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.
What to expect on an overland camping expedition from transport to accommodation
- Cry of the Kalahari
by Mark and Delia Owens
- Place of Reeds
by Caitlin Davies
- Botswana Time
by Will Randall
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 U.S. Travellers
The safety of our travellers is of prime importance and we closely monitor current travel advice for Botswana. We recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs when planning your trip.
Flying to Botswana from the States:
Botswana is roughly a 20-28 hour flight from the States depending on whether you're departing from the east or west coast. 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 (Zimbabwe), 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. The best flight option is with South African Airways who fly from New York to Maun via Johannesburg and also fly to Victoria Falls should you need the open jaw route. From Los Angeles most airlines require two transit stops, usually via New York, with South African Airways again the best option in terms of duration. Check out Travelocity for flight deals from the U.S. to Botswana.