Botswana

Botswana is the gem of Africa for wildlife without the crowds of people in Kenya and Tanzania. It is also one of the richest and safest countries in Africa. The location of Botswana makes the access to Victoria Falls and Cape Town very convenient. The multiple eco systems of the Salt Pans, Okavango Delta, Savuti, and Chobe make Botswana a unique safari destination. We specialize with Botswana because the proximity to South Africa allows for the best food and clean water supply.

Botswana Mobile Safari

      Our campsites are in the bush on our mobile safaris. We set up camp at three different campsites and stay two or three nights at each. The tents fit two people each and have very comfortable bedrolls. The staff creates comfortable toilets and erects bucket showers with hot water. All meals are prepared over the campfire in true safari style. The food is simply amazing. Our chef bakes homemade bread daily and can cater to any dietary need. Dinner is served under the stars and drinks enjoyed around the campfire.

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the last great natural wonders of the world, a spectacular land where the Okavango River meets the Kalahari Desert to create a vast and fertile delta. The resultant habitat of waterways and islands is an oasis of serenity. Spread across northwestern Botswana, it is a land of meandering waterways, lush wetlands, flat plains, and home to thousands of different species of plants, birds and animals.

            Each summer, floods pour down from the highlands of Angola and Namibia into the Okavango River and flow through the expanses of the Delta. The water courses through huge 15,000 square kilometer flood plains before it dissipates into the sands of the Kalahari. The floods reach their peak at the end of May, covering grass flats and making thousands of islands out of tree-covered ridges of land. Thick papyrus grows everywhere and, in the northern parts of the delta, chokes the waterways so that they are impenetrable except by canoes called makoros.

Video from our Mobile Safari in July 2015

Chobe National Park & Savuti

      This is an exciting wild secluded area of Botswana. The semi desert region of Chobe National Park, located in the northeastern corner of Botswana near the Zimbabwe border, covers 11,700 square kilometers of savannah. Chobe is split into two dramatically different wilderness areas- the arid Savuti in the south, which is famous for its lion, and the lush Chobe in the north, famous for its large herds of elephant. The flood plain of the Chobe River provides large stretches of grassland that support large herds of antelope and accompanying predators. Savuti is famous as a battleground between the lion and hyena populations. You may want to rent National Geographic’s movie “Eternal Enemies” by Derrick and Beverly Joubert. The bushman paintings in the stony outcrops of Savuti cannot be missed.

     Apart from gravel and sand roads there is no development and it remains, like all other protected areas, a natural wilderness. There are two main entrances to the Park, at Kasane, a small town on the Chobe River and about one hour’s drive from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and at Mababe, about four hours drive from Maun. Kasane is a small bustling town on the Chobe River in northern Botswana. The town lies on the south bank of the river, which forms the boarder between Botswana and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. The town is also close to Africa’s ‘Four Corners” where Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe almost meet. Huge herds of elephants gather on the Chobe River during the dry season.

Moremi Wildlife Reserve

     Many travelers regard the Moremi Wildlife Reserve as the most spectacular and beautiful game park in Africa. It covers more that 1,100 square kilometers of grassy flood plains in the north-eastern corner of the Okavanego Delta. Apart from Savannah, the terrain includes winding waterways with banks of reeds, palm covered islands, thick forest, and lush lily covered lagoons where hippos bathe.

      With such a wide variety of vegetation comes an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife. Huge herds of impala and tsessebe are always in the area, while in the dry season large herds of buffalo, wildebeest, and zebra flock into the park from the Kalahari in search of food and water. The rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope live in the papyrus banks of the waterways. Lions, cheetahs, and packs of painted dogs hunt in the open grasslands. The reserve is home to an immense number of birds.

Includes Victoria Falls

   Also known at Mosi-oa-Tunya  “The smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls is one of the most amazing sites on the planet. With a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 50 km (31 mi) away.

   There are many activities available to us in Victoria Falls: White water rafting; a full day of rafting down the Zambezi River on class 4 and 5 rapids, Canoeing on the Zambezi River, Bunji Jumping, Game Drives, Helicopter and Ultra Light flights, or lots of shopping.

Best Times to Travel:

  • July & August: This is an amazing game-viewing time when the bush is low and the animals are concentrated around the few remaining watering holes. The temperature is cool and night and warm during the day.

Luxury Botswana Safaris

            There are many amazing lodges in Botswana for those who would like to spend a little bit more on higher luxury.  We work with luxury lodges that provide ‘expedition-style décor’ and that are environmentally efficient.

Safari Add-Ons:

  • Fly to Cape Town 3 days +

  • Drive the Garden Route + 5 days

  • Fly to Uganda for Gorilla tracking 7 days +

Hemingway Safaris Inc.

88 Leonard St.

New York, NY 10013

(212) 838-3650

info@HemingwaySafaris.com

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