Here are some very important details when planning your Luxury Kosher Safari in Botswana. Botswana’s northern half is dominated by the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park.
Directly within or bordering these iconic names are premier safari areas of Savuti, Moremi, and Khwai. Collectively they offer some of the most incredible land based and water based safaris on the entire continent.
Think luxury, think exclusive, think unspoilt, think responsible tourism and conservation, think world heritage site, think bucket list and think Luxury Kosher Safari in Botswana.
Luxury Kosher Safari in Botswana
For the first time in history, through collaboration with some of Botswana’s premier safari lodge owners, and a network of approved Kosher meat and Kosher dairy suppliers in South Africa, and a training program with locals, supervised by Kosher chefs and Mashgiachs in South Africa, it is now possible to go on a kosher style Safari in Botswana.
Mashgiachs from South Africa
This is despite not having any permanent Jewish population in Botswana. We fly our Kosher chefs in from South Africa, and import all the Mehadrin commission meat and Cholov Yisrael dairy, Kosher and Kiddish wines to be able to offer top class Kosher ingredients in the most remote locations imaginable.
Over the past 18 months Tourism that Cares have been actively engaging some of these world class safari lodges and camps to be able to offer Luxury Kosher Safaris in Botswana.
Luxury Kosher Safaris in Botswana
For the newcomer, Botswana might seem totally overwhelming in terms of its huge array of lodges, regions, locations
but we have taken the guessing out of this, because we regularly travel to this region in search of the ultimate safari for our discerning guests:
Savuti – It’s a remote, wild rocky hilltops, interspersed with open plains area in the south-west of the Chobe National Park and north-east of the Okavango Delta bordering on the Caprivi Strip of Northern Namibia. It includes the somewhat mysterious Savuti channel that flows and then dries up often for long periods unrelated to the rainfall in the area. Savuti is a dramatic area to see a high concentration of elephants. It is here where the lion is king. The endangered wild dog, leopard, cheetah and the hyena are also part of the predator entourage. As such the rangers call this area “ predator heaven”. It is renowned as an excellent birding area during the summer months as well as being home to some very rare rock paintings drawn by the early San Bushmen who once inhabited the region. It is a photographer’s paradise and home to over 400 bird species. The migration of many thousands of Zebras is one of the unique spectacles of Savuti. In addition to a number of world class lodges there are mobile luxury Safari Tenting Camp tours and flights by helicopter or small plane to enjoy the amazing views of the wild beauty of Chobe.
Moremi – named after a famous chief of the Ba Tawana tribe Moremi Game Reserve is a protected wildlife area of 3,000 sq km in the very centre of the Okavango Delta. It includes approximately 20% of the Delta. Its wide range of habitats – from seasonal and permanent wetland and reed beds to forest and savannah woodland – supports an astounding range of fauna – from exotic birds, zebras, buffalo, wildebeest, lechwe, giraffes to hippos, crocodiles and lions. To protect the environment, there are fewer lodges and camping sites; the majority of these ring the reserve. Two prominent parts are Chief Island and the Moremi Tongue or peninsula.
Moremi is ideally suited for exploring the various waterway mazes by mokoro, a low dug-out canoe, or by motor boat. Untouched by agricultural activities Moremi has many sandy islands populated with Palm trees. The waterways are lined with papyrus and during the wet season form tranquil pools and lagoons ideally suited for fishing. Generally the Moremi Safari Lodges and Camps tend to be smaller and more intimate and very often luxurious compared to those in the rest of the greater Okavango Delta and Chobe. Whilst game viewing is a year-round activity at Moremi, birding, with over 400 species, is particularly spectacular during the summer months. Rhinos have been re-introduced recently in the area. Fishing for the fighting tiger fish is a favourite past time of many who visit this part of Botswana.
Scenic flights over the Okavango Delta can also be arranged for a surcharge. Moremi is all about wildlife density and incredible diversity of fauna and flora.
The greater Okavango Delta
The greater Okavango Delta is a large inland delta. It is fed annually by up to 11 cubic kms of water from the Angolan Highlands that spread over its 15 000²km. These floods peak each year during the months June to August and attract the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa outside of the Tanzanian/ Kenyan migration, and is by far more suited to the tourist wanting less mass tourism than East Africa, and much more exclusivity and smaller lodges without the challenges East Africa has of overpopulation and poaching.
As such Okavango Delta, perhaps to the discerning tourist, represents a much more authentic, unspoilt, personalized form of eco tourism, but still offers high levels of service, luxury and incredible photography.
The largest part of the Delta is Chief Island with Moremi forming a smaller part of about 20% of the Delta.
Many lodges offer a mix walking Safaris, mokoro and motor boat excursions as well as game drives with specially adapted vehicles that traverse over small wooden bridges and shallow channels to enable the tourist access to some unique “ islands “ in the middle of the delta, teeming with wildlife.
When is the best time to visit Botswana for your Luxury Kosher Safari?
The dry season in Botswana is typically from April to October, with the rains falling from November through to March. In general game-viewing is at its best between May and November. Days are warm (25 degrees celcius / 77 Fahrenheit and evenings chilly (10 degrees Celcius/ 50 Fahrenheit).
How does it combine with attractions in Botswana?
The most obvious combinations are the northern sections of Chobe, centred around the town of Kasane, which borders on Zimbabwe and Zambia. To be fair, Kasane is again more a mass tourism experience, and there is a wide selection of lodges and hotels directly on the Chobe river, on the towns doorstep, which cater for the larger groups and budget travelers. Nothing wrong with the location, but if you want to keep the same theme of seclusion and tranquility, rather stay a few kilometres outside the town on the border or within Chobe National Parks northern section.
Typically most guests do this for a night or two, and then hop over the border and stay in hotels and lodges in Victoria Falls, both on the Zambian, and Zimbabwean side, and again its the toss up between staying centrally and being able to walk or take a short ride to the falls busy viewpoints, ( Zambian side the viewpoints are less busy, and the angle is unique in that its from the side, and the Zimbabwean side can be rather crowded, and best seen as a ” tick the box” experience and move on)
BUT we honestly believe everyone should do a ” flight of angels” helicopter tour above the falls, if budget allows, as it really gives a truer birds eye view, and spares you the drenching rain/ mist that shrouds many of the closer viewpoints, and can affect your camera equipment and your desired ” postcard” photo.
And we would definitely recommend to stay up or downstream from the falls on the mighty Zambezi river, in smaller, more exclusive lodges, who offer the personalized service and private locations, away from the crowds. T
They typically all offer the beautiful rolling lawns and poolside decks located directly on the river’s edge, and also offer the sunset cruises and boat trips to see wildlife from the vantage point of the boat. Nearby in the town an abandoned Synagogue has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is reminiscent of a small Jewish population that thrived here in previous decades.
Once again, Tourism that Cares has a dedicated Kosher style kitchen on the Zambian side in a lovely location just outside the town of Livingstone, upstream from the falls, and directly on the river. In essence a 2 or 3 night stay here is more than ample to round off your safari in Botswana, and then Victoria Falls as a final stop, before catching easy connections to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kruger National Park or even Kenya.
What to visit when visiting Botswana?
If Botswana was a well crafted theatre piece, performing on the worlds tourism stage, and its actors were a collaboration of passionate conservationists and fair trade tourism philanthropists, and we as tourist companies and tourists were the audience, then we would most definitely give Botswana a standing ovation!
and the opening or closing act, could very well be the magnificent Victoria Falls, also worthy of praise for its iconic status and majestic beauty.
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