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Why visit Botswana

Botswana is one of the greatest safari destinations in Africa blessed with some of the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on earth; wild and organic without fences. Approximately 40% of the land falls within a wildlife protected area and these areas offer a sanctuary for the world’s largest concentration of elephant, and other endangered mammals such as the black rhino and African wild dog. Botswana is also home to the world’s largest inland Delta – The Okavango Delta – a place of incredible beauty and diversity where the waters are swallowed by the Kalahari Sand after passing through the system. Botswana lies at the heart of the Kalahari Desert with most of the country covered by desert sands. Another unique aspect of Botswana is the presence of rivers attracting large quantities of different wildlife in what is effectively a desert. Some of the rivers interconnect whilst some simply dissipate. Central Botswana was once part of a massive inland lake, the remnants of which are still visible in the unique geological features such as the largest salt pans in the world, the Makgadikgadi, a place of fascinating wildlife and endless horizons.

Lion: Picture Arne Muller

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Where to go in Botswana

Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park is in the Northern part of Botswana and lies along the Chobe River, which borders Botswana and Namibia. Chobe National Park is the second largest park in Botswana and home to Africa’s largest elephant population. Chobe is undoubtedly the best place in Africa to view herds of elephants, particularly in the water. Chobe is rich in ecosystems, diverse landscapes and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife all find refuge around the Chobe River. There are equally large herds of buffalo and zebra to be found here. The park also offers great lion and leopard sightings, while the river has a thriving colony of hippos and crocodiles. The park also hosts more unusual antelope species such as Roan and Sable, Puku, Tsessebe, Eland, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, and the rare Chobe Bushbuck.

Okavango Delta
The Okavango is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The Okavango Delta is a unique labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels. The Okavango Delta – a phenomenon that can be observed by astronauts in space – is the largest inland delta in the world and a magnet for the wildlife who depend on the permanent waters. On the mainland and among the islands in the delta, lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and crocodiles congregate with a variety of antelope and other smaller animals. The Okavango’s water is remarkably clean since it passes through very sparsely populated areas on its journey from Angola.

Moremi and Savuti
Moremi consists mainly of the Okavango River Delta where makoro (dug out canoes) trips can be taken through the labyrinth of reed channels offering a unique experience viewing wildlife from the water.

Savuti is a drier with huge Baobab trees. There is a large floodplain with size depicted by the quantity of water pushing through from the delta. Home to large herds of elephants, wild dog, leopard and large numbers of plains game.

Makgadikgadi Pans
The salt pans of Botswana provide some of the most dramatic scenery in Botswana. The salt pans of Makgadikgadi along with the Nxai Pans are considered the largest in the world. One of Africa’s biggest zebra populations makes this vista of white sand and salt their home. 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. When rains fall during the wet season, the pans are filled with water and attract large flocks of flamingos, as well as big herds of zebra, springbok and wildebeest, followed closely by predators, making for fantastic game viewing.

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Male lion (Panthera leo) crossing marshland, side view

When to visit Botswana

During the dry season and winter (May to October), the vegetation is less and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers, making wildlife sightings easier. The skies are clear, rainfall is rate and there are fewer mosquitoes. It gets cold at night and in the mornings – pack warm clothing during June, July and August for morning game drives.

 

During the wet season and summer (November to April), the scenery is greener. Wildlife is easier to spot in the dry season, there will be plenty sightings of newborn animals and birds migrating. Rains are mostly short afternoon showers, except for January and February when the rain can continue for days. It gets very hot in October and November.

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

Most Popular Tours In Botswana

11 Day Botswana Ultimate Family Luxury Safari

11 days
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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14 Day Namibia & Botswana Overland Tour

2 Weeks
The 14 Day Safari is an excellent mix of the highlights of Namibia and Botswana. You will have unforgettable scenery, from wide open desert landscapes, Bushveld, Salt pans and the incredible wetlands of the Okavango Delta. On this trip you will view superb wildlife in some of the best Reserves Africa has to offer as well as interact with many of the colourful tribes of Southern Africa.
  • Starts: Swakopmund
  • Ends: Vic Falls
  • Group Size: Max 24
  • Local Payment: N/A
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2018 Rates from ZAR 19,950 pp & Activity Package ZAR 19,120 pp. 2019 Rates from ZAR 25,950 & Activity Package ZAR 1,640 pp

7 Day Botswana Mobile Camping Safari

1 week
This safari is perfect for those wishing to visit the best wilderness areas in Botswana in very comfortable mobile camping safari style. Starting in Kasane and ending in Maun. The Fully Serviced Safari is a non participation safari, where the safari team will carry out all the necessary camp chores to keep the safari running smoothly.
  • Starts:Kasane
  • Ends:Maun
  • Group Size: Min 2 Max 9
  • Rates 2018: High season from USD 2,590 & Low Season from USD 2,440
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High season from USD 2,590 & Low Season from USD 2,440 (please note that price varies per month of travel)

10 Day Botswana Luxury Tented Camp Photographic Safari

10 days
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)

14 Days Southern Magic Budget Accommodated Adventure

2 weeks
The Southern African Magic offers an adventure holiday taking in some of southern Africa’s most popular and memorable highlights. Tried and tested over many years the tour offers very good value for money with new and exciting experiences each day, connecting you to the grass roots of Africa. Following your arrival in the City of Gold, (Johannesburg), the journey includes breath-taking scenery views and wildlife of Kruger, Matobo and Chobe National Parks, to the feeling of Zambezi river spray thundering out of the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls, to the quiet tranquillity of the Okavango Delta. This two week adventure covers a range of landscapes, a variety of game-parks and a breadth of experiences to introduce you to Africa’s depth and variety, showing you the ‘magic’ of southern Africa – an area rich in culture, beauty and background. This is one of our most popular open age Small Group tours, with departures all year round. It is an excellent introduction to this wonderful continent.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Starts:Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Rates:2017 Rates from ZAR 22,880 plus USD 1,380 mandatory Safari Pass per person. 2018 Rates from ZAR 26,500 plus USD 1,420 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on day of departure.
  • Single Supplement: Applicable
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2018 Rates from ZAR 26,500 plus USD 1,420 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on day of departure.

8 Days Botswana Hippo Ramble Safari

8 days
Botswana is seen as the last True Wilderness on Earth and offers what money cannot buy….unique and diverse habitats, epic sunsets and vast areas of undisturbed wilderness. The land where wildlife freely follow their migratory paths.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Starts: Maun, Botswana
  • Ends: Maun, Botswana
  • Group Size: Min 2 - Max 8 passengers per vehicle
  • Rates:Green Season (Mar-Jun / Nov) USD 3,150 per person sharing & Peak Season (Jul-Oct) USD 3,562.00 per person sharing
  • Single Supplement:(Mar–Nov only) USD 1,212.00
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Green Season (Jan - June / Nov & Dec) USD 3,150 pps / Peak Season (July - October) USD 3,562 pps