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Introducing Botswana

When is the best time to visit?
June to October is the dry season and the best time to view wildlife—animals are drawn to water sources, and low vegetation offers excellent visibility. Temperatures are moderate with cold mornings and evenings from June-August, while September and October are very hot (this is also when prices are highest). Rains can start as early as November, which makes for beautiful changes in the vegetation. The rainy season is in full swing from January through May, when you'll find hot, humid weather, and a drop in prices. 

Where should you go?
Chobe National Park is incredibly diverse in fauna and flora, covering thousands of square miles of savanna, marshland, and grasslands—along with the Chobe and Savuti Rivers. Chobe is known for its large short-tusked elephant population, along with other Southern Africa mammals like giraffe, wildebeest, and big cats. Taking a sunset cruise on the Chobe River in the northern part of the park is a highlight. You'll also want to visit the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, the largest inland river delta on earth—the best way to explore its islands and reeded banks is by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Other draws include the Savuti Channel, Nxai Pan, Linyanti Wetlands, and the Kalahari Desert.

How many days do you need?
In one week, travelers can combine 2 or 3 of Botswana's best regions. In a week, you can also combine a Chobe safari with a visit across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Zambia, or a few days in Cape Town, South Africa. For more, and to get off the beaten path with unique experiences, stay for two weeks.

Botswana Travel Insights

Okavango Delta
Map of Botswana Safari: Chobe & Okavango Delta - 5 Days
Botswana Safari: Chobe & Okavango Delta - 5 Days

Check out two of Botswana's top destinations on this five-day trip. You'll start with Chobe National Park, best known for its large herds of animals, particularly elephants, which you'll follow on safari walks and game drives. Keep going to the famous Okavango Delta, a floodplain full of wildlife most frequently viewed by boat or canoe safari amid the many channels.

Botswana's majestic wildlife
Highlights of Botswana & Zimbabwe - 7 Days

This trip through Botswana and Zimbabwe lets you experience the highlights in a short time. In seven days, visit the lakes and lagoons of the world’s largest inland delta, watch game from a boat in the Chobe National Park, and be amazed by the beautiful Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world. There will be plenty of time for adventure activities, if you wish, as well as relaxation.

Xugana Island Botswana
Map of Ultimate Safari in Botswana & Zimbabwe - 14 Days
Ultimate Safari in Botswana & Zimbabwe - 14 Days

This luxurious itinerary combines several iconic locations in Botswana and Zimbabwe—Okavango Delta, Savute, Chobe, and Victoria Falls. Your first week will be spent on safari in Botswana, with four days on the Zambezi Queen luxury riverboat.  From here, you'll be on your way to  Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls to see this world wonder, ending the journey with a different safari experience in Hwange National Park.

Overlooking Chobe River in Botswana
Map of Explore Botswana: Okavango Delta & Chobe Trail -7 Days
Explore Botswana: Okavango Delta & Chobe Trail -7 Days

Prepare to enter the Okavango Delta in Botswana—one of the world’s most unique wilderness areas. Follow the hippo trails in dugout mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) and join your guide on nature walks to discover the islands. You'll head up to Chobe National Park, where you'll watch the African sunset from the comfort of your river cruise, and experience a close encounter with hippo and elephants. Your tour ends in Zimbabwe and the spectacular Victoria Falls, where you can take part in several available adrenaline activities.

Elephant on game drive
Map of Explore Botswana: Okavango, Makgadikgadi Pans, & Chobe Safari - 7 Days
Explore Botswana: Okavango, Makgadikgadi Pans, & Chobe Safari - 7 Days

This 7-day Botswana safari encompasses the diversity of northern Botswana's Makgadikgadi National Park, with the enchanting wilderness that is the Okavango Delta. You'll visit the Makgadikgadi Pans and end the adventure on the Chobe River—aboard a luxury houseboat. This unique experience allows you to witness abundant wildlife, excellent birding, and experiencing a breathtaking wilderness feel.

Gamespotting in Chobe
Map of Botswana Family Safari: Chobe & Okavango Delta - 10 Days
Botswana Family Safari: Chobe & Okavango Delta - 10 Days

Safari through three separate zones of Botswana on this family-friendly route. You'll start off amidst the herds in Chobe National Park, known for its elephant population, then fly down to the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. This lush ecosystem is bustling with flora and fauna, and you'll take them in from both western Moremi and your final stop on the Pom Pom Lagoon on the delta's eastern side.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Botswana
Travel specialist Lize Enderstein
active 23 hours ago

Lize Enderstein

I work as a senior consultant for African Travel Gateway and have 15 years of experience in the travel industry. We plan, book and implement tailor-made holidays for our clients that fit within...

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Travel specialist Carla Ferreira
active 1 day ago

Carla Ferreira

I have traveled to over 50 countries and know the importance of having someone with local knowledge and advice to give you tips on where to go for those unforgettable experiences. A born and bred...

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Travel specialist Lucy Berndt
active 21 hours ago

Lucy Berndt

Mother, wife, traveller and dreamer! Having travelled extensively throughout Southern Africa, I know the importance of logistics and selecting the right product offerings. Southern Africa...

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Travel specialist Petru van Zyl
active 1 day ago

Petru van Zyl

I started in the travel industry in August 1998 and have 21 years experience as a travel consultant. I am a senior consultant who specializes in FIT travel, group travel, VIP clients, luxury...

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Trip Reviews for Botswana

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Beautiful Botswana and more.
Botswana | Jul 2 - Jul 11, 2022

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Anne O.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022

Lize
The remoteness of the Okavango was the perfect start to our trip and the attention to detail and quality of the staff at the lodge was exceptional we loved the walking safari and the mojito and when they handed us our hot water bottles on the first night I’ve never seen a happier bunch of ladies.
Our next stop at Chobe lodge felt a little more luxurious in terms of the lodge and rooms and the setting on the river was lovely. Our game drives were early but interesting and in spite of... read more

Lize
The remoteness of the Okavango was the perfect start to our trip and the attention to detail and quality of the staff at the lodge was exceptional we loved the walking safari and the mojito and when they handed us our hot water bottles on the first night I’ve never seen a happier bunch of ladies.
Our next stop at Chobe lodge felt a little more luxurious in terms of the lodge and rooms and the setting on the river was lovely. Our game drives were early but interesting and in spite of the lion remaining elusive we saw lots of elephant, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, many different antelope species and birds galore. The variety of dining there was excellent and we felt that the experienced so far was the right way round. A tricky transfer to Zimbabwe followed as we had not been alerted by anyone or taken on board ourselves that we were going to need crisp US dollars in cash to pay for our visas. Eventually with help from our driver and a trip back to the cash point and bureau de change we succeeded in getting our visas and passed through emigration.
The setting at the Victoria Falls game lodge was lovely and having the balcony overlooking the waterhole an added bonus. Victoria Falls itself lived up to expectations and we did the scenic helicopter ride which provided us with some amazing photos. Back through the borders and onto the Zambezi Queen which was everything and more. A combination of the excellent food and staff on board meant we had some relaxation time, gentle river safaris in the sunshine, elephants, crocs and hippos in abundance topped off by a rare sighting of a leopard. The perfect end to what was most definitely a very special holiday.
Thank you.

Local specialist: Lize Enderstein
Lize
Lize Enderstein
Local specialist in South Africa | Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Dear Anne,
Thank you for your wonderful review of your trip to Botswana, Victoria Falls and Namibia. I am happy that you enjoyed your safari, falls experience and the river cruise. It was lovely working with such a bunch of special ladies.
Take care and keep well.
Best Wishes, Lize