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Botswana holidays

This land-locked country is one of Africa’s greatest game reserves, and home to thousands of rare and endangered animals, including the ‘Big Five’ that all safari tourists want to see. It’s a fascinating combination of ancient tribal cultures, astonishing natural beauty, and thriving cities that show off the multiple sides of this complex country. Whether you’re heading out on the safari of a lifetime, or want to spend time exploring the busy city of Gaborone, a package holiday to Botswana with Qatar Airways Holidays is the chance to go on your very own African Odyssey. Home to the vast wilderness of the Kalahari Desert, as well as huge game reserves that cover much of the country’s land-mass, Botswana welcomes tourists all year round. It is famous for its warm and friendly people, who are happy to teach you all about their history and culture, as well as the wildlife that is such an important part of the country. If you want to see elephants, lions, giraffe, zebra and all those other amazing creatures you see on wildlife television programmes, a holiday to Botswana will let you get up close and personal to all this and much, much more.

  • Visit the game reserves of Chobe National Park or Moremi National Park to see wildlife in its natural habitat.
  • Head to the most impressive of all Botswana’s regions, the Okavango Delta, home to the world’s largest inland river delta. Here you’ll see water buffalo, crocodiles and wildebeest, as the water channels attract animals from thousands of miles around.
  • From the desert of the Kalahari to the desolate salt flats of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana’s landscape is varied and complex, with rare, region-specific wildlife everywhere.
  • Visit the native tribal villages of D’Kar and Xai-Xai and find out more about the native people who have lived in this part of Africa for hundreds of thousands of years.
  • Head up into the Tsodilo Hills to see some of the oldest rock art in the world.
Holiday Packages

Botswana holiday Packages

With holiday packages to Botswana with Qatar Airways Holidays, you can experience all the thrill of Safari, combined with exquisite accommodation of the highest standard, delicious food, and total relaxation knowing everything is taken care of by us. Let us organise your flights, accommodation and transfers, so all you have to do is concentrate on enjoying your holiday to the fullest. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a holiday for the whole family, Botswana is a unique and unforgettable destination. Our safari packages take you on an African adventure where you’ll be able to see some of the most iconic big game animals in the world, including lions, leopards, giraffe and zebra.

If you love your food, then Botswana is the perfect place to sample the finest local dishes cooked by award-winning chefs, with the most incredible natural backdrop. Whether you’re eating in the wild as the sun sets, or in one of Gaborone’s exclusive restaurants, you’ll always find something new and exciting to try.

Good to know

  • Time Zone
    Central Africa Time UTC+2
  • Languages
    English and Tswana, as well as over 20 smaller languages and local dialects
  • Dialing Code
  • Electricity
    230 Volts at 50 Hertz, with plug types D, G and M most commonly used, so you may need a converter.
  • Experiences

    Botswana holiday experiences

    • See the remains of Chapman’s Baobab, one of the biggest baobab trees in the world with an extraordinary 25m circumference. Although the tree fell in 2016 it is still there and to this day is used as a local landmark. You’ll see the names of generations of explorers carved into its trunk.
    • See how Botswana is supporting a new generation of artists at the Kuru Art Project, where you can spend time browsing the artists’ portfolios and perhaps picking up a unique memento of your holiday to Africa.
    • See the magnificence of the Kalahari Desert at the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, one of Africa’s largest protected areas that covers an area the size of Denmark. If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions, elusive leopards, or packs of brown hyenas.
    • Visit the capital city of Gaborone, a thriving, modern city that also embraces its ancient African heritage with a collection of museums, galleries, and superb shopping and dining.

    Frequently Asked Questions

      Best time to travel to Botswana for a holiday?
      Botswana has a very dry and arid climate, and while it is a year round destination, the best time to experience the country at its greenest and most beautiful is during April and May and December to March. Bear in mind that night-time temperatures in the Kalahari Desert will be considerably cooler than you may realise, so if you are travelling into the desert make sure you’re prepared for this. The rainy season is between December and March, when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20s°C. The hottest time of the year is during September and October, when temperatures regularly climb into the 40s°C. However, this is also the best time for wildlife spotting.
      How do you get around Botswana?
      There are regular bus services from Johannesburg to Gaborone, as well as buses from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Namibia. However, the best way to get around is to hire a car, as the roads are excellent and well maintained. Do watch out for the wildlife that tends to stray onto the roads, though. You can also travel by train if you enjoy a real travel adventure. Botswana Railways runs from Lobatse via Gaborone to Francistown on the Zimbabwean border.