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Wildlife Holidays in Botswana

Botswana Safari Holidays

Botswana is a vast, sparsely populated country, mostly desert but with the most prolific wetlands in Africa. Our safari holidays here are thrilling, and it's well worth the effort required to reach some of the more remote places. 

The reserves of Chobe, Savuti, the prolific Moremi and the unique Okavango Delta are sensational destinations for Botswana safari adventures, both in the summer – for birds, especially – and in the dry autumn, winter and spring months, for bigger game. It is the largest elephant corridor in the world and the herds along the Chobe River can number in their thousands. The Okavango is the biggest inland delta anywhere; paddling through its reed-lined channels in a mokoro (dugout canoe), watching the pristine wilderness slip by, is a most memorable experience. 

Botswana Safari Holidays

Botswana Safari Highlights

Thanks to the country’s stable government and progressive social policies, Botswana is now one of Southern Africa’s hottest safari destinations. Here are four great places to visit in Botswana for animal lovers.

  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve: The second largest wildlife reserve in the world (20,000 square miles), the Kalahari Desert is the ancestral home of the Bushmen people. Its diverse array of animals includes Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Wild Dogs, dozens of Antelope species, and many more. The area’s annual Zebra migration is spectacular, but little-known.
  • Chobe National Park: Chobe is home to over 120,000 Elephants– about 1/3 of the continent’s total population. The park offers lots of different ecosystems to explore, including savannah, swamps, floodplains, and mopane woodlands. Besides Elephants, Chobe National Park is a great place to see big cats, which are largely found in the Liyanti Marshes.
  • Makgadikgadi Pans: These are the world’s largest salt pans in the world. When flooded, the area is visited by thousands of Zebras, Wildebeest, and Flamingoes. But even when they’re dry, the Makgadikgadi Pans are worth a visit for their surreal beauty. Visit at sunset to get stunning photos framed by the silhouettes of ancient Baobab trees.
  • Okavango Delta: The most famous of Botswana’s many ecotourism attractions, the Okavango Delta’s 5791-square mile wetland area earned UNESCO protected status in 2014. In the winter its myriad canals and swamps attract some 200,000 large mammals (Cheetahs, Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Wild Dogs, etc.) and over 400 bird species, including the Crested Crane, Hammerkop, and Sacred Ibis.


What an amazing experience this trip was. We saw so much it os difficult to know where to start....

Jane Beal, 2022 Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana

Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana trip is great. No matter where you go, Wildlife &...

Darren Huston, 2020 Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana

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Rosie H, 2019 Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari