BOTSWANA
Southern Africa’s Kalahari basin meets the life-giving Okavango Delta, creating a wetland paradise and biodiversity hotspot like no other. From black-maned lions of the desert to the elephant giants of Chobe River, Botswana is a world in one and has some world class safari offerings.
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Botswana
Safaris & Workshops

Botswana is widely recognised as a top wildlife destination with an elite offering of luxury accommodation in pristine natural areas, with both water and land-based safari activities. It is a photographer’s dream and the options for a custom made journey are endless. We also conduct photography workshops in the dramatically beautiful Mashatu Game Reserve.

Biodiversity hotspot

 

Visiting Botswana gives you the opportunity to see some of the specially adapted species of both a wetland and a desert environment. The hugely contrasting habitats make way for an enormous amount of diversity within one country, while the presence of the Okavango Delta creates a concentration of wildlife in a thriving ecosystem.

 

Visitors flock here to see the abundant birdlife, more elephants than in any other country, and huge herds of buffalo that sustain a strong lion population. 

 

Botswana has an established luxury safari economy that caters to well-travelled guests who are looking for comfort and convenience in beautiful, natural areas, but a strong conservation ethos ensures that these establishments are kind to the environment without compromising on quality.

 

There is a variety of activities offered on both land and water; from the unique mokoro excursions, to sunset boat cruises, game drives, walking safaris, scenic flights, and hot-air ballooning.

 

The Kalahari also offers unique desert experiences and the opportunity to meet and learn from traditional Bushman whose ancient lifestyle has been preserved and can be shared through tourism. The privilege of walking with a Bushman guide is something only Botswana can offer.

Dry season destination

 

The dry season in Botswana offers the most pleasant temperatures and better game viewing opportunities. From May to October, there is unlikely to be any rain across the country and the rivers in the north of the country become the life sustaining sources of water, so animals gather to drink and predators lurk at the ready.

 

The Okavango Delta is in full flood from June to October, so the waterways are full and water-based activities like boating and mokoros are available. The cool winter temperatures make for mild days and cold nights, but by October the temperatures can soar well into the 40s (Celsius).

 

In summer, the rain falls in the form of afternoon thundershowers and the rainy season peaks in January and February. Parks like Moremi can become flooded and game drive roads become difficult to navigate.

 

After the rains, however, the desert landscape in the Central Kalahari transforms into a green Eden bursting with new life. So, bird enthusiasts often visit during the green season to see a whole different desert.

 

Our Yellow Mashatu photography workshop also runs in the wet season when the most magnificent landscape of flowers emerges and creates photographic opportunities like no other.

Passport validity: 6 months with three or more unused pages

 

Tourist visa: Not required, unless travelling on a temporary passport. 

 

Vaccinations: Yes, yellow fever vaccination required only if entering from yellow fever endemic countries

 

Medical care: There are adequately equipped private medical facilities in Gaborone, however South Africa’s private hospitals provides a wider variety of emergency services and guests should be prepared to be evacuated to Johannesburg for medical treatment. Make sure your medical insurance provides coverage overseas and expect to have to pay upfront for any procedures.

 

Our travel tip: Plan for a green season trip to the Central Kalahari – it will elevate your photography experience tenfold. To see this semi-desert full of grass and flowers and herds of baby animals gives you a new perspective of life-giving rain. 

Botswana is probably southern Africa’s most visited safari destination because it has a host of world class accommodations in a variety of wild and wonderful natural areas. Not only do game drives and walking safaris bring about a terrestrial discovery of the land, but the presence of the Okavango Delta allows you to get close to nature on the water.

 

  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Mokoro excursions
  • Boat cruises
  • Bird-watching
  • Guided walks with Kalahari Bushman
  • Interactive encounters with habituated meerkats
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary 

 

Photographic Workshops

We run two photographic workshops in Botswana’s Mashatu in the south of the country. During the rainy season, the landscape bursts into colour as yellow flowers carpet the reserve, which is when we run our Yellow Mashatu workshop. Our Mashatu Hides workshop focuses on the incredible experience of photographing big game from the ground up.

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Mashatu Hides

Starting from $3,950 / per person sharing

This safari includes three exclusive morning hide sessions photographing elephants from ground level, as well as five game drives photographing the amazing species within Mashatu.

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Yellow Mashatu

Starting from USD $3,500 / per person sharing

A sea of yellow. One of the most unique times of year in the whole of Africa. We aim to run this safari during the brief rainy season to try and photograph Africa’s most iconic wildlife surrounded by yellow flowers.

Tailored Experiences

Part of our service is to offer expert advice and assist you with creating a customised safari experience that suits you and your preferences. Our knowledge of the seasons, travel requirements, locations and logistics will help navigate the booking process and save you time and avoid disappointment. We’re happy to give you advice as you need it, or you can hand over your requirements to us and let us do the work for you. Get in touch.

Botswana Destinations

As one of southern Africa’s most illustrious safari destinations, Botswana has a host of national parks and reserves, and the vast majority of the country is unfenced protected wilderness, sharing borders with human settlements, and you can expect to see signs of elephants in some of the major towns!

 

Chobe River has an abundance of elephants, African skimmers, and sunset boat cruises surrounded by hippos; Savuti boasts a surreal landscape that has changed dramatically over time and is known to support large lion prides that take on elephants; Moremi Game Reserve has beautiful wetland landscapes that dry up in winter and transform into open grassy areas full of game; the Okavango Delta is a network of islands and rivers with huge herds of red lechwe, big pods of hippo, and large, ancient trees housing rare birds like the Pel’s fishing owl; and the Central Kalahari is about vast space, stars, and the special desert-adapted animals you won’t see anywhere else.

Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta

Mashatu

Mashatu

Central kalahari

Central Kalahari

Linyanti

linyanti

Savuti

Savuti

Chobe

Chobe

Take Lance Along

Your own Personal Photographic Guide

Lance is a private safari guide and multi-award winning photographer whose knowledge and experience spans some of Africa’s most iconic destinations and beyond. He can accompany you on your tailor-made journey to provide uninterrupted guidance and expert advice.

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