Botswana Safari Holidays in 10 Photos

June 23rd 2016  |  Botswana, Family Safaris  |  by  Alice Gully
Guests walking with resident Abu herd elephants at Abu Camp, Okavango Delta Botswana

Botswana is one of my favourite safari destinations, and regularly tops the ‘holiday destinations to visit’ list in the travel press.

Botswana safaris offer a glittering selection of wildlife, and an equally dazzling waterworld of the Okavango Delta. With such diverse wildlife areas, incredible and dramatic game viewing is guaranteed during any day on safari.

Botswana is also famous for having the most luxurious safari camps and lodges in the world. Not just with private plunge pools and vast verandahs to enjoy wildlife viewing during your sundowner G&T’s and gourmet dining, but the guides are some of the most professional and knowledgeable in Africa.

Here are my top 10 photos to tempt you to safari in Botswana.

The Okavango Delta

This green oasis, supporting a wealth of wildlife, is Botswana’s not-to-be-missed highlight.  With the safari ‘Big 5’ of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, and much else besides, a Botswana safari is rarely complete without a few days here.

Jao Camp Botswana - Mokoro Landscape - Dana Allen

Mokoros from Jao Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Riding Safaris

Splash through the Okavango Delta, explore the wide open spaces of the Makgadikgadi salt pans or track game in the remote Mashatu Reserve.  Great horses, great guides and an exhilarating safari holiday for competent riders.

Riding safari viewing giraffe, Africa Horseback Safaris, Okavango Delta

Riding safari viewing giraffe, Africa Horseback Safaris, Okavango Delta

Wildlife

From aardvark to zebra, and pretty much everything in between, it’s all here on a Botswana safari.  Rare wild dog roam the plains, elephant gather in huge herds, lion chase buffalo, and ferocious honey badgers chase anything!  Colourful birds chatter from the sky while hippo and croc patrol the waterways.

Pack of wild dogs on a game drive at Seba Camp, Okavango Delta

Pack of wild dogs on a game drive at Seba Camp, Okavango Delta

Mokoro

These craft have been used by indigenous peoples for centuries and still provide a wonderful way to explore the myriad waterways of the Okavango Delta.

Jacana - Mokoro Delta - Dana Allen

Mokoro safari at Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta

Luxury Accommodation

Holiday in Botswana for some of Africa’s finest safari accommodation, with luxury lodges and classic tented camps offering home from home comforts in the pristine wilderness.  Tear yourself away and stay in a simple fly camp for a night for an adventure you’ll never forget.

Vumbura Plains 5 - Dana Allen

Luxury safari accommodation at Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta

Mobile Safaris

Take your camp with you and safari 1920s-style.  Accommodation ranges from simple to luxurious but whatever you choose you’ll find charismatic guides, stunning locations and fabulous wildlife.  It’s a great way to explore this classic safari country in-depth.

Bots - And Beyond Botswana Expeditions 2

Mobile safaris – hark back to the old days of safari, &Beyond Botswana Expeditions

Family Safaris

This land of stunning contrasts has plenty to offer families on safari, from cute meerkats to specialist children’s guides.  Private concessions and great flexibility for exploring by day and night make this an irresistible paradise for the ultimate family safari holiday.

Friendly habituated meerkats, Makgadikgadi salt pans, Uncharted Africa

Friendly habituated meerkats, Makgadikgadi salt pans, Uncharted Africa

Walking

Take a walk with the San Bushmen and learn how to catch a scorpion, track big game, and which twigs make the best toothbrushes.  These remarkable people are gentle and fascinating guides and offer a unique glimpse into their ancient culture.

Kalahari Plains - Walking Culture - Caroline Culbert

Walking safari with a San guide, Kalahari Plains

Honeymoon Safaris

The extraordinary range of incredibly beautiful and romantic safari camps spread through Botswana’s wilderness makes this a perfect honeymoon destination.

Botswana - Selinda Explorer 4 copper bath tub

Botswana can offer unique romantic moments, Selinda Explorers Camp, Selinda Reserve

Sundowners

My favourite time of day.  Exquisite landscapes abound for this classic end of day safari tradition.

Duba Plains - Private Sundowner - Great Plains Conservation

Private champagne sundowner, Duba Plains, Okavango Delta

Any questions on Botswana safari holidays?

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What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday to Botswana, or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.