THE GEM OF AFRICA
Undoubtedly one of Southern Africa’s most iconic wilderness destinations, Botswana is a unique country with a vast array of spectacular lodges and equally beautiful landscapes. With some of the highest wildlife densities on the continent, Botswana lends itself to a classic safari experience.
Topographically, Botswana is flat with roughly 70% of its land being the Kalahari Desert. Playing home to just over 2 million people, most of its wilderness is largely undisturbed by man.
The waters of the Okavango Delta are Botswana’s ultimate safari attraction. Other highlights include the rolling plains of the Savuti and the elephant-rich Chobe region. This makes Botswana number one on many safari bucket lists. Further south of the Delta lies the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. These stretch far and wide, whilst the grasslands of the Kalahari invite a new type of experience in contrast to the watery Delta.
Why not walk with Africa’s first people, the San? You could also canoe down the crystal-clear channels of the Okavango, go on 4x4 safaris or take a hot air balloon ride or private helicopter flip over the vast landscape.
Rebuilt in 2018, Little Mombo is a celebration of our conservation purpose, including the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project. It combines luxury and service excellence with a celebration of the amazing natural splendour that is the Mombo Concession.
With just three tents tucked away on the other side of the same island, Little Mombo is a smaller, more intimate version of its sister camp. Built under a shady canopy of jackalberry and sausage trees, overlooking a floodplain regularly visited by herds of herbivores (and their predators), the camp has its own facilities, including a dining area, boma, kitchen, lounge and pool, while being connected to Mombo via a raised boardwalk.
Renowned as “the place of plenty,” the enormous variety of wildlife around Little Mombo makes it a hugely sought-after wildlife-viewing destination.
Zarafa, Botswana’s first Relais & Chateaux property, is an exquisite camp located on the private 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve. The Reserve links the Okavango Delta with Chobe National Park and every area of the camp offers stunning views over the Zibadianja Lagoon, the source of the Savuti Channel.
Every Zarafa Camp’s four-guest tent is 1000 square foot (100m2) and set on raised decking under flowing canvas. Entering through a lamu door, guests find a lavish space of deep reds and browns. The bedroom is connected to a full lounge and open layout bathroom complete with a copper claw-foot bath. Extensive decking includes a private plunge pool and outdoor shower.
Under a canopy of ebony trees, the camp has a sizable main lounge, library, dining area and bush boutique. An outdoor gym and in-room massage service are available too. With all of its amenities, Zarafa maintains the perfect balance between luxury, romance and adventure. The camp remains unrivalled when it comes to its environmental credentials.
Luxurious Vumbura Plains lies in an area that is a mix of water and dry land. The wildlife is diverse, allowing for land and water activities that can be experienced in vehicles, mokoro and boats to deliver a complete African safari experience.
Vumbura Plains comprises of two separate but linked camps, consisting of a total of 14 raised, spacious rooms with unique and contemporary design. These include indoor and outdoor showers as well as an en-suite bathroom.
Additional features include a private plunge pool and 'sala’ – from where you can watch the passing parade of wildlife or even enjoy a relaxing and soothing massage.
Situated on a private concession in the magnificent Okavango Delta, Sandibe boasts exclusive traversing rights over a vast stretch of land adjacent to the wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve. Inspired by nature and celebrating its stunning setting, the lodge features the best that the Delta has to offer in terms of outstanding design, outstanding wildlife viewing and warm local hospitality.
Set in a cool forest canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees, this flagship lodge blends seamlessly with one of Africa’s most breath-taking landscapes. Behind the lodge, golden-grassed floodplains inhabited by a staggering variety of wildlife stretch into the distance, framed by lush palm islands and the spires of giant termite mounds. A channel of clear, cool waters run directly in front of the elevated guest suites, offering unrestricted views over the shimmering beauty of the Delta.