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Botswana safaris, tours and holiday packages

Vast expanses 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 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

South Africa and Botswana safari

South Africa and Botswana safari

Experience the best that South Africa and Botswana has to offer

Price on Request

per person

11 days
Wildlife

Ultimate Botswana safari

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

$ 8,552

£ 6,689

R 113,594

7,981

per person

6 days
Victoria Falls and Botswana safari

Victoria Falls and Botswana safari

Combine a visit to one of the world's seven natural wonders with a visit to one of Africa's most pristine wilderness areas

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per person

6 days
Family

Passage Through Southern Africa in a Luxury Train, Houseboat and Okavango Delta

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.

$ 7,135

£ 5,581

R 94,773

6,659

per person

10 days
Zimbabwe and Botswana Big Cat safaris

Zimbabwe and Botswana big cat safaris

Encounter the smoke that thunders and explore the land of giants in the Chobe National Park

$ 2,120

£ 1,658

R 28,160

1,978

per person

5 days
Boating on the Chobe River

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

£ 2,110

R 35,837

2,518

per person

5 days
Walking safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

Walking safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana

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

$ 12,574

£ 9,835

R 167,018

11,734

per person

8 days
Dhow at andBeyond Benguerra Island

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

$ 6,245

£ 4,885

R 82,951

5,828

per person

10 days
Family safari in the Southern Africa itinerary

Family safari in the Southern Africa itinerary

Exploring the tip of Southern Africa continent should on top of your bucket list for 2017

$ 7,344

£ 5,744

R 97,550

6,854

per person

13 days
Sunset at Camp Xakanaxa

Affordable Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari

Game viewing by land and water come together at Makgadikgadi, Moremi and the Okavango Delta, treating you to a varied Botswana safari

$ 3,490

£ 2,730

R 46,357

3,257

per person

7 days
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Morgan Trimble 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

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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Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Ghoha Hills Savuti lodge is an independently owned and run lodge which combines perfectly with lodges in the Okavango Delta and lodges on the…


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Machaba Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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…


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Abu Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

The light, airy villas of majestic Abu Camp nestle below ancient sycamore figs overlooking a permanent lagoon. Dappled shade and lush…


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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 shots 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

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…

Kelly

from United States of America

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

from Spain

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

from Germany

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…

Gerry

from United States of America

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

My young family and I utilised the Discover Africa Group over our 2008, 2009 and 2012 holidays - in total some 14 weeks through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Our expectations in terms of itinerary planning and accommodation bookings…

Kerfoot Family

from Australia

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