In our view a Botswana safari offers some of the most spectacular wildlife and wilderness experiences in southern Africa. From the evocative Kalahari Desert and the surreal Makgadikgadi salt pans, to the mopane forests on the banks of the Chobe River and the vast seasonal floodplains of the Okavango Delta, a Botswana safari is an unforgettable holiday experience.
Botswana offers diverse ways of seeing the wilderness, landscape and wildlife of the country.
And the list goes on. Fishing, bird-watching, enjoying photography courses ...
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of when to visit, so we’ve written a detailed guide for you explaining about the different seasons. Find out here about when to go.
Botswana has a policy of offering low impact-high quality safaris. This means that most of the safari lodges and camps are spread out within the vast expanses of their concession areas. You and other lodge guests are frequently the only few people within miles and miles of wilderness. This privilege comes at a cost. Botswana is one of the more expensive places to come on safari with most lodges being deluxe, and very few lower-priced properties available.
If you stay in a lodge/tented camp in peak season (July to October) the cost will be in the region of £500-£700+ per person per night. Green season is a cheaper alternative.
Camping out in the wilds is an authentic and exciting way to experience Botswana. If you go for the luxury camping (proper beds, ensuite bush bathroom, 3-course dinners with wine and so on) the price will be similar to staying in a luxury lodge, however there are cheaper options. One way to keep the price down in Botswana is to take a value-for-money mobile camping trip with a group of up to 12 people. Many people choose to combine a mobile camping trip with a few nights in a good lodge.
Self-driving is another option for a safari holiday in Botswana. We can give you your own self-drive 4x4 with tents and all necessary equipment (or you can still stay in lodges). It’s an exciting way to explore the country if you are happy going it alone – albeit with back up.
From Victoria Falls to Chobe and the Okavango Delta and on to the Boteti River near Makgadikgadi.
Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta - an exciting tailor made Botswana safari.
Amazing accommodation & guiding, coupled with the chance of some of the best wild dog sightings in the world. It's too good to resist.
A varied safari taking in prime game locations and staying in top-of-the-range accommodation
A high quality, fully serviced mobile Botswana safari including Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe National Park.
Read about some of the inspirational experiences you could have in Botswana
Below you’ll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Botswana. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the ‘All Places to Stay’ button.
Chiefs Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on Chiefs Island in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.
A stylish canvas camp in the heart of the Kalahari Desert close to Deception Pan.
Riverside tented camp in northern Botswana offering land & water based game viewing.
A beautiful tented camp in complete wilderness in the Makgadikgadi area of Botswana.
Selinda is a luxury camp to the north of Okavango on the Selinda Spillway.
Shinde Camp in the Okavango Delta, accommodates a maximun of 16 guests at the main camp and a further 6 at a separate private site.
This is a gorgeous tented camp on a waterside location in the game rich Moremi Game Reserve.
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Time: GMT +2hrs
Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.
Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.