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.
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 4.49 out of 5 based on 49 reviews in the last year.
Transport used needs to be improved for such long journeys- current bus not good enough. More meals should be included especially in remote locations.
Review submitted 19 Aug 2018
The days are long, involving early starts and many hours sitting on basic seats. The lunch stops were inappropriate and not fit for purpose - suggest pack plenty of snack items. The options for lunches and dinners is very limited (dinner was available at each accommodation with no option to eat elsewhere). Suggestion to Intrepid: include lunches and evening meals - we have no choice but to eat at the accommodations anyway. It would make for a smoother trip and $ for $ it should not increase the overall price at all.
Review submitted 04 Aug 2018