Active adventure holiday in Botswana

Self drive adventures are epic

The most adventurous experience you can have in Botswana is to do it by road. There are good road networks to cater for self-drivers, car rental is available in well-equipped 4x4, and border crossings are mostly efficient. Campsites in Botswana are basic, and they are designed to keep the element of the wild present, so sleeping in a tent while lion, hyena, elephant, or hippo walks by at night is a likely possibility.

A beautiful shot of a hippo in Botswana (credit Rachel Lang)

The best adventurous self-drive itineraries include Moremi and Savuti, where wildlife is abundant and public campsites have ablution blocks with running water. There is no electricity for refrigeration or charging, and there are no cooking facilities, so it is essential to pack a gas cooker, or use the fireplace provided. It is important to bring firewood from outside the park as it is forbidden to gather wood inside the park. Pack light, breathable clothing, sunglasses and sunblock, binoculars and a camera, and always have a map of game drive routes. Fuel is not available in the parks, so make sure to refuel before entering or bring extra fuel in jerry cans. Hiking is another adventure attractor


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Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)

day 1

Matching rider to horse
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)
  • Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)

day 2

First ride out

day 3

Pack light

day 4

Befriend a Meerkat

day 5

Begin at the beginning

day 6

End of the journey

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Popular Botswana Safaris

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

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 | Victoria Falls and Chobe Encounter (5 days)

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

Sunset at Camp Xakanaxa  | Affordable Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari (7 days)

Affordable Makgadikgadi Pans and Okavango Delta Safari (7 days)

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 | Botswana Big Five Safari (7 days)

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Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve ...

Sunset Ride | Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)

Horse Riding Safari on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (6 Days)

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

 | Sabi Sands and Okavango Delta Big Five Tour (8 days)

Sabi Sands and Okavango Delta Big Five Tour (8 days)

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

 | Best of Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls

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