Botswana Travel Guide

Going on a safari is clearly the top things to do in Botswana, but going on a safari does not always mean riding in a jeep or van with other tourists. There are some ways to expand the definition of “safari” as you plan what to do in Botswana.

Ride a mokoro, traditional canoes made by members of the Bayei tribe. They may not be made out of wood anymore (modern ones are often fiberglass), but it is an ideal way to see life along the river. (Local guides are best for steering them, too.) In the Okavango Delta, the best views of the hundreds of bird species can be had from a mokoro or motorboat. Expect to see anything from cormorants, kingfishers, African skimmers and warblers to the rare, reddish-brown Pel's fishing owl.

Take a hot-air balloon ride over the Kalahari Desert. You’ll gain a new appreciation for the vastness of the frontier, and how the wildlife below exists in an interlocking, ever-changing dynamic. You can also ride a horse in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve. Some tour operators operate these non-motorized safaris that let you travel the same paths as the animals do—making this one of the coolest things to do in Botswana. You might see wildebeest, elephants and buffalo, or hear the signature sounds of hyenas and lions in the distance.

Picture yourself in a top-deck whirlpool with a glass of Stellenbosch Pinot Blanc, watching for elephants, hippos, or rare puku antelope in the Namibian floodplains of the Chobe River.

A safari operator with 70 camps in nine countries, Wilderness has been a champion of responsible travel in Africa for nearly 30 years. Overseeing a portfolio of more than 7.4 million acres of protected land, Wilderness supports 40 projects that benefit 1,250 endangered species, i

Special booking: For a high-profile client’s safari, Pieters worked with a worldwide security company and orchestrated a soup-to-nuts custom trip, arranging for restaurants to be closed to the public, providing magicians and ostrich-egg painters to entertain the children, and mak