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safaris-botswana

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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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

11 Day Botswana Luxury Accommodated Safari

1 week +
Enjoy the Victoria Falls before venturing to the Chobe and Linyanti River systems and discovering the myriad animals that inhabit these wildlife-rich areas. We then move into the Okavango Delta and explore the wondrous wetland that is the Okavango Delta.
  • Starts:Livingstone
  • Ends:Maun
  • Group Size: Min 2
  • Local Payment: N/A
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From USD 11,062 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)

24 Days Cape Town via Victoria Falls to Johannesburg Accommodated Adventure Safari

24 days
With newfound peace, and a fast growing economy recently reopened to tourism, Mozambique offers the explorer a wealth of treasures in the form of untouched wilderness areas, natural beauty, deserted beaches, and unique cultural heritage. This tour combines the well-known attractions of Kruger and Zululand - where animals abound, living in their natural environment, and a Swaziland Game Park. The tour will also visit natural and cultural attractions, and will spend time at deserted Indian Ocean beaches. We also visit the capital Maputo, where we experience the almost Latino culture, and enjoy the city.
  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Starts: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ends:Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group Size: Max 12
  • Rates: From EUR 2295.00
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From EUR 2,295

7 Day Botswana Luxury Tented Camp Safari

1 week
Your Luxury Camping safari will start & end in Maun with a scenic charter fligh. First we go to the Xakanaxa region, where we explore the surrounding wilderness on game drives during the day. After 3 nights in the Moremi Game Reserve region, we take a slow drive through Moremi Game Reserve north-east towards the Khwai Community Area. We spend the following 3 nights in the Khwai Community Area at an exclusive campsite, exploring the Khwai floodplains on game drives both during the day and at night.
  • Starts:Maun
  • Ends:Maun
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Local Payment: N/A
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From USD 3,360 pps (Please note that price varies per month of travel)

7 Days Southern African Budget Accommodated Safari

7 days
This short tour offers a comprehensive insight into some of Zimbabwe and Botswana’s best game parks and visitor attractions. This itinerary has been carefully designed to make the most of the time you have with Acacia. Departing from the renowned Victoria Falls, our journey takes us to three of southern Africa’s best game-reserves: Hwange, Matobo (sometimes written as Matopos) and Chobe National Parks offering a huge range of wildlife. We also visit the ancient ruins at Khami before bringing you back to Zimbabwe’s fantastic natural attraction at Victoria Falls. We hope our Southern Africa Safari gives you a taste of Africa and whets your appetite to visit more of this marvellously varied and adventurous continent.
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Starts: Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends: Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Group Size: Max 12
  • Rates: ZAR 13,455 plus USD 875 Safari Pass
  • Single Supplement: ZAR 3,835 pp
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ZAR 13,455 plus USD 875 Safari Pass per person

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 4,480 pps (please note that price varies per month of travel)

9 Days Best of Botswana Budget Accommodated and Camping Safari Adventure

9 days
This exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of Botswana’s best adventure attractions. The itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experience within the short time you spend on holiday with us. Following your arrival into the renowned and spectacular Victoria Falls area, Zimbabwe, the tour will take in breath-taking views of the Zambezi River, Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi salt pan, game reserves and a full day immersed in the Zimbabwe culture. This Adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Botswana and Zimbabwe that will leave you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent. The Best of Botswana is the only safari of its kind that allows you the opportunity to explore Botswana’s best national parks and game reserves and the Victoria Falls area in less than 9 days.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Starts:Vicoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends: Vicoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Rates: ZAR 18,850 plus USD 445 mandatory Safari Pass per person
  • Single Supplement: N/A
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ZAR 18,850 plus USD 445 mandatory Safari Pass per person