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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

7 Days Southern African Budget Camping Safari

1 week
This short tour offers a comprehensive insight into Zimbabwe and Botswana’s best gameparks 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 little known ruins at Khami before bringing you back to Zimbabwe’s major tourist 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:Vicoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends: Vicoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Group Size: Max 12
  • Rates: 2018 Rates from ZAR 11,995 plus USD 520 pp  mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.
  • Single Supplement: Applicable
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2018 Rates from ZAR 11,995 plus USD 520 pp  mandatory Safari Pass paid on the day of departure.

11 Day Botswana Luxury Fly-In Guided Mobile Safari

11 days
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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56 Day Eastern & Southern Africa Budget Camping Adventure

56 days
Every highlight imaginable from Naiorbi thourgh to Cape Town. Gorilla trekking, Serengeti, Zanzibar, Vic Falls, Chobe and the Okavango Delta, the Namib and beautiful Cape Town.
  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends: Cape-Town
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment:2018 Rate USD 2,190 pps
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2018 Rates from ZAR 46,700 pps and USD 2,190 Local Payment and Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) From USD 720 - USD 780

14 Day Botswana Budget Accommodated Safari

14 days
The best of Botswana including Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe and ending in Vic Falls.
  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 12
  • Rates:2018 Rates from EUR 2,620 per person & local payment USD 300 per person. 2019 Rates from EUR 2,740 per person & local payment USD 300 per person
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2018 Rates from EUR 2,620 per person & local payment USD 300 per person. 2019 Rates from EUR 2,740 per person & local payment USD 300 per person

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

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
  • Rates 2018:High Season USD 3,220 & Low Season USD 2,940
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High Season USD 3,220 & Low Season USD 2,940 (please note that price varies per month of travel)