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Botswana - Best Tours & Trips 2019

299 trips to Botswana tours from 168 tour companies. 311 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

Botswana: wedged between South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe; home of one of the latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Okavango Delta. This Delta, which floods annually, attracts countless animals, makes Botswana a first class safari destination. Let Stride help match you to the trip that will introduce you to this remarkable place.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Botswana Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 345 / day
$ 3,380
From : $ 4,240
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Spend 2 nights on a houseboat as your base for exploring the Okavango Delta
  • Drive through the Elephant Highway between Nata & Kasane
  • Relax on a sunset cruise along the Chobe River spotting bird life and hippos and watch the sunset with a sundowner in hand
  • Feel the raw power of mighty Victoria Falls
  • Learn more about the Kalahari from the knowledgeable San people as they sing and dance by the campfire
  • Head out on a morning game drive in open 4WDs in the Chobe National Park
  • Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans; scenery, sundowners, Baobabs and Meerkats!
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Kasane, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans, Windhoek, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
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Experience Botswana

Peregrine Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 449 / day
$ 4,755
From : $ 6,064
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • The thundering victoria falls is one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders, a phenomenon of sight and sound. then return to the victoria falls safari lodge, our feature stay on this trip, for views over their watering hole.
  • Visit the victoria falls wildlife trust to learn about the rehabilitation of wildlife from conflict and poaching and have the possibility of meeting some rescued or orphaned wildlife currently in their care.
  • A morning game drive in the chobe national park get you up close and personal with gnus, zebras and other wondrous wildlife.
  • Head out on an afternoon excursion to the makgadikgadi pans, looking out for meerkats and meandering elephants, and enjoy a sundowner in the shadow of an old baobab tree.
  • Enjoy dinner as you watch the sunset from the deck of your houseboat on the okavango delta.
  • Riding a traditional dugout canoe along the okavango delta is but one of many ways you'll experience the ambience of this beautiful waterscape.
  • Learn more about the kalahari from the knowledgeable san people as they sing and dance with you by the campfire.
Visits:
Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta, Windhoek, Chobe National Park, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
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Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 199 / day
$ 3,179
From : $ 4,292
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Gliding along the Okavango Delta waterways in Mokoro canoes and wild camping in the wetlands
  • The other-worldly silent beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pan
  • Good chances of seeing both Africa’s emblematic wildlife as well as some of its lesser species
  • Game viewing by foot, by safari vehicle and by boat
  • The mighty Victoria Falls
Visits:
Okavango Delta, Maun, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zimbabwe
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Dunes, Deltas and Falls (Southbound)

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 110 / day
$ 2,249
From : $ 3,084
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Track the big five
  • Feel the mist of victoria falls
  • Cruise the chobe river at sunset
  • Camp in african wilderness
  • Meet the san bushmen
  • Get your heart pumping with adrenaline activities
  • Soak up cape town's culture
Visits:
Cape Town, Etosha National Park, Kasane, Maun, Okavango Delta, Windhoek, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Gweta, Chobe National Park, Livingstone, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
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Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari

17 days
$ 317 / day
$ 5,395
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy game drive in Chobe National Park, the second-largest (and first-established) national park in the country.
  • Visitors have experienced the spectacular sighting of a zebra migration
  • Chance to see magnificent elephants, in addition to zebra, Cape buffalo, hippo, and crocodile.
  • See a variety of birdlife, including the vibrantly plumed lilac-breasted roller and the similarly striking pygmy goose (actually a species of duck).
  • See herds of buffalo, sable antelope, kudu, and elephant.
  • Enjoy viewing the greatest diversity of mammals in Zambia, with 55 large mammal species, including six varieties of large cat
  • Enjoying Kafue River views at leisure
  • Outstanding area of African bush country boasts plentiful wildlife
  • Enjoy a walk through Chinotimba township
  • Visit the largest curtain of water in the world
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, Johannesburg, Kasane, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Botswana:Under African Skies

23 days
$ 467 / day
$ 10,750
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Feel the pulse of the African bush during carefree mobile camping in Botswana.
  • See how the rains shape the wildlife action in the Kalahari Desert.
  • Experience the Okavango Delta at Moremi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Feel the roar of Victoria Falls, the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
  • Explore predator rich areas to photograph Leopard in trees and resting Lion prides.
  • Track and photograph a habituated Meerkat family.
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Johannesburg, Maun, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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7 Day-Chobe River & Selinda Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 905 / day
$ 6,333
From : $ 7,790
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience world-class river safari on mighty Chobe River
  • The Zambezi Queen offers cruises beside Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Enjoy game drives in Selinda Reserve
  • Discover Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most amazing, sensitive and complex environments supporting a spectacle of wilderness and wildlife
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Kasane, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 587 / day
$ 8,799
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Feel the spray of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and learn about its discovery by David Livingstone.
  • Learn about local conservation efforts as you meet schoolchildren and villagers.
  • Camp under the stars in Hemingway-style tents along the Okavango Delta.
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Johannesburg, Maun, Okavango Delta, South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Okavango Experience

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 131 / day
$ 1,278
From : $ 1,827
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Support local conservation by visiting the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside
  • Camping on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness is an experience you’ll never forget. As night falls, the sounds of the African bush are like nothing else
  • Get acquainted with the fine art of 'poling' as you ride a traditional dugout canoe through the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta
  • Explore the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, some of the largest salt flats in the world. These mind-bending plains make for some magical photography
  • Go wildlife-spotting along the river at Chobe National Park, home of the world's highest concentration of African elephants
  • With two nights at Victoria Falls, you'll get a proper view of this thundering spectacle, with additional time for optional adventures
Visits:
Maun, Okavango Delta, Johannesburg, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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Botswana & Falls Adventure

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 135 / day
$ 902
From : $ 1,435
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Camp in the okavango delta and track exotic wildlife
  • View the mighty victoria falls
  • Try to steer a mokoro canoe
  • Camp under the stars
Visits:
Gweta, Johannesburg, Maun, Okavango Delta, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Soweto, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
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7 Day - Okavango & Chobe Classic Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 533 / day
$ 3,732
From : $ 5,038
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience an abundance of bird and wildlife
  • Visit Chobe National Park
  • Opportunities to bird-watch, game-drive , do guided walks and star-gaze at Savuti
  • Awesome walking safaris and guided canoeing you are able to experience an abundance of bird and wildlife
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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12 Day South Africa, Vic Falls & Botswana Acr ...

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 572 / day
$ 6,867
From : $ 7,828
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international destination
  • Visit Sabi Sands is South Africa's premier private game viewing destination
  • See the natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction
  • Enjoy boat cruise on the Chobe River, as well as daily game drives
Visits:
Cape Town, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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11 Day Kalahari, Okavango, Linyati & Chobe Lu ...

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 1,106 / day
$ 12,163
From : $ 13,866
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy boat cruises on the Chobe River, game drives, guided nature walks and tours of the local community
  • Experience a completely unique Chobe river experience in this magnificent thatched luxury lodge
  • Have a chance for bird watching, bush dining, specialist guides, star gazing, guided walks and the most phenomenal game drives.
  • Explore Botswana safari in Chobe National Park
  • Enjoy the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on quad bikes
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Kasane, Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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7 Day Victoria Falls & Chobe Classic Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 388 / day
$ 2,715
From : $ 3,095
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Opportunity to see natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction
  • See the massive Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park
  • Explore Zimbabwe
Visits:
Victoria Falls, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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9 Day Botswana & Vic Falls Across Africa Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 535 / day
$ 4,814
From : $ 5,488
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Chobe National Park
  • Experience this unique and untouched ecosystem by boat, air or game vehicle
  • Visit Okavango Delta
  • Explore Makgadikgadi salt pans are dry most of the year but are sometimes seasonally covered with water and grasslands.
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Zimbabwe
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Top Botswana Experiences and Attractions

Top Botswana Experiences

Gliding through the reedy channels and past the islands of the Okavango Delta in a dugout canoe, known locally as a mokoro.

Spotting rare birds in the northwest Panhandle area of the Okavango Delta, which harbors hundreds of exotic species.

Taking a scenic plane ride or hot air balloon over the Delta to be awed by its vast scope.

Camping out under the stars on one of the Delta’s thousands of islands.

Staying at a luxury lodge and being pampered in one of the many private reserves bordering the Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve.

Joining a 4X4 game drive in search of Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, rhino) in Moremi Game Reserve.

Marveling as herds of elephants, the greatest numbers in Africa, parade through Chobe National Park.

Experiencing the Kalahari Desert wilderness, unspoiled and dramatically beautiful. Enjoying the peace and tranquility of a night in one of the most remote corners of Africa.

See rock art dating back to 800 AD at Tsodilo Hills.

Explore the vast network of rivers and deltas aboard a mokoro.

Learn about the history of the native San people in the Kalahari desert.

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Botswana Trip Reviews

311 Botswana Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 227
Great 72
Average 10
Disappointing 1
Terrible 1
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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We first book this tour

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0

This tour is very good and nice the vic falls where less because no rain we see a lot of animals it is almost a private tour we can comment this very nice

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Operator Hazyview Buffalo Game Lodge

Fantastic Trip in Southern Africa

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

We did this trip, Explore Southern Africa, from Aug 9 - 26 this year and we thought it was probably our most memorable trip ever. The variety of wildlife (we saw the big 5 plus giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, hippos, hyenas, wildebeests, impalas, baboons, ...) and our proximity to them that we experienced was unparalleled. The scenery was like nothing we had ever experienced before (our first time anywhere in Africa). Although it was winter time there when we went and many areas were looking very dry it was an experience not to be missed. Additionally we were made to feel welcome everywhere that we went. The highlights of the trip for us would be the two days to the Okavango Delta, the optional game drive through Chobe National Park and day 13 with our guide tracking rhinos in Matabos and going to the African village. Our tour leader, cook and drivers were excellent as were our co-travellers. The meals that were prepared for us tasted great, were well balanced and no one ever left hungry. The 2 person tent accommodations weren't the most luxurious but they allowed one to stay right in the "middle of the action" with the animals in close proximity to our overnight homes. This being the case, we never felt unsafe in our tents at any point. The overlander vehicle didn't have air conditioning, as is standard, however if you made sure to open windows for air circulation during the drive the heat wasn't so bad. If one is prepared to put up with these few inconveniences and willing to help out with camp set up, vehicle clean up, and meal clean up afterwards (this is a participatory type of trip where certain tasks are required of the travellers) it is an experience not to be missed. It all makes one more appreciative of the luxuries that we have at home that many do not have in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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Operator Intrepid Travel

I had a wonderful time.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Absolutely recommend Lion World to anyone interested in touring South Africa. My husband and I had a wonderful time. From accommodations to the day trips planned, everything was perfect. Was truly spoiled on the trip. Laurandie, our rep, was very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to some concerns. Was a trip of a lifetime! I would travel with them again!

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Operator Lion World Travel

Wonderful experience with this team!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

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Botswana Tours and Travel Guide

Botswana Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Landlocked Botswana, wedged between South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, is the home of one of the latest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta floods annually from June to October and attracts countless animals - a huge draw for safari goers. 

Botswana is located in southern Africa and is home to a variety of protected wildlife. One of the fastest growing economies in the world, Botswana relies heavily on tourism and offers a range of travel experiences from luxury to budget options. Most travelers to Botswana embark on safaris in the country’s national parks and game reserves.

Perhaps taking a cue from the crowded game parks of East Africa, Botswana has made it a national policy to limit mass tourism and, in so doing, caters primarily to upscale travelers. This doesn’t mean that budget travelers are completely locked out, but it does mean that prices are generally higher in Botswana than in many other safari regions.

Politically, the sparsely populated country is stable and safe for travelers, and scenically, it remains mostly unspoiled wilderness; many of the game parks are unfenced, allowing animals to roam free. Conservation and the environment are taken seriously here, and eco-tourism is the watchword at Botswana’s excellent safari lodges.

Botswana is largely a desert country, and lacks a coastline, but it does harbor a remarkable water feature that’s one of Africa’s great natural wonders, the Okavango Delta. Each winter in northern Botswana, primarily in July and August, the Okavango River, swollen from the preceding rainy season, floods the delta, forming an unlikely oasis in the vast Kalahari Desert. The flood waters attract animals who gather in the hundreds of thousands to drink at this huge seasonal watering hole in the otherwise dry winter months.

Top Wildlife Sightings in Botswana

Botswana is famous for its “Big 5” wildlife-- lions, leopards, rhinoceros, African elephants, and cape buffalo. The term “Big 5” was initially assigned to these animals as they are the most difficult to hunt on foot, but is now used widely in African safaris and tours. 

Botswana has the largest population of elephants of any country in the world, many of them within Chobe National Park. The best time to see elephants is May through July, when herds begin migrating towards more reliable sources of water. 

Rhino populations have been on the rise recently due to local and national conservation efforts after being critically endangered for many years. The best place to see these majestic animals is at Khama Rhino Sanctuary, where you can learn about rhino conservation and see them up close.

Botswana is also one of the last remaining homes for the endangered African wild dog. The protected open spaces in Botswana makes it a perfect place for the species to hunt and thrive.

Finally, the annual zebra migration in Botswana is one of the largest mammal migrations in the world. The migration occurs around March to April every year as herds of zebra make their way from the Okavango Delta to the Boteti River, where water and fresh grazing can sustain them until the rainy season.

Delta Wildlife

Delta wildlife includes the Big Five, as well as hippos, giraffes, wildebeest,cheetahs, zebras, crocodiles, hyenas, antelopes, warthogs, baboons and more. In all, the delta harbors more than 120 species of mammals. Prolific bird life is a bonus: the delta harbors as many as 500 species. See Botswana birding tours »

While 4X4 game drives, walking safaris and night safaris are offered here, the ultimate treat is to travel through the delta’s narrow channels by traditional dugout canoe, known as a mokoro.

Poled through the shallow water by experienced oarsmen, the mokoros glide slowly along, coming sometimes perilously close to hippos and crocodiles but providing otherwise unattainable photo ops. Motorized boats are also available for those nervous in a canoe, though you lose some of peace and tranquility.

National Parks in Botswana

Botswana boasts thirteen protected parks and game reserves; four of these are national parks.

1. Chobe National Park is particularly famous for its large concentrations of wild animals such as African elephants and zebras. 

2. The Makgadikgadi Pan is a salt pan located in central Botswana and is a beautiful place to take photos and see herds of wildlife migrating across the inhospitable terrain. 

3. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is located on the border of Botswana and South Africa and was created to protect wildlife traveling across the border of the two countries. This park is home to many large mammals, including a large population of lions.

4. The scenic views and wildlife at Nxai Pan National Park makes this a great location for a safari, especially if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.

Top cultural activities in Botswana

1. Bushman Museum - The San people, also known as the Bushmen, are indiginous people of Botswana. They have been around for tens of thousands of years.

As tourism expands, tribes and advocacy groups have had to fight for the communities to be protected and allowed to stay on Botswana soil. The Bushman Museum in Ghanzi is a great place to learn about the history and culture of the San people.

2. Tsodilo HillsVisit the Tsodilo Hills to see the ancient rock art created by the Bushmen. This is one of the most significant archeological sites in the world and gave experts insight into the lives of early humans.

3. Maun - The city of Maun is known as the “gateway to the Okavango Delta” and a popular destination for travelers to Botswana. This city is a great place to try traditional Botswana cuisine, shop at local shops and markets, and attend cultural events such as concerts and festivals.

Food in Botswana

Food in Botswana tends to center around the high-quality meat that is produced in the country, including beef, goat, and chicken. Botswana boats an especially strong cattle industry; steaks and beef stews are common.

Local dishes include soups, stews, meats, and sauces. Seswaa is a traditional meat stew common at important events and celebrations. And if you’re feeling brave, fried mopane worms are a popular delicacy. 

Despite the prevalence of meat in local dishes, most restaurants and lodges will have a decent selection of vegetarian and vegan food. Markets also tend to carry an array of locally-grown vegetables.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Where is Botswana?

Botswana is a land-locked country located in southern Africa. It is bordered by Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. 

What languages are spoken in Botswana?

The official languages of Botswana are English and Tswana. Although most of the population speaks Tswana as a first language, many people speak English as a second language or at least understand it. In particular, those working in the tourism industry will likely know English. 

Common phrases in Tswana

While most people in Botswana do speak English, it can be polite and helpful to memorize a few basic phrases in the native tongue.

  • Hallo - Hello 
  • O Kae? - How are you?
  • Ka kopo - Please
  • Ke a leboga - Thank you
  • O bua Sekhowa? - Do you speak English?

Is Botswana safe?

Botswana is known as the safest African country. Tourism is well-developed in this country, and violent crime rates are very low. Mugging and bag-snatching is somewhat common, so be aware of your surroundings and don’t carry large amounts of cash. 

Botswana currency

The Botswanan Pula is the official currency of Botswana. Pula means “rain” in Tswana, because rain is so scarce in Botswana and therefore valuable to locals. 

The US dollar is also accepted at many restaurants and lodges, but it is helpful to carry pulas as well.

Do’s and dont’s for visiting Botswana

DO

  • Visit a travel health clinic or specialist before traveling and stay up to date on vaccines.
  • Follow your safari guide’s instructions, especially when interacting with wildlife.
  • Ask a guide or hotel staff about areas to avoid.
  • Tip at restaurants and bars. 10-20% is customary.

DON’T

  • Drive at night. The roads are poorly lit, and wild animals and potholes are common.
  • Approach any wild animals. 
  • Wear expensive jewelry or rent a luxury car, especially in the cities. Showing signs of wealth will make you a bigger target for pickpockets and thieves. 
  • Swim in any lakes or rivers unless allowed by a guide or park warden. Wild animals such as crocodiles lurk in these waters, and you are also at risk for waterborne diseases. 

Best time to visit Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana is during the dry season (May through October), when temperatures are mild and floods are rare.

Best Big Game Viewing

The Moremi Game Reserve, a national park located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, offers the best big game viewing in the area, and most guided trips combine it with visits to other parts of the delta.

If it’s elephants in abundance that you seek, you’ll want to include nearby Chobe National Park on your Botswana itinerary. Chobe, which lies along the Zambezi, is elephant central in all of Africa, with great herds roaming the park. (Chobe’s Savuti channel is famous for its elephant-eating lions.)

To really get off the beaten track, head to arid southern Botswana, where the huge, uncrowded Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers a chance to view desert-adapted wildlife.

The Kalahari’s enormous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, shimmering white as far as the eye can see, are another attraction of this region. And in the far south of the country, near the South African border, the Mashatu Game Reserve, the largest private reserve in southern Africa, showcases lions, leopards and cheetahs.

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