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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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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

Best of Botswana – 7 Days Accommodated Adventure Safari

7 days
Discover the best of Botswana in this seven day adventure packed tour. See the great herds of elephant along the Chobe river in the Chobe National Park, seek out the lions of the Savute, wander on foot in the great Moremi, as well as visit the lagoons and islands of the Okavango Delta.
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Starts: Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends: Vic Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Group Size: Max 9
  • Rates:2018 Rate ZAR 14,500 pp plus USD 440 pp mandatory Safari Pass pp
  • Single Supplement:Applicable
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2018 Rate ZAR 14,500 pp plus USD 440 pp mandatory Safari Pass paid on 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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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

16 Days Botswana Overland Wildlife Accommodated Safari Tour

16 days
This tour will take you through the vast Kalahari where you will walk with the local Bushmen people, then to the north - into the magnificent Okavango Delta where you will travel by boat and in dugout canoes (mekoro) with local Bayei tribes people to your private Island in the heart of this unique natural wonderland – home also to a multitude of Africa’s Fauna and Flora. We then explore the renowned National Parks in fully equipped open 4x4 vehicles. We will spend a night under the stars in the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, will enjoy a game viewing boat cruise on the mighty Chobe River, and finally, will visit “The Smoke that Thunders” - Victoria Falls. You may opt to then fly out from Victoria Falls or enjoy the journey back to Johannesburg traveling south overland. These tours offer the adventure traveller, photographer, birdwatcher and naturalist the ultimate natural paradise.  
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends:Victoria Falls (Botswana) or Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Group Size: Max 12
  • Rates: From EUR 2,695
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2018 rate from EUR 2,695 pps

6 Days Botswana Okavango Safari

6 days
The Okavango Delta forms the world's largest oasis as the fresh waters from the Angola highlands spill across the Kalahari Desert. This vast Eden is home to Africa's diverse animal populations and is the setting for your future explorations and adventure. Come and discovery Africa with us ...

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Starts: Maun, Botswana
  • Ends: Maun, Botswana
  • Group Size: Min 2 - Max 8 passengers per vehicle
  • Rates: Green Season (Jan - June / Nov & Dec) USD 1,687.50 pps / Peak Season (July - October) USD 2,145 pps
  • Single Supplement:USD 240
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Green Season (Jan - June / Nov & Dec) USD 1,687.50 pps / Peak Season (July - October) USD 2,145 pps

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