…where an intrepid guide led us to wondrous sightings of African Wild Dogs, cheetahs, and a pride where a lioness dragged a roan antelope to feed seven hungry cubs.
Melinda, Berkeley, CA

Botswana MapFrom our first visits in the early 80’s when there were only a handful of simple, rustic camps, we at Next Adventure have loved Botswana. The country is now home to some of the most extraordinary camps in Africa, and it remains a world-class wildlife haven with extraordinary seasonal contrasts.

Each year floodwater flows from its source in the moist central African highlands over a thousand kilometers away into the Kalahari sands of the Okavango where it creates a unique wetland sustaining a huge diversity of wildlife and fabulous bird life.

To the north-east of the Okavango Delta are the Chobe and Linyanti Game Reserves with marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and the world-famous Savute Channel – areas renowned for predators and large concentrations of game, particularly elephant. The grasslands of the Kalahari together with the lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are in total contrast to the verdant, game-rich Okavango and Linyanti regions.

Botswana’s low-volume/high-revenue tourism model and stable democracy have made it a shining star for sustainable tourism while ensuring that visitors have an exclusive wilderness experience.

Botswana is home to some of the most luxurious and unique safari destinations in all of Africa. Next Adventure is proud to partner with Wilderness Safaris, Great Plains Conservation, Natural Selection, Uncharted Africa, Desert & Delta Camps, Ker & Downey Botswana, Kwando Safaris, Sanctuary Retreats, African Bush Camps, Mashatu and many other independent camps and lodges in Botswana. We have a long working relationship all of these providers, have visited most camps personally and have celebrated over four decades of visiting and operating custom safaris in Botswana!

Safari Ideas

With so many spectacular and unique areas throughout the Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve along with Chobe and the Savuti/Linyanti reserves, Botswana can easily be a stand-alone destination worthy of 8-12 nights split between three or four camps. This is especially true if you’re incorporating the Kalahari Desert or the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. At a minimum, we would recommend 5 nights split between two contrasting camps.

The dry season runs from May-November, and those are generally considered the best months for wildlife viewing. May-September have optimum temperatures with warm, sunny days & cold nights. October-November are very hot months with excellent wildlife viewing but tough temperatures. There are also excellent Green Season opportunities which are often a great fit for a returning safari traveler.

The safari gateways are Maun (from Johannesburg or Cape Town) or Kasane (from Johannesburg or Victoria Falls). Often, our itineraries begin in one gateway and depart through the other. It is common to include a stop in Victoria Falls and/or Cape Town, and destinations in Botswana are easily paired with other safari areas throughout Southern Africa

Botswana is known for being one of the more expensive safari destinations with fully inclusive rates in the low season from about $550 per person per night to high season rates of $1500+ per person per night. The camps and lodges we prefer are smaller, more intimate properties with only 4-10 tents. Many of these are located on private concessions and reserves to avoid crowds and ensure an exclusive wilderness experience. For small groups or families, we often reserve the entire camp on an exclusive basis.

Guided overland camping safaris are also a popular option in Botswana offering excellent value, and they can be a great fit for families and small groups of friends looking for an adventure.

For example, ‘HIGHLIGHTS OF BOTSWANA‘ is a 9-night camping safari that includes a fantastic flight into the Delta with 2-night stays in 4 remarkable game viewing areas (Moremi, Kwhai and Savuti), with the last few days spent alongside two of Africa’s most beautiful rivers. The safari ends with a night in Livingstone to view the magnificent Victoria Falls. This is a true multi-night mobile camping adventure with spectacular wildlife and evenings spent around a campfire under billions of stars.

Botswana Camps & Lodges

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is an intimate, four room exquisite tented camp located on the 330,000 acre Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana, […]

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Duba Plains

The renowned and totally brand new Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta. A recent guest […]

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Mashatu Lodge

Mashatu is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which shares unfenced borders with national parks in Zimbabwe […]

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Botswana Experiences

Private Mobile Camping in Botswana

While Botswana has grown to be seen as one of the more luxurious (and expensive) safari destinations, we’re glad to […]

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Breathtaking Botswana & Hwange Thrills

Lance says: I had a fantastic time in Africa.  We saw a vast amount of wildlife, virtually everything one could […]

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Up Close and Personal - A Family Safari Road Trip!

“On the first day, we went out looking for lions, and we certainly found them. In fact, not only did […]

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Diving In Day One - A Surprise Southern Africa Safari

“We’re a gay couple that has traveled the world all on our own, from the Galapagos Islands to the Bosphorus […]

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Botswana's New Qorokwe Camp in Pictures

We couldn’t be more excited to see this new Wilderness Safaris camp opening in one of the Delta’s most productive […]

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Jane & Alan's First Safari

When I was a kid I read things about Daniel Boone and the Native American explorers and scouts. They had […]

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Kili & The Snoring Rhinoceros

In the quiet pre-dawn, our small group huddled together around the tea and coffee that the camp staff had so […]

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Magical Mashatu - Kelly's Trip Report

We got to watch these elegant cheetah brothers move through the beautiful countryside, standing up on massive boulders for a […]

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Tree-scratching Lion

Bee & Chaz Capture Rare Safari Moments

On the way to the airstrip at Mara Plains we watched this baby gazelle being born on New Year’s Day. […]

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Wildebeast ,Tubu Tree, Botswana

Mike & Trina's Sensational Anniversary Safari

It was clear to us as our safari unfolded, that Kili listened carefully to us and, through a couple of […]

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Kudu in the Grass, Linyanti

A Spin Through Bots & Zim

In May, I had an opportunity to travel with African Bush Camps to experience their intimate safari camps in Botswana […]

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Happy Lion near Selinda

A Safari for Sisters in Botswana & Cape Town

Myra came to Next Adventure looking to share a special, once-in-a-lifetime, first-time safari with her sister Toby. After getting to […]

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Flying over the Okavango Delta

Jeremy's Botswana Camping Safari

Spending nine days in the bush, camping & traveling through Botswana’s most spectacular parks, encountering wildlife, dining & sleeping under […]

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Photo by Carole M.

The noise was incredible!

Every sunrise and sunset, I found the African skies to be as beautiful as the animals. On arriving at my […]

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Zarafa Zebras - Selinda Reserve - Botswana

Grant & Miriam's Grand Tour of Southern Africa

Grant & Miriam’s three week trip in August of this year included some of our favorite destinations in Zambia, Botswana […]

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Andy & Melinda's Zambia and Botswana Safari

Andy and Melinda’s first trip with Next Adventure was three years ago to Tanzania and Kenya. For this year’s trip […]

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Elephant in Marsh - Camp Shawu - Kruger - South Africa

Memories and Photos from Bill & Cindy

We asked Will & Cindy if they would share some of their stories and pictures from their past trips, and […]

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Pel's Fishing Owl - Photo By Don & Maddy

Don & Maddy's Birding Safari in Botswana & South Africa

This custom safari took Don & Maddy to some of the top birding destinations in Southern Africa in the company […]

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Botswana Safari Video Playlist