A safari in Botswana is all about wilderness, privacy and exclusivity (alongside some pretty spectacular game viewing), and this trio of private game reserves near Chobe National Park comes up trumps on all fronts. With a landscape varying from open wetlands to dry mopane forest, there’s something to tempt everyone here- cheetah and wild dog, ellies and buffalo: just let us know what you love, and we’ll do our best to put you in the right place. The riverfront area’s fantastic for game viewing during the dry season, when there’s not much water elsewhere, and many of the camps are built near to the floodplains to make the most of this. Birding is also spectacular and if the thought of watching birds on your Botswanan safari has you yawning widely just ask your guide to show you a carmine bee-eater or a malachite kingfisher or a fish eagle…
Activities in Kwando, Linyanti, and Selinda focus on game drives (both day and night), and one of the great pleasures of being a private reserve means that you are often able to head off road to see game- an experience that’s not possible in the busier national parks. Plus- you’re might likely to be able to keep special sightings to yourself.
As several of the camps in this area are on the water, they can also offer boat safaris and seasonal (catch and release) fishing. We’d struggle to think of anything more civilised than floating gentle along the Linyanti as the sun sets, cold drink in hand, watching a family of elephants cross the water.
Our pick of places to stay in Kwando, Linyanti and Selinda: