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Experience the classic Botswana safari
Located in Central Southern Africa, Botswana is one of the most famous wildlife safari countries of Africa with a big reputation that is well deserved. The main focus for people coming on safari here is exploring its Northern parks which contain the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti Swamps, The Savuti and Chobe River Front. However, there is more to this big country than these areas, like the World’s largest salt pans – the Makgadikgadi Pans. The vast and wild Central Kalahari Game Reserve and in the far South the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Within and surrounding these designated reserves are several community owned concession areas like the Khwai community area which help to keep vast areas of wilderness wild and interconnected, at the same time benefiting local communities. Home to Africa’s largest population of Elephants and great for excellent big predator sightings.
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Get a taste of it all
Combining various ecosystems and game viewing experiences within Botswana will give you an amazing safari whether it is your first time or the safari veteran. It is also a country that is great for safari during the green season as you still experience incredible sightings with a volume and variety of wildlife and few access problems – a country for all seasons with incredible luxury safari camps down to more basic mobile tented safari camp experiences.
What you need
to know
Things that are worth knowing about when traveling to Botswana
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Habituated Meerkats
These amazing family orientated animals made famous by various documentaries are always a favourite. Being able to sit amongst them as they get on with their day and use you as a lookout post is a very special experience. This activity is possible from only a few camps in the Makgadikgadi Pans area.
The Tsodilo Hills
The Tsodilo Hills
An area of rocky outcrops on the Western side of the Pan Handle area of the Okavango Delta – this area has been used by both the San and Hambakushu people as a place of worship and holds great significance for them to this day. It is adorned with 100’s of ancient rock art paintings dating back hundreds of years making it a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Central Kalahari scene
The Central Kalahari
Game Reserve
This vast area of untouched wilderness is a unique experience to visit. It has no natural surface water but holds an amazing amount of large mammals like Giraffe, Oryx and Springbok even a few elephants, they are especially visible during the rain season when they move into the fertile ancient river valleys between the sand dunes. Great for predator sightings like Cheetah, Black-Maned Lions, Brown Hyena, leopard and Bat -eared foxes.
  • General
    What do I pack for a safari in Zimbabwe? Please remember that there may be luggage weight or size restrictions on your Zimbabwe safari. Before you travel, we shall advise you on what would be suitable for your specific safari as sometimes you may need a wide range of clothing to cater for the different conditions of your safari. If bush walks are a part of your safari, we advise to not wear white or black coloured clothes. What Stone Ruins are in Zimbabwe? The name Zimbabwe translates as “House of stone”. Between the 11th to 15th Century these stone edifices were constructed around the country and were important centres of trade and government. The main ones being Great Zimbabwe, Khami Ruins and Dhlodhlo Ruins, there are many other smaller ones scattered around. Can I walk by myself in the National Parks? No, you cannot, this is only available in designated areas within Mana Pools National Park after paying for a special permit and signing a disclaimer. We do not recommend doing this, you will have a much better experience being accompanied by a trained professional safari guide familiar with the area. Licensed professional guides working for a registered operator are allowed to take you for walks anywhere within the National Parks. What currency is used in Zimbabwe? The currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean Dollar. In tourist areas most transactions are quoted and done in US Dollars with South African Rand also possible. What time zone is Zimbabwe in? Zimbabwe shares the same time zone as the rest of Southern Africa, which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time – (GMT) + 2 hours, in the Central Africa Time Zone (CAT) Can I use my credit cards in Zimbabwe? Yes, but only really in the main cities or tourist areas like Victoria Falls with Visa and Mastercard the most widely accepted. To buy curios or paying for camp extras like National Parks Fees it is better to have actual cash. What power sockets are used in Zimbabwe? In the cities and safari camps Zimbabwe uses 220V power points in the camps mostly using Type G plugs. If you have an item that runs on 110V, please bring a converter. It is also advisable to bring additional universal travel adaptors and extra batteries.
  • Visas
    Do I need a visa to travel to Zimbabwe? Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival at the port of entry or apply for an e-visa before arrival. However, some nationalities may have to apply in advance through an embassy.Please check with your Travel Designer to find out if you require a visa to enter Zimbabwe.
  • Medical
    What Vaccinations do I need for travelling to Zimbabwe? At this time there are no vaccination requirements for tourists visiting Zimbabwe – However if you are travelling to Zimbabwe from areas infected with yellow fever, you must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. We will advise the latest regulations before travelling. If you are unsure about what is best for you, please consult your medical practitioner for professional advice on what other vaccinations may be suitable for you. Medical Evacuations? Air medical evacuations are available in Zimbabwe, but it is important that you have medical insurance with this type of remote evacuation cover and declare the details to your travel designer prior to travel. Do I need to take malaria medication when visiting Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe is in a malarial zone so please consult with your medical practitioner a few weeks before your departure on what the best prophylactic for you would be. Some courses of medication may need to be started in advance of your visit to Zimbabwe.
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Private Mobile Tented Camp
This is a private concession that is dedicated to walking and mokoro canoes only. Your camp here would also be private, so you essentially have an entire concession area and camp to yourselves. There are no game drive loops so vehicle access is limited. Your day would typically be a walk with your experienced professional guide in the morning come back to camp and then either a bit more walking or a mokoro canoe ride in the afternoon.
elephant stretching at sunset
Glamping in Botswana
Taking you to three of Botswana's most diverse and fascinating safari areas that all have a big reputation for quality game viewing and stunning scenery. Doing these three areas is a combination that will ensure that each camp is a totally new experience while being pampered with a high quality of service and camp facilities.
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Okavango Delta Walking Safari
Situated in the southern reaches of Africa, Botswana is renowned for its pristine wilderness areas characterised by deep lagoons, wetlands, lush palms, rugged hills and desert plains.
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