Botswana weaves a subtle spell with its alluring contrasts of desert and delta, where wildlife still outnumbers people; where sand meets water, where traditional lifestyles are still practiced.
In the northwest, the Okavango River pours onto the desert sands of the Kalahari, creating the largest inland river delta in the world. These two fragile environments occupy much of the country – the Kalahari Desert, with its great salt flats and the Okavango Delta, a maze of islands, lagoons and waterways. Chobe River, Linyanti Wetlands and Savuti Channel lure brilliant birds and large numbers of antelope such as the desert-adapted Oryx and wetlands-loving lechwe.
Botswana may be the last outpost for some of the largest wildlife herds left in Africa, including zebra, gemsbok, wildebeest, springbok and, especially, elephants. Chobe National Park shelters what is likely the largest surviving continuous elephant population in the world. The Limpopo River Basin, the major landform of all of Southern Africa, lies partly in Botswana. The brooding quietness of the waterways, the graceful red dunes, the plaintiff cry of an African fish eagle and the Okavango’s glorious sunsets will linger long after the trip home. The very remoteness that once deterred travelers is now a large part of Botswana’s attraction.
Here, it is still possible to experience authentic Africa on the Botswana safari of a lifetime.
Summer: (Sept-April) Frequent rain and thunderstorms; days and nights are very hot, but cooling off after rain spells.
Winter: (May-July) Dry and cold days and nights especially in the early hours of the morning.
Botswana is Greenwich Mean Time GMT +2 hours.
Upon arrival, proceed through immigration and baggage claims and customs. You can also exchange money at this time at the bank windows located in the airport. Big Five
personnel will assist you with your baggage and escort you to your hotel & assist with check-in formalities.
Pula (P) = 100 thebe. Notes are in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.
220-240 volts AC, 50Hz. 15- and 13-amp
plug sockets are used.
President’s Picks: Botswana & South Africa 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Adventure Botswana 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Explore the varied landscapes and environments of Botswana that encompasses Savuti Channel, the Okavango Delta and the dramatic Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Encounter large herds of zebra, wildebeest, elephant and other wildlife. Enjoy outstanding bird watching. Take in the iconic Victoria Falls and explore the range of adventure activities available.
South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Take in the famous Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe and and enjoy the wide range of activities ranging from a cruise on the Zambezi River to bungee jumping. Explore Botswana's remarkable national parks and private game reserves teeming with animals including huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Discover the Okavango Delta's rich waterways by canoe and boat and travel into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, where the ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains coexist. Savor the experience of staying in small, luxury safari lodges and tented camps that recall another, slower time.
Namibia & Botswana 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Explore Namibia's remarkable desert landscapes, the world's tallest sand dunes and a traditional community of the semi-nomadic Himba. In Botswana, discover the many facets of the fabled Okavango Delta both by land and by water.
Botswana & Zambia – Three Rivers 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Superb safari in Botswana and Zambia offers premier game viewing in exceptional surroundings. Explore Victoria Falls, the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, and the Okavango Delta. Stay in distinctive accommodations for a classic safari experience. Track Africa’s big five game animals on safaris by vehicle, boat and on foot!
Botswana & Zambia 9 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Experience Southern Africa's Green Season with astounding wildlife and extraordinary safari camps. Discover Victoria Falls and the Moremi Game Reserve. See the big five by vehicle, boat and on foot. A once in a lifetime Safari excursion awaits!
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Zambia & Botswana: Uncharted Footsteps 15 Days Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Zambia & Botswana: Uncharted Footsteps engages you with walking safaris, the essence of sustainable travel. Walks are a wonderful way to engage the African bush. Enjoy a private tour of Victoria Falls followed by a visit to Chief Mukuni’s village. Take an elephant-back safari that winds through riverine bush.
South Africa, Botswana & Zambia 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel
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Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the big five (leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant) make this a stellar journey.