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Botswana Holidays

As one of the last true wilderness areas, with vast expanses of diverse terrain and a thriving ecosystem like no other on earth, Botswana is undoubtedly one of the best safari locations in the world. Holidays to Botswana open the door to some of the most exciting and unforgettable adventures of a lifetime.

A safari through the bush-covered savannahs combines the beauty of Botswana’s vast and varied landscapes with the awe-inspiring spectacle of wildlife at its most natural. A haven for photographers, Botswana’s grasslands are dotted by exotic flora, including statuesque acacia trees, soaring Ilala Palms and the peculiar sausage tree. From the unforgiving Kalahari Desert and the extensive Makgadikgadi salt pans to the riverbanks of Chobe National Park, nature lovers will be spoilt for choice with Botswana’s contrasting landscapes.

Pristine African wilderness

Take a walk on the wild side and embark on an exhilarating game drive through the expansive plains of Chobe National Park in search of the magnificent native wildlife. For a unique perspective on Botswana’s exotic fauna, explore the floodplains of the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dug-out canoe), with its myriad waterways and undulating grasslands home to a diversity of wildlife, keep a lookout out for hippos, lone bulls, Nile crocodiles and herds of elephants as they quench their thirst.

Go wild and treat yourself with our Botswana in Style safari, perfect for a honeymoon to remember. Travel by light aircraft and enjoy a variety of game viewing activities over land and water, then retire to your luxury safari lodge for sunset and dinner under the stars.

Pair your Botswana holiday with a trip to South Africa and venture to cosmopolitan cities, stunning Winelands and the iconic Garden Route, offering a vast contrast in beauty and splendour. Whatever your Botswana holiday dreams, call our Destination Specialists to discuss today.

Destination Highlights
  • Venture across the river banks and woodlands of Chobe National Park on a safari, famous for its phenomenal wildlife such as elephants, buffalo, lions, antelopes and hippos.
  • Relax and appreciate the scenery of the Okavango Delta as you peacefully canoe across the crystal clear water that spreads over the thirstlands of the Kalahari desert.
  • Explore the unreachable by Helicopter and see Botswana’s wild and untamed habitat from up above.
  • Visit the Kalahari desert and prepare to be awe-struck by this eerie desert of red sand, home to the black-maned Kalahari lions.

Time Zone

GMT +2

Flight Time

14–15 hours; indirect flights are available from London Heathrow via Johannesburg

Currency

BWP - Botswana Pula

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa for travel to Botswana.

Language

English

Health Information

Special vaccines are recommended for travel to Botswana. Please speak to your GP for the latest medical requirements.

Known for the expansive Okavango Delta wetlands and its wild inhabitants, and the stunning, varied landscapes of Chobe National Park - nature-lovers, photographers and adventurers will be spoilt for choice in this beautiful country.

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    Okavango Delta

    Arguably the best area of Botswana and a unique area to of Africa. This wetland offers amazing water based game viewing.

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    Chobe National Park

    This is one of the best areas in the world to see elephant, it is almost guaranteed.

Botswana

Botswana can be enjoyed all year round. The wet season begins usually by late November and lasts until March, known as the green season, it’s the best time for birdwatching and attracts enthusiasts. The Delta is lush at this time and game viewing can still be excellent. The dry season starts in April and lasts until November, with temperatures increasing towards the tail end of this season from October to November.

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Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
23ºC
224mm
Namibia
24ºC
74mm
Zambia
23ºC
224mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
23ºC
182mm
Namibia
23ºC
89mm
Zambia
23ºC
182mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
23ºC
157mm
Namibia
21ºC
83mm
Zambia
23ºC
157mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
23ºC
39mm
Namibia
19ºC
32mm
Zambia
22ºC
39mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
20ºC
4mm
Namibia
16ºC
6mm
Zambia
20ºC
4mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
18ºC
Namibia
13ºC
2mm
Zambia
18ºC

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
17ºC
Namibia
13ºC
Zambia
17ºC

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
20ºC
Namibia
16ºC
1mm
Zambia
20ºC
20mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
23ºC
3mm
Namibia
19ºC
3mm
Zambia
23ºC
3mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
25ºC
24mm
Namibia
22ºC
11mm
Zambia
25ºC
24mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
25ºC
108mm
Namibia
23ºC
27mm
Zambia
25ºC
108mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Livingstone
23ºC
209mm
Namibia
24ºC
31mm
Zambia
23ºC
209mm
  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    For those who love to go back to basics and truly be amongst the wilderness, book a camping trip to Kalahari Central Game Reserve, the second-largest game reserve in the world. There are several fossilized river valleys and the reserve is home to a variety of species such as the hyena, aardwolf, oryx, bat-eared fox and ostrich.

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    Steph

    Destination Specialist

    The Tsodilo Hills boasts one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world, estimated to have over 4,500 paintings. This is a mystical place full of intrigue and mystery which holds great religious and spiritual significance to the local people.

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    Karen

    Destination Specialist

    Make sure you check out Nxai Pan. Time your visit right and you may be able to witness thousands of zebras and wildebeest making their way through Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pans National Park.”

There are a wide variety of events held throughout the year in Botswana that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.

  • Botswana Day

    The Batswana people celebrate their country in September every year with traditional events, street parties and parades.

  • Maitisong Festival

    This festival held in March is a cornucopia of traditional music, dance and theatre held all over the city of Gaborone and its suburbs. The event lasts for nine full days and sees the entire population take to the streets in carnival mode.

  • Maun Festival

    Traditional poetry, music and dance are the main attractions at Maun Festival, held over two days in April. The visual arts also have their place in this celebration, which is held for the benefit of local schools, as well as honouring northwestern Botswana’s rich tribal culture.

  • Toyota 1000 Desert Race

    A must-see for fans of off-road motorsport races, this thrilling annual June event involves quads, bikes and cars, with 25 spectator areas set around the country.

There are many dishes unique to Botswana yet much of Botswana’s cuisine shares similarities to the cuisine of South Africa, with curries, stews and a variety of meat-based dishes infused with herbs and spices.

  • Seswaa

    A traditional meat dish of Botswana made with either beef, goat, chicken or lamb, boiled together with onion and peppers until tender,  salt is then added and the meat is then shredded or pounded.

  • Morogo

    Otherwise known as ‘African spinach’, Morogo is a side dish made from the dried leaves of the cowpea plant, similar to spinach yet with a slightly more bitter taste. This dish can either be eaten plain or combined with onions, tomatoes and lots of butter.

  • Vetkoek

    Also called ‘fat cake’ vetkoek is a traditional dish made with fried bread dough. Fat cakes are delicious with honey or jam but more commonly enjoyed as part of a savoury meal where they are filled with curried mince.

Types of Botswana holidays

Exploring Botswana

Botswana Safaris

Botswana Safaris

Frequently Asked Questions

There are four key National Parks in Botswana – the Chobe National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Makgadikgadi Pan National Park, and Nxai Pan National Park – as well as various game reserves and private concession areas.

Air Botswana operates return flights from Gabarone to Kasane five times a week and return flights to Maun and Francistown, daily. 

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