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Botswana Safari

Botswana – it’s far more than bushmen and big cats. Take in everything this African country offers with a bespoke itinerary that includes horseback and hot air balloon excursions.

Botswana safaris are undoubtedly the ultimate luxury safari experience in Africa. Botswana holds about 25 per cent of Africa’s elephants and is one of the only countries where you can still find vast herds.

Many of Botswana’s lodges have raised themselves to a level of sophistication that is the envy of hotels around the world, whilst maintaining a sense of adventure and remoteness. Botswana’s unique combination of wilderness landscapes and its variety of game make a Botswana safari a holiday that you will not forget.

Photography from helicopter, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon
Heron fishing, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Orange sunrise layers clouds above misty delta grasslands, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana

What to expect on your Botswana safari holiday

You need time to enjoy your Botswana safari. Do not rush the experience. Botswana is a big country and getting around is largely done by scheduled light aircraft. As flights are frequent and easy, combining two or three areas of the country on one safari holiday is not only possible but highly recommended by our Botswana safari experts.

Male Leopard, Botswana
Lions, Selinda, Botswana
Selinda, Botswana
Antelopes in dusky light, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Lion, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Lion, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Where to go on your Botswana safari

The most famous areas for wildlife are in the north – the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve, Linyanti, Selinda and Chobe National Park. These areas are home to masses of big game, as well as some of Africa’s finest safari camps.

The south is largely desert and thus a fabulous contrast to the watery north. See the San Bushmen of the Central Kalahari and experience the vast emptiness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remains of one of the world’s largest super lakes. Here the desert isn’t always dry – when the rains arrive the area bursts into life and see the second largest zebra and wildebeest migration in the world. Ask our Botswana safari experts for more details as to when is the best time to experience this migration.

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Explore Botswana

  • Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Chobe National Park
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Okavango Delta
  • Selinda Reserve
  • Linyanti Reserve
  • Tuli Block


Botswana offers incredible experiences that will help us to create a bespoke and memorable journey for you.

Flock of red billed queleas flying, landing and drinking, Tuli Block, Botswana

Birding in the Tuli Block

Spend some time spotting some of the 350 bird species that can be found in this birdlife-rich region.

Suggested camp

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Delta by Air

Fly low over the Okavango Delta in a helicopter. With the doors removed, this is perfect for photographing this maze of channels and lagoons from above.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Stalking Leopard, Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli National Park, Botswana

Photograph Wildlife Up Close

Renowned for its excellent hides and expert guides, photographic opportunities are endless at Mashatu Tented Camp.

Suggested Camp

TUli Block, Botswana

Fly Camp in the Wilderness

Spend a night at a temporary fly camp, sleeping in the heart of the bush and completely disconnected from modern life.

Suggested camp

Mountain biking, Mashatu, Tuli Block, Botswana

Get Out and Explore

Head out on an adventure safari, exploring on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback.

Suggested camp

Sunset Across the Marsh, Linyanti Bush Camp, Kwando Linyanti, Botswana

Night Drive in Linyanti

Take a night drive in search of those elusive, nocturnal creatures.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Malachite Kingfisher, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Birdwatching in Linyanti

Discover some of Southern Africa’s best birdwatching hotspots, with numerous endemic species and great raptors

Suggested camp

Leopard eating impala in trees, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Linyanti Big Cat Safari

Linyanti is renowned for its predator activity – spot lions, leopards and cheetahs as they stalk prey across the reserve.

Suggested Safari Camp

Canoe fishing, Family safari package, Botswana

Explore Linyanti

Experience the Linyanti Reserve by foot, in a canoe or on horseback, exploring this protected wildlife area.

Suggested camp

Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

Explore the Pans

Visit remote archaeological sites, walk with Bushmen trackers and meet some friendly meerkats.

Suggested camp

Helicopter landing, Heli safari, Botswana Safari, Helicopter Horizon
Traditional Mokoro, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Mokoro, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Herd of Elephants, Selinda, Botswana
Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Blacked Maned Lion, Kalahari, Botswana
Hippopotamus in Okavango Delta Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Horse Riding Activity, Motswiri Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana

What to do in Botswana

  • Spend a few days in the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta with a myriad of waterways, channels and islands and home to an abundance of game.
  • Take a luxury mobile safari in the Moremi, moving with the animals.
  • Quad bike across the flat empty expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans camping out under the stars – a very different type of safari holiday.
  • A safari by boat is a great way to see the huge elephant herds of Chobe National Park.
  • Spend time watching the antics of a habituated group of meerkats at Jack’s Camp.
  • Walk with the San bushmen and learn how they have adapted to life in the harsh desert environment.
  • See the black-maned lions of the Kalahari and search for the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl.

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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We have just arrived back from our fabulous holiday in Botswana. Thank you so much for your original planning and organisation. It was a tremendous experience and everything worked like clockwork. The camps at Khwai and Linyanti were really lovely and we saw some amazing wildlife.

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