Holidays to Botswana

Holidays to Botswana

When it comes to scenic safaris, it doesn’t get better than Botswana. From the dramatic landscapes of the Kalahari Desert, to the wildlife-rich swamps of the Okavango Delta, you’ll find yourself spoiled for scenery. Take a game viewing cruise at sunset down the Chobe River, paddle past hippos in a mokoro in the Delta and walk through open savannah with nothing but the experience of your game ranger for protection in Savuti. Botswana is real Africa. Where lions roar outside your room at night and hyenas cackle from the darkness. And with Botswana’s low volume, high cost tourism ethic, you’ll get to enjoy the reserves pretty much all to yourself – think small, intimate lodges in remote safari camps. Prepare to pay a little more for the experience, but the close up wildlife encounters are simply unparalleled.

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Botswana Travel Information

In-direct flights from the UK to Botswana go via Johannesburg.
  • Currency: Pula
  • Time difference: (GMT +2)  
    Flight from UK: 13.5 hours
  • Visa: Not required
  • Language: English, Setswana
  • National drink: Beer
  • National dish: Pap
  • The international airport: Maun via Johannesburg
  • Travel Tips and Advice for Botswana

    Activities in Botswana

    One of the main highlights of Botswana is without a doubt being on safari in the wildlife-rich national parks. Chobe National Park offers both land and water safaris that allow you to get up close to the animals on a game drive, walking safari or river cruise. Mokoro boats (local canoe) are used in the wet season to get into the best game viewing areas on the Okavango Delta. For a more authentic experience and something more adventurous, then mobile camping is highly recommended.

    Food and Drink in Botswana

    The food and drink in Botswana is traditionally very similar to most Southern African countries with pap and samp being a common staple. Want to try something unique to the country? Try seswaa which is salted and mashed-up meat. Watermelons are also popular as they are believed to have originated from Botswana. While you're here, be sure to try the locally brewed St. Louis beer and fermented milk, otherwise known as sour milk, that is drunk on its own or added to porridge.

    Attractions in Botswana

    There is an abundance of national parks in Botswana that each have their own unique attractions. Take a Mokoro canoe trip through the Okovongo Delta with your guide to see crocodiles and hippos up close or drift close to the elephants having their morning or evening drink. The Chobe attracts those that want to see herds of elephant in their thousands while the Kalahari makes for excellent photography in the floodplains.

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