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Luxury Botswana Holidays

One of the best places to discover an African safari and the continent’s majestic animals, Botswana holidays are perfect for families, couples and adventurers. Enjoy 4x4 or river safaris and see the many spectacular lions, elephants, crocodiles, hippos and lots more. Bird lovers will find over 100 species, including local and migratory species, while those who like to fish can enjoy this relaxing sport along the Chobe River. 

Sharing borders with Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa explore the rich culture and heritage of Botswana during your stay. Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is a short drive from Chobe National Park and is ideal for adventurers and explorers. Learn about the natural surroundings as you listen to the thunder of what is thought to be the largest waterfall in the world. You can also take helicopter rides, bungee jump, kayak, white water raft and more in Victoria Falls. 

Luxury holidays in Botswana

Whether you want to stay in a lodge or a luxury tent complete with a private swimming pool and air conditioning or prefer to relax in the grounds of a former colonial house we’ll help you find the perfect Botswana safari. Enjoy your own wooden lodge along the banks of the Chobe River, with a sun terrace and private swimming pool where you can relax and enjoy a drink. 

Head to the spa and unwind with a range of treatments as you listen to the sounds of the bush and take in the beautiful canopy of native trees. In the evening, enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner as you look up at the clear skies full of stars. All of our lodges in Botswana offer all inclusive dining with exquisite seasonal dishes served washed down with a menu of hand selected wines and drinks. 4x4 and boat safaris are also included, setting off at sunrise or before sunset when the animals are at their most active. 
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Chobe Bush Lodge

Botswana, Chobe National Park
Close to the Chobe river this contemporary lodge offers spacious luxury rooms with clean, modern interior design. Each room has a veranda or balcony where guests can enjoy views of the bush. You can share the facilities of the sister Chobe Safari Lodge, next door and from where boat safaris operate. 

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Botswana, Chobe National Park
Overlooking the river this luxury retreat is ideal for those wanting to be spoilt with personalised service and guides. Enjoy the swimming pool, spa and amenities in each of the 15 very spacious cottages. Activities include game drives and sunset cruises on the river. 
Flight Information

Flight times from London to Botswana are around 10 and a half hours.  

When to go

The best time to visit Botswana is between April and December. May to October give you the best chance of spotting wildlife, with the dry season bringing animals to the waterholes. 

Visa Information

British nationals do not need a visa for holidays to Botswana lasting less than 90 days.


A tip of about 10% is customary in restaurants in Botswana. We recommend tipping around $5 per guest per night to each of the staff at your lodge. A tip of $10 per guest per day is customary for safari guides, with this going up to $20 for private safari trips. 

Introduction to languages

Most people you will encounter in Botswana speak fluent English, especially in safari lodges. Setswana is the other principal language, and there are 25 other indigenous languages.  

Events and Festivals

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is celebrated across Botswana with colourful displays of dancing, street parties and music. Succulent meats, beer and more are served throughout the country from the 31st December to 2nd January.

Maitisong Festival

Held in March each year, Botswana’s Maitisong Festival lasts nine days and is held in carnival style. Music, dancing and theatre performances are held throughout the towns and cities.


The majority of Botswana’s population is Christian, with choirs, carol concerts and many celebrations held in the lead up to Christmas. Western style pubs and restaurants also serve a traditional Christmas lunch.

President’s Day

Celebrated with a four day national holiday, President’s Day involves residents returning to their home villages for vibrant celebrations. Speeches, dancing and singing are enjoyed in every town, village and city in the country.

World Wetlands Day

Held in February every year, this day celebrates the rich landscapes and diversity of Botswana. It focuses on conservation and tree planting, with a Wetlands March drawing attention to this rich natural habitat.

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