Botswana Tailor-made Holidays

One of the last great wildlife destinations to be found on the continent

Botswana

Botswana is a veritable African Eden, one of the last great wildlife destinations to be found on the continent. Botswana really has it all.

The Kalahari desert not only boasts the largest unbroken stretch of sand in the world, but also salt pans, ancient baobabs, riverine islands, fossil river valleys, black-maned lions and the original San people.

One of Earth’s last great wildernesses, the vast inland Okavango Delta, subject to seasonal floods of Biblical proportions, has an astonishing abundance and variety of species, both large and small.

Eager to avoid the vagaries of mass tourism, Botswana has consciously kept the country highly exclusive. Scattered around the reserves and concessions are isolated lodges of varying sumptuousness where fortunate guests can appreciate the raw, pristine beauty of vast natural landscapes and marvel at a cornucopia of wildlife encounters and spectacles.

Botswana Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Tailor-Made Tour

Botswana Off The Beaten Track

Visit some of the lesser known areas and lodges in Botswana with a focus on smal...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Botswana Linyanti & Delta Adventure

This itinerary highlights the best wildlife of the Linyanti & Delta areas with s...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Affordable Botswana & Victoria Falls

Showcasing some of the best highlights of Botswana and Victoria Falls whilst usi...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Botswana Ultimate Wildlife

We have designed this itinerary to showcase the very best of the wildlife locati...

Featured Accommodation

Selinda Camp

An intimate camp offering understated luxury on the banks of the eastern Selinda...

Selinda Explorer Camp

Poised in a remote, treasured location on the famous Selinda Spillway, under can...

Zarafa

An intimate, four-room tented camp located on the 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve i...

Xigera Camp

A water and land paradise situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta within the...

Ngoma Safari Lodge

Situated in Northern Botswana within the Chobe Forest Reserve bordering the west...

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

One of the Delta’s most exclusive lodges, Chief’s Camp is located in the Mom...

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Botswana: -19.248922, 24.263306

Best Time To Visit Botswana

Botswana is a predominantly dry and sunny country with a pleasant climate throughout the year. Even during the rainy season months (December to March), rainfall is rarely high enough to prohibit travel and visitors are rewarded with dramatic skies, cheaper prices and beautifully green landscapes.

Most of the country is classified as being either desert or semi-arid and all would be pretty barren were it not for the annual flood waters that inundate the lush Okavango Delta and northern waterways.  The fact that the flood waters come when the wildlife needs this most – during the height of the dry season (July to October) – makes this an even more remarkable event and helps to sustain some of the highest mammal concentrations in Africa.

Counterintuitively, the rainy season months (December to March) are when the flood waters are at their lowest and many animals move away from the wetland areas to find grazing elsewhere.  This is when many animals choose to have their young and when the deserts of the south start to bloom, creating a paradise for birds, herbivores and associate carnivores.

This mix of seasons means that Botswana is truly a year-round destination.  Most people choose the dry season months for their first visit but many old-timers prefer the greenery, dramatic skies and unusual wildlife of the rainy months.

As one would expect, the dry season months (July to October) are the most expensive with December to March usually being the cheapest (but wettest) months to travel.  The transitional months of November, April, May and June tend to have good weather and decent prices but the wildlife can be a little harder to see as there is a lot more cover and the animals are more dispersed.

The best time for birdwatching is from September to May, with the Okavango heronries becoming most active from September through to November when migrant birds return.  Read more in our Travelling to Botswana: where to go when? blog post.

Travel Info

Flight Time
14 hours

Time Zone
GMT +2

Best visited
May to September

Language Spoken
English, Tswana

Population
2.33 million

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris

If you have any questions regarding travel to Botswana please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience.  As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences).  Your recommended  destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.

We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.

I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities.  However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.

When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats.  We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.

This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.

Mr JW - Ettrickbridge