Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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Read our guides to safaris in Botswana with advice and insight from our country specialists
With family-friendly camps in the Okavango Delta, Chobe area and Central Kalahari, as well as activities for children of all ages, Botswana is an ideal destination for an Audley tailor-made family safari.
Botswana is one of Africa's top safari destinations where you can see the big five. Our specialists regularly visit the country and can create the perfect tailor-made honeymoon, including the best camps and lodges to suit your budget.
Audley specialists can create a tailor-made luxury safari to Botswana, offering you the most luxurious camps and lodges based on their experience of visiting or staying in them. Botswana also combines well with both Mauritius and Mozambique if you want to end your safari relaxing on a pristine white sand beach on a private island?
If lying in bed watching the tent shake because an elephant is scratching itself on it, or waking up to the sound of hyena eating a saucepan appeals to you, you are probably the perfect candidate for a mobile camping safari.
The annual flooding of the Okavango Delta into the rippling sands of the Kalahari, disperses in a myriad of waterways and twinkling lagoons, creating a delicate web of life. Using interactive maps, find out the best time to visit and our recommended Okavango accommodation options.
We’re passionate about travel but also deeply aware of the responsibility we have to the people and places we visit. We believe that a visit from an Audley traveller to Botswana should have a positive impact on the local communities and, wherever possible, bring real benefits.
Audley tailor-made walking safaris in Botswana. We look at what makes Botswana particularly good for walking safaris and recommend a few of our itinerary ideas for inspiration.
Each year, up to 25,000 zebra migrate through Botswana's Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan national parks in what is one of the animal kingdom's most spectacular sights.
Cruising up and down the Chobe River on the Nguni Voyager is a perfect way to enjoy a sedate river-based safari. In addition to a relaxing cruise, there are opportunities for additional activities like game-drives, walks and fishing.
A typical day on safari essentially revolves around the need to see the wildlife at its most active. It usually follows a similar routine with slight variations between destinations and seasons.
Entitled simply "Africa", Sir David Attenborough's latest five-part series was filmed across five different regions of this extraordinary continent, capturing animal behaviour never seen before.
Explore Audley's guide to Responsible Travel in Africa. View our recommended eco-accommodation options, charities we support, and any additional relevant policies and practices.
The cradle of humanity, Africa is home to some of the world's great tribal cultures. Visiting some of these will not only leave you with some indelible memories; it's also likely your presence will go toward supporting vital local community projects.
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