Botswana

Botswana has a high-end, low-volume safari philosophy and a population of only 2 million people in a country the size of Texas. A full 40% of its land is dedicated to national parks and wildlife reserves, where you’ll find a variety of luxury safari camps.

“It is difficult to say what I enjoyed most in Botswana: maybe it was the magic of viewing astonishing animal behavior, with lions chasing hyena, jackal and other lions from a kill, or maybe it was the serene and surreal sunset on the final evening.”—Rose Loggi, Consultant

Highlights

See and do:

  • Game drive in open safari vehicles
  • Mokoro (dug out canoe) ride in the Okavango Delta to experience the serenity of the Delta
  • Boat cruise on the Chobe River to see wildlife in the water
  • Helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta

Pairs well with:

  • Victoria Falls (Zambian or Zimbabwean side)
  • Cape Town, South Africa and the Cape Winelands

Botswana is one of the most wildlife-rich countries in all of Africa.  Diverse landscapes, such as the white sands of the Kalahari Desert and the unique features of the shimmering Okavango Delta, offer year-round game viewing opportunities.

Botswana’s many private concessions allow game drive flexibility as guides are able to drive guests in open 4×4 vehicles off road and at night for truly unique sightings. Private guides/vehicles are also a popular choice in Botswana for a truly customized safari experience.

Safari lodges scattered throughout Botswana’s many ecosystems are void of interference from the outside world.  Small, intimate luxury camps are far removed from local villages, accessible only via light aircraft, and make for a truly one-of-a-kind safari experience.

Trip Inspirations

By Rail, Helicopter + Safari Vehicle!

15-Day Southern Africa Safari

Experience Southern Africa's most famous city, most luxurious train, largest waterfall and more on this 14-day itinerary. From bustling Cape Town to the incredible Okavango Delta, this trip combines luxury with adventure for an unforgettable journey.

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