Botswana has long been known as one of the best areas of Africa for game viewing – their fantastic anti-poaching policy is policed by their own army and as such this country remains a safe haven for wildlife. The game here is amazing all year round but particularly between April and October – due to the Delta and a large part of Botswana being Kalahari this country is ever changing and has something different to offer every month. People often return again and again to Botswana for this reason. Some of the more famous Botswana safari camps do offer extraordinary experiences but we wanted to draw attention to those we feel are the most unique:
1 San Camp, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
San Camp has long been one of our favourite camps in all of Africa – it really is special. Set on the vast open salt pans with white Moroccan tents spread far and wide we doubt there is a more romantic or wild feeling camp in all of Africa. Everything about this camp oozes luxury and glamour although the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Here one can walk with the ancient San bushmen, meet habituated meerkats who think nothing of using you to get a better view of their surroundings, and take quad bikes out into the pans as well as searching for tools used by early man in this area.
Botswana is just made for mobile safaris – mobile safaris come in all shapes and sizes to suit every budget, we have rustic private camps to extremely luxurious private camps with large walk in tents decked out in campaign furniture. The best thing about any kind of mobile safaris is the privacy, exclusivity and the locations you can go to – we actually plan with you the best locations depending on the time of year and game movements. It is by far the best way of doing any kind of safari.
Duba Plains Camp is set in its own private conservancy in a very remote part of the Okavango Delta and offers the best chance possible of seeing lion hunt buffalo. The game viewing here is without people and often completely thrilling. The landscape is also varied with open plains, water channels and much more. The camp is currently having a complete overhaul so it will be even more luxurious than it was before, and we’re not surprised this is on many people’s hit lists.
4 Machaba Camp
This is a more rustic camp but offers a wonderfully relaxing experience. The camp is set in a private concession with lots of game and no people – here walks and night drives are a highlight on top of game drives and the inviting infinity pool is in the perfect spot to watch elephant and other game species drink just below camp. The informal and comfy tents are furnished beautifully and guests always come away from this camp truly blown away.
This extraordinary camp is owner run and feels like a home – on the border of the Makgadikgadi pans it offers guests a chance to see what living in the bush is really like and you always leave a friend of the owner and staff. The experience is a wild and wonderful one and one that will leave you wanting more.