The wildlife adventures offered in Botswana are as limitless and exciting as the views of the country’s expansive and intriguing Makgadikgadi pan flats. A similar size to France and Texas, Botswana has a population of just two million with the country instead home to diverse, epic wildernesses ruled by the animal kingdom. Botawana holidays offer a number of wonderful destinations, fortunately mostly clustered together in the north, safaris in Botswana promise to be a thrilling and dramatic African escapade. Once one of the poorest countries in the world Botswana was transformed by the diamond boom and has prospered into one of Africa’s richest. Accessible and easy to travel round, the superb and passionate guides will make sure you make the most of your trip.
Botswana safari holiday locations
The ever changing lagoons and rivers of the Okavango Delta are one of the most iconic images of the African continent, an awe-inspiring landscape of extreme beauty. Flying over the Delta from Maun, the gateway town, you will get your first glimpse of the overwhelming size and intricate design of the watery web spreading through the palm groves and papyrus swamps. A wild and watery oasis home to the daily dramas of the residing animals, the best way to explore the Okavango Delta is in a traditional dug out canoe also known as a mokoro. Effortlessly gliding through the reed lined crystal clear water you can expect to pass playful spotty necked otters, vibrant malachite kingfishers and vigilant hunting fish eagles. The seasonal waters have a dynamic effect on the animal population which includes elephants, hippos, buffalos and baboons along with the endangered cheetahs and wild dogs.
Threading through the borders of Botswana and Namibia, the Chobe River is another vital water source and haven for the country’s most exotic animals. Sitting on the banks of the river, the sprawling 11,000km2 of the Chobe National Park is home to four distinct eco-systems and habitats including baobab trees, acia woodlands, verdant flood plains and thickets fringing the lake. This diverse collection of lands attracts an impressive assortment of animals from high numbers of big cats to a catalogue of unusual antelope species including waterbuck, red lechwe and chobe bushbuck. The campsites within the national park are not enclosed by any fences so you will share your accommodation with the wandering giraffes, warthogs and zebras. Waking up on safari to see a couple of elephants casually perambulating in front of your lodge is a remarkable, unforgettable moment.
Within the immense Chobe enclave sits the Linyanti Reserve, another superb Botswana safari area and watery abyss which sometimes gets overlooked for the neighbouring Delta and Chobe National Park. The permanently flowing river attracts a heaving number of prey followed by predators and is teeming with bird life. The limited number of lodges and camps with a total capacity of 100 guests creates an unrivalled private and secluded atmosphere, perfect for an authentic wild safari.
For a startling change of scenery travel to the centre of the country and the lunar landscape of the Makgadikgadi salt pan flats. The wall-to-wall skies and never ending views of the stark flat terrain stretching out in front of you, the salt pan is the perfect choice for the traveller looking for an intrepid adventure, keen to step off the beaten track.
Botswana holidays and Victoria Falls
Just a short journey from Botswana, an excellent way to complete your holiday is experiencing the colossal natural wonder of the Victoria Falls. Thundering down between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, you will be treated to incredible stunning views of this iconic sight. Botswana and Vic Falls is a classic pairing, the perfect combination of wildlife and natural wonder.
A landlocked country, Botswana is circled by some wonderful neighbours including the harsh Namibia, the diverse South Africa, the wild Zambia and the magnificent Zimbabwe. A multi-centre holiday, for example combining the great destinations of Botswana and Zambia, takes advantage of two exhilarating Africa countries in one fantastic holiday.
A Botswana safari, or a combination of Botswana and Zambia, is certain to be an amazing holiday with our travel experts devising for you a tailor made itinerary.