A Brief Description
Botswana is one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations for exploring wildlife. It is landlocked by South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia and its natural beauty is found in its land formations, its wilderness, wildlife and its cultural diversity. Botswana offers an unique experience in exploring wildlife, birds and game in its natural state.
The Chobe National Park offers vast landscapes, open plains, ancient woodlands and wildlife roaming free in profusion and diversity. Elephants and buffalo can be seen in their hundreds along with lion, painted dog, sable, giraffe, antelope, wildebeest, zebra and leopards.
Acclaimed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the mile-wide Victoria Falls straddle the mighty Zambezi River. Known locally as the Musi-o-Tunya or (“Smoke that Thunders”) they are almost twice as deep and wide as the Niagara Falls and at peak they flow at 545 million litres a minute.
October and November are probably the best time to visit Botswana. It is hot (av. min 18C, max 34 C) but there is little humidity because Victoria Falls is inland and the rains have usually not started so there are few mosquitoes. Water rafting is at its exhilarating best and it is the absolute prime time to see the big wildlife herds. The only negative is that the Falls are at their lowest ebb, but nevertheless an awesome sight.
Getting to Botswana
South African Airways fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe via Johannesburg six days a week. Flight time is 14 hours and 20 minutes. Botswana is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
Tours & Excursions
- Tour of the Victoria Falls
- Visit to the Nature Sanctuary – guests will view thousands of crocodiles with an explanation of the breeding project with the opportunity to handle the smaller ones. Also see the orphaned leopard and lions and have a short talk about the history of the Falls and its fish and mammal population.
- Helicopter Flight over the Falls which is a truly awesome experience.
- Canoe and Breakfast on a Zambezi island: Gently canoeing through calm waters of the Zambezi, with a professional guide, stopping for breakfast on a remote and unspoiled island, where Livingstone could "meet" the group and tell of his great explorations. Those who do not wish to step into a canoe can be rowed down the river to join their colleagues.
- Sunset River Cruises along the Zambezi River
- Elephant Safaris
- River Rafting or jet boat rides over the rapids into the more remote tranquil upper Zambezi stretches.
- Game drives
- Abseiling up the 700 ft gorge
A Typical Trip
A typical five day incentive trip to Botswana might include:
- Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow to Botswana
- Luggage and guest transfers by deluxe air conditioned coach
- Welcome drink on arrival and hotel porterage
- 4 nights accommodation inclusive of breakfast
- Specially selected dinner location on the first evening
- Gala dinner at a specially selected location on the final evening
- Welcome pack in guests’ rooms including useful information and map
- A half day city tour to give guests an overview of the destination
- A full day excursion including lunch on location
- Souvenir gift for each guest
- Event Manager to ensure the smooth running of the event