Africa + Indian Ocean Botswana extraordinary game viewing, fascinating Birdwatching, quad biking in the salt pans Exciting and inspiring – a wilderness of contrasts and astonishing beauty – Botswana combines stunning landscapes and incredible game viewing with luxuriously comfortable lodges. From the unremitting salt pans of the Makgadikgadi to the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta, this country packs a huge punch, with its amazing diversity of habitat and wildlife species. The lodges of the Okavango Delta lie many miles from the nearest human habitation and are accessible only by light aircraft. Thanks to this remoteness, the Delta remains one of the most unspoilt and exclusive safari experiences to be found anywhere in Africa. In dramatic contrast to the Delta’s waterways and intricate ecosystem, the Linyanti region is home to huge herds of elephant that roam across wide grassy plains. These roll all the way into Namibia, while the extraordinary salt pans of the Makgadikgadi offer a unique and truly memorable experience. cazenove+loyd has its roots in Botswana, where Susie Cazenove and Henrietta Loyd started working together 30 years ago…and we still work with some of the same camps, outfitters and guides. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Lions in Duba Plains in Botswana Observing a pride of hungry lion feasting on their kill and their behavioural manner will always be remembered by our client Katie, it was something she never expected to see and allowed her to understand more about lion in the wild. Find out more A SUNDOWNER SHE WILL NEVER FORGET The level of guiding when on safari is something that c+l place huge importance on and during Octavia's safari in the Linyanti region the choice of guide allowed for a spectacular sight and a sundowner she will never forget. Find out more Why our guide made the perfect safari Michelle Jeffrey left Africa speechless after visiting the Okavango delta where her guides gave her and her family a holiday of a lifetime. Find out more Discover The Savuti Channel On her fourth visit to the Savuti Channel, Jan Astle recalls how game drives in this region keep becoming ever more exciting. Find out more An unexpected guest in Botswana It all happened on an evening game drive as Octavia was preparing to stop for a customary African sundowner. There had been so much animal activity around that the day had flown by, but there was still one more surprise. Find out more A THRILLING SAFARI ADVENTURE IN BOTSWANA Most of us never come close and personal to elephants, nonetheless Georgina Sargent did while on a visit to Meno a Kwena camp, where she had the most magical experience with 15 elephants. Find out more A Near Miss at the Lagoon in Botswana Louisa Bound experienced extraordinary game viewing whilst on her recent trip to Botswana. One afternoon drive proved to be one of Louisa's most exciting moments as she watched silently on tenterhooks whilst two lion cubs prepared to cross the lagoon. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Young Explorers at Footsteps Camp Young Explorers in the heart of the Okavango Delta is based at Footsteps Camp in the Shinde Reserve. The camp is definitely rustic with Meru dome tents, bucket showers and bush loos and is for those looking for a raw safari experience. The accommodation however is still comfortable and the service is excellent. Find out more Jack’s Camp, Okavango Delta We have worked with Jack's Camp since we started over 20 years ago. It is always a real highlight of anyone’s trip to Botswana particularly when the semi-desert habitat is contrasted with the lush world of the Okavango Delta. Set up in memory of legendary explorer Jack Bousfield, by his son Ralph, the camp is full of history and character The Bousfield family is still heavily involved in the camp and Ralph, son of Jack, can still be booked by c+l as a specialist guide at the camp. Find out more Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta A lodge so well regarded and with a reputation for excellence and some of the best game viewing in Africa which has maintained its status for more than a decade is surely a good bet for a memorable holiday in the Okavango Delta region. But at c+l we ask ourselves, is Mombo Camp as good as its reputation, or are there more cost-effective alternatives providing equal service and expertise? Find out more Selinda Explorers, Selinda Selinda Explorers Camp is built on the banks of the Selinda Spillway in Northern Botswana. This authentic tented camp has only four tents and is always taken on an exclusive basis making it the ultimate adventure for families and groups travelling together. A very special place in the heart of c+l as it is where Henrietta originally worked in Botswana. It still delivers some of the most exciting game experiences in Africa. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. The Elephant of the Linyanti Region The Linyanti is famous for its amazing elephant who arrive in their hundreds to drink from the river. Its formations of wild dogs are also impressive. The camps are small, slick and home to extraordinary guides. Find out more THE WILDLIFE OF THE OKAVANGO DELTA Viewed from land or mokoro, the Delta is home to some of the very best game in Africa, and has some of the very best guides to show it to you. It is renowned for its hugely diverse wildlife, from amazing birds to lion stalking buffalo. Find out more EXPLORING THE MAKGADIKGADI PANS The Makgadikgadi Pans has a parched desert environment which sees mini zebra and wildebeest migrations in March and April, as well as a vibrant year round meerkat population. Being completely flat, it provides an extraordinary 180 degree dome of stars at night. Find out more PRIVATE SAFARI BY MOKORO Gliding along the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro (a dug out canoe, poled through the waterways) is a spectacular way to see wildlife. With no noise and no other sight of human beings, this is just about you and nature. Find out more ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI An elephant back safari is a serene and beautiful way to see the Delta, wading through the water on the back of an elephant. It is a privilege to be so close to these ancient giants and be surrounded by unspoilt natural habitat. Find out more PRIVATE MOBILE TENTED CAMP This is pure adventure. With just you and your guide, you are able to experience large areas of the Delta with not another soul in sight. Your camp will move to a new location each night, perfectly set up for your arrival as the light fades. Find out more Show All Location We know Botswana better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Botswana Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go May through September (winter) is the best time for visiting the main game-viewing areas. During this time the Okavango Delta should be in flood, making mokoro safaris possible but the game in the grassland habitat is relatively easy to find. Days should be bright and dry with temperatures dropping dramatically at night. Towards the end of the winter months you can expect to see fantastic herds of elephants concentrating around dwindling water sources. Birders, however, will find many migratory species better in the wetter months of November through April where there are also some excellent low season rates. It should also be noted that the smaller southern migration of wildebeest and zebra pass through the Kalahari during the wetter months. Botswana has a varied habitat with desert, delta and grassland Savannah but many still combine a visit here with Zimbabwe or Zambia to take in the Victoria Falls or with Namibia for total contrast and Mozambique for beach. Meet the Team Africa + Indian Ocean Hamish Henrietta Claire Millie Cara We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.