Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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Africa and The Indian Ocean
With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
Kwara Camp is a traditional safari camp, not luxurious, but comfortable and there is a wealth of game to be seen and a good range of activities, with both water and dry-land options available.
Chobe National Park
Chobe Safari Lodge is the ideal place to spend a couple of days exploring the northern stretches of Chobe National Park and all the game viewing opportunities available on and around the river.
For a different aspect on Savuti, visit in April and May when the zebra, wildebeest and buffalo migrations pass through. Activities from the camp include twice-daily game drives in this game rich area.
Situated on the western side of the Okavango Delta, Macatoo Camp has six large, walk-in tents spread through woodland. Activities from the camp include horseback safaris, game drives, night drives, bird walks and boating, canoeing and fishing, depending upon water levels.
Camp Okavango consists of open sided thatched buildings with a large spacious lounge adjoining the bar. All eleven spacious rooms are on raised wooden platforms with a front deck overlooking the reeds of the Delta. This camp offers year-round water activities.
Mokolwane Camp overlooks the Matsibe River deep in the western sector of the Okavango Delta. Guests will spend their days in vehicles, boats, mokoros and on foot or horseback. Game is plentiful in the area and all the wildlife of the Okavango can be seen.
Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari
Camp Kalahari offers an affordable Makgadikgadi Pans experience. Activities from the camp include walking with the Bushman trackers and exploring the harsh but beautiful scenery of the pans.
Deep in the heart of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, overlooking the legendary Chief's Island is Delta Camp. The camp is a bird watchers paradise with over with over 250 species, including rare one's such as the Pel's fishing owl.
Chobe Under Canvas is a fantastic way to enjoy the area - an authentic bush experience that you will not find elsewhere in Chobe. Although the tents are mobile they are extremely comfortable, and the service is of a very high standard.
Muchenje Lodge is situated on the Western side of Chobe National Park and is perched high on the forested escarpment overlooking the plains below. Muchenje's lunchtime river cruises are a highlight.
Located on the edge of the Boteti River on the Western edge of the Makgadikgadi National Park, Meno a Kwena has one of the most dramatic locations of any camp in Botswana. Each tent is perched on the edge of a cliff offering commanding views of the surrounding area and the river below.
Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is the newly developed Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplain.
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