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Botswana safari

Mark and David's verdict:

With its diverse mix of habitats, from the doily of waterways and lagoons of the Okavango Delta to the salt pans of Nxai and the sands of the Kalahari, Botswana is a supreme safari destination. Explore it in an amazing variety of transport: elephant and horseback, mountain and quad bike, dug-out canoe and camel, as well as the more familiar 4WD vehicles.

Recommended tour operator: Natural World Safaris

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Natural World Safaris says

We offer a selection of luxury tailor-made safaris (and some great small group ones as well) taking in the highlights of Botswana.

  • Expert guides
  • Luxury camps
  • Wildlife encounters

Over the years, Botswana has developed an entirely justified name for being the king of wildlife destinations. Expensive maybe, but Botswana delivers up-close-and-personal game viewing. Its boutique camps and lodges put you in the right place to maximize your wildlife viewing, and professional guiding standards are excellent.

At Natural World Safaris, we have no specific lodge allegiances, preferring to put you in the right place at the right time to maximize your wildlife safari experience. This also gives us the flexibility to offer a selection of products from luxury mobile tented camping safaris where you are as close to the bush as it gets, to boutique safari lodges that consist of a maximum of four guest tents with private plunge pools overlooking the Botswana plains. Find out more about accommodation options.

Our hand-crafted safaris can combine a selection of highlights including private concession 4×4 game viewing, an elephant education morning culminating in lunch with your elephant in the middle of the bush, tranquil makoro rides, desert pan experiences and romantic star beds.

As ex-safari guides, we offer that intimate knowledge that makes the difference between a good safari and an exceptional wildlife experience.

Natural World Safaris donates a percentage of its income to the conservation of big cats in the wild from every safari sold.

Click here for details of holidays in Botswana and prices. Find out about our full range of safari holidays.

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