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A safari in Botswana is like no other. Not only is the destination unrivalled for wildlife but it also hosts some of the smartest lodges out there. Hidden in private pockets of romantic wilderness, these East-African style camps and slick, sustainable outposts are designed to make you feel like the savannah is yours alone to explore. And yes, it may be expensive, but the space and the silence are privileges worth paying for.

The Okavango Delta, Botswana’s watery heartland, sparkles so brightly under the warm African sun, it almost feels like a mirage. Arriving by Cessna aircraft fuels the bubbling anticipation, with a birds-eye view of the sprawling wetlands, so verdant and wild you feel as though you’ve stumbled upon uncharted land. Here, everything is off-road. There’s not one person to be seen nor any engine noise to drown out the sound of chattering birds. Paddling silently through the lily pads in a traditional mokoro canoe allows you to get closer to the smaller, less conspicuous wildlife like tiny marbled reed frogs and great swooping fish eagles that make their home among the reed-studded waterways. On the Delta’s eastern side, Moremi, a spellbinding game reserve is full of roaming big cats and wild dogs to track. The Chobe National Park is where you can explore in zero-emission 4×4 vehicles and riverboats to spot herds of elephant shambling to the riverbank and hippo grunting in the lagoons.

In the northern Kalahari Desert, the Makgadikgadi feels otherworldly. Its ephemeral salt pans, some so large they’re visible from space, transform into lunar landscapes with blinding white salt crust that crunches underfoot. During the rains, the pans turn into turquoise pools drawing vast numbers of wildlife including flocks of bright pink flamingoes and migratory zebra who make their 250km linear pilgrimage to graze on the palm-studded grassland. It’s the perfect place for a unique safari; exploring ancient terrain with the Zu’Hoasi bushmen under gaping big skies.

Botswana is as remote as it is exclusive, so a chat with a destination insider will help you get your head around the finer details of how to access Africa’s undisputed safari champion.

Our Botswana Travel Guide is a good place to start planning with essential travel information, when to travel and how best to get around. Or get familiar with Botswana’s diverse landscapes with our interactive map and regional guides.

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Trips by mokoro and on foot: on safari in the Okavango Delta

— by Keitumetse 'KT' Mogale
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Xugana Island Lodge: a haven in the heart of the Okavango Delta

— by Collen Molefe
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Fly over "the last true wilderness" in a helicopter without doors

— by Andrew Baker
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Meet the locals on a visit to Nxhoga village

— by Cindy Boshoff
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Chobe Game Lodge: where Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton

— by Florence Kagiso
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See wild dogs and cheetahs in the Moremi Game Reserve

— by Harrison Mangwegape
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— by Ollie Maitapiso
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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Louise, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.

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Botswana Travel guide

Time difference: GMT +2

Flight time: London + 14-16 hours

Currency: Pula (BWP)

Language: English and Setswana

Electricity: 230v (mostly square three-pin plugs)

Telephone code: +267

Tipping: Tipping is discretionary in Botswana although it is customary to tip your safari guide and tracker separately at the end of your stay. Specific guidelines are normally available from the lodge manager, however USD$10-20 per person per day is usual for your safari guide, and USD$5 per person per day for your tracker. If you take a mokoro trip, your poler should also be tipped and USD$5 per activity is reasonable. When staying in lodges, there is often a large team behind the scenes, including housekeepers, chefs and waiters so a contribution to the general staff box will ensure that they too are rewarded.

Etiquette: Along with democracy, unity, self-reliance and development, Botswana’s fifth national principle is botho. Showing good manners, being helpful and politeness are all examples of botho. By respecting others, you will earn respect back. Always greet elders first and you should remove your hat before entering a building. When shaking hands, the left hand should be put on the right elbow. Ask permission before taking photos of people and do not take photos of government buildings, military personnel or at any political demonstrations.

Religions: Introduced into Botswana in the late 1800s, Christianity is the main religion.  Many people still include some practices of the traditional indigenous religion of Badimo. Badimo are spiritual ancestors and the Batswana will communicate through them to their supreme being. Badimo are believed to be present in daily lives and, in order to keep them happy, you may see locals placing food at a table for them.

Visas: You can look up the latest advice on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana. Please be aware that this information can change at short notice.

Vaccinations: Health risks vary depending on the destination so it’s essential to check the specific vaccination and hygiene requirements for Botwswana on the NHS Fit for Travel website.

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