Botswana is a prosperous and peaceful country in Southern Africa that has set aside nearly 40% of its land for protected wildlife conservation. Twice the size of England, it is home to just 2 million people, supported by diamonds, tourism and agriculture. It is a prime safari destination due to the number and variety or animals and birds. It boasts one of the largest elephant populations in the world, with massive herds as well as prolific lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah populations. The country is predominantly flat, dominated by the Kalahari Desert which covers up to 70% of its land surface. A popular destination is the Okavango Delta, which floods once a year from the rains that originate in Angola, spreading fingers of water through a desert wonderland, resulting in teeming herds of game and unique water and land-based game viewing opportunities. The Chobe National Park, home to 45 000 elephants is easily combined with Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, visits to Namibia and Zambia, and the Tuli Block on the South African border offers dramatic landscapes together with big game, predators and the iconic Baobab tree.
What’s To Love in Botswana
Get Close Up and Personal With Some Little Guys
Spend time with the cheeky Meerkats in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in the Kalahari Desert.
Enjoy a Mokoro Ride in the Okavango Delta
Safari activities by water are the primary specialty of the Okavango and gliding through the waterways by mokoro, a flat-bottomed boat, poled by a local guide makes the Okavango experience unique in the world.
Enjoy a Night Drive to See Unusual Nocturnal Creatures
Enjoy the relative privacy of the Okavango Game Reserves, where you will see few other vehicles outside of your camps. Walking safaris and night drives are must dos.
Learn About the Everyday Lives and Traditions of the Bushmen
Interact with the local community in the Kalahari Desert: spend time walking with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for a glimpse into their ancient culture.
Sleep Under the Stars
Enjoy the sounds of the nocturnal animals via a sleep out under the stars in a sky bed remote from camp after enjoying a delicious dinner around the campfire.
Take a River Safari
Enjoy a safari river cruise in Chobe where you enjoy elephants frolicking in the water as they bathe, play and escape the heat of the day.
View Beautiful Antelopes Uncommon in Other Parts of Africa
Visit the pristine wilderness of Linyati, in one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Botswana, home to many species not seen in many other parts of Africa such as the Red Lechwe, Sable and Roan antelopes.
Safari by Horse
Enjoy a horseback safari to appreciate another level of adventure where you have a different view of the hoofed animals and abundant bird life common in the Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana.
Photograph the Large Prides
Bordering South Africa, the small camps in Tuli Block will pamper guests with unique sightings of large prides of lions.
The very best time to travel to Botswana is in the months of April-October, the dry season. Generally the Okavango Delta is flooded June- October enabling the water based mokoro rides. The rainy season can begin as early as December and last through March. Many camps close in January and February.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Botswana can run from $800-1500+ per person per day. We strive to work within your budget and provide guidance on how you can achieve your goal. Traveling to Botswana is generally is more expensive than other parts of Southern Africa due to accessibilty issues: destinations are generally reached by light aircraft. Coupling Botswana with Zimbabwe and South Africa can significantly lower the price per day. Quoted Tour prices include camps and lodges, required regional flights, guides, excursions, park entrance and conservation fees, equipment rental, ground transfers, all meals, all beverages including local alcoholic beverages.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.