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Wildlife Holidays in Botswana
Botswana Safari Holidays

Botswana Wildlife Tours

Our Best Botswana Wildlife Tours

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.

FAQs on Botswana Wildlife

Why book a Botswana Safari with Exodus?

We have been carefully curating our trips for 45 years and our safari holidays are designed to bring you closer to the African wildlife, with more time spent in game reserves and national parks. The main focus is to steer you to the best vantage points on game drives with expert guides and rangers who will teach you about the varied habitats and wildlife as they share their invaluable wealth of knowledge. Throughout our trips, we also arrange exceptional accommodation where you can immerse yourself in the heart of Botswana’s wilderness and meet with like-minded travellers.

Which month is best for a safari in Botswana?

Between the months of June and August are good times to plan a safari to Botswana. During these months the temperatures are cooler, so game drives are more enjoyable and there are fewer mosquitos around. In July you can usually expect floods in the Okavango Delta, which makes game viewing even more exciting as hippos, elephants and warthogs make their way down to the banks of the rivers. However, towards the end of November, zebras begin the Nxai Pan Migration south in search of rich grasses. You can also see zebras and wildebeest heading from the Okavango Delta to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

Is Botswana a good place to go on safari?

Undoubtedly Africa is the best continent for safaris and playing host to some of the most magnificent animals, Botswana is often considered the ultimate safari destination. Known for its huge herds of buffalo and elephants, Chobe National Park is the place to go for game drives. The Okavango Delta is also a front runner in the safari stakes with its population of crocodiles, white rhinos and hippos that can be found in the river swamps. Alternatively, head to Moremi Game Reserve or the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans for more unique wildlife encounters.

When should I book a safari?

Before you go ahead and book your trip to Botswana, make sure you do your research beforehand or speak to one of our experts to find out more about the best times to travel and when to book. We advise that you book your holiday well in advance so that you have plenty of time to apply for your visa and arrange any necessary vaccinations. If you plan to travel during the peak season, it’s recommended that you book your trip 10 to 12 months in advance. Make sure your passport has the required length of validity and if not, apply for a new one as soon as possible.

What animals will I see in Botswana?

The wildlife in Botswana is as diverse as it is abundant and you’ll have the opportunity to see the Big Five, consisting of the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and black rhino, as well as many more species. The country also plays host to some of the continent’s greatest concentrations of giraffe, hippo and wildebeest, and has the largest herds of elephants in the world. Throughout the dry season in Botswana, there are approximately 200,000 large mammals found in the Okavango Delta. Boasting a varied ecosystem made up of salt pans, rivers, marshes and savannah, it provides the ideal habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.

How many days do you need for a Botswana safari?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but however long you spend in Botswana, you’ll likely feel it isn’t enough as the wildlife experiences here are endless. A week on safari would allow you plenty of time to explore some of the larger game reserves and national parks but 14 days would let you delve even deeper. Depending on how many locations you wish to visit, two or three nights is a reasonable length of time to spend at each area. 14 days would give you the best opportunity to see most of Botswana’s wildlife as well as enjoying immersive cultural experiences.

How many national parks are there in Botswana?

As well as six game reserves and other smaller parks, there are four national parks in Botswana, which include Chobe, Makgadikgadi, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (also known as Gemsbok) and Nxai Pan. Other notable wildlife parks to visit are Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Chobe National Park is the oldest in Botswana and one of the most ecologically diverse in Africa, showcasing large concentrations of big game. Makgadikgadi National Park is a quieter option and although it doesn’t have as many sightings of the Big Five, its stunning scenery is well worth exploring.

This was a jam-packed itinerary, with many walks and other activities, combined with a lot of driving. We moved on every two days, which was necessary to see everything, but it also meant there was no down time. Although this was a wildlife trip, at times the wildlife was rather shy. Some walks we saw very little. We probably saw more wildlife on the boat trips. Our expectations were probably not realistic, but we expected toucans and sloths to be hanging off every branch. It’s not like that (at least in the dry season). We didn’t see a sloth until halfway through the trip when there was one on a tree next to our hotel. Never saw a yellow-billed toucan, although we did see other toucans and toucanets (never knew there was such a thing!). Final count was around 150 different birds, as well as many other creatures (many of which we didn’t know existed). So the wildlife was amazing, but you need to know it doesn’t necessarily just pop out at you. On some walks, especially in Manuel Antonio, there were so many other groups looking at the same thing that it was quite difficult to get in to see things and was quite tiring at times. The walks throughout the trip were also very slow and we understand the pace was to suit looking for wildlife but walking so slowly was difficult and tiring in the heat.

Kurt Mills Discover Costa Rica

My perspective is that of a fit and active gent in his early 70’s. Also, this is my first trip with Exodus. As another reviewer has noted, “Discover Costa Rica” is almost exclusively a nature trip. The itinerary touches only slightly on the peoples, history and culture of Costa Rica. This is also an active trip! You’re on the move every second day: bags packed and ready for loading by 7:00 AM with 8:00 AM departure. There’s not much downtime throughout this two-week trip.

It struck me that on a nature trip like this, the wildlife needs to “get the memo” that we’re coming. The wildlife needs to show up! Seriously, the forces of climate/climate change, local weather, and seasonality can come together in a way that limits the opportunity for wildlife viewing. Such was my experience. Several of the nature walks yielded very little in terms of wildlife viewing. In no way do I fault our group leader. He was VERY knowledgeable. I can’t imagine anyone trying harder to find wildlife for our tour group to view. So . . . enjoy the walk in the tropics and any wildlife you see is a bonus might be a good mindset.

Most of the wildlife I saw was birds. It seems silly almost to state the obvious. Birds are actually quite small as compared with other wildlife, say, an elephant you might spot on a trip to Africa! A bird can come into view, alight on a branch, and then, within a few seconds, disappear into the lush vegetation. There’s limited opportunity to observe the creature and perhaps take a few photos. I wish I’d considered this more before embarkation!
Accommodation was perfectly serviceable, clean rooms and well maintained. This is not luxe accommodation but it’s not spartan either. It was perfectly in line with the amount I paid to take the tour. The food was varied and tasty. Lots of it!

In my opinion, Discover Costa Rica is a good trip that could be great if the itinerary was tweaked a bit. For openers, I would get rid of one two-night stop (suggest Monteverde as we saw almost nothing) and create two other three-night stops. This would allow for a little downtime. I would also add some trip experiences such as the farm visit on the final day. These added experiences might focus on the people, history, and culture of Costa Rica. This way, if the wildlife “doesn’t get the memo”, there are still some high-quality experiences that the traveler will cherish.

Douglas Parker Discover Costa Rica

Great way to see a lot of Costa Rica with the huge benefit of a private vehicle and guide. All accommodation was a high standard as well as good and ample food in all hotels.

Michelle Burton Discover Costa Rica