Botswana Green Season Safari

Duration 7 days Countries Transport Transfers + internal flights included Meals Meals + drinks (local brands only) included Activities Lodge game activities

Excludes: International flights, visas, travel insurance, gratuities


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This safari takes you to three of Botswana’s star conservation areas. You’ll begin in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with its red sand dunes, salt pans, open plains and big skies. This is the second largest game reserve in the world, a vast 52,800 square kilometres.

From the arid or semi-arid Kalahari, you’ll fly to a completely different world. In the Okavango Delta you’ll get a chance to enjoy game drives on land, but also to pole through the permanent waterways in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) ride on the lookout for elephant, hippo and a bounty of birds both migratory and resident. 

The Kwando Linyanti wetlands is the last of the three wilderness areas on your journey. It’s a world of papyrus and reed swamps, grasslands and riverine forests, and home to elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, zebra and giraffe.

This safari is best enjoyed during the green season (from November to March), where the true magic of Botswana's greenery can be felt. You can expect plenty of newborn animals and reductions in safari package costs. 

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Your Itinerary

  • Day 1 - 2

    Central Kalahari Game Reserve

    Welcome to Maun airport! This is the gateway to your Botswana safari. You'll be transferred via short flight to…

    Day 1 - 2

    Central Kalahari Game Reserve

    Welcome to Maun airport! This is the gateway to your Botswana safari. You'll be transferred via short flight to the Tau Pan Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This reserve is the largest and least visited reserve in the world. 

    Modern and sophisticated, this camp is made up of airy verandas, al fresco showers and private viewing decks; the perfect vantage place from which to enjoy the a dusky desert sunset. As the base for a safari of wonder, Tau Pan is known for its delicious food and panoramic scenery.

    Your days at Tau Pan Camp will include dusk and dawn game drives into the wilderness where you will see desert lions, leopard and plains game. Discover the secrets of the bush on a slow and comfortable walking safari and meet the local San people who have occupied this area of Africa since time immemorial.

    Retire after your daily adventures with a lap around the pool, or a night of star gazing at the crystal clear skies. Tau Pan is about a return to nature and enjoying the simple pleausures in life. 

    Includes & Excludes

    Meals: Included

    Drinks: Included (local brands only)

    Transport and transfers: Included 

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  • Day 3 - 4

    Okavango Delta

    After your restful time at Tau Pan Camp, you'll be transferred back to Maun where a connecting flight will drop…

    Day 3 - 4

    Okavango Delta

    After your restful time at Tau Pan Camp, you'll be transferred back to Maun where a connecting flight will drop you off at the Kwando Splash Camp. 

    Spend the next two days enjoying the secrets of the Okavango Delta, the only of its kind in Botswana. Amid the calls of a multitude of bird song, Splash Camp offers the best of both worlds; watery wilderness and no end to pleasurable activities such as mokoro rides that lap gently over the water, nature walks where you'll get an intimate look at the surrounding landscape and even a sunset cruise on a powerboat where you'll get up close and personal with hippo, elephant and other mammals that come to drink from the life giving waters. Day and night game drives (two per day) will be equally as rewarding. Your gateway to the thrill of tigerfishing also awaits. 

    Includes & Excludes

    Meals: Included 

    Drinks: Included (local brands only)

    Transfers and transport: Included 

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  • Day 5 - 6

    Linyanti Wetlands

    The last leg of your journey begins. You'll take a short flight to your next location; Kwando Lagoon Lodge in…

    Day 5 - 6

    Linyanti Wetlands

    The last leg of your journey begins. You'll take a short flight to your next location; Kwando Lagoon Lodge in the Linyanti Wetlands. Set on the banks of the wild Kwando river, this tented campis set under the shaded canopy of ebony and marula trees. Picturesque views of the river and permanent watering hole means that you can watch hippo, elephant, Cape buffalo and many other game species as they come down to drink.

    The acitivties offered at Kwando Lagoon Lodge include day and night game drives (look out for the endangered African wild dog), walking safaris, boat cruises and fishing. Please note that fishing is prohibited during the months of January and February as this is the fish breeding season. 

    Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of this pristine part of the world for two days. 

    Includes & Excludes

    Meals: Included 

    Drinks: Included (local brands only)

    Transfers and transport: Included 

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  • Day 7

    End of Dream African Safari

    Your green season safari has come to an end. You'll be tranferred by short flight back to Maun where your…

    Day 7

    End of Dream African Safari

    Your green season safari has come to an end. You'll be tranferred by short flight back to Maun where your connecting flight back home awaits. 

    We look forward to planning your next Authentic African Safari experience.

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FAQs about Botswana Green Season

Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with all facilities normally associated with a 3-star hotel. Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and also have en-suite facilities with showers, flush toilets and hot as well as cold running water! Like a hotel bathroom. The safari lodges and bigger tented lodges can be more “touristy” and being larger establishment they can be a bit impersonal if you are travelling alone or as s couple. They suit those who prefer to have the infrastructure and facilities of a hotel and most have swimming pools and extensive grounds and gardens. The boutique lodges and camps can be very stylish and smart in terms of design and decor, often with very spacious rooms and even going so far in some cases as having plunge pools for each room. Eco-camps and smaller tented camps have insect-proof tents with en-suite facilities including safari shower and flush toilet. They give a more authentic safari experience but the tents are comfortably furnished with proper beds and you don’t need to bring your own sleeping bag! The emphasis is usually on having excellent guides and great wildlife viewing away from the crowds. Guests often eat together and people travelling alone usually say that they found the atmosphere friendly and enjoyed meeting other like-minded travellers around the campfire in the evening or at dinner. The Adventure Camps are a budget option with guests bringing their own sleeping bags and towels. Accommodation is in small dome tented with a mattress on the floor. Each tent has its own nearby cubicle with a flush toilet, safari shower, and wash basin. The Adventure Camps are suitable only for those who don’t mind “real camping” and can put with some degree of “roughing it”. Apart from the accommodation in simple dome tents, the meals and the guiding are the same standards as the higher quality camps and game drives are in 4x4 safari vehicles. For those on a limited budget, the Adventure Camps are a good alternative to the big tourist lodges and minibus tours for those for whom the safari experience is more important than hotel accommodation.

If you’re travelling to Botswana, you will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, polio as well as medications for travellers diarrhea. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended when you're travelling to the northern part of Botswana. Other immunizations may be necessary depending upon the circumstances of the trip and the medical history of the traveller. However, insect repellents are recommended, in conjunction with other measures to prevent mosquito bites. All travellers should visit either a travel clinic or their personal physician four to eight weeks before departure. Malaria - Prophylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) or doxycycline is recommended for the northern part of the country.

Botswana currency official money is the Botswana Pula (BWP). Botswana money, the Pula is divided into 100 thebe. Botswana Pula is represented by the letter P. Botswana Pula is regarded as one of Africa's most powerful currencies. The symbol for Pula is (P) and the ISO 4217 code for Botswana currency is BWP. Other countries using the same Botswana currency include Zimbabwe.

Botswana Currency | Botswana Money

Botswana Banks accepts the following foreign currencies: US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euro and South African Rands in cash.

Credit and debit cards, including International Visa and MasterCard, are accepted at most lodges. However, Express and Diners Club are not accepted by the banks of Botswana either by the camps.

5 Facts about Botswana's Economy
  • Unemployment is expected to be around 7% in Botswana.

  • South Africa provides 70% of the country's electricity. - Botswana had the worlds fastest growth rate from 1966 to 1999.

  • Textiles, salt, diamonds, soda ash, silver, potash, animal manufacturing, and copper are the top sectors.

  • Agriculture is a small part of the country's economy, accounting for just 1% of overall GDP.

  • In major cities, ATMs are available to get Botswana Money/ Botswana Pula. Most high-end hotels accept credit cards, but lodges and tour operators demand payment in advance via bank transfer. Otherwise, carry cash in US dollars.

ATMs
  • Credit cards can be used at ATMs that have the required sign or to get cash advances over the counter at several banks – Visa and MasterCard are two of the most well-known.

  • Transaction costs can be prohibitive, as they are normally calculated per transaction rather than by the amount you withdraw.

  • Withdraw as much Botswana pula as you can per time. Before leaving home, check with your bank to see if any banks have arrangements with your home bank that are less expensive than others to draw Botswana currency.

  • ATMs can be found at all of Botswana's major bank branches, including those in Gaborone, Maun, Francistown, and Kasane, and are unquestionably the easiest (and safest) way to manage your Botswana money when travelling.

Cash
  • As you know, Botswana pula is Botswana's currency (P). Pula means "blessings" or "rain," with the latter being as valuable as money in this largely desert region.

  • Botswana currency coins (thebe, or ‘shield') come in denominations of 5t, 10t, 25t, 50t, P1, P2, and P5.

  • Notes come in denominations of P10, P20, P50, and P100.

  • The majority of traditional foreign currencies can be traded, but not all bank branches can do so. As a result, it's best to stick to easy-to-change currencies like US dollars, euros, British pounds, and South African rand.

Credit and Debit Cards
  • Most stores, restaurants, and hotels accept all major credit cards, especially Visa and MasterCard, but also American Express and Diners Club (but only in some petrol stations).

  • Cash advances are also available over the counter at major Barclays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank stores, which do not charge commissions on Visa and MasterCard.

  • About every town has a Barclays or Standard Chartered branch that provides foreign-exchange services, but not all have the authority or technology to provide cash advances.