Custom Botswana Tour

Botswana is home to dramatic landscapes, great wildlife populations and is known as the place where mobile safaris were perfected. Customize your trip with Big Five Tours & Expeditions to make the most of your safari expedition in Botswana!

Country Information




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.

Time Zone:

Botswana is Greenwich Mean Time GMT +2 hours.

Flight Information:

Botswana Map

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.

Before You Go

Bostwana Destination Guide (Download)

Custom Botswana Tour Navigator Series

(Countries Visited)


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel


Safari Tours


Adventure Travel

(Tour Length)

Varied Days

Tour Highlights

Starting at: $7,000

About Botswana Travel

Chobe National Park/Linyanti Wildlife Reserve: In northwest Botswana, Chobe is an expansive wilderness with one of the largest game concentrations left on the African continent.  Lion, leopard, wild dog, cheetah and zebra are here in healthy numbers, but the elephant is the star.  As part of the largest continuous elephant herd left in the world, the population is estimated at 120,000, covering most of northern Botswana and northwestern Zimbabwe.  They migrate from Chobe and Linyanti rivers in the dry season to the southeast pans during the rains.  They are the largest in body size of all elephants. Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, on the Linyanti River, is an exclusive private reserve of 275,000 acres.  It is less crowded than Chobe can be.  Its varied woodlands and floodplains are home to several species of antelope:  roan, sable, the rare red lechwe, and aquatic sitatunga.  It is also known for massive herds of elephant.  Great herds of zebra graze here before trekking south in November.

Makgadikgadi Pans: Makgadikgadi Pans have a fascinating geological history.  The area was once part of an ancient lake that dried up some 10,000 years ago.  It is composed of many pans with sandy desert in between.  The pans are like no other place on Earth – utterly desolate until the rains come between December and April.  The largest single pan is about 1,930 square miles, and is often covered with water.  Makgadikgadi Pans is the largest salt flat complex in the world.  The area is home to one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations.  In the dry season, the Boteti River on the edge of the pans becomes very important in providing an area for wildlife to congregate, since most seasonal ponds and drainages are devoid of water.

Mashatu Game Reserve: In a remote corner of Botswana, where the Limpopo and Shashe rivers meet, Mashatu Game Reserve boasts a wilderness terrain of savannas, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops.  The privately owned land shelters lion, giraffe, eland, cheetah, ostrich and kori bustard.  At night, bat-eared fox, African wildcat and leopard search for prey.  Some 366 species of birds have been identified.  The reserve has the largest single population (more than 500) of elephants on privately owned land.  In this brilliant setting, one can discover unspoiled landscapes in 4 x 4 vehicles, on walking safaris, by mountain bikes or horseback.

Mobile Safaris: For the quintessential safari experience, mobile safaris explore a variety of bush landscapes from delta to grassy floodplains to massive salt flats. Game viewing is done on foot, by boat and in safari vehicles. They explore remote archaeological sites and fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. Guides are highly trained and experienced, including the renowned Bushmen, who share how they survive in this environment, using ancient knowledge of plants, animal behavior and their survival skills. Each day’s journey is set to the rhythms of the land and the animals.Here is the opportunity to sleep out in the open, surrounded by nature at her very best.
her very best.

Moremi Wildlife Reserve: Moremi is the centerpiece, the gem of the delta and one of the great African game-viewing parks.  The wildlife is as varied as the ecosystems – from lechwe, tsessebe and reedbuck that thrive in the floodplain to sable and roan antelope found along the streams.  Lion and leopard are very active.  Here, too, migrating elephant, buffalo, zebra and wildebeest gather around pools of water during the dry season.

Okavango Delta: This is the world’s largest inland delta, and is seasonal habitat for elephant, blue wildebeest, giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion and hyenas as well as over 400 species of birds.  It is subject to seasonal flooding, which can start as early as May, but generally floods do not reach many parts of the delta until mid-to late-June.  July and August are the peak flood months.  Seasonal water levels mean islands appear and disappear.  The Okavango River, with no ocean outlet, is the source of the delta’s water.  The region is known for walking safaris and safaris by dugout canoe and boat (water levels permitting), as well as game drives.

Best Times to Travel to Botswana
Festivals and Special Events:

  • May-August is winter, the dry season with sunny, cool to warm days.  Night temperatures can dip below freezing, especially in the southwest.
  • June-October is prime time in the Okavango Delta, with animals migrating to water.
  • March-April is when the zebras and others migrate to Chobe and Savuti.
  • November-March is summer.  It’s hot and rainy, but a great time to spot birds and numbers of animals migrating to summer grazing areas.  Mosquitoes can be a problem.  Calving season is November-December.
  • Although summers are hot, December to April is an ideal time to see the migrating birdlife in the Kalahari Desert.

Suggested Botswana Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa
One of South Africa's foremost cities is the portal to many adventures into Southern Africa.

Day 2: Johannesburg/Okavango Delta, Botswana
A jewel in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, the delta is Africa’s largest
and most beautiful oasis with some of the richest wildlife in the world.

Day 3/4: Okavango Delta
Mazes of waterways, lagoons, vast grassy plains and palm-fringed islands are home to amazing wildlife.

Day 5: Okavango Delta/Makgadikgadi Pan
The pan is one of the largest salt flats in the world, the result of a vast lake that dried up thousands of years ago.

Day 6/7: Makgadikgadi Pan
This seemingly desolate and little-traveled wilderness comes to life with the rains.

Day 8: Makgadikgadi Pan/Johannesburg/Depart


Custom Travel Options

Chobe or Linyanti Reserve (3 days)
This area represents one of the largest game concentrations left on the African continent.

Mashatu Game Reserve –Tuli Block (3 days)
This diverse wilderness of savannas, marshland and sandstone outcrops is home to the largest single population (more than 500) of elephants on privately owned land.

Mobile Safaris (5 days)
Mobile tented adventures are ideal for those seeking the most authentic safari experience and for repeat travelers looking for a deeper understanding.

Moremi Wildlife Reserve (2 days)
One of the great African game-viewing parks, it is also famous for pioneering the walking safaris.

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Approx. $875 - $1,200 per day.

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