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About Botswana

: Botswana offers travelers truly unique safari tours due to its great biodiversity of wildlife in untouched nature land. You will find some of the most fascinating areas in the northern part Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Okavango Delta, the world largest delta wetland, has over 400 species of birds and high concentration of wildlife - elephants, buffalos, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, rhinoceros, hippo, zebra, antelopes, crocodile, and cheetah. Together with Moremi, it is one of the top safari destinations for Big 5 game viewing in Africa. Famous worldwide for its massive populations of elephants, Chobe National Park will make your Botswana holidays very exciting thanks to varieties of game activities as well as river safaris.

Botswana Tour Packages for 2018 - 2019

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Standard
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$2215
15
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namibia, botswana

Best of Namibia & Okavango Delta

Combine Namibia with Botswana and maximize your African journey. Complement your land safari in Etosha with a mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta and be immersed in two distinct African tribes, the Himba and the Bushmen. Throw in the adventure pursuits of Swakopmund and the surreal deserts of Sossusvlei and you've got the trip of a lifetime. 

itinerary: Windhoek - Ghanzi - Okavango Delta - Etosha - Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund - Sossusvlei - Windhoek
Comfort
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$620
4
days
botswana

Botswana Northern Chobe Safari

Experience wildlife safari adventure with river cruise on Chobe river and game drive in the northern Chobe National Park in Botswana. Northern Chobe is famous for its high concentration of elephants and river safari.

itinerary: Kasane - Chobe River - North Chobe - Kasane
Comfort
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$1130
7
days
botswana, zimbabwe

Victoria Falls and Northern Chobe

Visit Victoria Falls and Northern Chobe National Park. Enjoy sunset cruise on A'Zambezi river, game drive in Chobe and much more.

itinerary: Victoria Falls - Kasane - Chobe River - North Chobe - Victoria Falls
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$3637
24
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botswana, zimbabwe, namibia

Namibia, Botswana & Vic Falls

Make an epic journey to the heart of Botswana and Namibia. Admire the abundant wildlife of Africa experiencing safari adventures by boat and land, traverse from immense deserts and canyons to thundering waterfalls and discover the deep-rooted culture of its fascinating tribes.

itinerary: Windhoek - Rehoboth - Kalahari - Keetmanshoop - Fish River Canyon - Luderitz - Kolmanskop - Aus - Sesriem - Sossusvlei - Okonjima - Etosha - Grootberg - Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund - Ghanzi - Okavango Delta - Caprivi - Chobe - Victoria Falls - Rundu - Windhoek
Comfort
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$2850
12
days
botswana

North Botswana Luxury Mobile Safari

This luxury mobile safari tour will bring you to see some of the wildest regions of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Reserve and Chobe National Park. Our staff is moving ahead to the group installing camps in the heart of each park, while travelers move, walk and do safari on the protected areas in open 4x4 vehicles, comfortably in a small group (max. 12 people per safari), with an expert guide.

itinerary: Maun - Moremi Game Reserve - Okavango Delta - Savute - Chobe National Park - Livingstone
Luxury
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$8851
12
days
botswana, south africa, zimbabwe

3 Countries Safari

Travel across 3 African countries by visiting South Africa's Cape Town, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta in Botswana.

itinerary: Cape Town - Victoria Falls - Chobe River - Okavango Delta - Maun
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$1377
10
days
namibia, botswana, zimbabwe

Kalahari Desert to Victoria Falls

Discover the jewels of Botswana from Namibia. Traverse the untouched Caprivi Strip and witness the might of Victoria Falls. Then experience the Okavango Delta in a mokoro safari and game drive around Chobe National Park before closing with a responsible visit to a Bushmen village. 

itinerary: Windhoek - Ghanzi - Okavango Delta - Caprivi - Chobe - Victoria Falls - Windhoek
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$2717
20
days
namibia, botswana, zimbabwe

Highlights of Namibia & Botswana

Embark on an adventure to the top destinations in Namibia and Botswana. Game drive across the wildlife-rich reserves of Etosha, Chobe and the Okavango Delta, take in the stunning landscapes of Victoria Falls and the Sossusveli Desert, and learn about the ancient traditions of the Himba and the Bushmen. 

itinerary: Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Etosha - Grootberg - Twyfelfontein - Swakopmund - Ghanzi - Okavango Delta - Caprivi - Chobe - Victoria Falls - Rundu - Windhoek

Botswana Suggested Itineraries

Wildlife, Safari

Classic Northern Safari 7 Days

Maun - Okavango Delta - Moremi - Savuti Marsh - Chobe - Kasane

Experience some of Botswana’s premier wildlife destinations on this one-week itinerary through the north of the country.

Landscape, Wildlife, Safari

Northern Botswana and Victoria Falls 7 Days

Victoria Falls - Kasane - Chobe - Nata Sanctuary - Makgadikgadi Pan - Nxai Pan - Maun

Combine outstanding wildlife and birdwatching opportunities with a diversity of Botswanan landscapes during this one-week itinerary.

Landscape, Wildlife, Safari

Kalahari Desert to Okavango Delta 7 Days

Gabarone - Khutse - Central Kalahari - Makgadikgadi Pan - Nxai Pan - Maun - Okavango Delta

Spend a week traveling through central Botswana’s magnificent wildlife-filled landscapes during this one-week itinerary.

Landscape, Wildlife, Safari

Rhino Sanctuary and Chobe Safari 7 Days

Gabarone - Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Makgadikgadi Pan - Moremi - Savuti Marsh - Maun

Travel from the capital of Gabarone to the northern hub of Maun to experience some of Botswana’s most impressive wildlife-viewing destinations.

Landscape, Wildlife, Safari

Rhino Sanctuary and Chobe Safari 7 Days

Maun - Okavango Delta - Tsodilo Hills - Caprivi Strip - Chobe - Victoria Falls

Witness breathtaking wildlife spectacles, prehistoric rock art and one of the world’s greatest natural wonders on this itinerary through Botswana and Namibia.

Botswana Travel Guide

Country Guide

Elephant magic in beautiful Botswana

If you love elephants you are going to love Botswana! And even if elephants are not at the top of your safari wish-list, you cannot fail but be impressed by the many wonderful wilderness reserves in Botswana

Travel Guide

8 ways to experience Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta

This spectacular seasonal landscape swells with water from March to August as the Okavango River drains its mass, luring animals from far and wide to create one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife...

Travel Guide

What animals can you see on your African safari?

The largest concentration of wildebeest are to be found in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara eco-systems in Tanzania and Kenya where one of the world’s greatest wildlife migrations take place every year.

Travel Guide

Five of the most endangered African animals to spot on safari

While spotting endangered and rare species can be challenging, the rewards are worthwhile, and the experience of seeing an animal few may ever witness is thrilling.

Travel Guide

Predators - Africa's top 5 ruthless hunters

Each and every one of Africa’s top five alpha-predators has perfected a unique way of hunting and killing their prey, but which of them is at the top of the food chain?

Travel Guide

Why are African safaris expensive?

Running water and electricity may seem like a basic necessity to you, but a hefty price is paid to connect the remote lodges to electricity and supply water.

Travel Guide

African safari - which country to choose?

Expect traffic jams as you wait for huge herds of zebra to meander across roads as part of the annual migration, while magnificent flocks of soft-pink flamingos fossick in shallow pools of water.

Botswana Top Destinations

Aerial View of Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango Delta

The seasonal floodplains and islands of the Okavango Delta, traversed by immense herds of wildlife, are one of Africa’s most spectacular sites. Track kudu, springbok and antelope on foot, spot big game from the comfort of your luxury lodge, or take a scenic flight over this reflective, mosaic landscape.

Desert Cheetah, Kalahari Desert, Botswana

Kalahari Desert

From the remote sand dunes of its north to the mopane forests of the south, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe and a variety of antelope. In addition to exceptional wildlife spotting on game drives, don’t miss witnessing the mirages at Deception Valley’s ancient riverbed.

Elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park

Although known for its immense numbers of elephants, Chobe National Park also boasts one of Africa’s highest densities of wildlife, including wildebeest, kudu, impala, lion, hyena and thousands of zebra. Rise early to take advantage of the bird watching on offer, experience a unique night game safari, and venture into the remote Savute region.

Moremi-Yellow-Billed Heron, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Moremi Game Reserve

Home to a diversity of ecosystems and wildlife, this protected area of the Okavango Delta is perhaps its most spectacular, with mobile safaris allowing you to access its remotest corners. Search for buffalo, lion and leopard on game drives alongside the tranquil Khwai River, and witness the large breeding colonies of birds in the Xakanaxa Lagoon.

Makgadikgadi and Nxai Salt Pans Zebras, Botswana

Nxai Pan National Park

This fossil lakebed is dotted with iconic acacias and mopane woodland where giraffe, impala, ostrich, kudu and springbok congregate around its watering hole. Both lions and cheetahs are also commonly spotted if you venture out on a game drive. During the wet season vegetation flourishes, supporting a rich birdlife, including the noisy black Korhaan, and large numbers of kestrel and goshawks.

KubuI Island-Sunrise, Makgadikgadi, Botswana

Makgadigadi Pan National Park

One of the world’s largest salt pans, the Makgadigadi Pan is a desolate and arid landscape for much of the year, but with the rains transforms into a blue lake covered with thousands of flamingos. Large herds of zebra and wildebeest also migrate to its surrounding grassy plains, dotted with magnificent baobab trees, and can be easily viewed on game drives.

Male Lion Walking, Kgalagadi National Park, Botswana

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Straddling the borders of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the immense Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers fantastic game viewing opportunities, without the crowds. This seemingly desolate landscape hosts the famed black-maned Kalahari Lion, gemsbok, meerkats and birds of prey, best viewed around the permanent watering holes situated near the camps.

Safari Animals and Wildlife in Botswana

While Botswana lays claim to the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard), it is also home to some of Africa’s most memorable hippo sightings and elegant antelope species found in few other places. In addition to big game wildlife, the country’s parks are a bird watcher’s dream, particularly during the summer migratory season when numbers swell significantly.

Herd of Elephants at Watering, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephants

Botswana boasts more than 50,000 elephants, the greatest population found anywhere in Africa, and the floodplains of the Chobe River, in particular, offer impressive sightings of large herds of these magnificent animals. The elephants in Botswana are known for being friendly and this is also where the elephant-back safari originated and still runs strong.

Hippopotamus Male, Chobe River, Botswana

Hippopotamus

Anyone who visits the Okavango Delta knows that listening to the grunts of these hefty creatures as they submerge and remerge at one of its ‘hippo pools’ is a true highlight. While hippopotamus can be found in all of Botswana’s major waterways, they are best viewed in both the Delta and Chobe River National Park.

Red Lechwe Herb, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Antelope

Botswana boasts 22 different species of antelope, spread throughout the country’s national parks, but the golden brown lechwe, found in the southwestern floodplains of the Okavango Delta where it feasts on aquatic plants, and the elusive klipspringer antelope, restricted mostly to the magnificent Savute region of Chobe National Park, are two of the countries most famed.

Buffalo, Botswana

African Buffalo

Found throughout Botswana’s north, including the Nxai and Makgadigadi Pans, Botswana’s buffalo can be seen in massive herds of up to 1,000 individuals during the dry season. They are preyed on by lions, and your chance of seeing a dramatic lion kill involving buffalo is high during this period!

Rhino in Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana

White and black rhino

While both black and white rhinos were historically found in Botswana, trophy hunting and poaching led to their demise. Successful relocation programs have seen the number of both increase slowly and sightings of these vulnerable species in both Moremi Game Reserve and Makgadigadi Pan National Park are a particularly special experience.

Moremi-Wild Dog in Group, Okavango Delta, Botswana

African wild dog

The endangered African wild dog, highly revered by the San Bushmen, can be found throughout Botswana’s north. But if you are intent on seeing one, then head to one of the private reserves at Linyanti or Kwando where packs of dogs roam after antelope prey amidst the open floodplains.

Botswanan Unique Experiences

Bushman Hunter, Kalahari Desert, Botswana

Spend the night with the Kalahari Bushmen

Overnight with one of Africa’s oldest tribes, the San Bushmen of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert, and get a unique insight into their hunting culture and way of life, all whilst sleeping under the immense, starry Kalahari Sky.

San Bushmen Rock Paintings, Tsodilo Hill, Botswana

Visit the World Heritage listed Tsodilo Hills

Rising dramatically from the northwestern Kalahari, the Tsodilo Hills are spectacular slabs of quartzite schist, streaked beautifully in soft hues of colour and covered in more than 4,000 prehistoric rock paintings.

Zebra Fighting, Nxai Pan, Botswana

Watch the zebra migration from Makgadikgadi to Nxai Pan national parks

As the landscape transforms with the start of the November rains, around 25,000 zebra migrate through Botswana’s Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks to calve, accompanied by large opportunistic predators in a wildlife spectacle.

Mokoro Boat with Tourist, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoe

Step out of the jeep and into a traditional mokoro canoe for an up-close game-watching safari along the Okavango Delta’s waters, exploring its maze of reed beds accompanied by bird calls and hippo grunts.

Elephants in a Safari Cruise, Chobe, Botswana

Safari cruise along Chobe River

Cruises along the Chobe River offer unparalleled wildlife spotting opportunities, surrounded by hippos and crocodiles lurking in the waters. During the April to October dry season, high concentrations of elephants, buffalo, antelope and large predators refuel at its riverbed, and excellent bird watching when the summer rains come.

Best time to visit Botswana

April to October. Botswana’s dry winter months generally offer the best game viewing experience as wildlife congregates around watering holes, particularly during the hottest period of September/October. Others consider the cool moths of June through to August the prime as there is almost no rain and the risk of malaria reduced.

November to March. While wildlife disperses from water resources during the rainy period from November to March, there is excellent game viewing opportunities along their migration paths. As the landscape turns green, summer migratory birds descend and species numbers swell, making this an ideal time for bird watchers.

Botswanan Ethnic Groups

Bushman Hunter, Kalahari Desert, Botswana

San Bushmen

Dispersed across the Kalahari, the indigenous San Bushmen have lived in the region for centuries, living off the land as hunters and gatherers. Visits to their traditional grass-hut villages allows you to witness fire being made and try authentic foods, go on a hunting expedition alongside a highly skilled San spearman, and purchase their beautiful handicrafts and curios.

Festivals in Botwsana

Maun Festival

Offering a deep insight into northwest Botswana’s rich tribal culture, the Maun Festival is held in April on the edge of the Okavango Delta. It features traditional music, dance, artwork and poetry readings, and profits from the events go to helping local schools.

Tjilenje Cultural Festival

This cultural festival in the town of Nlapkhwane in Botswana’s northeast is a celebration of the region’s tribal traditions, with vibrantly dressed villagers attending from the surrounding region. It takes place in May, and in addition to sampling local food and drinks, traditional games, dance and music are on show.

Maitisong Festival

Gaborone’s streets ignite in carnival celebrations during the annual Maitisong Festival held in March throughout the city and attracting some of Africa’s biggest performing artists. Traditional shows of music and dance feature alongside theatrical plays that showcase Botswana’s progressive arts movement, as well as free gospel and Afro-pop shows in the city’s less-privileged areas.

Botswanan Gastronomy

While many travellers don’t venture outside the safari lodge or camp to eat, Botswana’s traditional diet includes some tasty and filling fare. The country is known for its high quality, locally reared beef, but goat also features heavily on menus, and you can’t leave without trying the sorghum or maize-based ‘porridge’ that serves as the primary source of carbohydrate. And for the brave… there’s always worms!

Seswaa

The salty, meat stew known as seswaa is perhaps Botswana’s most unique dish. Boiled simply with onion and pepper, the beef is then pounded with salt and served over a thick maize porridge called pap.

Bogobe

Made from sorghum, bogobe is a popular breakfast dish, similar to porridge, that resembles a soft paste. Sweetened with sugar and served with milk, it makes for a filling start to the day.

Mopane Worms

The mopane is a beautiful caterpillar that is an important source of protein in Botswana and considered a delicacy. Bags of smoked or dried worms can be found at markets throughout the country or served in a tomato-based stew.

Shopping in Botswana

Botswana’s locally produced handicrafts are of an impressive quality and market stalls at tourist sites, as well as curio stands at most hotels, make them easily accessible when you are travelling through. Look for hand-made items produced by small co-operatives and support these community initiatives whenever possible.

African Traditioanl Leather Products

Leatherwork

With large numbers of cattle in Botswana, the country is making a name for its high quality, export leather products. Sandals, bags and cases can be found at craft stalls throughout the country, including unique ostrich and buffalo skin items.

Woven Basket made from Mokola Palm Tree, Botswana

Hand-woven Baskets

Made from the mokolwane palm, the hand-woven baskets produced in Botswana are considered some of Africa’s finest. The designs often depict the continent’s famed wildlife, and are not only practical, but their outstanding workmanship makes for an impressive piece of home decor.

Bushmen Crafts

From hunting equipment to fire sticks, jewellery and musical instruments, the handicrafts produced by the San Bushmen are integral to their lifestyle and make for a fascinating talking piece. Look for ostrich eggshell beadwork for something truly unique!

Controversies in Botswana

Bushmen Village, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Relocation of Bushmen in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Following the discovery of diamonds in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in the 1980s the Botswana Government has forcibly removed the San Bushmen from their ancestral lands, prohibiting them from living their traditional lifestyle. While the San benefit directly from tourists visiting the region, they have asked people to boycott Botswanan tourism until the government allows the Bushmen to return, free from persecution.

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