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.
Take a swim at Elephants Sands while watching elephants play in the watering hole.
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, lodges and hotels on this Original style trip.
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.
As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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 4.46 out of 5 based on 59 reviews in the last year.
We used Intrepid as a starting trip for our Africa adventure and were very glad we did. Our guide, Karabo, was excellent; saw a lot of wildlife; the group was a nice small size, and we were introduced to the culture through small village tours. We support Intrepid philosophy of travel and highly recommend this company.
Review submitted 14 Oct 2018
Botswana Highlights was my first trip in Africa and there was a lot to see and experience. We saw quite a lot of animals along the roads and on the safari tours. The Okavango Delta near Jumbo Junction was a highlight and also the river cruise in Chobe National park was very nice. The optional scenic flight from Maun over the Okavango Delta was very useful to get an impression of the vastness of the area and the many animal that live there. However, there was also quite a lot of driving. It was a pity that in the Caprivi strip we did not look at anything and just drove to the next lodge.
Review submitted 13 Oct 2018