Botswana Travel Tips


Sanctuary Camp in Botswana





Sharon Andrade of Travel Experts, Raleigh, NC recently shared her travel tips with Luxury Travel Advisor for Botswana, a destination she specializes in selling. She says she likes the game viewing to come alive for her travelers and that she likes to provide opportunities to see wildlife from many different ways. Her trips include small group tours in open vehicles with expert local environmentalists that are knowledgeable of where to find the animals as well as discussing the animals themselves. Her trips also include helicopter game drives, traditional Makoro Canoe rides, or for viewing exotic birds on the many rivers, speed boats can also be arranged.

Here is her report:
“My favorite combination for clients to explore Botswana is three diverse camps to enable travelers to experience all the country has to offer. The journey would start at Khwai River Lodge, which is nestled on the edge of a forest overlooking the vast floodplains of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. This camp is known for its exceptional range of big game, hopefully guests will see the Big Five. I enjoyed watching the animals from my deck, while sipping a glass of wine.
The next stop would be Savute Elephant Camp, known for the herds of elephants that can be spotted roaming its plains. The Savute Channel just replenished itself right before I arrived at the resort.  This channel of water attracted all types of wildlife that guests could view from the pool deck or dining deck.
The last stop is a visit to Eagle Island Camp. This is on an island among lots of waterways and lush vegetation. It attracts big game but also exotic birds. Here you can experience the traditional Mokoro Canoe Safari to get up close and personal and maybe be eye to eye with a hippo.  Take to the skies in a helicopter for a game drive where the vast green panorama opens up to the animals below. Or for birders a speed boat ride to get you to those places the exotic birds love most.
Each camp had luxurious tented accommodations with en suite bathrooms. The cuisine was delicious and prepared by local chefs. If you want to relax and have a massage the staff is more than happy to assist you with the request. The luxurious open air shower at Savute provided a view that if you are lucky, allowed  you to view the elephants across the channel,  a once in a lifetime experience.”

A final note: Sharon warns her clients “Botswana is a truly magical place, if you go once you will count the days until you return.”

Sharon Andrade can be reached at [email protected]

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