Botswana is a land of two faces. In the south, the rippling red sands of the Kalahari Desert dominate. In the north, river-fed grasslands play host to big cats, buffalo, elephants, and diverse birdlife. Safari aside, a luxury holiday to Botswana lets you explore salt flats, marvel at prehistoric cave paintings, and camp under the stars.
Each corner of Botswana promises a different terrain and a new world of discovery. Visit Chobe National Park in the north and you can enjoy a truly iconic wildlife experience. With its green floodplains and lush watering holes, Chobe is home to one of the world’s largest African elephant populations – as well as numerous rhinos, zebras, lions, cheetahs and antelopes. Year-round the Okavango River Delta maintains a life-giving wetland, making it another hotspot for wildlife.
For an otherworldly experience, travel to Makgadikgadi Pans, a vast area of crystalline salt flats on the site of an ancient lake. Following the wet season, these salt flats magically flood and become a haven for flamingos, zebras, and wildebeest. No holiday to Botswana would be complete without a luxury camping trip out in the wilderness.
Travel to Savuti or Linyanti, two areas that border Chobe National Park, and enjoy a life-changing camping experience where all your needs are met. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life by sleeping under glittering night skies – in the daylight hours, you’ll observe striking wild creatures in their protected natural habitat.
High season for northern Botswana falls between June and October. At this time, this region is warm and dry and enjoys an average peak in the high 20s. Visit during these months and your trip could coincide with the Kuru Dance Festival and the Domboshaba Festival of Culture & History.
High season for the Kalahari region falls between December and March. At other times of year, the nights can be very cold – between June and August the temperature can drop below zero when the sun goes down.
If you are a British national, you do not need a visa to enter Botswana for a holiday. During your holiday, you should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. Find out more at GOV.UK.
At the safari lodges you'll encounter a variety of cuisines and sample some world-class dishes. Of course, a culinary experience in Botswana isn't just about the food.
You'll sip champagne under the stars, enjoy fine South African wine by campfires, or watch the sun set over the plains and grasslands as you dine. Regardless of your preferences, our chefs will be able to whip up a scrumptious selection of dishes to satisfy your tastebuds.