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10 of the Most Luxurious Experiences You Can Have in Botswana

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Adelle Bell

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Author: Adelle Bell - 7 December 2023

Last Update: 20 February 2024

You can’t beat safari in Botswana for its heady mix of thriving wildlife, pristine wilderness, and exclusive experiences. The country’s low-volume-high-value approach to tourism keeps it uncrowded and unspoiled, lodges are lavish, and there’s no end to the unique activities you can indulge in.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at 10 of the most luxurious experiences you can have in the stunning country of Botswana.

1. Take a Luxury Safari in the Okavango Delta

Stay in high-end lodges or exclusive tented camps with luxurious amenities and personalized service in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Activities include private game drives, guided walks, and boat safaris where you’ll get to see a wide variety of wildlife.

Aeriel view of a luxury lodge in the Okavango Delta, Botswana | Photo credits: Vumbura Plains Camp
Aeriel view of a luxury lodge in the Okavango Delta, Botswana | Photo credits: Vumbura Plains Camp

This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a distinctive water-based safari experience, with mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) excursions and scenic boat rides.

2. Take a Helicopter Safari over Moremi Game Reserve

Soar above the pristine landscapes of Moremi Game Reserve in a private helicopter for a unique and breathtaking perspective of its diverse ecosystems. Experience unparalleled wildlife sightings, from herds of antelope and elephants to a range of predators, all while enjoying comfort and panoramic views.

3. Enjoy Exclusive Lodging at Mombo Camp

Wilderness Mombo Camp on Chief’s Island is renowned for its lavish accommodations, providing guests with spacious suites, private decks, and stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.

Positioned in a prime location for wildlife, expect exceptional game viewing experiences with a high concentration of predators and other iconic species.  

4. Indulge in Private Bush Dinners and Sundowners

Enjoy an intimate dinner or sundowner experience in the heart of the bush, complete with candlelit tables, fine dining, and the sounds of the wilderness around you. Head to the vastness of the Makgadikgadi Pans for a unique and intimate dining experience.

Sundowner experience in Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.
Sundowner experience in Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.

Many luxury lodges offer the option to tailor these experiences to your preferences, creating a personalized romantic evening.

5. Cruise the Chobe River in Style

Experience the beauty of Chobe National Park from the comfort of a luxurious riverboat, featuring amenities such as gourmet dining, a bar, and plenty of comfortable seating.

Boat cruise safari observes swimming elephants in the Chobe river, Botswana.
Boat cruise safari observes swimming elephants in the Chobe river, Botswana.

Chobe is famous for its large herds of elephants, and a boat cruise on the Chobe river provides an up-close encounter with these majestic creatures along with the other wildlife you’ll spot along the riverbanks.

6. Take a Hot Air Balloon Safari in Savuti

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon as the sun rises over the Savuti region for a serene and magical experience. Observe wildlife from an aerial perspective, spotting herds of animals and passing over the unique landscapes. Upon landing, you’ll be treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush, the perfect end to your sunrise adventure.

7. Go on an Exclusive Walking Safari

Led by experienced and expert guides, walking safaris in Botswana offer a more intimate experience with the environment, allowing you to appreciate the smaller details of the country’s ecosystems. On your safari, you’ll gain insights into tracking and interpreting animal behavior while exploring the bush on foot.

Lodge guest and guide observe a large elephant on a walking safari in Botswana | Photo credit: Letaka Tented Camp
Lodge guest and guide observe a large elephant on a walking safari in Botswana | Photo credit: Letaka Tented Camp

It’s a great way to enhance your overall safari experience.

8. Pamper Yourself at the Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Spa

Experience wellness in the wilderness. Unwind with spa treatments in the midst of the Okavango Delta’s stunning beauty, a heavenly combination of luxury and relaxation.

High-end lodges like Sanctuary Chief’s Camp often feature well-equipped spas offering a range of treatments that include local ingredients and traditional methods.

9. Fall Asleep in a Private Star Bed

Spend a night on a raised platform with a luxurious bed, allowing you to drift off under the starlit African sky, surrounded by the sounds of the bush at night. These private star bed experiences often come with dedicated staff to ensure your comfort and privacy throughout the night.

10. Stay in a Mobile Tented Camp

For an adventurous yet luxurious safari experience, consider a stay at a mobile tented camp in Botswana. These luxurious camps move to different locations based on wildlife movements and are usually set up in remote areas for peak exclusivity.

Exterior view of a mobile tented camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Exterior view of a mobile tented camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Private chefs, personalized service, and expert safari guides deliver a one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of Botswana’s wilderness areas.

The experiences listed above represent the pinnacle of luxury travel in Botswana. They blend the thrill of an African adventure with the luxury and comfort of world-class accommodations. Speak to a safari expert at Discover Africa today about planning your tailor-made, luxury safari experience in Botswana.


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