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Botswana safaris are enchanting, wild and unforgettable

Botswana safaris enchant guests with some of the best wildlife viewing experiences in all of Africa; imagine cruising down the Okavango Delta, experiencing an action-packed game drive in the heart of Savute or taking a thrilling guided bush walk in Kwai. 

 

A Botswana safari is an experience in the world of Africa’s big game wildlife that immerses you in the splendor of nature. Until you arrive and see the beauty of the landscape, the woodlands, rivers and lagoons and green grasslands, you really can’t understand how unique and stunning the country of Botswana truly is. Life moves at a different pace with Mother Nature as the timekeeper. Being immersed in the rich environment of exotic flora and fauna, you will want to take your time to enjoy and reflect on the amazing place you have arrived at.

 

The Botswana safari is a top destination in Africa for a lot of reasons. The evergreen jewel of the Okavango Delta is at the heart of Botswana’s safari attractions, flanked in the east by the rolling savannah of the Savuti and the teeming elephant paradise of the Chobe.

 

The Kalahari semi-desert grasslands and the far-flung stretches of the Makgadikgadi saltpans are located south of the delta. To make the most of Botswana’s renowned wildlife, go on guided game drives, nature walks, river cruises, canoe trips, or go horseback riding.

 

With so much plains game, Botswana has an abundance of Africa’s top predators, including lions, leopards, hyenas, and rare wild dogs. The Chobe is home to Africa’s largest elephant population as well as enormous herds of buffalo, zebra, and many different antelope species. Even bird-watching is first-rate.

 

South of the delta, the saltpans and Kalahari sand dunes offer unusual excursions like quad biking safaris and real cultural encounters with the San, the continent’s original inhabitants. Additionally, this is where Botswana’s green season migration, which takes place between January and March, takes place (depending on seasonal rainfall). Thousands of zebra and antelope move into the area to feast on the sweet, new grasses after the summer rains fill the desert waterholes. This then causes dramatic interactions between predators and prey as the local lion prides take advantage of the visiting herds.

 

Our experts make planning your Botswana tour a walk in the park. To help you with your trip planning, browse through our travel guide to find expert advice on all things safari in Botswana. Get inspired with our sample itineraries and let our Wito experts customize a dream trip just for you! 

Planning a safari in Botswana?  Here are the best months to go.

 

Winter is the best time to embark on a safari in Botswana. The wild is usually more alive between June and September. You will have the best experience of animals and human activities during this period as you explore the bushes in game-drive vehicles and the rivers on boats and mokoros. It’s easier to capture animals in the open or next to a tree when the grass is low. The animals come out in dry weather because of the mild days and cool evenings. 

 

There’s a quiet time during the May off-peak period. That time of the year is the best time to start your Botswana adventure if you intend to avoid peak-season crowds. Consider visiting during the birthing season in January and February if you want to go birding.

 

After the summer rains, the landscape turns lush green at this time. As the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks transform from dry landscapes into a green-grass paradise, the massive zebra and wildebeest can be witnessed as they make their way through national parks in search of green pastures and water. Thousands of these exotic animals arrive to enjoy Mother Nature’s gift. Life flourishes and nature’s cycle can be observed firsthand as the big cats also welcome the arrival of baby zebras.

 

Select your preferred time to travel, then let a Wito Africa safari expert create an itinerary that meets your needs for a safari and incorporates the major attractions of that season.

The ultimate guide to Botswana safaris:

There are many factors to consider when planning a safari. You should start by gathering enough information that will help you decide on the best destination.

 

Deciding on which reliable tour operator (s) to use for your dream African safari experience is not an easy task. With a sea of general online tour operators out there, it is hard to find the ONE that truly speaks to your discerning tastes and genuinely understands your travel needs and expectations.

 

When planning a trip to Africa with an unreliable tour operator, you will be solely responsible to deal with ever-changing new requirements and regulations that you are not used to. You will be staying in hotels you don’t know of, you might get the visa but forget the travel insurance or yellow fever vaccination, and you might pack for winter when it is summertime in Africa. Not knowing what to expect can turn your once-in-a-lifetime into a complete disappointment.

 

But when you allow us to plan a trip for you, we guarantee that your safari experience will be meticulously created just for you with your specific interests, travel style and schedule. Everything will be tailored to your preference, allowing you to enjoy a perfect balance of comfort, adventure and maximum wildlife viewing. We can guarantee that you will be safe, and we will only recommend the places that we have personally stayed in and inspected thoroughly. 

 

Our unique approach to offering a stress-free safari experience starts with ensuring that you are well-informed about the specific requirements of the country you visit so you know exactly what to expect. Knowing how a safari operates, what is involved before and during, and what key points to consider when booking ensures an unforgettable safari adventure. Topics like when to visit, how to get there, and what to pack are addressed by safari experts. 

Top Tips for Planning Your Botswana Safari

When it comes to thrilling travel experiences, Botswana safaris always deliver an impressive yet unexpected display of nature and wildlife. A world of amazement awaits, full of nature, culture and wildlife. You should schedule your safari experience to a time when you can enjoy spectacular viewing.

 

The best time to witness wildlife is the months of May to September. This is the dry season when the heat is not too harsh. The shorter brown grasslands and beige vegetation help you have a better view of the animals and the landscape. Our professional Wito Africa guides can easily search for wildlife near watering holes and dams when water level is low.

 

Birding season and the birthing season both occur in the wet, summer months of January and February, resulting in a vibrant and lively scene in any reserve or park. Your knowledge of how the bush changes with each season will help you make the most of your time in Bostwana. 

 

It’s advisable to pre-book all accommodation and safari experiences through a reliable safari expert before embarking on your trip. Make sure your itinerary accommodates your travel goals if you want to see the highest concentrations of elephants in all of Africa, African wild dogs and lions on a safari or witness the largest migration of zebra herds in Kalahari.

 

When planning a luxury safari to Botswana, start early. Popular safari destinations and camps near prime spots for wildlife viewing frequently sell out a year in advance. Exclusive lodges and cozy camps tucked away in remote areas come with comfortable living spaces designed to be safe for enjoying the natural surroundings and wildlife. There might be a viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, so when you awake early the first thing you see is a dazzle of zebras drinking peacefully as the sun rises on another beautiful Botswana day. Delicious food, five-star service and interesting campfire conversations are all part of the deal. 

 

To make the most of Botswana’s renowned wildlife, go on guided game drives, nature walks, river cruises, canoe trips, or try horseback riding. Choose your excursions carefully: while morning and afternoon game drives are standard safari activities, other outings are only permitted in specific locations or camps. 

 

Go private, luxury and visit private reserves if exclusivity is what you’re looking for. If you want to avoid the crowds while still enjoying fantastic game viewing, consider going during the shoulder season month of May. To avoid the October heat, many of our guests schedule their trips before or after October.

Your Stay in Botswana

What is the difference between a camp and a lodge in Botswana?

 

Safari lodgings range from elegant camping to magnificent structures in secluded countryside. They can be permanent facilities or mobile set-ups with a touch of luxury. This is why some guides and tourists call them “art galleries in the bush.”

 

There are various options for shelter and comfort while on a safari. Whether you choose the more formal option of the main lodge with discretely spaced-out rooms and a sizable common area to mingle with other guests, or the more private idea of wood and canvas luxury tents overlooking open plains, you are guaranteed an unforgettable stay with first-rate service and a window to an incredible wildlife experience.

 

Your preferences can be catered to either in ecologically tented luxury chalets in the Okavango Delta or group-focused lodges in the Chobe area. Regardless of where you stay, your safety is guaranteed with good service delivery because lodge and camp locations are always carefully selected.

 

Contact Wito Africa safari experts to help you find the ideal place for you.

Visa and Passport Requirements

Every visitor to Botswana must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of travel. However, citizens of the EU, the majority of Commonwealth nations, the USA, South Africa, Switzerland, Israel, and Norway are exempt from needing a visa. 

 

You will be issued a 30-day entry stamp upon arrival, and visitors who want to continue their journey to Botswana’s neighbors can get visas in Gaborone for Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Recommendation for Your International Flights to Botswana

If all you need to do is book your international flight to Africa, we can recommend several reliable and cost-effective options for you! While most of our guests choose DELTA/KLM direct through Europe, other popular airlines are Emirates, Turkish and Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya and Qatar Airways.

 

Please let us know your exact requirements and we’ll do everything we can to meet them. If needed, we can even book a business-class flight for you if you’d prefer. Trust us, you’ll be all booked and on your way in no time!

What to Pack for Your Botswana safari

Practicality is the watchword when packing for a Botswana safari. In the summer, daytime temperatures can reach 40°C, so shorts and t-shirts are ideal, with a longer shirt for sun protection if you burn easily.  

 

Wear neutral-colored clothing (avoid white) and lightweight long-sleeved clothing at night and in the early mornings to protect against mosquitoes. 

 

Layer up during the cooler months because the days are still warm and sunny but the nighttime temperatures can drop close to freezing. Pack a warm fleece or jacket for early morning and evening game drives, as they can be very cold.

 

All important and specific information will be provided to you in a booklet (along with your itinerary) to help you prepare well for your safari in Botswana with us. See our Africa Safari Guide for more information on what to bring on a safari in other destinations.

Arrival & Getting Around Botswana

Main International Airports

There are three major airports in Botswana that you can use for both entry into the country and exit.

 

Gaborone: Gaborone is the commercial capital and seat of the government of Botswana. The city has an international airport that is the country’s main international airport. From Sir Seretse Khama International Airport you can access other cities and regions of the country, either through light charter aircraft or by road.

 

Maun: Maun is a town in the North-West District of Botswana. The Maun International Airport will give you easy access to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. You’ll be transferred to a light charter plane for your flight into Delta. 

 

Kasane: Kasane is a town in the Chobe District of Botswana. The Kasane International Airport is your gateway to the Chobe National Park. Transferring to lodges near the Chobe River by road is an option, as is traveling by smaller aircraft for safaris in Savute or Linyanti. 

 

In Botswana, charter flights using small aircraft are the norm, with transfers and game drives taking place in 4X4s with open sides. In the Okavango Delta, people often transfer and have game viewing by motor boat and mokoro (dug-out canoe).

 

 

Meet & Greet – Wito Africa Botswana Safari Team

Upon arrival in Botswana, you’ll find your private driver/guide at the airport, holding a signboard with your group name on it, and a big smile! Next, he or she will help you gather your belongings and hop into the vehicle for a road transfer to your first overnight accommodation in Botswana.

Your Safari Vehicles in Botswana

In Botswana, game drives and guided road transfers are done in open 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers. The vehicles we use offer maximum wildlife viewing and uninterrupted views of the African wilderness. The jeeps are driven by an experienced safari guide, and they are fitted with everything one might need to enjoy game viewing or wildlife photography.

 

Depending on your itinerary and travel style, there are a few options where you can rent a vehicle for exclusive use, and some private lodges do provide open-sided vehicles. With a 4×4 open-sided vehicle, you will have the option to do a shared game package experience, whereby you will be sharing an open-sided safari vehicle and guide with at least 2-4 other people. This type of experience will typically offer you twice daily game drives (one game drive in the morning, relaxation and lunch at the camp, then followed by another one in the afternoon).

 

When you book a private safari with us in Botswana, there will not be any strangers/new members joining your exclusive safari vehicle unless it has been previously arranged by the people who are traveling with you.

 

To enhance your experience on safari in Botswana with us, we also include a tea/coffee basket for your picnic while you are out and about in the bush, bottled drinking water, some snacks and soft drinks!

Explore Botswana Safaris & Conservation Areas

Botswana’s Landscape

Covering a 581,730 km² of landmass, a large portion of Botswana is flat and dry, covered in thorny acacia trees, and home to vast salt pans and rolling grasslands. It is practically synonymous with the Kalahari Desert. Rainfall is highest in northern Botswana. The climate in this part of the country is dominated by vast open woodlands and several wetland habitats which provide a home to various species of animals. Northern Botswana is home to the Chobe River, Okavango Delta, and the Linyanti Swamps. 

 

More than 17% of its land surface (more than the size of Portugal and Hungary) has been given over to conservation, and virtually all hunting has been outlawed as of 2013. The Kalahari parks in Botswana are among the least developed and wildest in the area, but they provide excellent opportunities for game viewing, particularly in the early summer when several local zebra migrations take place.

 

Wildlife of Botswana

Botswana’s wildlife has the highest concentrations of elephants in all of Africa, a plethora of predators, fascinating bird watching, and the largest population of African wild dogs on the continent. Lions in Botswana are notorious for their size and ability to prey on large animals such as buffalo, hippos, and even young elephants.

 

National Parks, Reserves and Conservation Areas in Botswana

Botswana is a haven for wildlife, and several of its protected areas, including the Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, and the Moremi Game Reserve, in particular, rank among Africa’s best game viewing destinations. 

 

The Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta enchants visitors with its wetlands, lagoons and thriving flora and fauna. This diverse ecosystem is so special it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Spectacular from the air and even more amazing seen from a mokoro (canoe) being poled through the water by an African gondolier, the delta is a fantastic wonderland covering around 16,000 square kilometres.

 

Chobe National Park

Botswana’s first national park dates back to the late 60s and includes swamps, woodland and a scenic river that is a frequent watering hole for the large elephant herds that depend on it for survival. The best time to see these gentle giants is from May to October when the dry winter months attract them to the river to drink, bathe and cool off. In their watery sanctuary, they mingle with buffalo, lions, antelope and hippos, all being watched over by a thriving bird population.

 

The Importance of Eco-Tourism

The Botswana government and its people place high importance on protecting the environment, wildlife, history and culture that makes this corner of the earth special. By designating a significant portion of the land as protected, Botswana’s commitment to conservation is evident. They ensure tourism positively impacts the local communities and the entire country by enforcing rules and regulations for all areas, including game reserves and national parks.

Botswana People, Culture & Language

Botswana has a largely homogenous culture. Her population of 2.4 million people has strong religious beliefs and they live in harmony and tolerance. A national of Botswana is called a Motswana (plural Batswana).

 

English is the official language of the country. It is used for official business and most written communication. Setswana – the language of the Tswana people – is the indigenous language spoken by most of the population.

 

Most Batswana are Christians, although many San Bushmen continue to live their traditional way of life in the Kalahari. Most of the population lives in the more urbanized southeastern part of the country, particularly in the fast-growing capital city of Gaborone, leaving much of the country wild and uninhabited.

 

Of course, meeting the native people of a country is always a highlight of any trip. The Botswana locals are kind, passionate people who are proud of the diverse country that is a true oasis of beauty and serenity. With soulful hearts, they are generous with their time and love to share their culture with visitors. 

Botswana History & Economy

Botswana is one of Africa’s true success stories. With a land mass the size of France, Botswana has been a successful democracy since gaining its independence in 1966. This nation, which has a long history of association with the San Bushmen, was first inhabited by Iron Age African farmers, the ancestors of the Tswana of today, before being colonized by the British. As a former colonial outpost, Botswana underwent a peaceful transition to independence under the leadership of Sir Seretse Khama, who is highly regarded in the nation. The country underwent a rapid change after the discovery of vast diamond fields.

 

Although landlocked and located in the arid center of the Southern African subcontinent, Botswana has used its limited resources wisely. For thirty years, the country has experienced the highest global average rate of economic growth. Cattle, diamonds, and tourism, Botswana’s three main industries, have generated wealth that has led to developed national infrastructure and, by continental standards, a high standard of living.

Weather in Botswana

Climate

  • Summer temperatures range from 18°C to 38°C on average. 
  • Winter temperatures range from 6°C to 27°C on average. 
  • The rainy season lasts from October/November to March/April.

 

You can contact us by email or call to speak with one of our Botswana safari experts at 1-315-805-4040 to enquire about the best time to visit the country and how to best adapt to the climate.

Looking for the best Botswana safaris?

 

A Botswana safari offers a thrilling adventure filled with an abundance of wildlife. The sights that really could grace the pages of National Geographic inspire every waking moment of your day in the bush. The landscape is alive with the hum of nature, from the dangerous Big Five to the cute meerkats and monkeys playing in the trees.

 

Your trip of a lifetime is calling, are you ready to explore Botswana’s wilds? When planning a Botswana safari, it’s crucial to have answers to frequently asked questions. Having the answers to your pre-safari inquiries makes things easier for you as you start planning your journey to Africa. The best part is that you will plan everything with the assistance of your Wito Africa Safaris expert.

 

We can save you time, money, headaches and heartache by helping you plan your dream safari. To start planning your Botswana safari, give our team a call at 1-315.805.4040 or send our safari experts a message here.

 

To help you prepare well for your trip to Botswana, our safari experts have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answered everything for you, including:

How long should I spend on safari in Botswana?

You can truly explore the country’s many safari regions in five to ten days. Game viewing options abound, from the elephant-rich Chobe National Park to the channels of the Okavango Delta and the lush grasslands of the Linyanti to the dry pans of the Makgadikgadi. Chobe National Park is the most popular safari destination in Botswana. It has a large population of wildlife.

 

When deciding how long to spend on the Botswana safari circuit there is no hard and fast rule. However, knowing whether you want to visit a single game park or lodge and a combination of them will help you decide how long to stay in the country.

 

To fully enjoy the bush and lodge or camp facilities in that region, spend at least three days in one location. With two game experiences available each day, a longer stay will allow you to enjoy some downtime at your camp or lodge in between adventures. A Wito Africa safari expert can advise you on how many days to spend in each location when you’re ready to start planning your Botswana safari.

What are the regions of Botswana?

Botswana is made up of 10 administrative districts. These district regions include waterways and vegetation in the Okavango Delta, as well as elephant and other animal sightings from the Chobe River.

The Makgadikgadi salt pans and the haunting ambience of the Kalahari Desert, as well as the Linyanti and Savuti regions, provide diverse wildlife habitats. Many regions have abundant birdlife and elusive characters such as leopards, while lush surroundings create an overall tranquil vibe.

How can I fully enjoy a wildlife experience in Botswana?

Your wildlife experience may take place in an open 4×4 vehicle, a boat, or a mokoro, which is a traditional dugout canoe, depending on where you go. The diverse location and modes of transportation present numerous incredible ways to experience wildlife and the beauty of Botswana’s countryside.

 

The drives in Chobe National Park take you through open landscapes and forested, elephant-filled habitats. You can also explore the Chobe River on a tender boat. You will see elephants swimming across the water, hippos bobbing up and down near the water’s edge, and crocodiles snoozing on the banks.

 

A Poler will steer you through the channels of the Okavango Delta, keeping an eye out for creatures large and small among the reeds and nearby trees. Walking safaris are available at some lodges and camps, and night drives are available at private concessions, exposing you to a world of unusual sightings.

How can I ensure I see my favorite animal?

Although seeing specific wildlife is never guaranteed, Botswana is best known for its incredible wildlife encounters, particularly for cat sightings and elephants. You will find that not many places have many lions, leopards, and African wild dogs. You might see hunts because these predators have such easy access to so much prey.

 

Numerous wild animals call Botswana home, and sightings can change from day to day. You might see fifty elephants marching in unison, a herd of giraffes, cute meerkats and monkeys playing in the trees. 

 

Around the end of October, thousands of wildebeest and zebra start migrating and congregating in the Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan areas; this is a breathtaking spectacle.

 

Timing is crucial as it plays a vital role in determining your experience. If seeing the Big Five or a lot of wildlife in a limited number of sightings is your safari objective, you should go in the drier summer months of July, August and September.

 

The best time for birders to visit Botswana is in January and February when the short rains revive the vegetation, new life begins, and the bird population is at its peak.

What is a day on safari in Botswana like?

Depending on your itinerary and the parks you visit, your daily safari experience in Botswana will vary. With a choice of land or water-based activities, you will probably spend the entire day exploring the bushes in game-drive vehicles or on foot, the rivers on boats and mokoros.

 

Exclusive lodges and cozy camps tucked away in remote areas come with comfortable living spaces designed to be safe for enjoying the natural surroundings and wildlife. There might be a viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, so when you awake early the first thing you see is a dazzle of zebras drinking peacefully as the sun rises on another beautiful Botswana day. Delicious food, five-star service and interesting campfire conversations are all part of the experience.

 

Our expert guides lead early morning and late afternoon game drives in open-sided 4×4 vehicles. Meanwhile, riverside game viewing can be done from small, manoeuvrable boats, which are ideal for morning or sunset cruises. Private guided bush walks are offered for people who want to get a bit closer to nature.

 

Seeing the beauty of the landscape, the woodlands, rivers and lagoons and green grasslands, you can understand how unique and stunning the country of Botswana truly is. Being immersed in the rich environment of exotic flora and fauna, you will want to take your time to enjoy and reflect on the remarkable place you have arrived at. You will encounter sightings that could really grace the pages of National Geographic and inspire every waking moment of your day. The landscape is alive with the hum of nature, from the dangerous Big Five to the cute meerkats and monkeys playing in the trees.

 

In Botswana, life moves at a different pace with Mother Nature as the timekeeper. The schedule is more similar to that of other safari destinations, especially in smaller parks, with distinct morning and afternoon activities separated by lunch and downtime at the camp. Walking safaris are available at some lodges and camps, while night drives are available at private concessions, exposing you to a world of unusual creatures.

 

At camp, you can have in-depth conversations with the guides, trackers and staff who have lived on the lands all their lives. They will share their knowledge and unique stories. You will learn so much about life in Botswana as you harmonize with nature’s tunes. Your days will be full of anticipation and excitement, followed by evenings of reflection and relaxation. Early nights are encouraged, so you are energized for the unknown adventures that the next day will bring. 

What is the difference between a camp and a lodge in Botswana?

Safari lodgings range from elegant camping to magnificent structures in secluded countryside. They can be permanent facilities or mobile set-ups with a touch of luxury. This is why some guides and tourists call them “art galleries in the bush.”

 

There are various options for shelter and comfort while on a safari. Whether you choose the more formal option of the main lodge with discretely spaced-out rooms and a sizable common area to mingle with other guests, or the more private idea of wood and canvas luxury tents overlooking open plains, you are guaranteed an unforgettable stay with first-rate service and a window to an incredible wildlife experience.

 

Your preferences can be catered to either in ecologically tented luxury chalets in the Okavango Delta or group-focused lodges in the Chobe area. Regardless of where you stay, your safety is guaranteed with good service delivery because lodge and camp locations are always carefully selected.

How long should I spend at each camp or lodge in Botswana?

To fully enjoy the beauty of the bush, and lodge or camp facilities in Botswana, spend at least three days in one location. With two game experiences available each day, a longer stay will allow you to enjoy some downtime at your camp or lodge in between adventures.

 

A Wito Africa safari expert can advise you on how many days to spend in each location when you are ready to start planning your experience. 

What do I need to know about the food, water, and dietary requirements on my safari?

One of the things to look forward to in Botswana safari is the impressive cuisine of its experienced master chefs. You will enjoy either a full English breakfast or brunch after your first game drive for the day. Fresh local seafood, roast beef, lamb, and chicken are all acceptable dinner options. Pastries, custards, or other desserts can be served after dinner. Dietary needs and restrictions are always taken into account to ensure the clients have a wonderful experience.

 

Throughout your safari, you will have access to bottled or filtered water, and the majority of lodges and camps will give you a reusable water bottle to use while you’re there and keep as a souvenir.

 

For those who want to sample some of South Africa’s varieties, impressive wine lists and soft drinks will be provided. Other alcoholic beverages and sundowners will be available after a game drive.

When is the best time to visit Botswana for a wildlife safari?

Winter is the best time to embark on a safari in Botswana. The wild is usually more alive between June and September. You will have the best experience of animals and human activities during this period as you explore the bushes in game-drive vehicles and the rivers on boats and mokoros. It’s easier to capture animals in the open or next to a tree when the grass is low. The animals come out in dry weather because of the mild days and cool evenings.

 

Typically, the bush is quiet during the May off-peak period. That time of the year is the best time to start your Botswana adventure if you intend to avoid peak-season crowds. Consider visiting during the birthing season in January and February if you want to go birding. After the summer rains, the landscape is also lush at this time.

 

Select your preferred time to travel, then let a Wito Africa safari expert create an itinerary that meets your needs for a safari and incorporates the major attractions of that season.

How does Botswana’s climate change during the year?

Rainfall begins in November and December and it becomes heavier in January and February. The rain begins to subside towards the end of March. The bushes become thick with long grasses, making the safari scene less active in April. As the weather starts to cool off, the wilderness begins to prepare for winter.

 

The dry season in June ushers in the peak safari season which continues until the end of September. The game viewing is absolutely impressive as the grasslands turn from green to brown. To avoid the October heat, many safari visitors schedule their trips before or after October.

How does the safari experience change during different seasons of the year?

You should schedule your safari experience to a time when you can enjoy spectacular viewing. Our first-hand knowledge of how the bush changes with the change of each season will help you make the most of your safari in Botswana. You can expect to see herds of elephants, buffalos and lion coalitions that will reveal themselves on your adventurous days on safari.

 

The best time to witness wildlife is the months of May to September. This is the dry season when the heat is not too harsh. The shorter brown grasslands and beige vegetation help you have a better view of the animals and the landscape. Your Wito Africa guides can easily search for wildlife near watering holes and dams when the water level is low. Observing hundreds of elephants drinking, bathing and cooling off in a scenic river is a sighting that one will remember for many years. You will watch them in awe as they mingle with buffalo, lions, antelope and hippos. 

 

Bird watching and the birthing season both occur in the wet season, summer months of January and February, resulting in a vibrant and lively scene in any reserve or park.

Are safaris in Botswana safe?

Botswana is rated as one of the safest countries in Africa. It is also rated as one of the most advanced and stable countries on the continent. Experiencing the African bush is a unique experience. Being in the arms of nature, quiet and far away from the hustle and bustle of city life with urban problems and concerns left behind; that’s a lifetime experience, incomparable to any other.

How should I fly in and out of Botswana?

Maun (MUB) and Kasane (BBK) are the southern and northern hubs for the Botswana safari circuit. These two towns have international airports from which light aircraft or safari circuit air hops operate. From there, you can connect to other regions. 

 

Victoria Falls Airport in neighboring Zimbabwe is another exit or entry option for those hoping to connect internationally. 

 

A few lodges and camps have their airstrips where your plane may touch down, and from which you can access the national parks.

Can Wito Africa Safaris help me with flights?

While we will help you book all your domestic flights within Africa, our personalized service takes the hassle out of finding and booking the best international flights for your upcoming vacation. Our Wito Africa experts will help you through the entire planning of your safari experience.

 

Finding the ideal flight for your trip is made simple by using the same personalized service you can get from planning a trip with Wito Africa. We offer support and a free consultation on flights and ticketing.

Can I get around Botswana if I have a mobility issue?

Yes! We offer vehicles and guides to help clients with mobility issues explore the wild beauty of the Botswana safari circuit. The vehicles are modified to accommodate guests who require a wheelchair to get around and allow ease of entry.

 

Moreover, there are rooms in lodges and camps designed to accommodate visitors with mobility issues. Be sure to discuss the specifics of your mobility issues during our planning phase, a Wito Africa expert will ensure that all your requirements are met and that your wildlife adventure is both comfortable and memorable.

Are there any health concerns in Botswana?

There is no yellow fever in Botswana. First aid kits and medical advice will always be available at your destinations. Water will be bottled or filtered.

 

Malaria is a common disease in Africa. Since mosquitoes thrive where there is stagnant water, there are only a few mosquitoes during the dry season. Although the risk of malaria is significantly reduced, a prophylactic is recommended.

Do I need travel insurance?

Once you’ve committed to your ideal safari adventure, it’s strongly advised that you get travel insurance. It’s important to have coverage for the unexpected, and starting your journey with that peace of mind is a wise choice.

What should I pack for a Botswana safari?

Pack comfortable walking shoes, but hiking boots are not needed. No formal wear is necessary for a safari. Light clothing in both color and material is recommended.

 

Bring a light jacket, jeans and safari trousers for evenings and cooler days. If you’re going to be out early in the morning, bring gloves and a scarf. Long-sleeved and light shirts that offer protection from the sun and mosquitoes are also recommended.

 

The majority of lodges and camps provide laundry services, so it is simple to travel light in Botswana.

 

What should I know regarding baggage?

 

While domestic flights in Botswana have a strict luggage limit of 33lb per person, extra luggage space can be purchased by visitors. Oversized or excess luggage may occasionally be stored at hotels or with our local partners on the ground. Moreover, it is advised to use soft-sided duffel bags with wheels that are about 12″ high. 

Is Botswana a good destination for a family safari?

Family safaris are fantastic in Botswana. Children explorers will get up close and personal with nature through brief game drives and mini bush walks. By spending time in different locations within Botswana, younger safari-goers will have a chance to see a variety of animals and enjoy birdlife on boat rides in the Okavango Delta or on the Makgadikgadi saltpans.

 

Special programs for children are offered at a selection of family-friendly lodges and camps. These programs will educate children on all things wildlife conservation and ensure that kids of all ages have fun. The children will keep a journal of animals seen as they participate in bush walks to identify animal tracks and signs. Other children can spend time at the accommodation baking cookies with the chef. 

 

With the help of one of our Wito Africa safari experts, you can plan the perfect family safari in Botswana with confidence and peace of mind.

Is Botswana suitable for couples or honeymooners?

Botswana is a wonderful destination for couples, whether they are on their honeymoon, celebrating an anniversary, or looking for a romantic getaway. The Okavango Delta is one of the most romantic African safari destinations. Botswana is a top contender for a spirited and passionate break in the bush, with intimate lodges and camps set among stunning landscapes teeming with wildlife.

 

You will stay in luxury accommodation, a perfect mix of exclusive lodges and cozy camps tucked away in remote areas. The properties come with comfortable living spaces, star-gazing beds and plunge pools designed to be safe for enjoying the natural surroundings and wildlife. There might be a viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, so when you awake early the first thing you see is a dazzle of zebras browsing or elephants drinking peacefully.

 

As the sun rises on another beautiful Botswana day, you will enjoy a cup of fresh coffee/tea. Private dining, breathtaking sunsets, and a selection of safari activities are combined to create the perfect adventure for you and your loved one. Five-star service and interesting campfire conversations are all part of the experience that will remain in your memories.

Is Botswana suitable for senior travelers?

Botswana is an excellent safari destination for senior citizens. Slow travel is necessary, and considering some road transfers combined with one light-aircraft flight to a Delta delight will ensure comfortable travel throughout the safari circuit.

 

Your comfort is a priority. You may want to inform the lodge and camp staff about any medical requirements or preferences. Your safari will go smoothly if you communicate with your Wito Africa safari planner and the team on the ground.

 

Combining several regions and lodges or extending your safari to other southern African destinations will involve a fair amount of movement. However, the experience for seniors on Botswana safari is well worth it. 

What type of clothing should I wear?

When you reserve your safari with Wito Africa, you’ll get paperwork that includes a thorough packing list. But suffice it to say that you should dress comfortably and casually. Wearing clothing in shades of khaki, olive, brown, and tan improves your chances of spotting wildlife and has the added advantage of hiding dirt. Additionally, you should resist the urge to overpack because laundry services will be available in a lot of the locations we visit.

Will someone meet me at the airport?

Absolutely. We would like to extend a warm welcome to you as one of our valued visitors to our country. After clearing customs at the airport of your arrival, a member of the Wito Africa Safaris staff will welcome you and drive you as quickly as possible to the convenience of your hotel.

What do I need to know about voltage and electricity in Botswana?

The standard voltage in Botswana is 240v with a frequency of 50Hz. The power plugs and sockets in the country are of type D, G, and M. You should go with a power plug adapter and voltage converter depending on the appliances you are taking along.

 

The input on cell phones, laptops, and cameras is between 110-240v. You can plug them in directly when you get to your lodge or camp or use your travel adapter and voltage converter.

 

On getting to your accommodation, find out if there is full-time electricity or a generator that is switched on at night so that you can plan how and when to charge your camera and other devices. Your lodge or camp can provide a plug adapter and voltage converter if required.

What currency does Botswana use?

The official currency of Botswana is the Pula. The symbol is P. The pula is one of the strongest currencies in Africa. The US dollar is accepted throughout English-speaking countries. You can exchange your foreign currency to the Pula at banks and exchange bureaus in major cities.

 

You can use your credit cards at lodges and camps. However, all accommodation and safari experiences should be pre-booked by your Botswana safari expert. You should have some cash with you, especially the local currency, for tips and buying souvenir. Your Botswana safari expert will be able to guide you on the amount of cash you should have at hand.

 

How does tipping work on a Botswana safari?

Tipping is a way of appreciating the work of guides and trackers who ensure your safety, comfort, and fantastic experience. It’s a discretionary custom on a Botswana safari. Some of the people you will need to tip include guides, trackers, baggage handlers, and lodge staff. About $10 to $20 per day is the ideal tip for each guide or tracker. Your Wito Africa safari expert will advise you on general tipping guidelines at the point of booking. However, tipping is not compulsory. It should be done at your discretion.

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