User Reviews – Botswana
Email Patrick Carlisle | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
We enjoyed an excellent tour in Botswana
My fiancé and I visited from the US. We went to Moremi and Savuti on separate safaris. We saw loads of game including 7 leopard dozens of lion, cheetah, and wild dog and wild cat. We were not expecting to see as much and we’re very satisfied with our guides and experience overall. We were very fortunate to find safaribookings.com as a resource for affordable options for safari. There seemed to be a lot of other really pricey options on the internet, and I’m glad we didn’t choose them. Most of the local safari owners I spoke with are very familiar with safaribookings and use them as their primary source of clientele.
Email Claudette | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
I was only in Botswana for one day, what I saw it was very nice. I was there for a Safari.
It was a great day. Talk about National Geographic! The Boat Safari was very good in the morning. And the Game Drive in the afternoon was wonderful. We had a few families of elephants right beside our vehicle walking right in front of us. My only disappointment was I never saw a Loin right, front and centre. We saw 2 females, quite far away in the bush sleeping. Saw many Giraffes! Just Beautiful! I highly recommend a Safari to Chobe National Park. I has used Aritsamaye Safaris
Email Jeff Humphries | 65+ years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
A SHORT 3 DAYS IN MAUN FILLED WITH A SUNSET CRUISE, A ONE DAY SAFARI AND A SCENIC FLIGHT.
BOTSWANA HAS EVERYTHING AN ADVENTURER NEEDS, FROM AN INLAND DELTA TO WILDLIFE PARKS THAT CAN BOAST THE LARGEST POPULATION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS IN THE WORLD. WHILST IN MAUN FOR A SHORT TIME MY WIFE AND I MANAGED TO COMPLETE A SUNSET CRUISE, A DAY SAFARI IN THE MOREMI NATIONAL PARK AND A SCENIC HELICOPTER RIDE OVER THE OKAVANGO DELTA.
AS A KEEN PHOTOGRAPHER I SECURED REALLY GOOD AMATEUR PHOTOS OF LIONS, CHEETAHS, ELEPHANTS, GIRAFFES, BABOONS, CROCODILES, HIPPOS, GAZELLES AND NUMEROUS BIRD SPECIES DURING THIS PERIOD. WE CERTAINLY RECOMMEND BOTSWANA AS A FABULOUS DESTINATION FOR ADVENTURERS OF ALL AGES. AS RETIRED PEOPLE WE FOUND THE HOSPITALITY OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND TRAVEL OPERATORS ALIKE TO BE EXCELLENT FROM EVERY ANGLE.
Email Julie Gale | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Whatever I write here will not do our experience justice. From the moment we met our guide (Pilot), saw our first animals, smelt the intoxicating scent of the bush (a mixture of wild thyme and camphor), saw, each night and each morning, the glorious and vivid colours of the sunsets and sunrises, hearing the animals during the night, the animal encounters during the day (up close and personal) the amazing food, service and attention to detail - it was out of this world. If we had the money we would do it again. If you are reading this because you're not sure - hesitate no more. Do it! You wont regret it. We did a mobile safari for ten days (unfortunately, I can't mention the company who were phenomenal with every detail) from 28/7 - 6/08. We covered three sites, chobe park (savuti area), Khwai Private reserve then finishing in Moremi and we saw literally everything possible to see and our guide taught us to track. Our guide was clearly very respected by all the other guides we came into contact with, having 30yrs+ experience I'm not surprised. It was an absolute privilege not only to see these beautiful animals in their natural environment but also meeting the warm and welcoming Botswanans. Botswana offers everything. Now book that trip!
Ahh!!! Take me back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Email Juanita Coolidge | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
Luxury tenting with delicious food, attentive service and knowledgable and caring guides .
They found all kinds of wildlife, luxury tenting, amazing food and great social interaction. Guides were top notch in Kadizora and Little Machaba. Not a hitch. Ker and Downey planned well for us.
Email Abuthahir Mohamed | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
What a great experience.
Once in live time experience. I really enjoyed my whole new experience. People working in the camps really awesome and very helpful.
Email Sean Howard | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Amazing boat cruise down the Chobe River through Botswana!
We went on safaris through Kruger National Park, South Africa prior to Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Both safaris offer amazing game spotting but Botswana is unique as it included a boat ride on the Chobe River. The animals are abundant and you really don’t have to look too hard to spot them. Botswana provides a glimpse of the fascinating lives of game that inhabit the Chobe River and the surrounding area, especially the plethora of birds. If you are a bird watcher, you will be in heaven! The boat ride through the Chobe river in the morning followed by mid-day lunch break was the highlight of our trip. The river scenery is beautiful and serene. The afternoon safari in a 4WD was a bit rough as the dirt roads are more rugged and less paved but that also adds to the experience. Our driver and operator were also patient and professional. We recommend Botswana for a well-rounded safari experience!
Email Jane Moran | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We saw all the big 5 and more!. We had excellent accommodations, food, guides, it was a trip of a lifetime!. We would like to return when there is a bit more water in the delta and see the differences the delta has to offer. We really enjoyed ourselves and the adventure. TYto safaribookings and to Judy Burrows for setting the trip up for us
Email Arne | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazing price for value!
Probably the most amazing week of my life!
About safari in Botswana: it is a bit more expensive than e.g. Kenya but therefor you are not one of a billion vehicles surrounding the animals. I really appreciated the sustainable way they are dealing with the animals and the tourism.
Animals: we saw maybe a hundred giraffes, up to 200 elephants, 25 lions, ... all of them with babies, never would have dreamed of seeing so many! Note: we were in rainy season, you can google the differences.
About Tony / our guide:
Besides Tony there is another guide in the company called Vincent who was responsible for us. He was able to tell a lot about animal behavior, made us feel safe and it was always a laugh. Really cool guy, I really liked him!
Compared to staying in lodges (excluding those with privates reserves which are way in a different price league) you will see the same animals as everyone is doing their game drives in the same area of the park. The reason his offers are much cheaper is (as far as I can guess) due to being camping instead of staying at a fancy lodge. I didn’t mind it in any way as it made the trip so much more intense.
Staying in the bush:
For the camping we did go for the ‘luxury version’ which allows you to go toilet at night and gives you more time to relax. The latter was appreciated by all of us due to having to take in all the impressions.
The food was basic but well prepared. So there is nothing wrong with some good Spaghetti Bolognese, most food was actually really good.
The car was in a very good condition. I think up to 5-6 persons per car is comfortable, though Vincent said they usually don’t take more than 5 anyway.