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10-Day Botswana Safari Tours

Botswana is a special place, the kind of destination that causes many visitors to fall in love with Africa and its animals. From the Okavango Delta to the Kalahari Desert, this is a country that showcases so many different landscapes and the animals that inhabit them. It’s a place to see big cats, big elephants, an astonishing variety of birdlife, and so much more. You can drift through the Delta in a traditional wooden canoe, search for the black-maned lions of the Kalahari and see more stars in the night sky than you ever imagined possible. And on a 10-day Botswana safari, there’s a chance that you can see and do it all.

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5 Questions About 10-Day Botswana Safaris


5 Questions About 10-Day Botswana Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Which parks should I visit on a 10-day safari in Botswana?

“With 10 days to enjoy on safari in Botswana, you should be able to visit most of the major parks and wildlife areas. The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s premier destinations and offers a true wilderness experience. Apart from Moremi Game Reserve, most of the Delta is neither a national park nor a reserve – it is divided up into numerous privately run or community concessions. You should dedicate as much time as you can here: with 5 days in the Delta, you could visit two or three different areas (which you will need to fly between). For the rest of your time, Chobe National Park, in the country’s northeast, is another fantastic place. The Chobe Riverfront and Savuti regions of the park are filled with elephants, big cats and more. To the south, plan on also visiting the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan National Parks, both for the stunning desert terrain and the Kalahari’s desert-adapted wildlife.”


What kind of vehicle can I expect on a Botswana safari?

“Expect to get around Botswana in a small plane far more than you would in most other safari destinations. That’s because the only way to reach much of the Okavango Delta for most of the year is in a small 6- to 20-seater plane. These planes carry in supplies, safari workers and travelers, and they’re a wonderful opportunity to see the Delta in all its glory from above. If you take a few of these flights (getting around the Delta and between the various regions in Botswana), the cost can really add up. But traveling by air will help you make the most of your 10 days and you’ll see so much along the way. When you’re not flying, you’ll mostly be traveling by road in a 4WD vehicle. Once you’re in the reserves or wildlife destinations, you’ll go on game drives in a 4WD safari vehicle with open sides, canvas roof and tiered seating. If you’re on a self-drive safari, your 4WD vehicle may have a rooftop tent, fridge, cooking facilities or some variation on the theme. In the Okavango Delta, you may also go on an excursion in a mokoro (dugout canoe).”


What kind of accommodation can I expect on a 10-day Botswana safari?

“Botswana has world-class accommodation across all budgets and regions. If you’re on a camping safari (including a self-drive camping safari), expect to sleep in an area with shade and communal facilities that should, at the very least, include toilets and showers, possibly with hot water. None of Botswana’s campsites are fenced, but if you take care when moving around and follow local advice, you should be safe. If you’re not camping, the most common forms of accommodation are lodges and tented camps. These mostly cater to mid-range and top-end price categories; once you get beyond the towns, most accommodation can be very expensive. Lodges have rooms with en suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and varying degrees of comfort. In the tented camps you’ll be sleeping in a large safari tent with either a canvas (budget or mid-range) or wooden (high-end) floor, en suite bathroom, writing desk, private terrace and possibly even a sofa. At both lodges and tented camps, you can expect a restaurant or dining tent, a bar and a lounge area, and possibly a swimming pool and gift shop too.”


Which animals can I expect to see on a 10-day Botswana safari?

“Botswana is an incredible place to see animals and there are so many possibilities while you’re on your tour. In the country’s north (including the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and Nxai Pan), there’s a good chance that you will see big cats, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and so much more. There are black and white rhinos in some parts of the Okavango Delta, but they’re really hard to see; they’re also present in the Khama Rhino Sanctuary in eastern Botswana. The Delta is also particularly good for seeing many different bird species. Farther south in the Kalahari, all three big cats are present and seen often, and other highlights include oryx (gemsbok) and many different antelope species. Makgadikgadi Pans also has meerkat and brown hyena.”


How much does a 10-day safari cost in Botswana?

“Botswana can be expensive. The starting point for a budget camping safari (where you might be expected to help out around camp with washing up, cooking and putting up tents) is US$100 to US$150 per person per day. This may or may not include park entry fees and will depend on how many (if any) flights you take. At the higher end of the price range, US$500 per person per day is the minimum you’ll pay for a luxury safari, but it could even cost double that. Apart from accommodation and the number of flights you take, the type of safari you choose is another variable that will affect the cost of your safari. A private tour (where you enjoy a guide, driver and vehicle just for you) will be much more expensive than if you’re traveling on a group or self-drive safari. Also important is when you travel. High season runs from July to October, and these are the most expensive months. If you visit outside these months, the savings can be considerable. Remember, however, that some lodges in the Delta close outside the high-season months.”


Botswana Reviews

4.8/5 316 Reviews
James Bainbridge  –  
United Kingdom UK

James is a travel writer and author of many Lonely Planet guides, including senior author of the guide to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Southern Africa's Safari King

Botswana is rightly regarded as one of Africa's best safari destinations. The mellow, stable country packs in the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari, the Makgadikgadi salt pans and Chobe National Park, offering myriad backdrops for your animal...

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Kim Wildman  –  
Australia AU

Kim is a travel writer who authored and updated over 15 guidebooks, including Lonely Planet's South Africa and Bradt's Tanzania guides.

Where the wild things are

Despite living across the border in South Africa and criss-crossing the African continent for both work and pleasure for many years, Botswana had somehow managed to elude me. Last year Botswana finally beckoned and it did not disappoint. If...

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Mitch Penney  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Mar 28, 2023
Beautiful safari in the Okavango Delta

The safari around the Okavango Delta was amazing. It was a completely different experience to a traditional safari. We got do a river cruise in a small boat too and saw so many hippos! It was incredible. We also drove around some of the...

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Evelin Milev  –  
Bulgaria BG
Reviewed: Mar 13, 2023
My new most favourite place in the world!

We went to Botswana with no expectations whatsoever, only knowing that the safari at Chobe could be a good experience. It turned out to be one of the most amazing trips we have ever done. The park, the nature, the animals - everything was...

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Anouk de Sloovere  –  
Belgium BE
Reviewed: Jan 23, 2023
the beauty of Nature

Botswana is a beautifull place, we loved every minute. Our trip was well organized. The locations were perfect. People very friendly and helpfull. Amazing wilflife, private safaris. Not over touristic, but calm settings. Really worth...

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Evtushevskii Yuri  –  
Russia RU
Reviewed: Jan 21, 2023
Extremely rich wildlife, unbelievable diversity and number of exotic animals, kind, generous people

It was great, never forgettable experience! First, the company “Kalahari Tours” and its personnel in the office. Open, friendly, obliging. We entered the office, not particularly knowing what we actually want and how they can be...

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