As one of the last true wilderness areas, with vast expanses of diverse terrain and a thriving ecosystem like no other on earth, Botswana is undoubtedly one of the best safari locations in the world. Holidays to Botswana open the door to some of the most exciting and unforgettable adventures of a lifetime.
A safari through the bush-covered savannahs combines the beauty of Botswana’s vast and varied landscapes with the awe-inspiring spectacle of wildlife at its most natural. A haven for photographers, Botswana’s grasslands are dotted by exotic flora, including statuesque acacia trees, soaring Ilala Palms and the peculiar sausage tree. From the unforgiving Kalahari Desert and the extensive Makgadikgadi salt pans to the riverbanks of Chobe National Park, nature lovers will be spoilt for choice with Botswana’s contrasting landscapes.
Pristine African wilderness
Take a walk on the wild side and embark on an exhilarating game drive through the expansive plains of Chobe National Park in search of the magnificent native wildlife. For a unique perspective on Botswana’s exotic fauna, explore the floodplains of the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dug-out canoe), with its myriad waterways and undulating grasslands home to a diversity of wildlife, keep a lookout out for hippos, lone bulls, Nile crocodiles and herds of elephants as they quench their thirst.
Discover Botswana with this maginificent 11 day itinerary expertly curated to ensure this is an experience like no other. Travel by light aircraft and enjoy a variety of game viewing activities over land and water, then retire to your luxury safari lodge, hand-picked by us, for sundowners and dinner under the stars.
Pair your Botswana holiday with a trip to South Africa and venture to cosmopolitan cities, stunning Winelands and the iconic Garden Route, offering a vast contrast in beauty and splendour. Whatever your Botswana holiday dreams, call our Destination Specialists to discuss today.
Great sample itineraries
Here's a selection of popular itineraries to give you a few ideas for your Botswana holiday. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful location we can’t list it all, so give our Destination Specialists a call to discover all of our exciting options.
Luxury Botswana Safari Tour
Botswana Victoria Falls Adventure Tour
Cape Town To Victoria Falls Tour
Known for the expansive Okavango Delta wetlands and its wild inhabitants, and the stunning, varied landscapes of Chobe National Park - nature-lovers, photographers and adventurers will be spoilt for choice in this beautiful country.
Arguably the best area of Botswana and a unique area to of Africa. This wetland offers amazing water based game viewing.
Chobe National Park
This is one of the best areas in the world to see elephant, it is almost guaranteed.
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Located in the heart of the Okavavango Delta lies the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. This stunning reserve is surrounded by the Delta's flood plains making for a unique safari experience by mokoro (dugout canoe).
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Botswana can be enjoyed all year round. The wet season begins usually by late November and lasts until March, known as the green season, it’s the best time for birdwatching and attracts enthusiasts. The Delta is lush at this time and game viewing can still be excellent. The dry season starts in April and lasts until November, with temperatures increasing towards the tail end of this season from October to November.
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“For those who love to go back to basics and truly be amongst the wilderness, book a camping trip to Kalahari Central Game Reserve, the second-largest game reserve in the world. There are several fossilized river valleys and the reserve is home to a variety of species such as the hyena, aardwolf, oryx, bat-eared fox and ostrich.”
“The Tsodilo Hills boasts one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world, estimated to have over 4,500 paintings. This is a mystical place full of intrigue and mystery which holds great religious and spiritual significance to the local people.”
“Make sure you check out Nxai Pan. Time your visit right and you may be able to witness thousands of zebras and wildebeest making their way through Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park.”
Events & Festivals
There are a wide variety of events held throughout the year in Botswana that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.
The Batswana people celebrate their country in September every year with traditional events, street parties and parades.
This festival held in March is a cornucopia of traditional music, dance and theatre held all over the city of Gaborone and its suburbs. The event lasts for nine full days and sees the entire population take to the streets in carnival mode.
Traditional poetry, music and dance are the main attractions at Maun Festival, held over two days in April. The visual arts also have their place in this celebration, which is held for the benefit of local schools, as well as honouring northwestern Botswana’s rich tribal culture.
Toyota 1000 Desert Race
A must-see for fans of off-road motorsport races, this thrilling annual June event involves quads, bikes and cars, with 25 spectator areas set around the country.
There are many dishes unique to Botswana yet much of Botswana’s cuisine shares similarities to the cuisine of South Africa, with curries, stews and a variety of meat-based dishes infused with herbs and spices.
A traditional meat dish of Botswana made with either beef, goat, chicken or lamb, boiled together with onion and peppers until tender, salt is then added and the meat is then shredded or pounded.
Otherwise known as ‘African spinach’, Morogo is a side dish made from the dried leaves of the cowpea plant, similar to spinach yet with a slightly more bitter taste. This dish can either be eaten plain or combined with onions, tomatoes and lots of butter.
Also called ‘fat cake’ vetkoek is a traditional dish made with fried bread dough. Fat cakes are delicious with honey or jam but more commonly enjoyed as part of a savoury meal where they are filled with curried mince.
Types of Botswana holidays
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