Botswana Tailor-made Safaris

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

Bespoke safari holidays to Botswana in 2019

If you are looking for an authentic safari experience in 2019 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.

Suggested Tailor-made 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.

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Elephant Lodge Safari

7 days | FROM AUD $4,445

Enjoy game drives in two of the world's finest national parks - Chobe in Botswana and Hwange in Zimbabwe. Free...

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.

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Okavango Delta

Starting in Angola and never quite making its way to the ocean, the Okavango River snakes its way through the...

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Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park is the second largest park in Botswana and stretches out across an area of 10,566 sq km....

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Kasane

In the not too distance past, Kasane would not have been a name synonymous with exciting African holiday. It...

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Central Kalahari

Expanding across 2,500km, the Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world and home to the immense Central...

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Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan NP

Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Park is a vast area and includes Ntwetwe Pan, Makgadikgadi Pans, Nxai Pan,...

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Maun

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve, and the perfect base from which to explore...

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Tuli Block

Situated in Botswana's easternmost tip, wedged in between Zimbabwe and South Africa, the Tuli Block integrates...

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Khwai River

The Khwai River is situated on the Northern side of Botswana and extends from the dazzling Okavango Delta, one...

Useful tips for planning your tailor-made safari holiday to Botswana

How long would you like to holiday in Botswana for?

If you want to see Botswana's main highlights, we recommend you give yourself at least 10 days. With this duration of time you can comfortably visit Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Makgadikgai salt pans. If you wanted to include the Kalahari then allow an additional three days. Botswana's proximity to Zimbabwe also means that you can easily add a visit to Victoria Falls to your itinerary. It's just an hour's drive from Chobe National Park to the Falls and if you wanted to include the best of Botswana with this natural marvel then you'll need a fortnight to do so.

What sort of accommodation would you prefer?

In Botswana accommodation is geared towards the higher end of the market with a great selection of mid-range to deluxe lodges while cheaper options are few and far between. Lodges tend to be remote and intimate with excellent facilities and incredible views. In many cases, lodges in Botswana are an attraction in themselves, beautifully designed and ideally situated. Botswana also has a number of eco-lodges which tend to be more pricey than less sustainable properties. All in all this means that anyone on a tight budget will struggle to find properties within their price range and would be better considering a small group safari rather than a tailor-made holiday. As many lodges are on the smaller side, it's best to book in advance as properties sell out quickly over high season - we recommend that you start booking a year before you intend to travel.

What internal transport options would you prefer?

Overall, the transport infrastructure in Botswana isn't great. Road conditions are quite abysmal and flights are needed to get between destinations, especially around the Okavango Delta, which adds to the overall cost of a holiday. There are airstrips in the national parks and reserves with small passenger planes connecting destinations. These planes have strict luggage allowances with a maximum of 15-20kg per person and this includes all hand luggage. Bear this in mind when packing before you set off on holiday.

Are there particular activities you would like to include?

Lodges offer a range of activities that are usually included in the package rate, from game drives to boat cruises, fishing excursions to mokoro trips. If there is something particular that you would like to do when you're in Botswana, let us know and we'll choose lodges that offer your desired activity or, where possible, will find other opportunities to add the activity to your itinerary.

How to make the most of your budget

There's no getting around it - Botswana is expensive and one of Africa's highest priced safari destinations thanks to the combination of high-end accommodation and need for flights. It is possible to save money by staying in lodges owned by the same company. For instance, Under One Botswana Sky holds a collection of six safari lodges in Botswana and if you stay at their Chobe Safari Lodge, Gunns Camp and Nata Lodge on an itinerary that includes Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi salt pans then you'll pay much less than if you were to pick three independent lodges in each destination. The reason for this is not only the special package rates that these companies offer but also for the fact that booking lodges in the same collection means shared road transfers to and from the airstrips for flights rather than individually booked private transfers, which are considerably more expensive. To provide you with the best value for money, we will always quote on properties that fall under one collection so if you have particular lodges in mind that do not, be prepared to pay more. It's best to think of Botswana as a once-in-a-lifetime destination and spend accordingly - unless you join an overland camping expedition, there's no cheap way to do Botswana.

Travelling with children

Home to superb wildlife and incredible landscapes, Botswana is fun for all the family with a number of camps and lodges geared towards families. However, be aware that travelling with children younger than 12 years does work out to be more expensive. The reason for this is that the Botswana government decided that children younger than 12 cannot travel in shared transfers - they must travel in private vehicles and therefore any families travelling with infants or young children will need to pay the additional expense.

Explore Botswana with our interactive map