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Botswana Tours

Home to over 85 species of mammals, 1075 species of birds, and the largest concentration of elephants in the world, there is no better place to head on an African Safari than Botswana. Uncover the most breathtaking National Parks on Earth as you encounter exotic animals and gorgeous scenery!

Discover some of the world’s most fascinating diversity and exotic wildlife in Botswana!

Situated in Southern Africa, Botswana is one of the most popular African safari destinations. Considering nearly 40% of the country is made up of wildlife reserves and National Parks, there's no wonder why! Travelers will revel over breathtaking landscapes surrounding the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta. Embark on a safari through Chobe National Park, home to many species of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, birds, and many other animals. Uncover the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park to discover giraffe, buffalo, and zebra! Botswana, a captivating landlocked country situated in the southern region of Africa, awaits intrepid travelers eager to uncover its hidden treasures. Renowned for its abundant and varied wildlife, awe-inspiring landscapes, and vibrant cultural heritage, Botswana promises an extraordinary and unforgettable journey for those seeking an authentic African experience. Prepare to be enchanted by the irresistible charm of Botswana, a truly remarkable country that beckons you to explore its captivating wildlife reserves, be awestruck by its breathtaking natural wonders, delve into vibrant cities, and embrace the genuine hospitality of its people. With every step, Botswana unveils a tapestry of richness and diversity that embodies the essence of Africa's extraordinary allure. Let Botswana cast its spell upon you and leave an indelible mark on your heart as you embark on a remarkable journey of discovery and adventure. It stands as an idyllic haven for wildlife enthusiasts, boasting an array of immaculate national parks and game reserves that are meticulously preserved. Among these, the Okavango Delta shines as a crown jewel and an essential stop for nature lovers. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this expansive inland delta, formed by the Okavango River, gives rise to a vibrant ecosystem brimming with an extraordinary array of wildlife. The delta presents a captivating mosaic of biodiversity, showcasing majestic elephants, awe-inspiring lions, elusive leopards, and a multitude of vibrant bird species. Embarking on a mokoro ride, gliding through the tranquil waters in a traditional canoe, or joining a guided walking safari, presents an intimate and immersive opportunity to connect with nature in an unparalleled manner. A visit to Chobe National Park, the third-largest in the country, known for its diverse ecosystems sustained by the Chobe River is a must. Game-viewing is popular with jeep safaris, walking safaris, and river cruises. The park offers campsites, houseboats, birdwatching, catch-and-release fishing, and the chance to encounter the "Big Five" animals. Notable inhabitants include elephants, lions, and a variety of water-dependent species. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans, a colossal salt flat renowned for its surreal and mesmerizing scenery. Experience the awe-inspiring migration of zebras and wildebeests, discover the enchanting Kubu Island, and engage in cultural encounters with the indigenous San people, making your visit truly unforgettable. Discover the magnificent Hwange National Park, an exceptional sanctuary for wildlife in Africa. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of vast elephant herds, buffalo, and zebra roaming freely across its expansive landscapes. Delight in the abundant presence of giraffes, predators, and endangered species, accompanied by a diverse array of birdlife. Experience ultural heritage of Botswana, where the indigenous communities hold deep significance. Among them, the San people, also known as Basarwa or Bushmen, embody the country's ancient roots and vibrant legacy. Engaging with the San provides an invaluable opportunity to glimpse their traditional lifestyle, profound understanding of the land, and age-old hunting and gathering techniques. Embark on cultural tours, discover their captivating traditions, and be mesmerized by their enchanting dances and melodic songs. Botswana's cultural tapestry awaits your exploration. Apart from the San people, Botswana's vibrant cities like Gaborone and Maun offer a captivating blend of modernity and tradition. Dive into the energetic ambiance of bustling markets, art galleries, and museums, where the vibrant arts and crafts scene thrives. Indulge in local cuisine, mingle with hospitable locals, and embrace the rich cultural experiences that await you. Discover the dynamic tapestry of Botswana's urban centers, where modern and traditional cultures converge in a harmonious fusion. Tucked away in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve is celebrated for its unspoiled wilderness and extraordinary wildlife diversity. This expansive reserve encompasses diverse ecosystems, ranging from floodplains and lagoons to dry savannahs, creating a sanctuary for the iconic "Big Five" and numerous other species. Embark on thrilling game drives and guided bush walks, immersing yourself in close encounters with wildlife. For an authentic experience, camp under the mesmerizing African sky, surrounded by nature's symphony. Located at the heart of Chobe National Park, Savuti Marsh is a historic inland lake that now teems with a variety of wildlife. The marsh is renowned for its captivating predator-prey interactions, where lion prides and hyena clans compete for supremacy. Wildlife enthusiasts can witness these dramatic scenes unfold on exhilarating game drives or relax in a safari camp, enjoying a front-row seat to nature's theater. Savuti Marsh offers a captivating glimpse into the dynamic and raw beauty of the animal kingdom. Botswana's dedication to conservation and sustainable tourism is truly admirable. The country has implemented rigorous measures to protect its wildlife and preserve its natural treasures, ensuring the well-being of its animal populations. By visiting Botswana, travelers can take pride in knowing that they are contributing to conservation efforts and supporting the local communities that rely on tourism. The country offers a captivating fusion of wildlife encounters, breathtaking landscapes, cultural immersion, and genuine hospitality. Whether you're exploring the untamed wilderness of the Okavango Delta, marveling at the ethereal beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pans, or engaging with indigenous communities, each moment spent in Botswana showcases the magnificence and diversity of Africa. Embark on a journey to Botswana and create cherished memories that will endure a lifetime.

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 1. When is the best time to visit Botswana?

 July and August are the busiest months in Botswana, attracting wildlife enthusiasts and Northern Hemisphere school vacationers. These months see a surge in South African safari lovers occupying campsites. The dry winter season from April to October offers clear skies, warm days, and cold nights. Temperatures drop below freezing at night, providing excellent stargazing opportunities in the Makgadikgadi Pan. From September, temperatures gradually rise, peaking in October at around 40°C (104°F). During the dry season, wildlife gathers around the Okavango Delta and permanent water sources like the Chobe River, making it easier to navigate the country's roads and tracks. Additionally, this period is mosquito-free, making it ideal for family adventures.

 2. What are the top things to do in Botswana?

 1. Enjoy a River Cruise in Chobe

 Embark on a captivating riverboat cruise along the Chobe River to immerse yourself in the wonders of Chobe National Park. This unique and exceptional experience provides an alternative way to explore one of Africa's most diverse parks. As you cruise along the river, you'll witness a bustling watering hole where giraffes, buffalos, antelopes, and majestic herds of elephants engage in captivating waterside activities. Unlike traditional game drives, a riverboat cruise offers uninterrupted panoramic views of diverse wildlife. Indulge in a sunset sundowner, absorbing the rhythmic ambiance of the African bush. For an exclusive and personalized adventure, consider a memorable stay on the Chobe Princess for a truly tailored experience.

 2. Spend time with San Bushmen in the Kalahari

 To delve deeper into the cultural tapestry of Botswana, immerse yourself in the company of the San Bushmen in the Kalahari Reserve. Engage with their captivating heritage, learning about their time-honored traditions and practices that have endured through generations. Being intimately connected with the Kalahari, the San Bushmen serve as knowledgeable guides, providing informative and insightful exploration of the reserve. This experience transcends a typical safari, offering a profound connection with the rich cultural legacy of Botswana.

 3. Visit Okavango Delta

 Flowing through the heart of the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango River forms a remarkable inland water system, sustaining a diverse array of birdlife and animals. This breathtaking oasis, known as the Okavango Delta, is designated as the thousandth UNESCO World Heritage site. Spanning over 6,175 square miles, the delta transforms the unforgiving desert into a verdant haven, adorned with emerald-green islands and teeming with extraordinary wildlife. Exploring on a mokoro, a traditional canoe, offers an authentic and tranquil experience as you glide along the river. Particularly during the peak flood season from May to October, wildlife concentrates on the islands, granting you an unparalleled perspective.

 4. Discover Tsodilo Hills

 Located in the northwest Kalahari, Tsodilo Hills emerges mysteriously from the earth and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remarkable outdoor art gallery boasts over 4,000 ancient rock paintings, as well as numerous shelters and caves, offering a captivating glimpse into the lives of the San Bushmen. With more than 4,500 cave drawings dispersed across 200 sites, these artworks depict hunting scenes, vibrant rituals, and magnificent wildlife. Some of these masterpieces date back over 30,000 years, indicating human presence in the area for as long as 100,000 years. Considered a sacred site, the San Bushmen believe it to be the birthplace of humanity and a resting place for ancestral spirits.

To explore Tsodilo Hills, visitors can embark on hikes guided by local experts. It is advisable to plan a visit during the winter months to avoid the scorching heat of the summer season.

 5. Explore Makgadikgadi Pans

 Makgadikgadi, one of the world's largest salt pans, was once a vast lake covering 10,000km² in northeastern Botswana. Today, it remains an arid landscape. Traveling from Maun, you'll pass through Nxai Pan National Park, known for its lion population. In another direction, you may encounter wetlands and majestic Baobab trees, believed to hold ancestral spirits. Gweta, a small town with friendly locals, serves as a convenient base for exploring the Makgadikgadi Pans. Joining a guided tour is recommended to navigate the remote and sandy bushland and appreciate the hidden ecosystem and wildlife tracks. The Pans are home to meerkats, a highlight for visitors. While other wildlife encounters are possible, the journey itself through the vast salt pans amidst the African bush is the true allure. Embarking on a trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans guarantees an authentic adventure through unspoiled African landscapes, offering both spectacle and thrill.

 3. How to reach Bostwana from North America?

 The best way to reach Bostwana is via flight. There are regular flights from New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and more in the US, and Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and more in Canada to Gaborone, Maun, and more in Botswana.

 4. Are US Dollars accepted in Botswana?

 The official currency in Botswana is the Pula, but USD, Euros, UK pounds, and South African rands are also widely accepted. Most hotels accept major international credit cards, and ATMs are available throughout the country, allowing you to withdraw local currency.

 5. Do I need a visa for traveling to Botswana?

 Citizens from the United States and Canada can stay in Botswana for a maximum of 90 days within 12 months without requiring a visa. The duration of each visit is determined and recorded by Botswana immigration officials upon entry, and it may be less than 90 days.

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Botswana Tour Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
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Susan Frances Hodgkiss
African Odyssey
The accommodations were great as were the excursions we booked.
16 April, 2019
Verified Customer
African Odyssey
We were treated to an experience of a lifetime and it truly was that. Our tour guides were the best you could possibly ask for. They were professional every step of the way. They were always there to help us from primate safaris in Rwanda to Ranger safaris from Arusha and was all set up by Indus travel. We are also very greatful to have had Naomi. She made sure we had all the info we needed and she was prompt and on time. Our trip went off with no problems and for that to happen all the right people were there because there was a lot happening in a short time. Thank you Indus for being there and supporting us it truly was a grand experience. CHEERS from the Timmers group.
02 February, 2018

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