Botswana

Explore the extraordinary wildlife, and remote, unspoiled, diverse landscapes of one of Africa’s best safari destinations.

Similar in size to France, Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. About 70% of its land surface is dominated by the Kalahari Desert. Despite minimal rainfall and an arid climate, animal life is rich, varied and thriving. Large populations of elephant, zebra, lion, leopard and many more species roam and rule in the vast wilderness.

Abercrombie & Kent specialise in redefining luxury travel across Africa in all its diversity. We’ve been traversing the wild and wonderful terrain for over half a century. If you want to explore on a small group journey or a specially tailored private tour, our travel experts can craft an itinerary to take you into the heart of Botswana and beyond.

Imagine cruising the lush Okavango Delta in a traditional dugout canoe. One of the world’s largest inland deltas, the river drains out onto the savannah creating a unique – and ever-changing – habitat for Botswana’s wildlife. Deemed one of the world’s premier wilderness areas, around 260,000 mammals congregate around the delta – making it ideal for spotting the Big Five on a unique safari adventure.

Luxury tours across unique lands in Botswana

A&K has been helping couples, friends and families explore Botswana for decades. Whether you choose one of our luxury small group tours, private journeys or ask our travel experts to tailor-make your very own custom itinerary, you’ll be immersed in the best of Botswana.

Wildlife spotting in national parks

The Okavango Delta – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is a unique wetland ecosystem. Palm-fringed waterways and untouched islands support a vast array of flora and fauna. Enjoy close encounters with the local hippo and elephant population on a gentle mokoro ride – a traditional canoe. Your expert guide will help you identify species large and small as you relax and settle into a new pace of life.

From wetlands to tablelands, explore the Chobe National Park – Botswana's first protected park. Known for its concentration of elephant, the park is home to over 100,000, with some herds 500 strong! Elephants are joined by high densities of zebra, lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah. Rare species of antelope, like the sitatunga, are found here  as well as the more familiar giraffe, buffalo and wildebeest.

Exclusivity, luxury and sustainability

Avoiding the pitfalls of mass tourism, Botswana has developed an exclusive safari offering. Luxurious camps and lodges on private reserves attract a more discerning traveller. Many are only accessible by light aircraft, which means you won't be elbow to elbow with other tourists.

There is a notable commitment to conservation, making Botswana a leader in ecotourism. Much of the land is protected and as a tourist, you can visit, contribute to or get involved with one of the many conservation projects.

Diverse safari experiences

The word safari tends to evoke dusty bush rides in open-sided 4WDs. You can certainly experience the iconic game drive in Botswana. But why not stir up your imagination with unique safari moments on boat journeys, guided bush walks, quad biking adventures, and horseback trails. Botswana has it all.

Luxury lodges and safari camps in Botswana

A&K tours are accompanied by world-class accommodation so you’ll always rest your head in superior surrounds.

One of Botswana’s top luxury lodges is Zarafa Camp – included as one of National Geographic's unique lodges of the world. The award-winning safari property is only available to small groups and independent travellers, offering complete privacy.

Each tented room enjoys a 360º veranda, private pool and outdoor shower. The sounds of nature seep through the canvas walls at night, from spine-tingling roars to the laugh of wild dogs and the chorus of bird life. The decor evokes a bygone age of exploration with sumptuous warm tones and antique touches. Professional photography equipment, binoculars and telescopes are provided in each tent for you to marvel at the wildlife under African skies.

Enjoy alfresco meals that overlook the teeming lagoon, where an elephant or two may stop by for tea. Indulge yourself with a relaxing in-room massage overlooking the savannah. Share stories with fellow guests around a campfire, reminiscing about the day’s adventures before waking up to do it all over again.

A&K’s Botswana highlights

We are committed to ensuring you experience the best of Botswana and do so in absolute luxury. Get in touch for a one-on-one consultation so that we can recommend or design the perfect holiday for you.

  • Spot elephants in their hundreds at Chobe National Park
  • Let your inner photographer shine after a professional photography lecture
  • Glide through the Okavango Delta in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe), observing aquatic life great and small, from massive hippos to tiny frogs
  • Stay in intimate, boutique-style camps and lodges
  • Hop across the border to thundering Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

When to Go

Botswana’s climate can be distinguished by two seasons: wet and dry. Year-round wildlife viewing is possible but travel experiences are influenced by the seasons. For instance, many of the waterways of the Okavango Delta can become inaccessible during the wettest months from January to March, but this is the best time to witness the migration of herds across the Kalahari desert.

Botswana’s wet season paints the tablelands and waterways green with vegetation between November and April. The weather can be hot with short bursts of afternoon rain. January and February can be particularly wet with continuous rainfall. Animals can be harder to spot amongst the abundance of new vegetation but the scenery is sensational.

In the dry season, between May and August, temperatures are mild and pleasant. It’s wise to pack a jumper for cooler morning and evening safari drives. As rainfall is minimal, animals congregate around waterholes and rivers making them easier to spot. Even though this winter period is the peak travel season, national parks still feel uncrowded. By September, the landscape is drying off and temperatures rise, with October becoming very hot.

Featured Botswana Journeys

Group of 1610 days, from AU$15,260
Botswana Safari in Style - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Wild and remote and blessed with abundant wildlife and unashamedly luxurious lodgings, Botswana is a safari destination par excellence

Group10 days, from AU$15,260
Group of 1813 days, from AU$24,315
Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary, game-rich Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa.

Group13 days, from AU$24,315
Private11 days, from AU$19,085
Delta to Desert

This unique journey showcases Botswana in all its magnificence.

Private11 days, from AU$19,085
Group of 1610 days, from AU$14,990
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Botswana Safari in Style - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Explore phenomenal game areas in the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, view stunning Victoria Falls, and stay at boutique camps and lodges available only to small groups like yours.

Group10 days, from AU$14,990

Featured Accommodation

Zarafa Camp and the Dhow Suite, Selinda Reserve

​Relais & Chateaux accredited Zarafa Camp is located on 320.000 acres in the North of the Country. This Intimate, four-room tented camp is a little gem overlooking the crystal waters of the Zibadianja Lagoon.

Abu Camp

The ultimate elephant educational safari.

Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta

​Set in an amphitheatre of ebony and sausage trees near the southern tip of Chief's Island, Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is situated on a 260,000 acre private concession, bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve.

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