See the big name attractions of southern Africa – Vic Falls, Chobe and the Okavango Delta
Containing in its borders the world's largest salt pans, inland delta and number of elephants, Botswana has plenty to boast about. And, happily for visitors, the country knows it. 38% of the country's landscape – which encompasses everything from savanna to swamp to the sands of the Kalahari – is protected and the travel infrastructure is among the very best in Africa. Taking in also Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls and Namibia's Zambezi region, this trip celebrates both the natural and cultural highlights of Botswana. Stay in a lodge overlooking a watering hole frequented by elephants. Jump in jeeps and set out on game drives in Chobe National Park. Paddle through the Okavango Delta in a traditional dug out canoe, and be welcomed into the villages of native Bushmen. If it's a diversity of landscapes, wildlife and cultures you're after, this is the trip.
Stay in a thatched tree house situated right on the edge of the Kavango River. It's designed specifically so you can see the sunrise through your toes from bed!
Glide through the wildlife-filled waterways of the Okavango by mokoro
Seek out elephant on a 4x4 game drive through Chobe National Park, home to Africa's most abundant herds
Be welcomed into the villages of native Xwe Bushmen
Stay in comfortable meru-style permanent tents raised on wooden platforms in the Okavango Delta Pan Handle
This itinerary features some long travel days which can be exacerbated by bumpy African roads.
Botswana temperatures rise in the hot dry period of September and October before the rains hit and temperatures can get as high as 34-38°C. Not all accommodation will have air-conditioning. This is quite common across Africa, particularly in remote locations where lodges or camps operate on solar power or generators.
Botswana is a very seasonal destination. What you see and experience can differ quite dramatically depending on the time of year you visit. Please consider this before you choose your departure date. See the 'Climate and Seasonal' section for more details.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip finishes on arrival at Victoria Falls on day 9. Please do not book any departing flights until after 8pm this evening.
Our Botswana Highlights trips score an average of 4.63 out of 5 based on 19 reviews in the last year.
The Botswana trip takes you to some great places and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Having Elephants playing 10 meters from where you eat dinner, Hippos grunting throughout the night in the Okavango and Caprivi strip, and Lions strolling beside the open game drive vehicles were unforgettable experiences. However, be aware that most of the activities are optional extras, and there are sometimes more options than listed in the trip notes. It does pay to ask at the accommodation what activities they have when you arrive.
Review submitted 26 Jul 2017
We really enjoyed our 9 day trip to Botswana. Gibson our guide provided an excellent commentary during the trip and was eager to help us if we had any concerns or needed help with anything. Intrepid Tours also made us more aware of our responsibilities to protect the (global) environment we live in. Most of all we enjoyed getting up real close with the wild animals. The overall experience was better than we had imagined.
Review submitted 23 Jul 2017