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
A tour de force of the Chobe, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans in only nine days
Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos on the Chobe River
Explore the secrets of Botswana's famous Moremi Game Reserve in this short and affordable safari
Explore the famous reserve that offers exceptional game viewing and sight the elusive Sitatunga antelope in the Okavango
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
If seeing African elephants is on your travel bucket list, then the Chobe National Park should be right at the top
Moremi Game Reserve in the beautiful Okavango Delta is well-known for self-drive camper vanning. Explore this exciting way of travel with us
Choose our Botswana premier collection and experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.
Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list
Explore the thundering Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the wildlife wonderland of the Okavango Delta
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
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…
Thank you for an amazing adventure
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…
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…
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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.
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…
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