Many regard Botswana as Africa’s best safari destination and it’s easy to see why.
This landlocked nation hosts one of Africa’s most spectacular natural events when the Okavango Delta fills with water from the Angolan highlands, flooding the plains, channels and maze of waterways. The resulting lily-scattered oasis creates one of the world’s richest and most diverse wildlife viewing opportunities.
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Chobe National Park, a 90-minute drive from Victoria Falls, is characterised by The Chobe River and dense woodland. It is renowned for its vast herds of elephants during the dry season, the excellent bird-watching on offer and river safaris. The Savute region is located in the park’s southwest corner and has open landscapes, abundant wildlife and a full cast of predators.
The contrasting Kalahari Desert covers the central and southwestern regions of Botswana. Lying southeast of the Delta and Chobe, within this semi-arid savannah is the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. A dry, salty crust most of the year, from January to March the pans flood, creating a haven for wildlife. Grasses spring to life and a huge migration of zebra and wildebeest takes place, accompanied by nesting flamingos – producing one of Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacles. The Central Kalahari Reserve is also home to the San Bushmen who for many thousands of years have followed a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
The Okavango Delta is a vast inland river delta in northern Botswana. Its grassy plains flood seasonally, becoming a lush animal habitat. This tranquil region offers a unique safari experience on the water with a focus on birds, smaller reptiles such as the painted reed frog, and crocodiles and hippos. On the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve is surprisingly diverse, offering both 4×4 game drives and water-based activities.
Important: Minors travelling through Botswana’s borders will be required to produce certified copies of unabridged birth certificates in addition to their passport. In the event that one parent is not travelling with the child, the other parent’s affidavit consenting to such travel should be presented. However, an affidavit will not be required if the father’s name does not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
Please note Botswana is malarial.
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When to go
In Botswana, this depends on your interests and location!
Game viewing in the Delta is exceptional during the dry season (generally April–October), although occasional downfalls can still appear as late as June. By October, temperatures will be very hot. This also coincides with the rising water levels.
We recommend the Kalahari from February–May after the main rains in December/January, when the desert will become lush with vegetation, bringing the plains game and subsequent predators. In June and July, the temperatures usually drop below freezing at night, whilst in October the Kalahari is punishingly hot during the day.
For birding enthusiasts, the best time to visit is November–March as this is when the migrant species visit and the resident birds are in breeding plumage.
Flights: Flights to Johannesburg with British Airways or Virgin take about 10.5 hours, then the flight to Maun or Kasane takes approx. 2 hours with either Air Botswana or SA Airlink.
Children under 18 must travel with their original birth certificate with both parents’ names detailed, which should in turn match the passports of the adults travelling with them.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana
Time Zone: GMT+2
US Dollar / Botswanan Pula
Capital City: Gaborone
Where to Stay in Botswana
Oddballs Camp - Okavango Delta
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero - Chobe National Park
Chobe Princesses - Chobe National Park
Camp Okavango - Okavango Delta
Delta Camp - Okavango Delta
&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge - Okavango Delta
Shinde - Okavango Delta
Savute Safari Lodge - Savute