Discover a unique pulse and energy on the plains of Botswana, with a visceral safari unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
As wild as it gets
As wild as it gets
Imagine a place where you can witness lion kills every day, perhaps even multiple times a day. A place where you can fly over the same buffalo herd for a solid ten minutes, the spectacle stretching the breadth of the horizon. Where you’ll be dazzled by the zebra migration, creating a world of black and white. A place where you will stay at the only lodge in 50,000 hectares. Now stop imagining. Welcome to Mababe.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Mababe at a glance
The Mababe Depression marsh fills in the summer season, creating a wetland of some 2,600 hectares. This progressively disappears in the dry season, although never completely, with permanent water feeding nutrient-rich grasslands, welcoming great herds. Here it’s not uncommon to see vast buffalo herds, tsessebe in their hundreds, and large prides of lions following in their wake.
Mababe key facts
Fly west to east, following the Nqogha and Khwai channels, across the palm-dotted floodplains of the Delta, over riparian forest to acacia woodland, and finally large swathes of mopane, which abruptly gives way to the shoreline of an ancient lake. And on the other side - one of the most unique ecosystems in Botswana: the great expanse and immense grasslands of the legendary Mababe Depression.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
All year round
Core grazing for an extraordinary diversity of life.
A secure refuge for woodland birds and leopards.
A scarce water source for wildlife from miles around.
A clash of the titans when buffalo meet lions.
Hundreds congregate at the water.
Massive herds with a spectacular seasonal migration.
Predators aplenty, with lion hunting all day long.
The dry season from April to December welcomes staggeringly big herds of buffalo and elephant, while large densities of tsessebe, wildebeest & zebra seasonally migrate through the area at the turn of the seasons, in January & April. The warmer it becomes, the more animals seek out the precious water, bringing with them a plethora of predators. Birds -raptors in particular- are present year round.
April to December
January to March
Explore our camp in Mababe
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When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.