Botswana Holidays

Home to thriving riverbanks, salt pans and grassland, not to mention the largest population of elephants in the whole of Africa, Botswana holidays provide a host of unforgettable experiences. Comprised of both vast deserts and leafy rainforests, travellers will be at one with Botswana's unique, unspoilt wild landscapes and all they have to offer, from serenity and isolation to active, thrilling safari adventures. Botswana offers everything from the mesmerising Okavango Delta to thrilling wildlife safaris in Central Kalahari Game Reserve (the second largest wildlife reserve in the whole world), all bathed in glorious, year-round sunshine.

Culture and history buffs will revel in the sights at Tsodilo Hills (a World Heritage Site, located in the desert), home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of ancient rock art, created as long as 24,000 years ago. Botswana’s oldest and perhaps most remarkable national park – Chobe National Park – will simply astound you too; its diverse range of wildlife makes it a prime location for game viewing. Here, travellers can watch hippopotamus, lion, cheetah, buffalo, impala and zebra (to name a few) grazing across the park’s expansive landscapes. Alternatively, venture on an African Horseback Safari at Macatoo Camp, watch wildlife at Gaborone Game Reserve, or hike up the iconic Kgale Hill.

Head to Kubu Island – a desolate yet idyllic island situated in the remarkable Makgadikgadi Pan area of Botswana – for a camping adventure like no other. Another natural wonder is Lake Ngami, an impressive and glorious lake sitting north of the Kalahari Desert. Teeming with birdlife, travellers can unwind here and simply take in the beautiful sights of Botswana.

Video Highlights

  • Cruise through the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro canoe

  • See incredible wildlife on safari in Chobe National Park, renowned for its elephant herds who gather at the riverfront

Key info

  • Capital City: Gaborone

  • Language: English and Tswana

  • Currency: Botswana Pula

  • Time difference: + 1 hour

  • Flight time: 14 hours to Gaborone via Johannesburg

Botswana Trip Ideas

Explore the Okavango Delta and beyond on your trip to Botswana. Whether you're looking for luxurious safari camps, family-friendly wildlife spotting for your little adventurers, or an epic journey across the African dunes, we will create and adapt your bespoke itinerary to Botswana until it's perfect for you

Our expert Travel Designers have curated the trip ideas shown below to inspire your next holiday to this spectacular land. Call us now to find out more: 01483 319 333

Places to go in Botswana

Explore the many game reserves and national parks, including Chobe National Park, famed for its growing herds of elephants. Take a safari along the Chobe River, a wide eco-system filled with hippos, crocodiles and birds. Further inland is the huge Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a desert spanning over 20,000 square miles where you can enjoy a jeep safari in search of the giraffes, hyenas and the king of the Kalahari, the Lion. 

Discover the Okavango Delta in the comfort of a traditional canoe guided by local bushman. Glide quietly through the reeds to explore an untouched landscape filled with birds, hippos and elephants. 

Hike the Tsodilo Hills to witness the vast rock formations split across three hills. Believed by the local San people to be the resting places of their ancestors, the rocks also feature ancient paintings of local tribes from thousands of years ago. 

Another breathtaking landscape is the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans; once a huge lake it now remains a salt pan situated amid a dry savanna. Tour the rural scenery, home to many wild animals including a large population of lions. Need some help deciding where to go? Call us now on: 01483 319 333

Things to do in Botswana

It’s the unique experiences which make a VIVID trip special, and here are just some of the things you can do during your trip to Botswana. To incorporate your favourite experiences into your dream trip, or learn more about the itineraries that we can create for you, just give our expert Travel Designers a call: 01483 319 333

Map of Botswana

When to go to Botswana

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The Okavango Delta & Moremi
The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans
Chobe & Linyanti

The Okavango Delta & Moremi

The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

Chobe & Linyanti

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