For striking views, unique habitats, and untouched wildlife, a Botswana safari is the ultimate getaway for couples, families, or individual travelers.

An African safari is a popular item on every adventurer’s Bucket List, and it’s no secret why! Botswana is a unique region in southern Africa because of the steps they have taken to protect wildlife and their habitats. Because of this, Botswana travelers can have an authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experience in nature that they’ll never forget.

Wondering what kind of encounters you’ll have access to on a Botswana safari? This post highlights everything you can expect, from the natural wildlife to the most luxurious lodging accommodations money can buy.

What to Expect on a Botswana Luxury Safari

As you plan a Botswana safari, you may be curious about what wildlife you’ll encounter. Botswana is revered for its untouched natural wilderness, complete with an impressive variety of wildlife.

When you think of an African safari, you likely picture lions, elephants, and rhinos—three animals that make up the Big 5. The Big 5 includes lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos. This highly sought-after group of animals draws in travelers from around the globe to witness their splendor in their untouched natural environment.

Many animals, including the Big 5, are most active and accessible during the dry winter months in Africa, which spans from May to October. 

During the winter months, you’ll also encounter other animals and wildlife including foxes, gemsbok, hippos, meerkats, antelope, waterbuck, and the occasional wild dog. You might even get lucky and catch a cheetah or hyena in its natural element. There are ample birding opportunities during the winter as well. 

Africa's summer, spanning from December to March, will bring wildlife viewings including antelope and the Big 5. This time of year, known as the “green season,” brings fewer travelers because of the wetter weather, but you still have a great chance of encountering some incredible native animals! Many animals give birth during the green season, so you may be able to witness new life, too.

The green season is also the time of year for the great zebra migration, which involves 25,000 zebras journeying through Botswana’s Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Parks. It’s the ultimate safari experience, and can often be witnessed from your camp or lodge.

At the end of winter, around October and November, many of the animals, including elephants and herds of buffalo, start to retreat away from the main water sources in Botswana.

Accommodations on a Luxury Botswana Safari

Some people picture an African safari to include sleeping outside, having no access to running water, and using the most basic bathroom facilities if they are available. Fortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

Luxury Botswana safari trips are just what they sound like—comfortable, relaxing, and luxurious in every way. If your group is looking for an outdoor adventure, you’ll find it in many different forms, from camping in the bush to boutique hotels and lodging.

Here are a few property highlights and what you can expect at each one. 

Kanana in the Okavango Delta

Stay in one of just 8 luxury tents at Kanana camp. Featuring an en-suite bathroom, flushing toilets, and hot running water, the tents promise unparalleled comfort in an appealing setting. 

Trek through the bush with a private guide and witness hippos, crocodiles, lions, and lechwe in their natural habitats. Watch mother elephants bathe their calves in an immersive experience you’ll never forget.

Dinaka in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Enjoy all the comforts of home at Dinaka safari lodge in the bush of Botswana. This luxury lodge features such amenities as luxurious raised tents, running water, and flush toilets.

Game drives will bring you nose to nose with giraffes, wildebeests, and hyenas while walking safaris offer animal track discovery, seeing small reptiles up close, and learning about other resident species.

Book a Luxury Botswana Safari with Ker & Downey

Don’t miss your chance for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to southern Africa! Travel to Botswana with Ker & Downey. Contact your designer to start planning the trip of a lifetime today.