View from light aircraft, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Botswana Safari

Botswana safaris are undoubtedly the ultimate luxury safari experience in Africa. Botswana holds about 25 percent of Africa's elephants and is one of the only countries where you can still find vast herds. Many of Botswana’s lodges have raised themselves to a level of sophistication that is the envy of hotels around the world, whilst maintaining a sense of adventure and remoteness. Botswana’s unique combination of wilderness landscapes and its variety of game make a Botswana safari a holiday that you will not forget.

What to expect on your Botswana safari holiday

You need time to enjoy your Botswana safari. Do not rush the experience. Botswana is a big country and getting around is largely done by scheduled light aircraft. As flights are frequent and easy, combining two or three areas of the country on one safari holiday is not only possible, but highly recommended by our Botswana safari experts.

The most famous areas for wildlife are in the north – the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve, Linyanti, Selinda and Chobe National Park. These areas are home to masses of big game, as well as some of Africa’s finest safari camps. 

The south is largely desert and thus a fabulous contrast to the watery north. See the San bushmen of the Central Kalahari and experience the vast emptiness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remains of one of the world’s largest super lakes. Here the desert isn't always dry - when the rains arrive the area bursts into life and sees the second largest zebra and wildebeest migration in the world. Ask our Botswana safari experts for more details as to when is the best time to experience this migration.

Some ideas for a Botswana holiday

  • Spend a few days in the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta with a myriad of waterways, channels and islands and home to an abundance of game.
  • Take a luxury mobile safari in the Moremi, moving with the animals.
  • Quad bike across the flat empty expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans camping out under the stars – a very different type of safari holiday.
  • Walk with elephants at Baines Camp.
  • A safari by boat is a great way to see the huge elephant herds of Chobe National Park.
  • Spend time watching the antics of a habituated group of meerkats at Jack's Camp.
  • Walk with the San bushmen and learn how they have adapted to a life in the harsh desert environment.
  • See the black-maned lions of the Kalahari and search for the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl.

Beyond the ordinary

A tale of two extremes. On the one hand, a helicopter safari between camps is a spectacular way to experience the Okavango Delta. On the other go hunting with the bushmen.

Our Botswana safari holiday experts

Our Botswana specialists have travelled the length and breadth of this amazing country on safari. They have explored by air, by road, by elephant and on foot. They have drifted down glistening waterways by mokoro (traditional dugout canoe), slept out under the stars and have seen an incredible array of wildlife. Their passion for the country is infectious.

Call our travel experts on 01285 655011 to start planning your Botswana safari holiday.

Botswana FAQs

Collapse all
How do I get to Botswana?
Flying from the UK is easiest via Johannesburg which acts as a hub for onward flights to either Kasane  or Maun in Botswana.

The flight to Johannesburg from London Heathrow takes approximately 10.5 hours. The onward flight is between 1 and 2 hours depending on which airport you fly to in Botswana.
What should I take on safari?
Cotton layers such as t-shirts, a light fleece, shorts and a pair of long trousers are the key items. The temperature can vary quite a bit from the early morning game drive to the heat of the day. Sun screen, a hat and a swimming costume are the other necessities. It is best to avoid bright colours for a safari. Footwear should include a pair of sandals or flip flops and some walking shoes (trainers would be fine).
When is the Okavango Delta in full flood?

The flood waters from Angola start to return in May and remain fairly full to July/August.

Can I charge my camera/phone on safari?

Almost all safari lodges in Botswana have either a generator or solar power. This will provide electricity to the camp, but you may not have plug points in your room.

There will be somewhere that you can charge your camera or phone but this may be in the main area or the manager’s office.


Africa - Ultimate African Elephant Conservation Journey

Ultimate African Elephant Conservation Journey

It is becoming increasingly clear that The War on Elephants is in full swing; if we fail to act, ...

View More
Botswana - Family Safari to the Delta and Chobe

Botswana - Family Safari to the Delta and Chobe

Staying at comfortable, family friendly camps, journey across the watery landscapes of northern B...

View More
Botswana - The Selinda Canoe Trail

Botswana - The Selinda Canoe Trail

The Selinda Canoe Trail offers one of the rarest, most exciting experiences in Africa. Spend...

View More
Botswana - Mashatu and Kruger

Mashatu and Kruger Photographic Safari

Combine Botswana and South Africa for an incredible photographic safari. Begin in Mashatu, with i...

View More
Botswana - Selinda and Duba Plains

Okavango Delta and Selinda Concession Safari

Discover the landscape of northern Botswana, beginning amidst the floodplains of the Okavango Del...

View More
Botswana - Okavango Delta Helicopter Safari

Okavango Delta Helicopter Safari

Take to the skies to appreciate the magnificent natural phenomenon that is the Okavango Delta. Ho...

View More
Botswana - Romantic Safari through South Africa and Botswana

Romantic Safari through South Africa and Botswana

Set out on a romantic star-bed safari across southern Africa, staying at a handful of spectacular...

View More
Botswana - Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park

Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park

Showcasing wonders of nature – both zoological and geographical, this journey combines some of th...

View More
Botswana - Highlights of Botswana

Botswana - Highlights: Okavango Delta & Linyanti

With its vast spread of glistening waterways and lagoons, Botswana is a safari destination like n...

View More
Botswana - Kalahari and Delta Explorer

Botswana - The Kalahari Desert & Okavango Delta

A flurry of new life, colourful wild flowers, and a mass of migrant birds - Botswana’s green seas...

View More
Botswana - Northern Botswana Flying Safari

Northern Botswana Flying Safari

Flying over northern Botswana offers a bird’s eye view of the Okavango Delta and Savuti. The dive...

View More
Botswana - Chobe and Okavango Small Camp Explorer

Botswana - Chobe National Park & Okavango Delta

Stay at small, private lodges in the Chobe National Park for an intimate safari experienceExplore...

View More
Botswana - Complete Botswana in Style

Botswana in Style

This Complete Botswana in Style safari is a three camp itinerary taking in a diverse range of hab...

View More
Africa - Southern Africa Explorer

Southern Africa Explorer

Southern African countries are so easy to combine that you can be watching a lunar rainbow over V...

View More
Botswana - Mobile Camps in the Okavango Delta

Botswana - Mobile Camping Holiday

Over the years the African safari has undergone great changes with safari experiences geared more...

View More


Blog: A Day in the Delta

"On landing I’m met by cool towels and ice-cold drinks. As the helicopter returns to the clear blue sky, the thud of the blades are slowly replaced by the sounds of the bush. My first morning on safari welcomes me, as the outside world melts away."

Read Blog

Gallery: Botswana Okavango Delta

Our Steppes client Lindsey Munro has kindly shared some of her images of her holiday to Botswana, exploring the Okavango Delta. Activities are as varied as the landscape in Botswana and the ultimate way to take everything in is by helicopter safari, which is exactly what Lindsey and her friends did, arranged by Botswana Travel Expert Bridget Cohen.

See gallery

Horizon Helicopters, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Inspiration: Take to the skies over the delta

Explore one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Combine some of the best camps in the region with a fantastic helicopter safari experience, for a truly memorable journey packed with wildlife encounters. 

Read More

Client Reviews

Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana
"We had a very well organised trip giving the short notice. 
Steppes made the trip unforgettable, since we had not to worry about a thing except enjoying the stays. We have been spoiled in every location and the choices of them where outstanding. Thank you!"

Mikhail Skigin

Drinking Impala, Linyanti, Botswana
"Jackie Pearson was extremely helpful and came up with a few different suggestions for me to choose from. 
All responses were speedy and I was confident that she understood what I was looking for in the holiday. Now after the holiday I can say that she certainly did!"

Sarah Long

Mokoro Ride, Okavanga Delta, Botwana
"All excellent! 
It wasn't an inexpensive trip, but it was good value for the money."

Michael Hughes

Lion Walking through Water, Botswana
"Jackie and her team did an excellent job.
We have been on quite a few holidays with Steppes. This one delivered the same high standards as before."

David Mee

Send us an enquiry:


14 hours from UK
(via Johannesburg)

Did you know?

Botswana is home to the world's largest concentration of African elephants, with greatest numbers in Chobe National Park.
The Makgadigadi Pans is one of the largest salt pan areas in the world.
The currency, Pula, means "rain" in Setswana.

Useful Information

BBC Country Profile

Climate Guide

Botswana - Know Before You Go

Botswana Travel Expert Blogs

Shelf Improvement

DON'T RUN, Whatever You Do book cover

DON'T RUN, Whatever You Do
Peter Allison

Botswana Time book cover

Botswana Time
Will Randall

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency book cover

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Alexander McCall Smith

Holiday Ideas in Botswana

You are unique, so we believe your holiday should be too.

We listen to what you want and create a personalised itinerary tailored around you.

Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Call our Travel Experts on +01285 880 980
Start Your Journey


  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides


  • We negotiate the best rates with hotels and expert guides
  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates


  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

Fully Protected

  • Your monies are financially protected
  • 24/7 Emergency UK contact whilst abroad

Featured in the Press

Financial Times
The Telegraph
Sunday Times logo
Food and Travel Mag
House and garden
The Week

Our Partners

Afri Cat
African Parks
Durrell logo
Galapagos Conservation Trsut
Restless Development
Save The Rhino
Tusk Trust
World Land Trsut
Gorilla Doctors

Steppes Travel, 51 Castle St, Cirencester, GL7 1QD, United Kingdom

© Steppes Travel | Legal Niceties | Privacy Policy