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When you think of Botswana, an authentic African safari is probably one of the first things that comes to mind – and there’s a good reason why. With 4 major national parks and numerous game reserves, it’s the perfect place to seek out the Big 5 (and there’s definitely a good chance you’ll spot them) and channel your inner explorer. One of the main reasons wildlife and pristine landscapes flourish here is because more than 25% of the land is mandated for conservation efforts by the government. So grab your safari hat and hop in the jeep – your African adventure awaits!

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Small Group Tour Highlights of Southern Africa
3 countries, 3 icons: Cape Town, jewel of South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe with Zambezi River cruise; 4 world-class safaris in Chobe, Botswana; 1 day in Nairobi
from $3499 w/ Flights 11 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Kenya Wildlife Safari with Victoria Falls
Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in superior Nairobi hotels & safari lodges, All this plus the majestic Victoria Falls.
from $5199 w/ Flights 14 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Best of South Africa with Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Johannesburg & Cape Town, 3 game drives in Kruger and a private conservancy, plus a bush walk; stay in upscale hotels throughout.
from $5499 w/ Flights 15 days
per person, double occupancy*
Small Group Tour Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train and Victoria Falls
Johannesburg, 4 safaris in a Private Game Reserve, 2 nights aboard Rovos Luxury Train, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
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Highlights

  1. Wildlife

    Wildlife viewing is probably one of (if not the main) reason for travel to Botswana. Lions quietly stalking their prey, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. Cheetah cubs tumbling in the savanna as their mother keeps a close eye on them a short distance away.  Gazelles leaping through lush meadows. A herd of hartebeests grazing in the grass.  You will be astounded at the array of wildlife you can see in just one day! So take out your camera and start snapping away – pictures like these are almost too perfect to believe.
  2. Chobe National Park

    Located on the Chobe River, Chobe National Park is a spectacular spot to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. And there are many ways to view it all!  From safari cruises to off-roading, Chobe offers something for any adventurer’s time and taste. Witness herds of elephants ascend the watering hole as you cruise down the Chobe River as the sun sets, illuminating the sky shades of orange, pink, red, and gold.
  3. Okavango Delta

    Immerse yourself in the phenomenon that is the Okavango Delta. It formed as a result of water flowing from the Okavango and Kavango Rivers into the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Witness a plethora of biodiversity on a cruise through the Delta’s waterways as you search for big game. Watch in awe as a magnificent cheetah reaches speeds of 70 mph as it races through the lush, green plains. Search for endangered species, such as the African wild dog and white rhinoceros, aboard a 4x4 jeep. Nature lovers and animal lovers alike will fall in love with the rich ecosystems of the Okavango Delta.
  4. Conservation Efforts

    Botswana has incredible wildlife, and thankfully, its people recognize that and actively promote conservation efforts. In addition to laws enforced by the government, citizens have taken matters into their own hands to proactively protect wildlife and preserve the land. The Moremi Game Reserve was established in 1963 by locals in order to end illegal hunting and cattle farm development. The diverse landscapes and bountiful wildlife found here are two of the reasons this game reserve has been voted the best in Africa.
  5. Unique activities in Botswana

    Explore Kobokwe’s Cave – Where dark local legend and a legendary explorer collide.  The caves add a unique element to the Botswana landscape, which is largely flat and semi-arid.  Learn about the local folklore of the caves, believed to have been haunted by witches and spirits.  Channel your inner explorer as you traverse the terrain, where Scottish explorer David Livingstone once spent the night.

    Visit the Salt Pans – In the middle of the Kalahari Desert lies a massive complex of salt fields.  It’s a truly unique sight to see – palm trees sprouted up in the middle of nowhere and patches of grass dividing salt fields.

    Tour the village of Molepolole – This traditional African village is home to one of the largest remaining tribal communities in the world, the Bakwena.  You can also find history museums, restaurants that serve scrumptious local cuisine, and the famous Debswana Diamond Company, which is the world’s top producer of diamonds by value.

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Botswana? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Gaborone
Population:  2.25 million
Currency: Botswana pula (BWP)
Languages: English & Setswana
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: CAT (UTC +2)

Entry requirements

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at time of entry into Botswana.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Botswana for stays up to 90 days. Passports must have at least three blank passport pages. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

If you do not hold a U.S. passport, please see the entry requirements.

For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Botswana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa).

More information about passport, visa & entry requirements.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

The northern part of Botswana, including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, is in a malaria zone. Take precautions against getting mosquito bites, and talk to your doctor about taking a prescription medicine to prevent malaria (before, during and after your trip). Also ask your doctor about vaccinations for typhoid and hepatitis A and be sure you are up-to-date with other routine vaccinations like such as measles.

For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Botswana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa). Locate a vaccination clinic in the U.S.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

April through May in Botswana offers clear skies and lush landscapes. The temperature at night begins drop during this time of year, particularly in the Kalahari Desert. Night-time temperatures in drier areas drop close to freezing from June to October, but increase rapidly during the day. The intense heat dries the landscapes, concentrating game to watering holes.

What to wear

We suggest bringing clothes made of cotton, preferably in neutral colors (especially for game drives). A hat, scarf, sunscreen and insect repellent are also valuable accessories for your trip. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs. Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we recommend that you carry a small folding umbrella (or poncho) and take with you a light jacket or sweater. Packing to dress in layers is another way to prepare for a variety of weather conditions. Finally, remember that the countries visited on this tour are casual, and comfort should dictate your wardrobe for the tour. Binoculars are also suggested.

Money & Credit Cards

The currency in Botswana is the Botswana pula. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for "street shopping" you will need local currency. You will be able to exchange your cash to local currency at foreign exchange bureaus. We highly recommend that you bring crisp, new bills in small denominations. Old, torn, crumpled bills may not be accepted. Travelers’ checks are no longer widely accepted.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.

Shopping

Shop for handicrafts, jewelry, quilts and musical instruments in Botswana.

Electricity & Power Adapters

230 volts. Plug M. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Did you know?
  • English is the official language of the country.  It also has a national language, Setswana.
  • If you want to see elephants, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Chobe National Park is known for having the biggest elephants – in both size and number.
  • The majority of the land is desert.
  • Nearly 30% of the world’s cheetah population lives in Botswana. Organizations such as Cheetah Conservation Botswana works with local communities to help reduce human-wildlife conflict and preserve the cheetah population.
  • Flooding occurs during the dry season in the Okavango Delta. The animals and plantsthat live in the Delta have synchronized their biological cycles to match this unique feat.
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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