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Botswana Tours & Budget Overland Safaris Trips

Botswana is a landlocked country that is mainly flat and dry, dotted with acacia trees and an array of enormous salt pans and a wilderness of savannas, deserts and wetlands. Botswana is for the adventurous visitor who wants to see the rugged side of Africa. There is a high amount of rainfall in the north of Botswana with very important wetland habitats such as the Okavango Delta, the Linyati Swamps and the wildlife-rich Chobe River. The landscape is almost uniformly flat, with a few lonely kopjes and scrub-covered savannah here and there.

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    Cape Town to Kruger Overland via Vic Falls (Camping) (26 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0447
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    Why book this tour?

    26 Day Cape Town to Kruger Overland via Victoria Falls Adventure, a wonderful route to tour if you are looking for the best of Southern Africa. We start off in the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town with exquisite views of Table Mountain. Then we wind our way to the beauty of Namaqualand where we will stay at a campsite. Also included is the Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Chobe National Park and The Okavango Delta to name but a few highlights.

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    Price from R31,470 R29,495

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    Cape Town to Vic Falls & Joburg Tour (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2511
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    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg overland allows you to travel through some of Southern Africa’s grandest attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully mapped to maximise your experience in the time you spend exploring this magnificent continent with us. From the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town to the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts, from the tranquility of the Chobe River to the almighty Victoria Falls, ending in the City of Gold; Johannesburg. This tour will leave you with memories to cherish forever…

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    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R37,515 R29,262

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    Southern Africa Adventure Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2510
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    “Why book this tour?

    The Southern Africa Adventure Comfort Tour covers 5 countries in 25 days and gives you a very comprehensive tour of Africa. There are numerous highlights, starting with the Kruger National Park where you will spend two nights. Then there is Matobo National Park where you can view even more wildlife,  giving you a feel for the natural wilderness of Africa. Adding to those highlights includes Mosi O’ Tunya National Park, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta for a canoe trip in a traditional canoe. You won’t be disappointed with the variety of activities on this tour!

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    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R61,895 R54,312

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    Cape to Vic Falls & Joburg Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2511
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    Tour Highlights

    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg overland allows you to travel through some of Southern Africa’s grandest attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully mapped to maximise your experience in the time you spend exploring this magnificent continent with us. From the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town to the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts, from the tranquility of the Chobe River to the almighty Victoria Falls, ending in the City of Gold; Johannesburg. This tour will leave you with memories to cherish forever…

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R61,895 R54,312

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  • Cape Town to Johannesburg Safari Tour (Comfort) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACS0445
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    Why book this tour?

    You will be swept away by the colourful West Coast, explore desert ecosystems, take canoe trips along The Okavango Delta, enrich yourself with historical places and all of this while staying in comfortable lodgings. It is for the traveller who wants to be out in nature, freeing their spirit, meeting new people and discovering the natural wonders of Africa.

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    Price from R46,060

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  • Cape Town to Johannesburg Overland via Victoria Falls (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0444
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    Why book this tour?

    If you are looking for a great mix of  desert, semi- desert and savannahs, then this is the trip to go on because you will get to visit Etosha National Park with a plethora of incredible wildlife. Add to that the Grand Fish River Canyon with spectacular sunsets, hikes in the Sesriem Canyon under star-studded skies, educational discoveries of the harsh desert conditions of Sossusvlei and the spectacular Victoria Falls. This trip offers the adventurous traveller a true and beautiful experience of Africa.

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    Price from R30,460

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    Southern Africa Adventure Overland (Under 39’s) (25 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2509
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    Why book this tour?

    The Southern Africa Adventure Overland covers 5 countries in 25 days and gives you a very comprehensive tour of Africa. There are numerous highlights, starting with the Kruger National Park where you will spend two nights. Then there is Matobo National Park where you can view even more wildlife while camping in twin share tents, giving you a feel for the natural wilderness of Africa. Adding to those highlights includes Mosi O’ Tunya National Park, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta for a canoe trip in a traditional canoe. You won’t be disappointed with the variety of activities on this tour!

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R37,515 R29,262

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  • Cape Town To Victoria Falls & Johannesburg Tour (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 17
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0305
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    Why book this trip?

    On this Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg overland tour we travel to the arid desert of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe. A variety of accommodation from camping on stretcher beds, lodges and cabins ensures a good variety to make you comfortable. The tour includes cities and remote wildernesses allowing you to get a good feel for the great region of Southern Africa.

    The tour has a mixture of 6 nights lodge, 2 nights cabins, and 15 nights camping.

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    Price from R35,250

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  • Explore Southern Africa Tour (Inclusive) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 17
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0309
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    Why book this trip? 

    This is a convenient trip that covers Southern Africa, while flying you in and out of Johannesburg. With a combination of camping and comfortable lodges you can get the best of both worlds. Highlights include a boat cruise on the Chobe River and an upmarket stay at the Victoria Falls Lodge, bungee jumping and white river rafting (own expense) and one of the finest canoe adventures in the world on the Zambezi!

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    Price from R34,100

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  • Victoria Falls to Cape Town Tour (Small Group) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Min 4 Max 12
    SKU ACS4108
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    Why book this tour?

    This amazing Small Group (max 12) Victoria Falls to Cape Town adventure tour passes through the highlights of Botswana and Namibia on its way down to Cape Town. Experience the awesome natural wonder of Victoria Falls, the plethora of wildlife in Chobe National Park and finish off in the great city of Cape Town.

    You will be driven through Africa in custom-built safari vehicles and the experienced guides will inform you about the fauna and flora that surrounds you.

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    Price from R50,590 R49,325

    + Local Payment USD 195 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape to Vic Falls & Joburg Tour (Inclusive/Comfort) (24 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU ACS0305
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    Why book this trip?

    On this Cape Town to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg accommodated tour we travel to the arid desert of Namibia and the wildlife sanctuaries of Botswana and Zimbabwe. A variety of accommodation from lodges and cabins ensures a good variety to make you comfortable. The tour includes cities and remote wildernesses allowing you to get a good feel for the beauty of Southern Africa.

    This trip can end in Victoria Falls should you not continue down to Johannesburg.

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    Price from R53,677

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  • Namibia, Botswana & Victoria Falls Safari (24 Days)

    Countries Visited Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
    Starts Windhoek
    Ends Windhoek
    Group Size Min 2 Max 14
    Age Range All Ages
    SKU CAS1410
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    Why book this trip? 

    This is a combination small group (max 14) safari tour of our most popular destinations: Namibia, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. Breathtaking views over the Fish River Canyon, safaris through vast desert landscapes and big game in Etosha National Park are just a few things you can look forward to on this great odyssey of Africa.

    A massive amount of highlights are visited such as Caprivi, Chobe, Damaraland, Deadvlei, Dune 45, Etosha National Park, Fish River Canyon, Kalahari area, Koakoveld, Kolmanskop, Luderitz, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon, Twyfelfontein, Victoria Falls.

    You can end on day 23 in Victoria Falls and receive a rate reduction. Contact your consultant.

    Includes 2 Day Transfer from Victoria Falls to Windhoek.

    This can be upgraded to a comfort trip.

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    Price from R56,550

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  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls Comfort (22 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Min 4 Max 16
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU ACS1009
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    Why book this tour?

    If you are looking for a Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure that has the creature comforts you expect when you stay in 3-4 star lodges, then have a look at this trip. There will be plenty of game drives across African plains, wildlife and cultural attractions. Some of the places you will visit include Augrabies Falls, Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park, Chobe National Park and the spectacular Victoria Falls.

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    Price from R50,700 R49,433

    + Local Payment 2500 Add to COMPARE

  • Namibia & Botswana Tour (Inclusive/Comfort) (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Namibia, Botswana, Zambia,
    Starts Livingstone
    Ends Livingstone
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 - 65 and above
    SKU ACS0602
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    Why book this tour?

    This Livingstone to Livingstone Accommodated adventure leads you through the beautiful lands of Namibia and Botswana highlighting the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the scenery of Damaraland and the dunes of the beautiful Namib Desert. Travelling to the Etosha National Park, being one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries packed with a variety of animals and amazing scenery for your viewing pleasure and to the vast landscapes of the Namib Desert where you enjoy sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes and end off with a boat cruise in the Chobe National Park.

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    Price from R48,100

    + Local Payment ZAR 2000 Add to COMPARE

  • (Inclusive/Comfort) Cape to Vic Falls Small Group Tour (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 - 65 and above
    SKU ACS0605
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    Why book this tour?

    This small group (max 12) Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure Tour visits Fish River Canyon, Etosha National Park, the majestic Okavango Delta and Sossusvlei. Accommodation is in small lodges and tented lodges with en-suite facilities making this a comfortable tour. Look forward to chatting around the open camp fire or boma and enjoying a meal prepared for you by the tour guides. Your participation will be appreciated as far as washing dishes and keeping the camp site clean. The rewards are in knowing that you are looking after what nature has created in the bush.

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    Price from R51,060

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  • Namibia & Botswana Overland Small Group (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Namibia, Botswana, Zambia,
    Starts Livingstone
    Ends Livingstone
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 - 65 and above
    SKU CAS0601
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    Why book this tour?

    This Livingstone to Livingstone Camping adventure leads you through the beautiful lands of Namibia and Botswana highlighting the wildlife of Etosha National Park, the scenery of Damaraland and the dunes of the beautiful Namib Desert. Travelling to the Etosha National Park, being one of Southern Africa’s most loved wildlife sanctuaries packed with a variety of animals and amazing scenery for your viewing pleasure and to the vast landscapes of the Namib Desert where you enjoy sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes and end off with a boat cruise in the Chobe National Park.

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    Price from R33,940

    + Local Payment ZAR 2000 Add to COMPARE

  • Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland Tour (Camping) (21 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAS0947
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    What book this trip?

    Very popular Victoria Falls to Cape Town Overland starts at Victoria Falls and takes us south through Zimbabwe, Botswana (Okavango Delta, Chobe) and Namibia. The Popularity is due to the pricing on the trip. The group size is a larger group of max 30 travellers of all ages thus giving a great saving. It covers all the highlights.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R15,000 R14,625

    + Local Payment USD 500 Add to COMPARE

  • (Inclusive)Cape to Vic Falls Small Group Tour (21 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Nambia , Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 12
    Age Range 12 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS0609
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    Why book this tour?

    This is an inclusive small group safari camping overland (max 12 travellers). The trip is lead by 2 FGASA (wildlife qualified guides) thus giving you a great informative experience.

    The only way to appreciate nature is to live in it… and on this Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland you will do just that! You can appreciate wonderful places like the Cederburg mountains, the natural beauty of the Fish River Canyon, sunsets over the world’s highest sand dunes in the Namib and of course the cool splash of Victoria Falls on your face. Let’s go! Adventure awaits!

    The tour travels through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe covering Fish River Canyon, the wildlife in Etosha Pan National Park, Okavango Delta, Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert and Victoria Falls.

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    Price from R37,500

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  • Cape Town to Victoria Falls Adventure (21 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size 4 -16
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAS1001
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    Tour Highlights

    Why book this trip? This Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour is a great opportunity to see the highlights of Southern Africa. There is an abundance of wildlife, scenic safaris and cultural attractions. It kicks off in the vibey city of Cape Town where you can view the majestic Table Mountain and ends by the beauty of Victoria Falls. All this in comfort having your personal needs met by our guides.

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    Price from R31,000 R30,225

    + Local Payment 2500 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape to Vic Falls Tours Overland Adventure (21 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAS09171
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    Why book this tour?

    This inclusive Cape Town to Victoria Falls Overland Budget Adventure travels north through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana and ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

    • Includes an arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R15,000 R14,625

    + Local Payment USD 500 Add to COMPARE

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Botswana Tours & Budget Overland Safaris Trips

Nearly 85% of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert, but the shifting sand dunes that you’d traditionally expect in a desert, are only found in the far southwest, while the great salty deserts of the Makgadikgadi Pans are found in the lower elevations of the northeast.

Botswana Tours

Why go on budget Botswana Tours?

  • * Scenic flights over the Okavango Delta
  • * Tranquil Mokoro trips which are traditional dug-out canoes that meander through the Delta by polers
  • * Spectacular sunsets on safaris or cruises
  • * Birdwatching on the Chobe River
  • * Sitting around a campfire under the African night sky
  • * Wild dog and lion tracking by foot in Moremi
  • * Unfenced National Parks with thousands of animals roaming freely
  • * Botswana’s cultural and heritage sites
  • * Walking safaris with experienced and friendly tour guides
  • * Unique elephant safari treks
  • * Hot air ballooning over the Kalahari Desert
  • * Helicopter flights giving you a bird’s eye view of the landscape and of course the amazing herds in search of the wilderness for food and shelter

Botswana’s capital is Gaborone, with Maun and Kasane the gateways to the wildlife. Botswana is known for its remote and unexplored national parks and wildlife areas, to the green lush riverbanks and canals of the Okavango Delta.

The Chobe National Park covers 11 700 square kilometres of flora and fauna, which can easily be accessed from Kasane. The Park is home to the ‘Big 5’ and especially known for the Chobe River Sunset Cruise which offers extraordinary game viewing opportunities.

Another well-known National Park is the Moremi National Park which was voted in 2008 as the ‘Best Game Reserve in Africa’ by the African Travel and Tourism Organisation. The area is situated in the central and eastern regions of the Okavango Delta, including the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the most wonderful and varied ecosystems of the African continent.

Botswana also has the largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango, which leads into the barren sand areas of the Kalahari Desert. The Delta is fed by the Okavango River which comes all the way from the Angolan Highlands. While cruising through the calm waterways of the Delta on a local dug out canoe (mokoro) from wetland to dryland, look out for the african bush elephant, african buffalo, hippopotamus, blue wildebeest, giraffe, nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, black rhinoceros, white rhinoceros and so much more.

Highlights of Botswana

Chobe National Park

Covering 11,000 sq km (4300 sq mi), Chobe National Park has the biggest variety of wildlife compared to anywhere else in Botswana. A good place to start exploring it is at its northern tip, in a town, called Kasane. Its location makes a good base for visits to the park. With up to 500 herds of elephants, they are Chobe’s main attraction, closely followed by lions, cheetahs, hippos, hyena, crocodile, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, otter, zebra, antelope, jackals and many bird species.

Chobe National Park Tours and Safaris

Makgadikgadi Pan

No landscape on earth is like this. Once an enormous lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans are now three immense salt pans (the largest on earth). During the sizzling heat of late winter days, these stark pans take on a disorienting and ethereal austerity. All sense of space and direction is completely destroyed by heat mirages as imaginary lakes shimmer and then disappear, and ostriches take flight, while stones seem to turn into mountains floating in mid-air.

During annual rains, the hollows in the pans form temporary lakes. The water turns fringing grasses green, and herd animals and birds in huge numbers arrive for the party.

Makgadikgadi Pans Tours and Safaris

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s last untamed wildernesses. Starting at the Angolan highlands, this watery mass of 16,000km² elaborate channels and islands is the world’s largest inland delta. It lies in Botswana’s northwest, and flows in the opposite direction each year. The middle of the delta, which consists of 20% of the greater delta area, is protected by the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.

Local farmers used to call the Okavango Delta a ‘useless swamp’, and wanted it to be drained so they could use it as farmland. Fortunately, the delta has been recognised for its significance in conservation, and today this mysterious, placid and beautiful area is a sanctuary for a huge elephant population, as well as lion, antelope, cheetah, giraffe, wild dog, leopard, crocodile, hippo, buffalo, a big number of bird species, and over 80 species of fish. Needless to say, the African Fish Eagle finds this place to be paradise.

Bear in mind that the Okavango Delta is incredibly big, which makes spotting wildlife a little more challenging than your average game park. This is not for the impatient traveller, but rather for the traveller who wants to experience Africa for what it is, and not only for the Big Five.

If you fancy yourself a patient and laid-back traveller, then jump on a plane or 4×4, and let it drop you off at the Okavango Delta for a few days. Here you’ll drift around on a mokoro (dug-out canoe) and go on walking safaris – the best ways to explore the delta. Don’t despair, you will have a poler with you, who will steer your mokoro for you and will find safe spots for you to swim. You’ll also get a chance to go on a walking safari with an experienced delta guide, and track some spoor. Your guide will fill you in on everything you need to know about the wildlife, birdlife, plant life and all the intricate ways of the delta

Okavango Delta Tours and Safaris

Moremi National Park

Mostly described as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa. Moremi National Park is a mixture of lagoons, floodplains and mopane woodland and acacia forests. Its incredible diversity of plant and animal life has made Moremi famous.

Moremi Tours and Safaris

Wildlife Highlights of Botswana

One of the best safari destinations in Africa, Botswana is blessed with a variety of habitats that allow for a wealth of wildlife to roam its massive unfenced parks and reserves, which make up a whopping third of the country’s land. Rhino have recently been re-introduced in the Okavango Delta after being poached out, which means Botswana now offers the Big Five.

Chobe National Park has the largest concentration of game in the country, as well as the continent’s biggest population of elephants – an estimated 50 000 of them. In the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is known as the “predator capital of Africa”, and is fantastic for spotting lion and leopard, and it’s also particularly good for populations of the highly endangered wild dog. This reserve is also the best place in the country to see rhino. Roan, sable and tsessebe are unusual antelopes found in Moremi, while rare red lechwe and elusive sitatunga are rewarding sightings.

While the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park don’t have abundant wildlife, they do offer the majestic black-maned Kalahari lions and cheetah, as well as desert-adapted species such as gemsbok and springbok and smaller animals such as bat-eared foxes, jackals, mongoose and meerkats

When is the best time to go on a Botswana Safari Tour?

Dry season – May to October – Winter:

If you visit during these months you will experience a very dry climate with low humidity. The great attribute about visiting this time of year is that the animals congregate around the waterholes giving you plenty of time to take great photographs and quietly enjoy the tranquility of the scene.

May – Cool temperatures of about 10°C in the mornings warming to 28°C in the afternoon.

June, July and August – Very cold on early morning game drives, so pack your thermals. Expect the thermometer to drop to 6°C in the morning and below freezing at night, but you can enjoy warmer temperatures of about 25°C in the afternoons when you can laze by the pool at your accommodation.

September and October – Now is when the heat sets in and wonderfully hot temperatures of about 35°C can be expected.

Wet season – November to April – Summer:

November and December – You can expect cooler temperatures as clouds fill the atmosphere and bring on late afternoon showers. December mornings are mild at 20°C with hot temperatures of 34°C in the afternoons. This is a good time of the year for comfortable game safaris.

January and February – Bring out your waterproof jackets and trousers for torrential downpours that can continue for days. It is not cold, but humidity is high at 50-80%.

March and April – The rain lessens and the temperature cools again. This continues through to April with balmy, clear weather and temperatures of 30°C in the day.

How to get to Botswana

You will find that there are only a few direct flights to Botswana outside of Southern Africa. Getting there will usually entail a stop over at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa which could mean an overnight stay. There are, however, flights from Cape Town, Harare and Nairobi.

Botswana’s main airport is Sir Seretse Khama International Airport approximately 11km north of Gaborone (Botswana’s capital). However, this is far from the popular northern parks. The most common route to take is to fly into Maun Airport and take a light aircraft from there to your destination. On some tours you will be collected from the airport and travel by road to your destination (weather permitting).

10 Reasons to travel to Botswana

Okavango Delta

For many travellers to Botswana, the Okavango Delta is the number one reason they visit the landlocked African country. The world’s largest inland delta is a massive wilderness area of waterways, islands, floodplains and lagoons that support a huge and varied wildlife population – everything from elephant and leopard to wild dog and buffalo. The best ways to experience the Delta are by mokoro (a traditional canoe that glides you through waterways and channels to spot game and birds), and from the air – on a helicopter flight – to really take in the vast and beautiful landscape.

Chobe National Park

After the Okavango, Chobe is Botswana’s most sought after safari destination, with one of the largest concentrations of wildlife of the entire African continent. Chobe National Park is Botswana’s most biologically diverse park, with four different ecological areas – grass woodland, two marsh areas and the Chobe Riverfront –
providing habitats for 450 species of birds, roan and sable antelopes, lions, leopards, wild dogs, and 50 000 elephants. A highlight of Chobe is that you can do land-based game viewing, as well as river-based wildlife spotting from boats (including house boats) on the Chobe River.

Moremi Game Reserve

The only official protected area of the Okavango Delta, Moremi is home to the most diverse animal population in Botswana, with the Big Five (black and white rhino were re-introduced here), as well as more than 400 species of birds. Moremi is known as the “predator capital of Africa”, with populations of lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog. While many lodges in the Okavango are on private concessions and are extremely pricey and only accessible by private plane, Moremi offers affordable camping in beautiful locations for self-driving travellers.

Tsodilo Hills

Known as the “Louvre of the desert”, Tsodilo Hills – rock formations amongst the sand dunes of the Kalahari – are home to bigger concentration of ancient rock art than just about anywhere else in Africa. This spiritually sacred place has some 4500 paintings that date back thousands of years covering caves and rock walls.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

If you want to escape other safari goers and really get away from it all, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve can’t be beaten for isolation and space. It’s the largest most remote reserve in southern Africa, and it’s one of Botswana’s least developed, so it’s perfect if you want an off-the-beaten track adventure in a wilderness of sand dunes, mopane and acacia forests, vast open grasslands and salt pans.

Tuli Block

In far eastern Botswana, the Tuli Block is a narrow finger of land is wedged between Zimbabwe and South Africa and made up of 800 000 hectares of conservancy land, mainly made up of privately owned wildlife reserves. Scenically, the Tuli Block is spectacular – and quite different to most other wilderness areas in Botswana – with rocky outcrops, riverine forests and plains dotted with baobabs. Here, you can spot the Big Five and discover San rock paintings and the remnants of ancient pottery in Lepokole Hills.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

In the Kalahari Basin, the Makgadikgadi Pans cover an area the size of Portugal, making it the largest salt flat in the world. For most of the year, the area is dry and arid, and the cracked pans look like the surface of the moon, while after the rainy season, some of the pans flood and attract animals such as zebra, wildebeest, red hartebeest and gemsbok. One of the highlights of Makgadikgadi Pans is Kubu Island, a crescent-shaped island of granite rocks and old baobabs surrounding by the blinding whiteness of Sowa Pan. Considered to be a sacred site by the local people, the island still has the remains of stone age tools and arrowheads.

Zebra Migration

You may have heard of the wildebeest migration in Tanzania and Kenya, but there’s also a spectacular mammal migration that takes place in Botswana. Every year 25 000 zebras migrate in a circular loop of 580 kilometres from the Okavango Delta south to the Makgadikgadi grasslands, followed by a trail of predators – lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah – making for some spectacular game viewing.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

This massive park, which stretches across the border and into South Africa, is one of Botswana’s least visited wilderness areas. The Botswanan side of the park is much wilder than the South African side, and you need to have a 4×4 to tackle the sandy roads, and to bring your own water and be entirely self-sufficient to stay at the unfenced bush camps. If you’re up for the adventure, the park comes with many rewards: not many other cars, beautiful dune landscapes and sightings of the Kalahari animals: black-maned lions, leopard, cheetah, hyena, bat-eared foxes and meerkats.

High value – low impact tourism

Botswana has a policy of low impact tourism, which limits the number of people who can stay in conservation areas. This means the cost of a safari in Botswana is relatively high (especially compared with neighbouring South Africa), but low impact tourism has a huge benefit in helping conservation of wilderness areas by reducing visitor numbers. And as a benefit to Botswana’s safari goers, there aren’t lots of vehicles crowded around wildlife sightings.

Facts on Botswana

  • Full name: Republic of Botswana
  • Population: Approximately 1.36 million people
  • Capital city: Gabarone
  • Area: 602,957 sq km; 232,802 sq miles
  • Population: 31,639,000
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 ()
  • Languages: Setswana (official); English (official)
  • Religion: Christian (71.6%), Badimo (6%), other (1.4%), unspecified (0.4%), none (20.6%)
  • Electricity: 240V; 50HzHz
  • Electric Plug Details: British-style plug: 2 flat blades & 1 flat grounding blade South African/Indian-style plug: 2 circular metal pins above large circular grounding pin
  • Country Dialling Code: 267
  • Money matters: Per Capita Income: US$2040
  • Currency: Pula (P)
  • Medical matters: Malaria, HIV/AIDS

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