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Why go to Botswana

Botswana is an untamed wilderness, Africa in her most natural state. The country has a very small population and the government has designated nearly 17% of the country to National Parks and a further 20% to protected wilderness areas. The world famous Okavango Delta is one of the last great wetlands in the world and all of these factors combined ensure that Botswana has abundant game, birdlife and incredible flora kingdoms.

 

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Where to go in Botswana

Chobe National Park

Home to a population of nearly 120 000 elephants and other large herds of buffalo and antelope. The lion and other predator populations follow. A boat cruise along the Chobe River is an exceptional way to view these animals; as is the 4×4 safaris through the park.

Okavango Delta

The world’s largest inland delta, nearly 15000 kilometers of inland waterways, inland lagoons and islands. Traditional wooden dugout canoes, or mokoros, take one on a leisurely meander through the myriads of waterways where the water is so clear and so pure, you can drink it. Walking safaris and overnight camping in the delta are an experience never to be repeated anywhere in the world.

Moremi and Savuti

The parks have no fences so the large populations of game, especially the elephant move freely along the ancient game trails. The birdlife is prolific and the predator list is impressive: lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog abound.

Makgadikgadi Pans

The salt pans of Botswana (once an old Superlake) provide some of the most dramatic scenery in Botswana. Two of the pans, which are the largest of their kind in the world, provide on earth, a surface as close to the surface of the moon. In Winter, when it is dry, the entire surface dances with mirages, while in the summer months, pale green shoots appear and more than 50 000 wildebeest and Zebra migrate here. The flooded pans also attract a huge colony of flamingoes, which make a sea of pink wings and feet and beaks.

 

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Male lion (Panthera leo) crossing marshland, side view

When to go to Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana is from April through September. These are the winter months so although it is extremely cold at night and the early mornings, the days will still be pleasant. This also is the dry season so the bush is dry and sparse which is perfect for game viewing. The channels in the delta will be full of water though, perfect for gliding along in your mokoro. Please note this is high season so prices will be higher.

The months from October through to February, prices will be cheaper, but temperatures will soar – you will be looking at day temperatures of 35 degrees Celcius or 95 Fahrenheit. The migratory birds will have returned and many of the animals have dropped their young, so this can also be an absolute highlight.

For updated weather forecasts across Africa, please visit www.africanweather.net

Most Popular Tours In Botswana

9 Days Botswana The Authentic Safari

9 days
Discover the Real Africa with us ... Botswana is seen as the last True Wilderness on Earth. This vast Eden is home to Africa's diverse animal populations and is the setting for your future explorations and adventure.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Starts: Maun, Botswana / Kasane, Botswana
  • Ends: Kasane, Botswana / Maun, Botswana
  • Group Size: Min 2 - Max 8 passengers per vehicle
  • Rates:Green Season (Jan - June / Nov & Dec) USD 2,768.75 pps / Peak Season (July - October) USD 3,536.25 pps
  • Single Supplement:(Mar–Nov only) USD 478.75
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Green Season (Jan - June / Nov & Dec) USD 2,768.75 pps / Peak Season (July - October) USD 3,536.25 pps

12 Day Zambia, Botswana & Namibia Accommodated Safari

1 week +
This accommodated safari forms a circular route around the Okavango Delta, starting and ending in Livingstone, Zambia. The trip offers great value through three countries - Botswana, Namibia and Zambia & is an activity-packed safari allowing you to discover the diversity that Botswana and Namibia has to offer.
  • Starts:Livingstone
  • Ends:Livingstone
  • Group Size: Min 4
  • Local Payment: N/A
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From EUR 3,150 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)

10 Day Botswana Luxury Tented Camp Photographic Safari

1 week +
The overriding goals of the Photographic Safari (other than you having a good time!) are to teach you about both technical and compositional aspects of photography which will enable you to perfect those “classic” wildlife portraits and also open the door to more creative techniques such as panning, use of light, capturing birds in flight and animal behaviour.
  • Starts:Maun
  • Ends:Kasane
  • Group Size: Max 6
  • Local Payment: N/A
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From USD 3,125.00 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)

11 Day Botswana Luxury Fly-In Guided Mobile Safari

1 week +
This outstanding mobile safari will give you the opportunity to gain an insight into areas and wildlife not necessarily available to guests on a typical fly-in safari, whilst still enjoying the luxury and comfort of strategically located lodges within Botswana’s famous game reserves and national parks. Each departure is accompanied by a selected professional safari guide, providing a unique and personal insight into the wonders of these wilderness destinations.
  • Starts: Maun
  • Ends:Maun
  • Group Size: Min 2, Max 6
  • Local Payment:N/A
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From USD 8,088 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)

7 Days Okavango Wilderness Trail Budget Accommodated Adventure

1 week
The Okavango Wilderness Trail offers a comprehensive week long small group adventure to some of the best highlights of Botswana. This tour offers incredible value with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, your journey takes you through a variety of breath-taking views and a wildlife experiences including Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This trip will leave you with unforgettable memories of close encounters in Chobe with elephants, stunning waterways of the Okavango and endangered Rhino in Khama Sanctuary. This seven day adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Africa, leaving you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this diverse continent.
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Starts:Vicoria Falls, ZimbabweJohannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group Size: Max 12
  • Rates: 2017 Rates from ZAR 12,480 pp plus USD 670 Safari Pass paid locally pp. 2018 Rates from ZAR 14,950 plus USD 740 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.
  • Single Supplement: Applicable
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2017 Rates from ZAR 12,480 pp plus USD 670 Safari Pass paid locally pp. 2018 Rates from ZAR 14,950 plus USD 740 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.

11 Day Botswana Ultimate Family Luxury Safari

1 week +
The discovery of Africa is a profound and impactful event in one’s life, which will be remembered for many years to come. Botswana is fast becoming a destination of choice for families who want their children to experience the pinnacle of that African adventure. This safari allows for the family to experience 5 of the key ecosystems and environments within Botswana on a fun filled adventure of discovery suited and focused on the specific needs of the family.
  • Starts: Maun
  • Ends:Kasane
  • Group Size: Min 2
  • Local Payment:N/A
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From USD 4,888 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)