Safaris in Botswana
Botswana offers a fabulous diversity of wildlife and landscapes within a relatively small area, making it an excellent safari destination.
In part due to the Botswanan Government’s quality over quantity approach to tourism, the country offers some of the finest safari lodges and experiences in Southern Africa, though there are also options for families and those on a tighter budget.
The awe of Africa is never lost, be it sunrise on a bumpy track as you venture into a National Park or drifting off at night to the therapeutic sounds of the savannah, complemented by the distant call of an elephant communicating to its young.
Botswana Safari Parks
Most Botswana safaris will visit two or three of the following National Parks or reserves, where spectacular game viewing is almost guaranteed.
Chobe National Park & Savuti
Located in the far North East, Chobe National Park is a mosaic of grass and woodland bordered by the Chobe River. It boasts a fantastic concentration of wildlife; spotting elephant, hippo, giraffe and other animals in one eyeshot isn’t unusual. Lion and hyena are also common, attracted by the abundance of herbivores.
In the south west of the park is the remote region of Savuti, known for its ‘fickle’ marsh which lies dry for years and then curiously fills up with water. Equally rich in wildlife as the rest of Chobe, Savuti is home to the famous ‘Marsh Pride’ of lions, and huge herds of zebra between November and March, as what’s thought to be Africa’s second largest migration passes through.
Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve
To the west of Chobe National Park lies the Okavango Delta, a pristine watery wilderness of rivers, islands and lagoons created by the Okavango River fanning out across the Kalahari Desert, rather than finding a route to sea.
The Okavango Delta is a wildlife haven, home to the ‘Big 5’, hippo, crocodile, prolific birdlife and endangered species such as African wild dog. It is protected by the Moremi Game Reserve, comprising a dry peninsula extending into the wetlands, as well as several private reserves.
Okavango Delta safaris are typically taken by makoro, a traditional dugout canoe, with shore excursions on foot, although most Moremi safari lodges also offer 4×4 game drives.
For an unforgettable birds eye view of lounging hippos and weaving paths left by elephants crossing the marshland, why not take a scenic flight above the Okavango Delta? Available as part of Best of Botswana fly-in safari.
Makgadikgadi Pans & Naxi Pans National Parks
This vast area of semi arid grassland and salt pans, provides a great contrast to other parks. The wet season witnesses the wildebeest and zebra migration whilst dry season activities centre around guided walks with San Bushmen, quad biking across the salt flats and observing resident meerkats at close quarters. Look out too for the famous baobab trees.
Over the Border
Northern Botswana shares a border with Namibia and Zimbabwe, which both offer their own unique wildlife viewing opportunities and natural wonders, from ‘oversized’ elephants in Etosha National Park to the thundering Victoria Falls.
A safari holiday to Botswana can offer a great chance therefore, to experience more of Southern Africa in one trip.
The following five safaris receive excellent reviews from our customers. They visit Botswana’s main parks, with some also crossing the border to explore Zimbabwe and Namibia:
For the ultimate African holiday, why not combine one of our Botswana safaris with an Indian Ocean beach stay? Botswana and the Seychelles is a particularly popular two week itinerary.
Botswana Safari Lodges
An alternative option to an organised tour, is to choose two or three game lodges or luxury tented camps and create your own Botswana safari holiday.
There are some truly unique places to stay in Botswana, on stilts in the Okavango Delta and by the flood plains of the Chobe River, with game drives and other safari activities typically included in the price.
Here are five of our customers’ favourites:
- Chobe Game Lodge – a luxurious, ecotourism certified, eight room lodge located in the park, with a 250 metre elevated boardwalk overlooking the river
- Muchenje Safari Lodge – 11 thatched chalets boasting wonderful views of the Chobe River and Caprivi Strip, plus game drives in less visited parts of the park
- Gunns Camp – spaciously set, luxury tented accommodation, reached by wooden walkways over the Okavango wetlands. Mokoro safaris included
- Okuti – Masasa style chalets in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, a haven for birdlife, spotted from the raised decks or by boat cruise
- Planet Baobab – a great value option, set in the mystical Makgadikgadi Pans. Add a quad bike tour, meerkat encounter or baobab bushwalk to your stay
Just let our team know where you would like to stay and they will arrange your accommodation, flights and transfers for you. With FREEDOM you can book everything in one place, for full ATOL protection.
Whether you are just looking for advice as to the best time to visit Botswana or would like to start arranging your safari holiday, please get in touch with our friendly team.
They have all lived or travelled in Southern Africa and would love to use their first hand experience to arrange a Botswanan safari adventure that you will never forget!
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