Botswana Safari Tours and Holidays

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.

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Top Botswana Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Falls, Namibia & Cape - 22 Days Victoria Falls 31 Oct 2016 USD $5,048 was $5,609 10% off Falls, Namibia & Cape - 22 Days Map
Botswana Lodge Explorer - 10 days Maun 01 Nov 2016 USD $3,428 was $3,809 10% off Botswana Lodge Explorer - 10 days Map
Cape, Namibia & Falls - 22 Days Cape Town 10 Nov 2016 USD $5,048 was $5,609 10% off Cape, Namibia & Falls - 22 Days Map
Botswana Untouched - 13 days Johannesburg 13 Nov 2016 USD $4,715 was $5,239 10% off Botswana Untouched - 13 days Map
Delta & Desert Discovery - 17 days Windhoek 19 Jan 2017 USD $5,126 was $5,695 10% off Delta & Desert Discovery - 17 days Map

Botswana Overland Safari Tours

Elephants Walking in the Okavango Delta | Botswana | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Elephants & Falls

9 days | FROM USD $1,389

Have some adrenaline fueled fun at Victoria Falls, go wild in Chobe on...

San Bushmen | Botswana | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Falls to Namibia

10 days | FROM USD $985

Kick off at Victoria Falls, get up close to the wildlife rich Chobe in...

Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe & Zambia | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Falls to Joburg

12 days | FROM USD $1,255

Kicking off at the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and travelling...

Rhinos | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Zimbabwe to Zanzibar

16 days | FROM USD $1,615

Starting off at the magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, travel in...

Waterhole | Etosha National Park | NamibiaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Cape to Falls

22 days | FROM USD $1,615

From Cape Town to the adventure capital of the world, Victoria Falls,...

Running Cheetah | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Wildlife Express

22 days | FROM USD $2,065

Take a walk on the wild side. Track the African elephant, lion, and on...

Rhinos | Africa Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Southern Circuit

23 days | FROM USD $1,999

Starting and ending in Johannesburg, explore Kruger - South Africa's a...

Flamingos in Lake Nakuru | Kenya | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Flamingos to Falls

27 days | FROM USD $3,775

Starting in Nairobi and ending at the thunderous Victoria Falls, take...

Leopard in a tree | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Kenya to Kruger

33 days | FROM USD $2,785

Enjoy a real African adventure, from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Check of...

Fish River Canyon | Namibia | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Cheetahs, Canyons & Coast

33 days | FROM USD $2,599

Discover the best of Southern Africa with this epic trip from to Cape...

Herd of Elephants | Africa Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days | FROM USD $3,505

Adventure overdrive. Trekking for gorilla, game-spotting, kicking back...

Okavango Delta | Botswana | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

An African Adventure

37 days | FROM USD $3,055

See the best of Africa, from its magnificent craters, dune-filled and...

Pride of lions | Serengeti | TanzaniaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Kenya to Cape

43 days | FROM USD $3,505

Embark on an overland journey across almost half the African A heady ...

Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

The Big Overlander

47 days | FROM USD $4,405

Experience the contrasts and raw appeal of this majestic continent up...

Giraffe | African Safaris | AfricaActive Days, Rustic Nights

Great African Expedition

57 days | FROM USD $5,035

An epic expedition that heads south from Kenya via Uganda to Cape trek...

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Overland Budget Accommodation Upgrade Available

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

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 -...

Botswana Lodge Explorer

10 days | FROM USD $3,809

Starting in Maun take in the best of Botswana from the fascinating to...

Botswana Untouched

13 days | FROM USD $5,215

From Jo’burg to Victoria Falls, game drive through Botswana’s go a...

Delta & Desert Discovery

17 days | FROM USD $5,695

Discover the natural beauty of Namibia and some of Africa's best game...

Cape, Namibia & Falls

22 Days | FROM USD $5,609

An amazing 3 week adventure starting in Cape Town travelling north to...

Falls, Namibia & Cape

22 Days | FROM USD $5,609

Head south from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Africa's 'Mother City'...

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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 tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.73 out of 5 based on 30 recent reviews — See All Botswana Reviews

Had an amazing time travelling from Johannesburg, South Africa to the awesome Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. I preferred the Zimbabwe part of this tour as it was more "African" than S.Africa and the scenery was outstanding. Vic Falls cannot fail to blow your mind, laying in your tent at night listening to the thunder of the falls is a sound that will remain with me for years to come. Kruger National Park does not fail to deliver the Big 5 - in fact we saw ours within the first couple of hours - amazing. Of course this tour may not suit those adverse to camping, but I loved it, especially when camping in the unfenced sites, sat waiting under an African sky for the elephants to make their way down to the water hole. Plus during the South Africa section it felt like we spent more time shopping in Malls than on Safari, but this was to enable the guides to purchase supplies for the next few days. Our guide was young but nevertheless armed with information on the area and the wildlife. This is not my first tour with On The Go Tours, and it will not be my last. Thank You guys x”  

Helen Whitehead • Submitted 8 Aug 2016

Kapillar, Joseph and Steven did an amazing job.

The meals were delicious, there was lots of food and a great variety, Joseph and Kapillar worked hard to accommodate all the different diets.

The group brought a variety of personalities, with many different travel styles and expectations. Kapillar did an amazing job of balancing the needs of everyone. He was very patient when some guests were challenging, and he always had a smile on his face.

Our tour was enhanced 100% because of the guides we had. They were approachable and smart, and brought a great dynamic to the group. If we come to Africa again, we will be asking for this team! ”  

Brianne Niles • Submitted 4 Aug 2016

I fell in love with Africa the minute I arrived. I thought the tour was fantastic but the reason I rate it 4/5 is because it is too fast paced. Some days I felt like all I experienced was the truck. If the long drives were broken up with a few extra nights here and there so we arrive at our camp in the day light and can go for a walk or relax it'd be 5/5.

Chris my guide was exceptional. He gave us so much information about Africa and its culure. And he answered all our questions even though he must get asked them all the time. He was also a friend to us by playing uno on the truck or just chatting with us.”  

Sarah Beck • Submitted 23 Jun 2016

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One of the world's top destinations this year

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.

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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.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve - Wild and remote

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Kalahari Desert | Botswana | Africa

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.

Chobe National Park - Elephants and bushmen

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Elephants at the waterhole

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.

Makgadikgadi Pans - Stark terrain, endless horizons

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Photo stop out in Magadikgadi Pans

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.

Moremi Game Reserve - Grasslands and wetlands

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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.

Okavango Delta - World's largest inland river delta

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Okavango Delta | Botswana | Africa

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.

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Botswana

Okavango Delta | Botswana | Africa

Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Botswana

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Campsite in Africa | Africa Overlanding | Africa

About Overland Safaris

What to expect on an overland camping expedition

Etosha National Park | Lodge Safaris | Africa

About Lodge Safaris

More about our lodge accommodated safaris in Africa

Traveller Visas

Visa requirements for Botswana and info on getting your visa

Giraffe and Zebra | African Safaris | Africa

Safari Wildlife Guide

Where to see Africa's wildlife and the best time to do so

Herd of Elephants | African Safaris | Africa

Spotting Africa's Big 5

Our guide to the best places to see the Big 5

Get to know Botswana

Recommended Reading

  • Cry of the Kalahari
    by Mark and Delia Owens
  • Place of Reeds
    by Caitlin Davies
  • Botswana Time
    by Will Randall
Did you know...?

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.

Online Travel Resources for Botswana:

REFER TO: Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Botswana Tourist Organisation site and the latest Botswana Weather Updates from the BBC.

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.

Active Days, Rustic Nights OTG Adventure
Active Days, Rustic Nights

Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.

OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.

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.

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