A Botswana safari affords a study in contrasts, from salt pans to the delta in the desert. This vast sea of land holds some of Southern Africa’s best safari hotspots, and we’ve carefully collected them into this sample list of Botswana’s best safari itineraries – which in turn are some of Africa’s best safari itineraries. Note, these are simply ideas to get your creative juices flowing…
Botswana’s destinations offer an array of amazing experiences. The jewel in the country’s safari crown is undoubtedly the Okavango Delta, an emerald-and-sapphire patchwork quilt of waterways and floodplains in the north of the country. Outstanding game-viewing opportunities in this tranquil, unspoilt paradise make it a must-experience destination.
Our safaris in Okavango, Savute and Linyanti unveil the best of the delta, and segue effortlessly into neighbouring regions where wildlife movements are shaped by transient rivers and mysterious forces.
Focused on northeastern Botswana, our Chobe safaris explore a land of giants: floodplains and river frontages that play host to the world’s largest meta-herd of elephant. From here, it’s only a short hop across to Victoria Falls.
Central Botswana, in contrast, is a more arid region – but what it lacks in rainfall it makes up for in unique encounters, whether with San, inquisitive meerkat or the herds of springbok and oryx that congregate in the Central Kalahari during the brief summer green season. Meet these desert dwellers on our Kalahari safaris.
To spend a night in fossil beds, explore the shores of a long-vanished inland sea or join hands to embrace the bulbous trunk of a baobab, you need to embark on one of our Makgadikgadi safaris. These safaris, some of Botswana’s best safari itineraries, are a great way to expand your horizons – you can even see the curvature of the Earth!
While Botswana can be enjoyed as a stand-alone safari destination, it can also be experienced as part of a twin or multi-centre safari itinerary. In particular, Botswana safaris that add beach experiences at Benguerra Island and the Quirimbas are especially lovely as they include the one thing that Botswana lacks: a coastline.