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Northern Botswana safaris, tours & holiday packages

From the swamps to the deserts

The vast and thinly populated north of Botswana is home to two legendary safari destinations: the watery Okavango Swamp and drier Chobe National Park.

Many would rank the 12,000-square-kilometre Okavango Swamp as one of Africa’s top five safari destinations. A vast inland delta formed by the Kavango River as it is swallowed by the Kalahari sands, this lushly vegetated wetland – best explored in a type of dugout canoe known as a mokoro – possesses a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. It is also home to an excellent range of wildlife, from lions and African wild dogs to a veritable infestation of crocs and hippos. And the birding is simply superb, whether you are seeking out the localised slaty egret and coppery-tailed coucal or just want to enjoy the colourful parade of bee-eaters, kingfishers and other water-associated species.

Popular Northern Botswana safaris

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

Best of Botswana and South Africa (11 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Best of Botswana and South Africa (11 days)

Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems

$ 4,902

£ 4,001

R 74,350

4,417

per person

11 days

Custom-Made Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Combo Safari (6 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Custom-Made Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Combo Safari (6 days)

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

$ 2,925

£ 2,388

R 44,368

2,636

per person

6 days

Epic Botswana Adventure (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Epic Botswana Adventure (9 days)

A tour de force of the Chobe, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans in only nine days

$ 4,440

£ 3,624

R 67,349

4,001

per person

9 days

Luxury Safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Luxury Safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls (7 days)

Experience the paradise of Botswana and enjoy game viewing as well as exciting activities in Zambia

$ 4,900

£ 4,000

R 74,327

4,416

per person

7 days

Wild Botswana and Zimbabwe Safari (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Wild Botswana and Zimbabwe Safari (10 days)

Tour the pristine habitats of Botswana and Zimbabwe's finest wildlife-rich assets with the twist of refined luxury

$ 6,450

£ 5,265

R 97,838

5,813

per person

10 days

Elephant Kingdom: Chobe National Park Tour (3 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Elephant Kingdom: Chobe National Park Tour (3 days)

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

$ 1,920

£ 1,567

R 29,124

1,730

per person

3 days

Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Highlights of Botswana Tour de Force (14 days)

The ideal safari to capture Botswana's unrivalled beauty and abundance of flora and fauna through the lens

$ 6,895

£ 5,628

R 104,588

6,214

per person

14 days

Botswana Premium Safari Collection (8 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Premium Safari Collection (8 days)

Choose our Botswana premier collection and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.

$ 4,180

£ 3,412

R 63,405

3,767

per person

8 days

Delights of Moremi Game Reserve Safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Delights of Moremi Game Reserve Safari

Explore the secrets of Botswana's famous Moremi Game Reserve in this short and affordable safari

$ 1,965

£ 1,604

R 29,806

1,771

per person

4 days

Camping in Moremi Game Reserve (5 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Camping in Moremi Game Reserve (5 days)

Watch the Okavango Delta come alive with the sounds of bird calls, the roar of lions in one of the most beautiful reserves in Botswana

$ 1,740

£ 1,420

R 26,394

1,568

per person

5 days

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Philip Briggs says

Being poled through the Okavango in a mokoro is one of Africa's greatest wildlife experiences – grunting hippos, prolific birdlife and the thrilling wilderness feel that characterises this vast wetland set in the heart of a desert!

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Often visited in conjunction with the Okavango, 11,700-square-kilometre Chobe National Park is another of Africa’s great game reserves. Best explored by boat along the Chobe River (a tributary of the Zambezi), the park is famed for its large concentrations of elephants (up to 70,000 individuals) and it also protects the full range of southern Africa’s large predators, as well as the localised puku antelope.

Another highlight of northern Botswana is the seasonal Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans, both of which offer excellent game viewing and birding when they carry water. For rock art enthusiasts, the Tsodilo Hills – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – are home to at least 4,500 rock paintings, some of which were executed more than 20,000 years ago.  

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Frequently Asked Questions about Northern 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.

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Reviews on our Northern Botswana safaris

I enjoyed the entire experience. Megan Warrington and Discover Africa, were wonderful. I told her what I was looking for in a Safari and she delivered. I was picked up promptly at the airport in Maun and flown to Moremi Game Reserve where…

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from Botswana

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…

Craig Wood

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

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

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

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