Botswana safaris, tours and holiday packages

Vast expanse of wilderness

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 premier 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

Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Saddle-up for a horseback riding adventure through the semi-arid thirstland of the Kalahari.

$ 4,180

£ 3,122

R 57,134

3,548

per person

6 days

Botswana Photographic Scheduled Safari

Let us take you one the adventure of a lifetime through the Chobe National Park, Khwai Community Area and Moremi Game Reserve.

$ 2,880

£ 2,151

R 39,365

2,444

per person

10 days

Highlights of Botswana

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

$ 4,990

£ 3,728

R 68,205

4,235

per person

8 days

Quick and affordable Victoria Falls & Chobe experience

Visit Livingstone, Zambia, to marvel at the Victoria Falls – or 'the smoke that thunders' – before going on safari and a river cruise in Botswana's Chobe National Park

$ 2,698

£ 2,015

R 36,877

2,290

per person

5 days

Botswana Chobe and Moremi Adventure safari

Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable

$ 3,480

£ 2,600

R 47,566

2,954

per person

7 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.

$ 4,740

£ 3,541

R 64,788

4,023

per person

8 days

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Okavango Delta Safari

Explore the famous reserve that offers exceptional game viewing and sight the elusive Sitatunga antelope

$ 4,116

£ 3,074

R 56,255

3,493

per person

8 days

Nature, Romance, Exclusivity and Luxury - A Complete African Honeymoon

This exclusive African honeymoon through East and Southern Africa is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new journey together

Price on Request

per person

14 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

$ 2,730

£ 2,039

R 37,315

2,317

per person

7 days

Highlights of Southern Africa

Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list

$ 4,264

£ 3,185

R 58,280

3,619

per person

13 days
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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

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 riverboats 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 drawcard 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 drawcard. 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 bushcraft 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

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 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 bather 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, Band-Aids 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, which are a great investment

Weather and Climate

The rainy season in Botswana occurs between December and March but 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 at night or in the early mornings but 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 it starts to get hot again.

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 we move east from the 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 we prefer to call it ‘glamping’. 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 and 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 traveler looking to expand their consciousness and understand the subtle yet intricate balance between man and nature.

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

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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