Kalahari Desert | Botswana | Africa

Botswana Tailormade Safaris

See the best of Botswana from the Kalahari, Chobe and the Okavango Delta

Bespoke safari holidays to Botswana

If you are looking for an authentic safari experience then Botswana is certainly one of the places to be - with spectacular landscapes, an abundance of wildlife and a bounty of natural wonders. Whether you’d rather bed down in a luxury tented camp or fabulous five-star resort, want to spot wildlife on guided walking safari or a thrilling game drive, our team of tailor-made experts will create the perfect itinerary for you ensuring that your holiday in Botswana is truly one of a kind.

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Places we recommend for a tailormade safari holiday in Botswana

Botswana is a land of diverse beauty, with the magnificent salt pans in the north to the lush green waterways of the Okavango Delta in the south. Add to this wildlife rich Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve and you’ve got a wonderful African safari holiday! See below our recommendations on where to visit whilst planning your Botswana holiday.

On a Mokoro in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Okavango Delta

The Delta is a huge expanse of water, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland delta in the world. Studded with exotic islands, The Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of bird life and animals and is unique to Southern Africa. Mokoros are traditional dug out canoes manoeuvred through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds. In the past trees were chopped down and hollowed out to make the mokoro. Today they a ...
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Chobe Highlight

Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is the second largest park in Botswana and covers an area of 10566 square kilometres. With areas of marshland, flood plains, savannah, grasslands, woodland and two rivers, the park is really diverse. The San bushmen originally inhabited the park and hunted throughout the area. In 1932 a non-hunting area was set up and eventually in 1957, Chobe became the first National Park in Botswana. Chobe is known for its elephant population, with some 120,000 elephants based in the ...
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Kasane Highlights


Not too long ago Kasane was a remote and not very interesting small village. However, its strategic location - the meeting point of four countries - Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia - has led to rapid expansion in recent years. Six kilometres east of Kasane is tiny Kazungula, which serves as the border post between Botswana and Zimbabwe and the landing for the Kazungula Ferry between Botswana and Zambia. Situated on the Chobe River in the northeast, Kasane is a bustling little town to ...
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Kalahari Highlight

Central Kalahari

The Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world, stretching 2,500kms from the northern part of South Africa, through Namibia and Angola and ending in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It may have no permanent surface water, but unlike the image of most deserts, the Kalahari is well vegetated with a wide variety of habitats including acacia trees and areas of flat grasslands. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world and until recently been closed to the It ...
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Makgadikgadi Highlight

Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP

Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park is a vast area and includes Ntwetwe Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan, Baines' Baobabs and Kudiakam Pan. Makgadikgadi is technically not a single pan but many pans with sandy desert in between, surrounded by the Kalahari desert. Thought to once be a massive lake covering 60-80,000 sq. kms that existed 2 million years ago and started to dry up 1500 years ago due to climatic changes. Further evaporation turned the lake into large pans with a surface with one ...
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Maun Highlight


The name Maun is derived from the San word 'maung', meaning the place of short reeds. The village began as the tribal capital of the Batswana people. It grew as a rough and ready place of local cattle ranchers and professional hunters with a Wild West atmosphere. In 1920, Harry Riley built the first Riley's Hotel, which was then nothing more than a small bar catering to the men who arrived from Francistown - a gruelling 35-hour journey by horse and cart. But with the completion of the tar road a ...
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Tuli Block Highlight

Tuli Block

The Tuli Block integrates the Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Nature Reserve and other smaller game reserves. The wildlife that can be viewed here include Elephant, Kudu, Impala, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Lion (some black-maned), Zebra, Leopard, Waterbuck, Eland and Cheetah. Some of the creatures that can be seen at night include Caracal, Aardwolf, Hyena and Jackal. Birdlife is spectacular in the Tuli Block. Bird enthusiasts can look forward to seeing some of the 350 recorded bird species which include ...
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Khwai River Highlight

Khwai River

The Khwai River is situated on the Northern side of Botswana. The Khwai river extends from the popular Okavango Delta and forms part of the Moremi Game Reserve border. The Khwai River is located near a village aptly named the Khwai Village. The Khwai River village started as a small San settlement and has grown much larger in the past years. It is also one of the first places where non-hunting Botswana safaris originated. This river can be seen near the North Gate of the Moremi Game Reserve. the ...
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Diverse Landscapes

Beautiful Botswana is a land of untamed wilderness, spectacular landscapes and dramatic natural contrast, from the endless stretches of the Kalahari Desert and the shimmering salt plans of Makgadigadi, to the Okavango Delta’s labyrinth of lush waterways, carpeted with lilies and Chobe National Park and its abundance of wildlife.

Inspirations for a safari in Botswana

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Okovango Delta | Botswana | Africa
Take to the air

Flight Over the Delta

Whereas most people take to the water in a mokoro (dugout canoe) to see the vast beauty of the Okavango Delta, there is undoubtedly no better way to appreciate the area’s sheer size and allure than from the air in a small plane. Look down on the endless water channels and keep an eye out for the wildlife that inhabit the area, like hippos, elephant and buffalo!

 Makgadigadi Pans | Botswana | Africa
Shimmering Light

Drive through Makgadigadi

In the north of Botswana lies the endless salt pans of Makgadigadi and Nxai Pans National Park. An area of diverse contrast to the lush and rain soaked south – this area is in fact bigger than Switzerland! Why not jump in a 4x4 and explore this barren area and be mesmerised by the shimmering light bouncing off the pans and maybe even spot a wildebeest or zebra or two!

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Wild Dogs Wild Dogs!

Safari in Moremi Game Reserve

Botswana is now one of just four African countries that are home to the African Wild Dog and Moremi is home to about 30% of them. Part of a larger conservation project intended to increase their rapidly decreasing numbers, these canine predators are frequently spotted when game driving in the game reserve.

Chobe River Sunset | Botswana | Africa
Hippos and Sundowners!

Sunset cruise on the Chobe River

Just as the sun begins to set head out onto the waters of the Chobe River on a relaxing cruise. Watch as the local residents of elephant, hippos, crocodiles and kudu come to the water for a late bath or drink! In the background you'll hear the crashing waters of nearby Victoria Falls and you'll also enjoy witnessing a gorgeous African sunset!

Suggested tailormade holiday itineraries for Botswana

Many of Botswana's top destinations can be found in the north of the country and our recommended itineraries focus on the wildlife-rich Chobe National Park and the incredible Okavango Delta. Combine Botswana with Victoria Falls for added natural wonder or plan your own dream safari using our interactive map below.

Elephants | African Safaris | AfricaCultural Experiences, Local Partners

Elephant Lodge Safari

7 days | FROM USD $3,809

A 7 day lodge safari combining the thundering Victoria Falls and two of the world's finest national parks - in...

African Elephants | African Safaris | Africa Tailored To Suit You

Best of Botswana

9 days | FROM USD $7,499

Discover the best of Botswana on this 9 day fly-in safari which starts in Maun and ends in Kasane. Enjoy in in...

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Botswana Fly-in Safari

10 days | FROM USD $7,199

Starting on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, cross the border and experience Botswana's exceptional and...

Ancient cultures

Botswana is sparsely populated and yet culturally diverse with many fascinating tribes. Home to the Bushmen, thought to be the oldest culture in the world, whose lifestyle has remained largely unchanged since the middle Stone Age. Botswana remains refreshingly untouched and unspoilt, providing an authentic and unique safari experience.

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Cultural Experiences, Local Partners OTG Handpicked

Cultural Experiences, Local Partners

On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.

Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent

Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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