On the camp-front however, there's been change-a-plenty with some of our old favourites emerging after fabulous re-vamps and some new openings set to become much loved additions.

The New:

Sable Alley - 12 tents and a classic Okavango view complete with its own hippo pod. Set in the Khwai private reserve it is a perfect spot for lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo and of course the majestic sable antelope. In short, proper Okavango and uniquely Botswana

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £415 per night, based on two adults sharing on a full board basis with daily game drives. For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Gomoti Plains - 10 tents on raised wooden decks overlooking the Gomoti River. Travel the pristine waterways by motor boat or mekoro and marvel at the dense wildlife concentrations of this relatively unexplored patch of wilderness. Walking, night drives and classic comfort in a region once the local haunt of many of the older Okavango guides.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £455 per night, based on two adults sharing on a full board basis with daily game drives. For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Qorokwe Camp - Set within easy reach of a diverse world of Delta habitats, it's a top safari destination with a vast local lion pride and plenty of elephant. Nine elegant suites including a family unit overlook the lagoon colloquially known as 'the place where buffalo broke through the bush into the water'.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £705 per night, based on two adults sharing on a full board basis with daily game drives. For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Pangolin Khwai - Planned specifically with photographers in mind, and featuring a dedicated editing and post production area along with screens for presentations and workshops. Accommodating 12 guests and hosted by a resident photographic guide it will be a great place to hone skills while enjoying off-road sightings, night drives and mokoro excursions.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £415 per night, based on two adults sharing on a full board basis with daily game drives. For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

The Renewed:

Chief's Camp - Absolute luxury set in the former hunting reserve of Chief Moremi in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as the camp is elegant and luxurious. The recent extensive refurbishment will ensure it continues to feature as one of the top rated safari camps in Botswana.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £1,256 per night, based on two adults sharing on a full board basis with daily game drives. For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Mombo - Wilderness Safaris' flagship camps Mombo and Little Mombo re-open in February after a top to toe revamp. Set on Chief's Island – aka the 'place of plenty' – home to an enormous number and variety of animals among which large prides of lion, leopard and plains game galore, these two provide authentic bush-camp luxury amid some of Botswana's finest wildlife viewing.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £1,400 per night, based on two adults sharing on a full board basis with daily game drives. For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

Duba Plains - Brand new camp, but in its original prime position amid stunning elephant herds, kudu and warthogs everywhere, bat eared fox, aardwolf, side striped jackal, hyena, crocodiles, hippo, and movie-star lions and buffalo from the films by Dereck & Beverly Joubert, The Last Lions and Relentless Enemies. It's a birding hotspot year-round too, reaching its peak between November and February with seasonal migrant visitors. Exceptional.

Available through Aardvark Safaris from £1,045 per night, based on two adults sharing on a full board basis with daily game drives. For booking, contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160

About Aardvark Safaris:
Aardvark Safaris has established itself as the African safari and beach specialist. Offering the hottest wildlife locations and the best-kept safari secrets, the company prides itself on its intimate knowledge of the 18 countries in which it plans holidays, and has built one of the best teams of safari experts in the business. Aardvark Safaris organises top-quality holidays throughout Southern and East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, offering unrivalled advice on safari holidays. Specialists in organising family safaris, riding safaris, gorilla treks, wildebeest migration, philanthropic safaris, honeymoons, Kilimanjaro climbs, walking safaris, canoe safaris and incredible beach holidays.

For booking contact Aardvark Safaris www.aardvarksafaris.co.uk / 01980 849160