Green wetlands, forested islands, parched deserts—to experience Botswana is to experience the real Africa.
Botswana was first inhabited by the semi-nomadic San people before the first millennium. In 1885 the country came under British protection to counter Boer invasions and Ndebele incursions. In 1966 the country was granted full independence.
Today, the country boasts an enviable record of democracy and human rights, healthy foreign reserves and is considered one of Africa's economic success stories.
Embark on an African safari with Belmond and be perfectly positioned to discover Botswana. National parks across the country can be explored from our three lodges.
Belmond Khwai River Lodge is located on the edge of Moremi Wildlife Game Reserve. Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge can be found in the heart of Chobe National Park. Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is positioned in the heart of the Okavango Delta, recently voted the 1,000th UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its extraordinary wetland system and rare wildlife.
Each lodge has its own private licensed airstrip, accessible via light aircraft from Maun. Scheduled daily flights are available to Maun from Johannesburg.
Lodges are also accessible from Livingstone, Zambia and Kasane, Northern Botswana. Access from Maun, Livingstone and Kasane is all by shared charter aircraft operated by our air partner, Mack Air. All aircraft used by Mack Air are single-engine.
Private charters are also available on request.
Please note that for light aircraft transfers the following luggage restrictions apply per person:
- 20kg of soft-sided luggage, including hand luggage and camera bags
- Soft-sided duffle bags must not exceed 25cm (10 inches) wide, 30cm (12 inches) high and 62cm (24 inches) long