Botswana Tours & Holidays
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays
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From the parched red deserts of the Kalahari to the shimmering wetlands of the Okavango Delta, Botswana is a land of extremes. One of southern Africa’s more prosperous nations and arguably the region’s most exclusive safari destination, its contrasting landscapes are surrounded by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa....
From the parched red deserts of the Kalahari to the shimmering wetlands of the Okavango Delta, Botswana is a land of extremes. One of southern Africa’s more prosperous nations and arguably the region’s most exclusive safari destination, its contrasting landscapes are surrounded by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.
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Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.
HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA
Search for big game in ChobeTake a game drive around the Chobe National Park; choose from early rise drives or afternoon drives. Experienced, local guides with profound knowledge of the park will prove to be an invaluable asset in finding and learning about its residents.
Safari in a canoeA unique and breath-taking experience, a jaunt on a Mokoro, a traditional Botswanan canoe, allows you the opportunity to see the wild up close and personal from the Okavango delta. Your expert guide will be there to show you the wonders of the delta.
Take a walking safariTake a safari on foot around the Kalahari Desert to see the local wildlife in their new natural habitat. See elephants, antelopes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, baboons, hyenas, anteaters and dozens of other species that call this desert home.
Search the wetlands for wildlifeRoam the wetlands to see the home of herds of elephants and Carmine bee-eaters, which can often be seen nesting on the banks of the river, and thousands of birds which migrate during the green season to the most remote and exclusive area of Botswana.
Cruise along the Chobe RiverTake a cruise along the Chobe River in search of the range of wildlife, such as elephants, predators and birds, that call this river home. Take to the river in time for a blissful early morning sunrise or gloriously glowing sunset.
See the remarkable Salt PansWitness the incredible Salt pans of North Eastern Botswana. Spanning over 10,000 square km, these salt pans are also a fossil mine, the geology and history are fascinating and they play a vital role in the area's ecosystems.
Get that perfect shot of a meerkatThe desert presents travellers with the unique opportunity to interact with the animated meerkat. The habitual meerkats are not tame but will snuggle up to travellers on cool mornings or climb on heads to use as a viewing post.
Meet the San bushmenThe oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa for at least 20,000 years, these incredible hunters will show you their tried and true method of hunting, with a bow and arrow. You will be amazed at the prowess and strength of these hunters and their methods.
Track Endangered Wild DogSee the African wild dogs of this region roaming the wetlands whilst they stalk their prey. Visit the wetlands between July and August for a chance to see the pups leaving their dens for the first time!
TOP PLACES TO VISIT
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY
WHEN TO GO
Overall, there is no bad time of year to visit Botswana as the game viewing is excellent all year round. Some areas are best avoided during the rainy season and a small handful of camps close at this time, so please speak to your consultant and they can advise the best time of year to travel for your specific requirements and what you want to experience.
Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Botswana though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Botswana.
Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
The local unit of currency in Botswana is the Botswana Pula (BWP), although USD is widely accepted in safari camps. US dollars from before 2006 are not accepted.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.
Language & Religion
The official language is English although Setswana is widely spoken across the country. Setswana has important prefixes which relate to various concepts. ‘Bo’ refers to the country and with the largest tribe in the country being the Tswana people the country name became Botswana. The people as a whole are Batswana, ‘Ba’ referring to the people.
70% of the country identifies them self with Christianity. There are a minority of Muslims in the country but about 20% of the population declare no religion.
Botswana is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
Most of the food in Botswana comes in the safari camps and is very similar to what you would eat in South Africa. They enjoy their meat, especially beef and goat, although vegetarians and those with other specific dietary needs can be catered for with advance notice. Millet and sorghum porridge are staples while other specialities include Morama (an underground tuber), Morogo (wild spinach), Kalahari truffle, all sorts of beans, and Mopane worms – grubs, which are served boiled, deep-fried or cooked.