Botswana has the highest elephant population in Africa.

Best Botswana Safaris

Botswana is one of the best African safari destinations, with plenty to offer. Creating the best Botswana safaris out of all the possibilities is like composing the perfect symphony: with a pitch-perfect combination of the most magical lodges, experiences, itineraries and destinations in this Southern African safari hotspot. 

Happily, Botswana has a long-standing commitment to conservation, and huge swathes of land are protected. Among Botswana’s best safari parks are Chobe, the Central Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans and the Greater Okavango Delta

Our portfolio of the best Botswana safari lodges are located within these areas, encircled by pristine landscapes and prolific wildlife. They’re designed to be entirely sympathetic to their surroundings, and to offer every imaginable creature comfort. 

It follows that our roundup of Botswana’s best safari experiences can be accessed via these safari lodges. These include classics like game drives and guided walking safaris, but encompass much more too. Whether in the air on a hot-air balloon safari, on the ground exploring by quad bike or on the water gliding in a mokoro, many breathtaking moments await. 

Our curated selection of the best Botswana safari itineraries are devised to give a varied experience of the diverse habitats and landscapes of Botswana, and to do much more than merely scratch the surface of this natural paradise. They’re also all about synergy: marrying various lodges, experiences and destinations together in a way that creates something even more extraordinary than its individual parts. 

For example, you could start in the Makgadikgadi and end up in Linyanti, enjoying a mix of saltpans and lagoon. You could even combine Botswana with another country altogether on a twin-centre safari, which opens the way for safari and beach holidays, say, pairing time in the Central Kalahari with a stint on a Mozambique island. 

And what about when to go? Well, like much of Southern Africa, Botswana essentially has two seasons: a cooler, drier winter and a warmer, wetter summer. Read on to find out what each season brings, and click on the links below to discover the best of Botswana, year round. 

When to Go

This is the cooler, drier winter season; paradoxically, it’s also when floodwaters in the Okavango Delta reach their peak, having filtered down from Angola. As the vegetation thins out and animal populations are compressed by rising water, the wildlife sightings get increasing impressive. On the other hand, the pans become dazzling white salt flats as the last of the summer rainwater evaporates, and Chobe gets parched (causing animals to congregate at water sources). Weatherwise, fresh mornings – especially out on the pans and in the Central Kalahari – contrast with pleasantly warm days.

The hotter, wetter green season – Botswana’s summer – is marked by dramatic afternoon storms and an even more dramatic profusion of new life. Plants burst into leaf and flower, migratory birds return and many young antelope (in particular) are born. In the Okavango, the floodwaters recede, creating more space, although denser vegetation can make animal spotting more challenging. Arid areas also come alive – the greening of the Central Kalahari prompts a localised zebra migration, while the pans once again become vast shallow lakes, irresistible to flocks of flamingo.

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