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Botswana is home to Africa’s most richly populated wildlife areas, with an unsurpassed variety of animals. The country offers the best concentrated safari experiences, and due to its largely roadless wilderness areas lends itself to the fly-in safari. About the same size as France, the country’s highlights are definitely in the remote wilderness areas including the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Savute and the Kalahari. World Journeys offers fully serviced mobile camping safaris, walking safaris and luxury fly-in safaris staying in our favourite lodges. Botswana and Namibia are a perfect combination to create a Journey in Africa.

Linyanti National Park
The Linyanti and upper Savuti areas are among the most beautiful in Botswana with exceptional game viewing with large herds of buffalo, zebra and elephant. Because this area is a private game reserve, the vehicle concentrations are very low and the wilderness experience is one of the best in Africa.

Chobe National Park
Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, where some 80,000 elephants roam – the highest concentration of anywhere in Africa…so if you love elephants you will not be disappointed!  Chobe can be enjoyed by houseboat cruise or staying at one of the few lodges located within the National Park.

Okavango Delta
Covering between 6,000 and 15,000 square kilometres of the Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana, the Okavango Delta is unlike other famous deltas such as the Mississippi as it is a vast inland river delta that is affected by seasonal flooding drawing in lions, leopards, hyenas and more. A true pristine wilderness experience and the jewel of Botswana!

Kalahari Desert
A large basin like plain of the interior plateau of Southern Africa which occupies almost all of Botswana, the third eastern of Namibia and the northernmost part of the Northern Cape province in Sth Africa. Arid-adapted game includes springbok,  oryx, wildebesst, kudu and steenboks, and is also home to desert specialties such as meerkat, bat-eared foxes, cape fox and brown hyena.. One of the more unexpected Kalahari Desert facts is that all three African big cats can be found here –cheetahleopard and the famous black-maned Kalahari lions.

Makgadikgadi Pans
The reserve is a salt pan with an area of 3900sqm and one of the largest salt flats in the world.  The pans itself is only accessible during the dry season – from March to October when the glaring white surface spreads so far that you can see the curvature of the earth and this the winter season with sunny days however extremely cold nights. August to November is when the wildebeest and zebrsa migrates slowly towards the Boteti River in anticipation of the rains.

The very best times for wildlife viewing in Botswana is between April and November, when the water levels are lower and birds, mammals and big game congregate around the water holes and channels to drink.

Outside of this season, there are many good reasons to visit including the calving season of newborn animals during November and December, and for “twitchers” between January and March when the Okavango Delta comes alive with over 400 species of birds.

Botswana truly is one of my favourite destinations. There is something very special about the African bush that keeps calling me back. You are surrounded by nature but still in the lap of luxury.

Botswana is landlocked and bordered by 4 countries: Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. It not only offers the pristine waterways of the Delta but 70% of the country is the Kalahari Desert. Chobe National Park in the north is an ideal first stop, with prolific elephant viewing.

“I love a combination of both water and land based safari camps, this gives a great experience to view wildlife from both land and on the water. Gliding down “hippo alley” is an experience not to be missed! Days begin before even the birds have cleared their throats, they say the early bird catches the worm…well out here the early bird can witness the sometimes brutal “circle of life” re-enacted in front of your very eyes. Torn between wanting the prey to escape but not wanting the hunter to go hungry it’s a brutal reality.

After a coffee and a Rusk at the Chobe under Canvas campsite, we hit the trails, in custom 4×4 with a raised view, we are no doubt a great help to the spotter on the front. The anticipation of not knowing what is around each corner keeps audiences attentive, and craning to spot something, 3 hours slips by and some wonderful game viewing, and we head back to camp to demolish a full cooked breakfast with everything imaginable. Afternoons are at leisure for perhaps a siesta or a good book, before the evening game drive. At night relaxing by the campfire, listening to the bush come alive, dinner is prepared and served on the whitest linen covered tables. With three courses that would rival many restaurants it is in stark contrast to the dusty surroundings and rustic means from which these delicious meals are created.

The night sky is a tapestry of stars not seen in our normal city dwellings but still vaguely recognised, star gazing being a secret passion of mine. A perfect way to end a perfect day, as you gaze out under the African night sky with a glass of something in your hand, re-living the day’s events.
Kirstine

Currency Botswanan Pula (BWP)

Language Setswana is the national language of Botswana, while English is the official language.

Why we love it Botswana has a fantastic contrast of arid to semi-arid desert covering much of the country – the Kalahari, and the incredible watery lagoons and labyrinths of the Okavango Delta which is in itself one of, if not the top highlight of any visit to Africa. The Kalahari and its salt pans including Makgadikgadi and Nxai, offers visitors game viewing (including specific desert species such as the meerkat), endless vistas and starry skies, opportunities to learn about the San culture and activities such as quad biking. In the Delta on the other hand, you can be taken on mokoro trips (dug out local canoe) with your guides, and enjoy game viewing by vehicle, boat and on foot. There is so much to explore in this watery paradise and it is well known for its numbers of predators and its high numbers of bird species. Travel around Botswana is most often by light aircraft and this in itself affords the most incredible views over the channels of the Delta. Chobe National Park is also situated in Botswana and is the home of the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Botswana also combines very well with a visit to Victoria Falls and other game viewing in Zambia.

Weather Summer is from November to the end of March and is also the rainy season. The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm. The best time to visit the Okavango Delta is from June – October but travelling in the in-between periods of April/May or November is often recommended as it is outside of the “high” and more expensive season.

Social customs & quirks Botswana was originally a protectorate of the British crown, known as Bechuanaland, and became independent in 1966 after which diamonds were discovered. The majority of peoples in Botswana are either of Khoisan or Bantu descent, which include other tribes within these. The San or “Bushmen” people for example, under the Khoisan group, are well documented and believed to be the race to which any person can trace their genetic heritage. While on safari you will find many of the staff at camp are local Botswanan and extremely proud to be sharing your experience of their country with you.

Festivals & events Maitisong Festival – April. For nine days each April the Matisong Festival takes place in many venues around Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone. There’s theatre, traditional music and dance, marimba bands, choirs and a range of more western-influenced styles of dance and music.

Travel to Botswana from Australia may require a visa – to check current requirements go to https://visalink.com.au/visa-quick-check

Health* Please contact your General Practitioner for advice regarding the recommended vaccination programme for travellers to this region. The only compulsory health requirement is a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate if coming from, or travelling through, an infected area.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Grand Tour of Southern Africa

Africa 7 or 10 nights

Belmond's Grand Tour of Southern Africa embraces an iconic Cape Town hotel and three thrillingly different safari experiences in the diverse landscapes of Botswana.

Best of Botswana & Zambia
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Africa 7 Days / 6 Nights

Discover three different ecosystems in remote wilderness hotspots, while in the complete luxury of renowned Belmond lodges. All lodges feature air-conditioned luxury rooms, wi-fi...

Botswana Sensational Summer

Africa 7 Days / 6 Nights

In summer, Botswana is a productive paradise of vibrant floral displays and a kaleidoscope of colours, a special time in southern Africa. Summer mornings...

Botswana with Victoria Falls

Africa 10 Days / 9 Nights

Begin your journey with a visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls! Then tailor your safari with andBeyond's exceptional Botswana lodges and camps. Include...

Chobe River Safaris
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Africa 3 or 4 Days
Zambezi Queen or Chobe Princesses'

The banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent - estimated at approximately 120,000.

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Africa 11 Days / 10 Nights

From wildlife spotting to nature walks; cultural excursions to sunset boat cruises, there is something for everyone on our adventure-packed family safari circuit -

Fly around Botswana

Fly around Botswana

Price from$8,302 SELECT

Africa 8 Days / 7 Nights
Luxury Fly-In Safari

Stay 2 or more nights at Sandibe, and get a helicopter transfer upgrade both in and out of Sandibe.

Let us personalise your safari with andBeyond's exceptional Botswana lodges and camps. Include up to three destinations or spend more nights at one or...

Highlights of Botswana

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Makgadikgadi & Mekoros
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Africa 7 Days / 6 Nights

Indulge in two of Botswana's most contrasting destinations, each one offering a unique experience in pristine wilderness. Spend time in the Okavango Delta where...

Okavango & Kalahari Contrasts

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Tubu Tree Camp
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Africa 8 Days / 7 Nights - Southern Africa

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Okavango by Horseback
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Africa 5 Days / 4 Nights

African Horseback Safaris, led by dedicated guides, offers more than 450,000 acres of pristine wilderness of the magical Okavango Delta to explore by horseback.

The Ultimate Journey

Africa 15 Days / 14 Nights
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Travel through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania on this world-famous train journey with Rovos Rail. Highlights include a visit to the historic...

The Okavango Delta Experience

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The Okavango Delta is one of the worlds' truly unique natural wonders. Spend four days exploring the wildlife-rich labyrinth of lagoons, waterways and...

Victoria Falls

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If you have limited time, make sure you visit two of Africa's great highlights. Visit the mighty Victoria Falls on a guided tour with...

Vintage Botswana
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Africa 7 Days / 6 Nights

Discover the secrets of wild Africa in the tradition of the continent's great explorers, in small camps reflecting the bygone era of canvas tents,