Botswana

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

One of Africa’s best destinations for viewing wildlife, Botswana has legend status.

From the salt pans of the Makgadikgadi to the endless terrain of the Central Kalahari, Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, each offers its own distinct ecosystem and mesmerising flora and fauna.

Botswana has cleverly developed an exclusive sustainable safari offering that avoids the pitfalls of mass tourism where, with A&K, guests bed down in small luxurious camps and lodges on private reserves in pristine wilderness areas. Many are only accessible by light aircraft, attracting a more discerning traveller and a more exclusive safari experience without being elbow-to-elbow with other visitors.

Thanks to its notable commitment to conservation, Botswana is also a leader in ecotourism. Much of the land is protected and with A&K you can visit, contribute to or get involved with one of its many conservation projects.

Continent Africa
Language English/Tswana
Capital Gaborone
Population 2,351,627
Area 600,370 km²
Currency Pula

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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.

More Information About A&K's Botswana

Abercrombie & Kent specialises in redefining luxury travel across Africa in all its diversity. We’ve been traversing its wild and wonderful wilderness areas for over half a century helping couples, friends and families discover its riches. So, 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, rest assured that you’ll be immersed in the very best of Botswana.

Safari options in Botswana are plentiful and while 4WD adventures are the most widely undertaken, there are many other exciting possibilities including boat cruises, guided bush walks, quad biking, horse riding, helicopter adventures, and more.

Our long-standing connections and 4 permanent, full-time offices in Southern Africa allow us to offer our guests the best game-viewing locations at the best camps and lodges, the most desirable room categories, the finest transport options, be it light aircraft and helicopters or luxury 4WD vehicles, and access to exclusive tours with the best experts in the region, as well as unmatched service at every stage of your journey. This kind of unencumbered insight into the authentic heart and soul of a place — to the people and sites that exist far beyond the reach of the average traveller — is something we pride ourselves on and ensure we deliver on every journey we create.

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