A Botswana safari is a bucket list item for many, and it’s easy to see why. When you travel to Botswana, you will discover a landlocked wilderness paradise where the wildlife still outnumbers humans. Botswana’s most famous attraction is the magnificent Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s most baffling mysteries. The Delta is the only inland waterway in the world with an ever-changing web of channels that flow one way this year, another the next.
In this wildlife oasis, the mystery of nature unfolds. Here, the fish eagle reigns supreme, and silver bream and tigerfish offer good sport. There’s also theMoremi National Park, which promises superb game viewing and Chobe National Park, famously home to the world’s largest elephant herds. Then there’s Savuti, a unique part of Chobe, where one can view an unbelievable selection of animals, including 3,000 buffalo at one sitting with a pride of lion 20-strong in pursuit as well as thousands of wildebeest and zebra.
Why visit Botswana?
Nearly 40% of the country is protected for wildlife, making game viewing here a delight.
The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s most beautiful and unspoiled wilderness areas.
Chobe National Park is home to some 100,000 elephants.
The country is genuinely committed to conservation.
In November one can view the zebra migration, second only to Kenya’s wildebeest migration.
You can go on safari on the Chobe River in a houseboat.
The weather is sunny throughout the year.
What is the best time of year to visit Botswana?
While you can expect sun all year round in Botswana, it is advised to go visit in the cooler months of June to August. With incredible game viewing a given, almost no rainfall and a low risk of malaria this is definitely the best time of year to visit Botswana. You can expect pleasant afternoons where the temperature will reach around 25 degrees Celsius, but cool mornings and evenings as low as 6 degrees Celsius - so pack your winter clothes!
The good news is that South African's do not require a visa to visit Botswana. A valid passport is however require, with at least 2 blank pages and valid for 6 months after the date of your return from Botswana.
A holiday in Botswana is a dream come true for families, couples, friends, honeymooners or solo travellers. Browse our fantastic safari packages and book your 2024 bush getaway today.
What to do in Botswana
Experience the ultimate African safari in Botswana, a country with entirely unspoiled game sanctuaries where a vast selection of wildlife roam free. With its lush waterways, boundless open plains and incredible diversity of wild animals, Botswana offers the quintessential wildlife holiday.
What makes it so unique is that you not only track wildlife in 4X4 vehicles but can enjoy game viewing on water too. In Botswana, you can sail along the Chobe River in your houseboat and see wildlife from a completely different vantage point. You can also go on safari in a mokoro, a traditional canoe, in the Okavango Delta’s magical waterways. Each experience is quite unique and special, ensuring an unforgettable safari holiday, with a variety of adventures, exceptional scenery and extraordinary sunset views.
Things to do in Botswana
View hippos in the Okavango Delta from a traditional mokoro.
Track the Big 5 on a safari in Moremi Game Reserve.
Enjoy quad biking (the bikes are called ATVs here) in the Makgadikgadi Pans.
Enjoy sundowners and a spectacular sunset cruise on the Chobe River.
See lots of big cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs) in the Linyanti Wetlands or magical Moremi.
Go fly fishing (seasonal).
Embark on a horseback safari in Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi.
Visit Chief’s Island, home to the Okavango Delta’s richest concentration of wildlife and a selection of ultra-luxurious lodges.
View elusive leopards at Leopard Rock in the Savuti.
Discover Baine’s Baobabs, the trees immortalised by artist/adventurer Thomas Baines in his legendary paintings.
Kasane has a great 9-hole golf course for avid golfers.
Beautiful, untouched Botswana is the quintessential safari destination, offering a holiday like no other. Peace, tranquillity, life in the wilds and some of the best safari experiences imaginable await you on a Thompsons Botswana holiday package. Bring the family, some friends, or enjoy the ultimate honeymoon in the wilds. It’s all there waiting for you.
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