→ Land of untamed wilderness
→ Land of huge wetlands
→ Beautiful landscapes with biodiversity

The main reason to visit Botswana is to see its untamed wilderness.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Wildlife safari, Canoeing, Nature walking

Wildlife and Nature Lover

National Parks, Game Reserves, Scenic Landscapes, Huge wetlands, Wide rivers, Okavango Delta Kalahari Desert, Largest salt pans

Art and Culture Lover

Culture and Traditions:

Best season: May – September

 (Okavango is flooded from  June-October)

Top destinations in Botswana

This is the list of top destinations in Botswana where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta

Unique safari experiences

Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta

Beautiful Wildlife Sanctuary with huge expanses of water

  • Moremi Game Reserve offers impressive game viewing along with the unique scenery of the Okavango Delta that flows through the center of Kalahari Desert.
  • Rich in wildlife
  • Paradise for birdwatchers
  • Varieties of wildlife (Birds, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Wild dogs, Giraffes, Antelopes, Hippo, Buffalo, Crocodile, etc)
  • Okavango Delta
  • Mokoro Safari (traditional canoe safari)
  • Go on a game drives
  • Go on a boat rides
  • Go on a nature walks
  • Horseback safari
  • Fishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Private plane flight over the delta

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Second largest game reserve in the world

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Semi-arid grasslands

  • Stunning Landscapes with true African wilderness
  • Black-maned lions
  • Herds of Antelope
  • Terracotta Dunes
  • Go on a game drives
  • Go on a nature walk with Bushmen
  • Birdwatching
  • Night drive
  • Stargazing

Chobe National Park

Second largest park in Botswana

Chobe National Park

  • Stunning wildlife scenery (Elephants, Hyenas, Lions, Giraffes)
  • Astounding summer zebra migration
  • Chobe National Park is less than 100 km from the famous Victoria Falls.
  • Astounding summer zebra migrations
  • Lions and Hyenas
  • Go on a game drives
  • Boat cruising
  • Go on a nature walk/bush walk
  • Bird watching
  • Go on a photographic safaris
  • Fishing
  • Touring traditional tribal villages

Makgadikgadi Pans

Largest salt pans

Makgadikgadi Pans

  • Largest salt pans in the world
  • Nxai Pan National Park at a distance of 104 km
  • Kubu Island
  • Nata Bird Sanctuary
  • Nxai Pan National Park
  • Birdlife
  • Migration of Wildebeest and Zebra
  • Go on a game drives
  • Night drives
  • Go on a nature walk/walk with Bushmen
  • Quad-biking
  • Learn about ancient cultures and way of life

top activities to do in Botswana

A valid passport (valid for 6 months) with return tickets or valid passport with visa and a return ticket (depending on nationality) is required to enter Botswana.

Nationals from USA, Canada, Australia, and EU can stay up to 90 days without a visa but require a return ticket.

For nationals from other countries, check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) for Botswana with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling.

Visa Cards and Mastercards are widely accepted. ATMs are available in big cities and towns. Traveler’s check can be exchanged at limited banks in major cities only. It’s better to take a traveler’s check in US Dollars/Pounds Sterling.

Gaborone receives international flights.

Domestic flights provide services to and from major areas.

Driving is also available but the roads are dusty and hard to drive.

Domestic/Internal Flights:
Domestic flights or chartered flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances. Most tourist places in Botswana are in remote and can only be accessed by light aircraft/chartered plane. Maun and Kasane are connected to Gaborone via internal flights. Direct flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Maun can be your best option. 

Driving is also available but the roads are dusty and hard to drive. City buses provide services inside major cities.

Inside major cities, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi/share-taxi can be the other pricey alternatives.

Limited trains provide services from Francistown.

Travel Tips:

While visiting Botswana, protect yourself from mosquitoes -by wearing long-sleeved shirts and Jeans in the evening or applying mosquito repellent, cream/spray. 

If you are traveling by road, don’t drive after sunset because wild animals can be a matter of threat.

Weather Tips:
It is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates before going to explore the regions. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
Anti-malarial medication is a must and should start at least a week before your trip.
Inoculation against Yellow Fever is required at least 10 days before departing to Africa.

You should take precaution against tick-bite fever while going for safari.

It’s better to take precaution against malaria, hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus, and yellow fever while traveling to Botswana. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Botswana, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, diphtheria, rabies, and tetanus. Certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required if you have traveled to yellow fever infected areas.

It’s better to make full travel insurance including health insurance.

You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, etc.) and serious/violent crimes (robberies, sexual assault etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone. Expensive hotels are far safer to stay.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in Botswana:

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Moremi Game Reserve/Okavango Delta
  2. Chobe National Park
  3. Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  4. Makgadikgadi Pans

If you are a wildlife lover:

  1. Moremi Game Reserve/Okavango Delta
  2. Chobe National Park

From the above list, you can see that Moremi Game Reserve/Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Botswana is mostly about African wildlife, our first pick would be Moremi Game Reserve/Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. 

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Botswana and 

If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

Maun (Day 1)→Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta (Day 2-3)→Maun, Gweta (Day 4)→ Makgadikgadi Pans, Chobe (Day 5-6)→Kasane, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Day 7-8)→ …….

If you have 10 days, then you can extend the above itinerary.

……→ Livingstone, Zambia (Day 9)→Home via Victoria Falls Airport (Day 10)

If you have 14 days, then you can extend your stay at Moremi Game Reserve/Okavango Delta and Chobe in the above itinerary.

(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)

We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Botswana can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.