Botswana is one of the wealthiest nations in Africa, both economically and experiences. If your goal is to see the Big Five animals in Africa, Botswana is your best choice. You'll see an abundance of various wildlife in several major national parks and wildlife viewing sites around the country. Botswana is a country thriving on tourism, so you'll get top-level hospitality during your trip, whether going on a tour experience or experiencing the traditional culture in a local village. Get prepared for the Africa experience of a lifetime when you embark on a Botswana tour! With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Botswana tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Botswana Tour Deals and DiscountsBotswana Travel Guide
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Botswana Travel Guide
Botswana Tours Highlights
- Go on a wildlife excursion through the Chobe National Park.
- Take a Chobe River Cruise to see wildlife up close while grazing on the riverbanks.
- Explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa at the Okavango Delta.
- Tour Gweta Village for an opportunity to see a traditional rural lifestyle in Botswana.
- Witness the abundance of rhinos thriving within the Kharma Rhino Sanctuary.
- Learn traditional survival techniques used by the San Bushmen as a nomadic civilization living in the Kalahari Desert.
- Spend the day at one of the regional attractions before retreating to the bustling town of Maun.
- Experience the vast landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.
Botswana Tours Travel Tips
- Bring a hat and sunscreen, especially if you're going out on a safari. Botswana gets a lot of intense sunshine during the day, and you might not have shade for protection.
- When going on tour excursions, pay close attention to the safety guidelines from the guides. Tours go into the wild where the animals roam free, so be sure to use caution and stay alert.
- You'll frequently hear people using the word ‘pula,' which has many meanings in Botswana. It's the national currency but may also refer to the rain or good fortune.
- Be sure to pack your camera! Botswana is one of the premier destinations for game viewing and wildlife photography. While you're out on the tours, you won't want to miss a chance to snap a pic of a rare animal.
- Before arriving, take recommended vaccinations. Botswana has several common diseases, such as malaria, that can be contracted out in the wild.
Botswana Tours Things To Do
- Go on a wildlife excursion through the Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is a premier tourism destination in Botswana. It's famous for being one of the best places for game watching in Africa. The massive park is popular for tours to see the wildlife. Chobe National Park is the first national park established in Botswana in 1967. It's the third-largest park in the country, but a visitor favorite. It's most known for its abundant population of lions and elephants. It holds over 50,000 elephants, many belonging to the largest species of the animals. Other wildlife includes zebras, Wildebeest, cheetahs, and hippos.
You Should KnowThe national park is divided into multiple ecosystem regions – floodplains, marshes, woodlands, etc. Safari tours focus on a specific region to see the game living within the environment. The park permits camping in designated areas, as well as several onsite lodges.
- Take a Chobe River Cruise to see wildlife up close while grazing on the riverbanks
The Chobe River Cruise is one of the best ways to experience the abundant wildlife living in Botswana. The cruise tour takes passengers through the Chobe National Park, one of the best places for game spotting. The river is the best way to see the wildlife up close while large herds graze along the riverbanks. Take a cruise in the floodplain region to see various animals – giraffes, antelope, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, and more. You'll also be able to spot hundreds of bird species. It's an excellent opportunity for wildlife photography.
Best Time To VisitChobe River Cruises originate in Kasane, just outside of the park. The cruises run daily in the morning and afternoon and last for a few hours. Visitors can also choose a sunset cruise to enjoy the scenic sunset on the water.
- Explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa at the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is a major inland delta formed from the Okavango River in the Kalahari Desert. It's considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Ste. The delta creates floodplains in the lowlands that became a thriving ecosystem for lots of wildlife. Visitors can explore the region to experience the rich plant and animal life. Some of the experiences include flyovers, boat and walking tours, camping, and overnight explorations.
You Should KnowOkavango Delta is one of the best places to see Africa's big five animals – lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants, and rhinos. Other frequently spotted animals are antelope, cheetah, baboons, jackal, giraffe, impala, over 400 species of birds, and over 70 fish species. Take a guided tour through the delta for a better opportunity at seeing the animals.
- Witness the abundance of rhinos thriving within the Kharma Rhino Sanctuary
The Rhino population was frequently hunted nearby Serowe, but the local animals are now under protection thanks to the Kharma Rhino Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a wildlife project developed by the local community in 1992. It set out to save the threatened rhino population and preserve their environment. It's also benefited the local tourism market. The Kharma Rhino Sanctuary is an extensive area of protected land. It's home to several dozens of rhinos (and growing), including both black and white rhinos. The sanctuary also includes other animals like the African Rock Python, Giraffe, ostriches, and many more.
You Should KnowVisit the Kharma Rhino Sanctuary to see an abundant herd of rhinos. You can go on foot and vehicle excursions or also stay overnight at the designated campsites. Supporting the sanctuary supports the goal of re-establishing the diminished rhino population.
- Tour Gweta Village for an opportunity to see a traditional rural lifestyle in Botswana
Gweta Village is located outside the busy Maun tourist area but gives a chance to explore the lifestyle of a remote Botswana village. It's a frequent tourist destination, and locals provide tours of the village to learn about their heritage. Gweta Village provides access to many local attractions such as the regional salt pans, wildlife safaris, and the Baobab trees, considered a national monument. Before visiting some of the other attractions, most people spend some time exploring the village.
You Should KnowTake one of the local tours to see traditional-style homes, schools, a post office, hospital, and more. You can support the local economy by shopping some of the hand-made crafts in the town square or take a day trip by local tour operators to the nearby attractions.
- Spend the day at one of the regional attractions before retreating to the bustling town of Maun
Maun is of the largest towns in Botswana and a major tourism hub. It's rapidly grown from a village into a bustling town center where you can find lots of local tours or enjoy town attractions. Maun is very developed, with shopping malls, an airport, hotels, banks, and more. Visitors use it as a base for adventure excursions outside of town – it's ideal for spending a couple of days.
You Should KnowMost tourists spend time in Maun during their trip thanks to the nearby things to do - safari tours to the Okavango Delta, river cruises along the Thamalakane River, and air charter tours. Take the opportunity to explore the town to see the blend of lifestyles from a growing city with elements of rural life still prominent.
- Learn traditional survival techniques used by the San Bushmen as a nomadic civilization living in the Kalahari Desert
Bushmen walks are a popular tourist activity to get a glimpse into the ancient nomadic lifestyle of the San Bushmen. The San Bushmen once thrived in the Kalahari Desert, who now take adventurous tourists along a trek to learn their survival tactics. Excursions with Bushmen is one of the most authentic experiences where you'll explore the natural environment to discover the abundance of resources that it holds. Along the journey, you'll taste the food, see how to make a fire, digging for water, hunting techniques, and even take part in traditional dancing.
You Should KnowKeep in mind safety guidelines before going out on the Kalahari Bushmen Walks. The activity takes place in the open nature of unmarked land, where you'll undoubtedly encounter wildlife. Trust the expertise of the guides in navigating, and you'll have a thrilling time!
- Experience the vast landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
After the ancient Lake Makgadikgadi dried up tens of thousands of years ago, it left behind the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, one of the world's largest salt flats. The landscape consists of three individual pans covering over 6,000 square miles. It's an excellent place for sightseeing a unique natural landscape and encountering the local wildlife. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are larger than the country of Switzerland, so there's plenty of ground to cover. The wildlife includes one of the largest populations of zebra, as well as Wildebeest, meerkats, and flamingos. One of the most notable plants is the baobab trees.
You Should KnowTake a guided tour of the salt pans to see some landmark sights such as the wildlife and the national monument baobab trees. Some experiences include camping at designated sites near the edge of the salt pan.
Botswana Tour Packages
The best time to visit Botswana is during the dry season. Many of the top tourist activities in Botswana center around seeing the wildlife outdoors, so timing you visit precisely is essential to get the best game viewing experience during your visit.
- Winter – May to August – Best Season
Winter is the favorite travel season in Botswana. It's the country's dry season, so you'll have ideal conditions for going on safari excursions. The dry season is sunny, but the temperatures are slightly cooler than the summer since it's the winter. The winter is the best time to visit the Okavango Delta and other Botswana safari destinations. You'll get to see the delta at full levels, and wildlife gathers around the water sources due to the dry climate.
- Summer – November to March – Low Season
Summer is the hottest time of the year in Botswana, with temperatures able to reach an average in the 90s daily. It also has high humidity due to the frequent rainfall. The rainy season in Botswana occurs during the summer when rainfall is very unpredictable for time and location. Lots of sunshine typically follows the brief rain showers. If you're planning a trip to Botswana in the summer, it's the best time for viewing game in Chobe National Park and the Kalahari Desert. It coincides with migratory season and a birthing season for several species.
Botswana Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What are Botswana Tours?
Botswana tours provide travelers with in-depth experiences in Botswana – you'll get to explore the abundant wildlife, the beautiful natural scenery, and rich cultural heritage. The tours cover a broad range of activities around the entire country to get an understanding of the land truly. It's one of the top travel destinations in Southern Africa, and Botswana tours give you the best time during your trip!
- What’s the best wildlife experience in Botswana?
Botswana has lots of wildlife species to see during various excursions. It's home to the Big five – lions, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo – along with other popular safari animals like giraffes, cheetahs, Wildebeest, impala, jackal, and more. Botswana Tours include trips to destinations like the Okavango Delta, the Chobe National Park, and the Kalahari Desert, where you'll have up-close encounters with your favorite animals.
- What’s included on Botswana Tours?
Botswana tours are all-inclusive trips when you make your reservations. You'll have a full itinerary expanding from a short trip to packages lasting more than a month as you travel to several destinations in Botswana and other nearby countries of Southern Africa. The tour experiences include accommodations, tours, guides, and more!
- Are Botswana Tours expensive?
It's a common trend for Africa's tour experiences to be higher prices as a strategy to preserve the natural beauty – decrease over-tourism and have economic funding to maintain sites or support local communities. Thanks to our bulk tour purchasing, you'll have the best rates online for Botswana Tours. There are tour packages for everyone, so your dream trip to Botswana is just a click away!
Reviews for Botswana Tours and Vacations
The tour director/guide (Charl) was FANTASTIC! Best guide that we've ever had.
Fantastic memories I will ALWAYS cherish S Africa
This trip was fantastic. It was packed with lots of activities and places to see. Unfortunately, weather plays a big role in what you see and don't see. We weren't able to visit Robben Island due to choppy water and couldn't see much of Victoria Falls due to rain/fog. But I'm not complaining, that's just how things go. Other than that, the itinerary was very fast paced and we got to see a lot, which was desired. The tour was very organized and our group leader, Ahmet, was very knowledgable of the places we visited. I would recommend the game drive in Botswana over the game drive in South Africa. The food and drink was quite good from the included meals. Ahmet did his best to accomodate everyone. I'd recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see as much as possible in such a short time frame. The schedule is strict but well worth the sights.
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