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With one of the lowest human population densities in the world, Botswana is the place to go for an uninhabited wilderness feel.
Botswana has encouraged low volume tourism and offers a range of exclusive safari experiences where guests can feel as if they have the bush to themselves. In the south and central regions, the expansive Kalahari Desert offers serenity and tranquility.
The east hosts abundant wildlife against a backdrop of dramatic landscapes. The north boasts some of the world’s premiere big game safari destinations such as the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park.
Popular Botswana safaris
These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent
per person20 days
This three-in-one journey will show you the majestic Victoria Falls, the massive elephant bulls of Chobe and the natural wonder that is the Okavango Delta
per person7 days
If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then the Chobe National Park should be right at the top
per person3 days
Explore Botswana's Moremi and Selinda reserves on foot, in a safari vehicle or a mokoro for unforgettable wildlife encounters with big game and rare birds
per person6 days
Exploring the tip of Southern Africa continent should on top of your bucket list for 2017
per person13 days
Experience the Okavango Delta and the tropical Indian Ocean island of Benguerra for the best of both the bush and the beach
per person10 days
Experience two of Botswana's best safari destinations – Savute and the Okavango Delta – on land-based game drives or in a mokoro that glides along the waterways
per person8 days
Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to the diverse game viewing at the Chobe National Park and ending at the thundering Victoria Falls
per person7 days
Discover the exclusive Sitatunga antelope and explore the wildlife rich Moremi Game Reserve
per person4 days
Weave your way through a safari medley that introduces you to the mighty Victoria Falls, a remote slice of the Okavango Delta and the African gems in between.
per person10 days
Visiting Botswana is a joy for me. The friendly, happy-go-lucky vibe from Botswana’s people combined with some of the best wildlife viewing in the world make for an exciting adventure every time.
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While visitors can enjoy the typical safari experience, game viewing from an open safari vehicle, Botswana also offers some options for the more adventurous types.
Watching elephants and buffalo from a dugout canoe, called a mokoro, in the Okavango Delta is an exhilarating experience. Viewing wildlife from river boats on the Chobe River is another option for a unique safari. In the southern and eastern reserves, there are also options to explore on foot, quad bike, or horseback. Abundant and diverse wildlife is the major draw card for Botswana, with good reason. The biggest elephant population in the world, upwards of 200,000 individuals, extends across northern Botswana and into neighbouring Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Botswana also stakes claim to Africa’s second biggest migration route. Massive herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo attract throngs of top predators. The Kalahari is famous for its majestic and photogenic black-maned lions. Game viewing is at its best in the dry season when animals congregate around waterholes and rivers, but there’s always something to see, no matter the season. Botswana’s warm, inviting culture is another draw card. People are friendly and helpful, and communication in English is easy.
Towns, such as Gaborone, Maun and Kasane, have a bustling frontier feel. Additionally, rich cultural heritage offers vibrant music, dance, arts and crafts. Learning about bush craft from the San people, the world’s oldest culture, provides an interesting addition to the safari experience.
Know before you go
Botswana is very unique in that it’s never been colonized, in turn this has enabled them to avoid certain atrocities for which other countries had to endure, thus making the country one of the most racially and tribally harmonious areas in the region.
Since Botswana’s independence from the commonwealth in 1966 they soon discovered that they in fact had diamonds. Instead of sending the country into turmoil the president of the time declared that all diamonds found belonged to the people of Botswana and he invested much of the money made off the diamonds on health and education. This in turn has made Botswana spend some of the most money in the world on these vital areas.
With this said Botswana’s capital city is considered to be still in developing stages and can easily be skipped if possible.
Banks in the town of Maun near to the Okavango Delta can sometimes run out of money due to a large amount of tourists drawing cash from the ATMs, so make provisions for this.
All passengers arriving in Botswana are mandatorily required to declare their goods, laws constantly change regarding the import and export of various products both consumable and otherwise and these are largely due to various animal borne diseases.
When to go
The most visited wildlife and natural areas in the country are undoubtedly Moremi, The Okavango Delta and Chobe. It’s considered the optimal time to visit is around May to September which is their dry season. This results in better weather conditions as the weather isn’t as hot. There are opportunities to see wildlife year round however the consistency of this will differ from area to area.
What to pack
- Wear hiking boots or walking shoes with layers of thin socks to avoid both blisters and possible chance of getting bitten by snakes or other dangerous creatures whilst walking.
- Camping equipment will usually be provided in most instances however in some occurrences you might have to bring your own camping gear. Bear in mind it will be more likely that will find the camping gear you need at cheaper prices in your country before departure.
- Pack clothing for all weather conditions.
- There are other useful items, such as first aid kits, mosquito repellent and sunblock.
- Avoid military inspired attire for risk of inspection by actually military or police.
Weather and Climate
The rainy season in Botswana is largely between December and March; the weather temperature during this period is usually quite mild. April towards May is considered to be an incredible time to visit with more visibility in the skies and greener landscapes. However the nights during this time can become cold especially in the desert regions of the country. The Okavango Delta area has a more temperate weather climate than that of the Kalahari. Dry parts of the country from June to August can become rather frosty however temperatures rise drastically once the sun comes out and this is widely regarded as the best time to go on a safari. These conditions stick around from September until October until its starts to get hot again.
Safari / Holiday Styles
Wild Dogs of Botswana at the Moremi Game Reserve is considered to put a must for all animal lovers.
The Okavango delta is a natural wonder of the world hence its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Experience Glamping at San Camp which will transport to a time where luxury and pampering are of utmost importance and prestige.
Experience the ancient San culture at Tsodilo Hills which is another great way of delving deeper into the rich cultural heritage the country is so well known for.
Botswana boasts a vast array of wildlife at the Chobe National Park another reason why the country is so so highly rated as a leading travel destination for 2016.
Experience the open starkness of Kalahari Desert, which has a rich heritage in both its natural splendor and indigenous people.
Take a guided walking tour with the San People of the area to really experience an ancient way of life which is heavily intune with nature.
Tuli Block is a land of safari tourism and its proximity to both Zimbabwe and South Africa make it easily accessible when travelling from these destination. Its been given the nickname the land of the giants.
Where to stay
Botswana might not have as many accommodation options as some of their neighboring countries however they still have a world of great lodges and camps which are fit for a king. Expect to be pampered and taken care of in the middle of an African safari unlike any on planet earth. There is also a world of tour operators and companies that will make sure your every wish come true to achieve the ultimate African experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Botswana
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Reviews on our Botswana safaris
After shopping around for a couple of months, Discover Africa was the one who had the most diverse options for the price. Megan Warrington always responded quickly and was professional and patient with my endless questions. Discover Africa…
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My trip last August to Botswana was arranged by Discover Africa and I couldn't have chosen better. Everything was well organised and I didn't have to worry about anything. The safari tour was far beyond expectations; the accommodation was…
It took one e-mail to Discover Africa (very friendly and competent staff), one phone call for details and one phone call for minor modifications and in the end we had a perfect holiday experience - a magical Botswana safari as they titled…
Megan arranged a wonderful tour of South Africa and Botswana for us. The hotels and safari lodges were first class. We especially liked the Chobe Game Lodge and the Fairlawn Boutique Hotel. The safaris were unforgettable. We viewed lots of…
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Reliable and helpful, excellent service...everything was in line with our expectations! We had a great time in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana!
Valentina & Stefano
from South Africa
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