Botswana - One of the top 50 Places to Travel in 2020 - Discoverdior
Take your pick from a slew of new safari lodges. The Okavango Delta just saw the opening of Natural Selection’s Tuludi, a treehouse-inspired camp with seven tented suites connected by elevated boardwalks, and come June, the solar-powered Xigera Safari Lodge will debut in the delta’s Moremi Game Reserve.
We stayed here in November and had a great time! The people, the views, and the game viewing were all just wonderful.
The lodge itself is very nice- with the rooms perched high up on a hill with really great views, You can see a watering hole from the main lodge- the elephants loved this during our stay so we had a steady parade of animals to watch! The staff was also wonderful and so accommodating- the food was consistently delicious.
The game viewing was also pretty good. The lodge takes advantage of the area right around them, where we saw tons of elephants, buffalo, lions, and giraffes, just to name a few. The afternoon sundowners at the watering hole while watching the elephants frolic in the mud was absolutely amazing.
We also had the amazing experience of watching two lion brothers execute a hunt. In the mornings we went to the Savuti march area, where we also had great luck with game, including a baby leopard and many more lions (including cubs). Our guide, Allan, was amazing- his knowledge of the area was tremendous and he could not have been nicer.
When To Visit?The weather is hot most of the year, particularly Oct–Dec. The dry season (May–Oct) is a popular time to visit, when wildlife-viewing reaches its peak and large numbers of elephants gather along the Chobe Riverfront. Roads may become impassable during the rainy months (Nov–Apr), though this is also prime birdwatching time.
Is Botswana Safe?Botswana is one of the safest countries in Africa and travelers might only encounter petty crime. ... The good news is Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, doesn't experience high levels of crime. As you would in any country, keep your valuables secure and only take out with you what you need for the day.
What injections do you need for Botswana?The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Botswana: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Top African Bush Camps New Linyanti Expeditions - Discoverdior
On the edge of Chobe National Park, you’ll find a new, six-tent mobile camp called Linyanti Expeditions, where travelers take walking safaris through the bush in search of elephants, zebras, and rare birds.
Meanwhile Great Plains Selinda Camp, in an area of northern Botswana best known for sightings of the rare African wild dog, has been dazzling guests since its opening last June, with guest rooms that put a fresh spin on the classic safari aesthetic, and exteriors that echo the thatched-roof buildings in the tribal center of the Bayei people. —Madeline Bilis