Planning Your Trip to Botswana

Read on to find out what you need to know to plan your trip to Botswana!

  1. Where To Go
  2. What To Do
  3. When To Go
  4. Getting To and From
  5. Before / After Botswana

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1) Where To Go

Most people visiting Botswana go to the Okavango Delta. If you are starting or ending in Victoria Falls, you should include Chobe because you can drive from there to Vic Falls. If you have more time, add more areas. You need 2-3 days in each location.

Okavango Delta

Described as ‘the jewel of the Kalahari’, the Okavango Delta – a tranquil and isolated oasis set in the harsh and arid surroundings of Botswana’s bush and desert – is widely regarded as one of Africa’s best safari destinations, with its rich diversity of fauna and flora.

Moremi Game Reserve

The Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta, on the south-western border of the Chobe National Park, and covers almost one-third of the Delta.

Savute Region

The Savuti Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere – a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years.

The Chobe Riverfront

The Chobe National Park is located in the Northern part of Botswana and lies along the Chobe River, which borders Botswana and Namibia. The Park is the second largest in Botswana and is known for its superb game viewing all year round, as it has one of the largest populations of game on the African continent.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park stretches away from the banks of the Boteti River, through its hinterland of scrub and grassland. The river and the nutrient-rich western grasslands supply the essential water and sustenance for the herds that inhabit the park.

Okavango Panhandle and Tsodilo Hills

This region is the major tributary river system that leads into form the Okavango Delta. The panhandle channel winds its way through tall papyrus thickets and interspersed with beautiful lush islands. To the west of the panhandle the stark dry contrast of UNESCO World Heritage listed cultural site, Tsodilo Hills.


2) What To Do

Activities in Botswana include:

  • Game drives
  • Motorized boat safaris
  • Mokoro excursions (canoe)
  • Guided bush walks
  • Fishing
  • Cultural excursions
  • Helicopter flights
  • Sleep out

Let us know which activities are most important to you to make sure we book the right camps!


3) When To Go

Peak season in Botswana is June-October, which is also the most expensive. Shoulder season is November, April, and May. Green season is December-March and is the cheapest time to go. September-October can be very hot.

For Victoria Falls, November-December have lower water levels. This is not the best time to see all of the falls or for river rafting, but it is a good time for the Devil’s Pool.


4) Getting To and From

Most people fly into the airport in Maun, Botswana (MUB) and then fly out from Victoria Falls. You can also do this in reverse, or skip Victoria Falls and fly into and out of MUB. There are daily flight to MUB from Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPT).

There are 2 airport in Victoria Falls. Depending on where your hotel is, you will want to fly out of the correct airport.

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA)
  • Livingstone, Zambia (LVI)

5) Before / After Botswana

If you want to extend your trip in southern Africa, you can add

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Hotels in Puerto Natales, Chile

There is a great selection of hotels for your visit to Patagonia, Chile!

  1. Remota Lodge (4-star)
  2. Singular Hotel (5-star)
  3. Hotel Costaustralis (4-star)
  4. Noi Indigo (4-star)
  5. Kau Lodge (3-star)

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1) Remota Lodge (4-star)

Remota Lodge is north of town towards the Singular Lodge.

There are 72 rooms in 2 wings and 2 floors. All rooms are the same with either 1 king bed or 2 twin beds. There are no triples. Rooms have a large picture window looking towards the water, a desk, a large shelve area which is nice organizing, tub/shower combo, and rain shower. They have robes, slippers, a telephone, hairdryer, and safe. There are no TV’s or minifridge.

In the rooms, you are given a metal water bottle, neck buff, and candy treats the first night.

There is a spa area with a long, narrow warm pool. There is a men’s and women’s dry sauna. The jacuzzis are closed for repair. Massages are offered for an extra fee ($80 for 50 minutes).

Meals are included with the Soft Package or Adventure Package. Breakfast is 7-10am, Lunch is 12:30-3pm, and Dinner is 7-10pm. Breakfast is buffet. Lunch is typically a box lunch on your excursion (order sandwich night before). Dinner is off a menu.

Breakfast: buffet (at table during low season)
Eggs, fruit, yogurt, granola, bread, pastries, cold cuts and cheese, bacon, orange or mango or strawberry juice, latte

Dinner from menu:
Salmon ceviche, pumpkin soup with coconut, grilled salmon, lamb shank, chocolate mousse cake, citrus cake like key lime cake, homemade ice cream

When you first arrive, you will immediately meet with your guide to discuss activities for your stay. If you arrive before you can check in, you can see if you can do an afternoon excursion, use the spa, have lunch, or explore town.

Remota Lodge will provide transfers into town if there is a vehicle and driver available. Alternatively, you can take an Uber for $2-3 or a taxi for $5-6.

Excursion groups are 6-8 maximum per guide. They provide hiking poles, water, and snacks.


2) Singular Hotel (5-star)

This is a 5-star hotel just outside Puerto Natales (near the airport). You can book just a night B&B or a multi-day all-inclusive package with all meals and excursions.

It is housed in an old cold packing plant for lamb originally built in 1905. It is now a museum for this historic local industry.

There are 57 rooms on 3 floors (long hallways). The Singular rooms can be 1 king bed or 2 twin beds. There are also 3 suites and 1 handicap room. They can add a roll-away bed for kids. There are no connecting rooms

Rooms have desk, sound system, minibar with free soda and water, coffee service, robes, slippers, and toiletries. They also have a telephone, TV, hairdryer, and safe. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel.

The spa has a warm indoor/outdoor pool, dry sauna, and steam room — all with a wall of windows to the water. For an extra price, you can use the private jacuzzi and get a massage including hot stone and couples massage. The entrance is on the first floor mid-way down the hallway of rooms. The entrance is underground, with view of the water.

Breakfast is a buffet with eggs to order. Lunch and dinner are off the same menu. The bar has light meals (cold). 4-7pm is tea time for $38 for 2 people including tea/soft drinks/sparkling wine and savory + sweet snacks. Breakfast is 6-10:30am, Lunch is 12-3pm, Dinner is 7-10pm.

The lunch/dinner menu has lamb 8 ways, steak, hare, king crab chube and salad, salmon, ceviche, scallops, octopus, salads, soups, and a large selection of desserts.

There is a separate BBQ restaurant in the old blacksmith shop. It is open 3-7 days a week during high season and is an extra $50/person. There are 3 tables in the blacksmith room and a long family-style table in the next room.

Breakfast has homemade yogurt, toppings including chia, linseed, dried fruits, lattes, eggs to order, avocado.

If you are interested in using the TV, Netflix, and/or the sound system, have a staff member show you how to use it.

There are bikes to use for free. It is an easy ride into town, but be prepared for a strong wind coming back. A taxi to town is $5-8 one-way. An Uber is usually around $2-3.

It is now open all year except for June.

If you arrive before it is time to check in, you can see if you can do an afternoon excursion (even the Cold Storage Tour is an interesting way to spend an hour), you can relax at the spa, have lunch, or bike/Uber into town.

  • Cold Storage Tour:
  • 1-1.5 hours
  • Boilers
  • Blacksmith
  • Engine (train)

3) Hotel Costaustralis (4-star)

This is one of the oldest hotels in Puerto Natales. It is located right on the waterfront. It might look a little tired outside, but it is pretty nice inside. There are no hotel signs outside, but it is an iconic hotel that is easy to identify.

There are 110 rooms. Standard rooms have a city view. Superior rooms have an ocean view and are a bit larger. There is 1 suite which has a sitting area with sofa. There are 6 triple rooms, and Superior rooms can be a triple. 4 rooms are interconnecting.

Rooms have a telephone, TV, hairdryer, and safe. Half of the rooms have a tub and shower, and half have a shower only. The decoration is pleasant neutral colors, but hallways are a bit dark.

Breakfast is a buffet 6-11:30am and dinner is 7-11pm. The bar is open 4-11pm.

Past the bar is a lovely library, map room for planning excursions, and 2 computers. There is a lounge area by each elevator and water dispenser.

There are bikes which are free for guests.


4) Noi Indigo (4-star)

There are 41 rooms on 4 floors. 5 have a city view and the rest have an ocean view. All rooms are 1 king or 2 twin beds. They have Deluxe, Jr. Suites, and Suites. The Jr. Suite and Suite can be a triple. There are some Jr. Suites that are interconnecting.

Rooms have telephone, TV, and hair dryer. They do not have a safe or mini-fridge. They use a UV lamp for cleaning the air in the rooms.

There is a large restaurant and bar. The second floor has great views out. Breakfast is a buffet and then eggs to order.

The Spa is on the top floor with a glass ceiling. It has 2 small warm pools, a dry sauna, and a massage room.

There are bikes free for guests. Some floors have fun hanging chairs. Each floor has a water dispenser.


5) Kau Lodge (3-star)

The Kau Lodge has 9 rooms. 5 of them can be 1 king or 2 twin, the other 4 rooms have bunk beds for 2 people. There are no triples.

Rooms are very simple, but Wifi is available throughout. They have no telephone, TV, for mini-fridge. You can ask the front desk for a hairdryer.

It is on the waterfront on the edge of Puerto Natales.

The coffee shop/bakery is very popular. Breakfast is included and is served 7-10am. Dinner is served 7-9pm. Wine and beer are also available.

A tour desk and gear store are co-located.


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Argentina Trip Report – El Calafate, El Chalten, Buenos Aires

Trip Report – Argentina – November 1-9, 2023

ITINERARY SUMMARY

DAY 1: El Calafate

DAY 2: El Calafate

DAY 3: El Chalten

DAY 4: El Chalten

DAY 5: El Chalten

DAY 6: Fly to Buenos Aires

  • El Chalten / Transfer to El Calafate / Fly to Buenos Aires
  • Mio Hotel

DAY 7: Buenos Aires

DAY 8: Buenos Aires

DAY 9: Buenos Aires

DAY 10: Buenos Aires

DAY 11: Buenos Aires

More Information:


DETAILS & PHOTOS

DAY 1: El Calafate

Arrive El Calafate

Mirador del Lago Hotel


DAY 2: El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier Minitrekking

Pioneros Excursion – Hacienda

Perito Moreno Glacier


DAY 3: El Calafate to El Chalten

Petrified Forest

Sightseeing in El Chalten

Fun Restaurants

Destino Sur Hotel


DAY 4: El Chalten

Hike Cerro Torre Trail to Laguna Torre


DAY 5: El Chalten

Full Day Hike Laguna de Los Tres


DAY 6: Fly to Buenos Aires

Mio Hotel


DAY 7: Buenos Aires

Feria de San Telmo/Plaza Dorrego Sunday Market

Football Game


DAY 8: Buenos Aires

Recoleta Cemetery

Sightseeing in Buenos Aires

Rojo Tango


DAY 9: Buenos Aires

La Cabrera Steakhouse

Casa Sur Palermo Hotel


DAY 10: Buenos Aires

Caminito, La Boca

Colon Theater


DAY 11: Buenos Aires

La Bandada Estancia

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Chile Trip Report: Santiago, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine

Trip Report – Chile – October 18-30, 2023

ITINERARY SUMMARY

DAY 1: Santiago

  • Arrive Santiago
  • San Cristobal Hill
  • Sights of Santiago
  • Patio Bellavista
  • Castillo Rojo
  • Hotels in Santiago >>

DAY 2: Winery Tour from Santiago

  • Wine Tour to Cousiño Macul and Viña Santa Rita
  • Santa Lucia Hill
  • Lastarria Neighborhood
  • Singular Santiago

DAY 3: Punta Arenas

DAY 4: Punta Arenas Sights

  • Sights in Punta Arenas

DAY 5: Puerto Natales Hike

DAY 6: Hike Lazo-Weber

  • Hike Lazo-Weber

DAY 7: Puerto Natales Sights

  • Puerto Natales
  • Sights in Puerto Natales
  • Singular Hotel

DAY 8: Torres del Paine

  • Transfer to Torres del Paine
  • Lamb Dinner
  • Hotel Las Torres

DAY 9: French Valley

  • Hike French Valley

DAY 10: Glacier Grey

  • Glacier Grey Boat Ride
  • EcoCamp

DAY 11: Lake Sarmiento

  • Lake Sarmiento Hike

DAY 12: Towers Trek

  • Hike to Towers Base

DAY 13: Transfer to El Calafate

Ideas to help plan your trip to Chile!


DETAILS & PHOTOS

DAY 1: Santiago

San Cristobal Hill:

Sights of Santiago:

Cathedral, Plaza de Armas, Central Market, Santa Lucia Market

Patio Bellavista:

Castillo Rojo:


DAY 2: Winery Tour from Santiago

Wine Tour at Cousiño Macul:

Wine Tour at Viña Santa Rita:

Santa Lucia Hill:

Lastarria Neighborhood:

Singular Santiago:


DAY 3: Punta Arenas

Fly to Punta Arenas:

Cabo de Hornos Hotel:


DAY 4: Punta Arenas Sights

Sights in Punta Arenas:

  • Nao Victoria Museum
  • Magellan Reserve
  • Fun restaurants

DAY 5: Puerto Natales Hiking

Benitez Condor Trek:

Remota Lodge:


DAY 6: Hike Lazo-Weber

Hike Lazo-Weber:


DAY 7: Puerto Natales Sights

Sights in Puerto Natales:

  • History Museum
  • Church on the Plaza de Armas
  • Boardwalk on the Waterfront
  • Last Hope Distillery — great stop!

Singular Hotel:

Also a great place for lunch!


DAY 8: Torres del Paine

Lamb Dinner at Hotel Las Torres:

Hotel Las Torres:


DAY 9: French Valley

Hike French Valley:


DAY 10: Glacier Grey

Glacier Grey Boat Ride:

EcoCamp:


DAY 11: Lake Sarmiento

Lake Sarmiento Hike:


DAY 12: Towers Trek

Hike to Towers Base:


DAY 13: Transfer to El Calafate

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Argentina Trip Report: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguazu Falls

Trip Report – Argentina – April 18-27, 2023

ITINERARY SUMMARY

DAY 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

  • Arrive Buenos Aires
  • La Cabrera Steak House
  • Loi Suites Recoleta

DAY 2: Buenos Aires

  • Morning City Tour
  • MALBA Museum
  • Gala Tango – Lessons, dinner, show

DAY 3: Colonia, Uruguay

  • Day trip to Colonia

DAY 4: Iguazu Falls

  • Iguazu Falls
  • Argentina side – Devil’s Thumb + Great Adventure Boat
  • Loi Suites Iguazu

DAY 5: Iguazu Falls

  • Iguazu Falls
  • Brazil Side + Helicopter + Bird Park

DAY 6: Mendoza

  • Mendoza
  • Posada Verde Oliva

DAY 7: Mendoza

  • Wine Tour with biking and lunch at Finca Bandini Winery
  • Wine Tour at Santa Julia Winery

DAY 8: Mendoza

  • Wine Tour at Carazon del Sol Winery
  • Wine Tour at Andeluna Winery

DAY 9: Buenos Aires

  • Fly to Buenos Aires
  • Don Julio Steak House

DAY 10: Buenos Aires

  • Day Tour to Tigre Delta
  • Tour of Colon Theater

Ideas to help plan your trip to Buenos Aires!


DETAILS & PHOTOS

DAY 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive Buenos Aires

La Cabrera Steak House – Make reservations 3 months in advance

Loi Suites Recoleta


DAY 2: Buenos Aires

Morning City Tour Highlights — Steel Flower, Recoleta Cemetery, San Telmo Market, Caminito, Bookstore

Recoleta Cemetery

San Telmo Market

Caminito

Bookstore

Metropolitan Cathedral

Puerto Madera

More

MALBA Museum

Gala Tango – Lessons, dinner, show


DAY 3: Colonia, Uruguay

Ferry, Lighthouse, Coffee, Lunch, Waterfront


DAY 4: Iguazu Falls – Argentina side

Devil’s Throat

Great Adventure Boat Ride

Lower Falls

Loi Suites Iguazu


DAY 5: Iguazu Falls – Brazil Side

Brazil Falls

Helicopter

Bird Park


DAY 6: Mendoza

Posada Verde Oliva


DAY 7: Mendoza

Finca Bandini Winery — Wine Tour with biking and lunch

Santa Julia Winery — Wine Tour

DAY 8: Mendoza

Carazon del Sol Winery — Wine Tour