Botswana

A safari connoisseurs dream destination.

Botswana is well-regarded to offer some of the best game-viewing in Southern Africa.

Landlocked and largely covered by the vast Kalahari Desert, northern Botswana is reinvigorated each year when rains in northern Angola flood into the Okavango Delta producing a spectacle that is unparalleled anywhere else on Earth.

Thanks to a combination of some of the largest private game reserves on the continent with strict government quotas, safari in Botswana is of exceptional quality. Such is the respect to wildlife, almost the entire north of the country has been left to run wild. This restriction on tourism has left safari in Botswana the most exclusive on the continent.

The Okavango Delta, the jewel in Botswana’s safari crown, is by far the most popular destination. Paddling silently through thick reeds in a traditional mokoro canoe is one of our all-time highlights of Africa.

Further south, the arid and dry landscape of the Makgadikgadi Salt-Pans and Central Kalahari Game Reserve offer a completely different experience. With the rains of Angola only penetrating so far into Botswana, these dusty plains are open for big cats left to roam free in search of prey.

Botswana’s exclusivity means it has an outstanding collection of the highest quality safari lodges. Given the enormity of the country the majority of camps accommodate light aircraft, giving you the opportunity to make the most of your time.

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Itineraries

Botswana & Mozambique Explorer
Linyanti, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi Pans & Benguerra Island

Botswana & Mozambique Explorer

From £17942 per person
14 Nights
4 Locations

This stunning 14 night itinerary explores the best of Botswana before flying over to Mozambique for 4 nights of barefoot luxury from Beng...

Botswana: Delta Explorer
Experience the best of the Okavango Delta

Botswana: Delta Explorer

From £3792 per person
6 Nights
2 Locations

​This simple 6-night pure safari itinerary spends time discovering two of our favourite areas of the stunning Okavango Delta. With both w...

Botswana: Classic Mobile Camping Expedition
Chobe National Park, Savute and Okavango Delta

Botswana: Classic Mobile Camping Expedition

From £3841 per person
8 Nights
4 Locations

This much-loved Classic Explorer Safari takes you to the renowned regions of the Chobe National Park, Savute and the Okavango Delta on a ...

Botswana: Romantic Delta & Pans
From the Okavango Delta to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Botswana: Romantic Delta & Pans

From £9803 per person
9 Nights
3 Locations

Endless open plains, sunsets of burning orange and complete tranquillity in Botswana’s remote wilderness.

Highlights of Botswana - Camping
A phenomenal camping experience

Highlights of Botswana - Camping

From £1782 per person
8 Nights
4 Locations

This spectacular camping safari takes in all that the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park offers.

Victoria Falls & Okavango Delta Self-Drive
From 'The Smoke That Thunders' into the Okavango Delta

Victoria Falls & Okavango Delta Self-Drive

From £4974 per person
14 Nights
5 Locations

This superb 14 night itinerary begins with two nights exploring the mesmerising Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwean side, before embarking...

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“From the moment we first spoke to the Bonamy team we felt they listened to our dreams and aspirations and they heard us! Recommending the most incredible locations which put ethical tourism at the heart of their offering.”

Fiona A | Botswana

Time your visit with Botswana’s seasons

Botswana is a destination that holds unique wonders every month of the year. While it is very easy to say there is no bad time to visit Botswana, we really, really mean it for Botswana. The seasons follow the same climactic patterns of most of Southern Africa bar a slight curve-ball.

The best way to understand when to go to Botswana is to look at the three 'safari seasons', Green, Shoulder and Peak.

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Green Season: This typically runs from mid-December to the end of March and is when there is the greatest chance of rain. It is unlikely however to rain continuously during a stay and if it does rain it is more often than not a big storm which then clears, which makes for phenomenal photographic compositions. It is in these months that many Zebra migrate down towards the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Nightly rates are at their lowest in this season.

Shoulder Season: As the seasons change from the rains towards the drier winter we enter the first Shoulder Season, which runs from the beginning of April to the end of May. In this time you can expect to find a bush full of life and wonderful green grasses all around. The second Shoulder Season runs from the beginning of November through to mid-December as the summer rain storms build.

Peak Season: From June to the end of October is when Botswana and in particular the Okavango Delta is at its peak. The water from the rains has largely evaporated but the flood waters from Angola will have arrived to top up the channels of the Delta.

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Where to stay

Chobe Game Lodge
Chobe National Park
Bush Lodge
River Access
Electric Vehicles

Chobe Game Lodge

Superb larger lodge in Botswana's Chobe District

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Jack's Camp
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Luxury Camp
Bonamy Favourite
Horse Riding

Jack's Camp

1940's style tented camp in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

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Camp Kalahari
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Bush Camp
Cultural Experiences
Migration Route

Camp Kalahari

A beautiful camp in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

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San Camp
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Luxury Camp
Cultural Experiences
Ultimate Romance

San Camp

Moroccan style tented camp in the Makgadikgadi Pans

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Sable Alley
Okavango Delta
Luxury Camp
Bonamy Favourite
River Access

Sable Alley

Spacious luxury lodge on the bank of a peaceful lagoon in the Khwai Private Wildlife Reserve

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Uncharted Mobile Camp
Okavango Delta
Bush Camp
Mobile Camp
River Access

Uncharted Mobile Camp

Mobile safari camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta

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Gomoti Plains Camp
Okavango Delta
Bush Camp
River Access

Gomoti Plains Camp

Luxury tented camp on the edge of the Gomoti River in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Mapula Lodge
Okavango Delta
Luxury Camp
River Access
Big Cats

Mapula Lodge

Luxury lodge in Botswana's Okavango Delta

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Tuludi
Okavango Delta
Luxury Camp
River Access

Tuludi

Amazing tented camp in the Khwai Private Reserve

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Sky Beds
Okavango Delta
Bush Camp
Star Bed
Photographic Hide

Sky Beds

Unique open air camp within Botswana's Okavango Delta

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CREATE UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

By taking the time to properly listen to you, we design unique and personalised itineraries that combine your dreams with our first-hand knowledge of Africa.

We know that it’s the all-important finer details that have the power to turn your experience into a memory that will last a lifetime. We always go that extra mile to make sure you have the best holiday possible.

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The protection of Africa’s stunning wildlife, people and habitats is at the heart of everything we do. We only ever work with suppliers that share our core values of respect and care, and who like us, are dedicated to conserving the environment for future generations.

Thanks to you, our guests, we are now incredibly proud supporters of African Parks and Waves for Change:

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