What to Do in Botswana

Open top game drives
A custom-fitted 4×4 safari vehicle lets you traverse pristine wilderness areas few people will ever see and get up close to animals that have become relaxed in human presence due to years of conservation. Most lodges include a morning and afternoon drive. Many also offer night drives.

Game viewing on foot
Most lodges outside the national parks offer game walks in the mornings and afternoons, giving you the opportunity to see some of the smaller features of the bush that you might otherwise miss. You may also be lucky enough to encounter some big game.

Quad bike Makgadikgadi
One of the most exciting ways to explore the vast open space of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans is at full tilt on a quad bike. Fully appreciate the endless landscape of dry and salty white clay that stretches as far as the eye can see and immerse yourself in the spectacular surroundings.

Mokoro safari
Mokoros are a modern version of the local dug-out canoes that allow you to take a river safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Drift through the beautiful labyrinth of waterways, lagoons and islands as animals line the banks to drink and birds flit about.

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Overnight Walking Trails
The Selinda and Moremi Reserves both offer multi-day walking safaris with knowledgeable guides. Traverse the various biomes on foot, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and rhythms of the bush. Sleep under a million stars and wake up with the birds.

Walk with the Bushmen
The San Bushmen are the original inhabitants of Botswana and they share a remarkable relationship with the Earth. You can spend time on foot with these fascinating individuals as they share their intimate knowledge of the terrain, showing you how to survive in the harsh environment of the Kalahari Desert.

Jack's Camp, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Photographic safaris
Botswana is a year-round photographer’s destination known for its diverse species and stunning landscapes. The wildlife of Botswana is legendary, with huge numbers of game congregating around water sources and a high concentration of predators. A professional photographic guide will help you capture your dream shots.

Horseback safari
A riding safari enables you to ride close to antelope, giraffe, zebra and plains animals, track elephant and buffalo through the delta, and have the chance of seeing the Big 5 from a different perspective. The Okavango is an idyllic setting for riding, with varied scenery teeming with game and birdlife.

Fishing
The Okavango is one of Africa’s top fishing destinations. Fishing safaris include angling for trophy tiger fish in the water of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. Catch-and-release fishing excursions take place in the heart of the Delta. Over 80 species of fish occur in the greater Okavango System with any one stretch hosting between 15 and 30 species – notably the African Pike and Sleek Catfish.

Bird watching
The Okavango Delta is the ultimate birding destination. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, you can identify up to 100 species per day in winter and twice that number in summer. Habitats range from wet delta to desert bush, and both waterbirds and dry-country species can be seen.

Malachite kingfisher at Jao Camp, Botswana | Timeless Africa Safaris

Spa relaxation
Indulge in invigorating spa treatments, in the privacy of your chalet or in the open air alongside your private plunge pool. Unwind to the sounds of the bush and recharge while watching animals over the floodplain. Couples can also experience romantic shared spa treatments in the bush.

Chobe River boat cruise
You can spend hours on the river cruising, watching large herds of elephants drinking and playing and watching the landscape drift by. Enjoy up-close game viewing and bird watching or take a sunset cruise and toast the close of another beautiful day in the bush.

Air balloon safari
A hot air balloon ride offers a whole new perspective on Botswana, letting you see, smell and hear your surroundings in an utterly unforgettable way. Available April to September, allowing you to experience 360° vistas of untouched wilderness.