In the days before organised camps and lodges, the traditional Botswana safari was a mobile safari – enthusiasts driven around by a professional guide, the camp's equipment travelling with them. Although such trips are still possible, more recently travellers to Botswana can also explore a combination of environments on a tailor-made fly-in safari or even on a self-drive holiday.
Fly-in safaris to Botswana
In recent years, with increased travel by light aircraft, most travellers visit Botswana on a fly-in safari. Flight transfers between camps are quick and easy, typically taking only 30 to 90 minutes from tent to tent. Thus visitors minimise their travelling time, and maximise their time on safari. Using short flights you can hop between different environments in minutes, swiftly covering large distances across difficult terrain – and come to appreciate Botswana's remarkable geography in the process. An itinerary can be tailor-made and may include a selection of two to four safari camps that fit your requirements. See a typical fly-in safari, or a full list of ideas for Botswana Safaris.
Self-drive holidays in Botswana
Many of the roads into Botswana's wildlife areas are sandy and remote. Combined with the lack of accurate maps and little or no backup in the event of a problem, means visiting large parts of Botswana becomes an expedition rather than a relaxing holiday. Having said that, the main trunk roads through the country are easily driven by visitors who prefer a more independent style of holiday, and areas such as the Okavango Panhandle, Nxai Pan and Chobe Riverfront can combine with Namibia's Caprivi Strip for a great self drive safari.
Guided safaris around Botswana
Mobile safaris remain an enjoyable and popular way to travel around Botswana. Safari itineraries and accommodation styles vary, but all the trips we offer have staff to do the work, spacious tents – often with private facilities, and fine cuisine.
Private guided safaris are the ultimate in small-group safaris: they're organised just for you and your family or friends. Choose between comfortable and luxury camping options and build your own itinerary. Because each safari camp is private and the guide is at your disposal you set the activity schedule, doing as little or as much as you like each day. Again, you'll find the widest choice under the banner of our Wild about Africa programme. (See examples of private guided safaris to Botswana… )
Our top picks for holidays to Botswana
We'll always tailor-make your Safari for you. Here are some of our favourites to inspire you.
11 days • 4 locations
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT
Visit dramatically contrasting landscapes boasting a variety of species during this exploration of Botswana’s top-safari destinations. A combination of national parks and private reserves allows for a range of activities.
A luxury safari exploring the Okavango Delta and Linyanti–Savuti, two of the best wildlife viewing areas in Botswana, staying at three top camps renowned for their guiding for a first-class experience.
Discover three of Botswana’s best game-viewing regions with stays in the private Linyanti, Chitabe and Vumbura reserves. Intimate, smart camps offer a range of activities by which to discover these stunningly varied habitats.
Visit three sister-camps in and around Moremi Game Reserve during this thorough exploration of the Okavango Delta. A range of activities provide excellent opportunity to observe the local birdlife, mammals and fauna.