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.