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The ultimate in exclusive safaris, Botswana is home to the expansive vistas of The Hauntingly striking Kalahari desert, the famous elephant herds of Chobe and The Game rich landscapes of The Okavango Delta, the jewel in her glittering crown.

Tours in Botswana

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Things to See & Do

  • Okavango Delta

    Okavango Delta

    The largest inland delta on earth and without doubt Botswana’s most famous natural feature. The Okavango is a remarkable network of lagoons and channels that flood annually. Located in the midst of this expanse of unparalleled beauty, covering 20% of its area is the Moremi Game Reserve, home to an array of wildlife.

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  • Linyanti Reserve

    Linyanti Reserve

    Lying to the north of the Okavango Delta, the Linyanti Wetlands present visitors with one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Africa. Covering over 1,250 square kilometres, its rivers, floodplains and dense forests support huge herds of zebra, buffalo and elephant, as well as wild dog, cheetah and aardvarks.

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  • Mokoroing the Delta

    Mokoroing the Delta

    The mokoro, a dugout canoe made from a single tree, is the perfect craft for negotiating the shallow waters of the delta, with its streamlined shape gently and silently gliding through the narrow channels. Mokoros are synonymous with the Delta and, today are an experience not to be missed if visiting the Okavango.

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  • Moremi Reserve

    Moremi Reserve

    This gem of a National Park has garnered a number of important distinctions. in 2008, it was voted the ‘best game reserve in Africa’ by the prestigious African Travel and Tourism Association. Moremi Game Reserve is situated in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango, and includes the Moremi Tongue and chief’s island, boasting one of the richest and most diverse ecosystems on the continent. This makes for spectacular game viewing and bird watching, including all major naturally occurring herbivore and carnivore species in the region, and over 400 species of birds, many migratory and some endangered. Both Black and White Rhino have recently been re-introduced, now making the reserve a ‘Big Five’ destination.

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  • Big Five

    Big Five

    Africa’s famous ‘most wanted’ list the Big Five comprise the impressive rhino and the African elephant (largest land mammal on earth), the brooding and deadly buffalo, the beautifully elusive leopard and, finally, the magnificent lion, king of the beasts. Our East Africa journeys off the chance, with luck, to view all 5 in their natural habitat. Maybe you will be lucky enough to witness a lion roar, an incredible sound (and feeling) which can travel 8 km.

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  • Game Drives

    Game Drives

    Your days will take a wonderfully regular routine. Each will begin with an early start and a morning game drive, to make the most of the cool of the day, when the animals are likely to be at their most exuberant. This will then be followed by breakfast and a morning spent relaxing and swimming, or simply basking in the glorious ambience of the setting. After lunch you will then enjoy a late afternoon game drive, which in its turn precedes a very civilised itinerary of sundowners and dinner. Your game drives and the day in general are all so incredibly unhurried and reminiscent of a more gentle age of exploration.

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  • Large herds of elephants

    Large herds of elephants

    During certain seasons, there may be a good chance that you could see hundreds of elephants at one time. You may also be lucky enough to be surrounded by elephants as Botswana just seem to have masses of these magnificent animals throughout its wonderful land.

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  • Sunset cruise

    Sunset cruise

    Botswana's vast landscapes take on an altogether more ethereal glow in the late hues of the afternoon sun. Cruising the waters of the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta at sunset, watching herds of hippos and elephants bathing at the water's edge, provides a magical end to a perfect day.

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  • Night game drives

    Night game drives

    Night drives in Botswana provide for some of the most dramatic and unusual sighting. Night time in Africa is a time when our ancient fears rise to the surface, a time when our DNA shudders to the thought of when we were part of the natural world and were considered easy prey, but today we can experience the dramas of the night from the safety of a safari vehicle.

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  • Boma dinner

    Boma dinner

    A traditional African Boma is often nestled within the surrounding bush, merely footsteps away from your lodge. Still today the flames of the Boma reflect memories of the ancient world of African folk and their way of life. Boma, meaning Kraal in Swahili, formed an enclosure, usually made from latte sticks, for camps and fortified villages during the 18th and 19th century when tribal wars and colonial conquests were common. During your safari there will be the opportunity to take a Boma dinner under the stars, however you will have the luxury of modern day facilities and utensils. The boma, surrounded by ancient bush beyond, is the ideal setting for relaxing and toasting to a sumptuous experience.

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Highlights of Botswana

Travel Experts

  • Sarah Jane Phelps

    Make sure you all have your own binoculars - you wont want to share! - don’t forget a hat, sunglasses and sun cream, there are no shops in the bush.

    Sarah Jane Phelps
    Sales Consultant
  • Phil Ellis

    Don't be blinkered by the large animals, Botswana has some of the most amazing small critters and the birding is incredible.

    Phil Ellis
    Africa Product Manager

Best Time To Go and Weather

The safari season in Botswana runs from the beginning of March to the end of November. The winter and early spring months from May to October are generally regarded as the best times for game viewing. The days are generally warm although the nights can become very cold. This is the dry season. December to March is the wet season and although the days are very hot, the air is dry and humidity is low. The rain falls normally in the late afternoon, in the form of a thunderstorm. At this time of year, the bush is lush and the bird life is at its best. As temperatures can vary so much, it is worth taking clothing that can be layered to account for this.<br/>

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT +2 hrs
  • Flight Time11 hrs
  • VisaNot for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsPolio, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Malaria**
  • CurrencyPula
  • CapitalGaborone
  • Area600,370 sq km
  • Population1.6 million
  • Dialling Code+267
  • Electricity231V 50HZ
  • LanguageEnglish, Setswana

* Please check with the tourist board to confirm

** Please check with your health professional to confirm

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Key Phrases
Dumela - Good day/Morning/Afternoon/Evening
Dumelang - Good day/Morning/Afternoon/Evening (to a group of people)
Go Siame - Goodbye
Sharp – Goodbye (used by young people)
March - Flamingo Migration Home to some of the most important flamingo breeding sites, tens of thousands flock to the Makgadikgadi salt pans to feed and breed April - Maun Festival Hours of contemporary African and jazz music, dance, poetry and visual arts take place in aid of local schools and to celebrate Botswana’s rich culture May - Tjilenje (Ngwao Boswa) Cultural Festival Traditional games, dancing and tasty local dishes make for an interesting event in the north eastern village of Nlapkhwane June -Toyota 1000 Desert Race Crowds gather in the Kalahari Desert for this premier off-road car racing event August – Kuru Dance Festival The only bushman-owned farm, the Dqae Qare Game Farm near D’kar in the Kalahari hosts three days of traditional dance October - Domboshaba Festival of Culture and History – The Domboshaba Ruins become the backdrop of traditional Kalanga music, dance and food to celebrate the colourful Bakalanga culture
Food & Drink
Seswaa Typically made up of beef, goat or lamb that has been boiled in a pot until tender and served with pap (maize meal) or sorghum meal porridge Serobe Fore the more adventurous, the intestines and other parts of goat or sheep are cooked until tender Mapane Worms Found across many local markets, this delicacy is often fried with tomatoes or added to a stew Vetkoek Traditional Afrikaner deep fried pastry dough which is served sweet or filled with ground beef Oxtail Due to an abundance of ox, this is a popular meat dish, often used in casserole and served with dumplings Magwinya Another name for the Vetkoek, these deep fried doughballs are a local favourite and sometimes known as ‘fat cakes’ Home Brew Beer - Fermented from sorghum, maize, millet and wild fruits or berries, local beers are popular here but be careful of their extremely high alcohol content Madila (sour milk) Also known as hodzeko-amasi or lacto, many Africans claim by this sour or cultured milk and link its probiotic content to many health benefits Ginger Beer – A popular and refreshing non-alcoholic drink in Botswana
Tipping has become much more popular here so you can expect to tip 10% in restaurants and possibly more where you feel the service is deserved. Expect to tip hotel porters around 5 Botswana Pulas (59 cents) and up to P8 (95 cents) to housekeepers. For tourguides, offer $2.93-5.86 per person per day, going up to $8.20 for higher end tours.
Books to Read
Okavango – Jewel of the Kalahari Illustrated with over 170 colour photographs, this book by Karen Ross was originally written to accompany the BBC series and revisits the extraordinary wetland created by the Okavango River The No.1 Ladies Detective agency The first of Alexander McCall Smith’s bestselling Botswana series and the basis of TV series adaptations, this novel tells the story of Miss Marple who sets out on the trail of a missing child which unveils some stranges places, situations and a little danger. Why Botswana prospered by J Clark Leith details the reasons why Botswana’s economy developed since gaining independence in 1966 while other African nations failed to prosper The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales explores the lives of Botswana villagers before their colonisation by the British and after their independence in 1966
Movies to Watch
The Gods must be mad This 1980 comedy and first in The Gods Must Be Crazy series, tells the story of Xi, a bushman of the Kalahari Desert whose tribe has no knowledge of the world beyond. The No.1 Ladies Detective agency This feature-length TV film directed by Anthony Minghella and based on Alexander McCall Smith’s bestsellers, follows the colourful and intriguing trails of detective agent Precious Remotse, played by award winning singer Jill Scott
Music to Listen to
Kwaito Originating in Johannesburg, this slower tempo form of house music contains catchy melodies and rap-style vocals and is popular among South African youths Tswana Mostly made up of stringed instruments, this popular music is commonly characterised by the violin-like segaba, and the setinkane – a series of flattened nails attached to a wooden board which produce a ‘buzzing’ chime-like sound
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