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
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).
Botswana Safari Holidays: The Detail
Botswana is great for those looking for an African adventure, think minimal people viewing and a tonne of game viewing through the variations of landscapes and safaris. The beauty of doing a safari holiday in Botswana is that it doesn't even have to be enjoyed by 4x4, the destination is popular for horse riding, quad biking, walking and mokoro (traditional dug-out canoes) safaris.
Did you know
- Botswana is the world's third biggest diamond producer (behind Russia and Canada)
- The inhabitants of Botswana are called Batswana (Motswana is the singular form in Setswana language)
- Seswaa is the national dish of the country, a stew of boiled meat, maize meal and greens
- The zebra is Botswana's national animal, even though there are probably many more elephants in the country
The highlight is undoubtedly the Okavango Delta - one of the primary wildlife hotspots in all of Africa. This is where the traditional mokoro canoe safaris really come into play; you'll be up close and personal with an incredible array of wildlife while gently floating down a beautiful river… perfection. 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.
Conservation is serious stuff in Botswana. The country pioneered the high yield low impact tourism model, which means the level of exclusivity on offer in this unspoilt landscape is remarkable. It comes with a higher price tag, but it is definitely one worth paying in our humble opinion, because the most remarkable Botswana attribute is how truly wild it is. A variety of different game species roam completely unrestricted across the country, from the lunar landscapes of the vast salt pans to the rich floodplains of the Okavango. Botswana is a great destination on its own or it can be combined for a bush and beach experience with the sandy beaches of Mozambique.
Our Africa specialists (one being Batswana born and bred) are passionate about the places they sell and are on hand to recommend the best mobile camps or a location where you can offer your head as a lookout platform to a wild meerkat (Makgadikgadi Pans in case you were wondering).