As well as being a premier safari destination, Botswana is characterised by offering some of the most diverse and unique experiences. Here we give our rundown of the eight most exciting activities to do around Botswana to really make the most of your time here…
Widely-regarded as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, Botswana is a wildlife enthusiasts’ haven offering some of the best game viewing on the Continent. One of the key aspects that really sets Botswana apart is the diversity of experience on offer, in large part because of the unique environments that there are to explore, with the <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/okavango-delta-and-moremi" target="_blank">Okavango Delta</a> being one of the most impressive wildlife habitats in the world which can be explored by a variety of methods – whether on foot, by vehicle or on a boat cruise and the - recently becoming UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site – whilst <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/makgadikgadi" target="_blank">Makgadikgadi</a> offers a truly unique landscape as the largest salt pan in the world, with game viewing to match.
Our Botswana expert Anton had a unique experience up close and personal with elephants in the Okavango Delta, here he shares his tale of ‘Living with Elephants’.
Botswana has long held the crown of being Africa’s premier safari destination and attracts many with the diversity of safari activities on offer, with traditional mokoro canoes used as well as vehicles for wildlife viewing. Here our Botswana specialist Emma shows why getting out on foot is one of the most exciting ways to experience the Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta offers one of most exceptional safari experiences on the continent with a range of activities. Whilst we never fail to be wowed by the Delta no matter what time of year we visit, water levels do have a direct impact on the activities and game viewing experience on offer. The rains and resultant flood vary year-on-year but the below can be used as a rough guide as to what to expect through the seasons.
Botswana’s raw beauty will always be a massive draw for anyone seeking a true wilderness experience in Africa. Well known for its density of game and wildlife and the largest inland delta in the world, Botswana is often at the top of many peoples' list when seeking a safari in Africa yet competitive prices keep Botswana exclusive and untouched.
As arguably the most exciting African country to go on safari, Botswana offers one of the greatest diversities of safari activities with game drives, bush walks, mokoros and motor boats amongst the most popular. Here our Botswana specialist, Annie, makes the case for why exploring the Botswanan bush on horseback should be top of your list.
One of the most elusive animals on the continent, spotting wild dogs is the top of many safari aficionados’ list. Our Botswana expert Anton is no exception – here he recounts his much sought-after experience on his recent trip to Botswana.
Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe & Victoria Falls
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Safari
If you love elephants then this is the perfect trip for you with unique opportunities to interact with elephants in both Botswana and at Victoria Falls. As well as elephants, you will enjoy exceptional game viewing in both the Okavango Delta and Chobe.
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An incredible trip for wildlife lovers, with a particular emphasis on elephants as well as a wonderful, traditional safari experience. Whilst staying at Sanctuary Stanley's Camp in the Okavango Delta and The Elephant Camp at Victoria Falls you will have an amazing opportunity to meet and walk with elephants and learn more about these majestic beasts. Chobe National Park is home to the largest elephant population in the world which you can see on boat cruises on the Chobe River as well as game drives as well as amazing all-round wildlife viewing!
Days 1 - 4 : Okavango Delta, Botswana
Stay at Sanctuary Stanley's Camp for 3 nights
Upon arrival into Maun you will be met and flown by light aircraft into the Okavango Delta. Make sure that you have your camera handy for this incredibly scenic flight. Upon landing you will be game driven to Sanctuary Stanley's Camp where you will stay for three nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. A classic tented camp with just eight tents, Stanley's Camp is situated in a private concession in the Okavango Delta bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. Stanley's Camp offers both wet and dry activities with game drives and mokoro excursions on offer with dedicated guides, when the water is high enough there are also motorised boat safaris offered. As it is situated in a private concession it is also possible to go on walking safaris and night drives whilst staying at Stanley's Camp, which is another highlight of staying here. The most unique aspect of staying at Stanley's Camp is the opportunity to take part in 'Living with Elephants' (at an additional cost). During a stay here you can meet Jabu, Thembi and Morula who are semi-habituated orphaned elephants and walk through the bush with them - an experience that will remain with you for a long time to come!
Days 4 - 6 : Chobe, Botswana
Stay at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero for 2 nights
This morning you will go on a final game drive before being flown by light aircraft to Kasane airport. Upon landing you will be met and driven to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero where you will spend three nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. Situated on the edge of Chobe National Park, Chobe Chilwero offers fabulous views over the Chobe River and across to Namibia's Caprivi Strip. This is a medium-sized camp with 15 cottages as well as a full spa and split-level swimming pool which are perfect for relaxing between activities. Chobe is famed for its elephant population which is the largest in the world. One of the best ways to see the elephants is on a boat cruise where you can see them congregating at the river to drink and cool off, whilst game drives will allow you to explore further afield in the park too. Fishing is also available at an additional charge.
Days 6 - 8 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Stay at The Elephant Camp for 2 nights
After a final activity this morning you will be transferred across the border into Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls. Here you will stay at The Elephant Camp for two nights with all meals, house drinks and elephant interaction experience included. The Elephant Camp is situated in a private concession downstream of Victoria Falls with spectacular views over the gorge. Whilst visiting Victoria Falls is an absolute must, one of the true highlights of staying at The Elephant Camp is of course the opportunity to interact with the elephants! There are plenty of other activities on offer at Victoria Falls besides this with white-water rafting, bungee jump and sunset cruises all on offer.
Day 8 : The Elephant Camp - Victoria Falls Airport
Today you will transferred from The Elephant Camp to Victoria Falls Airport in time to check in for your onward flight home; this marks the end of your adventure with elephants in Southern Africa!
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Our Africa travel specialists have travelled all around Botswana, and can give you honest opinions from their first-hand experience to help design the most amazing holiday. Call 020 3141 2810 and we will start designing a holiday tailored specifically to you.
When to go
Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $6112 per person
All meals and drinks
Living with elephants experience
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.