Most famous for the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park and River as well as refuge to Africa’s largest population of wild elephant, Botswana is also home to the “Big 5” and critically endangered species including the African Wild Dog.
In addition, Botswana offers cultural and multi-activity experiences suitable for everyone. Low impact, higher cost policies have enabled a vast 20% of the country to remain protected, offering an exclusive safari experience, often only accessed by light aircraft. Self-drive safaris offer a more affordable alternative and experiential way to explore.
The main ecosystem of Botswana is Kalahari Desert, with the Chobe River, Okavango River (Panhandle) and Okavango Delta creating wetland oases that a myriad of wildlife and birds depend on year round. There are areas where waters flow permanently, however, much of the country will only see rivers and pans filling seasonally. These unpredictable and dynamic phenomena make Botswana a unique and exciting destination. You never quite know what you might encounter next!
Victoria Falls Either on the Zimbabwean or Zambian side. Road transfers from Kasane to both towns are easy and visas may generally be obtained at the borders. (Please note that if visiting Zambia, Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required when flying out of South Africa afterwards). Direct flights to Victoria Falls Town or Livingstone from Johannesburg
South Africa For wine tasting, Robben Island, Table Mountain, Cape Point, penguins and more – there is Cape Town. Whilst Johannesburg offers cultural tours of Soweto, some great shopping and the Cradle of Humankind. The Kruger – as well as other National Parks in RSA offer a very different safari experience from Botswana. Please note that if travelling with children unabridged birth certificates are required
Mozambique For a relaxing, luxurious, beach side holiday where diving is simply extraordinary. Do as little or as much as you like. Visas are required for Mozambique by most nationals and may usually be obtained at the border.
Namibia There are direct flights from Windhoek to Gaborone with Air Namibia – home to the largest sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. Distances are great here, so taking sufficient time to explore is recommended. Popular with self-drivers, there are also remote fly-in locations. Accommodation to suit every budget and comfort level.
Air Botswana & SAA Airlink – Direct daily flights from Johannesburg to Maun, Kasane and Gaborone
Air Namibia – Direct daily flights from Windhoek to Gaborone
By Road – Main roads in Botswana are in good condition and a sedan car will cope easily and is cost-effective. However, when taking to the Parks, Reserves and other destinations off the beaten track a 4×4 is essential. For more info on these safaris, please contact us.
Please note that if travelling with children unabridged birth certificates are required
Top Tip: We recommend you booking your flights in and out of Botswana as part of your international flight from home to protect you in the event of missed connections caused by delays!