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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
I would book a trip anytime again at Safari Online.
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.
It was excellent all around. Everything worked out well. An experience of a lifetime! The game viewing rides were fun and very informative.
Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. Tongazebi was one place we stayed in a tree house amazing and friendly place our safari was in Savanna Lodge an incredible place to stay and amazing safari we got to see the big five and many others birds and animals. All very close you would not believe how close you get to the wildlife. We are so happy that this was organised for as we have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari on line. Would recommend Safari on line to organise your holiday.
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.
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!
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. First to Batonka in Victoria Falls, then the Eco lodge In Savuti and finally Ngoma Safari Lodge. Each was different and special in their own way. The game drives from the lodges were wonderful, each of our guides Ren at Savuti and Kenneth at Ngoma were informative and experienced. If there was game to be found they found it.
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.
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.
I have a severe intolerance to chemical products such a fabric softener. This can create difficulties when you travel. But the team at Safari Online made sure that all the destinations on our itinerary met our unusual demands. Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!