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
Experience the best of Africa, from the Okavango Delta – to the diverse game viewing at the Chobe National Park and ending at the thundering Victoria Falls
Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos on the Chobe River
Explore two of Africa's most popular World Heritage Sites in under a week
Explore the secrets of Botswana's famous Moremi Game Reserve in this short and affordable safari
Encounter the extraordinary herd of elephants and other species that will make your safari remarkable in the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve
Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list
Choose our Botswana premier collection and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.
A tour de force of the Chobe, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans in only nine days
Let us take you one the adventure of a lifetime through the Chobe National Park, Khwai Community Area and Moremi Game Reserve.
Experience the best of two of southern Africa's gems
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
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Reviews on our Northern Botswana safaris
This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…