Botswana is approximately 581,730km²,
and has vast areas (nearly17%) set aside for responsible
wildlife utilisation. It is a semi-arid land with
an average annual rainfall in the mid east as
high as 450mm but as low as 230mm in the Kalahari
Desert. The rainy or green season is from November
Temperatures vary a great deal. March and April
are warm, whilst May, June and July are usually
cold (5ºC) at night and mild to warm (23ºC)
during the day. August and September are warmer,
but windy. Daytime temperatures during the green
season can get extremely hot, reaching temperatures
of well over 40ºC.
The hunting season begins early in April and ends
mid September each year.
Hunters and Guides has access to large concession
areas in both the Okavango Delta and Chobe areas
in northern Botswana and has the use of privately
owned hunting areas in the Kalahari as well as
the Limpopo region of South-west Botswana (total
over 1.2 million hectares).
Okavango Delta area
The diverse wildlife, (Buffalo, Lechwe, Sable,
Crocodile, Hippo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah,
Hyena, Tsessebe, the illusive Sitatunga and many
more) and rich vegetation of this unique area
makes it one of Africa's last true wilderness
destinations and offers hunters endless challenges
This vast northern area, which takes its name
from the great Chobe River, encompasses a wide
variety of diverse habitats that are home to great
numbers of game and the largest herds of elephant
anywhere in Africa. The Chobe is an area of extreme
contrasts with a variety of geological features
and flora, which vary from the almost tropical
habitat of the Linyanti Swamps to the severe,
desert-like landscape of the Savuti. It also contrasts
from the lush Chobe flood plain grasslands, to
the deep sands of the Brachestegia woodland. This
is big game country: Lion, Elephant, Buffalo,
Leopard, Gemsbuck, Kudu, Eland can be found here
One of the world's most extensive mantles of sand
is the home of the San bushman. The Okavango Delta
flows into the Kalahari, and although it is spoken
of as a desert, very little of it is.
Most is anchored by sufficient vegetation to
attract wildlife that has long since adapted to
survival without a permanent water supply in this
semi-arid region. Antelope such as Leopard, Gemsbuck,
Eland, Springbuck, Red Hartebeest, Steenbok, Kudu,
Duiker and Warthog can manage without large quantities
of water. Game seldom drinks from pans. It is
the salts in the clay and the greater variety
of vegetation that draws the animals to the pans.
This is an extremely picturesque and diverse wilderness.
It has river-hugging forests, savannah plains,
open marshlands and boulder strewn rocky outcrops,
punctured by bushveld vegetation. Species that
can be hunted include Leopard, Crocodile, Wildebeest,
Kudu, Zebra, Impala, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Eland
and Giraffe. The area is also known for its prolific
Leopard may be hunted with dogs in this area
under the "Problem Animal Control Act".
Accommodation in the government and community
concession areas are provided in off-the-ground
safari-style tents, each which can accommodate
two people. Comfortable beds, tables, chairs,
cupboards, linen and insect repellents are provided.
En-suite ablutions offer hot/cold water showers
and basins and flush toilets. Basic toiletries
and towels are provided. The tents are serviced
daily and a laundry service is provided.
Scrumptious meals and drinks are served around
a campfire on a communal dining deck. In the Kalahari
and Limpopo regions, clients are accommodated
in similar tented camps or safari lodges.