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2-Day Botswana Safari Tours

Botswana is a magical place and even if you can only get a taste of it on a 2-day safari, it should be a memorable one. On an overnight tour, you can still fly in and out of one of the country’s top safari destinations. And in Botswana, there is so much to choose from. Whether it’s the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park, the Makgadikgadi Pans or Central Kalahari Game Reserve, this is an extraordinary place for both wildlife and the kind of landscapes that you only find in Botswana. No, 2 days won’t be enough. And yes, you’ll leave wishing you had more time here. But 2 days in Botswana is better than 2 days just about anywhere, so plan carefully and enjoy every minute.

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5 Questions About 2-Day Botswana Safaris


5 Questions About 2-Day Botswana Safaris

Answered by Anthony Ham

Is a 2-day safari in Botswana too short?

“Of course, it would be better to have more days (many more days, in fact) in Botswana. And in this sense, yes, 2 days in Botswana is too short. By only staying 2 days, you’ll miss so much of this big and beautiful country with its varied wildlife and stunning landscapes. And yet, 2 days is better than no days at all. Any time you can spend here is worthwhile. On a 2-day Botswana safari, you’re in the exciting position of being able to pick the best possible safari experience you can find in the country, and then plan your safari around it. It will be intense, and it will be rushed, but it could also be the most incredible experience you can imagine. Because you can get around by small plane so easily in Botswana, it brings much of the country within range of a 2-day safari. And on a 2-day safari you should have time for an overnight stop in one of the parks.”


What are the options for a 2-day safari in Botswana?

“Maun and Kasane are the two main gateways for safari tours in Botswana, and in either town you’ll be well placed for launching a memorable 2-day safari. Maun is right next to the Okavango Delta. You could easily fly from Maun’s airport into one of the remote airstrips deep in the Delta, stay overnight, then return the following day. If you’re doing this, make sure you leave Maun early and return late, so you can spend as much time in the Delta as possible. And remember, your flight will not just be a means of getting somewhere: with views of the Delta all the way, any flight can be a safari highlight on its own. The same is true of Kasane, which sits adjacent to Chobe National Park. You could fly into the Savuti region of the park from Kasane (or even a little farther, into the Delta) and stay overnight. Another possibility would be to drive to the wildlife-rich Chobe Riverfront (which is really close to Kasane), then continue on to Savuti. If you stay overnight in Savuti, you could enjoy a late-afternoon game drive on the day you arrive, an early morning game drive the next morning, then return to Kasane. Another option could be a 2-day safari in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which is part of the world’s largest network of salt pans and has some interesting wildlife. Also possible is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, although it’s a vast park, and you’d need to fly in and fly out to make it work.”


What type of accommodation can I expect on a safari in Botswana?

“Botswana has some fantastic accommodation options to choose from, which is good news when you’re on a 2-day Botswana safari: if you only have time to stay one night, you really do want it to be good! Few people doing a 2-day safari tour go camping, but it is possible. There are lots of campsites across the southern sections of the Okavango Delta, and most of these have communal shower and toilet facilities. Most also have no fences, so be careful when moving around and follow the advice of your guide at all times. The most common form of accommodation in Botswana is the tented camp. These camps always have a dining tent, lounge and bar area, and usually a fire pit for nightly bonfires. Some also have a swimming pool, a spa and/or a gift shop. In a tented camp you’ll sleep in a safari tent. These vary in size, shape and comfort, but most have en suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and a private terrace. The more luxurious ones are like large suites with sofas, writing desks and wooden chests. Best of all, if you’re lucky, you get to lie in your bed and listen to lions roaring in the night. There is also a handful of lodges around Botswana, where you’ll sleep in a four-walled room with mosquito net and en suite bathroom. As with tented camps, they vary in size and comfort.”


What activities are available on a Botswana safari?

“The main activity on any Botswana safari tour is the guided game drive; 2 days is probably too short to go on a self-drive safari. On a guided game drive, you’ll be taken out to look for animals in the early morning and the late afternoon. These times are important because this is when the animals are at their most active and easiest to see. You’ll usually go with an expert guide and driver in an open-sided 4WD vehicle with tiered seating. Another Botswana specialty if you’re in the Okavango Delta is a boat trip in a mokoro (dugout canoe) through the waterways. It’s a wonderfully tranquil experience, and you might see elephant, hippo, croc and lots of birds as you drift along. Another popular activity is a scenic flight out over the Delta from Maun.”


How much does a 2-day safari in Botswana cost?

“The cost of a 2-day Botswana safari all depends on how much comfort you’re willing to pay for. Costs begin at around US$100 to US$150 per person per day for a budget camping option and could rise well above US$500 per person per day if you’re looking for a full-on luxury experience. One of the big cost variables when it comes to making these calculations is the accommodation you choose (a five-star luxury tented camp will cost much more than a budget campsite). Another is how many flights you take: flying in to your accommodation and flying out the next day may be convenient, but it’s also expensive. Another variable is the type of safari you go on: private safaris cost more than group safaris (where the cost of the driver, guide and vehicle is shared). And the season in which you travel also affects the price. If you travel in high season (July to October), costs can be nearly double those in less popular times of the year.”


Botswana Reviews

4.8/5 314 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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Emma Gregg  –  
United Kingdom UK

Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

Low-impact safaris at their best

As I have a passion for responsible, sustainable wilderness experiences in beautiful natural surroundings, I find Botswana very hard to fault. It’s the quintessential safari destination, home to numerous lodges, tour companies and...

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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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Elsa Tchicanha  –  
Angola AO
Reviewed: Jan 9, 2023
A glimpse of paradise!

In 2022 I decided to spend the festive season in Botswana, and after a few google searches and email exchanges, I decided to stay at the Boteti Tented Safari. My decision led to the best festive season that I have had in my adult life....

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