September 2010

November – March: Season of Life

Sweltering summer has arrived in Botswana…and along with it comes low season. Not only are there some incredible deals on offer, summer also offers its own unique perks.

the famous black maned lion

the famous black maned lion

Crimson-breasted Shrike

Crimson-breasted Shrike

the unique honey badger

the unique honey badger

• Rates are 30% lower, providing a more affordable period to experience Botswana, its wildlife and outstanding wilderness reserves.

• In summer, Botswana becomes a productive paradise interspersed with vibrant floral displays and a kaleidoscope of colours. To experience the summer highlights is to experience a special time in southern Africa.

• There’s an explosion of new life: many species give birth to their young and areas like the Central Kalahari are at their wildlife viewing peak.

• Predator sightings are frequent as they take full advantage of the abundance of inexperienced younger prey.

• Best season for birding. Several bird species display their splendid breeding plumage and many migratory species are present.

• Receding water levels in the Okavango Delta reveal more open areas, ideal conditions for seeing the grazing game species.

• In the Okavango Delta, receding floodwaters mean that it is also possible to explore the islands and plains either on foot or in a safari vehicle.

• The now-flowing Savute Channel affords year-round game viewing opportunities in the Linyanti.

• Summer mornings are exceptional. The temperature is perfect for warm pre-dawn starts to the day, happy in the knowledge that, like the animals, you can doze off in the hotter midday.

• More personal experience on offer because of fewer travellers.

• The Kalahari offers some of the best cheetah viewing in southern Africa, often with cubs at this time, and is famous for its immense black-maned male lions and their prides of females.


Join the Madikwe Collection for a recital of classical music under the African sky and save the rhinos from poaching.

On the 13th of November the Madikwe Collection will be hosting a 6 piece musical ensemble, including members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, for a live performance surrounded by the Madikwe bushveld.
 This event will be in aid of anti-poaching and R250 of each ticket sold will be donated to the North West Parks & Tourism Board Counter Poaching Unit.
 The tickets will be sold for R600 per person and will include a 2 part recital of well known classical music, a short talk about poaching, a welcome drink and light snacks.
 A cash bar will be open before and after the performance.
 Following the performance guests will return to their lodges for dinner.
2 night packages for the weekend of this event are available upon request: