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From the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to the Okavango Delta, this itinerary will take you to some of Botswana’s most idyllic and iconic wildlife locations during the green season.

In Botswana the rains arrive during the summer and when they appear the scenery undergoes a profound transformation. For this part of the year, the arid plains are rejuvenated as the bush becomes a vivid green and wild flowers begin to emerge. The wildlife is just as spectacular. There is an influx of new life as a number of species choose to bear their young at this time of year, and this attracts cheetah, leopard and other predators who try to take advantage of these new arrivals.

By staying in comfortable and authentic safari camps you will be in prime position to see the wildlife as you venture out on game drives, nature walks and boat excursions. Visiting in the green season means you will have an opportunity to see a remarkable range of wildlife, including the Kalahari black-maned lion, wild dog, giraffe, elephant and thousands of migrant birds.

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Maun & transfer by light aircraft to Tau Pan

    After landing, you are greeted on arrival at Maun and taken to a light aircraft that will fly you to Tau Pan, which lies inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. You spend the next few nights at Tau Pan Camp whose private viewing decks allow you to enjoy the stunning landscape. A late afternoon game drive in the reserve will be your first opportunity to see some this area’s wonderful wildlife.

    Accommodation: Tau Pan Camp, 3-nights

  3. Days 3-4 : Explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

    For the next two days you will explore Tau Pan and the rest of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to enjoy the wildlife and the scenic backdrop. The activities on offer include game drives, full-day excursions and nature walks with local San Bushman trackers, who provide a unique cultural insight into this environment.

  4. Day 5: Transfer to Nxai Pan by light aircraft

    After a morning excursion you transfer to the airport to catch an onward flight to Nxai Pan, and transfer to your camp, situated close to Nxai Pan National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans. During the green season gemsbok, elephant and zebra migrate to the area for the good grazing, and zebra in particular come to bear their young, which attracts a number of predators.

    Accommodation: Nxai Pan Camp, 3-nights

  5. Days 6-7 : Wildlife watching at Nxai Pan

    Nxai Pan comes to life in the green season as the rains cover the landscape in verdant vegetation. You spend the next couple of days looking for the wildlife that roam across these plains. Activities include game drives, day trips to Baines’ Baobab and Khama Khama Pan, and perhaps some star gazing after dark.

  6. Day 8: Transfer to Kwara by light aircraft

    Following breakfast and a morning excursion, transfer to the airstrip to fly to your next destination, Kwara Camp. This camp is nestled on the edge of the permanent waters of Okavango Delta, which you start to explore with an afternoon excursion.

    Accommodation: Kwara Camp, 3-nights

  7. Days 9-10 : Explore the Okavango Delta

    The next two days will allow you to discover one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa. The Okavango Delta during the green season is the site of a wildlife frenzy with various species of mammal, reptile and bird to see.  You can venture on to the water in a traditional dug-out canoe known as a mekoro to get the real delta experience. Furthermore, Kwara Camp has its own private concession, which means you will be able to enjoy both night drives and off-road driving whilst searching for wildlife.

  8. Day 11: Transfer to Maun & depart

  9. Day 12: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 days from £5,795 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 10 days from £4,595 pp
  • When to go: Oct-Mar: The green season in Botswana occurs during the summer months with the arrival of the rains causing the landscape to burst into life.
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Nothing quite prepares you for the size of this reserve, nor its wild and mysterious beauty. Covering 9% of Botswana, Central Kalahari Game Reserve was established as a sanctuary for the nomadic San Bushmen and is now home to large herds of plains wildlife and accompanying predators.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: lion, brown hyena, gemsbok, aardwolf, eland
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Nxai Pan National Park

Located north-east of the Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan National Park covers the land surrounding a large salt pan that was once part of a great lake. Nowadays, during the green season between October and March, the area attracts large herds of springbok, gemsbok and zebra, alongside lions hunting for prey.

  • Where: Northeastern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: gemsbok, cheetah, eland, lion, red hartebeest
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Makgadikgadi Pans

One of Africa’s most important wetland sites, Makgadikgadi is the only area in Southern Africa to witness a migration of tens of thousands of blue wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra when, during the rains, the dry salt pans transform into lakes, attracting vast flocks of flamingos and migratory birds.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: blue wildebeest, brown hyena, lesser flamingo, gemsbok, Burchell’s zebra
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Okavango Delta

This 1.6 million hectare wildlife paradise is a vast tapestry of crystal clear water channels, lagoons and small islands, and is known for its concentrations of large wildlife and birds. Outings by boat or on land, at day or night, yields fantastic sightings within the private concessions of exclusive accommodation.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: hippo, Nile crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, tsessebe
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

Kalahari Desert

Despite this giant arid region being a harsh environment, scored with the beds of dried up rivers and vast salt pans, it not only provides the setting for fine wildlife-viewing but also for encountering San bushmen, hunter gatherers who precariously cling to their traditional ways of life throughout this region.

  • Where: Southern Africa
  • Ideal for viewing: blue wildebeest, cheetah, eland, ostrich, springbok
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kwara Camp

Situated in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Kwara is a luxury camp bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Each of the eight en suite tents is raised on teak decking and guests can spend time on their private balconies watching the animal and birdlife in the hippo-filled lagoon.

Nxai Pan Camp

Nxai Pan is the only permanent camp situated inside the National Park and is nestled deep in Botswana’s wilderness overlooking the open plains just north of Makagadikgadi. It offers an intimate safari experience as there are only nine rooms, each with a private viewing deck to watch wildlife at the waterhole.

Tau Pan Camp

Situated inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, this secluded camp offers an excellent safari experience in an idyllic setting. Its elegant rooms all have a private viewing deck, from where it is possible to see various bird species and herds of antelope, zebra and elephant wandering across the plains.