This is a simply stunning country. Its deserts, pans and deltas are some of the last great, untouched wildernesses in Southern Africa and are home to a wonderful array of game. Self drive safaris in Botswana offer so much. You could head off to see Botswana’s excellent National Parks, drive into the incredible Central Kalahari Desert or go and explore the riches of the Okavango Delta.
The National Parks in Botswana are extremely protected. They have only allowed a small number of lodges, tented camps, and campsites to be built so there is no impact on the natural environment. Though we praise them for taking this stance, it does mean that there is a huge amount of demand for a small number of properties, so you need to book early to get your first choice properties – we advise a year in advance if possible.
Generally wet and humid near the Delta. However, a good time to visit the Central Kalahari.
Like January, it's wet and humid near the Delta but less wet in the Central Kalahari.
Often dry and sunny days, though still wet and luscious. A good time for birding.
Another fresh, green month with less rain.
Much less rain and routes start to open up. A good time to benefit from shoulder season rates and less tourists.
The start of the peak season as the land dries. Little rainfall and low temperatures at night.
Conditions start to reach their best. Very cold evenings.
Game viewing conditions reach their optimum. Lovely weather.
Temperatures starts to pick up. Conditions still perfect.
Temperatures still climbing and the terrain starting to look very dry.
An unpredictable month depending on whether the rains are early or late.
The rains return to dry lands.
The Okavango Delta is the worlds largest inland delta system. Either way you look at it, be it by car, boat or plane, it is simply incredible!
Our favourite Botswana National Park, Chobe offers everything from ants to elephants! The game viewing is superb, all year round too.
Renowned for its panoramic views and growing lion population, the Kalahari is a very desirable place to travel. It's also best travelled between December - May.
Situated over the lowest lying areas of Botswana, the Makgadikgadi is home to two magnificent salt pans. The view from here takes your breath away.
Located on the periphery of the Okavango delta, the Moremi is home to a huge array of wildlife. A few nights here and you will feel like you were in the Delta itself.
The Savuti Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up sporadically - a mystery that has intrigued geologists for years. It is also a wildlife hotspot!
All our itineraries are tailor made, but here are some of our favourite routes and camp combinations.