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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience some of Botswana’s premier wildlife destinations on this one-week itinerary through the north of the country.
Combine outstanding wildlife and birdwatching opportunities with a diversity of Botswanan landscapes during this one-week itinerary.
Spend a week traveling through central Botswana’s magnificent wildlife-filled landscapes during this one-week itinerary.
Travel from the capital of Gabarone to the northern hub of Maun to experience some of Botswana’s most impressive wildlife-viewing destinations.
Witness breathtaking wildlife spectacles, prehistoric rock art and one of the world’s greatest natural wonders on this itinerary through Botswana and Namibia.
Botswana's wildlife reserves have some of the most diverse eco-systems in Africa, simply bristling with wildlife of all sizes and shapes. Let us introduce you to some of Botswana’s most superb natural wonders.
An authentic natural wonder teeming with abundant wildlife species, one day in the Okavango Delta will not do it justice. Discover seven different ways to experience all the majesty of the largest inland river delta in the world.
Are you going on safari for the first time? Have an easy start and get a glimpse at the range of fascinating wildlife species in Africa, with advice on where to spot them and the best time to do it.
Learn what elements you should look for in a safari operator, avoid the most common mistakes of first-timers and make of your safari adventure in Africa a life-long memory.
While the quintessential image of an African safari is one of driving through a sparsely vegetated plain with lions or elephants, the adventures that await are vastly different. See what each country has on offer and where they stand out.
Avoid the crowds and discover the most breathtaking of Africa's wildlife reserves during the rainy season, when many species looking after their newborns and stealthy predators stalking on easy prey.
Learn which reserves host the most important populations of each of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, cheetah, buffalo and rhino) and how to combine your safari adventure with other regional highlights.
Each and every 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the world’s largest salt pans, the Makgadikgadi 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.