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Botswana safaris, tours and holiday packages

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The landlocked country of Botswana is one of Africa’s most popular destinations for foreign visitors. The political stability and continuing GDP growth in the country has meant that more and more resources are being used to boost tourism in the region. This is not only great news for Botswana’s economy, but for those looking to experience an authentic Botswana safari that is both affordable and sustainable.

Botswana is home to intriguing landscapes, geographical wonders and luxury accommodation. An abundance of wildlife, birds, premium national parks and reserves all work together to make this a prime safari destination.

The Okavango Delta is the world's largest and each year swells with water, transforming grasslands and plains into snaking waterways and marshes. Elephants, hippos and Nile crocodiles call this home, as well as game and an astonishing number of birds. 

The Central Kalahari desert is another point of great interest, due to its history as the home of one of the world's oldest people; the San bushmen. The desert also has its own uniquely adapted wildlife and landscapes.

Popular Botswana safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

Classic Botswana family safari

Connect as a family while tracking wildlife and incredible landscapes through some of the most remote stretches of Botswana.

$ 6,590

£ 4,642

R 78,785

5,327

per person

11 days

5-day Okavango Delta and Nxai Pan safari

Encounter Botswana's widest range of safari activities and some of Africa's most luxurious wilderness accommodation

$ 2,435

£ 1,715

R 29,111

1,968

per person

5 days

Botswana green season safari

Experience three of Botswana's highlights – the Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta and Kwando Linyanti – wilderness areas that take you from arid desert to lush wetlands

$ 3,990

£ 2,810

R 47,701

3,226

per person

7 days

Botswana Luxury Safari and Victoria Falls

Experience the paradise of Botswana and enjoy game viewing as well as exciting activities in Zambia

$ 4,500

£ 3,170

R 53,798

3,638

per person

7 days

Botswana and Namibia family safari

Enjoy both Botswana's Okavango Delta and Namibia's Caprivi Strip on a safari holiday filled with fun

$ 7,100

£ 5,001

R 84,882

5,740

per person

11 days

Botswana and Zimbabwe safari

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

$ 3,360

£ 2,367

R 40,170

2,716

per person

7 days

Safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Explore the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the wildlife rich Okavango Delta

$ 3,615

£ 2,546

R 43,218

2,922

per person

8 days

8-day Botswana premier safari collection

Choose our Botswana premier collection and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.

$ 4,140

£ 2,916

R 49,495

3,347

per person

8 days

Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta safari

Encounter the best Makgadikgadi Pan National Park and Okavango safari has to offer

$ 3,780

£ 2,662

R 45,191

3,056

per person

7 days

Luxury Okavango Delta and Mozambique Quirimbas Honeymoon

Experience the Okavango Delta and the tropical Indian Ocean island of Benguerra for the best of both the bush and the beach

$ 8,460

£ 5,959

R 101,141

6,839

per person

10 days
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Megan Warrington says

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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Introduction

Botswana is uncrowded and tranquil, encouraging low-volume tourism for minimal impact on the environment. In Botswana, one feels that they have the bush to themselves, no matter where in the country they travel to. It also makes for a great base from which to visit the surrounding countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia and South Africa. 

Africa's second largest animal migration also occurs in Botswana. Every year, hundreds of zebras and wildebeest gather in great numbers along the Boteti River banks as they contemplate taking the risky jump into the murky waters where crocodiles await. If one animal falls or the bank breaks, they all jump in leaving behind a crowd of dust and splashes as they brave the crocodile-infested waters. This spectacle is a great alternative to the Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. 

Elephants can be found in great numbers in Botswana. The last census counted 200 000 individual elephants, one of the highest concentrations in Africa. The Chobe National Park is a great destination to see these majestic mammals. 

Botswana's multitude of activities suit both young and old visitors so this is a wonderful family-friendly safari option. Sweep down the river in a mokoro, explore the bushveld on a walking safari, enjoy sundowners on a boat cruise on the Chobe river or simply immerse yourself in serene and luxury accomodations. 

Botswana’s warm, inviting culture is another feature of this intruiging land. People are friendly and helpful, and communication in English is easy.The big towns of Gaborone, Maun and Kansane have a bustling frontier feel with rich culture and history. 

Know before you go

Botswana is very unique in that it’s never been colonized and this has helped the country avoid certain atrocities that have befallen other African countries. Botswana is a peaceful country that values both its people and wildlife.

In 1966, diamonds where discovered in Botswana. Instead of sending the country into turmoil the then-president declared that all diamonds found would belong to Botswana’s people. Much of the revenue earned from diamonds was invested back into the country, particularly in health and education.

In rural areas around the Okavango Delta, ATMs often run out of money due to the high volume of tourists drawing cash. It’s best to make provisions for this before you go to these areas.

Everyone is required to declare all goods upon arrival to help curb the influx of animal-borne diseases and foreign material entering the country.

All Citizens of Commonwealth countries do not require visa except those from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Foreign nationals whose countries have signed a Visa Abolition Agreement with Botswana are also not required to apply for a visa.

When to go

Botswana has high, medium and low seasons, which is largely dictated by the weather.

The drier months between June to August are best for game viewing.

The green season characterised by wet weather conditions is the ideal time to visit. You can expect less people and affordable safari packages at this time of the year.

What to pack

Your Visa and any legal documentation pertaining to your trip. Make extra copies just in case you lose or misplace the originals.

Comfortable clothes including an anorak or something warm to protect from rain and boating activities where water is involved. A pair of zip-off pants to accomodate any weather changes. Don’t forget your swimming costume, as most lodges have swimming pools.

A pair of hiking shoes, comfortable sandals/walking shoes and socks for protection from stinging and biting creatures on ground level, as well as blisters.

The African sun is harsh, so pack in your sunblock, polarized sunglasses and a hat.

Over-the-counter medication such a mild painkillers, plasters/bandage and antibacterial lotions in case of scratches or scrapes, are wise items to include. Insect repellent is a must and any malaria medication your healthcare practitioner has prescribed for the duration of your trip.

Your camera, extra memory cards for all your fantastic shots and a pair of binoculars are a great investment before visiting Botswana.

Weather and Climate

December to March is Botswana’s green season, where annual rains flood the country and bring new life to the bushveld. Expect humid but mild weather around this time of the year, as well as substantial reductions in safari packages. This is Botswana’s low season.

April to May is an incredible time to visit Botswana as the rains start to cease. The landscape is bathed in vivid green with greater visibility for wildlife sightings. The evenings can become quite chilly at night and before sunrise, especially in the desert regions of the Central Kalahari.

Between June and August, the land becomes dry. This is the heart of winter in Botswana, with cold nights. However, this is an optimal time to go on safari. Wildlife are drawn to water holes and rivers and the interplay between species makes game viewing a delight.

Spring time between September and November is the hottest time of year in Botswana.

Areas around the Chobe and Okavango Delta remain temperate throughout the whole year.

Safari / Holiday Styles

From the magnificent Chobe River to the world-famous UNESCO Heritage Site of the Okavango Delta, Botswana offers a watery landscape in most parts that is both inspiring and intruiging. These areas are full of hippos, crocodiles and water-loving elephants. Sit back and observe antelope, gazelle, zebra and numerous other buck sip from the cooling watering holes and river banks as lions, cheetahs and leopards eye their next meal.

Botswana is home to the largest concentration of another endangered mammal; the African Wild Dog. This resilient species have been closely monitored by conservationists to protect their dramatically declining numbers.

There is birdlife in the thousands, from the critically endagered Slaty egret to the colourful violet-eared waxbill. Closer to the plains is the proud Secretarybird; a familiar face in the open savannah. As you move east from the Okavango Delta towards the Makgadikgadi Pans, the astonishing sight of pink greater and lesser flamingos as far as the eye can see is something to really look forward to.

The drier reserves of the Kalahari and the Kgalagadi are home to the imposing eland, blue wildebeest, zebra and oryx. Expect little surprises along the way like the warthog, mongoose and meerkat as well as the Martial eagle.

Botswana is home to some of the most glamourous lodges and camping sites in Africa which is why it is an great example of a ‘glamping’ destination. Most lodges offer five-star accomodation, suites and a variety of amenities on site. Spas, lap pools and fully catered dinner under the stars is the order of the day in Botswana. Expert safari guides are there to enlighten you from a protected vehicle or from the safety of a powerboat. One must experience the pleasures of a Mokoro ride through the reeds of Botswana’s waterways, as ancients did thousands of years ago.

San culture is strong in Botswana and is regarded with respect and admiration. The San’s devotion to the earth’s natural bounty have made them prime hunter-gatherers who have sheperded their skills throughout the ages. Tsodilo Hills is a destination that opens up a world of rich and prehistoric heritage evidenced by rock paintings, fossils and relics. A guided tour with the San people is necessary to any traveller looking to expand their consciousness and understand the subtle yet intricate balance between man and nature.

Where to stay

​Botswana has a great number of luxury accommodations that suits all types of travellers. Options include Meru-style camps, luxury lodges and stilted chalets that offer amazing panoramic views. Botswana is a very hospitable country and great pride is placed on delivering great service and quality.

We can highly reccommend any of the accommodations to be found in Botswana.

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Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Frequently Asked Questions about Botswana

Do I need any vaccinations when entering Botswana?

If you’re travelling to Botswana, you will need vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid fever, polio as well as medications for travellers diarrhea. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended when you're travelling to the northern part of… go there.

When is the best time to see the Makgadikgadi Zebra Migration?

January to March is the best time to witness the Makgadikgadi zebra migration as well as the wildebeest. go there.

What currency do I use when visiting Botswana?

The currency used in Botswana is Pula (P), which is made up of 100 Thebe. Botswana Banks accepts US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Euro and South African Rands in cash. Credit and debit cards, including International Visa and MasterCard are… go there.

What types of plugs are used in the Southern and Eastern African countries?

Botswana: Electric plug M 230V and 50Hz Kenya: Electric plug G 240V and 50Hz Malawi: Electrical plug G 230V and 50Hz Mauritius: Electrical plug C & G, 230V and 50Hz Mozambique: Electrical plug C,F,M, 220V and 50Hz Namibia: Electric plug… go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

What kind of selection of luxury bush camps and game lodges are there in Southern Africa?

Southern Africa is a hot wildlife destination. Hence there is a world of luxury bush camps, lodges and Eco friendly tourist establishments in the heart of wildlife heaven. go there.

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Reviews on our Botswana safaris

Discover Africa delivered the dream trip! It was a pleasure dealing with Matthys at Discover Africa from start to finish. He made everything as simple and easy as possible. Our trip was tremendous and we would fully recommend anyone planning…

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Thank you for the way you organised the trip for us. It was a pleasure dealing with Discover Africa and Matthys in particular. From start to finish, everything was simple and easy. Our trip has been tremendous and we would fully recommend…

Craig and Sue Wood

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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…

Debby

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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…

Friedrich

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Working with Megan from Discover Africa to set up our safari was a breeze. She managed to get us to all of the locations we wanted to get to and the camps we wanted to visit. She was incredibly responsive and helped us with any questions or…

Jon Nafziger

from United States of America

Thank you for arranging such a lovely safari tour of Botswana. We had a great trip and the logistics went very smoothly. I will be recommending you and Botswana to my friends. Thank you again.

Leanne Geale

from Botswana

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