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.
Top 8 experiences in Botswana
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…
1. Horseback safari holidays
Horseback safari holidays have been pioneered in Botswana. Imagine yourself cantering alongside the elegant motion of a giraffe, or mounted high above the long grass and reeds watching great herds of zebra wildebeest and lechwe as they move across golden floodplains. On horseback you can venture further into the Delta and get closer to the wildlife than you can on foot. Read more in our Botswana on Horseback feature.
2. Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta
To get the full extent of the vastness of the Delta you really need to take to the skies. Whilst you will get this to a certain extent flying into your chosen camp, a helicopter flip will really allow you to get a bird’s eye view of the Delta in all its glory – make sure you keep your camera handy!
3. Meet the San
A highlight of visiting the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi Pans is the opportunity to interact with the San tribe who are native to the Kalahari region and continue to lead a traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Spend the day exploring the bush with them to learn more about their survival techniques as well as the unique flora and fauna found here.
4. Living with Elephants
Based at Stanley’s and Baines’ Camp, Living with Elephants is a charity focused on ensuring that humans and elephants live in harmony. Situated in a private concession on the southern tip of Chief’s Island – renowned for its abundant wildlife – guests have the unique opportunity to interact with elephants for a morning and learn more about the charity’s conservation efforts. Read all about Anton’s experience at Living with Elephants here....
5. Selinda canoe trail
Selinda Camp in the Selinda Spillway operates a five day, four night canoe and walking safari. This trail allows you to experience some of the Spillway’s lagoons and islands that would be otherwise inaccessible. The game viewing in this area is excellent and a particular attraction is the famous Explorer’s pack of wild dogs – one of the most elusive animals on the African continent. A day of gentle paddling is followed by nights spent in makeshift fly camps with a full camp staff. The only requirement of you is a desire to explore off the beaten track Africa!
6. Quad biking on the Makgadikgadi Pans
Jack's Camp and its satellite San Camp are located deep in the Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, the largest saltpans in the world. One of the most exhilarating ways to experience this unique environment is on a 4WD quad biking safari which allows you to get right into the centre of the pans and explore this otherwise inaccessible region.
7. Meet the meerkats
A highlight of visiting the Makgadikgadi Pans is the chance to interact with meerkats, one of the most entertaining an interesting species to observe. There are habituated meerkats here that you can spend a morning with – just be prepared for them to use your head as a sentry post!
8. Victoria Falls
Yes, we know they’re not in Botswana. But as the border with Zambia and Zimbabwe is only an hour from Chobe National Park, a few nights at Victoria Falls works perfectly in combination with a Botswanan safari. As the adventure capital of southern Africa, you will find no end of experiences to be had here including microlight and helicopter flights over the Falls, walking with lions, elephant back safaris, swimming in Devil’s Pool, white water rafting or bungee jumping into the gorge. Or for a more sedate pace why not go for lunch on Livingstone Island or enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi.