Botswana Safari Tours & Holidays
When it comes to memorable wildlife experiences and breathtaking natural scenery, few countries pack such a punch as Botswana. Within its borders, visitors can look forward to some of Africa’s best game viewing, as well as a warm welcome and sights like nowhere else.
Whether you come to see the country’s abundance of majestic elephants or powerful cats roaming across the grasslands, a Botswana holiday is bound to be one you’ll remember fondly for years to come.
Here at Bench Africa, it’s our passion and our pleasure to bring intrepid Australians closer to the incredible African continent, which is why we are proud to offer a range of Botswana experiences. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the country so special.
Bordered by South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, The Republic of Botswana is blessed with a diverse scenic landscape – two of the main features being the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert. Covering some 582,000 square kilometres, Botswana is scarcely populated, with national parks making up 17 per cent of the land mass. The majority of the population of 2 million is concentrated towards the eastern regions, where the capital of Gaborone is situated.
Following the arrival of European gold prospectors, Botswana became a British protectorate in 1885 under the name of Bechuanaland. Since gaining independence in 1966, Botswana has seen progressive social and economic change, as well as an increasing number of visitors thanks to its fantastic national parks and wildlife.
In Botswana, while the official language is English, the national language is Setswana, or Tswana, spoken by the majority of the population. You’ll be spending either in the local currency of Pula, or in US dollars while on safari.
Tourism in Botswana is slowly growing, with more people discovering this beautiful country and all it has to offer. While Gaborone may be the capital, Maun is positioned in the heart of the Okavango region, making it a hub for visitors.
The Okavango itself is one of the world’s biggest inland deltas, flooding out in a great fan across the Kalahari and attracting a wide variety of wildlife – you can hope to see anything from elephants to buffalo, giraffe, hippos, zebra and crocodile roaming the lush wetlands, as well as a colourful range of local birdlife.
In addition to the Okavango Delta, Botswana’s Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve both offer more in the way of brilliant game viewing, with the latter having reintroduced rhinos to round out the full complement of the African Big 5.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve forms another key element to tourism in Botswana. Spread out across 52,800 square kilometres, the Kalahari Game Reserve comprises the Tsodilo Hills, which, along with Okavango Delta counts as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to incredible cave paintings dating back thousands of years, Tsodilo has been called the Louvre of the Desert, and is a true treasure of Botswana.
Staying in Botswana
The regions surrounding the Okavango Delta have been outfitted for a well-rounded tourism experience. There is a good range of accommodation to choose from, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly, no-frills holiday or a luxury safari experience.
Here at Bench Africa, we’ve sought out the best of Botswana accommodation to ensure that you have an incredible trip. By coordinating with our offices on the ground in Africa, we can help you to find the ideal package for your needs, whatever they may be.
Getting to Botswana
If you want to include Botswana in your upcoming trip to Africa, Bench Africa can help make it happen. Australian travellers do not currently need a visa to enter Botswana, but should this change, your travel consultant will be able to advise you about it during the booking process. You can fly into Botswana’s Gaborone or Maun airports with a stopover usually in Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa.
To start planning your Botswana holiday, explore some of our Botswana experiences, or be sure to get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants.