Arguably one of Africa’s most authentic safari experiences, Botswana’s wide-open, uncrowded spaces are home to some of the continent’s most diverse landscapes: from arid desert to lush, verdant woods; and vast salt pans to the world’s largest inland delta.

"Is this the ultimate safari destination? Many think so. There’s certainly no shortage of adventure. Its dramatic landscape – nearly three-quarters of it covered by the Kalahari – encompasses vast salt pans, diamond-rich deserts and fertile flood plains teeming with game."

It’s a country that looks after its wildlife too, with almost 40 percent of land in reserves and parks. The Makgadikgadi National Park, for example, is an extraordinary other-worldly place. The light, silence, solitude and sheer vastness of the salt pan – once the bed of a lake the size of Lake Victoria – are just breathtaking. Then, when the rains come, it transforms into a sea of pink flamingos, closely followed by herds of wildebeest, zebra and other mammals in search of precious water.

In the north is Chobe National Park, home to some of Botswana’s most varied wildlife, and to Africa’s highest concentration of elephants. Herds are sometimes 400 strong, especially along the riverfront strip in the north.

But the jewel in Botswana’s crown has to be the Okavango Delta. This unique ecosystem the size of Switzerland, where the Okavango River drains into the desert (it’s been called the world’s largest oasis), has long been a magnet for wildlife.

And on the eastern side of the Delta is the Moremi Wildlife Reserve: home to some of the most scenic landscapes you can imagine; legions of elephants, zebras, buffalos, giraffes and hippos; and almost 600 species of birds. It’s a truly astonishing place.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Gabarone

  • Time Difference

    GMT +2

  • Best Time to Visit

    May to October

  • Currency

    Botswana – Pula, but it is recommended that you take US Dollars which are widely accepted.

Botswana

Explore

Choose from the cream of Botswana's finest lodges.

  • Abu Camp Western Okavango Delta

    Just six elegant guest rooms flourishing the camp’s distinctive high, wide and airy canvas style, and stylish furnishings throughout (with en-suite bathrooms) mark Abu Camp out as something unique.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • Kings Pool Camp Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

    Just nine canvas and thatch ‘tents’ with spacious bathrooms, outdoor showers, large decks and plunge pools await. And with a fantastic lagoon location attracting elephants galore during the dry season, we can't think of anywhere better in the Linyanti.​​

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • Chobe Elephant Camp Chobe National Park

    Perched on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River, Chobe Elephant Camp was built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains, and everything else the Chobe River is famous for.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • Chobe Game Lodge Chobe National Park

    The classic luxury safari option for those wanting to visit Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas, historic Chobe Game Lodge feels more like joining a family rather than being a guest in a lodge.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • Jack’s Camp Makgadikgadi Pans

    Together with the central area, 10 stylish tents with en-suite bathrooms, fashioned in classic 1940s style, make up this unusual camp, which comes complete with its own unique national museum.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • Jao Camp Okavango Delta

    Well-placed for land or water safaris, the spacious tents here are lovely, with outdoor showers overlooking the vast floodplains, and walkways that make it feel like you're walking in the trees.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • Mombo Camp Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta

    Mombo has abundant wildlife – and arguably some of the best big game-viewing in Africa. It's a beautifully designed camp too, with just nine exquisite 'rooms' raised high for magnificent vistas.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • San Camp Makgadikgadi Pans

    Different isn’t the word. No electricity: paraffin lamps only. Six classic, pale-khaki safari tents from the 1940s. Bucket showers, flush loos and four-poster beds. This is true minimalism, harking back to another age.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property
  • Zarafa Camp Selinda Reserve

    Created by a husband and wife team of award-winning filmmakers and keen conservationists, Zarafa is an immense, exclusive reserve in the Linyanti, known for its intimate wildlife experiences... perfect for anyone looking for their own ‘private Africa’.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

    View this property

Request a call back

Or get in touch 01244 567000