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  • A cheetah laying in the foreground with a safari car behind

You’ve never felt as remote as in Botswana, with its placid lagoons, eco-diverse island game reserve and the lunar-like salt flats of Makadikadi Basin.

You’ve never felt as remote as in Botswana, with its placid lagoons, eco-diverse island game reserve and the lunar-like salt flats of Makadikadi Basin.

A window to the natural world, Botswana’s landlocked status only adds to its sense of exquisite isolation. The carpet of watery deltas goes on for miles, melting into cracked desert salt pans further south, with small camps and lodges scattered far afield like delightful chocolate chips in a pancake.

The aim is to keep footfall to a minimum to safeguard the raw landscapes and it makes for superior safaris. While most places in Africa will claim to bring visitors closer to nature, the wildly intimate opportunities here are what comes through on the promise.

Two canoe boats with a Helmsman stood
A giraffe in the foreground with a small herd of zebras behind
A herd of elephants at the waters edge
Two canoe boats with a Helmsman stood
A giraffe in the foreground with a small herd of zebras behind
A herd of elephants at the waters edge

In pursuit of...

A herd of Elephants stood in water
...the crème de la crème of safaris

Steering clear of the mass tourism route means it’s only the hardcore safari goers that don’t mind being dropped into this vast expanse of flat horizons. Knowing patience is a virtue, they take it slower, heading out in a mokoro for a more immersive encounter within the reeds of the delta, getting on eye level with the wildlife. They’ve done the Big Five, instead they’re seeking close meetings with meerkat families and cheetah cubs that hide away behind bush, making visitors work for it instead of lying out in the open waiting for their paparazzi moment.

Calvin Cottar, Director and owner of Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
“There is something about being completely immersed in the bush that makes you profoundly grateful and exhilarated to be alive.”

A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in Botswana, from the placid wilderness of lagoons, grassland and flooded plains to the mile upon mile of shimmering white salt pans.

  • A herd of elephants at the waters edge
    Chobe River

    If elephants are on the safari dance card, then Chobe River is the place to come. Meandering between low islands and beds of reeds, the water provides a haven for game to drink and bathe. A cruise aboard Zambezi Queen while here is the best way to experience life on the river banks.

  • An aerial view of a winding river
    Okavango Delta

    The largest inland delta in the world, it’s all about experiencing nature from different perspectives here. A mokoro canoe gets visitors down to river level, viewing water-adapted species like red lechwe and sitatunga antelope. The other side of the coin is getting a sense of the grandness of the delta by taking to the air. And a splash through the water on horseback brings safariers even closer to the wild residents.

  • A rocky desert landscape with a dead tree
    Makgadikgadi Pans

    From delta to desert, the Makgadikgadi Pans are totally removed from the country’s greenscapes. This scorched, lunar-like landscape sees the adventurous souls opting for an overnight trip, sleeping under the stars at Kubu Island. There’s also a chance to meet a family of habituated meerkats to see the desert through their eyes.

  • Three zebras crossing a dirt path

    These ripples of rusty sand may look uninhabited, but that’s just a clever disguise. From December to April, the monochrome silhouettes of thousands of zebra lay tracks in the sand on their migration; and further on there’s the ‘Louvre of the desert’ UNESCO Tsodilo, where the world’s highest number of ancient rock paintings graffiti the hilled walls.


Its essence...

Destination essentials
  • May - Oct
  • Nov - Apr
  • Mar - May
  • Jun - Sep
  • 12hrs 10min
    LHR - JNB - MUB
  • 12hrs 20min
    LHR - CPT - MUB
  • +2hr
Time difference
  • BWP
  • Setswana
Currency / Language
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  • A panoramic view of cape town at sunset
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