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Take a Botswana safari with Adventure Life and discover where Kalahari desert, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and savannas meet; Botswana is home to the highest density of elephants in the world. Float down the magical waters of the Okavango Delta on the luxurious Zambezi Queen, in mokoro boats, or canoes spotting elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and rhinos as they come to drink from the delta’s crystal clear waters. Our luxury safari cruises down the Chobe River are a unique way to view wildlife as you lounge in your luxury suite. Choose from a classic safari, luxury safari, or a safari & cruise combination that includes excursions to South Africa and Victoria Falls. Contact an Adventure Life Botswana safari expert to start planning the perfect Botswana safari today.

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Best Botswana Luxury Safaris & Cruises for 2020-2021

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Luxury Fly-in Okavango Delta Safari$80928May 31, 2020This 8-day luxury Okavango Delta safari visits the highlights of the Gomoti River system, the eastern tongue of the delta in the Kwahi area, and the …
Luxury Botswana Safari$1495312May 31, 2020Experience Botswana and Victoria Falls in luxury on our 12-day safari tour. Accompanied by private guides, explore Mokoro on the Okavango Delta, get …
Luxury Chobe National Park$12163May 31, 2020Explore Chobe National Park on this 3 day Botswana extension. Take game drives through the park and cruise the Chobe River in search of big game. …
Golden Trails of Africa$1589517Jun 7, 2020Explore Africa by land and river boat on this 17-day combination tour! Cruise the Chobe River, visit local villages, take a safari through the …
Rivers & Rails of Africa$1429513Jun 5, 2020This 13-day tour combines a stay in Cape Town, a Chobe River cruise aboard the comfortable Zambezi Queen, a safari in Chobe National Park, and a stay …
Wildlife and the Falls$1329513Jun 7, 2020Enjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 4-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg & 3 nights …

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Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
African Dream16$7315Explore the deepest treasures on the African continent aboard the African Dream, a luxurious and comfortable ship designed to provide an intimate …
Zambezi Queen28$9499With a design specific for safari river cruising on the Chobe River, the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen offers a sophisticated onboard experience …

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Where to Take a Safari: Botswana vs. Tanzania

Over the last decade, Botswana and Tanzania have emerged as the primier safari destinations in Africa. But, how do you know which country is best for you? Below we review the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Both have exceptional classic safari game viewing opportunities. In Botswana, it's more common to view wildlife from a boat along the Chobe River or Okavango Delta and elephants are more common than in Tanzania, while Rhinos are few and far between. And Tanzania’s Serengeti plains are the backdrop where the incomparable wildebeest and zebra migration unfold. 

Exclusivity & Cost
Botswana was developed as a high-end safari destination with fewer visitors and crowds with more luxurious safari camps and lodging. Travelers tend to fly between camps instead of driving (common in Tanzania). The price of Botswana safaris tend to be on the higher side of the spectrum. 
Botswana Safari Highlights
Botswana is a staple part of many of our comprehensive Africa safari tours, which also include stops in South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It makes for a great extension package for 3-5 days, and we also feature a number of exclusively Botswana tours, which visit destinations such as:
  • Chobe National Park, where buffalo, giraffe, elephant, hippo, zebra, impala, and white rhino roam freely
  • Santawani Concession & Mopane Forest, where you will see elephants, different types of antelope, kudu, tsessebe, wildebeest, and zebra.
  • Explore the Okavango Delta and the Khwai River, perfect for adventurous families with children.
  • The thundering Victoria Falls awaits eager travelers hoping to see the biggest and most impressive waterfalls in the world.
  • In the Hwange National Park  in neighboring Zimbabwe where you can enjoy open-air vehicle game drives, walking safaris, and nature walks with your professional guide.
  • The Chobe National Park has the world's largest concentration of African elephants.
  • An impressive 38% of the country is covered in national parks, preserves, and dedicated wildlife areas.
  • The Okavango Delta (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is the largest inland river delta in the world.
  • The Makgadigadi pans stretches over 12,000 sq. km., making it one of the largest salt pans in the world.
  • Although English is the country's official language, Setswana is the national language and is spoken throughout the country.
  • The border between Botswana & Zambia is the shortest in the world, at just 150 meters.
  • Because it is rather isolated and a bit more expensive to get to, Botswana isn't a top destination and is therefore a great place to go to see amazing things and avoid tourist traffic.
Animals to look for in Botswana (by region)
Chobe/ Caprivi: Buffalo, Cheetah, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, Wildebeest

Moremi/ Okavango: Buffalo, Cheetah, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, White Rhino, Wild dogs, Wildebeest

Linyanti/ Selinda/ Kwando: Buffalo, Cheetah, Eland, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, Wild dog, Wildebeest

Savute (Southwestern Chobe): Cheetah, Elephant, Kudu, Leopard, Lion, Wild dog, Wildebeest
Lodges & Safari Camps

We have curated Botswana's best safari lodges and tent camps to choose from. Here are our top picks:
Best Time to Plan a Botswana Safari

The peak travel season in Botswana is from April through October, with the best months from May to September. This is when travelers can expect the best weather and wildlife on any safari expedition.

November through March is generally not the most popular time to travel to Botswana, however there are exceptions.

Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, and the Moremi Game Reserve are excellent destinations year round, but their peak months are definitely from May through October.

And there’s never a bad month to visit the Kalahari!
Botswana Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Botswana?
Your passport must be valid for 6 months, and you do not need a tourist visa to travel to Botswana if you're a citizen of North America or Europe.

Is tipping customary in Botswana?
You can give guides a $10-20 tip per day and porters a few dollars for every move. Otherwise, tips aren't an expectation.

What is internet access like in Botswana?
The nicer your lodging, the more chance you will have internet access. Hotels and lodges will likely have some form of internet access, while tent camps (which can be very comfortable) will not likely have any kind of internet accessibility.

Can I use my cell phone while in Botswana?
You probably won't be close enough to the cell phone towers to get a signal on your phone. If you do, you will have to replace the SIM chip with one you purchase locally (maybe at the airport).

Do I need power adapters?
Power in Botswana is 220-240v with "Type M " South African SABS1661 ("Large" 15 amp BS-546) sockets. If your devices aren't compatible with this voltage, you will need a step-down converter. You will definitely need a plug adapter.

What are the toilets like in Botswana?
Generally speaking, your lodging will feature western style bowl toilets (just make sure to toss the toilet paper in the waste basket instead of the toilet). A few areas might have a squat toilet, which is pretty much what the name indicates.

Can I drink the water in Botswana?
You cannot drink the water in Botswana, but your tour provider or hotel will have filtered or bottled water for you at all times.

Are credit cards accepted in Botswana? Will I be able to find ATMs?
You probably won't find too many ATMs or businesses that accept credit cards on your Botswana safari, but that's okay since your trip is all-inclusive. Take some cash out of an ATM at the airport when you arrive for souvenirs and any tips and you should be covered.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
While not required, it's definitely a good idea to have travel insurance just in case, and we have some great deals via TravelGuard on our Once You're Booked page.

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