Botswana

Botswana is a land of dramatic contrasts; from the crystal-clear waters of the Okavango Delta to the large elephant herds in the Chobe National Park and the desert-like landscape of Savute, Botswana is an unforgettable safari destination. Another of Africa’s great spectacles, the mighty Victoria Falls is a sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. With daily flights from Johannesburg, Botswana and Victoria Falls are both surprisingly accessible.

Botswana is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With almost 40% of its land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas you can travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland.

The first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable brilliance, and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty.

Experience here the stunning beauty of the world’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi – uninhabited pans the size of Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park.

Botswana is the last stronghold for a number of endangered bird and mammal species, making your safari experience even more memorable, and at times you will feel simply surrounded by wild animals.

What’s on offer in Botswana?

Okavango Delta - Botswana

Okavango Delta

Lying in the middle of the largest expanse of sand on earth the Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife. Unique as one of the world’s few inland deltas, the placid waters and lush indigenous forests offer a safe haven for innumerable bird and wildlife species. The Okavango Delta offers a number of activities for the visitor; game viewing, birding and fishing are all on offer. One can experience this magical world of islands and waterways from land, air and water.

When To Go

April - October - Dry Season
November - March - Green Season
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans - Botswana

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pan is the world’s largest salt pan, formed on the bed of an ancient lake that began evaporating aeons ago. Visiting Makgadikgadi is a unique desert experience: in the dry season, this vast expanse of sun-baked salt glistens in the light and when the rains come, the pan is home to a cornucopia of flamingos and other waterbirds, as well as one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations, whose annual migration is a wonder to behold.

When To Go

January - Febuary
March - April
May - October
November - December
Chobe National Park - Botswana

Chobe National Park

Elephants, elephants and more elephants, there are few places that can beat Chobe for elephant viewing, be it from land or boat.

When To Go

May to July - Best for game, cooler.
August to November - Can get hot.
December to March - Best for bird watching.
Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Victoria Falls (Livingstone)

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Although not in Botswana Vic Falls is a popular add on to any Botswana safari.

When To Go

February to May - Highest water levels.
June to August - Combined with Botswana.
October to November - Low water levels.

Our top Botswana safari packages:

Please call: 01227 753187 for a tailor-made Botswana safari itinerary.

Fast Facts

BEST TIME TO VISIT: April to September – the days are sunny and warm and game viewing is at its best between June and August. October sees warm weather and the Okavango Delta floods the plains. The rainy season is late October to March when the Victoria Falls are at their most spectacular and huge flocks of birds can be seen migrating south from Europe. Known as the ‘green season’, the bush in Botswana comes alive with flowers and new life.

TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT + 2 hours

VISAS: Visas are not required for British passport holders travelling on holiday to Botswana, however passports need to be valid for 6 months from arrival date. Visas are required for entry into Zambia or Zimbabwe and can be obtained either before departure or on arrival into either country. Yellow Fever: Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

LANGUAGE: English

CURRENCY: Botswana Pula, Zambian Kwacha, South African Rand or US Dollar Kwacha, South African Rand or US Dollar in Zimbabwe.

FLYING TIME FROM UK: Approx 13 hours.

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