Tours & Safaris - Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana depends on the seasons, the area you are planning to visit and what you hope to see. Typical safaris range from four to seven days and can include a variety of experiences, such as game drives, mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe)…

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Tours & Safaris - Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana depends on the seasons, the area you are planning to visit and what you hope to see. Typical safaris range from four to seven days and can include a variety of experiences, such as game drives, mokoro (a traditional dug-out canoe) excursions, hot air ballooning, wildlife photography, bird watching,  canoe safaris and days spent on one of the Chobe Houseboats.

Below is a basic map indicating the more well know safari destinations in Botswana, with a very brief explanation of each.

A typical Botswana safari often includes visits to other parts of Southern Africa, like Victoria Falls in the neighbouring countries of Zimbabwe & Zambia and Cape Town in South Africa.

Mokoro boat in the Okavango Delta

With Botswana your destination focus, here are some highlights that we recommend adding to your travel wish-list.

Chobe National Park

Known for its concentrated and abundant elephant population, Chobe offers spectacular elephant-watching, especially from the deck of a boat on the Chobe River. With marsh, riverine, savannah and grassy woodland areas providing a range of habitats, the biological diversity of the park is extraordinary and renowned. An incredible 460 bird species have been recorded in the park. In winter, when water in the park is scarce, animals converge on the Chobe River to drink, bathe and play.

Elephants at Elephant Valley Lodge, near Chobe

Savuti & Linyanti

Savuti and Linyanti are marsh areas within the Chobe National Park. Savuti, in the west, is fed by the Savuti Channel, which dries up for long periods and results in an erratic water supply to the marsh.  Linyanti, in the north-west of the park, is named for the Linyanti River. Both marshes have large concentrations of animals and offer visitors spectacular bird watching. Sightings of the large Abdim’s storks, kori bustards and large secretary birds are a treat even for inexperienced birders.

Okavango Delta

Every summer, rainfall in the Angolan Highlands collects and flows for a 1,200 kilometre journey to drain into the Okavango Delta. The Okavango is a river that doesn’t flow into the sea. Instead, from June to August, its waters flow into the flat and dry Kalahari desert to flood the delta seasonally. This water subsides, lost to transpiration by plants (60%), evaporation (36%) and percolation into the aquifer system (2%). Only 2% makes it into Lake Ngami. The Delta experiences its peak visitor numbers in August, when nights average 10°C and days warm up to 30°C.

Zambezi Queen, Chobe River, Botswana

Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)

This reserve is the second largest in the world and, like others in Botswana, it boasts an incredible diversity of wildlife. During and shortly after the summer rains, the reserve’s flat northern grasslands teem with large numbers of antelope and especially large herds of springbok and gemsbok. The terrain within this massive reserve is mostly gently undulating with open grasslands, areas of larger trees, occasional sand dunes, pans and fossilised rivers.

Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans area is made up of many salt pans with sandy sections between them. For most of the year, the pans are covered by a dry, salty clay crust but seasonally, after good rains, the pans are covered with water. Blue-green algae bloom and grasses sprout. It is then that the pans become an important habitat and refuge for migrating animals - wildebeest, zebra and the predators that follow them - and migratory birds. The largest pan, Sua, is home to one of two breeding populations of greater flamingos in southern Africa.

Tuli Block

Wedged between Zimbabwe and South Africa is a small piece of Botswana known as the Tuli Block. The land here is mostly privately owned by game farms that cater to tourists. The far eastern section is the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, which was formed by the unity of three major concessions. The area boasts spectacular landscapes, diverse and abundant wildlife, geological attractions and a host of historical, cultural and natural history features. The Tuli Block is easy-to-access by road from South Africa and all the major cities in Botswana.

Summer or winter, Botswana has so much to offer visitors. Even a long stay would never been long enough! Our tours will give you a hint of the Botswana’s highlights in the time available. In addition to our recommended safari options, we are also able to plan a tailor-made Botswana safari itinerary for your visit.

6 Night Victoria Falls, Chobe & Okavango Safari

A great all round safari covering three contrasting & exciting areas - Victoria Falls, Chobe & Okavango Delta

6 Night Okavango, Chobe & Savuti Safari

Take a 6 night safari adventure and visit the Chobe, Savuti and Okavango Delta

Selinda Canoe / Walking Trail

Take the 4 night Selinda Canoe Trail - a top Botswana wilderness experience, or work it into a 12 night safari

Hot Air Balloon Safari at Little Vumbura, Okavango Delta

Enjoy a 2 night safari at Little Vumbura in the Okavango Delta that includes an early morning hot air balloon flight

Best of Botswana in 12 Nights

Explore the Best of Botswana in our carefully constructed 12 night safari itinerary

3 Night Okavango Fly In Safari

Botswana safaris are enjoyed annually by visitors from far and wide, and it is no wonder - amazing wildlife, awesome senery

4 Night Victoria Falls & Chobe Safari

This 5 day tour to Victoria Falls and Chobe is ideal for first time travelers to Southern Africa

4 Night Victoria Falls & Chobe Houseboat Safari

This short safari visits Victoria Falls, as well as Chobe from the luxury of houseboat on the Chobe River

6 Night Victoria Falls, Chobe & Safariboat Adventure

This unique 6 night safari includes Victoria Falls, Chobe and two nights on a Luxury Houseboat on the Chobe River

10 Day Cape Town, Zambia & Safari Honeymoon

Indulge in our Cape Town, Zambia & Safari Honeymoon for 10 days of luxury, romance & adventure!

12 Day Affordable Botswana Safari

An amazing safari combining self-drive and fully guided segments showcasing the best wilderness areas in Botswana.

Hot Air Ballooning, Okavango Delta, Mapula Camp

Take an exciting hot air balloon flight over the magical Okavango Delta in this 2 night Botswana Safari

Hot Air Ballooning, Okavango Delta - Kadizora Camp

Take a 2 night hot air ballooning safari package in the Okavango Delta, and stay the beautiful Kadizora Camp