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Botswana safari holidays 2020/21

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. 

Key highlights of Botswana

  • The magical and unequalled Okavango Delta, with Moremi Wildlife Reserve at its heart. Stunning wildlife viewing in beautiful scenery. 
  • River cruises and huge elephants herds of Chobe National Park. 
  • The surreal salt pans of Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans. 
  • The arid beauty of the Kalahari Desert. 
  • The remote wilderness areas of Linyanti, Selinda and Savuti. 
  • The Tsodilo Hills with ancient rock art. 
  • Tuli Block’s varied landscapes and diverse activities. 

Safari Activities in Botswana

Botswana offers diverse ways of seeing the wilderness, landscape and wildlife of the country. 

  • Enjoy wildlife safaris on exciting game drives, both by day and night.  
  • Mokoro (dugout canoe) rides and boat trips on the waterways and lagoons. 
  • Motor boat trips for a different angle on the wildlife. 
  • Remote canoe trails at Selinda Reserve. 
  • Guided bush walks. 
  • Horse riding in the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans, and Tuli Reserve.  
  • Mountain biking in Tuli Game Reserve.  
  • Scenic light plane flights. 
  • Thrilling low level helicopter rides. 
  • Visiting the ancient San rock art at Tsodilo Hills.  
  • Meeting San Bushmen and learning about their traditions and culture.  
  • Walking with elephants! 
  • Getting close to meerkats. 
  • Searching for wild dogs. 

And the list goes on. Fishing, bird-watching, enjoying photography courses ...

Best time to go to Botswana

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.

Lodges and camps in Botswana 

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. 

Mobile Camping in Botswana

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 in Botswana

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.

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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.



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