the migrating herds. During Spring, flowers and plants bloom transforming the usually barren landscape into an oasis of colour and life. The winter is pretty dry and while daytime temperatures are more bearable, it can get quite chilly at night.
Most visitors to the Kalahari tend to visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, an absolutely enormous reserve in the centre of the country, or the vast Makgadikgadi Pans slightly further north. The closest town is Maun, with regular flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town and other destinations in Botswana
Experience has show that every Botswana itinerary that we create is different. Whether you are flying in directly to Maun by private aircraft or travelling scheduled via Johannesburg or Addis Ababa, our Travel Experts are on hand to curate an itinerary perfectly tailored to your requirements.
Virtually all of our itineraries commence with a private light aircraft flight from one of the main gateway airports to a remote bush strip from where you are transferred to your lodge or mobile camp.
We generally recommend a combination of lodges or area's in order to truly benefit from the differing game experiences that can be found across Botswana. If time permits then we definitely suggest tagging on a couple of nights to experience the majesty of the Victoria Falls, either on the Zambian or Zimbabwean sides.
HOW TO GET HERE
Most safaris into Botswana start with a flight into either Maun International Airport (MUB) or Kasane International Airport (BBK) from where guests generally transfer to a light aircraft to a bush strip closest to your selected lodge.
While Flitestar is a private aviation company and we operate a varied fleet of private jet aircraft as well as turboprops, our Travel Team are also able to assist you with scheduled flights on a range of different airlines, so please do get in touch with our team to discuss your specific requirements.
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