A few kilometres away, Botswana (the country of the Tswana, named after its majority ethnic group) could have hosted the spectacular Victoria Falls that are the pride of Zimbabwe and Zambia. A cartographic adventure that does not prevent this destination from being one of the most popular on the African continent, especially for wealthy customers looking for top-of-the-range services in preserved and isolated environments. Botswana's territory is indeed covered in its great widths by huge desert areas of which the Kalahari desert is the first representative. But this flat southern African country is much more than a carpet of rock and sand and has many natural wonders to discover with its Botswana tour guide. The choice is vast: the Okavango Delta region, a veritable oasis in the desert, the four national savannah and grassland parks, including Chobe National Park and Moremi National Park, or the many reserves such as the unique Central Kalahari National Park. These reserves are all the richer because hunting has been prohibited since 2014. Going on safari in Botswana is a guarantee to observe closely and in small groups all the animals of Southern Africa, a wildlife populated by elephants (the highest concentration on the continent), giraffes, lions, antelopes, hyenas, elephants, zebras, hippopotamuses, rhinos, leopards or crocodiles.

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When to go to Botswana?

Botswana is located in the southern hemisphere and the seasons are therefore reversed compared to Europe. Nevertheless, rather than talking about winter or southern summer, it is necessary to better refer to the rainy season and the dry season to better organize your safari. The best time to travel to Botswana is during the dry season, from May to October. The sun is always shining and it is the ideal time to observe the wildlife. From November to April, during the rainy season, the animals are more scattered but they remain visible on safari.

How to go to Botswana? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Botswana is not really a backpacker's destination unless you come with your own camping gear and the country is best visited on a guided tour in top-of-the-range lodges that will satisfy the most demanding guests. Botswana safaris are often offered as a package with a visit to nearby Victoria Falls and a trip to Namibia.

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There are almost no direct flights to the capital Gaborone and the easiest way is to stop over in South Africa. Therefore, allow at least about 14 hours to arrive in Botswana. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. Remember to buy your tickets six months before departure!

Botswana has excellent road infrastructure that makes it easy to reach all the country's major tourist centres by car or bus. However, reserves such as the Kalahari Central are only accessible by 4x4 or by air taxi. The national airline Air Botswana also makes it easy to connect major cities. Other smaller airlines arrange transfers from one city to another on more flexible dates but at slightly higher fares.

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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Budget

The local currency is the pula, which is easily exchanged on the spot for euros or dollars.

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Formalities

European citizens do not need a visa to enter Botswana. You will just have to check that your passport is valid at le...
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Health

While the following vaccines are not mandatory for travel in the country, they are strongly recommended: yellow fever...
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How to travel by yourself?

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How to get organized?

Botswana is not really a backpacker's destination unless you come with your own camping gear and the country is best...
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Getting around

Botswana has excellent road infrastructure that makes it easy to reach all the country's major tourist centres by car...
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