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Luxury Botswana Safaris

Botswana, Africa’s premier safari destination, features the Okavango Delta, Moremi National Park, and Chobe National Park. With 40% of its land dedicated to wildlife conservation, Botswana offers abundant free-roaming animals and diverse accommodations, ranging from luxury to affordable options. The iconic Okavango Delta, formed by the Okavango River, is a must-visit for first-timers, supporting a rich variety of wildlife.

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Following a Botswana safari, many venture to Zimbabwe or Zambia for the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, straddling the two countries. Close to the Botswana border, these falls are among the world’s largest. The area offers exciting activities, such as Devils Pool, white water rafting, and kayaking. For a safari-beach combo, consider flying to South Africa or connecting via Johannesburg to Mauritius or Mozambique.

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Luxury Botswana Safari Packages

We have put together some luxury safari tours and itineraries to give you some inspiration. All of our trips are tailor-made and can be customized to suit you – our aim is to curate the perfect luxury safari for you, and with our friendly and knowledgable specialists, we are confident we will.

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A safari in Botswana is like no other. The waterways of the Okavango Delta and the elephant corridors through Chobe make it a very diverse and popular safari destination. Botswana can be visited year-round, but the best time to go to the Okavango Delta is the April to September period, where you can experience the plains flooding with the waters coming all the way from Angola. In turn, these floods transform the landscape of the Okavango Delta, becoming a mecca for wildlife – from large elephant herds to tiny resident frog species. The animals thrive from the rich vegetation, and thousands of resident and migratory birds can
be seen.

There are many ways you can enjoy a safari in Botswana, from day and night game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, and mokoro rides. These local, wooden canoes (called Mokoros) have long been a traditional way for local people to get around the waterways of the Delta. Today, it is a great way for travelers to experience the flora and fauna from a relaxing mokoro 1–2-hour mokoro ride. This is one of the most unique activities, that stands a Botswana safari apart from other destinations.

Best Places to Go to in Botswana

  • Okavango Delta

    Okavango Delta

    The Okavango Delta in northern Botswana is a vast inland river delta known for its seasonal flooding, creating lush wildlife habitats. High water season from June to August is ideal for canoe and boating safaris, while diverse wildlife includes giraffes, leopards, lions, and rhinos.

    The Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park

    Chobe National Park

    Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, is named after the Chobe River, a vital water source for diverse wildlife. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise with 450+ species and renowned for its 120,000 elephants. The park also houses lion, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, and endangered African wild dogs.

    Chobe National Park
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

    Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

    Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, a vast salt pan of 2,423 square miles in northeastern Botswana, hosts rich grasslands attracting diverse wildlife. In April and May, pools offer excellent birding and game watching. From August to November, zebra and wildebeest migrate toward the Boteti River in anticipation of rain.

    Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Moremi Game Reserve

    Moremi Game Reserve

    Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana, bordering the Okavango Delta, is one of Africa’s richest ecosystems, spanning 2,423 square miles. It offers outstanding wildlife viewing, with over 400 bird species and the Big Five, including reintroduced rhinos. In the dry season (May-November), large herds of elephant, zebra, buffalo, and wildebeest seek sustenance.

  • Khwai Reserve (Private Concession)

    Khwai Reserve (Private Concession)

    Khwai Private Reserve, an extensive Okavango concession between Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve, encompasses 200,000 hectares. The Khwai River attracts diverse wildlife, with prime sightings in the south near the river, including hippos, crocodiles, wild dogs, big cats, and numerous elephants. Birdwatchers can spot species like the lilac-breasted roller, marabou, and saddle-billed storks.

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When to Visit Botswana

May to September is typically the best time to visit Botswana, particularly the Okavango Delta. You will experience the dry season when visiting between May to September, and this is when wildlife gather around water sources, offering prime game viewing opportunities. The weather is also cooler and more comfortable for safari adventures.

For more on when to visit Botswana, please see here.

What to do in Botswana

Botswana is famous for safari gems like the Okavango Delta, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Chobe National Park amongst others. Each of these destinations offer a range of safari activities such as day and night game drives, and bush walks. Botswana also offers more unique experiences, like helicopter rides, meerkat interactions and more!

  • Mokoro in the Okavango Delta

    Mokoro in the Okavango Delta

    The mighty Okavango Delta is one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Africa. One of the best ways to experience it is a trip in a traditional narrow dugout canoe known as a mokoro. An expert local propels you through reed-lined channels, where from this vantage point the scale of everything is particularly grand.

  • Game drives

    Game Drives

    In Botswana, game drives offer vastly different experiences due to the diverse terrain from lush delta grassland to deserts and forests. It hosts many reserves, parks and private concessions that provide unique experiences, from watching herd of 500 buffalo and close encounters with huge concentrations of elephant to exciting night drives for viewing nocturnal animals.

  • Meerkat Experience

    Meet the Meerkats

    One reason people visit the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is for the meerkats. The area is home to habituated meerkats. The meerkats are wild but became used to people when research groups studied them. Guests canspend time with the meerkats as they go about their normal life, they have no fear of people.

FAQs

How long should I go on safari for?

The answer to this is subjective but, as a guideline, I would recommend a safari between 3-6 nights is a sufficient amount of time. I would always recommend a minimum of 3 nights on safari in one lodge or camp. This gives you enough time to experience fantastic wildlife sightings, but also get to know the staff, managers and your safari guide who will ultimately become a friend. If you have traveled on a safari before, you will know what a safari is like so we would recommend longer periods of time.

What is a typical day on safari like?

Going on safari is very different to other types of holiday. Your guide will wake you up early, before sunrise, this is the best time of the day to watch the wildlife before the heat of the day. You will have a cup of coffee or tea and then head out on your morning game drive. You will be out for 3-4 hours before returning for a large breakfast. In the heat of the day we suggest a siesta or a swim in the pool. You will then go back out into the reserve around 4pm and stay out until the sunsets.

 

What is the difference between land and water based camps?

Camps in Botswana fall into two categories: Wet Camps and Dry Camps. This categorization relates to the location of the camp and if it has access to a river or delta channel. A wet camp will generally have access to water all year round and the camp activities will focus on boating and mokoro (canoe). In a dry camp there is focus on game drives and walking as there is not a permanent river in the area. Ideally, an itinerary would combine both types of camps so you can experience the range of activities available. Some camps can offer both wet and dry activities, when the river levels are high enough or the delta is in flood.

 

What is the Okavango Delta?

A delta is where a river ends and its waters create a wet land, the Okavango Delta is unique in that it does not end in the sea, it is an inland delta. The Okavango River flows from Angola, through Namibia to Botswana where it meets the Kalahari Desert. Here the waters of the river fan out to cover a huge area, between 6,000 and 15,000 square kilometres depending on the river levels. This is the Okavango Delta, and its waters support the wildlife in the area.

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Botswana advice from travel experts

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    Best Time to Visit Botswana

    Unlike some destinations, the best time to go to Botswana is a bit complex as it really depends on why you’re planning a visit, where you want to go and what your interests are. For some, the best time to go can be the worst time for others. Keep in mind that weather patterns across Africa and many other places across the globe have become increasingly unpredictable. There have been downpours in deserts when it should be dry, and droughts in places where it should be raining. That said, this overview of the seasons can provide you with a general ideal of the best time to visit Botswana for your dream trip.

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    Best Time to Visit the Okavango Delta

    The Okavango Delta is an incredibly rich and diverse landscape, expanded around an inland river delta in northern Botswana. This oasis of lagoons and waterways is home to a wealth of resident wildlife, with reliable and regular sightings of elephant, lion, leopard, antelope, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, and much more.

    While the African wild dog is rare, one of the most thriving populations in Africa can be found here in the Okavango Delta. Zebra, giraffe, and kudu can often be spotted too, while birdlife includes more than 400 different species, such as the magnificent African fish eagle. To help you plan the most memorable trip we’ll break down what you can expect throughout the year in the Okavango Delta.

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    Mobile Tented Camping in Botswana

    This is not camping as you know it, this is comfortable camping in some of the best game viewing reserves in Africa. It’s a great, affordable option for people who want to see areas of pristine natural beauty without staying in five star lodges. You will fly into one of the many reserves in Botswana where you will be met by your safari team. Your team will comprise of a professional guide, camp manager, safari chef and camp staff who will take you on guided trip through the reserves. You will move camp every few days and travel through the Botswana wilderness in your 4x4 off road vehicle.

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    Should you travel to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park or Botswana’s Okavango Delta?

    Two of the greatest safari destinations in Africa are the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. They are both iconic in their own right, but if you are planning a bucket list trip to Africa, the question of which one to go to is often top of the list. Both offer an exceptional safari experience, so how do you make the decision? Here is a short guide which may help answer that very question.
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    11 bucket-list safaris in Africa

    An African safari is on so many travelers bucket lists, and rightly so. There are so many fantastic destinations to do a safari in Africa - with Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia to name a few. Each destination offers a unique experience and our safari specialists can advise and organize a trip that suits you perfectly. Whether it’s vast open savannahs or dense forests, sightings of a wildebeest migration or a family of endangered mountain gorillas whilst gorilla trekking, Africa offers something for everyone. For some inspiration, we’ve put together our top 10 bucket-list safaris in Africa.
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    How much does a safari in Uganda cost?

    A Uganda safari is quite different from the conventional African safari. With destinations like Tanzania, Botswana, or Zambia, you fly directly into the national park or reserve to enjoy a couple of days or longer on game drives or bush walks. In Uganda, an itinerary combining both driving and flying is more common, combining a wealth of safari activities and wildlife species. As our safari specialists put together luxury Uganda tours, a question that is often raised is “how much does a safari in Uganda cost”? We’ve put together a short guide to give you an insight into the cost of safari tours in Uganda.
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