The People and culture of the Okavango

The people of Botswana are vibrant

Another highlight of Botswana is its people. Batswana are a mesh of many different tribes with unique origins and beliefs. The dominant group is Tswana (79%) whose language Setswana (or Tswana) is the spoken by 90 % of Batswana. The Tswana have a deeply entrenched system of chieftainship and a rich cultural heritage rooted in deep traditional values, reflected in proverbs such as “we are people because of other people”.

The San Bushmen have a rich heritage in Botswana

The first inhabitants of Botswana were the Basarwa (3%) (Often know as San Bushmen). The traditional Basarwa lifestyle of hunter gathering has sadly diminished over the years with the historic homelands of the Basarwa replaced by National Parks and towns. Basarwa people, who can further be divided into several groups with distinct ‘click’ languages, are no longer able to live the traditional nomadic life of their ancestors. Walking with bushmen is a fascinating activity that attracts visitors over and again to regions like the Central Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi salt pans. The baYei are another very interesting tribal group who arrived in the Okavango region from the Barostse floodlands of the Zambezi and lived in harmony with the Basarwa (known as Bukakhwe in the area). The baYei introduced the ‘mokoro’ dugout canoe, still used widely today as a way of transport and for fishing along the delta channels from village to village.


Popular Botswana Safaris

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

Campfire | Popular Botswana Safari Through the Delta

Popular Botswana Safari Through the Delta

Experience the remote wilderness of Botswana on a safari that offers you luxurious game viewing like no other....

 | Classic Botswana family safari (SA 11 days)

Classic Botswana family safari

Connect as a family while tracking wildlife and incredible landscapes through some of the most remote stretches of Botswana....

 | Chobe National Park - Savuti package

Chobe National Park - Savuti package

If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then the Chobe National Park should be right at the top...

 | Pangolin photography tour of Botswana

Pangolin photography tour of Botswana

Immerse yourself in the wildlife and stunning natural beauty of the Chobe riverfront and pristine Okavango Delta as you capture nature's most spectacular beauty...

 | 8-day Botswana premier safari collection

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. ...

Camp fire | Safari in Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta

Safari in Vic Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta

This three-in-one journey will show you the majestic Victoria Falls, the massive elephant bulls of Chobe and the natural wonder that is the Okavango Delta...

Dhow at andBeyond Benguerra Island | Luxury Okavango Delta & Mozambique Quirimba’s Honeymoon (SA 10 days)

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-day Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Water and Wilderness Combo

6-day Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Water and Wilderness Combo

Explore two of Africa's most popular World Heritage Sites in under a week...

 | Luxury Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

Luxury Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls Safari

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...