“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” – Karen Blixen, Out of Africa.
OUR SAFARIS ACROSS BOTSWANA take you to the very heart of Africa. In the arms of nature, every sight and sound exhilarates—from roaming elephants to roaring lions. Such adventures demand a certain style.
You may feel a thousand miles from civilisation but with Belmond you’re never far from the lap of luxury. Just a short flight from Maun, take a plane deep into the wild and prepare for the thrill of a lifetime.
At Belmond Khwai River Lodge, old-world indulgence comes alive. The lodge is shrouded by a forest of fig trees and looks out onto sweeping floodplains. Thatched-roof rooms feature private decks. They’re the perfect theatre from which to enjoy the drama of the wild. Curl up in an easy chair or sink into a hammock. Giraffes graze and kingfishers swoop overhead. After a long day’s game watching, unwind in our pool or share stories by the fire. Our spa channels the treasures of nature—want a massage on your private deck? All you have to do is ask.
Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge is just as captivating. Perched beside the Savute Channel with its unpredictable wet and dry cycles, the lodge oozes colonial charm. Mosquito nets shroud four-poster beds, while outdoor showers foster a closeness with nature. You might spot a zebra while freshening up. Rooms are set on raised platforms with spacious decks: take morning coffee on your daybed and let the safari come to you. Tea beneath the baobab trees is something of a ritual. Don’t miss dinner at our authentic Boma where, in a time honoured tradition, you can savour local delicacies under the light of the stars.
Like all good Southern establishments, our true soul is found in our cooking. Charleston Grill oozes atmosphere. Here, acclaimed Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s elegant plates put a modern spin on local tradition and come served with a helping of live jazz. And no one quite epitomizes Southern hospitality like maître d’ Mickey Bakst. When not entertaining guests, he applies his hospitality skills to helping local people in need. The Palmetto Cafe offers great Lowcountry plates in a gorgeous garden style setting, while the Thoroughbred Club’s expert mixologist pairs bespoke bourbons with the freshest ingredients.
Nestled on a private island at the heart of the Okavango Delta, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is the ultimate water safari. Fully refurbished in 2015, it brings timeless luxury to the Botswana wetlands. High-ceilinged rooms flood with light; each has a plunge pool and oversized bed with views of the delta. Walled showers have windows, too. Keep an eye out for hippos skulking in the water and fish eagles soaring overhead. The Fish Eagle Bar is a great place for a cocktail: It’s magnificent come sunset, streaked in amber and violet. Dine alfresco overlooking the lagoon, before heading to the roaring firepit. Our guide gives talks on everything from delta geology to African myths.
Whether you’re just visiting one of our lodges or you’re on an adventure that includes all three, Belmond Safaris provide memories that last a lifetime. As the old African proverb goes: the eyes never forget what the heart has seen.