Botswana safaris may be all the rage in 2016. Lonely Planet just released its list of top destinations for 2016 and Botswana tops the list. It’s not hard for us to see why. Botswana has long been one of our favorite destinations. Here’ are Ker & Downey’s top 5 reasons why you should go.
Wide Open Spaces
Botswana is one of the last untouched areas in Africa with over 17 percent of its land set aside for national parks. Its concessions aren’t bound up by fences, so the wildlife roams free. What makes Botswana unique is its concept of “low-volume” tourism. Most concessions restrict the number of guests to 20 or less so your safari is private, and those special bush moments aren’t shared with hundreds of vehicles like you might find elsewhere in Africa. It’s an authentic safari experience exploring untouched areas of Africa.
More than the Big 5
Botswana is home to huge concentrations of wildlife. Among the Big 5, it’s a birding paradise, home to a pack of habituated meerkats, pods of hippos in the delta, and numerous plains game. There’s just about as many ways to experience the wildlife too. The land of desert and delta is more than just Big 5 game drives. It’s a slow safari on foot, galloping on horseback, in a mokoro ride along the delta, and quad biking in the seemingly endless desert. It’s bird watching by the lagoons, family-friendly adventures in the bush, and off-road adventures in corners of the earth where wildlife roams free, and where civilization has yet to set foot.
Great for Families
Botswana is the ultimate family-friendly safari destination with activities and safari experiences specifically tailored to inspire even the youngest guests. On our Botswana Family Safari, you’ll experience the “Best Family Safari in Africa” (Safari Awards 2015) at Young Explorers, a Botswana family safari that operates out of Footsteps Across the Delta. With a private six-bedded camp, two professional guides, personal chef, waiter, housekeeper, and mokoro guides, it’s the best way to experience the bush with your family.
The Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is the crown jewel of Botswana. It’s one of the seven wonders of Africa and one of the last untouched areas in Africa. In 2014, it became UNESCO’s 1,000th World Heritage Site, putting it alongside iconic places such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, and the Taj Mahal. Because of the year-round water supply, 85 species of mammals and over 1,075 species of bird call this wildlife sanctuary home, creating one of the best game-viewing opportunities in Africa. It’s a paradise for nature-lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike with game viewing experiences unlike anywhere else on earth. Glide effortlessly through the delta in a mokoro canoe, or exclusively with a private game guide in an open 4×4 safari vehicle, or on a walking safari lead by excellent guides.
Botswana is home to some of the best guides in Africa. And they’ve got to be, right? They are searching out game in concessions without fences where they animals roam freely. Beyond guiding game drives, they also lead some of the most exciting ways to see Africa – from walking safaris to horseback safaris. We know that a guide can make or break your trip, so we make sure we work with the best to give you that once in a lifetime safari, every single time.
Botswana Safaris with Ker & Downey
Ready to explore Botswana? There’s a whole host of itineraries to inspire you. For more information about one of our journeys to Botswana or to start planning your Botswana safaris, contact your Ker & Downey Travel Professional.