No matter how many times we visit, Botswana always finds new ways to surprise us and capture our imagination. After all, why motorboat down the Okavango Delta when you can embrace slow travel and float by in a traditional mokoro? Why cross the Makgadikgadi Salt Plains in a 4×4 when you can do it on a quad bike? For us, Botswana is all about taking a seemingly ordinary safari holiday and making it extraordinary.

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The country that’s home to the most elephants in the world, Botswana is one of Africa’s best travel destinations. It’s a country that’s all about the outdoors, the bountiful wildlife, and connecting with local people. With roaring lions as your adventure soundtrack, Botswana knows a thing or two about a luxury safari, which is why this country should be at the top of your Africa bucket list.

SEE GIRAFFES IN CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

In the far northeastern corner of Botswana sits Chobe, the country’s first National Park. The holy grail of wildlife, it’s divided into three different areas: river, marshes, and the Savuti. In addition to the insane spectacle, Chobe is also dotted with some of our favourite luxury lodges in all of Africa. It’s here you can have the quintessential safari experience full of game drives and star gazing.

PADDLE THE DELTA

The UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Okavango Delta is an extraordinary spectacle and a truly surreal ecosystem. The Okavango wetland consists of thousands of lily-covered waterways, 164 different mammals, 157 reptiles, and 540 species of birds. From zebras to leopards, buffalos to rhinos, a holiday to Botswana is incomplete without spending time in the delta.  

MEET THE BUSHMEN

Nothing says cultural immersion like spending time getting to know the indigenous hunter-gatherers of Botswana: The San people. The bushmen of Botswana can be found in their native land, the Kalahari Desert, and meeting them and participating in their traditions is the most engaging way to understand their lifestyle. A tailor-made holiday with Black Tomato will introduce you to this fascinating culture in the most intimate way.

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To ensure the ultimate safari experience, staying at a luxury resort in Botswana is essential. Picture infinity pools that open up to grassy plains, intimate dinners under a clear night sky, and the sort of chic decor that pairs terrifically in such rustic settings. They may be called camps but our Botswana favourites are far from ordinary.

ON THE WATER

Contrary to popular belief, this African country has no shortage of water. Full of taupe rivers and shallow wetlands, this makes Botswana and it’s lively wildlife all the more appealing. The perfect place to launch a Mokoro, Sanctuary Baines is situated on papaya beds above the Boro River. It’s our number one pick for getting back to natural in the Okavango Delta.

OUT ON THE OPEN

Open and exposed, it seems the Big Five are easier to spot when they grass is low and the fields exposed. The Machaba Camp consists of just 10 luxury tents that open up to a wide expanse, allowing for intimate views of passing elephants all day long. All the more impressive, the traditional 1950’s decor is complimented by a plunge pool and spa facility.

IN THE SHALLOWS

Botswana is lucky to have the multitude and diversity of lands that it does, especially the marshes. These low lying waters are some of the most appealing for thirsty predators and a handful of luxury camps have a better position than others. That’s why we love the Sandibe Camp, where all of the heavenly villas (and accompanying private pools) are stilted above the marsh, and the architecture is second to none.

  • Population Population 2,038,587
  • Capital Capital Gaborone
  • Language Language English, Setswana, Kalanga, Sekgalagadi
  • Currency Currency Botswana Pula
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT+2 | ET+7
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Experience some of the best game viewing by boat in a man-made mokoro"

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