Botswana Safari & Victoria Falls
Experience the best of Botswana, from wildlife encounters to exploring the Delta, plus a variety of activities at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Botswana is one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations, where some of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles take place in some of the most extraordinary landscapes on the planet.
Located in southern Africa, the country is dominated by the desert; and yet Botswana is a land of abundance. Nearly one-fifth of the country is covered by national parks and wildlife reserves, and it remains as one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas, where untamed wildlife roam free through unfenced land.
Botswana is home to all of Africa’s Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and the largest concentration of African elephants in the world, which trek their ancient migratory routes each year in massive herds. There are impressive herds of buffalo and zebra, lions swimming across rivers, stealthy cheetahs, lolling hippos, friendly meerkats, thriving packs of African wild dog.
The wildlife is remarkable, while the landscapes are simply like nowhere on earth. The Okavango Delta is a stunning sea on land, where a plethora of animals come to splash and drink from the endless maze of lilly-covered lagoons and gleaming waterways. You can traverse these waters in a mokoro (dugout canoe), keeping your eyes peeled for hippos, crocodiles and colourful birdlife.
From the largest inland delta in the world, you can reach the largest unbroken stretch of sand on earth. The Kalahari Desert is a wondrous land of shimmering white salt pans, dazzling blue lakes, golden grasslands and fossil river valleys marked with ancient Baobab trees.
It’s also home to the indigenous San people, the original inhabitants of southern Africa, known for their deep connection and knowledge of the land.
As a country that is renowned for its exclusive safari experiences, you can soak up all the magic of Botswana without the hordes of tourists. The luxury lodges and camps are unrivalled, set in remote locations with sumptuous touches like private pools, personal butlers, river cruises at sunset, and claw-foot bathtubs under the starry skies.
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Wayfairer’s range of luxury Botswana itineraries cover the best regions and activities the country has to offer. They are fully customisable and specially designed to suit a range of different travellers and holiday types, so we can create the perfect Botswana holiday for you.
If you’d like to hit the highlights, take a look at our Botswana Safari & Victoria Falls itinerary, or if you prefer to take the road less travelled, try our Botswana Off the Beaten Track holiday. Couples will love our romantic Botswana Honeymoon, while families will be looked after with child-friendly activities and accommodation on our Botswana Family Safari holiday. If you appreciate the finer things in life, you’ll adore our Botstwana Luxury Safari or take a look at our Botswana Wildlife & Bird Watching Tour for the chance to spot some of Africa’s most elusive animals.
Since Botswana is mostly covered by the expansive Kalahari Desert, the country always feels a little dry and dusty, even in the wet season. Botswana’s cool and dry season is between May and October, while the wet season kicks in from November until April. The best time to visit Botswana depends on what you want to see. The dry summer months make safari’s and game viewing easy wildlife crowd around the few remaining watering holes in the reserves. The dry season is also when the water levels of the Okavango Delta rise, creating incredible boat and canoe-based safari opportunities, and chances to see elephants, hippos and the odd lion enjoying the waters.
Botswana is packed with spectacular, diverse regions. Chobe National Park is the most popular park, renowned for its massive population of over 100,000 elephants in and around the park and Chobe river. Get off the beaten track in the Savute area, where you can see elephants splashing in watering holes as the sky lights up in a flaming orange sunset.
The Okavango Delta is an iconic oasis amidst the desert, famed for its beautiful labyrinth of waterways and lush vegetation that attract a diverse abundance of animals. The Great Salt Pans are a stark contrast to the Delta, with ethereal white plains, stark red dunes and ancient Baobab trees. The Moremi Game Reserve is another top game-rich wilderness area, packed with Africa’s Big Five, while the Kwando-Linyanti region offers the chance to get off grid on the incredible Selinda Adventure Trail.
Botswana is unmatched when it comes to luxury lodges and camps, known for its exclusive safari experiences and lavish tents in remote locations. Selinda Camp in the Kwando-Linyanti Region is private and secluded, with just three luxury tents featuring private swimming pools and viewing platforms. Vumbura Plains Camp in the Okavango Delta also boasts private pools and a sala where you can indulge in a massage while watching animals pass by.
Mombo Camp is renowned as one of the ultimate luxury lodges in the country, set within the Moremi Game Reserve, while Savute Under Canvas in Chobe National Park offers an authentic mobile camping experience in untamed wilderness. For a truly special experience, head to Hyena Camp in The Great Salt Pans, where you can sleep on a Sky bed under the starry night skies.