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Abundant wildlife, watery deltas, dry desert salt pans and ultra-chic bush sanctuaries – a luxury Botswana holiday in this unrivalled wilderness awaits.

Punt silently along Botswana's picturesque waterways in a dugout canoe, past swaying reeds and tall grasses. This placid wilderness of lagoons, grassland and flooded plains is home to huge numbers of birds and animals, including hippos wallowing in deep channels and the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. On an island at the heart of the Okavango Delta lies the Moremi Game Reserve, boasting a range of eco-systems from grassland and woodland to waterside. In the Kalahari, vultures soar on the thermals, looking down on the Makgadikgadi with its mile upon mile of shimmering white salt pans stretching endlessly to the horizon, its sandy expanses holding only a peppering of thornbush and the odd sighting of meerkat, mongoose and hyena. This is the territory of the huntergatherer San people with their clicking tongues, wide grins and jovial spirits. Quad bikes provide an exciting way to discover the dusty pans. Venture into Chobe National Park where the wetlands and waterways are alive with hippos, crocodiles, waterbirds, buffalos, big cats and more. For more leisurely wildlife viewing, take a river cruise on board a luxurious houseboat on the Upper Zambezi, where the river is broad and languid. Botswana is wilderness as it should be, unspoilt and unsurpassed.

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Okavango Delta

The largest inland delta in the world, this is the perfect environment in which to enjoy tranquil cruises along the water channels, viewing water-adapted species such as red lechwe and sitatunga antelope from a different level. Aboard a mokoro canoe propelled by your accompanying guide, navigate along channels carved by hippos and get up close to birds and amphibians such as the tiny, spotted reed frogs. You may even see those hippos yawn when you join a sundowner cruise from a Delta camp to catch the kaleidoscopic sunsets. For a true sense of the expanse of the Delta’s flooded plains, take to the air. Covering over 16,000 square kilometres during the peak of the flooding, this lush watery wilderness is a maze of papyrus swamps and shallow reed beds, dotted with palm islands and laced with a network of channels and lagoons. On board your helicopter, the side doors can be removed to allow for enhanced photographic opportunities as you track animals from the air and fly above the roving fish eagles. Scenic flights can be arranged from camp, with a guide to assist with animal tracking or perhaps touching down on an island for a drop of Champagne to celebrate a special occasion; alternatively, you may opt to include a helicopter trip as you move between camps. To splash through the shallow Delta waters on horseback is to become one of the herd, the wild animals being much more accepting of a horse. Led by expert ranger guides, gallop with giraffe and antelope and track elephants as they move between islands. Our specialists can arrange a day ride from andBeyond Xaranna Camp or if interested in a full horse-back safari, a stay at Macatoo Camp.

Chobe River

For close encounters with the huge herds of elephants that come to the Chobe River to wash and drink, we recommend a two or three night cruise on the Zambezi Queen, a stylish and sophisticated river safari. Reminiscent of a deluxe boutique hotel, the boat has just fourteen cabins furnished in modern African décor with floor-to-ceiling windows leading onto a private balcony. Relax in the lounge, bar and sundeck with plunge pool and dine in the elegant dining room. Complimentary activities include water-based safaris by tender boat and fishing; an optional trip into Chobe National Park can be arranged.

Makgadikgadi Pans

Created in traditional East African 1940’s safari style, Jack’s Camp comprises a handful of canvas tents equipped with indoor/outdoor showers, Persian rugs, paraffin lamps, crisp cotton sheets and en suite bathrooms. Tucked away in a palm grove, the camp is known for the quality of its guides who often team up with local bushmen to provide unforgettable insights into the wildlife and ethnic culture. Head there in the dry season from April to October for an unforgettable journey across the dry Makgadikgadi Pans by quad bike. This scorched, lunar-like landscape offers a genuine desert experience – the truly adventurous being able to opt for an overnight trip, sleeping on a bedroll under the stars at Kubu Island. Enjoy an encounter with a group of habituated meerkats to see the desert through their eyes and observe their social interactions.

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Okavango DeltaBotswana in Style - Save 20%

The lush Okavango Delta’s incredible landscape is a maze of waterways and grassy floodplains, a true safari haven, andBeyond’s lodges and camps are strategically placed around these ever-changing lands. From a choice of camps your luxe adventure begins, and the beauty of Botswana (home to the ...

Botswana with Wilderness Safaris

Few places on earth can match the Delta's mystical appeal; nestled in the north east is the Linyanti Reserve, home to abundant game and wildlife experiences. View game from a unique perspective by cruising along maze like channels on a river barge, watching for the wildlife coming to drink. A ...

AfricaBotswana & Victoria Falls

Explore the best of Zimbabwe and Botswana on this eight night adventure. Beginning with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, marvel at the awesome splendour of the thundering mass of water that roars into the abyss, the sunlight creating colourful rainbows as it catches the misty spray. Enjoy wildlife ...

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Rovos Rail, Victoria Falls & MalaMalaRovos Rail

Combine a unique rail safari on the world-renowned Rovos Rail with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls and a Big 5 safari. The world-renowned Rovos Rail ‘Pride of Africa’ trains offer unique rail safaris through magnificent scenery combined with first class accommodation, cuisine and service. ...

Cape Town, Madikwe Game Reserve, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and the Okavango DeltaSouthern Africa Uncovered

Explore the highlights of Southern Africa with Sanctuary Retreats, taking in Madikwe Game Reserve, The Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta as well as staying at Belmond Mount Nelson in central Cape Town.

Okavango Delta, Kalahari & MakgadikgadiFrom Desert to Delta

Explore Botswana’s key ecosystems and environments on this nine night African adventure. Encounter the mighty elephant as you participate in bathing, training or simply walking with these magnificent creatures. Traverse the wetlands of the Okavango Delta to spot big game and smaller, more elusive ...

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Botswana /Best Experiences

  • Witness the spectacular zebra migrations of the Makgadikgadi
  • Go game viewing by mokoro canoe for a unique, ground-level perspective
  • Observe colonies of habituated meerkat at close quarters
  • Take a cruise down the Chobe River and see herds of elephant congregating along the river banks
  • Explore the desert with Zu/'hoasi bushmen


Botswana /When is the best time to visit Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana for game viewing in the delta areas is during the dry winter season from April to October when animals are drawn to water sources. Days are warm and sunny although nights can drop below freezing – in October temperatures can be particularly hot. The Okavango area tends to be more moderate than the Kalahari where seasonal differences are more extreme and activities vary according to wet (November – March) and dry (April – October) seasons.

Botswana /Reviews

Carrier Sales Consultant, Steph Bates, recently returned from her first trip to Botswana. Here she shares with us her safari recommendations and how to choose which lodges to stay at.... more

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Abundant wildlife, watery deltas and ultra-chic bush sanctuaries - Botswana is the ultimate safari destination. On my recent trip I was lucky enough to stay at several land and water-based camps which gave me a real taste of what each camp has to offer.... more

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Approximate flight times
London to Johannesburg – Maun/Kasane: 1 hour 30 minutes, Cape Town – Maun: 2 hours 40 minutes
Time Difference
GMT +2 hours

Botswana /Essentials

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British passport holders require a visa which can be obtained on arrival.

Multi-centre Options

Botswana’s diversity offers contrasting experiences within the country, from the Delta’s waterways to the dry desert pans. Itineraries can easily be extended to include time in neighbouring Zambia, Zimbabwe or Namibia.

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