the living desert
Namibia is the soul of Africa, characterized by vast open spaces, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. This vast desert country of rolling dunes and swirling mists stirs the spirit and moves the heart.
Namibia is so large and sparsely populated that it is possible to discover enormous open spaces without roads, towns, trees or even stones, just the desert wind passing through one of the most enchanting corners of the earth.
Africa’s largest game park, the Namib-Naukluft Park, is a must see when on safari in Namibia, with its magnificent sea of rolling red dunes at Sossusvlei.
Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s great parks in both size and diversity of wildlife. In the country’s far north eastern pocket is the captivating and largely unexplored Caprivi Strip.
Explore Namibia from the seat of a light aircraft or helicopter to experience views so captivating they will be etched into your memory for eternity.
Experience the Namib Sand Sea; the oldest and largest dunes in the world.
Track desert adapted elephant in the Damaraland.
Get up close and personal to the endangered black rhino in Etosha National Park.
Wander the ethereal shores of the Skeleton coast and discover ancient wrecks, glimpse the illusive sand wolf, visit one of the biggest colonies of Cape Fur Seals in the world and be awed by the isolation and solitude of this savage yet beautiful coastline.
When is best to travel to Botswana?Botswana's dry season is from May to October, offers clear skies, little rain, fewer mosquitos and excellent game viewing. February to April are also excellent times to travel.
How do I get to and around Botswana?Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa via any of the main airlines and you will find connecting flights or charter flights from Johannesburg to the Okavango Delta (Maun International) or Chobe National Park (Kasane International) Many of the remote Delta camps can only be reached by light aircraft, which is an incredible way to get around and experience this natural wonderland from a different vantage point.
How long should I spend in Botswana?When travelling to Botswana allow for at least one week to experience the Okavango Delta and perhaps a visit to the Makgadikgadi salt pans. One could add on a few extra days to experience the Chobe River or cruise on a luxury houseboat on the Zambezi River. Booking is required in advance as most camps are small, intimate and remote. Botswana is considered as an expensive destination, which is worth taking into consideration when thinking about your budget.
What attractions and experiences will I find in Botswana?If you are after a safari experience like no other, Botswana is a phenominal destination offering superb wildlife viewing opportunities, incredibly diverse landscapes and conservation initiatives. Botswana offers a plethora of unique destinations and landscapes including Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Tsodilo, the Kalahari Desert and the vast Makgadikgadi Pans. Highlights would be - experience the Delta and the Makgadikgadi Pans from the air - take a horse riding safari - for the twitchers; discover some of the world's most unique bird species - spot rare and endangered wildlife such as rhino and wild dog - explore the winding waterways of the Okavango from a traditional Mokoro canoe - experience the intrigue and mystery of the Tsodilo hills and San bushman culture
What is the political and economic climate of Botswana?Solid infrastructure, financial and political stability means that travelling in Botswana is both safe and easy. The standards of accomodation, service delivery and catering are extremely high. In fact you will find some of Africa's most luxurious experiences in Botswana, perfect for anyone who loves the finer things in life.
What essential information should I know before visiting Botswana?Health: anti-malarials are required. We recommend you visit your travel doctor for the latest information on travel vaccinations. Language: English is the official language in Botswana along with Setswana. Currency: Pula is the local currency which is a Setswana word for "rain", Botswana's most precious resource and therefore a blessing. We recommend travellers travelling with US dollars especially for tipping but VISA credit cards are accepted in most locations. Accomodation: Most lodges are small and intimate so it would be wise to book as far in advance as possible to avoid missing out.