Botswana Travel Guide
The Ultimate Travel Guide To Safaris In Botswana's Okavango Delta And Kalahari Desert
Botswana travel guide for those looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in one of Africa's top game viewing and safari destinations. The country is home to some of the most iconic destinations in Africa, including the Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta, Chobe River, and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The variety of attractions and destinations is matched by its diverse wildlife; Botswana is truly a haven for explorers, photographers, nature lovers and especially those who want and need to escape the modern world, even if it is just a few days!
The Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve and surrounding private concessions are the most popular destinations, and for a good reason; the wildlife and birdlife, the waterways and islands, the lodges and safari camps are simply phenomenal. The Okavango Delta is truly a magical destination that should be on everyone's travel bucket list.
Other safari destinations that are a must-visit include; the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the Chobe National Park, the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Savute, Linyanti, Khwai, Tsodilo Hills, and the Tuli Block, to mention a few of the countries highlights.
Botswana offers some of the best safari activities in the world. Visitors can enjoy game drives (morning, afternoon, full-day and night), walking excursions, canoeing and mokoro expeditions, fishing, sundowners cruises, hot air balloon and helicopter trips.
When planning a safari in Botswana, there are many lodges and camps from which to choose. Whether you are looking for the utmost in luxury, a wild and remote tented camp or a more budget-friendly experience, we have something for everyone.
If you want a more authentic safari experience, we also offer a range of shared and private camping experiences throughout the whole country. Regardless of where you stay, Botswana is sure to give you an African safari experience that you'll never forget.
Our African safari consultants will help you book your safari based on your requirements, budgets, and expectations. We offer scheduled and bespoke safari packages that can be tailor-made to fit any budget or schedule.
At Uyaphi.com, we have over 23 years of travel experience in helping people plan their dream safaris and holidays in and around Botswana. Our consultants are passionate about travel and will work with you to ensure your experience in Botswana is perfect from start to finish. If you are after a few more travel tips, please do not hesitate to contact us.
So what are you waiting for? Let us help plan your next trip today!
Our Guide For Travel In Botswana For The Best In Safaris And Lodges
Our portfolio of hand-picked lodges in Botswana covers just about every destination the country offers. Travel destinations that we offer are as follows; Okavango Delta, Moremi, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Central Kalahari, and lodges in the Linyanti and Savute regions.
A selection of safari lodges and tented camps suitable for single travellers, couples, honeymooners, romantics, and families.
When it comes to accommodation, guests can choose from a wide variety of options and safari destinations.
We offer various styles of safaris in Botswana, from budget to camping to mobile to luxury tented and fly-in safaris. Each type of safari has its advantages, designed to suit your needs, requirements, and budget.
Allow us at Uyaphi.com to guide you through the fantastic land wildlife and game viewing destination. Scheduled and tailor-made safari packages to all of the country's famous wildlife national parks and game reserves.
Whether you are looking for a thrilling adventure, or a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway, Africa is the perfect destination.
A travel guide in showcasing the very best that the country as a safari destination has to offer, from options suited for either families or honeymooners, those on a budget and those looking for the utmost in luxury all the way through to the most remote, the best baths and establishments that offer spa and wellness.
One of the best things about Botswana as a travel destination is its diversity – there really is something to suit everyone.
Whether you're looking for a luxurious escape, an adventure-filled trip or a more budget-friendly option, remember Africa has it all and more.
Best Botswana Attractions
Information and attractions on the Okavango Delta, the Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park (including Savuti, Linyanti and the Chobe River), the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Mashatu / Tuli block region.
For those of us interested in photography, wildlife, birdlife, scenery, culture, or just escaping the modern world.
Botswana has to be at the top of the list, no matter one's budget or expectations.
Botswana Photo Gallery
Botswana photo gallery, just a few of the photographs that we as a team have taken within the country on our numerous safaris over the years.
Images of scenery, wildlife, birdlife and landscapes of this famed safari destination, including the Okavango, Chobe and Central Kalahari. Our photo gallery is ever-growing, and we are constantly adding new images as we explore this wonderful country.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our site, and we hope that you will come back soon to see our new photos and images.
Botswana Mammal List
The list of mammals found in Botswana is simply quite amazing considering that up to 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari desert. With 164 mammal species having been recorded, ranging from the huge African elephant all the way down to the small elephant shrew.
Some of the most popular and easily spotted mammals include; lions, leopards, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, zebra, and several antelope species.
However, many of the smaller and more elusive mammal species are just as interesting and important to the overall ecosystem.
Botswana Bird List
Botswana offers visitors with an interest in birding a total of 593 species of feathered delights. Obviously, depending on the season of travel, this number will differ, with summer being the best season for bird watchers.
One of the top birding destinations in Africa and features many different ecosystems, from the Kalahari to the Okavango Delta.
This variety means that there is a diverse range of birds to be spotted, including many rare and endangered species.
Botswana Safari Planner
Our Botswana travel planner page is an extensive and detailed form that allows you to describe precisely what you are looking to get out of your stay in the country.
Areas and regions you would like to visit, your budget restraints or lack thereof, safari activities you would like to participate in, the style of safari you would prefer, and the type of accommodation that suits you best.
Here on this page, your tailor-made (or scheduled) Botswana safari starts to take shape, and together we will create that safari itinerary of your dreams.
Getting To Botswana
The best way to get to Botswana really depends on where you are coming from. There are a few different ways that you can get into the country, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
If you are coming from Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Windhoek, the easiest and fastest way to get into the country is by taking a connecting flight to Maun (where most safaris start).
If you are coming from Livingstone or Victoria Falls, the easiest and cheapest way is by taking a road safari vehicle to the town of Kasane, 80 kilometres away.
When To Visit Botswana
When is the best time to visit Botswana, a question that is easy and difficult to answer all in the same breath? Basically, it all depends on you and your expectations, your interests, your budget and what you want to experience.
However, we do have a few suggestions. The best time to visit Botswana for game viewing is during the dry season, between May and October.
This is when animals are forced to congregate around waterholes, making them easier to spot.
Botswana Visa Requirements
Except for individuals holding United Nations Convention travel documents, all tourists to Botswana must have a passport that is valid for at least six months.
Visitors must also have return tickets and enough money to sustain their stay. Tourists are allowed to stay in the country for up to 90 days. Visas must be obtained before arrival and can be obtained from Botswana embassies and consulates abroad.
Looking to see if you need a Visa, then this is the page for you to look at.
Botswana Distance Table
Mainly for those interested in self-drive safari options in Botswana, but also for those who are just interested in the distances between destinations in and around Botswana.
An ideal point of reference for those participating in a self-drive safari or tyring to figure out general driving times or flying times when planning one's safari in Africa.
A map of Botswana featuring all the safari lodges and camps that we offer on Uyaphi.com. The map is created with the help of Google Maps. As we add and rename accommodation establishments to our website, we always add new properties to this map for your reference.
We hope you find this map of Botswana useful when planning your safari accommodation.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us via our safari planner on this page.
Malaria In Botswana
Malaria In Botswana is only found in the northern half of the country with the disease peaking over the summer months (November through to June). As always we advise one visits a doctor or travel clinic for anti-malaria medication, no matter the time of year.
Malaria can be contracted through a single mosquito bite, which is why it’s important to take precautions against becoming infected.
These include wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using mosquito nets and mosquito repellent, and avoiding areas with standing water.