Botswana is a land-locked country situated in southern Africa. It borders South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At Kazungula, four countries – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia – meet at a single point mid-stream in the Zambezi River.

Botswana offers excellent safaris and is well known for having some of the best wilderness and wildlife areas on the African continent. With 38% of its total land area devoted to national parks, reserves and wildlife management areas – for the most part unfenced, allowing animals to roam wild and free – travel through many parts of the country has the feeling of moving through an immense Nature wonderland.

Chobe Zebras fighting

Experience the stunning beauty of the World’s largest intact inland Delta – the Okavango; the unimaginable vastness of the world’s second largest game reserve – the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; the isolation and other-worldliness of the Makgadikgadi – uninhabited pans the size of Portugal; and the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the Chobe National Park.

Botswana is one of the last strongholds for a number of endangered bird and mammal species, including Wild Dog, Cheetah, Brown Hyena, Cape Vulture, Wattled Crane, Kori Bustard, and Pel’s Fishing Owl. This makes your safari experience even more memorable, and at times you will feel simply surrounded by wild animals.

The first – and most lasting impressions – will be of vast expanses of uninhabited wilderness stretching from horizon to horizon, the sensation of limitless space, astoundingly rich wildlife and bird viewing, night skies littered with stars and heavenly bodies of an unimaginable brilliance, and stunning sunsets of unearthly beauty.

Botswana is home to authentic African safaris – from the Okavango Delta to Chobe it is a highly sort after destination.

Botswana is a year-round holiday destination but it is always a good idea to be aware of the best times to visit as there are major seasonal differences in the wildlife viewing.

Best Time to Visit Botswana:
Botswana is a year-round holiday destination but it is always a good idea to be aware of the best times to visit as there are major seasonal differences in the wildlife viewing.

November, December, January & February
This falls into the ‘wet’ or ‘green’ season and can deliver incredible game viewing and bird watching with mostly an afternoon thunderstorm (not persistent rain as experience in other parts of the world) although it can be quite hot & humid. In November, the Zebra migration begins – from north to south. This time of year is renowned for excellent birding and the predators are in waiting as many antelopes give birth.

Photographic safaris are great at this time of year with vivid colors of the greener scenery and animal’s coats not being as camouflaged.

The Central Kalahari, Makgdikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan plus the Chobe/Savuti areas are great at this time of year.

March
Temperatures are still warm both day and night but the air is drier and the rains less frequent. The bush is lush and green and water is still plentiful meaning there are usually more bugs. The start of the rutting season leads to the sleek and fat impala males snorting and cavorting to attract females.

April and May
This is one of the best times to go on a Botswana safari as rates are still good and there are fewer visitors than in the peak months but game viewing is often as good as in the high season. Rain becomes less frequent and with the vivid green bush fading to duller dry season colors; the predators begin to enjoy themselves as their colors blend in with their surroundings once again. Seasonal waterholes are quickly drying up leading to the animals using the permanent water sources (Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe River). The migratory birds begin their flights to winter-feeding and breeding grounds in far away places.


June – October
June marks the start of the high season when temperatures start to drop and you will need to dress warmly for your night & early morning game drives. There’s very little rain and the bugs have eased off. The Delta gets to full flood and more and more animals congregate near the water and flood plains as seasonal water sources have dried up. Mekoro and boat trips become more exciting as new channels and waterways can be accessed. Excellent game viewing make this the most expensive time to visit Botswana.

Soft early morning and evening light combined with dust provides the opportunity for many dramatic photo settings.

Great time to visit all the northern safari regions as in April and May.

Botswana is high on most people's safari bucket list due to the contrasting scenery and seasonal changes. From the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta to the arid Kalahari. You are spoilt for choice in Botswana.

The most common way of getting around is on light aircraft so you get a birds eyeview of the surroundings while taking the easy way to travel and adding to the excitement of your safari. For true adventurers, hire a 4x4 and drive (off-road experience is recommended due to times of flooding and remoteness of camps).

Bushmen making fire in Kalahari
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a birders paradise as well as there being plenty of game that gather at the infrequent waterholes increasing your chances of witnessing a dramatic chase and kill.
 

Crocodile in Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is one of the best safari destinations in Southern Africa, due to its number of elephants and large predator populations. Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566km².

Wild Dog in Tuli Game Reserve

Spectacular landscapes, rich and varied wildlife, and a host of historical, cultural and natural history attractions define this unique and very striking corner of Botswana.

Leopard in Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
Safaris at Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park are good throughout the year although the best time is probably at the end of the rainy season (March to May).
 

Zebra migration in Makgadikgadi - Horse Riding
Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pans National Park offer incredible safari experiences with some very different sightings from the zebra migration to the shy meerkats.
 

Moremi Crossing mokoro safari in Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland water system/delta and attracts large numbers of wildlife and birds making it one of the best safaris in Botswana and indeed, Africa. A Okavango Delta Safari is a must for anyone visiting Botswana.