Where to Stay
Botswana Accommodation offers the traveler a choice of accommodation options from top class hotels, luxury lodges and safari camps, to budget guesthouses and camping grounds. The major tourist areas have a choice of private lodges, safari camps, and public camping sites.
A variety of cuisines are served in hotels and restaurants from local favorites and game meat, to continental and Asian dishes. There are also plenty of fast food outlets and small restaurants/takeaways offering local dishes.
Botswana Accommodation and Safaris, Game Reserve and Lodges bookings for the Okavango Delta, Moremi, Linyanti, Selinda, Savute, Kalahari, Chobe and The Tuli Block. The main geographical features of Botswana is the Kalahari, covering about seventy to eighty percent of the country, the balance made up of The Okavango Delta, the Makgadikgadi Pans, the Chobe River and Linyanti Swamp, which forms the northern boundary.
The Hardveld in the east, where the landscape is made up of sandstone, granite and dolerite outcrops and is bordered by the Sashe and Limpopo rivers. The Tsodillo Hills and the Drotsky's Caverns are in the north-west of the country. All these areas are fully or partially incorporated into National Parks and Game Reserves. The principal means of accessing the various Lodges featured here, is by air (primarily in single engined light aircraft for the longer distanced transfers and where the distance is practical and interesting, either by boat of vehicle. The majority of the venues are fully hosted and catered facilities with en-suite bathrooms. Few of the remote Lodges have air-conditioning.
Botswana's climate is semi-arid. though it is hot and dry for much of the year, there is a rainy season, which runs through the summer months. Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and highly regional. Often a heavy downpour may occur in one area while 10 or 15 kilometres away there is no rain at all. Showers are often followed by strong sunshine so that a good deal of the rainfall does not penetrate the ground but is lost to evaporation and transpiration. 'Pula', one of the most frequently heard words in Botswana, is not only the name of Botswana's currency, but also the Setswana word for rain.
So much of what takes place in Botswana relies on this essential, frequently scarce commodity. Seasons in Botswana The summer season begins in November and ends in March. It usually brings very high temperatures. However, summer is also the rainy season, and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for a short period of time.
The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas, especially in the southwest.
The in-between periods - April/early May and September/October - still tend to be dry, but the days are cooler than in summer and the nights are warmer than in winter. Rainfall The rainy season is in the summer, with October and April being transitional months. January and February are generally regarded as the peak months. The mean annual rainfall varies from a maximum of over 650mm in the extreme northeast area of the Chobe District to a minimum of less than 250mm in the extreme southwest part of Kgalagadi District (see the map for districts). Almost all rainfall occurs during the summer months while the winter period accounts for less than 10 percent of the annual rainfall. Generally, rainfall decreases in amount and increases in variability the further west and south you go.
Temperatures Summer days are hot, especially in the weeks that precede the coming of the cooling rains, and shade temperatures rise to the 38°C mark and higher, reaching a blistering 44°C on rare occasions. Winters are clear-skied and bone-dry, the air seductively warm during the daylight hours but, because there is no cloud cover, cold at night and in the early mornings. Sometimes bitterly so - frost is common and small quantities of water can freeze.
Humidity In summer during the morning period humidity ranges from 60 to 80% and drops to between 30 and 40% in the afternoon. In winter humidity is considerably less and can vary between 40 and 70% during the morning and fall to between 20 and 30% in the afternoon. For tourists, the best visiting months are from April through to October - in terms of both weather and game viewing. It is during this period that the wildlife of the great spaces gather around what water there is - the natural waterholes and the borehole-fed dams - and are at their most visible.
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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Tubu Tree Camp
Little Vumbura Camp
Xugana Island Lodge MOREMI Camp Moremi
Khwai River Lodge
Little Mombo Camp
Xigera Camp LINYANTI Dumatau
Kings Pool Camp SELINDA Selinda Camp
Zarafa Camp SAVUTE Savute Elephant Lodge
Savute Safari Lodge KALAHARI Jacks Camp
Kalahari Plains Camp
Leroo La Tau
San Camp CHOBE Chobe Chilwero Lodge
Chobe Game Lodge
Chobe Savanna Lodge
Kubu Lodge THE TULI BLOCK Mashatu Game Reserve
Mashatu Main Camp
Mashatu Tented Camp
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