Botswana

Botswana Overview

Botswana safari holidays provide the most exclusive and spectacular wildlife and big 5 experience in Southern Africa. This unspoiled country gives you a taste of true wilderness and entices you with world class safari experiences in Botswana that challenge that of its neighboring Southern African countries. Low-impact travel is the future of tourism and Botswana is the leading destination for eco-friendly upmarket safaris. Whether you choose an Okavango Delta safari or a Chobe river safari, you can rest assured that you’re not negatively impacting the natural environment and are contributing to a culture of sustainable travel. With a Botswana safari you can experience a traditional big game wildlife safari in one of Africa’s top destinations.

From the evergreen jewel of the Okavango Delta, the heart of Botswana’s safari attractions, to the jam-packed elephant paradise of the Chobe, Botswana holiday packages offers a diverse and one-of-a-kind.

Travel further south of the delta to the far-flung stretches of the Makgadikgadi saltpans and the semi-desert grasslands of the beautiful Kalahari. You’ll be spoiled for choice with the option to go on guided game drives, nature walks, river cruises, canoe trips or explore on the backs of elephants and horses to make the most of Botswana's legendary wildlife.

Anyone who has been to Makgadikgadi would tell you that the zebra migration is one of the biggest highlights of your Botswana safari vacation if you visit the region at the right time of the year. There are a range of Makgadikgadi safari packages available that suit every traveller. The zebra migration is a spectacular sight and is unique to this corner of Botswana. This particular migration is Africa’s second largest after the Serengeti migration. It occurs in the rainy season when Makgadikgadi salt pans transform into a paradise of shallow streams, large pool-like puddles and vibrant green vistas. The Okavango Delta, fed by the Okavango River, swells each rainy season and creates a vast wetland teeming with life. The migration of some 30 000 strong zebra is a traditional journey from Makgadikgadi to Okavango Delta, in search of mineral-rich grasses, safe breeding grounds and, of course, water, creating a sight which is unforgettable and absolutely breathtaking. This little known wonder attracts small crowds, ensuring an exclusive safari experience, and is best seen from one of the Botswana luxury safari camps in the Makgadikgadi and Nxai National Parks or the Kalahari Desert, all teeming with wildlife and lush greenery during the rainy season.

The Chobe is home to Africa's largest elephant population as well as huge herds of buffalo, zebra and many antelope species, and with such abundant game, Botswana has plenty of Africa's top predators – lion, leopard, hyenas and rare wild dogs. Why not take a Chobe river safari to see the Big 5 in Botswana? Even the bird watching is incomparable with sightings including cormorants, pelicans, herons, egrets, bustards, cranes, plovers, lapwings, storks, giant kingfishers, bee eaters, and of course, the iconic African fish eagle. A boat trip along the Chobe River, a river separating Botswana and Namibia, allows you to see the animals from a different perspective and get up close and personal with crocodiles, hippos and a host of other animals coming down to the river to drink. Afterwards, enjoy the saltpans and Kalahari scrubland south of the delta. A Kalahari safari vacation gives you the opportunity to enjoy this region which is home to exceptional experiences like quad biking safaris and genuine cultural encounters with Africa’s indigenous people, the San.

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Places to Visit in Botswana

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    Okavango Delta


    A world-class safari destination in Botswana, the Okavango Delta is one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world. An Okavango Delta safari holiday gives entrance to the spectacle of wild Africa in a pure and untouched way.

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    Moremi Game Reserve


    Within the Okavango Delta, you will find the Moremi Game Reserve. It is situated on the central and eastern areas of Okavango and is the only official protected area of the Delta. Moremi incorporates large areas of the Delta's wetlands and the main dry peninsula that juts into the Delta, known as the Mopane Tongue.

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    Chobe National Park


    Welcome to the home of over 50,000 elephants in Botswana – none other than Chobe National Park, located just north east of Okavango Delta. The Chobe River is the first thing that will take your breath away; a brilliant dark blue that stretches for kilometers, winding its way through the ensuing wilderness.

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    The Kalahari


    Imagine getting to experience the most remote game reserve in Africa. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the heart of Botswana, was, until very recently, closed to the public, although there have always been small groups of Bushmen living in the reserve.

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    Khutse Game Reserve


    Khutse is the ideal destination for thrill seekers and adventurous people who live on the edge. Located only 250km from the capital, Gaborone, with its rolling grasslands, river beds, fossil dunes and grassed and bare pans, it’s terrain is one which awakens your adventurous spirit.

Best Time to Visit Botswana

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DRY SEASON (May to October)

  • The dry season is the most popular time for tourists, however thanks to Botswana’s model of low volume, high quality, areas never seem to get too crowded.
  • Rain is rare and most days will have clear skies.
  • Very few mosquitos (You get to have peaceful sleep during safaris for once!).
  • Wildlife is easier to spot because animals are generally concentrated around waterholes and rivers.
  • It gets cold at night and in the mornings.

WET SEASON (November to April)

  • There is lots of rain, however, rain generally occurs in short afternoon showers only, which means you’ll have the rest of the day to explore.
  • It’s the low season and safaris and hotels are generally cheaper with fewer tourists.
  • You get to see lots of migratory animals such as certain birds.
  • It’s much warmer.

things to do

Wildlife safari

Tribal tours

Trekking

Canoeing

Family

Things to Carry on Botswana Tours

  • Casual clothes. Even if you’re staying at a luxury resort, you only need casual clothes.
  • 3-5 short-sleeved t-shirts and 2 long sleeved shirts (for sun protection as well as warmth) plus your waterproof jacket.
  • Take only two pairs of shoes. High heels are not recommended. Pack flip-flops for in the showers and boating trips.
  • Important documents: flight information, passport and travel insurance, accommodation confirmation. Remember that simply having an electronic copy is not enough.
  • A track suit works well to sleep in while a sports bra for women can be handy on those rough game drives.
  • Jeans are not a good idea. Denim takes forever to dry as many properties do not have clothes driers.
  • Loose layers and accessories that protect you from the sun and biting insects
  • A Kindle or iPad will keep you busy while you’re in transit or waiting. Remember, crime is not rampant in Botswana.
  • Phone and charger (pick up a sim card at the airport in Botswana as soon as you arrive).
  • Camera and charger. This is a must bring as you will have the opportunity to take amazing pictures of Botswana
  • Local currency (Botswana Pula). Even though the dollar and rand are widely accepted it is a good idea to get some money converted to Pula just in case
  • Also a pack of wet wipes and some leave in/dry shampoo. Who knows when you’ll want to do a sunrise safari and don’t have a chance to bathe? And wet wipes always come in handy.
  • If you’re planning on doing a mokoro safari, include a waterproof bag to store your electronics.
  • Bring some motion sickness tablets if you plan on taking a helicopter ride.
  • A headlamp or torch for the nights into the wild
  • Pack a good pair of polarised sunglasses.
  • Don’t forget your sun block, a hat and insect repellent.
  • Waterproof jacket - specially during wet season.
  • If you have a solar charger, pack it, as electricity isn’t always available at your disposal.
  • A backpack will come in handy to store your possessions during the day while you’re on safari
  • Comfortable shoes (takkies)
  • A couple of re-sealable plastic bags.
  • Botswana uses a mix of the British-type plug (Type G – three rectangular pins) and the South African type plug (Type M – three round pins). It is a good idea to get adapters on arrival, so that you don’t waste your money buying something that doesn’t work. Lodges often provide loan adapters.
  • Most importantly, bring an open mind and an adventurous spirit.