run by the lodge located on each concession. Exclusivity and intimate game-viewing experiences are therefore guaranteed as no one else is allowed on to that concession.Within a private concession, you will not experience the jostling for position of higher numbers of vehicles at wildlife sightings. It will very often just be you, your travelling companions, your guide, and the animals you have travelled so far to view. This is all as a result of Botswana's low volume, high yield approach: you may pay more for a safari in Botswana, but the experience has a true wilderness feel to it.
3. Botswana is a year-round destination and, as such, you can go on safari throughout the year, but there are still two main seasons to choose between and both have their own highlights. The green season falls over the summer months between November and the end of March when the rains fall. Due to the abundance of water away from the Okavango Delta, wildlife is more spread out and the herds of herbivores such as buffalo tend to be smaller. However, powerful storms create dramatic backdrops to game viewing, with incredible photographic opportunities in the golden light after a storm. The combination of golden light and brooding storm clouds in the background is quite simply beautiful. The drier winter months, as general rule, are more productive for game-viewing. While the surrounding bush in areas such as the Savute, Linyanti, and Chobe is dry and the waterholes are drying up, the Okavango Delta itself is in a very, very sedate flooding state which spreads gently into the surrounding grassland. Large herds of wildlife move into areas where the crystal clear water is readily available. The waters of the Delta also nourish plants and trees which provide food for many species of herbivores which, in turn, attracts predators and scavengers. It is during the winter months that buffalo, elephant, and other species of game tend to be found in larger herds and concentrations - simply due to the reliance on fewer sources of water.
4. Combine a 'dry' camp and a 'wet' camp to maximise the experienceor a camp which is on a concession with both 'wet' and 'dry' activities. A 'wet' camp would be one which is in the middle of the Okavango Delta and is surrounded by water. Activities offered at 'wet' camps include mekoro and boat safaris, while 'dry' camps offer walks and game drives. A handful of camps are able to offer both 'wet' and 'dry' experiences. These are usually very productive areas for wildlife, especially over the dry season as indicated in the point above.
5. The classic Okavango Delta itinerary would include two camps in two different areas and, as above, would combine a wet (or semi-wet) camp and a dry or semi-dry camp. We recommend approximately three nights at each camp to give your guide the time to get to know you, find our your interests, and show you the hidden gems within that concession.
7. To make the most of your safari, pack these bare essentials: a good quality pair of binoculars; comfortable, cool, safari-appropriate clothing; insect repellent; and sunscreen tested to really work in Africa; a wide-brimmed hat; and a safari fleece or jacket as it does get cold at night and on early morning game drives, especially over the winter months.