Botswana Safaris & Tours

Experience Wild Wilderness

Do you want to experience truly exclusive Botswana safaris? Then you will be spellbound by the diverse experiences during one of our Botswana tours. Unlike many countries, Botswana’s wildlife are free to roam without restriction. The country is dominated by the Kalahari desert with its seasonal water sources and vast salt pans. The most famous safari area is the Okavango Delta where you can discover a rich array of wetlands and vast, varied ecosystems.

Discover a pristine African land as you watch huge herds of game roam between the Kalahari Desert’s plains. Indulge in the incredible waterways during an Okavango Delta tour. Lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, leopard and cheetah are all to be found on Botswana safaris and rhino have recently been reintroduced here. Did we mention that the camps and lodges are among the best in Africa? A luxury wilderness wonderland is calling you.

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Best Time for Travel to Botswana

Botswana is best explored during the dry season

The best travel time for your safari in Botswana differs according to the region. In general the dry months from June to October are considered to be the best, as animals tend to rendezvous at the few waterholes and so are particularly easy to observe. During this time the temperatures increase continuously. It is around 25-35°C during the daytime from June to September.

From October onward it can become very hot, with temperatures up to 40°C. The nights are cold, and the thermometer can fall below 10°C, especially in the deserts. April and May are also a great time for Botswana safaris, however, you should expect scattered rain showers.

The best travel time for the Okavango Delta, Linyanti and Chobe:

  • The Okavango Delta is flooded during the dry months from May to October, when the water has slowly but steadily paved its way.
  • From August to October, animal observations in Okavango Delta are particularly possible because the water reduces the land mass to numerous small islands, on which the animals gather.
  • During the rainy season in the Okavango Delta, which is also known as the Green Season, you can enjoy some great bird watching.

The best travel time for the Kalahari Salt Pans and Central Kalahari:

From December to April the desert comes to life! Fresh grass and small flowers suddenly sprout. Thousands of jumping and spitboks as well as wildebeest are lured by new food sources, with hungry lions, cheetahs and jackals close on their heels.

You can experience the cycle of life as impressively as it is only during the large animal migration in the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

As a a tailor made travel company, we would be pleased to advise you on your private Botswana safari Contact us for an obligation-free and complimentary quote.

Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights in Botswana

1. Perhaps the most beautiful safari in Botswana occurs in the Okavango Delta. In addition to the many animals – from buffalo and elephant herds and majestic big cats to graceful antelopes – you will also find a mysterious labyrinth of canals, lakes and lagoons.

2. On a game drive in the Kalahari Desert, you can observe antelopes, wildebeest and springboks, and you will find endless expanses and a sense of absolute freedom!

3. Makgadikgadi Salt Pans belong to the largest salt deserts on the planet. We especially recommend you visit during the rainy season. Large lakes form in the otherwise rather sparse salt landscape and attract crowds of waterbirds, including flamingos and pelicans.

4. The stone rock paintings of Tsodilo are over one billion years old! Nowhere else in the world hosts so many rock paintings, which is why the region is dubbed “Le Louvre of the Desert“.

5. The elephant herds in Chobe National Park are the largest in Africa and the best way to see them are on an exciting boat safari, where you can also spot hippos and buffaloes.

6. In the western part of the Chobe National Park is the original Savuti and Linyanti area. Located off the beaten path, the brittle beauty of this marshy and savannah region will surely enchant you during your Botswana adventure tour.

7. In the Khma Rhino Sanctuary in Serowe you will find Spitzmaul and Breitmaul Rhino species. The reserve offers not only these gentle giants a home, but also many other nocturnal animals.

8. From the lively capital of Gaborone, head to the Mokolodi Wildlife Park. On extensive game drives, you can observe giraffes, cheetahs and many other animals. In the city, you will find the popular photo site of the Three Chiefs’ statues.

9. The Tuli Wildlife Reserve is located in the east of the Kalahari Desert on the Limpopo River. It impresses with a particularly diverse landscape of massive rocks and rushing forests that alternate with species-rich wetlands. Spot elephants, zebras and big cats.

10. The Botswana National Museum in Garabone is charming collection that brings the cultural heritage of Southern Africa alive, and is well worth a visit during your tour of Botswana.

Botswana travels lead you into endless savannahs, dense forests and arid river areas – so that you can get to know all the facets of the country.

Our African specialists will work out the ideal travel route for your individual Botswana tour.

Botswana's History

The history of Botswana began with many migratory ethnic groups, including the Bantu, San and Khoikhoi, from as early as AD200.

In the 1820s the Boers (Dutch-settling farmers) began their Great Trek, occupying any land they wished to in southern Africa, which caused hostilities with the country’s major ethnic group, the Tswana. The Tswana sought support for several decades from the British Government, who finally agreed to put Bechuanaland (as it was known) under its protection in 1885.

Botswana gained independence in 1964, when the British Government accepted the country’s proposal for democratic self-governance. Seretse Khama, one of the leaders of the independence movement and one of the chieftains of the native people, was the first president.

During one of our Botswana safaris you will find a clean, democratic government, a well-maintained economy with policies that have a strong focus on peace and stability for its people.

Culture in Botswana

Experience authentic encounters during your safari in Botswana

You may have an inkling about modern Botswana after reading Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Botswana tours introduce you to the Batswana, the local people who are a fusion of cultural diversity, with over twenty different ethnic groups. Some of these groups have been fiercely holding onto their traditions and customs that have been practiced for 20,000 years, against the wave of modernity.

It is considered by some advocates that the Kalahari’s conservation laws are endangering the San people’s foraging existence.

Whilst English is the official language, Setswana is the main language, and you might hear up 26 different languages when you travel in Botswana! Many guests are fascinated by the Khoisan tongues – one of the prevalent language groups that are often known as click languages due to the incredible clicking sounds the tongues produce. A few thousand people in Botswana speak !Xoo, what is considered the world’s most complex-sounding language.

(To familiarise yourself with the click language, we highly recommend you watch the 1980 comedy movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy)

Introduced by missionaries in the 19th century, the primary religion of Botswana is Christianity, but on one of our Botswana safaris you will notice that this has been merged with aspects of the indigenous belief systems.

Cuisine of Botswana

Corn plays a major role in the foods of Botswana

Like most African countries, Botswana bases its cuisine on meat and maize. Most Batswana eat their main meal at lunchtime.

Goat is a particularly popular meat, but it also has a tradition of serving up excellent locally reared beef, once the main income source before diamonds became the country’s major commodity. Offal, especially oxtail, was once a dish saved for special occasions but is not eaten frequently in the country’s urban centers. You might be surprised to find freshwater fish features in the local fare served on your Botswana safaris.

Due to the variety grown in the country, pulses are prevalent in Botswana’s cuisine, including cowpeas, ditloo (bambara groundnut), peanuts and letlhodi (China beans).

During one of our Botswana tours, there are some interesting traditional foods you might wish to try:

  • Seswaa: the national dish, a meat stew that is served over thick polenta (pap) and often served with leafy greens known as Morogo
  • Bogobe: a sorghum porridge, typically eaten for breakfast but also served with meat and vegetables at dinnertime.
  • Vetkoek: an unsweetened donut, usually filled with mince.
  • Marula: an aromatic and juicy fruit is used in all sorts of sweets, jams and even alcoholic beverages. You might often find the odd elephant wobbling around a marula tree in southern Africa, as the fermented fruit even makes pachyderms tipsy!
  • Only for the most adventurous traveler! Mopane worms, a multi-colored caterpillar high in protein and fat, are a traditional food in the country.

The Enchanting Travels team looks forward to help your plan your private and tailor-made Botswana safaris. 

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