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Botswana Safaris
& Tours, Your Way

Botswana Safaris
& Tours

Botswana Safaris
and Tours, Your Way

A trip like no other.

Plan and book your tailor-made private Botswana safari tour with help from a specialist safari travel agent.

A trip like no other.

Plan and book your tailor-made private Botswana safari tour with help from a specialist safari travel agent.

A trip like no other.

Plan and book your tailor-made private Botswana safari tour with help from a specialist safari travel agent.

Are you hungry for adventure? Or does the idea of sundowners while watching a blazing sunset in a remote and pristine corner of Southern Africa appeal to you? 

Either way, a trip to Botswana can’t fail to captivate and satisfy you. A private Botswana safari tour can offer both action-packed, rough-and-ready, and romantic, luxury African safari experiences across a variety of landscapes.

With almost 40% of Botswana reserved for national parks and eco-tourism, you’ll have a lot of choices when planning your private, tailor-made Botswana safari trip.

Our Top 4 Reasons to Visit Botswana

1. Water-based safaris by boat or canoe

View safari animals by mokoro – a traditional dugout canoe – or on larger boats in the Okavango Delta, or on the Chober River.

From the water, watch crocodiles lurk, elephants swim and dunk each other playfully, and big cats come to drink.

Safari boat cruises - Botswana - Okavango Delta
2. Vast & varied wilderness

Botswana has a huge diversity of ecosystems. This means you’ll see a huge diversity in landscapes, vegetation, animals and birds on safari.

Visiting three different areas would give you three completely different experiences.

3. Expert guides

Safari guides in Botswana are among Africa’s best.

Many have spent most of their lives tracking Botswana’s abundant wildlife, with many families passing it down the generations.

Sharp-eyed trackers look out for signs leading to rare sightings, while guides educate and entertain guests.

Walking safari with guide - Mashatu Tented Camp - Botswana
4. Activities galore

Walking safaris and safari drives are common in national parks across Sub Saharan Africa.

In Botswana you will find a lot more! Enjoy the action of boat and mokoro canoe, helicopter, hot air balloon, horse-back and even mountain bike safaris.

Meet bushman tribes, learn their traditions and even play their games.

You can even quad bike across the site of an ancient lake the size of Switzerland.

Giraffe seen on horseback safari - Mashatu Tented Camp - Botswana

Top 5 Places to Visit in Botswana

Where you choose to go while on tour in Botswana will depend on a lot of things, like:

The season or month of the year

Vacation length

If it’s your 1st, 2nd or 3rd trip to Botswana

If you want to bring (or avoid) children

If you want to be active or just relax

What other African countries you want to include.

A skilled African safari travel agent can help you plan based on these factors.

It wasn’t easy to choose our favourite places to visit in Botswana. This list  below covers our list of the five top destinations for first-time visitors, including national parks and main areas of interest.

These aren’t the only areas in Botswana we recommend visiting though! If you want advice on visiting other places to go in Botswana, such as (but not limited to!) the Savuti Channel, Linyanti Marsh or Mashatu areas, or on how to combine a trip to Botswana with other countries in southern Africa, get in touch!

1. Chobe National Park

A must-see for any first-time visitor to Botswana.

Chobe National Park is home to the world’s largest population of elephants, often numbering over 100,000. Feel the ground vibrate as you become surrounded by huge herds on their way to the river banks to bathe.

Named after the Chobe River, this is Botswana’s first-founded and third-largest national park.

A stunning Chobe National Park sunset
Botswana - leopard with impala kill in tree

Why You Should Visit Chobe National Park

    • This is Botswana’s premiere national park, with a huge variety of birds and animals. See close to 450 bird species, many endangered, as well as an all-star cast of large and small African safari animals.
    • In the rainy season, you can experience water-based game viewing by boat
    • Incredible sunsets blazing with colour
    • Wide variety of ecosystems within the park
    • Easy to combine with Victoria Falls

Our tip - Planning a Chobe safari

Kasane town is a popular stop for those on their way into Chobe National Park.
However, I don’t advise you stay in the eastern part of Chobe on the Kasane side, because day-trips from the town mean the eastern part of the park is a lot more crowded than the west.

My advice would be to stay in camps to the west of Chobe, where you’ll have wide open spaces almost to yourself.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Botswana Ground Roosting Owl - Chobe Chilwero

Our tip - Planning a Chobe safari

Kasane town is a popular stop for those on their way into Chobe National Park.
However, I don’t advise you stay in the eastern part of Chobe on the Kasane side, because day-trips from the town mean the eastern part of the park is a lot more crowded than the west.

My advice would be to stay in camps to the west of Chobe, where you’ll have wide open spaces almost to yourself.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Some of our recommended Chobe lodges

Suite at Chobe Chilwero
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Chobe Flood Plains, close to Kasane, eastern Chobe
Why we like it: There are not a lot of luxury camps or lodges in Chobe. This is definitely the most luxurious option, from Kasane.

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Ngonya Bridge, Chobe north
Why we like it: A great option on the western side, away from the crowds with great safari guiding.

Cottage, Muchenje Safari Lodge
Muchenje walking safari, Botswana
Muchenje Lodge pool view
Chobe Elephant Camp

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: North of Chobe Forest Reserve
Why we like it: Excellent value for money and located on the western side of the park, away from the crowds.

Some of our recommended Chobe lodges

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Chobe Flood Plains, close to Kasane, eastern Chobe
Why we like it: There are not a lot of luxury camps or lodges in Chobe. This is definitely the most luxurious option, from Kasane.

Chobe Chilwero sunset cruise
Spa treatment room - Chobe Chilwero, Botswana
Suite at Chobe Chilwero
Muchenje Safari Lodge

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Ngonya Bridge, Chobe north
Why we like it: A great option on the western side, away from the crowds with great safari guiding.

Cottage, Muchenje Safari Lodge
Muchenje walking safari, Botswana
Muchenje Lodge pool view
Chobe Elephant Camp

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: North of Chobe Forest Reserve
Why we like it: Excellent value for money and located on the western side of the park, away from the crowds.

2. Moremi Game Reserve

This big 5 game reserve in Botswana covers around 40% of the eastern section of the Okavango Delta, and is made up of a series of permanent waterways and drier areas that teem with game all year round.

Also of interest in the Khwai concession, where a traditional village is inhabited by, 400 people of river bushmen and BaBukakwhwe origin. They cherish and protect the land and wildlife and champion ecotourism projects.

Your Moremi safari can include luxury lodge accommodation, comfortable en-suite rooms, luxurious en-suite tents. The more adventurous might choose wild camping options in small simple tents for a night or two, bringing you very close to the sounds of the bush at night.

A helicopter view of an elephant - Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
A sitatunga, or marshbuck, swimming - Botswana

Why You Should Visit Moremi Game Reserve

    • Home to the big 5, with lion, leopard, buffalo, elephants and even the odd sighting of one of the park’s rare rhinos.
    • See the more unusual antelope sightings of sitatunga, or marshbuck an unusual antelope which has adapted to a water-based environment, as well as the lechwe.
    • Take a helicopter ride and view the snaking waterways of the Okavango Delta and spot its animals from above.
    • Marvel at the size of an African elephant up close. Elephant interaction experiences with the local herd of orphaned giants allow you to walk among them and even touch them.

Our tip - Planning a trip to Moremi Game Reserve

I’d highly recommend staying in the Khwai Concession area of the Moremi.

Not only does this area have amazing game viewing, with a good chance to see elusive leopard and rare African wild dog, but you also save on high park fees as the rates are controlled by the local community.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Cheetah brothers, Botswana

Our tip - Planning a trip to Moremi Game Reserve

I’d highly recommend staying in the Khwai Concession area of the Moremi. Not only does this area have amazing game viewing, with a good chance to see elusive leopard and rare African wild dog, but you also save on high park fees as the rates are controlled by the local community.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Some of our recommended Moremi Game Reserve Lodges

Sleep under the stars - Tuludi skysuite
Tuludi Camp

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Khwai Concession
Why we like it: Besides 7 luxury en-suite tents, Tuludi Camp offers a Skysuite, where guests can sleep in luxury on an elevated platform under the stars out in the bush.

Double room tent - Tuludi
Machaba Camp

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Khwai Concession
Why we like it: A 1950s colonial style camp, with well-appointed safari tent structures that bring you comfort while right up close with nature. This intimate camp will suit couples and families alike.

Machaba Camp - lounge area - credit Andrew Howard
Sundowners on Safari at Machaba Camp
View from luxury safari tent - Machaba Camp
Sango Camp staff welcomes you
Sango Camp

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: Outskirts of Khwai Village, Khwai Concession Area
Why we like it: This camp is named for the Sango family, original inhabitants of the Khwai area. Be welcomed with pride by locals to this classically comfortable rustic lodge.

Some of our recommended Moremi lodges

Tuludi Camp

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Khwai Concession
Why we like it: Besides 7 luxury en-suite tents, Tuludi Camp offers a Skysuite, where guests can sleep in luxury on an elevated platform under the stars out in the bush.

Double room tent - Tuludi
Hippos in front of Tuludi lodge
Sleep under the stars - Tuludi skysuite
Machaba Camp

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Khwai Concession
Why we like it: A 1950s colonial style camp, with well-appointed safari tent structures that bring you comfort while right up close with nature. This intimate camp will suit couples and families alike.

Machaba Camp - lounge area - credit Andrew Howard
Sundowners on Safari at Machaba Camp
View from luxury safari tent - Machaba Camp
Sango Camp

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: Outskirts of Khwai Village, Khwai Concession Area
Why we like it: This camp is named for the Sango family, original inhabitants of the Khwai area. Be welcomed with pride by locals to this classically comfortable rustic lodge.

3. The Okavango Delta

A UNESCO world heritage site.

Spanning thousands of kilometres, this river delta system creates a giant fan-shape of waterways and greenery across Kalahari Desert.

This enormous oasis teems with wildlife and birds all year round.

This region is not to be missed as part of your Botswana tour itinerary, especially for first-time tourists to this country.

Here we cover areas of the Okavango Delta outside of Moremi Game Reserve, which was number 2 on our list of top 5 places to visit in Botswana.

Lionness drinking near Jao Camp - Okavango Delta - Credit: Dana Allen
Okavango Delta - Aerial Shot

Why You Should Visit The Okavango Delta

    • At the beginning of the dry season, higher water levels make it ideal for water-based safaris by dugout mokoro or motor cruise boats.
    • Game becomes more concentrated as the dry season progresses, making for excellent predator sightings as prey animals gather around water.

Our tip - Planning an Okavango Delta trip

I’d definitely recommend that you do a mokoro (dugout canoe) safari in the Okavango Delta.

You don’t do it with the expectation of seeing big game, but you do it for the experience of being close to nature while floating down a river delta channel.

You’ll see and hear amazing birds and insects all around you.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Botswana Ground Roosting Owl - Chobe Chilwero

Our tip - Planning a trip to the Okavango Delta, Botswana

I’d definitely recommend that you do a mokoro (dugout canoe) safari in the Okavango Delta.

You don’t do it with the expectation of seeing big game, but you do it for the experience of being close to nature while floating down a river delta channel.

You’ll see and hear amazing birds and insects all around you.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Some of our recommended Okavango Delta lodges

Jao Camp during floods
Jao Camp

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Jao Reserve, on a tree-canopied island, west of Moremi Game Reserve
Why we like it: Striking, eco-friendly architecture, 5 opulent luxury units, with the whole lodge built for excellent viewing.

Jao Camp - pool deck
Splash Camp

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Private Kwara Reserve, bordering Moremi Game Reserve
Why we like it: A combination of permanent water channels and dry bush makes for a variety activities on offer.

Splash Camp - en suite room
Kwara Reserve - wild dogs on safari
Kwando Splash Camp - main lodge at night
Twin room at Moremi Crossing - en suite tents
Moremi Crossing

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: Xaxaba Concession, overlooking Chief’s Island.
Why we like it: Eco-friendly camp with simple yet comfortable en-suite tented accommodation.
They also offer wilderness camping experiences for those that want to sleep out in nature.

Some of our recommended Okavango Delta lodges

Jao Camp

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Jao Reserve, on a tree-canopied island, west of Moremi Game Reserve
Why we like it: Striking, eco-friendly architecture, 5 opulent luxury units, with the whole lodge built for excellent viewing.

Jao Camp - pool deck
Jao Camp during floods
Jao Camp - luxury room
Splash Camp

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Private Kwara Reserve, bordering Moremi Game Reserve
Why we like it: A combination of permanent water channels and dry bush makes for a variety activities on offer.

Splash Camp - en suite room
Kwara Reserve - wild dogs on safari
Kwando Splash Camp - main lodge at night
Moremi Crossing

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: Xaxaba Concession, overlooking Chief’s Island.
Why we like it: Eco-friendly camp with simple yet comfortable en-suite tented accommodation.
They also offer wilderness camping experiences for those that want to sleep out in nature.

4. Makgadikgadi Pans

A memorable place to visit, no matter what time of year.

Makgadikgadi National Park covers a region largely covered by enormous salt flats, where an inland lake the size of Switzerland once lay, and dried up many thousands of years ago.

In rainy season, see the zebra and wildebeest migration pass through this region, increasing your chance of seeing predators in action. The area also attracts huge flocks of migratory flamingos.

In the dry season, ride horses, quad bikes, or walk with bushmen across the vast, desolate salt flats, under a truly dazzling milky way.

 

Baobabs under the stars at Nxai Pan - Botswana
Flamingos at Makgadikgadi Pans in rainy season - Botswana

Why You Should Visit Makgadikgadi Pans

    • Experience some of the diversity of Botswana all in one region, with the Boteti River area providing water for excellent game viewing, and the Nxai Pan offering stark, baobab-crested semi-desert landscapes.
    • To the south of Nxai Pan, you’ll find a group of seven baobabs called The Sleeping Sisters. These trees were captured in watercolour by British artist/explorer Thomas Baines in 1862, and stand very much the same as they did 160 years ago.
    • Meet Zu’hoasi bushmen and learn some of their fascinating culture and traditions.
    • A great one for kids and adults alike – try a meerkat encounter! These popular creatures are habituated to humans (not to be confused with ‘tame’), and they might even climb on top of you, if they’re in the mood!

Our tip - Planning a trip to Makgadikgadi Pans

 

If you go in the dry season, you should definitely plan an excursion to sleep out under the stars. Ride quad bikes out on the salt flats, and pull up a comfortable bed roll after dinner around the camp fire.

Due to low light pollution, the night sky is breathtaking, and sunrise is equally spectacular.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Quad biking across Makgadigadi Pans

Our tip - Planning a trip to Makgadikgadi Pans

If you go in the dry season, you should definitely plan an excursion to sleep out under the stars. Ride quad bikes out on the salt flats, and pull up a comfortable bed roll after dinner around the camp fire.

Due to low light pollution, the night sky is breathtaking, and sunrise is equally spectacular.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Some of our recommended Makgadikgadi lodges

Jack's Camp

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Northern edge of Ntwetwe Pan, east of Makgadikgadi
Why we like it: Pure style, and action to boot! This gorgeous Persian-style tented camp offers year-round adventure in a luxurious and romantic setting.

Exterior - Jack s Camp - Makgadikgadi
Jack s Camp Guest Tent
Makgagikgadi - Horseback Safari - Jacks Camp
Meno a Kwena

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Boteti River, overlooking Makgadikgadi Pans
Why we like it: A great family-friendly option, with a wealth of activities. The Boteti River provides an oasis in an otherwise dry region, attracting wildlife all year round.

Meno a Kwena - twin tent - Makgadikgadi - Botswana
Meno a Kwena -Makgadikgadi bushmen walks
Floating hide on the Boteti River - Makgadikgadi - Meno a Kwena
Planet Baobab

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: North of Ntwetwe Pan, east of Makgadikgadi
Why we like it: Quirky African decor in 18 cottages, and several campsites set among a liberal scattering of towering baobabs. Voted one of the 10 most extraordinary places to stay by Lonely Planet!

Some of our recommended Makgadikgadi lodges

Makgagikgadi - Horseback Safari - Jacks Camp
Jack's Camp

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Northern edge of Ntwetwe Pan, east of Makgadikgadi
Why we like it: Pure style, and action to boot! This gorgeous Persian-style tented camp offers year-round adventure in a luxurious and romantic setting.

Jack s Camp Guest Tent
Meno a Kwena

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: Boteti River, overlooking Makgadikgadi Pans
Why we like it: A great family-friendly option, with a wealth of activities. The Boteti River provides an oasis in an otherwise dry region, attracting wildlife all year round.

Meno a Kwena - twin tent - Makgadikgadi - Botswana
Muchenje walking safari, Botswana
Sleep out on the pans - Botswana - Meno a Kwena
Meerkat encounters - Planet Baobab
Planet Baobab

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: North of Ntwetwe Pan, east of Makgadikgadi
Why we like it: Quirky African decor in 18 cottages, and several campsites set among a liberal scattering of towering baobabs. Voted one of the 10 most extraordinary places to stay by Lonely Planet!

5. Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Perhaps the most remote game reserve in Africa, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers numbers and variety of animals that might surprise visitors to a semi-arid desert region.

The stark plains support desert-dwellers such as aardwolf, meerkat and Cape foxes, but after the rains, the grasslands attract herds of antelope, wildebeest, giraffe, and other herbivores, especially in Deception Valley in the northern reaches of the park.

These prey animals attract and support big predators, such as wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, and both brown and spotted hyena.

Simple Botswana map with Central Kalahari pin
Black-maned lions in Central Kalahari - Botswana
San Bushman educational experience - Tau Pan - Botswana

Why You Should Visit The Central Kalahari

    • A fantastic place for an authentic San bushmen experience. Go on a nature walk and learn their ancient traditions, used to track game and live in harmony with the land.
    • This is the only place in Africa you’ll see black-maned lion. If you see images of male lions with a ring of dark hair at the base of their manes, they’re from this region.
    • Visiting this region makes a stark contrast with the marshes and waterways of the Okavango Delta and northern parts of Botswana.
    • The Central Kalahari Reserve is home and/or migratory host to around 200 species of birds, making it a must-see on a birding safari tour of Botswana.

Our tip - Planning a trip to Central Kalahari Game Reserve

During the rainy season, the Kalahari has a lot of animals due to the lush grasses, including big black-maned lions. This makes this region a good choice for people that can only travel during the rainy season (i.e. November to March), which is a time often less popular in other parts of Africa, or further north in Botswana.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Some of our recommended Central Kalahari Lodges

Dinaka, Botswana - pale chanting goshawk
Dinaka

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Private conservancy, northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Why we like it: Dinaka offers the Kalahari experience, with bushmen walks and game drives. The key difference is that this luxury camp is in a private area only accessible to guests, giving you a more remote, exclusive experience.

Lookout deck at night - Dinaka - Botswana
Tau Pan Camp

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: West of Deception Valley, northern part of Central Kalahari
Why we like it: One of the first semi-permanent camps in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Tau Pan is in a game-rich area of the reserve, and overlooks a watering hole for game-viewing from the comfort of camp.

Tau Pan Camp room - Kalahari - Botswana
tau pan - aerial view of lodge - botswana
Kalahari - San bushmen experiences - Kalahari
Grassland Bushmen Lodge at night - Kalahari - Botswana
Grassland Bushman Lodge

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: Western side of Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Why we like it: Besides game drives, here you’ll find one of the most authentic San bushmen experiences. See hunting reenactments, learn about foraging for medicinal and food plants, and play some bushmen fitness games. Horse-riding is available for experienced riders.

Our tip - Planning a trip to Central Kalahari Game Reserve

During the rainy season, the Kalahari has a lot of animals due to the lush grasses, including big black-maned lions.

This makes this region a good choice for people that can only travel during the rainy season (i.e. November to March), which is a time often less popular in other parts of Africa, or further north in Botswana.

Pierre Burden

African Safari Expert, New African Safaris

Ostrich family in Central Kalahari - Botswana

Some of our recommended Central Kalahari lodges

Dinaka

Luxury level: High-end
Location: Private conservancy, northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Why we like it: Dinaka offers the Kalahari experience, with bushmen walks and game drives. The key difference is that this luxury camp is in a private area only accessible to guests, giving you a more remote, exclusive experience.

Lookout deck at sunset - Dinaka - Botswana
Room interior Dinaka - Kalahari - Botswana
Dinaka, Botswana - pale chanting goshawk
Tau Pan Camp

Luxury level: Mid-range
Location: West of Deception Valley, northern part of Central Kalahari
Why we like it: One of the first semi-permanent camps in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Tau Pan is in a game-rich area of the reserve, and overlooks a watering hole for game-viewing from the comfort of camp.

tau pan - aerial view of lodge - botswana
Tau Pan Camp room - Kalahari - Botswana
Oryx - Kalahari Desert - Botswana
Grasslands Bushman Lodge

Luxury level: Budget-friendly
Location: Western side of Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Why we like it: Besides game drives, here you’ll find one of the most authentic San bushmen experiences. See hunting reenactments, learn about foraging for medicinal and food plants, and play some bushmen fitness games. Horse-riding is available for experienced riders.

18 Things to do in Botswana

A safari itinerary isn’t made up of lodges and transfers alone! We’re guessing you didn’t fly all the way to Botswana just to sit around the pool sipping an icy drink, as blissful as that might sound.

Botswana is exceptional in terms of the sheer variety of things there are to do on your tour. While you can generally do safari drives, night drives and walking safaris all over Africa, in Botswana, you can do these and a lot more.

Take a look at this list of activities below and let us know if you’d like to include these when planning your Botswana safari. Our list is in no particular order.

We can advise you on whether the activities are included in your lodge prices (e.g. safari drives generally are) or whether those might need to be separately booked and paid for. We can also advise you on seasonality, as some activities are subject to season.

If you book with New African Safaris, we will handle it all for you and wrap it up into one all inclusive price.

We had to stop this list somewhere and it by no means covers everything there is to do. If you have something else in mind, let us know and we can add it to your tailor-made Botswana safari plan.

 

Rhino - 1 of the big 5
1. Big 5 Safaris

There are countless animals to observe in the wild in Africa, with some of the particular stars being cheetah, hippo, hyena, and the rare wild dog.

However, travellers to Africa are often keen to tick the Big 5 off their list – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo.

The Big 5 were so named because they were the 5 most dangerous animals to hunt.

It would be surprising if you spent any time on safari in Botswana and didn’t see elephants, as the country has huge populations of these huge social beasts. Buffalo are also plentiful.

Although lion are more active at night, they are generally not shy, and you also have a good chance of spotting a pride of them walking in the road, or lazing alongside it.

As leopards are more elusive and travel alone unless with a cub, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to spot them.

Higher-end reserves often employ larger numbers of more experienced trackers, meaning you will have a higher chance of being taken right to lions at a kill, or to a tree where a leopard was last spotted.

Rhinos are the rarest of the big 5 in Botswana as poaching of these majestic creatures is a big problem all over Africa, and rhino had to be reintroduced after being hunted to extinction.

While the exact location of most rhinos is kept secret in order to safeguard them, you have the best chance of seeing one in the Okavango Delta in Moremi Game Reserve.

Wattled crane - Botswana birding safari
2. Birding safaris

Botswana is a twitcher’s dream, with over 616 species featured on BirdLife Botswana’s Checklist of Birds in Botswana, supplemented by Avibase, as of August 2021.

Some of the big stars are the wattled cranes pictured above, African fish eagles that can be readily seen along the waterways, Pel’s fishing owl, and the strikingly coloured lilac breasted roller, to name a few.

The mix of birds in each region varies seasonally, so we can help you plan accordingly if there is anything in particular you’d like to see.

You can also take advantage of one of Botswana’s specialist birding safari guides, who will have extensive knowledge on the local species and where to find them.

Mokoro safari - Machaba Camp - Botswana
3. Mokoro safaris

Floating up close to wildlife from a traditional dugout canoe is the ultimate Botswana experience. If you visit Botswana in months when the water levels are high enough for safe Mokoro travel, you really can’t miss this.

Botswana helicopter safaris - Eagle Island Lodge - credit Mark Williams
4. Helicopter rides

There really is nothing like  the experience of flying in close over animals as well as take in breathtaking landscapes from above. If you have a bit of money to spend, a helicopter safari is an activity to consider.

5. Zebra migration

One of the largest migrations in Africa – thousands of zebras and wildebeest make their way 250km twice a year between the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi.

Just like the big predators following their food source, you can follow their journey as part of your tour.

Macatoo Camp - horseback safaris - Botswana
6. Horseback Safaris

Quite a few lodges in Botswana offer horseback safaris, with some tour operators focusing exclusively on them.

Like with a walking safari, you’ll experience the bush from a completely different, much closer perspective than from a vehicle, but you’ll be able to cover more ground than if you were on foot.

As with all physical activities, and safari activities, there is an element of risk involved, which is why it is vital that you book with an experienced, reputable guide. Fortunately, Botswana has a good number of those that we can recommend!

You will usually be accompanied by more than one guide – one to lead and look for animals, and another to watch and attend to the riders’ needs.

mobile camping Botswana
7. Mobile camping

Sleeping out in the wild with nothing but a thin wall of canvas is an exhilarating experience that will appeal to adventurous travellers.

Mobile camping is more about wanting to sleep right out there in the African bush, rather than about budget.

Camping doesn’t necessarily mean cheap, as the equipment still has to be transported between locations, and a cook still accompanies you to cook your meals.

For the most budget options, there are even some tour operators that allow you to cut costs by setting up your own camp, but generally, you arrive to find everything set up for you, and you don’t have to worry about breaking down camp at the end.

At the opposite end, you can even sleep in fairly luxurious tents with proper beds.

When planning your Botswana itinerary, we highly recommend a few nights of mobile camping for the experience of it, whatever your budget level.

Meerkat encounter - Makgadikgadi Pans - Jacks Camp
8. Mobile safaris

This isn’t the same as mobile camping.

A mobile safari is when you are accompanied by one guide between locations, allowing them to tailor your experience based on the wildlife you’ve already seen so far and what you have yet to see.

You and your guide will form a bond, and you will gain a huge wealth of knowledge from your time with them. This is especially true because of the high quality of so many of Botswana’s safari guides.

Walking safari - Okavango Delta - Botswana
9. Walking safaris

While you can imagine that there is nothing more heart-stopping and awe-inspiring at the same time than approaching a large wild African animal on foot, guests often report that the biggest value of a walking safari is the unique perspective of the bush that you don’t get from a vehicle.

You get to walk down the same pathways the animals use, see signs of their passing, handle insects, look for footprints, and you’ll find you have empathy with a wary antelope as your senses will be on high alert.

You can plan a safari focused on walking large distances every day – a dedicated walking safari – or you can choose to add morning or sunset walk activity to your itinerary, if you’d like to try it out but not commit to walking the whole trip.

Chobe Chilwero sunset cruise - Botswana - Chobe
10. Sunset cruises

Botswana is home to spectacular sunsets. Why not enjoy them in style and in nature from the deck of a boat on the Chobe River? Not only will you see a blazing palette of colours with a drink in hand, but you’ll see animals coming for a drink after the heat of the day, and hear the onset of the chorus of night creatures beginning for the evening as you head back to the lodge.

Meerkat encounter - Makgadikgadi Pans - Jacks Camp
11. Meerkat encounters

A favourite for adults and children alike! The Makgadikgadi Pans is home to many meerkat colonies. Many of these comical little critters are habituated to humans, and in some cases they’ll scamper up to, or even onto you for a closer look.

Elephant encounters - Botswana
12. Elephant encounters

Make no mistake that African elephants are in any way domesticated like Asian elephants – but in some cases, those orphaned at a young age can be safely approached and touched, with expert supervision. We can add an activity like this to your tour, depending on where you go in Botswana.

Mountain bike safaris - Mashatu - Botswana
13. Mountain bike safaris

As mountain bikers ourselves, this one is close to our hearts! In the Mashatu region of Botswana, mountain bike safaris are available. Get your fix of fitness while cycling through the African bush.

Makgadikgadi - Bushman walks - Jacks Camp
14. Bushmen experiences

This promises to be fascinating for those interested in traditional African culture. Botswana is home to many different bushmen tribes, and you can learn their methods for survival in semi-arid African regions. This will also be of interest to eco tourists, as many bushman practices involve harmony with nature and making the most of limited resources in a sustainable way.

Tuludi Skysuite - Botswana sleep out experiences
12. Sleeping under the stars

You can do this in 2 ways in Botswana. Firstly, you can sleep in a bedroll out on the vast, flat, desert-like salt flats at Makgadikgadi Pans in the dry season, if you’d like to see what it might be like to sleep on the moon!

For a completely different sleep-out experience, you can spend the night in a sky suite, where you sleep in a luxury room…only there are no walls or ceiling, and you are on an elevated platform out in the bush, with all the sounds of the living African plains around you.

Botswana - night drive leopard - Andrew Howard
13. Night drives

This is something you can do on safari all over Africa, but it is worth mentioning here as well because it is such a memorable experience we don’t want to leave it off the list.

Safari drives at night in Botswana give you a much better opportunity to see elusive nocturnal animals on the move, such as leopard, brown and spotted hyena, aardwolf, porcupine, bush babies, genets and owls.

Most safari lodges offer night drive activities.

Canoeing - Chobe Elephant Camp
14. Canoeing

Maybe you’re not content to sip drinks on a sundowner cruise, or be paddled in a mokoro by a guide.

Active guests might prefer to paddle themselves in a canoe! Chobe Elephant Camp is one of the lodges to offer canoeing as an activity.

You can ask us more if you’d like to add a self-paddle to your safari plan.

Hot air balloon safaris - Botswana
15. Hot air balloon over the Okavango Delta

Like a helicopter ride, a hot air balloon safari allows you to see the waterways and animals of the Okavango Delta from above.

You’ll marvel at all the creatures you can spot as you float in low over the tree-line.

Family walking safari - Machaba Camp - Botswana
16. Family safaris

While some activities carry age restrictions, Botswana has a lot of child-friendly lodges and camps, as well as a huge variety of activities that will make a trip to Botswana unforgettable for the whole family.

We’re parents ourselves, and can help recommend lodges with activities that are age-appropriate for your children.

Quad biking with kids on Makgadikgadi Pans - Botswana
17. Quad biking

The vast flats of the Makgadikgadi Pans are uniquely suited in Botswana for quad biking, and you might feel as if you are trekking across the surface of the moon.

Often this can be combined with a sleeping under the stars experience. Both of these activities can only happen in the dry season, as in the rainy season, the pans fill with water and attract huge flocks of flamingos.

Mashatu Photographic Vehicle - Botswana
18. Photographic safaris

Visit any lodge in Africa and you’ll marvel at the collection of photography equipment you’ll see so many guests carrying, some with lenses taller than a toddler.

Africa is a photographer’s paradise, with many people returning again and again for wildlife photography.

Talk to us about lodges that offer specially equipped vehicles and hides for photographers, like the one you see above in the Mashatu area.

Meet your Africa travel expert

Pierre Burden - New African Safaris

Pierre Burden, Founder of New African Safaris

Pierre is a specialist Africa travel agent with over 20 years experience. His deep love of Africa has taken him on more than 60 African tours.

He has visited diverse destinations, camped, stayed in luxury lodges, and participated in a range of activities across Africa.

Get the best tour for your budget and unique requirements, with New African Safaris’ personal safari planning services for safari tours, by Pierre.

Custom travel itineraries can include Southern AfricaEast Africa, and African beach destinations that can be combined with a safari.

Botswana – Frequently Asked Questions

Does Botswana have beaches?

While Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Linyati marsh areas certainly have a lot of water, Botswana is landlocked and doesn’t have any beaches.

Beach bums might consider looking at our recommended additions to your Botswana itinerary for a safari and beach combined tour. 

How much does a Botswana safari package cost?

How much your Botswana tour costs depends entirely on the level of luxury and the types of activity you’d like to do.

For those with the budget for a bit of luxury, you’ll find no shortage of excellent luxury safari lodges. You might want to add high-end activities like helicopter and hot air balloon rides to your travel plans.

Budget travellers might want to rent a 4×4 and drive themselves to save on costs.

While a trip like this will certainly allow you to enjoy much of Botswana’s extremely varied landscapes, you are unlikely to have as rich an experience as if you’d been accompanied by a guide and been able to drive on private roads.

A better idea for the more budget-focused traveller to Botswana would be to join a mobile safari, where the level of accommodation is basic, but you are accompanied by an expert guide throughout your trip.

If you’d like the best available options for your budget, we recommend asking an expert safari travel agent to help you plan your tour.

With more than 20 years of experience and 8 visits to Botswana, we can help to plan your Botswana safari at no extra cost.

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Why is a trip to Botswana so expensive?

You might have heard that a safari holiday package is more affordable in southern Africa than in east Africa.

In the case of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique, this is true, and it is possible to spend an action-packed week in these destinations for under $3,000 per person sharing.

However, you will find this is not the case in Botswana. The lower population density and remoteness of many of the camps means that logistics drive up the prices.

Botswana also has a stronger currency than its neighbors, meaning dollars, euros and pounds don’t go quite as far.

The main reason why Botswana is a more expensive destination is that their government is serious about conservation, and they don’t want natural areas to be spoiled by over-trading, and so have kept lodge numbers low. Fewer lodges mean more competition to get in, and the lodges can charge higher prices and still have a high occupancy.

New African Safaris generally recommends including a trip to nearby Zambia or Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls. Not only is this a popular attraction, but spending a night or two across the border from Botswana is a good way to stay more nights for less.

How much should I tip while visiting Botswana?
While a professionally planned safari can be as close to all-inclusive as possible, there will be a number of situations a traveller will find themselves in while in Botswana where gratuity/a tip is expected.

In some cases, you’ll be able to add this when signing a bill, but in others, cash will be more practical, or the only option available.

In restaurants, a minimum of 10% is acceptable for basic service, although if you received excellent service and/or are feeling generous, you might want to go as high as 15 or even 20%.

For porters, US $1-$2 per bag is recommended.

Botswana has very high quality safari guides, and it is customary to tip them between US $10 and $20 per person per day.

In terms of tipping drivers, US $5 should be enough for shorter transfers. For half-day drives, $20-$25 is recommended, and around $30-$35 for a full day.

Many lodges have spa facilities, and a discretionary 10%-20% tip is recommended for spa treatments, usually given directly to the therapist.

 

Is Botswana a safe country to visit?

Botswana is one of the safest countries in Africa, being one of the most stable countries in Africa, and listed as one of the top ten safest countries to visit in the world.

Tourism is highly valued by local people, and tourists are welcomed and treated with respect. This makes Botswana the perfect destination for first-time visitors to Africa.

Most crime that does happen tends to be petty and opportunistic rather than serious, and concentrated around built-up areas, like Gaborone, Maun and Francistown, rather than in nature areas such as national parks. As in any city, it pays to keep an eye out for your valuables.

What should I absolutely not miss if I only have 1 week for safari in Botswana?
Those wanting to do a week-long highlights tour of Botswana shouldn’t miss Chobe National Park, Moremi, the Khwai Community Area, and somewhere in the Okavango Deta for the experience of a water-born safari.

For those with a little longer, we’d then recommend the marshy Linyanti area, the Savuti channel (May to August), and the Boteti River or Makgadikgadi Pans.

For those with a little longer still, or on their second visit to Botswana, we’d recommend a visit to the desert regions of the central Kalahari.

The Mashatu region near the Zimbabwean and South African borders is best combined with a trip to either of these countries.

Those wanting to visit South Africa as well as Botswana will enjoy the stark, dry beauty of the Kgalagadi National Park in the southwest part of Botswana, although either this or Mashatu might also be added onto a longer trip to Botswana.

Can you self-drive any part of Botswana?

You can certainly self-drive when travelling to Botswana, and New African Safaris can arrange vehicle rental for you.

We can hire you a fully-kitted vehicle with camping equipment, and pre-book your campsites, or else you can choose to stay in lodges along the way.

The easiest self-drive route would be from Kasane town to the east of Chobe, down to the Makgadikgadi Pans, and south to Maun, which is a town close to the Okavango Delta, as the roads here are of high quality and manageable in most vehicles.

However, if you keep to the main roads, you risk missing a lot of the more unique experiences that you might have if you were taken down a private road by a guide.

If you’d like to go a bit more off the beaten track, you can drive through the Moremi, Linyanti and Khwai Concession areas, although you will need to know how to handle a 4×4, and you’ll need a proper GPS/satellite navigation system, which we can arrange for you.

Our advice is that self-drive is a great option for the truly adventurous who want to get up to their elbows in navigating their way through Botswana.

If you were considering self-drive purely from a budget perspective, we can recommend a number of other more affordable Botswana safari options that don’t involve advanced driving abilities.

 

Can I get an all-inclusive Botswana safari package price?
When visiting another country, it can be daunting trying to figure out how much to budget for while on your trip.

When it comes to Botswana safari lodges, some – perhaps 20% of them – offer full-board, meaning you get all meals and selected activities, usually including at least 2 game drives or walks a day.

The majority of lodges offer all-inclusive pricing, meaning local beers, wines and spirits are also included. Particular items like French champagne are often available at an additional price.

If you want a truly all-inclusive price for your Botswana safari package, New African Safaris can plan everything from in-country transfers, vehicle and equipment hire, additional activities etc, so that you aren’t surprised by additional costs, or disappointed that activities you expected are out of your budget if you went there expecting to be able to do them.

However, it is always advisable to allow a bit extra for tips.

What exactly is a fly-in safari?

You might hear the term “fly-in safari” when researching a trip to Botswana.

While it might be expected that you’ve flown into the country, the term “fly-in safari” refers to the use of small aircraft flown between airstrips, often located adjacent to safari lodges or just outside national parks, in order to spend as little time on the road as possible and more time actually on safari.

In some cases while touring Africa, fly-in might be the only practical option when it comes to more remote locations. In South Africa, for example, driving might prove to be the cheaper option, with Cape Town to the Garden Route being a popular scenic drive.
However, in Botswana, driving between lodges often requires 4×4 vehicles and involves great distances through undeveloped land, making fly-in both more affordable and less taxing in terms of difficulty of navigation.

What exactly is a mobile safari?
The term “mobile safari” is one you’ll likely hear when planning a trip to Botswana.

A mobile safari usually involves a dedicated private guide who will take you on a tour within a national park or by road between a number of regions.

The most basic experience involves dome tents and bedrolls in private bush campsites with basic shower and toilet cubicles. A chef will prepare your meals and your guide will take you out into nature during the day, either on walks or in a safari vehicle. In some cases, weather dependent, you’ll get the opportunity to sleep under the stars and experience all the sounds and smells of the African night.

In other cases, your guide may take you to luxury tented facilities.

You may do this as part of a small group, or a private group.

Luxury level and group size will usually depend on your budget.

You might choose to spend all of your time touring Botswana on mobile safari, or you might choose to add 3-4 nights of bush camps and mobile safari onto a package that includes fly-in transport and lodge accommodation.

The main reason you’d choose to go on mobile safari is the quality of the guiding, which is truly top class in Botswana and takes you right up close to nature, and shows you details you wouldn’t normally experience otherwise.

Who should opt for fly-in, who should opt to self drive, who should opt for a mobile safari, and what might the difference in experience be?
Fly-in is the way to go if you want to cover as much of Botswana as possible in the time you have available.

While some might argue that you miss out on the scenery that you might see on an overland trip, in some cases, your light aircraft might fly quite low and offer fantastic views.

In a few cases, helicopter transfers are possible, and can take you in low over game reserve areas.

The downside of air transfers for safari in Botswana is that they come with a higher price tag than overland options.

They are the best option for those that want to spend 2-3 nights in each of the best areas, with luxury lodgings, 5-star decor and service, and fine dining.

For those that have a slightly lower budget, or want to get as much bang for their buck as possible and perhaps stretch to a 7-12 day safari for less, a mobile safari is a good option.

That isn’t to say that all mobile safaris are more affordable, as there are some very luxurious options available, but on the whole, they are the more budget-friendly option than fly-in.

You can opt for very basically accommodated mobile safaris where you choose to set up your own tents, whereas on the other end of the scale, you have tented structures with wooden floors and canopied beds.

Self-drive Botswana tours are for the truly adventurous. Usually the choice to self-drive is less about budget, and more about wanting to feel like you’ve conquered the challenge of navigating Africa.

You might choose to rent a fully kitted-out 4×4 vehicle with a rooftop tent and cooking equipment, or you might simply drive between luxury lodges.

New African Safaris can plan any combination of mobile, self-drive or fly-in Botswana safaris for you – let us help you plan.

What other destinations can I combine with Botswana?

Botswana isn’t too far by air from Victoria Falls, which can be visited from either the Zambia or Zimbabwe sides of the Zambezi river.

As Botswana is landlocked, travellers who would like to add some relaxation on a pristine sandy beach, delicious fresh seafood and coral reefs to their trips might want to look into a safari and beach package including Mozambique or some Indian Ocean islands.

Botswana also shares a border with South Africa, making a visit to the winelands and beaches of Cape Town, or a trip to the scenic Garden Route another possible addition to a Southern African tour itinerary.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park spans across the South African border to Botswana to the west, and Mashatu is also close to the border further east, making both nature areas easy add-ons to a trip including both South Africa and Botswana.

If you’d like to plan a multi-country trip to Africa, we recommend you contact us and let us help you plan.

When is the best time to visit Botswana?

The time of year you choose to travel will play a huge role in terms of what you can do and where you can go when visiting Botswana.

Every traveler is in one of two situations:

  1. You are still in the early planning stages and are happy to take recommendations on the best time to go based on what you want to do and see.
  2. You are limited in terms of when you can travel – perhaps only during school vacations, for example, or you might want to honeymoon immediately after you get married.

We can help you plan based on whether you are flexible with travel dates and budget, or less so.

Here is what to expect in the two major phases of Botswana’s tourist year.

High season

Months: May, June, July (busiest), August, September, October

Pros

  • The dry vegetation means that animals are easier to spot as they aren’t hidden by thick green grasses and leaves.
  • Animals cluster around areas with permanent water as the dry season progresses, meaning you don’t have to go far or look in many places for safari action in the parks.
  • This is the ideal time for water-based safaris, such as mokoro canoe safaris on the Okavango Delta, or boat cruises on the Chobe River. This is an experience unique to Botswana that you shouldn’t miss, given the choice.
  • The Makgadikgadi Pans dry out, meaning you can walk, ride horses or quad bikes, and sleep out on them under the stars.
  • The dry weather also means the right conditions for sleeping in a sky suite, such as those at Tuludi Camp. You can sleep on a canopy bed on an elevated platform out in the bush, with animals passing just beneath you in the night.
  • While you can still see the big 5 and other star attraction safari animals further north in the Delta and Chobe areas, as well as the Boteti River to the north of Makgadikgadi, the salt pans and Central Kalahari will offer the chance to view desert animals and landscapes.
  • This time period is often easier for people to get time off to travel, as it coincides with the northern hemisphere’s summer holidays.

Cons

  • While one might argue that thinner vegetation means less in the way of a shot, photographers sometimes complain of brown sticks/grasses are not only visually uninteresting, but also mess up depth of field shots.
  • While there are still hundreds of endemic species to view, there are fewer migrant bird species visiting Botswana in winter and the dry season.
  • The lodges fill up really fast, some more than a year in advance and rates are significantly higher. We strongly recommend that you don’t wait too long to book if you’re planning on travelling in high season. The busiest month is July, and in some cases the same trip might cost another $1,000 per person if this is the only month you can travel.
  • Busy lodges mean busier parks and roads. We can make recommendations of how to best avoid the biggest crowds, by choosing the western side of Chobe versus the east, for example.

 

Weather

  • Nights and early mornings can be surprisingly cold in winter, dropping as low as 6°C/43°F at night in June and July. The temperature rises quickly during the day though and can go as high as 26°C/79°F.
    Sun-chasers will likely still have the odd day by the pool, while people that struggle with the heat will have an easier time of it than in summer.
  • By contrast and still in high season, temperatures rise sharply in September and October, with October being the hottest month of the year. Daytime temperatures can rise to around 35°C/95°F.

 

Green season (low season/off-peak)

Months: November, December, January, February, March, April

Pros

  • This is a fantastic time to visit the Central Kalahari, when this semi-arid region comes alive with lush grasses, providing plentiful food for grazing and browsing animals, attracting the ever-favourite predators.
  • The usually dry Makgadikgadi Pans also fill with water, attracting grazing herds and huge flocks of flamingos, making this an excellent time for game-viewing in this area, compared to drier seasons, when non-desert game tends to stick to wetter areas.
  • The afternoon thunderstorms are dramatic and beautiful, and enormous clouds and flashing lightning can be admired from the comfort of your lodge deck.
  • Photographers love both the dramatic skies as well as the lush backgrounds created by lush plant life.
  • This is low season, meaning better availability lower lodge prices, and a better chance of travel deals.
  • This is birthing season in parks around the country. The baby animals are adorable…but in addition, their presence attracts predators hoping for an easy meal.
  • Botswana has hundreds of endemic species of birds who live there all year round, but the summer also attracts a large number of migrant species, making it an ideal time for a birding safari.
  • From the start of the summer rains in November or December, huge herds of zebra migrate south from Chobe and Okavango Delta towards the Kalahari Desert in just a few weeks, stopping at the Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans to enjoy the new summer grasses.
    From March, the zebras start to form large herds again for their journey back north as the Kalahari water sources dry up. Green season Botswana safaris offer the unique opportunity to witness this large-scale migration.

Cons

  • It’s not possible to sleep out on the Makgadikgadi Pans or in the sky suites of lodges that offer them, due to wet conditions.
  • In spite of all the rains, the water levels in Okavango Delta/Moremi regions are often too low for mokoro trips, and some lodges close entirely as they become virtually inaccessible.
  • Self-drive becomes significantly more difficult, with many of the roads turning to mud.
  • The summer heat can be intense meaning even the most adventurous might prefer the comfort of air-conditioning and swimming pools of permanent lodges, compared to camping out in the wild.
  • Thick green foliage makes it harder to spot animals, although high-clearance safari vehicles and sharp-eyed guides make this significantly easier. A greater issue is that the abundance of groundwater means that animals don’t have to cluster around rivers and larger bodies of water to drink, meaning you have to go in search of them, rather than parking off by a river and waiting for them to appear

Weather

  • October – which is still high season – is actually the hottest month of the year in Botswana, with daily averages all the way up to 35°C/95°F.
    From November to April over the green season, temperatures drop gradually to around 29°C/84°F.
  • Nights seldom drop below 15°C/59°F, even in the semi-desert of the Central Kalahari. In non-desert regions, expect nighttime averages of around 19°C/66°F. 
  • Probably the most significant detail about Botswana in the rainy season is – you guessed it – the rain! The rains typically start at the end of November, sometimes in early December.
    December, January, and to a lesser extent February, are the wettest months of the year in Botswana. Expect dramatic thundershowers every afternoon. These are often heavy, but not particularly long, leaving clear skies until the next evening’s showers.

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