Monthly Archives: December 2015

Why Botswana should be your travel destination of choice in 2016

Botswana was recently named by the Lonely Planet as the number one place to visit in 2016 and we couldn’t agree more! Blessed with some of the last remaining unspoilt wildernesses in the world, culturally rich and home to contrasting ecosystems, Botswana has endless reasons to be your number one holiday destination in 2016.

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  1. DIVERSE LANDSCAPES

Home to one of the largest inland Delta’s in the world, the vast expanse of the Kalahari Desert, the phenomenal moon-like environment of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and an abundance of spectacular river systems, you don’t get more diverse than Botswana. Whatever time of year you visit there is always something magical to see. The lush, influx of life to the Kalahari during rainy season, the myriad of waterways in the Okavango Delta when the floods arrive or the overwhelming sight of Elephants in their thousands drinking from the Chobe River during dry season, there are very few countries which can offer this incredible variety of destinations.

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2. CULTURE

Culture has increasingly become an important part of a tourist’s wish list and Botswana does not disappoint. An educational walk with the local Bushmen in the Kalahari is a popular option, allowing guests to learn about traditional hunter/gatherer methods as well as local practices including natural medicines. Many lodges or safari companies also offer local home, school or village visits to see how the people of Botswana really live. While Botswana can take great pride in it’s abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery, at the end of the day the local people are at the very core of what makes this country special.

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3. COMMITMENT TO CONSERVATION

Botswana has shown an impressive commitment to preserving it’s natural habitats. Focussing on high value / low impact tourism, the attraction of remote, exclusive and luxury safari camps is symbiotic with the promise to preserve these landscapes. Coupled with a strict ‘no tolerance’ for poaching and hunting, the desire to protect the country’s natural environments is commendable.

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For more reasons as to what makes Botswana so special, visit it for yourself, you will not be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghoha Hills – our lodge of the month

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge is positioned in Chobe National Park, just a 45 minute drive away from Savuti. It’s position high up in the hills allows for some of the most spectacular views that Botswana has to offer, while the lodge itself is the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. These are just some of the reasons why Ghoha Hils is our lodge of the month!

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We were lucky enough to visit Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge for lunch while passing through and to have a look around. The managers are warm and welcoming, inviting you to make yourself at home. The lounge and dining area consists of soft and neutral tones and completely open sides to maximise the views. Meanwhile, the waterhole in front attracts an array of wildlife and allows for game viewing from the lodge itself. We were lucky to witness a passing elephant stop for a drink.

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After a delicious, filing lunch we went to have a look at the rooms. Spacious en suite canvas rooms offer views which could be cut out and put on a postcard, while the private deck is ideal for relaxing between activities.

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Ghoha Hills offers daily game drives in the area or a full day excursion to the Savuti marsh. As a result, the lodge manages to give you both the exclusivity of being away from the lodges and campsites by the marsh, yet still allowing guests to enjoy the Savuti experience.