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About Botswana

Despite a seemingly harsh landscape, Botswana is a destination of rich cultures and exhilarating African wildlife safaris with unmatched game viewing opportunities. From the adventure of an Okavango safari, to the big African skies and quiet isolation of the Kalahari, Botswana’s breathtaking scenery and peaceful tranquillity attracts visitors seeking a unique and personal African safari experience.

Best known for the Okavango Delta, Botswana is where ultimate luxury meets true wilderness. Makgadikgadi is one of the largest saltpans on earth, a place of extreme contrast and diverse beauty. Linyanti & Savuti are unique channels with their own precious wildlife patterns, famed for the playful quirks of the resident packs of wild dogs. Chobe is where elephant is king and offers the chance to get up close to vast herds of gentle giants. Finally watch the sun set over the red dunes of Central Kalahari, the dramatic setting for the second largest big game sanctuary on earth.

Highlights Include:

  • Canoeing through the delta in a Mokoro (local canoe)
  • Sighting crocodiles, hippos and waterbirds, alongside the many land animals

Best time to go to botswana

  • Peak Season
  • Mid Season
  • Rainy Season

The peak period to visit Botswana is during the dry, winter months of June to October when game viewing is at its peak. During these months, animals are increasingly concentrated around water holes as it gets drier. It is location specific, with the Okavango Delta waterways at their fullest between May and September. January to April, the hot summer months are good for Chobe Savuti and the Kalahari, especially to witness the Zebra migration.

Our insights on Botswana

  • Elephant lovers should prioritise visiting the Chobe region to take in the world’s largest elephant population – an unforgettable experience if these gentle giants are among your favourites.

  • If you feel like escaping human civilization, Botswana offers remote camps, no crowds and wide-open spaces for you to leave traffic, deadlines and the office far behind you.

  • If you’re looking for a more secluded or a romantic encounter with Africa, in Botswana you can arrange private safari vehicles, private dining areas and small, intimate camps to shut out the rest of the world.

  • Hone your wildlife photography skills with innumerable opportunities to capture award-worthy shots of Africa’s extraordinary bird life, the Big 5 and rare nocturnal animals.

  • Meet genuine San bushmen and spend time getting to understand one of the world’s most ancient, living cultures and their unique lifestyle.

  • If high adventure makes you come alive, you can canoe through the Delta in a Mokoro (local canoe) and spot the world’s deadliest mammal, the hippo, as well as crocodiles and waterbirds, alongside the many land animals that come down to drink.

Guest Feedback
"We visited South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. The accommodations were next level. There are no adequate words to describe the experience in the bush with the Big 5 and beyond. The people are the most gracious, appreciative, and kind I’ve ever encountered. If you want a worry free, experience of a lifetime you must use Timelines Africa. I can’t wait to go back!!"

Chari-Beth, USA | South Africa, Zambia & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"Everything was incredible, even better than the first trip. We knew Mala Mala [in the Sabi Sand, South Africa] was a special place, and now we have added Xaranna [in the Okavango Delta, Botswana] to our list… it was pure magic. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience."

Carrie | South Africa & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

Mike & Frances | Zimbabwe, South Africa & Botswana Trip