Botswana safaris, tours and holiday packages
A photographer's dream destination
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
Explore the famous reserve that offers exceptional game viewing and sight the elusive Sitatunga antelope
per person8 days
Spent three nights at Chobe safari Lodge, two nights at Pom Pom Camp, two nights Moremi Crossing, as well as a full day visit to Victoria Falls
per person4 days
The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens
per person14 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
Encounter Botswana's widest range of safari activities and some of Africa's most luxurious wilderness accommodation
per person5 days
Saddle-up for a horseback riding adventure through the semi-arid thirstland of the Kalahari.
per person6 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
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
Experience the remote wilderness of Botswana on a safari that offers you luxurious game viewing like no other.
per person5 days
This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent
per person19 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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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.
Our Recommended Accommodation
Ghoha Hills Savuti lodge is an independently owned and run lodge which combines perfectly with lodges in the Okavango Delta and lodges on the…
Machaba Camp is situated in the game rich Khwai area, on the eastern tongue of the Okavango Delta, constructed on the same site as the…
The light, airy villas of majestic Abu Camp nestle below ancient sycamore figs overlooking a permanent lagoon. Dappled shade and lush…
Raised on decks on a beautiful tree island in the south-east of the Okavango, Chitabe Camp looks out across a Delta floodplain that is…
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Frequently Asked Questions about Botswana
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January to March is the best time to witness the Makgadikgadi zebra migration as well as the wildebeest. 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…
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
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…
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…
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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.