Choosing a Botswana safari will expose you to a true African Eden as the country’s distinctive nature is reflected in its various forest reserves, ancient wildlife corridors, private concessions and wild waterways. From the islands of the Okavango Delta to the elephants of Chobe National Park, the biodiversity of the Khwai River and the white vastness of the Makgadikgadi Pans – Botswana offers a range of African safari experiences. The most popular Botswana destinations are the Okavango, Chobe and Moremi National Parks, which all offer astonishing wildlife viewing in Botswana all year round.
The Big Five are found in high numbers throughout the country, with the biggest elephant population anywhere in the world, at an estimated 130 000.
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A Botswana safari package offers travellers the opportunity to experience a magical African adventure on a grand scale as this landlocked country is home to a variety of natural wonders, endless landscapes and iconic species. From the vast expanse of the Kalahari and the magnitude of the Okavango Delta to the wildlife wonders of Chobe, Moremi, and Khwai River, this wonderful part of the world is inviting discovery. The Okavango Delta in Botswana is an ecological wonder of meandering waterways surrounded by the Kalahari. Both of these distinct ecosystems in Botswana support a diverse array of plant and animal life. Quilted with wetlands, forests, floodplains and open grassland, Moremi Game Reserve is one of Africa’s most beautiful conservation areas and a perfect stop on your Botswana safari.
Chobe National Park is known as ‘the Land of Giants’ due to its large elephant population. In between these two wildlife havens, lies the Khwai River, a scenic pearl teaming with an abundance of species. Dotting the rest of the landscape, are breathtaking spots like Mashatu Game Reserve with its impressive baobabs, the Tuli Block where the rare black-maned lions are a key attraction, Linyanti Game Reserve which is one of the best places to see wild dogs, and the Caprivi that overflows with the life-affirming waters of the Linyanti, Chobe, Cuando and Zambezi Rivers.
The best time for your Botswana safari will depend on your preferred activities or special interests. The country is regarded as a destination that can be visited throughout the year, with three main seasons characterised by distinct weather patterns.
Green Season: November to March
Shoulder Season: April to May
Dry Season (Peak): June to October
The green safari season in Botswana, which is the summer season, stretches from November to March, with hot and humid weather as well as countless thunderstorms at the order of the day. These thunderstorms are not just a spectacular Botswana experience but are life-giving and transform the dry landscape into a green oasis, teeming with new life. For avid birders, there is no better time to travel than during the Botswana green season. Birders will delight in the myriad of breeding pairs and migratory species seeking these greener pastures. If you have always wanted to glide through the Botswana delta waterways in a Mokoro, the best time to book your Botswana safari is during the green season in Botswana.
Opt for a mid-season break to Botswana between April and May if you prefer milder daytime and cooler nighttime temperatures. During autumn, the rains have largely dissipated, driving the wildlife to other water sources and making game viewing an adventurous affair.
For the ultimate wildlife experience, schedule your Botswana holiday safari for the dry season between June and October. The Botswana bush has thinned out extensively, making for exceptional game viewing and easy spotting of iconic species like elephants, buffalo and also predators like lions and wild dogs. The impressive Okavango River is in full flood and animals congregate in great numbers, a photographers dream on a Botswana safari holiday of a lifetime.