One of the most sparsely populated countries on earth, Botswana is a largely road-less wilderness of savannahs, deserts, wetlands and saltpans. This makes it ideal for safari holidays, with the Okavango Delta being an undisputed highlight.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The variation of the landscapes and safaris on offer - the contrasting vistas on the journey from the Makgadikgadi Pans to the Okavango Delta are unparalleled.
  • Silent boat safaris through the Delta waterways, known as mokoro trips, are an alternative and memorable way to spot wildlife - as are the epic riding safaris.
  • We can arrange quad bike safaris across vast salt pans in the dry season, and in the rainy season there is an annual zebra and wildebeest migration to follow (with expert guides, of course).
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Original Highlight

Our guides really are the best in the business - Super, who was my guide to the Makgadikgadi Pans whilst staying at Jack's, was amazing.

Ra, Original Traveller

A note on price

Skinted: Three nights in the Makigadikgadi Pans and three in the Delta (low season), plus international flights, will cost you around £6,000. Minted: a ten-day luxury Botswana safari holiday consisting of three nights in the Pans, three nights in the Delta and three nights further north, in the Linyanti, will cost more like £12,000. Learn more about our pricing

Where to go in Botswana

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.

The Okavango Delta & Beyond
The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

The Kalahari is a semi-arid desert and the most species rich in the world.

The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

What to do in Botswana

Riding Safari Botswana

Riding Safari Botswana

Botswana was the birthplace of riding safaris, with the perfect combination of terrains to tackle. Do you want to ride through savannah, desert, wetlands or salt pans? The choice is yours.

Riding Safari Botswana
Botswana Adventure

Botswana Adventure

Botswana offers a truly unique experience. It is a perfect destination for those in search of a real African adventure and for those with a longing to recreate the original African safari.

Botswana Adventure
Walking Safari

Walking Safari

For those with even the slightest active inclination, walking safaris are one of the best ways to see the great wildlife of Botswana. Get up close and personal with the animals, never missing a sight. Original Travel know the best of the best guides who make the experience all the more wonderful.

Walking Safari
Mobile Tented Safaris

Mobile Tented Safaris

Donate your roll mats to the boy scouts, forget deflating air mattresses and expect a hot shower at the end of the day. When it comes to mobile camping, boy do they know how to do it on a Botswana camping safari.

Mobile Tented Safaris
Kubu Quad Biking

Kubu Quad Biking

Quad biking is just one way to experience a Botswana safari, and by far one of the most exhilarating. Our five night departure includes two nights under the stars on Kubu Island, and we recommend combining it with three nights at either Jack’s Camp, San Camp or Camp Kalahari to make the most of a quad biking adventure.

Kubu Quad Biking

Where to stay in Botswana

Linyanti Bush Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Linyanti Bush Camp

Linyanti Bush Camp is a small and intimate tented camp besides the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave.

Linyanti Bush Camp
Camp exterior at night at Little Kwara Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Little Kwara Camp

Little Kwara Camp is situated on a tree-covered island in a private concession sharing a boundary with the Moremi Game Reserve.

Little Kwara Camp
Tent at Khwai Tented Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Khwai Tented Camp

Khwai Tented Camp is a private, community-run, concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve along the river Khwai.

Khwai Tented Camp
Camp fire at Lebala Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Lebala Camp

Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree clumps backed by wooded savannah.

Lebala Camp
The terrace at night at Mombo Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Mombo Camp

Located in the heart of the Okavango Delta, within the Moremi Game Reserve, the area surrounding Mombo Camp is home to large concentrations of both plains game and predators.

Mombo Camp
The Exterior at Motswiri Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Motswiri Camp

Motswiri Camp is located in the world renowned Selinda Reserve, an area of over 120,000 acres of pristine African bush, and is a charming and comfortable base from which to explore this area.

Motswiri Camp
Pom Pom Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Pom Pom Camp

Located within the Matsebe concession in Botswana’s Okavango delta, Pom Pom Camp boasts a permanent lagoon surrounded by miles of reeds, where hippos are regular features.

Pom Pom Camp
Dining at the camp verandah at Selinda Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp is located along the banks of the Selinda Spillway, a wildlife haven in Botswana’s vast 320 000 acre Selinda Reserve.

Selinda Camp
Private dining at Vumbura Plains Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Vumbura Plains Camp

Located in the northern tip of the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains comes high in the style stakes, and is also home to a multitude of wildlife.

Vumbura Plains Camp
Family at a 'Dead' Termite Mound at Young Explorers Delta Safari Camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Young Explorers Delta Safari Camp

The ultimate bush bonding experience, this ingenious safari adventure is specially designed to offer families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness together.

Young Explorers Delta Safari Camp
Zafara camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is located on the fringes of Zibadianja Lagoon in northern Botswana’s 320 000 acre Selinda Reserve.

Zarafa Camp
Horses at Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris, luxury camp in Botswana

Limpopo Valley Horse Safari

Limpopo Valley Horse Safaris are run and managed by owners Cor and Louise Carelsen who know this part of south east Botswana like the back of their hand. Assisted by the expert Motswanan guides, guests are extremely well looked after and get insider knowledge of the African Bush.

Limpopo Valley Horse Safari
Okavango Horse Safaris

Okavango Horse Safaris

An ancient quirk of geology caused the great Okavango River to run not to a lake or sea but into a vast inland delta that is an astonishing maze of papyrus-lined waterways, meadows and woodland, rich in wildlife and birds.

Okavango Horse Safaris
Jack's Camp

Jack's Camp

An oasis of comfort in the middle of Botswana’s Kalahari desert, Jack’s Camp is pitched on a low grassland knoll in an oasis of desert palms and Kalahari acacia, and is one of the original luxury camps in the area.

Jack's Camp
San Camp

San Camp

Following a major revamp in 2011, San Camp has the art of pared down safari elegance down to a tee.

San Camp
Meno A Kwena

Meno A Kwena

Owned and run by expert guide and Botswana legend David Dugmore, Meno A Kwena is an authentic tented camp with bags of character. Located on high cliffs overlooking the Boteti River, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park’s western boundary, Meno A Kwena was designed to take full advantage of the most incredible view in Botswana.

Meno A Kwena
Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Jack Bousfield, a legendary hunter and crocodile catcher, spent many years exploring the remoter parts of Botswana, and set up a camp on the ‘shores’ of the Makgadikgadi Saltpans. Now his son Ralph has created a camp here among the acacias and Mokolwane palms on Hyena Island, on the edge of the ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park – Camp Kalahari.

Camp Kalahari
Young Explorers Camp Kalahari

Young Explorers Camp Kalahari

This is a specially designed safari offering families the opportunity to discover the rich culture of the San Bushmen who live in the Kalahari, and the desert-adapted animals in this extraordinary environment.

Young Explorers Camp Kalahari
Ride Makgadikgadi Pans

Ride Makgadikgadi Pans

Yes, yes, the Okavango Delta offers incredible scenery and extraordinary wildlife encounters, but there are other places to visit – and ride – in Botswana. Take the ancient and parched lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi salt pans.

Ride Makgadikgadi Pans

Details for Botswana

A little more info

BOTSWANA SAFARI HOLIDAYS

The highlight is undoubtedly the Okavango Delta - one of the primary wildlife hotspots in all of Africa. While we know and rate the superb lodges in the Delta offering the most exclusive safari experience imaginable, the Original Travel team also know good value lodges where you can still enjoy this incredible destination to the full.

Delta aside, there is so much more to Botswana safari holidays. The parts of the Kalahari that the waters of the Okavango River fail to refresh remain semi-arid but this is still the most species-rich desert in the world. In just as stark and rewarding a contrast are the Makgadikgadi Pans that are the size of Switzerland. We can arrange quad bike safaris across vast salt pans in the dry season, and in the rainy season there is an annual zebra and wildebeest migration to follow (with expert guides, of course), and huge flocks of flamingo congregate in the shallow water.

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 25°C / 77°F
  • Rainfall — 8cm / 3.3 inches
Flight from London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +2 hrs

Ra and Fee are our Botswana experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Call us on +44 (0)20 7978 7333

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