Botswana Safari Trips & Tours

Discover spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife with a camping or lodge Botswana safari package to one of Africa's most underrated destinations.



Botswana glows in brilliant natural beauty. A dream holiday destination like no other. Highlights include the labyrinth of lush waterways in the Okavango Delta (best explored by mokoro, a traditional canoe) and the wonderful wildlife in Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. The endless stretches of the Kalahari Desert and the shimmering salt pans of the Makgadikgadi.

Sparsely populated. Home to enormous elephant herds and fascinating tribes. Here you can meet the Bushmen, thought to be one of the oldest cultures in the world, whose lifestyle has remained largely unchanged since the Middle Stone Age. And you can cruise the Chobe River, dodging large but graceful hippos and snapping crocodiles.

Our Botswana trips drop you into the heart of this refreshingly untouched destination. Experience it for yourself on our overland camping safaris or luxury lodge safaris. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Botswana safari today!

Botswana Overland Safaris

Overlanding is the ideal way to discover Botswana, from the beautiful Okavango Delta to wildlife rich Chobe National Park. Not to mention other destinations in east and southern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa. Travelling overland in a hardy truck, you'll enjoy game drives through national parks, meet local tribespeople, and stop for incredible excursions such as a cruise on the Chobe River. By night you'll set up a tented camp, sharing cooking duties between the group and your experienced two-person safari team. Settle down for the night in the African bush, accompanied by the trumpeting of an elephant, the twisted laugh of a hyena, and the thundering roar of a lion. On the majority of tours we offer an accommodated upgrade. On these tours you'll still travel with those on the camping safari and participate in camp duties, but you'll stay in budget twin-share accommodation at the campsites, rather than in tents.

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Namibia to Falls

12 days | FROM R31,412

CAMPING SAFARI: Admire iconic Spitzkoppe, encounter incredible wildlife in Etosha and Chobe National...

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Namibia to Falls (Accommodated)

12 days | FROM R54,744

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI:Admire iconic Spitzkoppe, spot incredible wildlife in Etosha and Chobe National...

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Falls to Namibia

12 days | FROM R31,412

CAMPING SAFARI: Travel overland from Livingstone in Zambia to Swakopmund on Namibia's Skeleton Coast....

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Falls to Namibia (Accommodated)

12 days | FROM R54,744

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Travel overland from Livingstone in Zambia to Swakopmund on Namibia's Skeleton...

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Cape, Delta & Falls

19 days | FROM R48,052

CAMPING SAFARI: See the best of Southern Africa on this 19-day overland camping safari travelling from...

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Cape, Delta & Falls (Accommodated)

19 days | FROM R81,366

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: See the best of Southern Africa on this 19-day overland safari travelling from...

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Falls, Delta & Cape

19 days | FROM R46,661

CAMPING SAFARI: Journey from Zambia to South Africa on this 19-day overland camping safari. In...

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Falls, Delta & Cape (Accommodated)

19 days | FROM R75,227

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Journey from Zambia to South Africa on this 19-day overland safari. In...

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Cape, Delta, Falls & Kruger

25 days | FROM R68,820

CAMPING SAFARI: From Cape Town embark on an exciting overland adventure taking in the best of Namibia,...

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Cape, Delta, Falls & Kruger (Accommodated)

25 days | FROM R111,652

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: From Cape Town embark on an exciting overland adventure, taking in the best of...

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Kruger, Falls, Delta & Cape

25 days | FROM R68,484

CAMPING SAFARI: Embark on an overland adventure travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town in South Africa,...

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Kruger, Falls, Delta & Cape (Accommodated)

25 days | FROM R111,303

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Embark on an overland adventure travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town in South...

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Southern Africa Explorer

33 Days | FROM R98,340

CAMPING SAFARI: Take in the natural wonders, incredible wildlife and rich culture of Southern Africa on...

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The Big Overlander Northbound

41 days | FROM R95,700

CAMPING SAFARI: Set off from Cape Town in South Africa and travel north through seven countries to...

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The Big Overlander Northbound (Accommodated)

41 days | FROM R141,427

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Set off from Cape Town in South Africa and travel north through seven countries to...

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The Big Overlander

43 days | FROM R120,908

CAMPING SAFARI: Discover seven countries on this 6-week overland camping safari taking in the best of...

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The Big Overlander (Accommodated)

43 days | FROM R174,705

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover seven countries on this 6-week overland safari taking in the best of...

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Great African Expedition Northbound

56 days | FROM R137,564

CAMPING SAFARI: Embark on a 56-day overland safari, travelling north through eight countries, from Cape...

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Great African Expedition Northbound (Accommodated)

56 days | FROM R190,812

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Embark on a 56-day overland safari, travelling north through eight countries, from...

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Great African Expedition

58 days | FROM R157,180

CAMPING SAFARI: Embark on an incredible African adventure, travelling from Nairobi to Cape Town,...

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Great African Expedition (Accommodated)

58 days | FROM R226,036

ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover eight countries on this 58 days overland safari taking in the best of...

Botswana Comfort Camping Safaris

Our comfort camping safaris are ideal for the over 40s and also welcome families with children aged 10 and over. On these overland safaris you won't need to lift a finger, as your experienced three-person crew sets up camp, prepares your meals and cleans up, so you can relax. In addition, you’ll enjoy the comfort of a camp bed rather than a roll mat and travel in a small group (maximum size of 16) escorted by a licensed African guide.

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Botswana & Zimbabwe Uncovered

13 days | FROM R57,795

SMALL GROUP COMFORT CAMPING: See the best of Botswana and Zimbabwe on this 13-day overland tour. Admire...

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Chobe, Okavango & Etosha

14 days | FROM R64,575

SMALL GROUP COMFORT CAMPING: Setting off from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, discover the best of Botswana...

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Etosha, Okavango & Chobe

14 days | FROM R64,575

SMALL GROUP COMFORT CAMPING: Take in the highlights of Namibia and Botswana on this 14-day fully...

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Southern Africa Cape to Falls

20 days | FROM R66,055

SMALL GROUP COMFORT CAMPING: Embark on a momentous overland journey from Cape Town in South Africa to...

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Southern Africa Falls to Cape

20 days | FROM R66,055

SMALL GROUP COMFORT CAMPING: Take in the spectacular scenery, wildlife, and culture of Southern Africa...

Botswana Accommodated Safaris

Our small group Accommodated Safaris offer all the same incredible wildlife-spotting and sightseeing opportunities as our Africa Overland Safaris, but you can relax in the knowledge that you'll have a comfortable bed to sleep in at the end of the day. Accommodation on these tours ranges from simple chalets to beautiful mid-range lodges, dependent on the tour. You can find out more by browsing our tour pages. There are lots of included activities including a mokoro canoe ride at the Okavango Delta, game drives in Moremi Game Reserve, and a river cruise in Chobe National Park. These tours are fully escorted by an experienced local guide, who will also act as your driver. Don't hesitate to contact our team if you'd like more information.

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Into the Okavango

6 days | FROM R83,655

SMALL GROUP MOBILE CAMPING SAFARI Take in the wonderful wildlife and beautiful scenery of Moremi Game...

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Okavango Wilderness Discovery

7 Days | FROM R43,524

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Take in the best of beautiful Botswana on this 7-day small group,...

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Falls & Okavango Wilderness Discovery

9 Days | FROM R55,745

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Visit the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and enjoy a sunset dinner...

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Delta, Chobe & Falls

12 Days | FROM R67,604

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover the beauty of Africa on this 12-day accommodated small-group...

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Best of Botswana & Victoria Falls

12 days | FROM R86,685

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI : See the best of Botswana's wildlife and much more besides on this 12-day...

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Victoria Falls to Joburg

12 Days | FROM R73,775

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI: Travel from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg on this 12-day lodge accommodated...

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Joburg to Victoria Falls

12 Days | FROM R74,305

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI: From Johannesburg and South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park,...

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Kruger, Delta, Chobe & Falls

14 days | FROM R76,685

SMALL GROUP ACCOMMODATED SAFARI: Discover Southern Africa on this 14-day small-group safari, take in...

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Namibia, Botswana and Falls

14 days | FROM R78,305

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI : Embark upon an amazing two week overland adventure in Southern Africa,...

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Falls, Botswana & Namibia

14 days | FROM R81,055

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI : Take in the natural wonders, rich culture and incredible wildlife of...

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Table Mountain to Victoria Falls

20 days | FROM R97,535

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI: Travel from Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain in South Africa to thundering...

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Victoria Falls to Table Mountain

20 days | FROM R97,695

SMALL GROUP LODGE SAFARI: Travel from Zimbabwe's spectacular Victoria Falls to Cape Town - South...

Frequently asked questions about our Botswana trips and safaris

Which national parks will I visit with my Botswana package?

Sparsely populated Botswana is home to some of Africa's most intact ecosystems and richest safari destinations. Depending on which Botswana safari tour you book, you'll get to explore Chobe National Park in search of the Big Five, by land, and by Chobe River cruise.

Other highlights on our Botswana safari tours include Moremi Game Reserve and the important wetland known as the Okavango Delta. And many of our trips also visit the barren white salt pans of the Makgadikgadi.

Will I see the Big Five on your Botswana safari tours?

The Big Five are the five species most sought after by travellers on a Botswana safari. They are lions, leopards, African elephants, rhinos, and buffalo.

We give our travellers the best chance possible to spot the Big Five on their Botswana safari tours. We include game drives and boat cruises in Chobe National Park, which is one of the country's premier safari destinations. And we visit the Okavango Delta. Both of these Botswana highlights are home to the Big Five.

Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of the most diverse destinations in Africa, home to all manner of exotic wildlife including a rich tapestry of rare bird life. And Botswana's wider wildlife-rich landscapes and national parks are home to all manner of rare African species, from wild dogs to cheetahs and the Kalahari black-maned lion!

Of course, no wildlife encounters can be guaranteed, as wild animals are unpredictable. Leopards in particular are hard to spot, because they are well camouflaged and mostly nocturnal. But you are sure to see some incredible wildlife, and you never know, you may be able to tick off all five on your Botswana tour!

When is the best time to visit Botswana?

April - October is the dry season in Botswana, which is generally considered the best time to visit as the weather is dry and warm. Water levels in the Okavango Delta are also at their highest at this time of year, perfect for exploring by mokoro canoe.

For a more detailed breakdown of when to book your Botswana safari, check out our guide on when to visit.

What do I need to pack for my camping safari to Botswana?

If travelling on one of our overland Botswana holidays, we recommend you read our guide to overland camping safaris. You can also see a detailed packing list in the Trip Notes for each tour.

Some of the important items to remember on your African safari are: sleeping bag, travel pillow, towel, Mosquito spray (with active DEET ingredient - especially important at the Okavango Delta!), your own personal first aid kit, torch, antibacterial wipes, a photocopy of your passport data, and your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

Please note that on our comfort camping safaris, camp bed, mattress, sleeping bag and pillow are provided.

What is the local payment for on your camping safaris?

The local payment is a cost per person that needs to be paid in US Dollars cash only. It is this payment that in part covers the park fees and other inclusions such as meals as detailed on each tour page. The local payment also covers your arrival transfer and first night’s accommodation.

Our comfort camping safaris also have a small local payment, to be paid in South African rand or USD (check each tour for details) at the start of your trip.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations in the US dollar, the local payment amount may be subject to changes. This payment will be collected by your tour leader at the Welcome Meeting on day 1 of your escorted tour. Our Reservations team can give you more information about the local payment, the cost of which can be found on each tour page. Please note that a per person local payment also applies to some of our Botswana lodge safaris.

How big are the groups on your Botswana safaris?

On our Botswana overland safaris, the maximum group size is 30, and these trips depart with a minimum of 4 passengers. Our comfort camping safaris have smaller groups, with a maximum size of 16.

Group sizes are smaller on our lodge safaris, with a maximum size of 7 - 16 depending on the tour, and departing with between 2 - 4 passengers depending on the tour.

Will I have a tour guide on my Botswana safari?

On our overland safaris in Botswana and other African destinations, you will be escorted by a three-person crew comprised of a qualified tour leader who will act as your guide, as well as a driver and cook. On our comfort camping tours you will be escorted by a three-person team including a qualified African guide.

On our lodge accommodated safaris, you will be fully escorted by an experienced local guide, who will also act as your driver. You have fewer staff accompanying you on our accommodated safaris but the groups are a lot smaller, so there are actually more guides and staff per person travelling on these trips.

Is Botswana a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?

According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, Botswana scores a D+ rating for LGBTQ+ traveller safety, ranking 73rd out of 203 countries.

Although same sex marriage is not legal, there are legal protections for workers based on their sexual orientation, and 26 – 50% of consulted citizens consider Botswana a good place to live for gay and lesbian people. There are no legal punishments for same sex relations.

The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travellers to the country.

Is the tap water safe to drink?

Travellers are often surprised to hear that the tap water in Botswana is officially safe to drink. However, we advise caution here. The water is heavily chlorinated and there is always a risk of stomach upsets, so our advice is not to risk it during your visit unless you are desperate!

Stick to filtered and bottled water during your holiday. It is readily available in most destinations: in hotels, restaurants, and safari camps.

As a solo traveller will I have to pay more for my Botswana package?

On our overland Botswana trips (excluding comfort camping), solo travellers will be matched up with another solo traveller of the same sex, with whom they will share a tent. If there is no other solo traveller of the same sex on the tour, you will have a tent to yourself at no extra cost.

If you book a Handpicked Botswana lodge safari, a single supplement applies per person for solo travellers. The cost of this per person can be seen on the tour page for each trip.

What is the current travel advice for Botswana?

As a United Kingdom-based company, we follow the latest up to date travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) for all of our destinations. You can see the latest travel advice and local laws for Botswana here.

Botswana Travel Guide

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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

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

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About Overland Safaris

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

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About Lodge Safaris

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

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Visa requirements for Botswana and information on getting your visa

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Safari Wildlife Guide

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

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Spotting Africa's Big 5

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

GO WILD IN CHOBE NATIONAL PARK ON A BOTSWANA SAFARI

Home to one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa, Chobe National Park is one of Botswana's most popular and rewarding wildlife destinations. Located in the north just an hour's drive from Victoria Falls, highlights of the park include large lion prides and the park's enormous elephant population. These animals are characterised by their short tusks due to brittle ivory. As well as ample wildlife spotting opportunities, the Chobe River also offers the chance to enjoy your Botswana safari from the water's surface.

The Best of our Botswana trips

From arid desert landscapes to sublime inland waterways and abundant wildlife, Botswana is home to an amazing wealth of natural beauty with plenty of national parks and other destinations offering incredible safari experiences. Here are some of the country's top destinations and highlights of a Botswana safari, including the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve.

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Chobe National Park

Go in search of Botswana's resident wildlife with a game drive across one of its main highlights. Chobe was the country's first national park and at 11,700 sq km, it's the perfect place to spot the Big Five on safari and cruise the Chobe River in search of hippos and giant elephant herds.

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Okavango Delta

Enjoy a leisurely mokoro canoe ride on the lily-strewn canals of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland river delta and one of Botswana's main highlights. The delta supports an incredible variety of wildlife including rhino and cheetah.

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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

One of Botswana's more unique destinations. Take a guided trip through ancient groves and learn all about the local ecology, geology and unique biology of one of the world's largest salt pans on an adventure at the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

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Moremi Game Reserve

Explore the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve on morning and afternoon game drives with the chance to spot buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard and plenty of bird species. Moremi Game Reserve juts into the Okavango Delta and is also a stronghold for rare African wild dogs.

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Ghanzi

Often known as the 'Capital of the Kalahari Desert', Ghanzi is an important cattle-producing area for Botswana and is also home to the San Bushmen. Travellers on our camping safaris can meet these traditional tribespeople, or why not take a walking tour?

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Shared with neighbouring South Africa, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the more lesser-explored destinations in Botswana, covering 15,000 square miles of Kalahari Desert. It's a precious stronghold for lion prides, with more than 500 animals thought to live in several prides. Male Kalahari lions also have beautiful black manes.

Need more information? Check out our ONLINE BOTSWANA TRAVEL GUIDE!