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1/4 Elephants are permanent residents of the lush wetlands of Botswana's Okavango
© Chris Courteneau, Oddballs Camp Elephants are permanent residents of the lush wetlands of Botswana's Okavango
2/4 Botswana luxury mobile camp - the epitome of intelligent simplicity
© Uncharted Africa Botswana luxury mobile camp  - the epitome of intelligent simplicity
3/4 Light mobile safari tent in Botswana (remember to check the butter for elephant foot prints in the morning)
Light mobile safari tent in Botswana (remember to check the butter for elephant foot prints in the morning)

Botswana safaris offer dramatic extremes

Botswana safaris offer dramatic extremes.  On the one hand, the lush landscapes of the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti and Chobe River systems, on the other, the beautiful other-worldly expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari Desert.  The variety of habitats makes for varied animal and birdlife as well as beautiful scenery.

Strict controls mean that Botswana safari camps and lodges are generally small, and due to the tricky logistics of operating in a delta or a desert, safaris in Botswana are seldom cheap.  There are however many excellent options to consider.  Top of the list in our opinion are some of Botswana's mobile safari camps, these come in a couple of basic shapes, both of which are aimed at giving you a private experience using private campsites in quiet remote locations.

We use luxury moble camps and light mobile camps to great effect here and this is certainly something to consider if you're looking for great value and a unique experience.

Some amazing adventures in Botswana

Okavango DeltaPhotograph the Okavango Delta
The Okavango Delta is the largest inland Delta in the world and is incomparable to any other game destination in Africa
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Chobe River in BotswanaSee game in Chobe River, Botswana
The Chobe River rises in the Angola from which it travels under it's Hambukushu name, Kwando.
Explore the Chobe River
Mobile safari in BotswanaMobile safaris in Botswana
Use a private tented camp to quietly explore Botswana’s wilderness with your own private guide. A simple, great value alternative to luxury lodges.
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Riding safari in Makgadiki PlainsRiding safari in Makgadiki Pan
A riding safari around the surreal expanse of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pan with an expert guide, luxury tented camp and the chance to flycamp wild.
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Zebra migration in BotswanaWatch the Makgadikgadi zebra migration
A luxury Botswana safari to experience the second largest migration in Africa. Thousands of zebra flood into the Makgadikgadi grasslands of the Kalahari.
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Meerkats of the KalahariMeerkats of the Kalahari
A safari in Botswana’s Kalahari in search of rare desert wildlife including the endearing meerkats - great for families.
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Makgadikgadi Pans quad bike safariMakgadikgadi Pans quad bike safari
A unique quad bike safari into the wilderness of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans, and a night or two sleeping on bedrolls under the stars on giant rocks.
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As well as safaris on land, Botswana safaris are of course also about getting on to the crystal clear waters of the delta for at least some of your time.  Botswana offers an unrivalled opportunity for game viewing by dugout canoe (mokoro), or nights spent out under the desert sky and everything in between.  Walking isnt allowed in any of Botswana national parks, however there are one or two places where you can walk and you can read more about those here

Common questions about Botswana

When planning a safari in Botswana, it is important to know where to go at different times of year.  Some of the best scenery is only accessibly in the dry season, and wildlife movements are also dictated by the ebb and flow of the water systems.  The animals of the Kalahari, for example, are best seen during the rainy season, while the Okavango comes to life between the dryer months of June and October.  Read our useful article for more details:

To make your planning easier, we've put together a selection of some of our favourite experiences in Botswana.

A few of our favourite places to stay in Botswana

Duba Plains

Duba Plains is an intimate camp on a private 30,000 ha


Jacks Camp

Jacks camp and it’s sister, San Camp, offer one of the


Little Vumbura

Little Vumbura is on the northern edge of the Delta in the


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At Natural High, we've had long experience putting together trips in Africa that really work. Whether it's intimate bushcamps in out of the way places, or a private lodge in one of Africa's top-billing wildlife areas, light mobile camping or remote island escapes, we know there is a lot to choose from. We're absolutely confident that we can recommend the right places for you.

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