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Botswana Safari

The ultimate guide to your next Botswana Safari

Get to Know Botswana

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By Antoinette van Heerden

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Botswana stands out as a premier safari destination in Africa, renowned for perfecting the safari experience with abundant wildlife in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park. Explore diverse landscapes from the Makgadikgadi Pans to the Kalahari, offering endless Botswana safari possibilities amidst luxurious settings.

Botswana is home to intriguing landscapes, geographical wonders, and luxurious eco-friendly accommodations. An abundance of wildlife, birdlife, and world-renowned national parks and reserves all come together to make Botswana a prime safari destination for a memorable holiday in Africa.

Safari tours in Botswana offer a variety of ways to experience the fantastic wildlife and birdlife that the country has to offer with minimal impact on the surrounding. Whether enjoying a game drive, taking a horse-back safari, or even on a mokoro ride, a Botswana safari holiday has something for everyone.


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Why Travel to Botswana?

Botswana is a destination that captivates the heart and soul of every traveler. Here’s why you should embark on an unforgettable journey to this incredible country:

Wildlife Encounters

  • Big Game Viewing: Experience the thrill of seeing elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalo in their natural habitat. Botswana is known for its high concentrations of wildlife, particularly in the Chobe National Park, where you can witness one of the largest elephant populations in the world.
  • Diverse Wildlife: Beyond the Big Five, a safari in Botswana offers encounters with rare species such as the African wild dog, cheetah, and pangolin. Birdwatchers can spot over 500 bird species, including the majestic African fish eagle and the endangered wattled crane.

Scenic Beauty

  • Stunning Landscapes: From the annual flooding of lush waterways of the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland deltas, to the stark beauty of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and the dramatic vistas of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana’s landscapes are incredibly diverse.
  • World-Class National Parks: Explore renowned parks like Chobe National Park, where the Chobe River attracts a myriad of wildlife. Moremi Game Reserve offers some of the best game viewing in Africa.

Cultural Richness

  • Vibrant Communities: Discover the dynamic culture and traditions of Botswana’s local communities. Engage with the Batswana and San people, one of the world’s oldest cultures. Learn about their deep connection to the land and wildlife through traditional storytelling and bushcraft demonstrations.
  • Heritage and History: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and history of Botswana. Visit historical sites such as Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to thousands of ancient rock paintings, or explore the cultural legacy preserved in local museums and heritage centers.

Luxury and Comfort

  • Exclusive Lodges and Camps: Stay in world-class luxury Botswana safari lodges and camps that offer exceptional comfort and service. Enjoy eco-friendly accommodations that blend seamlessly with nature, providing an immersive yet opulent experience. Many lodges offer private plunge pools, gourmet dining, and personalised safari activities.
  • Gourmet Cuisine and Fine Wines: Indulge in Botswana’s authentic culinary scene, where you can savor exquisite dishes crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Pair your meals with fine wines from some of the best vineyards in South Africa, ensuring a delightful dining experience.

Adventure and Activities

  • Outdoor Adventures: Engage in thrilling activities that cater to adventure enthusiasts. Experience the serene beauty of the Okavango Delta on a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) safari, explore the bush on a walking safari, or take in the breathtaking views from a scenic helicopter flight.
  • Photography Safaris: Capture stunning moments in one of the most photogenic destinations in the world. Botswana offers countless opportunities for both amateur and professional photographers to capture incredible shots.

Accessibility and Infrastructure

  • Easy Access: Botswana boasts excellent infrastructure with a range of flight options, making travel convenient and comfortable. The country is well-connected by air, with regular flights to major safari destinations from the capital, Gaborone, and Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.
  • Tourism Services: Benefit from well-developed tourism services, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience. From professional guides and reliable transportation to well-equipped lodges and camps, Botswana is committed to providing a high-quality safari experience.

Responsible Tourism

  • Conservation Efforts: Botswana is a leader in sustainable tourism, with numerous programs aimed at preserving its natural heritage and supporting local livelihoods. Your visit supports vital conservation and community initiatives, contributing to the protection of wildlife and local communities.

Embark on a Botswana safari and discover a destination that promises adventure, beauty, and unforgettable memories.

Where to go in Botswana

On a luxury Botswana safari, you’ll encounter breathtaking natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. The iconic Okavango Delta, with its pristine waterways and abundant wildlife, is a must-visit. Chobe National Park, renowned for its majestic elephant herds and stunning riverfront views, offers another exceptional experience. The vast Kalahari Desert, the surreal Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, and the wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve each promise unique and luxurious adventures. Botswana is truly a top destination for an extraordinary safari.

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When is the best month to travel to Botswana?

Planning the timing of your luxury Botswana safari can enhance your experience significantly. The dry winter months from May to September are ideal for wildlife viewing, as animals gather around water sources, making them easier to spot.

For birdwatching and lush landscapes, the summer months from November to March are perfect. Whether you aim to witness the Okavango Delta’s annual flood, enjoy the unique beauty of the Kalahari, or explore vibrant wildlife habitats, each season in Botswana brings its own special charm.


Looking for Something Unique?

Uncover the magic of Botswana with experiences that cater to every traveler’s dream. From exploring the Okavango Delta to witnessing elephant herds in Chobe, Botswana offers unforgettable adventures and a deeper connection to its natural wonders and diverse wildlife. Discover the perfect experience that awaits you.

Botswana Safari Reviews

Hear from our guests who have experienced the wonders of Botswana. Their stories of exceptional trip planning, life-changing adventures, and memorable experiences reflect the magic of our safaris and the unmatched beauty of Botswana.


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Patti Legg, South Africa
17 Sep 2015
Reliable and helpful service.

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Our Recommended Activities in Botswana

Botswana is a land of unparalleled beauty and diverse experiences, offering everything from thrilling safaris to serene river cruises. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or a culture enthusiast, Botswana has something for everyone. Discover the pristine wilderness of its national parks, the richness of its river ecosystems, the excitement of its delta adventures, and the depth of its cultural heritage to make your visit unforgettable.

See Botswana in Your Comfort

Botswana caters to all travel styles, offering a range of accommodation and transport options to suit your preferences. From luxurious safari lodges and tented camps to budget-friendly guesthouses and self-catering chalets, you’ll find the perfect place to stay. Travel at your own pace with self-drive options, guided tours, or private charters, ensuring a comfortable and personalised experience throughout your journey.

Holiday Styles and Options in Botswana

Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Botswana offers a variety of holiday styles to choose from. Enjoy thrilling safaris, tranquil river cruises, vibrant cultural tours, or secluded wilderness retreats. Customize your trip to include activities like mokoro excursions, bird watching, village visits, and wildlife viewing, ensuring a diverse and enriching travel experience tailored to your interests.

Who is Travelling to Botswana with you?

Planning your Botswana adventure? Tailor your journey with experiences designed for every type of traveler. Whether you’re exploring with a loved one, embarking on a family adventure, discovering solo, celebrating a honeymoon, or enjoying a trip with friends, Botswana offers unique and unforgettable experiences for all. Select your travel type to find the perfect itinerary and make the most of your safari holiday.

What You Need To Know

Planning a trip to Botswana involves considering several important factors to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. From understanding visa requirements and health precautions to knowing the best times to visit and local customs, having the right information will help you make the most of your journey. Discover Africa provides essential tips and insights to help you prepare for an unforgettable adventure in this diverse and beautiful country.