March 11, 2022
Empowering Botswana through tourism – Desert & Delta Safaris
Since its inception in 1982, Desert & Delta Safari’s has always been a company to innovate and not imitate! Empowering Botswana through tourism, Desert & Delta Safaris has compiled an inspiring list of 10 exciting reasons why the country is the ultimate destination to visit post-lockdown.
YOUR SAFETY IS DESERT & DELTA’S NO.1 PRIORITY
At Desert & Delta Safaris, you are in safe hands. Botswana is one of the most exclusive international travel destinations, attracting travellers from around the world to enjoy the highest standard of accommodation, service, and safari experience. Desert & Delta’s outstanding service extends to their COVID safety protocols, which go above and beyond the expected standards for international visitors.
All eight premier safari camps ensure that hygiene standards are at the absolute maximum. Each lodge has a designated and permanent team who are tested with rapid antigen tests before they report to the lodge for duty and all domestic travellers are required to provide a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen test within 72 hours before arriving at their first lodge, ensuring that all the camps and lodges in the Desert & Delta Safaris portfolio are effectively COVID free bubble!
All eight premier safari camps ensure that hygiene standards are at the absolute maximum. Each lodge has a designated and permanent team who are tested with rapid lateral flow tests before guest arrival. Movement out of the camp can only occur with a negative test result, ensuring that the camps and lodges are effectively COVID free bubble!
Every international traveller arriving in Botswana also needs to present a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival. Complimentary Rapid Antigen tests are conducted at Maun and Kasane Airport (the main gateways to the safari regions).
BOTSWANA IS AFRICA’S MOST UNCROWDED SAFARI DESTINATION
Botswana’s national parks, game reserves and private concessions are all stringently controlled, so guests can expect to enjoy vast, expansive and remote wilderness areas with an abundance of wild animals and minimal human contact.
For those seeking a more secluded safari experience, the Xugana Island Lodge is available for private hire. From the safety of their exclusive group, guests can explore the Okavango Delta’s 16,000sqkm of spectacular islands, waterways, and open floodplains with up to 16 members of their friends, family, or colleagues.
DESERT & DELTA SAFARIS NATURALLY LEND THEMSELVES TO SOCIAL DISTANCING
All Desert & Delta Safari activities maximise both space and privacy. The game drive vehicles have a guaranteed window seat and ample space, whilst boat excursions ensure that the middle seat remains unoccupied. Mokoro canoes are naturally private, designed for just one or two people at a time. Walking safaris have been limited to a maximum of six guests so that you can enjoy the expansive environment and incredible wildlife undisturbed.
DESERT & DELTA SAFARIS HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD & ESTABLISHED OPERATION IN BOTSWANA
Established in 1982, Desert & Delta Safaris is the longest-running luxury safari group in Botswana. During this nearly forty-year period, Desert & Delta have gained an enviable reputation as one of the most well-respected and trusted tour operators in Africa. From the moment you book your safari, you are cared for as part of the Desert & Delta family. This unique business style has driven Desert & Delta Safaris to become industry leaders.
ALL YOUR SAFARI PLANS ARE UNDER ONE SOLID OPERATOR
Travelling after a pandemic can be nerve-wracking, but stress can be minimised by keeping logistics simple. By working with an operator like Desert & Delta Safaris you can keep your whole safari under one company! Desert & Delta Safaris have their own charter flight company called Safari Air, so your journey will be smooth and easy.
With eight magnificent safari lodges in unique locations, you will be spoilt for choice! From the Chobe River with Botswana’s highest concentration of elephants to the renowned Moremi Game Reserve, islands in Okavango Delta and the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Desert & Delta Safaris covers every ecosystem in Botswana.
BOTSWANA HAS THE MOST INCREDIBLE AND UNIQUE ADVENTURES IN REMOTE AFRICA
During the pandemic, Desert & Delta Safaris have expanded its list of astonishing and incredible adventures, offering two new epic sleep-out experiences!
After a year of working from home and staying indoors, it is time to reconnect with the true wilds of the world. Desert & Delta Safari’s Sleep-Out experience on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans does just that! With a maximum of six people and a specialist guide, guests can venture out into the middle of the world’s largest salt flats and sleep under a blanket of stars. Described as a life-changing experience, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan Sleep Out will awaken your senses in one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments.
If you crave a more luxurious experience, guests can try the romantic sleep-out deck at Camp Okavango. Just you and your loved one tucked away on a private corner of the island, on a large double bed under the expansive Botswanan sky. Now is the perfect time to tick off your bucket list dreams!
EMBRACE THE NEW WAY TO TRAVEL WITH A CONTINGENCY PLAN IN PLACE
Desert & Delta Safaris know there is a certain amount of apprehension with travelling post-pandemic, but rest assured they have considered every eventuality and have a contingency plan for everything! Given their outstanding reputation, Desert & Delta Safaris also have a strong relationship with the Botswana Government, local authorities, and partners to provide any necessary COVID tests. Everything is covered! – Feel completely relaxed while safe in the knowledge that all the ground arrangements are taken care of.
2021 – BOTSWANA’S MOST MAGICAL YEAR!
At the start of 2021, Botswana experienced phenomenal, unprecedented rains – around double the season average in some parts. Subsequently, the rivers of Chobe and Okavango are brimming with water, wildlife, and outstanding scenery. A traditional mokoro is the best way to travel through these lush floodplains and experience unique, personal encounters with nature.
The generous rainfall has also resulted in fertile grasses, which have attracted a plethora of birds and herbivores, leading to an increase in predator activity. 2021 certainly promises to be an extraordinary safari year in Botswana!
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL IS AT THE HEART OF DESERT & DELTA
The global pandemic has shown us that we need to be more responsible in the way we travel, as too many destinations have become overcrowded and unsustainable. However, Botswana has been operating a strict low-volume and high-revenue model of tourism since the country’s independence in the late 60s.
Desert & Delta Safaris follow this incredibly reliable model and champion sustainability through their unique CARES Philosophy.
Desert & Delta Safaris put conservation and responsible tourism at the forefront of everything they do. It is critical that their safaris empower the citizens of Botswana, as well as protect the wildlife. Desert & Delta Safaris regards the empowerment of the local community as the pillar of their success, as they are one of the first premier safari operators in the country to be entirely staffed and managed by Botswana citizens.
Desert & Delta Safaris have retained and supported every staff member during the pandemic – an achievement unmatched by few large European companies. Therefore, your adventure with Desert & Delta Safaris always goes a long way in making a lasting positive impact on people and the environment.
SAFARIS ARE ABOUT CHOOSING THE PERFECT DESTINATION, NOT THE BEST DEAL
Desert & Delta Safaris are proud of their exceptional value, offering a world-class safari for an affordable rate. Travelling to Botswana will leave you feeling enriched and energised. Pure, unadulterated African wilderness delivered at a time, after a year of lockdown, when you need that connection to nature again! Now is truly the time to seize the moment and make your dream holiday a reality with Desert & Delta Safaris.