ARE YOU A SOUTH AFRICA/SADC RESIDENT?

IT’S TIME FOR BOTSWANA

If you are resident in South Africa or another SADC country, then late 2020 and 2021 is looking like a great time to travel to Botswana. Designed to kick-start the country’s post-lockdown tourism business, many special deals are available on tours and accommodation for SADC residents. It’s an opportunity to visit Botswana’s best safari destinations on a deal that may not come round again.

All you need is proof of residence within SADC. The deals are generally available from December 2020 to the end of March 2021 – making a Botswana family safari a very real possibility over the Christmas school holidays. It’s the Green Season in Botswana at this time: there may be some rain but the wildlife viewing makes up for it. This is the antelope birthing season and a time of predators, Kalahari migrations and great birding.

Some special deals apply for the whole of 2021 – good news if you’re thinking about a safari in Botswana’s later in the year – take a look at the Specials Page and our Safari Packages that include your regional flights.

South African government’s Covid-19 portal at www.sacoronavirus.co.za

Home to some of the greatest concentrations of game on the continent, Botswana gives you the chance to see Africa’s wildlife as it once was. It is a land of big cats and wild dogs, of huge elephant herds and dazzling zebra migrations – no wonder it’s been first choice for generations of safari travellers and film-makers.

You’ll also enjoy the benefits of Botswana’s low-impact approach to tourism: limited visitor numbers, sensitively designed safari accommodation and beautiful, unspoilt landscapes. From the Chobe National Park to the Okavango Delta, honeymooners will love Botswana’s romantic scenery; discerning travellers will appreciate its exclusivity.

But there’s another reason Botswana is the perfect safari destination: basking under a warm and dry climate, it’s one of the safest, most stable and welcoming countries in Africa. It’s simple to get to – there are daily air links from Johannesburg, Windhoek and Cape Town – and it’s also easy to add next-door Victoria Falls onto your itinerary.

A Botswana safari is designed to showcase the country’s astonishing wildlife. Whether you choose a camping or accommodated safari, you’ll be sitting back on early morning and late afternoon game drives in open-sided 4X4s – perfect for unhindered photography.

Boat and mokoro (traditional canoe) excursions are part of the activities at Botswana’s water-based camps while those set in private reserves also offer exciting night drives and guided bush walks. Transfers between camps are usually by light aircraft, giving you a memorable bird’s-eye perspective of the landscape; a few select camps offer game viewing by helicopter.

The standard of guiding in Botswana is very high and game drives are generally extremely rewarding, especially in the long dry season. Bird watching is excellent year-round, and this is a country renowned for its predator sightings. You’ll also enjoy some of the best safari accommodation in Africa, ranging from affordably comfortable to once-in-a-lifetime indulgences. Activities, meals and most drinks are included in the cost, and many lodges feature swimming pools, health spas and air conditioning.

To ensure a flawless Botswana safari, it’s best to rely on the experience and expertise of an established safari planner. Safari Online has been creating Botswana safaris since 2005 and all you have to do is contact us with your ideas and we’ll do all the work.

But first you’ll need to make a choice – usually determined by budget – between a mobile camping safari and a fly-in accommodated one.

Botswana camping safaris travel overland from one wildlife hotspot to the next. They draw their inspiration from the days of Hemingway and you can expect comfortable beds in stand-up tents, hot bucket showers and classic campfire camaraderie. Accommodated safaris divide their time between permanent camps and lodges to offer a diverse safari experience with a layer of added comfort.

Then it’s up to us. We deal directly with suppliers – negotiating better rates for you – and ensure all the right bookings are made. Our industry affiliation credentials and super-safe payment methods ensure your financial peace of mind on booking, and we travel regularly to Botswana to double-check logistics and inspect accommodation to ensure standards remain as high as we promise! And since we’re based in South Africa, Safari Online can respond in real time to any problems you may have when you’re here. With us, you’re covered.

top experiences

Luxury, wildlife and many activities

1. Go on a Game Drive

Morning & afternoon game drives with expert guides bring the drama of Chobe straight to you: the raised & open-sided vehicles are ideal for photography & you’ll enjoy drinks & snacks too.

2. Explore Okavango Delta

It’s the world’s biggest inland delta, a mesmerising mosaic of wetlands & woodlands, home to big game & epic bird watching. Experience it from a mokoro – a traditional canoe – steered by a local guide.

3. Cruise the Chobe River

Elephants & buffalo crowd the Chobe River during the dry season & the best views are from a boat. You’ll also see hippos, crocodiles, dazzling birdlife & spectacular sunsets.

4. Track The Predators

Healthy numbers of lion, leopard & cheetah stalk Botswana’s reserves; it’s also Africa’s best destination for wild dogs. Crocodiles, hyenas, giant owls & eagles are commonly seen.

5. Walk the Wilderness

The Okavango Delta & private concessions can be explored on foot, adding a new dimension to your experience & ideal for bird watchers. Your professional guide leads the way.

6. Catch-and-Release Fishing

A few select lodges offer catch-and-release fishing in the Chobe River. If you’d like to spend an afternoon casting for bream or wrestling a toothy tiger fish, then come fishing in Botswana.

7. Search for Wild Dogs

The delta’s grassy floodplains are packed with antelope, making them classic hunting territory for the highly endangered wild dog, one of the most sought-after sightings on an African safari. Head for the drier margins of the delta or ask us for recommendations.

8. Interact with Communities

Some lodges incorporate the local community into your experience. You’ll meet village elders, have fun with local kids & enjoy a taste of life in big game country.

9. Take a Night Drive

Botswana’s private concessions offer spot-lit night drives, the best way to see Africa’s elusive nocturnal creatures such as porcupine, bush babies, wild cats & aardwolf.

Our Incredible Lodges

A selection of hand-picked luxury

save 60%

Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Perched on the only high ground for miles around, this lodge boasts an air of exclusive privacy as well as grand views of the Savuti landscape.

Was: ZAR 9440 PPS
Now From: ZAR 3895 PPS
save 57%

Chobe Game Lodge

One of Botswana’s most celebrated safari lodges, Chobe Game Lodge has an unbeatable position on the banks of the Chobe River.

Was: ZAR 9265 PPS
Now From: ZAR 3990 PPS
save 57%

Camp Moremi

One of the reserve’s longest established camps, Camp Moremi’s elegant thatch and timber main building looks out over an unspoilt Okavango wilderness.

Was: ZAR 9265 PPS
Now From: ZAR 3990 PPS

WHY TRAVEL WITH US

Fully Independent & Owner Run

Book and pay for your trip with Safari Online safe in the knowledge that you are travelling with a registered and reputable travel company. Safari Online negotiates with Africa’s top suppliers to secure the best tour and accommodation rates we can. If you see a lower advertised fare or receive a better quote than ours, we’ll try our best to beat or match it.

  • One-Stop Convenience – when it comes to planning an African safari, we’ll take care of everything except your international flights.
  • Hands-on Expertise – we’re based in Africa and visit our destinations regularly, checking logistics and accommodation to ensure our recommendations are spot on.
  • Personal Service – tours are tailored to your requirements through personalised consulting, and once you’re on tour, we’re on emergency support 24/7.
  • Price Guarantee – delivering quality experiences at a reasonable price is our mission; if you manage to somehow find the same holiday for less, we’ll beat it.
  • Peace of Mind – our secure payment system ensure safe financial transactions while our industry association affiliations guarantee any deposits you make.

Meet our Team

Africa-Lovers and Wildlife Enthusiasts

“Founded in 2005, Safari Online is a small, owner-run Tour Operator with 80 years of combined experience in the tourism industry. We are a family of passionate individuals who love Africa – its people, wildlife and natural landscapes – and are based in Cape Town which makes planning an African Safari Holiday easy for us. We have local, up-to-date knowledge, the right contacts and same-time replies. And if you need real-time assistance when you’re on tour, we’re right here for you.”

 

Walter and Melanie Kohrs – owners of Safari Online

After enjoying an extensive career as a Southern Africa safari guide, Walter combined his lifelong love of nature with a Business Administration degree to establish Safari Online in 2005.

African Travel Specialist Karina has been in tourism since she graduated in the subject & has a deep love for African wildlife – no wonder she lists Botswana as her favourite destination.

African Travel Specialist Kim started her career in the tourism industry in 1998 & has worked in many different sectors of the business; she’s also travelled to many of Africa’s prime destinations.

Hands-on Expertise

  • We’re based in Africa
  • We regularly do site inspections
  • Knowledgeable team
  • Expect great customer service

Accredited & Bonded

  • SATSA – Bonded Membership (2061)
  • ATTA Membership (204387)
  • Fully Independent & Owner Run
  • Travel Support from Start to Finish

Reviews

They kept us fully informed and updated throughout planning, travel, etc.

It was excellent all around. Everything worked out well. An experience of a lifetime! The game viewing rides were fun and very informative.

Karen
Perfect

We are six older but experienced travellers who usually do our own planning. Luck led us to Safari Online and Walter. His ideas proved spot on. Throughout our planning Safari Online have been helpful, always answering emailed questions, no matter how basic, straightaway. We’ve had probably our best ever holiday in years of travel, everything went smoothly. Pickups and transfers were on time. Staff in all the places we stayed were friendly and helpful. I can’t think of one adverse remark except maybe seeing a lion that wasn’t asleep, though I think if it could have been arranged Walter would have done so.

Jennifer
Excellent service and support for our Africa vacation

Working with Walter was a great experience. He listened to us and helped us build a vacation that exceeded all of our expectations. We really appreciated his professionalism and attention to detail.

Dan
Above expectations

Excellent communications and service. We dealt with Sabrina and she is awesome. The safari tour was amazing, i can highly recommend going to Elephant Plains. Its a very special place run by awesome people.

Werner
A great tour operator that was a pleasure to deal with.

We used Safari Online to put together a mid-range Botswana trip for a group of four going to three different camps and then onto Vic Falls. We asked several operators to provide options (through this great safari bookings website) and Walter Kohrs from Safari Online was easily the most responsive and quickest to provide different but realistic options and at good prices. In the end it was a no brainer to go with Safari Online. Walter always responded to my queries quickly, with honest and valuable responses that were clear and made sense. From our perspective he tailored a good mix of places for both our budget and standard of facilities that suited us perfectly, with enough information and links to help us make our decisions. In the end each camp was different and had different aspects and strengths that made each unique. We loved it.

Shane
Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional.  Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Neena
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris