Botswana Travel with On The Go Tours
As a land of untamed wilderness, spectacular landscapes, incredible wildlife and dramatic natural contrast, Botswana is a dream holiday destination unlike any. From the endless stretches of the Kalahari Desert and the shimmering salt pans of Makgadikgadi, to the labyrinth of lush waterways in the Okavango Delta and abundance of wildlife in Chobe National Park, there is plenty to see and experiences to be had in this Southern African country.Read More
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Lonely Planet has voted Botswana the number one spot in its annual Best in Travel line up and it's not difficult to understand why - with incredible wild landscapes and an impressive wealth of wildlife, it's one of Africa's greatest safari destinations. And you can add to this progressive, ecologically-driven lodges that offer the best in rustic comfort and luxury, perfect for those who like their safari adventures with a plush bed at the end of the night so make the journey this year.
Botswana Overland Safari Tours
Discover Botswana's incredible wildlife on an overland safari camping in the country's prime national parks and travelling aboard expedition-style trucks with a crew of three - a driver, cook and guide. All of our Botswana camping safaris also include time spent at the spectacular Victoria Falls with trips ranging from 9-57 days that cover the best of Botswana and more of Africa.
Botswana Lodge accommodated safaris
With a few more creature comforts than those offered on our camping trips, our Botswana lodge accommodated safaris are small group tours with a maximum of 10-16 travellers. Travel in European-standard vehicles with an experienced local guide, enjoy game drives in fully equipped safari 4x4 trucks and unwind each night in 3-4 star standard lodges and hotels.
Botswana Safari Holidays
Our Botswana safari holidays combine accommodation with transfers and game activities which are offered by the lodges with the services of their own expert guides. Choose from our selection of itineraries that cover Botswana's top reserves as well as the impressive Victoria Falls and can depart any day. read more
In Botswana we combine Chobe National Park, which can easily be accessed by road from Kasane or Victoria Falls, with the Okavango Delta and Moremi, where our packages consist of 2-3 nights in different camps, connected by short light aircraft flights.
In addition to our safari holidays below we also recommend our 7 day Elephant Lodge Safari which can depart any day of the year and combines Chobe with Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
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Highlights of our Botswana Safaris
In the northern reaches of Botswana lies the world-famous Okavango Delta where a mokoro ride, nature walk and an overnight stay make for a truly memorable experience, as does a scenic flight overhead. To the southeast, head of the beaten track to the lesser known Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Park, a wonderful spot for a bit of wildlife watching and to perhaps meet the resident meerkats. Outside the dry season, the never ending ethereal lunar landscape of glistening salt pans is spectacular and quad biking is popular. Rain brings a dramatic change as the area springs to life, grasslands flourish and the pans fill up with water, attracting a fantastic array of waterbirds and triggering spectacular migrations of wildebeest and zebra. There’s also Chobe National Park, home to the largest herds of elephant in the world. With plenty more on offer on our Botswana safaris you’ll get to see the very best of this amazing country.
Recommended places to visit in Botswana
From arid desert landscapes to sublime inland waterways, Botswana is home to an incredible wealth of natural beauty with plenty of national parks and game reserves offering incredible safari experiences. To help plan that once-in-a-lifetime visit, here's our selection of top places in Botswana.
Encompassing an area equivalent to Denmark, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in the world. The wild grasslands are interspersed with wide empty salt pans, fossilized rivers and gently undulating sand dunes to form one of Africa's most iconic images. After the rains the reserve teams with wildlife including giraffe, cheetah and lion.
Botswana's very first national park is famed for its large elephant population and incredible biologically diversity with four distinct ecosystems comprising lush floodplains, dense woodland, watery marshes and extensive savannah. Dating back to the 1930s, Chobe National Park has since become Botswana's premier safari destination with San bushmen rock paintings dotted throughout.
This largely desolate and arid expanse of dry savannah in the north-eastern corner of Botswana contains one of the largest salt pans in the world. Surrounded by the Kalahari, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park is actually composed of several salt pans, all that remains of the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi. The recent rise in water levels of the Boteti River entices migrating animals with the rains, including wildebeest, zebra, pelicans and breeding greater flamingos.
Resting on the eastern edge of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve is one of Botswana's top safari destinations with a terrain that encompasses grasslands, mophane forests and vast wetlands of lagoons and pools. With over 400 species of migratory and endangered birds, it's a fantastic destination for bird-watching and offers plentiful safari experiences with game including buffalo, giraffe, lion and leopard.
Located in the northwestern corner of Botswana, the Okavango Delta is the world largest inland river deltas, supporting an incredible variety of wildlife from endangered rhino and cheetah to over 71 fish species and 400 species of bird. Life here is very much tied to the weather as seasonal rains affect the water levels and nothing quite beats a leisurely mokoro canoe ride on the lily-strewn canals.
Botswana Travel Guide
Be prepared for your safari adventure in Botswana with our handy guide on travel essentials from visas to weather and when best to go.
What to expect on an overland camping expedition
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Botswana
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Botswana
Visa requirements for Botswana and info on getting your visa
- Cry of the Kalahari
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Facts about Botswana
- Botswana is home to the largest elephant population in Africa and the Chobe River supports up to 50,000 in the dry season.
- The Okavango Delta is one of the largest inland deltas in the world, spanning 17,000 square km.
- In the Xoo language of Botswana, spoken by about 4,000 people, there are 112 distinct sounds compared to 40 in English.
Botswana Travel Advice:
We monitor the latest travel guidance on Botswana and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country prior to travel.