Botswana Travel Guide

About to go wild in Botswana on a fabulous safari holiday? There's a few things you need to know before you do so look no further than our useful travel guide resources. Here you'll find information on the top game reserves and when best to visit them for wildlife spotting. There's also details on the necessary visa you'll need and tips on everything from currency to WiFi access. If you're still in the process of deciding which tour is right for you, read more about what to expect of our overland camping and lodge-accommodated safaris or read what our travellers think about our tours. We also have a comprehensive guide on where to find Africa's Big 5 and an easy reference guide on more of the continent's wildlife.


Best Places to Visit

Our pick of Botswana's top game reserves and national parks

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Best Time to Visit

Time your safari adventure with the seasons for the best chance to spot wildlife


Top Travel Tips

Learn about what vaccinations you'll need, travelling with children and more


About Overland Safaris

What to expect on an overland camping expedition from transport to accommodation


About Lodge Safaris

More about our lodge accommodated safaris in Africa and what to expect


Traveller Visas

Visa requirements for Botswana and information on getting your visa


Safari Wildlife Guide

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

Herd of Elephants- Africa Overland Safaris - Africa Lodge Safaris - Africa Tours - On The Go Tours

Spotting Africa's Big 5

Our guide to the best places in Africa to see the famous Big 5

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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 for Australian Travellers

The safety of our travellers is of prime importance and we closely monitor current travel advice on Botswana. We recommend that you check the latest travel updates from Smart Traveller when planning your trip.

Flying to Botswana from Australia:

The flight time from Australia to Botswana can take anything from 16 to 26 hours depending on which city you depart from and which day of the week you fly. For our tours that start or end in Botswana, Maun international airport will be the arrival/departure point though a number of our tours start in Maun and end in Victoria Falls, or vice versa, so you will need to book what's known as an open jaw ticket flying into one city and out of another. From the major Australian cities South African Airways and Qantas offer the quickest flight route to Maun via Johannesburg and also fly to Victoria Falls so are a good open jaw ticket choice. On certain days of the week an additional transit stop may be required. Check out Skyscanner for flight deals from Australia to Botswana.

Useful Online Resources:

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