“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?” – Brian Jackman.
AFRICA ENCHANTS. But only once you’ve journeyed to the heart of the Motherland does it truly have you under its spell. Botswana is the real wilderness. It’s a mythical land where birds flock and big cats stalk. With Belmond Safaris, you’ll see nature in all its untamed glory. Our three luxurious lodges truly embrace the wild. From bushwalks at dawn to stunning drives through the savannah, every moment has the power to leave you speechless.
Belmond Khwai River Lodge is nestled in a forest just north of Moremi Game Reserve. The first African Reserve to be set aside by local tribesmen—and the only officially protected part of the Okavango Delta— the area is all rolling floodplains and sprawling savannahs. The lagoons make for great birdwatching, while areas of thick woodland are home to howling hyenas and graceful leopards. An abundance of antelopes makes this a paradise for predators. Take a moonlight safari with one of our guides; under the stars, the wild feels even more magical.
At the heart of Chobe National Park, you’ll find Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. Set right on the banks of the Savute Channel, it offers unrivalled opportunities to see elephants in their natural habitat. Watch them come and drink from the watering hole right in front of the lodge. Buffalo graze and lions skulk, while magical rains come without warning, transforming the landscape. Seeing the migration of zebras is almost transcendent. After a long day’s animal watching, seek out ancient rock paintings or play football with the locals.
Set on a gorgeous private inlet, Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is surrounded by shimmering waters. The Okavango Delta itself is totally unique—an oasis at the heart of the Kalahari. It’s home to a cornucopia of wildlife. Birds soar high in the sky and swoop low across the waters, on the lookout for catfish and African pike. Take a mokoro out to the shallows at sunset or enjoy spectacular bird’s-eye-views from high up in a helicopter. Want to get a little closer? Saddle up and follow our guides into the bush. Riding alongside wild dogs at hunt is the thrill of a lifetime.
These dramatic landscapes bring new meaning to the phrase Mother Earth. Once you’ve witnessed the stunning surrounds of the African wild, you’ll never again take nature for granted.