Botswana Tours & Trip Packages

Botswana Tours & Trips

83 Botswana trips. Tours from 21 tour companies. 469 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

83 Trips match your criteria (1 - 20 shown)

Botswana Adventure
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Chobe National Park, Kasane, Makgadikgadi Pans, Okavango Delta, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Windhoek

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the spectacular Okavango wilderness with two nights on a houseboat. Listen to the melodies of the African wildlife outside your door as the sun sets and night descends each night.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable sunset cruise in Chobe National Park. Spot African elephants and other wildlife while enjoying a sundowner and breathtaking views.
  • Venture out on an exhilarating morning game drive in open 4WDs through Chobe National Park, home to an impressive concentration of African wildlife. You may encounter elephants, buffalo, giraffes, antelope, and many other fascinating animals that thrive here.
  • Explore the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt flats in the world, with local Kalahari Bushman and keep your eyes peeled for adorable meerkats and majestic elephants. Enjoy refreshments in the wild while watching the sunset over baobab trees.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring force of Victoria Falls and savour a taste of the local brew after. Take advantage of your free time to participate in a multitude of optional activities.

Themes

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Overland Journeys

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari
4.9/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
With a wide range of trip styles, Exodus caters to every type of traveler out there- even those with specific interests from cycling to winter hiking.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Kasane, Maun, Okavango Delta, Victoria, Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic wildlife encounters
  • Discover two natural wonders: Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta
  • Look for large populations of elephants, wild dogs and rhinos
  • Explore diverse ecosystems and changing scenery

Themes

Cultural, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Photography

What travelers are saying

"Excellent trek doing the Tour du Mont Blanc (camping trip). I have done a number of Exodus trips in the past and all have been brilliant. This one was no exception, well run, exceptional staff and a great itinerary!"

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Vic Falls to Kruger
4.3/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Hwange National Park, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, Rhodes

Highlights

  • Enjoy an unforgettable opportunity to camp at the headquarters of the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit, the Black Mambas. Join them on an exclusive bush walk by day and then listen to their inspiring stories by the campfire in the evening.
  • Pay the elephants and lions of Hwange National Park a visit in an open-air safari vehicle. Plus, track rhinos on foot with an expert local guide in Matobo National Park – an exhilarating way to experience the wildlife of Zimbabwe.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Venda people with a village homestay in South Africa's Limpopo province.
  • Marvel at the unforgettable views of Blyde River Canyon. This spectacular gorge is up there with the world's largest and is probably the greenest of the lot.
  • Visit the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and anti-poaching efforts.
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Themes

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Overland Journeys, Safari

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Explore Southern Africa
4/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Maun, Okavango Delta, Rhodes, Victoria, Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Track rhinos on foot with an expert local guide in Matobo National Park and support local conservation efforts with a visit to Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Venda people during a village homestay in South Africa's Limpopo province.
  • Camping on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness is an experience you’ll never forget. As the sun sets and night falls, the sounds of Africa come alive.
  • Explore the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, some of the largest salt flats in the world. These mind-bending plains make for some magical photography.
  • Marvel at the unforgettable views of Blyde River Canyon. This spectacular gorge is up there with the world's largest and probably the greenest.

Themes

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Overland Journeys

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Wildlife & Wilderness of Botswana
4.6/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
With a wide range of trip styles, Exodus caters to every type of traveler out there- even those with specific interests from cycling to winter hiking.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Maun, Okavango Delta, Victoria, Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Glide along the Okavango Delta in mokoro canoes and wild camp in the wetlands
  • Experience the silent beauty of the Makgadikgadi Pan
  • See iconic African wildlife and lesser-known species
  • Enjoy game viewing by foot, safari vehicle and boat
  • Witness the mighty Victoria Falls —

Themes

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Safari

What travelers are saying

"Excellent trek doing the Tour du Mont Blanc (camping trip). I have done a number of Exodus trips in the past and all have been brilliant. This one was no exception, well run, exceptional staff and a great itinerary!"

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Okavango Experience
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Chobe National Park, Johannesburg, Kalahari Desert, Maun, Okavango Delta, Victoria, Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Support local conservation efforts with a visit to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary – the only place left in Botswana where both black and white rhinos reside.
  • Go wildlife-spotting with your small group and expert guides along the river on a sunset cruise at Chobe National Park, home to the world's highest concentration of African elephants.
  • Camp on a remote island in the heart of the Okavango wilderness for an experience you’ll never forget. As the sun sets and night falls, the sounds of Africa come alive!
  • Get your first glimpse of the thundering Victoria Falls and enjoy a full free day for optional adventures, so you can see the falls at your own pace and view the waterfalls from all angles.
  • Walk the Okavango Delta at sunrise, looking out for the resident hippos, crocodiles, elephants and big cats.
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Themes

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Overland Journeys

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Best of South Africa (with Victoria Falls)
By Trafalgar
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4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Why we love them
Their travelers enjoy 24/7 travel expertise and dedicated service throughout the trips - everything is taken care of.
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Themes

50 plus, Cultural, Education / Learning, Small Ship Cruise

What travelers are saying

"Jam packed with once in a lifetime adventure and memories. Priceless experience and the travel director and driver were welcoming and professional."

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Vic Falls to Cape Town
4.8/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They're highly committed to sustainable tourism and contribute to crucial initiatives like climate action, focusing on local cultures and more.
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Cape Town, Etosha National Park, Okavango Delta, Victoria, Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Glide through the lily pad-filled waterways of the Okovango Delta on a mokoro (a small dugout canoe) and escape civilisation with an overnight stay at your island camp.
  • Be mesmerised by the staggering force and beauty of Victoria Falls, and experience firsthand why it’s known as the ‘smoke that thunders’ – a natural wonder that must be seen to be believed.
  • Choose to take an optional cruise down the Chobe River for the opportunity to get up close (but not too personal!) to cheetahs, crocodiles and the magnificent African elephant.
  • Listen to the songs and stories of Namibia’s San people, the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, and gain an insight into their traditional customs and beliefs.
  • Enjoy a full-day game drive in Etosha National Park, home to a wide range of southern Africa's wildlife, including the endangered black rhino.
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Themes

National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Overland Journeys

What travelers are saying

"Fantastic! I got to see a lot of Kenya. Not just the animals but also the people and their cultures. We had a group of 10 (plus the Intrepid crew) which was just right. Everyone got along and helped each other with chores, We all had a love of adventure and positive attitude, Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and our meals were really nice. I loved everything about it and I highly recommend this trip."

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Botswana Reviews & Ratings

4.7/5  Excellent
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Geraldine

Aug 2019

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Above all else FUN TIME with guide

Botswana Adventure, August 2019. Loved: the trip, adventure, guide Tshepo, driver Moses. So informative, great culture immersion, great game viewing, fun accommodati...

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Carys

Jul 2019

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This was an amazing three week

This was an amazing three week journey across a beautiful part of Southern Africa. An excellent itinerary with lots of included activities. Lots of wildlife, scenery...

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Bruce

Jun 2019

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Appreciated efforts to be socially and environmentally

Our Botswana adventure was the best guided tour we have taken. It was our first with Intrepid and were impressed by the effort taken by our leader and driver to make...

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Bruce

Jun 2019

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Appreciated efforts to be socially and environmentally

Our Botswana adventure was the best guided tour we have taken. It was our first with Intrepid and were impressed by the effort taken by our leader and driver to make...

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Barry

May 2019

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Absolutely most authentic trip

Absolutely most authentic trip,very well informed,always very prompt ,great communication,safety the utmost importance on this Safari,excellent Safari tour guides. U...

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Botswana Tour Selection Trips

  • The dry season has the best wildlife viewing, and is from May to September. This is when animals come to drink in the Okavango Delta’s newly flooded regions.
  • The hot, rainy season (November to March, with January and February being the wettest) can make roads difficult and force some lodges to close, but also brings lush vegetation, wildflowers, baby animals, and lower prices.
  • Accommodations in Botswana range from luxurious private lodges to rustic campsites, though overall they’re geared toward upscale travelers. The luxury lodges are among the most expensive in all of Africa -- and, in general, prices are higher in Botswana than elsewhere.
  • Much of the best wildlife viewing in the Delta can be found in the private reserves, just outside Moremi Game Reserve, though some are accessible only by air.
  • Fly-in safaris are common throughout much of the country lying south of the more highly visited northern game parks.
  • Many tour operators combine Botswana safaris with visits to nearby Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border.

Additional details

Where is Botswana?

Botswana is a land-locked country located in southern Africa. It is bordered by Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. 

What languages are spoken in Botswana?

The official languages of Botswana are English and Tswana. Although most of the population speaks Tswana as a first language, many people speak English as a second language or at least understand it. In particular, those working in the tourism industry will likely know English. 

Common phrases in Tswana

While most people in Botswana do speak English, it can be polite and helpful to memorize a few basic phrases in the native tongue.

  • Hallo - Hello 
  • O Kae? - How are you?
  • Ka kopo - Please
  • Ke a leboga - Thank you
  • O bua Sekhowa? - Do you speak English?

Is Botswana safe?

Botswana is known as the safest African country. Tourism is well-developed in this country, and violent crime rates are very low. Mugging and bag-snatching is somewhat common, so be aware of your surroundings and don’t carry large amounts of cash. 

Botswana currency

The Botswanan Pula is the official currency of Botswana. Pula means “rain” in Tswana, because rain is so scarce in Botswana and therefore valuable to locals. 

The US dollar is also accepted at many restaurants and lodges, but it is helpful to carry pulas as well.

Do’s and dont’s for visiting Botswana

DO

  • Visit a travel health clinic or specialist before traveling and stay up to date on vaccines.
  • Follow your safari guide’s instructions, especially when interacting with wildlife.
  • Ask a guide or hotel staff about areas to avoid.
  • Tip at restaurants and bars. 10-20% is customary.

DON’T

  • Drive at night. The roads are poorly lit, and wild animals and potholes are common.
  • Approach any wild animals. 
  • Wear expensive jewelry or rent a luxury car, especially in the cities. Showing signs of wealth will make you a bigger target for pickpockets and thieves. 
  • Swim in any lakes or rivers unless allowed by a guide or park warden. Wild animals such as crocodiles lurk in these waters, and you are also at risk for waterborne diseases. 

Best time to visit Botswana

The best time to visit Botswana is during the dry season (May through October), when temperatures are mild and floods are rare.

Best Big Game Viewing

The Moremi Game Reserve, a national park located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta, offers the best big game viewing in the area, and most guided trips combine it with visits to other parts of the delta.

If it’s elephants in abundance that you seek, you’ll want to include nearby Chobe National Park on your Botswana itinerary. Chobe, which lies along the Zambezi, is elephant central in all of Africa, with great herds roaming the park. (Chobe’s Savuti channel is famous for its elephant-eating lions.)

To really get off the beaten track, head to arid southern Botswana, where the huge, uncrowded Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers a chance to view desert-adapted wildlife.

The Kalahari’s enormous Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, shimmering white as far as the eye can see, are another attraction of this region. And in the far south of the country, near the South African border, the Mashatu Game Reserve, the largest private reserve in southern Africa, showcases lions, leopards and cheetahs.

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