Botswana is a home to a perennially transforming dusty red desert, immense floodplains, vibrant savannas, majestic big cats, and massive elephant herds. Botswana’s immense landscapes may seem fictional, yet they indelibly become real before your eyes. From hippos to elephant herds, big cats to countless birds, Botswana is a place where you can discover the mother’s nature greatest theater. Explore the national parks and game reserves while spotting the giant antelopes. Kickstart the ultimate Botswana safari customized just for you and the animal kingdom.
Botswana might not be among the top-rated South African Countries but it does have some fabulous places to visit which include wide open skies, incredible scenery, and amazing wildlife. Consider this itinerary as your guide to plan a week-long Botswana Safari Tour. Know about the places that can amaze and delight you at every turn.READ MORE
When it comes to an African Safari, things to do are almost endless. While planning an itinerary in advance help you enjoy a sorted trip, the excitement gets doubled when you get a personal guide to help you explore the best places. On this note, consider this 12-day long Botswana Safari itinerary to enjoy an adventure-filled holiday in the lap of the mother nature.READ MORE
Meet the elephants of Chobe, ferocious lioness hunting a giant buffalo, and huge salt pans while staying in the luxurious Botswana Safari Camps. Find a sense of solitude and a hint of adventure while mountain biking in the rugged and untamed areas of Botswana.
Botswana Safari is mainly known for the big cats encounter but it is not the only thing to discover. Use this 4-day Botswana Safari itinerary to explore the untamed areas and lesser-known highlights of this country.
Famous for some of the world's biggest herds of massive elephants, Chobe National Park in Botswana's far northeastern corner is one of the prominent wildlife destinations of Africa. In addition to the mighty pachyderms, Chobe National Park inhabits a full suite of predators and more than 440 recorded bird species. Watch for roan antelope and the rare oribi antelope from your Botswana Safari camp..
Botswana, a South African country, is entirely surrounded by land sharing the borderline with the neighboring countries like Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The map of Botswana is simple and easy to understand, more than 70% of the area is surrounded by the Kalahari Desert which makes it a little dominating area in terms of population. However, being dominated area by the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is more popular for its magnificent non-coastal Okavango Delta.
Nearly 30,000 years ago, the natives of Botswana who were well known as San or Basarwa (Bushmen), occupied the place for food and shelter. They were leading the nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle for their living in the area. A few years later, a little advanced group of natives, Bantu moved in from the northwest in the 2nd century. They lived there for a few centuries until the Bakgalagadi, came sometime in the 14th century to live peacefully. Later on, Mzilikazi, who had a quarrel with the Zulu Shaka and fled with a Zulu force people in the early 19th century. This group lived quite a few centuries before it gets a little advanced with modern technologies.
Generally, Botswana is situated in the middle of Southern Africa and its geometrical shape is triangular, which is roughly estimated 600 miles from each direction projecting a sharp cut point in the eastern side. The eastern and southern borders have remarkable river courses and a road whereas the western borders have lines of longitude and latitude passing through the Kalahari. When it comes to the northern side of the area, it has combined straight lines with a river course and there is a wide variety of wildlife within the boundaries of Botswana’s borders, which includes many untamed species of animals, birds, and reptiles.
Undoubtedly, Botswana has much to offer when it comes to picturesque deserts, fascinating wetlands, dazzling deltas, and adventurous wildlife game safari. This country gives pleasant and diverse safari experiences to its tourists with a clean environment. There are a lot of places to explore; however, the Okavango Delta, a wide inland river delta in northern Botswana and the Moremi Game Reserve, a safe area for predators situated on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta secures the top position on travel bucket list of the travelers.
Besides all these top attractions of Botswana, Chobe National Park draws a huge number of tourists to the area. It is a hub for the giant elephants in Africa and is famous as “The Land of the Giants”. Chobe National Park has an amalgamation of rich ecosystems and diversified landscapes comprising of unprecedented wildlife animals and birds.
With a plethora of tourist destinations, friendly locals and wildlife species of animals and birds, Botswana is the perfect vacation Safari in Botswana Africa offering several activities to draw the attention of tourists.
The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta sits in the heart of Southern Africa covering over 15,000km of the Kalahari Sand in the mystical maze of lagoons. The chief reason behind forming this amazing maze is the seasonal flood of fresh water that enters directly into the inland instead of flowing into the sea. The Okavango Delta is formed when the annual floodwater (the Okavango River) enters directly into the Kalahari Desert from the Angolan Highlands between March and June months. In the month of July, the level of the water is at its peak that coexists with the dry season of Botswana leading to relocating of plains game. It is a distinctive wetland that supports a large group of animals and birds forcing to make one of the best places to visit in Africa.
Moremi Game Reserve is the right place to find out the most endangered species of huge animals like cheetahs, rhinoceros (black and white), elephants, hippos, buffaloes and many more. Apart from these animals, there are more than 500 bird species and over 1000 species of plants are easily found in the Moremi. Officially claimed a wildlife reserve by the Tswanas in the year 1963, Moremi spreads about 40% of the Okavango Delta. There are only a few internal delta systems that don’t enter directly into the sea and the Moremi and the Okavango Delta are one of them. The annual or seasonal flood creates a great synchronization between water and wildlife animals. Undoubtedly, Moremi is considered to be one of the most wilderness areas in the world and to make a truly pleasant experience in Moremi, it is advisable to stay in one of the best lodges available in Moremi.
Chobe National Park, the first national park in Botswana and only biodiversity park in Africa. The Chobe River flows along the northern borderline of Chobe National Park and reaches the northern Angolan highlands. This Chobe River has a very interesting way of changing its name as it passes through the different places in Africa. Where it reaches the Northern Angolan Highlands, the name changes to Kwando and when it travels through the Kalahari sands before reaching Botswana, where it is entitled as the Linyanti. And finally, the Chobe River is called by its original name when it reaches Ngoma.
Botswana is considered as a luxury safari destination in Africa as it has four must-visit places in Botswana, including the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park. These places encourage travelers to visit again by opening the opportunities of enjoying the three different kinds of Botswana Safaris,just through a single tour. Be on the surface of the land, or waving through the waters, or wandering in the silent desert, all can be enjoyed when on Safari Tours.
Here are some interesting and unique things that a traveler must try during Botswana Safari Tours:
Botswana is surrounded by incredible landscapes and what’s a better way to explore the beauty of Botswana than taking a hot air balloon safari? A hot air balloon glides slowly through the skies giving clear views of the drylands and its wildlife animals. Between April to September, hot air balloon safaris become the highlight on Botswana safari tours and it is recommended to go for a hot air balloon ride for a truly pleasurable experience.
A hot air balloon ride gives a wide panoramic view of the place covering a meticulous game viewing, dark and dense forest, a beautiful view of the Okavango Delta (throughout the flooding season) and last but certainly not least, a view of wildlife animals wandering in a group. This balloon safari is only being done in Kadizora which is situated in a region of the Okavango Delta. This 45 minutes balloon ride can be booked by the tourists early in the morning to experience the best game viewing while having an overall view of Delta at the sunrise. It truly gives off a magical experience to a tourist but greeted with a glass of champagne upon return is an ecstacy for sure.
When it comes to choosing the best option to discover the entire area in the Okavango Delta, a mokoro ride considers to be the best option. It is a canoe-like boat that takes around the shallow water of the Okavango Delta. Mokoro is known to be old and the foremost traditional mode of transport for goods and nowadays, mokoro safari is the second best way of game viewing that tourists pick. In the mokoro safari, not more than 3 people are allowed to ride at a time, two visitors sit in the mokoro and rest mokoro-man stands at the stern to move the mokoro forward using “ngashi”.
The mokoro safari is quite a famous activity in the Okavango Delta among tourists and is one of the best ways to watch the wildlife animals without disturbing them with the noise of the motor-boat. The mokoro men (who rows it) are highly knowledgeable and well-versed with the environment, thus making these water safaris safe and enjoyable. These safari guides will lead you through the narrow channels and beautiful reeds to get you close to the delta’s glorious birdlife and game viewing of the wildlife animals such as hippos, elephants, etc. These wildlife animals, especially hippos, create a trail that moves through the reeds of the narrow channels which is known as “hippo highway”. Between May and October, considered as the flood season, camping alongside the lagoons is best experienced during mokoro safaris in the Okavango Delta.
Chobe National Park, known as “The Land of Giants” and is the Big Five Safaris in Africa having a huge herd of giant elephants estimated around 12,000. This park is a perfect place to photograph elephants playing in the water and this can be captured during mid-day when a herd of elephants makes the elephant trail to the fall. Africa safari vehicle and a boat safari are the best modes of transportation to explore the Chobe National Park. It is one of the best safari destinations in Africa which makes it popular among travelers. There are a lot of safari lodges and camps offering the best opportunities to embrace the stunning views of these wildlife animals during Botswana Safari Tours.
Located in a remote region of the Kalahari Desert, Tsodilo Hills are UNESCO World Heritage Site offering finest rock painting, dramatic rock shelters, and small caves. The beauty of asymmetrical rock and the artistic artwork on rock empowers the overall environment with its magical scenic view. The entire view is so captivating and mind-blowing that it becomes hard for the visitor to leave the place without having a few clicks. Tsodilo Hills is a place where the rock painting of Bushmen, which believed to be the first creation of Bushmen, is made on the sacred rock. Apart from holding the first creation of Bushmen, it is also famous as the resting place of the spirits. It is estimated 3500 rock paintings are present across the rock faces of the Tsodilo Hills. It considers as one of the most historical rock art sites present in the world. While getting revealed to the magnificent rock paintings in Tsodilo Hills, you may discover the Tsodilo Gecko. It is a small nocturnal gecko that has uniquely created brown and yellow stripes which offers a beautiful look to Tsodilo Hills.
Famous painter and explorer Thomas Baines once painted a magnificent artwork of Baobab trees in 1862 when traveling through the Kalahari Desert. There is a group of seven giant trees of Baobab which also recognized as the “Seven Sisters”. This group of Seven Sisters influences no vegetation area on the edge of Kudiakam Pan. The picturesque views of the Baines Baobabs make the Nxai Pan National Park popular for photographic safaris. This is just not an ideal place for exploring the beauty of these “Seven Sisters” trees but to experience the exciting reserve game of wildlife animals and nature walks with the Bushmen trackers.
The aforementioned are some of the best places to visit in Botswana during Botswana Safari Tours.
The best time to visit Botswana is during the 'green' season, that happens to fall between November to March. These months are quite enjoyable for visiting Botswana as due to less rain, there will be less vegetation which makes game viewing easier to spot for the visitor. Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, and Chobe are some of the popular spots to visit in Botswana and the perfect time to encounter all these top parks would be between May to September.
Best Time To Visit Botswana
- June to September - for visiting parks like Okavango Delta, Moremi, and Chobe National Park.
- March to May - for visiting other drier parks.
High Season To Visit Botswana
- July to October - Chobe National Park is the only park where visitors find a crowd, besides, peace can be best experienced during these months.
Low Season To Visit Botswana
- December to April - during these months some of the lodges and camps are closed down due to less tourist visit.
Best Weather To Visit Botswana
- April and May - the temperature of the area is moderate during these months.
Worst Weather To Visit Botswana
- October and November - the temperature of Botswana is very hot during these months.
- January and February - these months are considered to be the Wet months.
Botswana is a year-round safari destination, however, here is a full detail of the best months to visit Botswana month by month during Botswana Safari Tours.
Due to less rain in the area, there will be less vegetation which enforces wildlife animals to be around rivers, making game viewing easy.
No mosquitoes are found during the dry season due to rare rainfall in the area.
The area gets less crowded which makes it more enjoyable for tourist looking for peace.
The night and early mornings get cold, so woolen clothes are required for nights and mornings.
Due to moisture in the air, the visitors can find greenery around the area.
The wet season is perfect for finding many newborns wildlife animals and birds.
Between January and February, the rains continue to fall which makes it hard for visitors to spot any wildlife animal.
October and November are the hottest months of the year in Botswana.
Most of the best lodges and camps close down during the wet season.
In Botswana, there are a plethora of parks that attract a lot of visitors to the safari destination in Botswana. The Okavango Delta, Chobe, and Moremi are some of the best parks in Botswana offering year-round wildlife game viewing. Game viewing is at its best during the dry season when it is easy to spot wildlife animals apart from the flood in the Okavango Delta. Rest of the parks in Botswana are best to visit during the wet season when it is easier to spot those wildlife animals that are absent in the dry season due to the greenery effect.
Game viewing and unique ecosystem make Botswana stands alone as the best safari destination for experiencing wildlife. To experience a life-changing Botswana Safari Tours, choosing the best Botswana luxury safari camps in Botswana are much-needed.
There is an array of safari lodges available in Botswana supporting the unique ecosystem through African tourism built completely out ofnatural materials that complement the surrounding. The lodges in Botswana are the perfect accommodation for tourists looking for comfort, luxury with a dash of adventure, whereas, the camps offer more adventurous feel to tourists looking for making the standout experience.
Lodges in Botswana are the ideal option to consider when it comes to staying near the popular parks. These lodges are built in such a way that they offer river-facing rooms and a perfect wildlife escape for those tourists who are willing to have a thrilling experience with these wildlife animals.
Camping is a perfect accommodation for those tourists who wish to have an all-in-one tour. These tented camp tours offer a rocky view of landscapes that are the perfect accommodation for both adventure-lovers and nature-lovers.
Before getting board on the Botswana luxury safari tours, it is suggested to ask the tour agent for the right type of accommodation available in Botswana at the right time of year.
The first and the foremost thing to be done before leaving for the Botswana safari tours is to fulfill your visa and passport requirements according to the Botswana government rules and regulations. The US, Canada, and EU citizens have the privilege to not carry a visa to travel to Botswana. They can stay in Botswana for up to 90 days and for others, it is mandatory to have a visa to enter in the premises of Botswana.
In terms of safety, Botswana is one of the safest safari destinations in Africa with low crime rates. When it comes to the natives of Botswana, they are quite helpful and friendly in nature. The country is free from any kind of political corruption and holds no civil war in history. The country is safe to stay in when on a safari vacation. Luxury lodges and tented camps are the safest accommodations in Botswana but still locking away the luggage is advisable for safety precautions. All-in-all, the country is no threat to its tourists but it is always recommended to follow the instructions carefully provided by the tour guide.
In terms of health measures, no vaccination is required before entering the premises of the country. There are certain things that need consideration before leaving for Botswana luxury safari tours.
A regular check-up is good for preventing any kind of health issues.
Medication and general practitioner's prescription is required to carry along.
Always carry hand-sanitizer to keep bacteria and germs at bay.
It is suggested to always drink mineral water or bottled water.
These are some of the safety and health measures that need to be taken before traveling to Botswana.
Batswana has dominated most of the other minority groups in the country for being the only cattle owners. In the country, Cattle is the main traditional Tswana source of money and class. Music, both traditional and modern, plays a big part in Botswana culture. Whether it is a rural area or urban area, the native of Botswana take this culture forward and include in their everyday activities and ceremonies. The traditional music is now incorporated into the church singing in both urban and rural areas.
There is a long list of rules of social etiquette within the culture, however, foreigners are not expected to abide by all of them. The least is expected from the visitors who wish to explore the country without any cultural barrier. There are certain things that need to consider while traveling to Botswana:
Casual clothing is always welcome, maintaining the sensibility of Batswana culture.
Intimacy in public areas should be avoided (for married couples as well).
The formal greeting should not be ignored.
The common terms of respect used in the Setswana language for men and women are “Mma” and “Rra” respectively followed by the Dumela which means “Hello”.
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