Botswana Game Lodges & Camps
There are so many game lodges and camps in the travel industry that it becomes difficult to work with all of them. Ngwe Safari has handpicked a selection of game lodges and camps in the most pristine and beautiful wilderness areas of Botswana. Over the years we have built up good relationships with these properties and assure our Valued Clients quality, excellent game viewing and a memorable stay.
If there is a particular game lodge or camp that you are looking for and do not find it in our list of properties, please let us know and we will gladly assist your preferred lodge or camp.
The Botswana Portfolio has been divided into regions for easier navigation.
Region – Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta. It is formed where the Okavango River empties into a swamp in a basin in the Kalahari Desert, where most of the water is lost to evaporation and transpiration instead of draining into the sea. Each year approximately 11 cubic kilometres of water irrigate the 15 000 square kilometres area and some flood waters drain into Lake Ngami. The Moremi Game Reserve, a National Park, spreads across the eastern side of the Delta. The Okavango is produced by seasonal flooding. The Okavango River drains the summer rainfall (December – February) from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 1200 kilometres in approximately one month. The waters then spread over the area of the delta over the next four months (March – June) The high temperatures of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century. The delta has one of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife and is definitely a highlight for your African Safari!
Region – Makgadikgadi
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is situated roughly half way between Maun and Nata on the Francistown Road in Northern Botswana. The Boteti River, once a broad strong-flowing waterway fed by waters drained from the Okavango during the months of June and July annually, later dwindling to a chain of pools, last ceased flowing in September 1992. But the Makgadikgadi is not always dry. The pans, which are situated in half the south, east and north eastern areas of the park, fill with water during the rains from mid November and most retain their water into April or May. The ‘thirst lands’ are then transformed into great sheets of water, which attract a spectacular array of water birds and trigger dramatic migrations of wildebeest and zebra. Both dry and wet season visits to this park are recommended in order to witness the dramatic appearance of the pans at their driest and the experience the transformation to a water wonderland.
Region – Northern Tuli Game Reserve
Spectacular landscapes, rich and varied wildlife and culture, define this unique and very striking corner of northeastern Botswana. the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NTGR) comprises 71,000 hectares of remarkably diverse habitat, including mophane bushland, riverine woodland, and marshland, punctuated by towering sandstone cliffs, basalt formations and unusually shaped kopjes – making for truly breathtaking scenery.
The Northern Tuli is home to 48 species of mammals and over 350 species of birds, with an estimated 20 000 animals residing in the reserve. Most naturally occurring wildlife species are present, including elephant, kudu, zebra, impala, duiker, wildebeest, waterbuck, steenbok, and warthog. Large herds of eland – often not seen elsewhere in Botswana – are present, and these are indeed an awesome sight. All major predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena, are present, and the birdlife is prolific.
Region – Linyanti Reserve, Selinda Reserve & Chobe National Park
Secluded and uncrowded, in the furthest corner of the Chobe National Park, lies this paradise. The Linyanti is an approximate 125 000 hectare wildlife-rich private concession bording the western boundery of the Chobe National Park. The many varied habitats within these areas, marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and grasslands – and the prolific and diverse wildlife and incredible scenery together from a wonderful contrast to the Okavango. Including the Linyanti to your Botswana itinerary provides a contrasting and balanced experience of the country.
The Savuti is often described as one of the best wildlife areas in Africa. Savuti is famous for its predators, in particular its resident lions and spotted hyenas. The Savuti Channel, a sporadic and unusual watercourse last flowed in the 80’s. Today it is an open grassland and home to a wide variety of animals. Animals are present during all seasons and at certain times of the year their numbers can be staggering. Allow yourself a good amount of time to be able to see all the major species.
The Selinda Reserve is ecologically similar to the Linyanti Reserve, but differs in the extent of its floodplains. The Reserve is a private 135 000 hectare wilderness area which follows the floodplains of the Selinda Spillway, the waterway that winds its way through dry countryside to connect the Okavango Delta in the west to the Linyanti and Kwando wetlands and rivers in the east. The full length of the Selinda Spillway winds its way through the Selinda Reserve and forms a magnet for all wildlife in this region. The floodplains are host to a wide variety of antelope and plains game and the predator viewing is excellent!
Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park which is the second largest national park in Botswana, covers 10 566 square kilometres and has one of the greatest concentrations of game. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers an african safari experience of a lifetime. A major feature of the Chobe National Park is its elephant population and the Chobe elephant comprise part of what is probably the largest surviving continuous elephant population.
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