The journey to the camp was a 40-minute boat ride through reeds, bamboo and rushes along the "hippo highway." It was magical! The camp itself was lovely, and the hosts, Renaud and Mia, provided warm, caring, gracious attention our entire stay. With only 5 tents, we felt very much part of an extended family.
Darlene E., Yorkshire, UK
In the center of Botswana’s Okavango Delta in a private reserve sits Kwetsani Camp. Predominately a water camp, game viewing at Kwetsani takes place in boats or mokoro (dugout canoe) between the months of April and September. Activities are largely dependent on water levels, which fluctuate throughout the seasons.
Accommodation & Facilities
This small friendly camp sleeps up to ten people in five beautiful rooms raised off the ground and connected by a series of boardwalks. The décor of each room is beautifully detailed, and you can enjoy amazing views across the floodplain from the comfort of your own bed, terrace and pool deck. The restricted size of the camp ensures that the communal areas retain a cozy feel.
Wildlife & Activities
During your stay at Kwetsani Camp in Botswana, you will experience outstanding game watching, which includes possible sightings of nocturnal predators, and excellent birding. Enjoy gentle guided hikes through the many palm-studded islands that lie amid the network of channels that make up the Okavango Delta.
Michael and Wendy - YORKSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: NOV 2013 POSTED: NOV 2013
Beautiful area would love to see it in full flood, we had a great guide who tried really hard to fine game in an area which hasn't a lot to see at this time of year. We still managed lion ,leopard and elephant on the island we wen... Read More
Beautiful area would love to see it in full flood, we had a great guide who tried really hard to fine game in an area which hasn't a lot to see at this time of year. We still managed lion ,leopard and elephant on the island we went to every day by boat. We saw a reasonable herd of buffalo from a distance and lovely plains game and elephant from a lovely platform hide. Dan & Charmaine run a very good camp and have years of experience dating back to the 80's. The best cakes and muffins in Botswana at tea & breakfast. The local pride of lions do come into camp sometimes we saw the tracks to prove it. Less
Darlene E - YORKSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: SEP 2013
The journey to the camp was a 40-minute boat ride through reeds, bamboo and rushes along the "hippo highway." It was magical! The camp itself was lovely, and the hosts, Renaud and Mia, provided warm, caring, gracious attention our... Read More
The journey to the camp was a 40-minute boat ride through reeds, bamboo and rushes along the "hippo highway." It was magical! The camp itself was lovely, and the hosts, Renaud and Mia, provided warm, caring, gracious attention our entire stay. With only 5 tents, we felt very much part of an extended family. Less
James Eacott - HAMPSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2010 POSTED: SEP 2013
Great game hide that we used during the day and also for sleep outs a night, which was really exciting!
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in Botswana?
There are advantages throughout the year, depending on what you’d like to do and see, and how well you cope with different temperatures. Here are some guidelines based on our experience of Botswana’s climate and wildlife viewing across a typical year.
January and February
The larger part of Botswana’s rains generally fall in these months in short hard downpours, turning the landscape increasingly lush, and encouraging migrating birds and antelope to drop their young. Photography is good as skies can be dramatic and the air is very clear. Safari camps and lodges can be quiet and prices are lower than other times of year.
March and April
These months are ‘mid-season’ for both numbers of safari visitors and prices, but the rains have generally stopped, the landscape is very green, and it’s a good time of year to combine a safari in Botswana with a holiday in Cape Town. With warm days and cool nights, it’s an idyllic climate.
May and June
As Botswana enters its winter grass starts to die back, the leaves fall, and the Okavango Delta begins to fill, making wildlife viewing easier as you can see across greater distances and the animals are concentrated onto the decreasing areas of dry land. Cool mornings and late afternoons can be a shock on an open safari vehicle, but they mean animals are active for longer, and the climate is pretty much perfect for visitors.
July to October
Thought of as the best months for wildlife viewing, these are Botswana’s high season, as animals are drawn to water since the bush has died back. The Okavango Delta has its highest water levels through these months bringing even higher densities of wildlife into this lush oasis. Sunsets are magnificent as the dust in the air leads to incredibly rich reds and oranges.
An interesting, very beautiful and rather hot month in Botswana, the clouds build up and the first rains fall, generally in short sharp showers, taking some of the heat and dust out of the air. Relatively few people safari in November, so tented camps and lodges are empty, game viewing is quiet, and prices reflect the demand. The land turns green as soon as the rains have fallen, wildlife begins to give birth, and many migrant birds arrive.
Very similar to November, January and February climatically, and for prices and game viewing, with some rain, but not usually too much. If you’ll take a chance then a Christmas safari in Botswana can be a bargain compared to high season.