Bostwana Sunset Baobab
Aerial view okavango delta botswana
Bostanwana kingfisher

With almost one third of its land set aside for conservation, a low-density tourism policy that leaves it blissfully crowd-free and the largest free-roaming elephant population on the planet, a Botswana safari is for those in the know.

The Okavango Delta’s unique scenery and abundant big five game understandably draws most of the attention, but Botswana is much more than a one-hit wonder. Its parks and reserves span an impressive range of landscapes, from the surreal stark beauty of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to the primaeval wilderness of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The country’s wildlife is rich and varied. In addition to the countless elephants, giraffe, buffalo and hippo that fill the water-rich northern parks, there is the chance to spot less common desert species in the more arid Kalahari regions. It is also home to the continent’s longest zebra migration, a healthy population of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, and over 600 species of birds.

Activities are similarly diverse – adventurous safari-goers can ditch the traditional game-viewer in favour of any mode of transport imaginable: safari by horse-back, boat, mokoro canoe or quad-bike, or simply venture out on foot.

The only drawback is that the luxury of exclusivity comes at a price – the top camps in the private concessions can rival the most expensive in Africa. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the costs, so even travellers with slimmer wallets can experience one of Africa’s last great wildernesses without breaking the bank.

Safari in Botswana

An expert guide to Botswana's best safari reserves, camps and experiences

My favourite time to visit Botswana is during the dry season, June to September. During this time, most 4WD tracks are open, water levels in the Delta are ideal for mokoro trips and wildlife watching. This period also corresponds with the high tourism season (which usually starts in June or July), so it’s also the busiest (and most expensive) time of more

  • Okavango Delta

    Okavango Delta

    World-renowned as a mecca for wildlife, this year-round watery paradise is sustained by rainfall in the Angolan highlands which arrives in the form of an annual flood just as natural rain-filled pans are beginning to dry out...
  • Chobe National Park

    Chobe National Park

    Nestled in Botswana’s north-eastern corner, Chobe National Park incorporates Chobe Riverfront (close to the Zimbabwe and Zambia borders), famous for its large elephant herds; and Savute (in the west), where a juxtaposition of contrasting habitats and handful of pumped waterholes sustain a melting pot of species...
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve

    Central Kalahari Game Reserve

    At some 52,000 square kilometres, making this Africa’s second largest reserve, Central Kalahari feels as wild and unfathomably remote as it was 50 years ago...
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

    Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

    Once the heart of an ancient superlake, the vast network of the Makgadikgadi salt pans is now a mesmerising void expanse the size of Switzerland...
  • Nxai Pan National Park

    Nxai Pan National Park

    This compact, often overlooked park is worth visiting just to see the remarkable cluster of seven ancient baobabs (named after explorer and painter, Thomas Baines), presiding over a pristine salt pan...
  • Okavango Panhandle

    Okavango Panhandle

    Although not a big game destination, the broad meandering Okavango river in the northwest of the country is a birder’s paradise, with over 350 recorded species including several iconic Okavango specialties...
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

    In the far south of Botswana, this transfrontier park spills over into South Africa...
  • Northern Tuli Game Reserve

    Northern Tuli Game Reserve

    Located in the far southeastern corner of the country and formerly divided into a number of segregated farms, NTGR is now the largest privately-owned conservation area in southern Africa...
  • Tsodilo Hills

    Tsodilo Hills

    Towering above the contourless landscape, the climbable summits of these four hills range from a short stroll to a day-long hike, rewarding you with expansive views in all directions...
  • Kwando Reserve

    Kwando Reserve

    Spanning over 2,300 square kilometres in Botswana's far north, the Kwando Reserve presents a vast, pristine, and lesser-visited wilderness...
  • Kwando River

    Kwando River

  • Selinda Reserve

    Selinda Reserve

    Scattered along the northern waterways of the perennial Linyanti and Kwando rivers, and the seasonal Selinda spillway, the camps in these three neighbouring private concessions operate in a similar manner to those inside the Okavango Delta...
  • Kasane


  • Moremi Game Reserve

    Moremi Game Reserve

  • Xakanaxa


  • Maun


  • Sankuyo


  • Khwai Private Reserve

    Khwai Private Reserve

  • Sepopa


Places to go in Botswana

Botswana Tours

Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kwando River

Discover Botswana

Explore the Okavango Delta, Kwando, the Kalahari and Chobe

9 daysFrom $3,300
Botswana, Zambia

The Fantastic Family Safari

Family-friendly adventure exploring Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park

8 daysFrom $3,400
Okavango Delta, Maun, Sankuyo

Okavango Honeymoon

Luxury honeymoon in Botswana

7 daysFrom $2,900
Botswana, South Africa, Zambia

The Southern African Experience

Explore Africa's most stunning destinations, including the Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta

12 daysFrom $4,300
Chobe National Park, Kasane, Moremi Game Reserve (and 2 more)

Botswana's Northern Highlights

10 day small group tour

10 daysFrom £2,995
Botswana, Zimbabwe

Into Botswana & Zimbabwe

15 day small group tour

15 daysFrom £4,530

Botswana Travel Companies


Discover Africa Safaris

Authentic Luxury African Safaris, tailored for you

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa

The African Wild

Botswana tours and safaris

Take Me To Africa

Experts in small group travel to Africa
Central America, Africa, Central Asia

YellowWood Adventures

Sustainable travel for the modern-day explorer

Lelobu Safaris

Affordable Botswana Safaris

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