Banoka Bush Camp Now Open

The much-anticipated opening of Banoka Bush Camp took place on 20th September, and was met with very positive feedback from guests that have already paid a visit. The site for Banoka is situated on the banks of the Khwai River, which forms a natural border between the Khwai wildlife reserve to the north and Moremi Game Reserve to the south.

Banoka, apart from being 100% solar powered, features a spacious main area overlooking a tranquil lagoon and 10 comfortable tents built along the tree line. Twice daily guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, explore the Khwai Concession, and adjoining Moremi Game Reserve. Ecologically, the area is very diverse; wildlife to be seen include elephant, hippo, roan, lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyaena, to name a few. Spectacular birding opportunities also abound, with some 450 species recorded. Other activities include seasonal boating and mekoro excursions, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing and a cultural experience. For more images please see: Banoka Bush Camp


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.

Children of all ages welcome…

Jacana Camp

Just a reminder that both Jacana and Seba camps welcome children of all ages and are ready to share the delights of the Okavango with family travelers.
Herewith an excerpt from the Seba family programme: “One of the biggest dilemmas facing families who want to go on safari is judging the best age to bring their children. If they are too young, you risk them not appreciating the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in this fascinating world. In addition, trying to keep their attention might simultaneously detract from the parents’ and other guests’ experience. But wait too long and you could miss that magical expression of wonderment when a child sees their first elephant in the wild. In an age where wilderness areas and the multitude of wildlife that inhabits them are constantly at threat, we believe that the next generation holds the key to environmental conservation in the future. Consequently, unlike many camps, we do not have a minimum age restriction for our younger guests (nor do we have a maximum either!).”
Fantastic news indeed – and an opportunity to experience the magic of the Okavango Delta in the company of your children – a family holiday of a lifetime!!!

Seba Camp

Wilderness Safaris in colaboration with Gunotsoga Village:

Guests are now able to take part in a village tour from Vumbura Plains, Little Vumbura or Duba Plains, travelling by helicopter on a 15-minute scenic flight each way. Gunotsoga is a small community village and has a population of about 750 people. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Okavango Community Trust (OCT) and is one of the five villages from which Wilderness Safaris leases the Kwedi Concession, on which the Vumbura camps are situated.

The economic base of the village is subsistence farming and fishing, and the village has also started a Community Development Fund whereby 20% of the money generated from these tours will be invested in community projects. The tour will include many facets including being met by the chief, seeing the primary school and local clinic and visiting the local ironmonger and see how various implements are forged. The approximate 3-hour trip is sure to enhance guests’ understanding of local Setswana life and culture.

Vumbura Plains Camp

Vumbura Plains camp


Offer Open To Southern African Residents:

3 nights Maun – Okavango – Maun package, From P 7,000.00 per person sharing

3 nights Maun – Linyanti – Maun package, From P 7,750.00 per person sharing

Fully inclusive of scheduled light aircraft transfers from Maun / Camp / Maun, all meals, selected beverages including game viewing activities.

On the 29th of April 2010 I sent a post to remind everyone of the Wilderness Safaris special offer that was valid until the 15th of May 2010.

Good news to the safari enthusiasts is that the special offer has now been extended to 15 July 2010! This is some good news looking at the fact that guests will be able to make use of the offer to travel at a time when there is great game viewing opportunities and the temperatures are a bit cooler. So, don’t miss out on this opportunity  to visit some of the best lodges at reasonable prices open to the Southern African market.

Wilderness Safaris is a specialist in luxury ecotourism based Safaris and Lodges and visiting o ne OR  some of their lodges located in Botswana at these remarkably reduced rates is a bonus.

The given rates apply to a three night stay in one of the following Classic Camps: Chitabe, Chitabe Lediba, Jacana, Tubu Tree, Seba, Kwetsani, Little Vumbura, Xigera, DumaTau, Savuti and Selinda. A surcharge will apply for bookings at these Premier camps: Vumbura Plains, Zarafa and Jao.


Another amazing month with Kwando – please read below for more details.



The seemingly never ending rainy season has some positives apart from muddy roads! The zebra have remained in their hundreds along with large herds of gemsbok, wildebeest. The ready supply of drinking water and abundant grazing means they are under no pressure to return to the Makgadikgadi. The many hundreds of zebra and various antelope species mean rich pickings for the many predators which inhabit the open pans.

A pride of a male, two females and two cubs has been sighted regularly along with a group of four lionesses on a zebra kill. Cheetah have also been sighted on kills including a female with a young cub which was spotted regularly.

The spectacle of the waterhole in front of camp becomes ever more impressive with up to 30 elephant bulls drinking and covering themselves in cooling mud. They are surrounded by herds of gemsbok, zebra and wildebeest all vying for a space to drink. The view from each room’s deck is simply awesome!


The late rains meant that Tau Pan is still the hive of activity with large herds of gemsbok, wildebeest and springbok, as well as honey badgers, jackals and giraffe all being seen regularly. The resident Tau Pan pride have also been seen often especially the two brothers and two females seen hunting on the pan itself.

Elsewhere on the popular day drive activities the other pans and fossil river beds have been providing excellent sightings as large herds are attracted to the sweet grasses. As well as the wide variety off general game, including a herd of over 30 eland, there have been impressive predator sightings. At Phokoje Pan guests have seen a female cheetah accompanied by a young cub and sub adult female on a springbok kill. A pride of seven lion are seen often at Phuku Pan, while San Pan has provided sightings of a small family group of six lion including 3 young cubs, as well as two adult female cheetah with a cub. 11 different lion have been seen within Deception Valley and two male cheetah were spotted feeding on a gemsbok kill in the Passarge Valley.

The most unusual of sightings for the month and especially for the Kalahari was the arrival of a troop of baboon on Tau Pan! The troop spent two days foraging on the pan and then moved away. The presence of such animals so far from their recognised habitat is most likely due to the high rainfall this year. The abundance of surface water has allowed these water dependant animals to roam far into the central Kalahari. 


The northern Kwando region has been home large numbers of zebra, giraffe, tsessebe and wildebeest which have been attracted by the excellent grazing resulting from the seemingly never ending rains. The relative absence of lions this month as they follow the buffalo herds means that Wild dog and leopards have been a regular sighting, including a large male found in a tree guarding his impala kill. The buffalo sightings remain sporadic due to the excessive water and grazing found in the mopane forests though guides have spotted small herds on several occasions.

An additional and unusual sighting made this month was the regular sighting of large herds of Livingstone’s eland. This is the largest member of the antelope family and is extremely shy, generally residing in dense forests. Sightings are therefore very unusual and often fleeting.


The above average number of zebra, giraffe and wildebeest in the region has led to an increase in the number of predators hunting a wide variety of game species. A mating pair of lion were found on giraffe kills on two separate occasions while several other male lions have been sighted this month stalking wildebeest. Several leopards were also followed on drives both during day and night drives as they stalked warthog and impala. The three cheetah brothers, not to be out done, were observed hunting wildebeest, while the three separate packs of wild dog were sighted hunting regularly and kills were made on lechwe and two kudu.

Further sightings of an eland herd, of approximately 20 animals, has also been spotted on more than one occasion. These sightings bode well for the eland population which is notoriously difficult to estimate due to their shy nature and the remoteness of their habitat


The Kwara concession continues to disprove that the commonly held view that the rainy season is not a good time of year to see game. Consistent quality game viewing in February and March continued in April with regular sightings of lion, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, hyena, honey badger and elephant. Of course there was also the usual lechwe, reedbuck, giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, wildebeest, warthog kudu, impala, hippo, crocodile, jackals, cobras, pythons, ostrich, ground hornbills and wattled crane to name but a few!!

Significant sightings included a lion pride chasing a male leopard up a tree and an incredible confrontation between two pack of wild dog, in which the heavily pregnant alpha female was targeted and almost killed. She was last seen with serious wounds and the guides are unsure whether she survived or not.


If all this is taking place over green season, we can only imagine what the dry season hold in store!

Offer open to Southern African Residents!

Valid Until 15 May 2010

3 nights Maun – Okavango – Maun package, From P 7,000.00 per person sharing

3 nights Maun – Linyanti – Maun package, From P 7,750.00 per person sharing

Fully inclusive of scheduled light aircraft transfers from Maun / Camp / Maun, all meals, selected beverages including game viewing activities.