Botswana Luxury Safari

Botswana’s scenic beauty ranges from the lush wetlands of the Okavango Delta to the classic woodlands of Chobe, the rolling savannah of Savute and the lunar landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Pans. These diverse habitats are home to some of Africa’s best game viewing in wilderness reserves made famous in several award-winning wildlife films.

Botswana is very accessible thanks to the international air hub in neighbouring South Africa’s vibrant city of gold, Johannesburg. As a luxury safari destination, Botswana combines comfortably with Cape Town’s gourmet safaris, beaches and winelands, Africa’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls, and the barefoot luxury of Mozambique’s tropical islands.

A luxury safari tour to Botswana should include the best attractions:

 

  1. The Okavango Delta, a natural wonder and one of the largest inland deltas in the world. This vast freshwater wetlands is set on the semi-dessert Kalahari, providing life giving waters to a diverse range of wildlife, from rare Sitatunga antelope to endangered wild dog, thriving lion prides and big buffalo herds, leopard, zebra, giraffe and elephant – Africa’s full cast of creatures is here. Delta safari activities include game drives, nature walks, canoeing, boating and unforgettable excursions on the backs of elephants or horses.
  2. The Chobe National Park, is home to Africa’s densest population of elephants, big herds of antelope, gazelle, zebra, giraffe and plenty of predators – lion, leopard and hyena. All that wildlife means thrilling predator-and-prey action. The main activity in this area is game drives and a sunset cruise down the Chobe River is highly recommended.
  3. The Savute landscape is open woodlands – ideal for large antelope and buffalo, the preferred prey of lion and wild dogs. The Savute Channel’s banks are crowded with wildlife and winds its way south to feed fresh water into the famous Savute Marsh. Game viewing is superb throughout the year and Savuti’s lions are famous for hunting Africa’s biggest mammals – buffalo, giraffe and even elephants.
  4. The Kalahari is a semi-desert dotted with giant baobab trees, seasonally flooded pans and rolling savannah – it is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Botswana and home to the annual Green Season zebra migration in the summer months of January and February. It’s also home to legendary black-maned Kalahari lions, wildebeest, gemsbok, eland, springbok, giraffe, jackal and brown hyena.

 

Botswana’s lodges are luxurious and exclusive – most accommodate a maximum of 24 guests at a time and offer outstanding crowd-free game viewing. We highly recommend a privately guided safari for the ultimate in tailored luxury. This is a US dollar-based destination, but the slightly higher cost of a Botswana luxury safari tour is perfectly offset by all-inclusive packages and a stress-free safari experience.

Browse our luxury Botswana vacation packages and recommended lodges to find out which attractions most appeal to you and a general idea of what a Botswana safari costs. Our Botswana consultants will tailor-make your vacation to make the most of your time and budget.

Botswana Luxury Safari: Travel Advice

Best Botswana Luxury Tours & Safaris

Okavango Delta, Chobe River & Victoria Falls

From $9,710 per person sharing
8 days
Boat ride on the Chobe river. Game drives through Chobe. Suite at Chobe Chilwero. Sundowner with a view of the winding river. Explore Victoria Falls. Mokoro ride down the Okavango Delta. Exterior of Sanctuary Baines' Camp. Sanctuary Baines' Camp bedroom interior.
Highlights

Stay at three exclusive & luxurious lodges. Perfect as a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Destinations visited
Botswana Chobe National Park Chobe River Okavango Delta Victoria Falls

Family Botswana's Khwai River & Linyanti Channel

From $7,875 per person sharing
7 days
Glide along in a traditional mokoro. Exceptional wildlife encounters on game drives. Child-friendly, safari activities. Kids can enjoy the swimming pool while mom and dad relax. Linyanti Ebony exterior at night. Take a walking safari. Massive elephant herds crossing in front of camp. Share stories of the day and its adventures at Khwai Leadwood.
Highlights

Air transfers between camps. Spacious family suites throughout.

Destinations visited
Botswana Chobe National Park Linyanti Moremi Game Reserve Okavango Delta
13 days
Your Rovos Rail suite is a reminder that the glory days of travel are not quite over. Step off the train at Victoria Falls & prepare for the 'Smoke that Thunders'! Set close to the falls, the majestic Victoria Falls Hotels provides accommodation for two nights. A candle-lit mess tent replaces the train's dining car when you are on safari. Elephants are a constant feature of Botswana's landscape. Your tented camp accommodation is something that Hemingway would have approved of. You'll enjoy morning & afternoon game drives, searching for big cats & wild dogs. The spacious tented suites have everything you'll need for comfort while on safari.
Highlights

Take a luxurious Rovos Rail train journey. Game viewing in Hwange National Park.

Destinations visited
Botswana Chobe National Park Hwange National Park Okavango Delta Savuti

Romantic Botswana's Delta, Chief's Island

From $7,855 per person sharing
4 days
Exterior view of Sanctuary Chief's Camp. Wrap yourself in bush luxury. Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Delta. Take in awe-inspiring sunsets. Breakfast with a view. The private boma. Game drives to see prolific wildlife. Take a refreshing dip in between game drives.
Highlights

Enjoy game drives in a private concession. Tick off the big cats in Botswana's 'predator capital'.

Destinations visited
Botswana Okavango Delta

Romantic Vic Falls, Chobe & Delta Safari

From $8,240 per person sharing
7 days
The historical Victoria Falls Hotel. Victoria Falls at sunset. Savour decadent alfresco fine dining at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Traditional game drives in Chobe National Park. Enjoy sunset cruises with Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge. The lounge area at Sanctuary Chiefs. The wildlife is comfortable to roam close to camp at Sanctuary Chiefs. Private plunge pool at Sanctuary Chief's Camp.
Highlights

Stay at superb accommodation throughout. Visit the mighty Victoria Falls.

Destinations visited
Botswana Chobe National Park Chobe River Okavango Delta Zimbabwe