Botswana is Southern Africa’s premier wildlife destination, with its swathes of untouched wilderness and superb upmarket lodges and camps, offering low impact, eco-friendly tourism. Although the majority of accommodation is high end, there are some purse-friendly camps and self-drive options for those on smaller budgets. With beautiful, diverse habitats including forests, deltas, deserts, swamps, rivers and grasslands, Botswana is home to a large concentration of wildlife, best seen from dug-out canoes in the Okavango Delta and game drives in Chobe, Moremi and other parks.

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Botswana Safari Tour Packages:

3 Days ‘Short & Sweet’ Kenya Safari

Umani Bliss Safaris
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This compact safari is ideal for anyone who has a few days to experience a safari in Kenya. Starting and ending in Mombasa, explore Tsavo East National Park and enjoy spending time in the wilderness searching for wildlife and birds.

  • Country:
    Kenya,
  • Safari Type:
    Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Mombasa, end in Mombasa
  • Price Tag
    3 Days from
    $650 p/p in USD
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8 Days Best Pick of Western Uganda Gorilla Safari

Dust Absolut Safaris
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This safari takes you to a variety of wildlife habitats in Western Uganda where you will experience a great deal of wildlife and feast your eyes on beautiful landscapes throughout the visited areas. Highlights include seeing primates - mountain gorillas,...

  • Country:
    Uganda,
  • Safari Type:
    Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Entebbe International Airport
  • Price Tag
    8 Days from
    $2965 p/p in USD
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Embark on an unforgettable 4-day family safari adventure at Madikwe Safari Lodge, nestled in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. This curated experience promises a perfect blend of excitement, family bonding, and relaxation amidst the...

  • Country:
    South Africa,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Family Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Johannesburg , end in Johannesburg
  • Price Tag
    4 Days from
    $2239 p/p in USD
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This is a 7-day safari visiting Samburu (2 nights), Olpejeta (1 night), Lake Naivasha(1 night) and Maasai Mara (3 nights). On this safari experience the culture of the Samburu and Maasai communities. The safari can start in Nairobi with the option of...

  • Country:
    Kenya,
  • Safari Type:
    Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Nairobi, end in Nairobi
  • Price Tag
    7 Days from
    $2395 p/p in USD
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9 Days Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro & Tarangire

Tanzania Classic Tours
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This safari takes in the four most popular destinations in Tanzania - Lake Manyara National Park (1 night), Central Serengeti (4 nights), Ngorongoro Crater (1 night) and Tarangire National Park (2 nights). The safari starts and ends at Arusha. With our...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
  • Price Tag
    9 Days from
    $4000 p/p in USD
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4 Days Serengeti Safari Game Package

Tanzania Classic Tours
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Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. In this tour, you will see this UNESCO World Heritage site. Serengeti is famed for its annual migration where some six million hooves pound the open plains. Serengeti offers...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
  • Price Tag
    4 Days from
    $2000 p/p in USD
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Embark on the adventure of a lifetime in South Africa with our five-day safari experience that promises to immerse you in the breathtaking beauty and wildlife wonders of South Africa. This carefully curated itinerary combines the thrill of a full day...

  • Country:
    South Africa,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Johannesburg , end in Johannesburg
  • Price Tag
    5 Days from
    $3773 p/p in USD
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10-Day Climbing & Beach Safari

G-Family Adventure Safaris
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This safari combines climbing on Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa and third in world), wildlife safari in Serengeti National Park and island exploration on Zanzibar Island, a paradise island where you will have chance to enjoy and refresh...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Beach Safari, Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha, end in Zanzibar Island
  • Price Tag
    10 Days from
    $5950 p/p in USD
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7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro Heroes Adventures
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Lemosho Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, just like Shira and newly established Northern Circuit Route. The start of the route is Londorossi Gate, which takes you on two days’ trek through lush rainforest, followed by a range of rolling hills. The...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Camping
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi, end in Moshi
  • Price Tag
    7 Days from
    $2650 p/p in USD
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7-Day Zanzibar and Mikumi National Park

Westway Safaris
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Enjoy the beautiful island of Zanzibar enjoying excursions including a spice tour, Stone Town tour, Nugwi Beach, Jozani Forest, dolphin tour, sunset cruise and snorkeling tour as well as enjoying relaxing time on the beach. Have a one day excursion to...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Beach Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Independent, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Budget
  • Start/end:
    Start in Zanzibar, end in Zanzibar
  • Price Tag
    7 Days from
    $1600 p/p in USD
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Major Botswana Safari Attractions

Botswana Safari Tour Highlights

  • Glide through the waterways of the Okavango Delta by mokoro canoe, the traditional way to travel through the delta to get a unique perspective of this beautiful region.
  • Explore the world’s largest salt pan, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, usually flat and bare until the rains come when huge herds of antelope and zebra arrive.
  • Discover Chobe National Park’s huge herds of elephants and the largest number of lions in Botswana.
  • Search for the king of the desert, the impressive Kalahari lion, in the enormous Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
  • The verdant Okavango Delta
  • Explore Botswana wildlife safari with excellent wildlife viewing in the northern parks, Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Chobe
  • Beautiful and diverse scenery of dry desert, salt pans, savannah grasslands, and delta waterways
  • Safari holidays in Botswana also gives you the option of a boat trip on the Chobe River
  • Game drives in Chobe National Park searching for wildlife
  • Botswana safari vacations also comprise of top classes camps and lodges
  • Traveling to Botswana is safe, and there is political stability.
  • Some of the animals to see on a Botswana Safari are Kalahari elephant, African wild dog, impala, hippos, wildebeests, crocodiles, giraffes, primates, eland, lions, cheetah, leopards, etc.

Would you like to know more about Botswana:

Facts About Botswana Safari Tour

  • Around 84% of Botswana is covered by sand with the enormous Kalahari Desert covering a large portion of the country as well as parts of South Africa and Namibia.
  • Botswana is the world’s third-largest diamond producer.
  • Compared to other African countries, Botswana has the largest concentration of meerkats.
  • The Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland water systems in the world, brings annual floods and water to the desert land.

Botswana offers visitors a plethora of adventures. Learn more about planning one with Botswana’s detailed Travel Guide featuring wildlife reserves and parks.

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FAQ’s for Botswana Safari

  • When is the best time to visit Botswana?

    For wildlife safaris, the best time to travel to Botswana is from May to October. These months mark the dry season, a time during which the chances of spotting animals are higher due to the diminishing vegetation, which makes it easier to spot animals that congregate around waterholes. These months are also the peak season, which means it can be more expensive in terms of park prices and accommodations.

    Compared to the dry season, the wet season, from November to March, may have fewer animal sightings, but even with the dense vegetation, visitors can spot plenty of animals. Furthermore, a safari trip during the off-season will be easier on the pocket and less crowded.

    For more information about the best time to travel to Botswana, check out our best time to visit Botswana guide.

  • Is Botswana a family-friendly safari destination?

    Like the majority of safari destinations, Botswana is ideal for a family holiday. Some safari lodges and camps have a minimum age of 12 (or other) but there are plenty of great options available to families with younger children. There are many safari options put on for children such as tailored game drives and walks with fantastic guides as well as  other entertainment to keep the kids busy.

    Further Reading: 5 Amazing African Safari Destinations That Your Kids Will Love

  • What languages are spoken in Botswana?

    English, a remnant of colonial rule, is the official language in Botswana, used for written communication and business dealings. Although it is known as the official language, it is only a first language for 2.8% of Botswana’s population. The most commonly spoken language in Botswana is Setswana, spoken by around 77.3% of locals, and one of the many Bantu languages spoken in Botswana.

  • What currency is used in Botswana?

    Botswana’s official currency is Botswana Pula, which is accepted throughout the country. But US Dollars, UK pounds, Euros, and South African rands are also accepted at most shops and accommodations. Moreover, visitors can also use international credit cards at the majority of hotels in Botswana. And if you find yourself short on money, there are plenty of ATMs throughout Botswana.

    To make things a little simpler, we have shared a quick currency conversion (2021):

    Currency Botswana pula
    1 Pound Sterling 15.13
    1 Euro 13.06
    1 United States Dollar 10.88
    1 Canadian Dollar 8.86
    1 Australian Dollar 8.43
  • Do I require a visa and passport to travel to Botswana?

    A visitor will need a passport with at least 6-month validity and two blank pages. Not every visitor needs a visa to enter Botswana. To find out if you need a visa to visit Botswana, refer to the list of visa-exempt countries. Currently, foreign citizens have to apply for a Botswana visa at the Botswana Embassy in person or on arrival as there is no online mode to apply for a visa.

  • How Do I Get Around In Botswana?

    Travelling to and from the major safari destinations in Botswana such as Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and Moremi Game Reserve, is by transfer vehicle and/or charter flights. Maun is the hub for many charter flights taking visitors into the Okavango Delta and other more remote areas. On a charter flight, the safari experience begins with amazing views of the wilderness and animals below you.

  • Where are Botswana’s best birding spots?
    • Okavango Delta:Not only is Okavango Delta one of Africa’s most renowned safari spots, but it is also a spectacular birding destination with the Okavango’s waterways a haven for water-dwelling birds. The delta is home to over 400 birds with frequent sightings of African fish eagle, African pygmy goose, African green pigeon, black-chested snake eagle Bateleur, hamerkop, martial eagle, and saddle-billed stork. The birding experience is enhanced by mokoro excursions, as they provide an opportunity to get close to elusive bird species quietly with no noise from a motor.
    • Chobe National Park: Chobe National Park is an excellent birding destination with more than 450 bird species. Birding enthusiasts can participate in a boat safari, getting close to the water-loving bird species. It is also home to few rare and endangered bird species such as gray crowned-crane, hooded vulture, and white-backed vulture. Moreover, Chobe also has 15 swallow species, 8 starling species, and 8 kingfisher species.
    • Central Kalahari and Khutse Game Reserves: Birds such as black-shouldered kite, black-chested snake eagle, and martian eagle are often seen flying over the central Kalahari Game Reserve and Khutse Game Reserve, which are part of the same ecosystems. Home to over 250 bird species, some of them a rare delight for birdwatchers.
    • The Nata Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary dedicated to birds has provided a haven for around 165 bird species. Visitors can easily spot rare birds such as avocet, blacksmith lapwing, korhaans, cape teal, blue-billed teal, red-knobbed coot, and spoonbills. The sanctuary also has a large number of flamingos and pelicans.

    Botswana is one of Africa’s top-most bird-watching destinations. Some of the major parks and game reserves in Botswana have a large concentration of birdlife. Bokaa Dam, Kgoro Pan, Kasane region, Lake Ngami, Limpopo River, Moremi Gorge, Rysana Pan, Shakawe, and Savuti Marsh are few other popular birding destinations in Botswana.

  • What are Botswana’s major attractions?
    • Central Kalahari Game Reserve
    • Chobe National Park
    • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
    • Linyanti Swamp
    • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
    • Moremi Game Reserve
    • Nxai Pan National Park
    • Okavango Delta
Read more: Frequently Asked Questions on Botswana