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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 Day Botswana Fly-In Luxury Safari

1 week
Spoil yourself with an unforgettable Botswana wildlife experience and enjoy complimentary flights between the camps.Botswana is a land of dramatic contrasts, from the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park and the unpredictable Savute Channel, which runs dry and floods seemingly at random. Spend six nights at a combination of up to three lodges and camps in Botswana and enjoy complimentary flights.
  • Starts: Maun
  • Ends: Maun
  • Group Size: Min 2
  • Local Payment:N/A
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21 Day Cape Town to Victoria Falls Budget Camping Adventure

21 days
Between Cape Town and Victoria Falls, we go through some incredibly diverse landscapes – richly fertile winelands, arid and hauntingly beautiful deserts, dramatic canyons and tranquil lagoons. Highlights include game watching in Etosha National Park, climbing giant sand dunes in Sossusvlei, camping out in the Okavango Delta, and an overnight excursion in the Chobe National Park.
  • Starts: Cape Town
  • Ends: Victoria Falls
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment: 2018 Rate USD 500
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2018 Rates from ZAR 15,000 pps and local payment USD 500 pps

32 Day Eastern & Southern Africa Budget Camping Safari

32 days
Experience Southern & Eastern Africa's culture, geography and wildlife. This adventurous trip takes you to top game parks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kruger, and to unique sites as Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls. Relax at the beaches of Zanzibar and Malawi .
  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Nairobi
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment: 2018 Rate USD 1,735 pps
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2018 Rates ZAR 25,800 pps and local payment USD 1,735

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:2018 rate from EUR 3,495 pps
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2018 rate from EUR 3,495 pps

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 2,375.00 pps (Please note that price varies per month of travel)

21 Day Namibia & Botswana Budget Accommodated Adventure

21 days
A true exploration of Namibia, Botswana - see it all!, All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
  • Starts:Livingstone
  • Ends: Livingstone
  • Group Size: Max 14
  • Rates: 2018 Rates from EUR 3,200 plus local payment ZAR 2,000 per person. 2019 Rates from EUR 3,480 
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2018 Rates from EUR 3,200 plus local payment ZAR 2,000 per person. 2019 Rates from EUR 3,480