Through the desert and savannah all the way to the delta’s wetlands, Africa’s greatest and most threatened species flee to Botswana.
Botswana’s untouched wilderness is a nature-lover’s dream. Whether you’re travelling along the wild rivers or the tranquil waters of the delta, spectacular sights and sounds abound. The Chobe River’s blue waters ripple orange in the sunset and the swamps of Okavango sing with tune of birdsong. Safari game, large water-dwellers and spectacular birds are just some of the wild creatures here.
What people say
If you love elephants, you'll love this trip! We saw an amazing number of elephants, along with many other animals you might wish to see. The scenery was stunning and the accommodation fantastic. Highly recommended!
Botswana travel highlights
Take a cruise on the Chobe River
The river’s abundance of bird and animal life makes it one of the greatest places for exploring South Africa. Catch sight of saddle-billed storks, kingfishers and majestic eagles, and keep a look out for crocs, hippos and elephants.
Tick off the big five at Okavango Delta
It’s the greatest inland delta in the world and a bountiful sanctuary for wildlife. Africa’s big five – elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion and rhino – call this place home.
Hear the stories of the bushmen in ‘the capital of the Kalah
Ghanzi’s bushmen have lived in this extraordinary land for centuries. Listen as they share their secret knowledge through stories and dance by the campfire.
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Botswana tour reviews
Our Botswana trips score an average of 4.63 out of 5 based on 92 reviews in the last year.
Experience Botswana, August 2017
John & Kathy Snodgrass
We have done a number of trips with Intrepid over the last 20 years. It suits our type of travelling. Like that groups are small and use local guides and drivers. Enjoy homestays which can be a little intimidating but always give you and understanding of the people and culture. Also love the freedom to explore in your own time - not every minute of the day is planned and organised with the whole group.
Review submitted 19 Sep 2017
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Botswana travel FAQs
- Australia- not required
- UK – not required
- US –Not required
Nationals of the above countries have visa-free access to Botswana for a period of three months. Other nationals, including people from EU countries, need to check with their local embassy or consulate for specific requirements.
Tipping is considered polite in Botswana so you may like to add a little extra to your bill for services from porters, guides and drivers. At restaurants, your gratitude can be shown by simply rounding up your bill. Many restaurants will have an additional 10% surcharge.
Botswana has good internet access in its urban areas but service is unreliable outside of these areas. Don’t expect to have internet access when travelling to rural places and national parks.
You’ll find good mobile coverage in urban areas but not in rural areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while travelling.
Flush toilets can be found in most touristy areas like hotels, restaurants and cafes, however the squat/pit toilets are far more common in most parts of the country. Soap and toilet paper isn’t always provided, so you may like to carry some with you.
- Soft Drink = 2 BWP
- Snack = 4.50 BWP
- Bottle of beer = 5 BWP
- Basic Lunch = 15-20 BWP
- Dinner at a restaurant = 55-100 BWP
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Botswana. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
Credit cards are accepted by many big hotels, shopping centres and restaurants, however they are not accepted by small local businesses. If you wish to make purchases, carry some of the local currency with you.
ATMs are common in urban areas, airports and even some regional towns, but they are far less common outside of these areas. Arrange for alternative payment options when travelling in remote and rural areas.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For more information on insurance, please go to: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/how-we-can-help/our-services
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