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

Botswana and Zimbabwe’s World Wonders (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana and Zimbabwe's World Wonders (7 days)

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

$ 2,930

£ 2,136

R 43,219

2,496

per person

7 days

Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Waterfalls and Wildlife: Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Journey (7 days)

Experience the smoke that thunders and enjoy spotting elephant, buffalo, lion and hippos on the Chobe River

$ 1,760

£ 1,283

R 25,961

1,499

per person

7 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

$ 3,130

£ 2,281

R 46,169

2,666

per person

6 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

£ 1,432

R 28,985

1,674

per person

4 days

Botswana Big Five Safari (7 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Botswana Big Five Safari (7 days)

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

$ 4,140

£ 3,018

R 61,067

3,527

per person

7 days

Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Journey through the Highlights of Southern Africa (13 days)

Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list

$ 4,965

£ 3,619

R 73,240

4,230

per person

13 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.

$ 4,265

£ 3,109

R 62,910

3,633

per person

8 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

$ 4,565

£ 3,327

R 67,336

3,889

per person

9 days

Photographic tour of Botswana (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Photographic tour of Botswana (10 days)

Let us take you one the adventure of a lifetime through the Chobe National Park, Khwai Community Area and Moremi Game Reserve.

$ 3,445

£ 2,511

R 50,815

2,935

per person

10 days

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

$ 6,404

£ 4,667

R 94,455

5,455

per person

11 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.

Botswana Currency

Botswana currency's official money is the Botswana Pula (BWP). Botswana money, the Pula is divided into 100 thebe. Botswana Pula is represented by the letter P. Botswana Pula is regarded as one of Africa's most powerful currencies. The… 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

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…

Saada

from Nigeria

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…

Debbie

from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

Henrik Wetterstrand

from Sweden

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…

Tony Russell

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…

Margaret Dean

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…

Suzanne McKeen

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