10 Extraordinary Days in Botswana

    Written by Emma Beaumont
    Botswana safari

    cazenove+loyd has its roots in Botswana, as it was here where Susie Cazenove and Henrietta Loyd started working together over 30 years ago. The mind-expanding experiences, in-depth knowledge and life-long friends they gained there are the foundations of the company and allow us to continue designing individual, extraordinary holidays to the country all these years later.

    As safaris in Botswana are undeniably expensive, each day should feel spectacular. Our Destination Experts will meticulously plan every element of your safari according to your wants and needs, adding in those special experiences that complete a trip.

    Here we have detailed a stunning trip that our Destination Experts recently designed for a client. Taking in contrasting landscapes and exciting game-viewing, whilst staying in camps which capture the romantic gilded days of safari, it is a fantastic introduction to the country we love so much.

    Elephants in Botswana


    Begin your journey by flying into Maun Airport, where you will be met by our friends on the ground and flown by private charter to Tsigaro airstrip, on the edge of the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Your home here will be San Camp, a beautiful camp in the style of 1920s East African safaris.

    Sunset at San Camp in Botswana

    Romantic and peaceful in equal measure, San Camp is the ultimate honeymoon destination, with its billowing white tents looking out over the Makgadikgadi Pans. It feels relaxed, yet incredibly exclusive with only 6 tents which all have four-poster beds and paraffin lanterns. Wonderfully there is no electricity, which makes the stargazing even more thrilling.

    San Camp in Botswana

    San Camp Botswana

    Each evening the lodge manager will be on hand to discuss the following day’s activities with you, letting you decide exactly how you want to spend your days. You can visit the group of habituated meerkats, go on walks with the bushman and explore the pans on a quad bike. There are now horses on the Pans so you will have the option to explore on horseback.

    Quad biking in Botswana

    In all of the regions we work in throughout the world, securing the most inspiring guides is our highest priority. Nowhere is this more important than on safari, where the guides we choose not only inspire you with their vast knowledge and thrilling stories but through their highly-skilled and intricate tracking.

    For this trip we have arranged for Ralph Bousfield, the owner of San Camp, to be your private guide. Over time, Ralph has become quite the safari celebrity, but more important to us is his encyclopedic knowledge of Botswana and beyond. If requested far in advance, we can arrange for Ralph to accompany our clients throughout their trip.

    Picnic in Botswana

    After 3 magical nights in the Makgadikgadi Pans, fly by private charter to the Selinda Reserve in the Linyanti region near Botswana’s border with Namibia, which is famous for its vast herds of elephants.

    The rivers here attract thousands of elephant to their banks during dry months, allowing visitors unrivalled viewing of these incredible beasts. The region is renowned for its wild dog packs, a number of which have successful dens, as well as many other animal and bird species.

    Elephants in Botswana

    Your home here will be Zarafa, a small and extremely exclusive tented camp in the eastern sector of the Selinda Reserve, with splendid views over an open flood plain. Sheltered under cool and shady Jackalberry and Red Ivory forests, each of the four tents overlooks a lagoon which is the focal point for thirsty animals keen to get to the water. The daily procession of general game trekking past the camp makes for incredible armchair viewing from the camp.

    Zarafa in Botswana

    Zarafa in Botswana

    Zarafa has a wild feel, with an atmosphere of remote African romance intermingled with adventure. All the large predators are found here, as are smaller nocturnal predators such as the African Wild Cat and Bat Eared Fox.

    You will be staying in our favourite tent, the Dhow Suite which has two beautiful bedrooms, a huge deck, plunge pool and dining area where you can choose to have private meals. You will have a private guide to look after you throughout your 3 night stay.

    Plunge pool at Zarafa safari camp in Botswana

    Outside bath at Zarafa safari camp in Botswana

    After an early morning drive tracking prides of lion, herds of elephant and the elusive wild dog, you can choose to relax at camp or take an exhilarating bush walk. Wandering through riverine forests and past open floodplains fringed with palm trees, these walks usually concentrate on the smaller aspects of the bush and give you a deeper understanding of your wild surroundings.

    You will travel to your next camp, Duba Plains, in style: via private helicopter. From the skies you will be able to take in the unique and fascinating phenomenon of The Okavango Delta. The Okavango River flows through ‘the Panhandle’ and spreads out in a fan, creating intricate and dazzling delta waterways. The result is a thriving ecosystem of incredible wildlife.

    Duba Plains Camp lies in an incredibly game rich area to in the northern part of the Okavango Delta. As one of the Delta’s most remote camps there is a true sense of being in the bush, although the level of luxury has certainly not been compromised! Game drives take place in specially modified 4×4 vehicles, accompanied by a professional guide with extensive knowledge of the area and wildlife. As this area is famous for the buffalo and lion interaction, which is frequently documented by National Geographic, they usually prove extremely exhilarating.

    Duba Plains Camp - Botswana

    Duba Plains Camp - Botswana

    Duba Plains Camp - Botswana

    Lion and buffalo in Botswana

    At the end of your 10-day safari experience, you will have seen an amazing diversity of habitat and wildlife species. We believe this wilderness of contrasts and astonishing beauty provides one of the most inspiring safari experiences in the world and our Destination Experts can design an incredible holiday in Botswana that is totally tailored to you.

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