Botswana

Botswana is renowned for its spectacular wildlife and as such is one of the best African destinations for those seeking safari holidays. You’ll have the chance to see the big five – lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo – plus a whole host of other incredible animals including crocodiles, zebra, giraffes, hippo, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs.

With river cruises, game reserves, the magnificent Chobe National Park, the Kalahari Desert, the Okavango Delta, the highest concentration of rock art in the world, quad biking in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, plus self-drive, luxury-camping and guided safari options, there’s plenty of choice for even the seasoned traveller.

Flight Time

London to Botswana (via Johannesburg): 14 hours

Time Difference

GMT +2

Capital

Gaborone

Language

English and Setswana

Weather

The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March, with average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. April and May boast clear skies and lusher green landscapes. June to August is peak safari season with nights close to freezing, but it warms up rapidly during the day, with clear blue skies. Temperatures continue to climb in September and October and October. This is the best time for big game safaris.

Currency

Botswana Pula

Visas for British Citizens

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days.

Top Tips

You can’t visit Botswana without taking a trip to Chobe National park – whether you take a Chobe River cruise or spend time there on safari, you’ll be sure to see a plethora of wildlife.

Don’t forget to see the incredible rock art – it’s a World Heritage site for a reason!

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