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Botswana Safari

In Botswana, we spent five nights between two small tented camps in the Okavango Delta (the world's largest inland delta).

The flights in and out of the delta were absolutely amazing. We flew low to the ground in a 5 passenger plane, and we could see larger animals like elephants, hippos, and giraffes down below. We were also amazed to see huge termite mounds (once on the ground, we learned that many were 5-6 feet high!) and on our second flight, the runway had to be cleared of zebras before we could land! 

We spent our days on safari drives seeing lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, gazelles, hyenas, warthogs and more. Our guides were wonderful and we learned a ton about all of the different animals, their habits, what they ate, etc. Our favorite times, however, were spent tracking the different animals. Our guides taught us where the animals liked to walk, what their tracks look like, and what each animal's "spoor" looked like. For example, lions stick to the roads because they don't like to get stickers from the tall grass in their fur.

We loved all the varieties of colorful birds. Our favorite was the Lilac Breasted Roller -- the national bird of Botswana -- and all the eagles were cool too. To our own surprise, we ended up reading through the bird books at our lodge to learn more -- we never envisioned ourselves as "birders."

Probably our favorite experience, however, was looking out the window one evening as we were getting ready for bed to see an elephant, silhouette by the light of the full moon, passing right in front of our tent! Our biggest surprise? The noise at night! We were awakened by the sounds of hippos, elephants, lions, birds, fruit bats, baboons, and other sounds we couldn't identify.

Questions and Answers

time of year for optimum animal viewing and comfortable weather?

The best time to visit Botswana is around April to June every year when the weather is not so hot, and the Okavavngo Delta gets flooded from the neibouring Angola and Namibia. Usually this when alot of animals gather from other regions and the Victorial falls in the north also has a lot of water.


The risks can change year by year and season by season. It's best to check with a medical professional that specializes in travel medicine.
You should consult your doctor about what vaccines you need to visit Botswana. Your doctor may also prescribe an anti-malarial

i want to visit Botswana from India,Newdelhi.What will be the return Airfare

I want to travel from South Africa, via Botswana to Namibië,can you tell me what routes to follow, and do I need a visa to enter Botswana

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