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.
Victoria Falls and Botswana Safari
Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango and Makgadikgadi
Best for: Family, Safari, Spectacular scenery
An exciting family-friendly adventure starting at Victoria Falls before taking in the highlights of Botswana with Chobe, the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans. Offering amazing game viewing and rich in experience, this is a wonderfully varied trip.
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This is the perfect trip for those looking for adventure, wonderful wildlife and impressive scenery. This is an extensive safari trip starting at the wondrous Victoria Falls in Zambia before crossing the border into Botswana. Chobe offers excellent game viewing with particularly impressive elephant sightings whilst Savuti offers a green-season zebra migration and wonderful predator sightings. You will then fly onto the world-renowned Okavango Delta - Botswana's premier safari destination. Taking to the water on a mokoro safari, you will enjoy a low-impact and experience-rich safari, before flying to the Makgadikgadi Pans - the largest salt pans in the world for a unique desert-safari.
Days 1 - 3 : Near Victoria Falls, Zambia
Stay at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge for 2 nights
Upon arrival into Livingstone airport you will be met and transferred to Waterberry Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, upstream of Victoria Falls. You will spend two nights here with all meals, house drinks and selected activities included. Waterberry Lodge has a fabulous location on a peaceful stretch of the river, yet still within easy reach of the Falls. During your time here you will be able to go on complimentary river cruises, fishing trip, island picnics, a visit to the local vilage and a guided tour of Victoria Falls. There are plenty of exciting activities at Victoria Falls with bungee jumps, white-water rafting and elephant rides on offer. Waterberry Lodge also has a lovely pool and beautiful gardens should you prefer to have a relaxed afternoon by the river.
Days 3 - 5 : Chobe National Park, Botswana
Stay at Chobe Game Lodge for 2 nights
After breakfast this morning you will be met and driven across the border into Botswana to Chobe National Park to Chobe Game Lodge which has a wonderful setting on the Chobe riverfront, making it an ideal base from which to explore one of Botswana's premier national parks. You will spend two nights here with all meals, house drinks, parks fees and game viewing activities included. During your stay here you will be able to go on twice-daily game drives which will allow you to explore the diverse wildlife population of Chobe, which is particularly well-known for its elephant population - the largest in the world! You can also go on river cruises which are a perfect way to observe all of the wildlife and bird activity at the river, in particular elephants coming to drink during the heat of the day.
Days 5 - 7 : Savute, Botswana
Stay at Savute Safari Lodge for 2 nights
After a final game drive this morning you will be driven to Kasane from where you will catch a scenic light aircraft flight to the Savuti Marsh in south-western Chobe. You will stay at Savute Safari Lodge for two nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. The Savute Channel is one of nature's mysteries - flooding one year and completely drying up the next with a landscape marked by skeletons of drowned trees. There is an impressive zebra migration here from November to December and February to April which is the second-largest in the world. There are always predators in search of zebra and other plains game with impressive prides found here as well as elephants. During your stay here tou will go on game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles as well as there being the chance to visit Gubatsa Hills - a small outcrop which is home to ancient San artwork. If you feel like an afternoon of relaxation there is a swimming pool which is the perfect spot to enjoy the view from, and hopefully see some passing elephants.
Days 7 - 9 : Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Stay at Camp Okavango for 2 nights
After a final game drive this morning you will be flown by light aircraft into the world renowned Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Botswana's premier safari destination. You will stay at Camp Okavango on the remote Nxaragha Island for two nights with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. Camp Okavango is a wet camp, with the majority of activities taking place on the water. A professional guide will expertly pole you through the Delta's waterways with the chance to see wildlife up close from a traditional mokoro. There is also a motorboat which is perfect for the deeper channels and is best enjoyed on a sunset cruise with wallowing hippos. Walking safaris are also on offer and are highly recommended for the chance to experience the bush up close and learn more about the intricacies of the bush. Accommodation is provided in expansive suites which have sliding glass doors onto a wooden platform which offers fantastic views over the Delta, and there is a lovely rim-flow swimming pool which is the perfect spot to relax at between activities.
Days 9 - 11 : Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana
Stay at Leroo La Tau for 2 nights
After a final mokoro trip or boat safari you will be flown by light aircraft from the Okavango Delta to the Makgadikgadi Pans - famous for their salt pans, which are the largest on earth. Upon landing you will be met by your guide and game driven to Leroo La Tau on the western boundary of the park overlooking the Boteti River. You will spend two nights here with all meals, house drinks, park fees and game viewing activities included. Whilst here you will be able to go on day and night game drives and when water levels are high enough, boat activities. Please bear in mind that the pans themselves are in a remote location of the park, so are not visited on a daily basis. For down time between activities there is a lovely pool which enjoys panoramic views over the river and surrounding bush. For keen photographers there is also a hide built into the river bank which offers excellent, undetected game viewing.
Day 11 : Makgadikgadi - Maun
After a final activity and breakfast this morning you will be taken to the airstrip in time for your light aircraft flight to Maun. Upon arrival you will be met and assisted to check in for your international flight home, which marks the end of your exciting adventure around Botswana.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $7259 per person
Specified meals and drinks
Activities as per the itinerary
Light air transfers
Internal light aircraft flights
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.