Botswana, the country derives its name from Batswana, the largest ethnic group in the country. The unforgettable wilderness, the Kalahari sand dunes, the splendid waterways of the Okavango and the prolific wildlife, make it a jewel in the continent. A peaceful country, it is known for its diamonds, beef and bush culture. Interaction with the locals will make you marvel at their knowledge and instincts for survival, in some really harsh conditions. This pristine country remains a destination for the fearless traveler.
Safari with the Wanderers: We take you back to the days of the early African explorers, and why not? A continent as fascinating and adventurous as Africa deserves a unique experience. The essential comforts are provided along with a perfect ambience consisting of walk-in Meru tents, pure cotton linens, brass buckets and basins, and stall showers. The setting is enhanced with hurricane lanterns, lively camp fires, wide-ranging activities and a warm atmosphere. Expert and professionally trained guides take you on a memorable safari experience. Walking trails, jeep rides and the ‘Mokoro’ bring you closer to the animals. As you sleep at night under a star-lit sky, you can hear the elephant herds roaring by.
The “Mokoro”: Not surprisingly, the people of the Okavango delta are called as ‘People of the Mokoro’. The 1, 00,000 tribesmen living here use the small dug out canoe, the Mokoro to navigate through the delta. It was originally made by the Bayei fishermen of Botswana, who lived by the river. Our safaris use the Mokoro to take you through the small rivers and the marshes, with the locals as guides.
Bushmen: The safaris also give you a better insight into the incredible people of Africa. You will be amazed to see their connection with nature and wildlife. The Bugakwe and Xanekwe are the Bushmen or San people, original inhabitants of southern Africa. They are hunters-gatherers.
Health: You must take a malaria vaccination before going on a safari. A prophylaxis is also recommended after the trip. We recommend drinking only mineral water throughout the trip. However, the meals served at the camps are totally hygenic.
Best Time to Visit: The country is without question a year-round wildlife destination. However, when debating the best time to travel to Botswana, it's important to identify why you are going.
The best time to travel to Botswana for wildlife viewings the dry winter season (May to October) when the bush is at its thinnest and the animals at their thirstiest - head for the Chobe River, Savuti and Okavango Delta for some of Africa's most awesome game viewing.
The best time to go to Botswana for bird watching is in the summer rainy season (November to April), when the bush is brimming with breeding local birds, not to mention all the intra-African and Palaearctic migratory birds.
The best time to visit Botswana's Kalahari areas (Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pans National Parkand Makgadikgadi Pans National Park) is also during the summer rainy season (November to April) when many species of antelope (followed by predators) move onto the now green pans to graze - usually dropping their young at the same time. The bird watching is also great in these parks at this time of year with a combination of desert specialists and migrant birds - anything can turn up, and usually does!
The best time to visit for matters botanical is from December to May, when the vegetation is lush and green and most plants are in flower - although bear in mind that, despite an interesting flora (including awesome trees), Botswana is not famous for acres of wild flowers.
When to go on a Botswana Safari
Undoubtedly the most comfortable time for a Botswana tour or safari is during the dry winter season (May to October). The rains have finished, the mosquitoes (mostly) gone and the wildlife begins to concentrate, in increasing numbers, at waterholes and rivers.
Winter in Botswana is a pleasant affair - warm sunny days and cool to very cold nights. Morning game drives will see you wrapped up in blankets but you'll be by the pool after lunch.
November to April is a less popular time for taking a Botswana safari. This is the summer wet season, and due to the abundance of water it is less certain that one will see wildlife at perennial water holes. Also, the heavy rains can make some dirt roads impassable, not to mention the fact that the rains herald the beginning of the mosquito season.
If you are thinking about when to visit Botswana and you are worried about malaria, then a dry season visit would be the best time to travel.
Seasons: Summer: November to April, average temp. 25-40 degrees(77-104F). Winter: May to August, average temp. 20-26 degrees (68-79F)