Botswana

Explore Botswana’s amazing destinations

There are few places in Africa that can match Botswana for ultimate exclusivity, pure luxury, abundant wildlife and diverse landscapes. Discover a world of diverse and stunning landscapes, from the sandy vastness of the Kalahari Desert to the watery paradise of the Okavango Delta.

Botswana is an incredible place for a safari and the intertwining waterways of the delta sustain a huge variety of flora and fauna, offering excellent game-viewing throughout the year. This maze of lagoons and small islands covers 15,000 sq kms and is a haven for birdlife (a favourite for birdwatchers) and other wildlife including hippo, crocodiles, elephant and rare antelope like lechwe and the shy sitatunga. Predators including leopard and lion also abound, whilst Botswana remains one of the best places in Africa to see African Wild Dog.

To the south, the Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Pans compliment a safari in the delta. The desert landscapes are home to rare desert-adapted species including brown hyena and offer guests unique experiences such as quad biking, walking with the bushman and get up close to habituated meerkats.

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Best Botswana Safaris

Below are some of the amazing Botswana holidays and experiences that we can custom design for you. All of our safaris and tours are tailor-made to suit your interests, budget and timeframe.

Luxury Accommodation in Botswana

Botswana is also renowned for its sophisticated and exclusive eco-lodges and camps, providing comfort and service in the heart of true wilderness. These intimate camps usually accommodate between just 12 and 20 guests, making a Botswana safari an authentic and personalised experience. Many of these luxury camps feature private plunge pools, massage parlours and even small gyms. Many camps also feature family friendly accommodation and engaging kids’ clubs making Botswana one of the best countries to visit as a family.

Mombo Camp

On Chief’s Island in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve, superb Mombo Camp is right in the heart of big cat country.

Jack’s Camp

Award-winning Jack’s Camp sits in the shade of palms amid a giant salt lake which dried up millennia ago, beside Botswana's otherworldly Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

North Island Okavango

With just 4 elegant and expansive suites, guests can be assured of a relaxing and unforgettable experience, in one of the world’s most beautiful locations – the Okavango Delta.

Little Mombo Camp

Little Mombo Camp is linked to Mombo Camp by a walkway. With just 3 guest suites, it's a most intimate safari camp to watch nature’s dramas play out on the surrounding floodplains.

Tuludi

The camp is located in the beautiful Khwai Private Reserve, a 2,000km² reserve filled with pristine wilderness and a fairy tale landscape of floodplains, emerald forests and a myriad of waterways.

Xigera Safari Lodge

Botswana’s newest and most glamorous lodge, Xigera Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Okavango Delta and is a member of the acclaimed Red Carnation Hotel group

Vumbura Plains Camp

The ultra-luxurious Vumbura Plains Camp sits elevated upon a stunning floodplain in the north of the Okavango Delta where guests can enjoy both water and land-based activities.

Duba Explorers Camp

Secluded Duba Explorers Camp is set amid a classic Okavango Delta landscape in a vast private concession, assuring guests of very exclusive wildlife encounters.

Jao Camp

Jao Camp is a breathtakingly beautiful property in a remote sector of the Okavango Delta which offers a range of land and water-based activities.

Chitabe Camp

On an island in the Okavango Delta’s unspoilt southeast, Chitabe Camp is well-known for its resident African wild dogs and leopards.

Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp is located in the breathtakingly unspoilt Selinda Reserve, home to some of Africa’s largest herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as rare African wild dog.

Savuti Camp

Set alongside the ephemeral Savute Channel, Savuti Camp is located in a privileged wildlife area, best known for its plentiful predators including lion and African wild dog.

Duke’s Camp

Duke’s Camp brings the iconic 1940s campaign style of Jack’s Camp to the northern Okavango Delta

Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp is an extravagant luxury safari camp set in a private concession in the Okavango Delta dubbed "Botswana's Masai Mara" for sheer density of wildlife.

Kings Pool Camp

Named after Scandinavian royalty, Kings Pool Camp sits by a lagoon in the elephant-rich Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, which borders Chobe National Park.

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When is the best time to visit Botswana?

Botswana is very much a year-round destination. The contrasting landscapes during the dry season (May-Oct) and the wet season (December-March) offer a completely different perspective and there are plenty of reasons to travel at both these times. Below is a short summary of what to expect at different times of the year:

Botswana FAQ

Yes – however there is only a small population of rhino that were reintroduced into Botswana 20 years ago. The best location to see rhino is in Northern Botswana, in the Moremi Game Reserve.

Botswana is one of the best countries in Africa to see the increasingly endangered African Wild Dog. They can be seen in many of the reserves including the Moremi Game Reserve, Khwai Community Area and the Linyanti Concession.

Canoe, or mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) safaris, are one of Botswana’s specialties. Travelling down the waterways and lagoons of the Okavango Delta is a highlight for many visitors, giving guests a unique way of photographing wildlife and birdlife.

Abundant wildlife including big cats, small, ultra-luxurious lodges and diverse landscapes make Botswana one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. Unique activities including exploring the waterways of the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dugout canoe), walking with bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, and exciting 4WD safaris are all possible.

During the winter months of May-August days are dry and sunny with average temperatures of 25°C. Mornings and evenings can be very cold. Daily averages begin to rise in September and October towards 33-35°C. Temperatures from November-April can be very hot, reaching above 38°C. December to March is when Botswana receives most of its rain.

Unfortunately, there are not many direct flights into Botswana. Most travellers fly into Johannesburg in South Africa, the major hub for Southern African Safaris. From there, there are regular flights between Johannesburg and Maun, the Okavango Deltas major access point.

A landlocked country, Botswana is surrounded by a number of other safari destinations. Botswana can easily be combined with Victoria Falls, the stunning sand dunes of Namibia, cosmopolitan Cape Town or even a beautiful beach resort in Mauritius or Mozambique.

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