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Botswana

The Best of Botswana: An In-Depth Safari Experience

Venture into the Botswanan wilderness to witness elephants, lions, leopards and more, as a local expert teaches you about Botswana’s four unique ecosystems and their cultures.
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Program No. 22424RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
8,349
Flights start at
1,450
Botswana

The Best of Botswana: An In-Depth Safari Experience

Venture into the Botswanan wilderness to witness elephants, lions, leopards and more, as a local expert teaches you about Botswana’s four unique ecosystems and their cultures.
Length
14 days
Starts at
8,349
Flights start at
1,450
Program No. 22424 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 22 - Nov 4, 2021
Starting at
8,349
Itinerary Note

Pre-program extension #22430 “Extension: Victoria Falls” is offered in conjunction with this departure. At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

Oct 30 - Nov 12, 2021
Starting at
8,349
Itinerary Note

At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

Nov 4 - Nov 17, 2021
Starting at
8,349
Itinerary Note

Pre-program extension #22430 “Extension: Victoria Falls” is offered in conjunction with this departure. At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

Nov 9 - Nov 22, 2021
Starting at
8,349
Itinerary Note

At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 22 - Nov 4, 2021
Starting at
9,429
Itinerary Note

Pre-program extension #22430 “Extension: Victoria Falls” is offered in conjunction with this departure. At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

Oct 30 - Nov 12, 2021
Starting at
9,429
Itinerary Note

At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

Nov 4 - Nov 17, 2021
Starting at
9,429
Itinerary Note

Pre-program extension #22430 “Extension: Victoria Falls” is offered in conjunction with this departure. At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

Nov 9 - Nov 22, 2021
Starting at
9,429
Itinerary Note

At Leroo La Tau, this departure has a good chance of seeing the zebra migration, which is the second largest zebra migration in the world.

At a Glance

Join Road Scholar experts to discover the extraordinary wildlife of Botswana in its four highly contrasting but equally stunning ecosystems — riverine, savanna, delta and desert. Home to the world’s largest concentration of elephant as well as many rare species like lions, leopards and wild dogs, Botswana is a safari paradise. Travel from the verdant Okavango Delta to the ancient Kalahari Desert and the famed Chobe National Park, where great rivers meet and elephants roam freely. When you’re not exploring the Botswanan wilderness, take excursions to local villages to learn firsthand about their fascinating cultural practices and remarkable survival skills.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Victoria Falls

Thrill in the beauty of Victoria Falls as you explore Southern Africa’s natural wonders. Gain insight into the work of Dr. David Livingstone, as well as the elephant species.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Minimal walking. Participants must be able to endure bumpy rides in four-wheel drive vehicles for up to four hours. Elevations up to 5,575 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With expert naturalists, get up close to some of the most incredible creatures on the planet.
  • Explore the wonderfully diverse flora and fauna in Botswana’s four unique ecosystems.
  • Experience authentic Botswana culture on excursions to local villages to meet students and residents.

General Notes

This program features an extension on select dates: "Extension: Victoria Falls" (#22430).
Featured Expert
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Lisa Reed
Lisa Reed was born in Zimbabwe, spent her school years in South Africa, and now lives in Botswana. She has worked or visited most Southern and East African safari destinations, and has managed safari camps on her own and with others since being in Botswana. Lisa has a natural affinity with adults and children, and enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge to the next generation. She has been leading safaris for Road Scholar for more than 15 years.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Lisa Reed was born in Zimbabwe, spent her school years in South Africa, and now lives in Botswana. She has worked or visited most Southern and East African safari destinations, and has managed safari camps on her own and with others since being in Botswana. Lisa has a natural affinity with adults and children, and enjoys passing on her years of experience and knowledge to the next generation. She has been leading safaris for Road Scholar for more than 15 years.
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Andre Joubert has held numerous positions in managing and providing wildlife education throughout Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. This South African-born outdoorsman served as park warden of Skeleton Coast Park in Namibia and chief warden of Botswana’s Khama Rhino Sanctuary, whose objective was to save Botswana’s last remaining White Rhinoceros population. Andre shares a passion for working with people and instilling his strong wilderness ethics in public education.
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Honest Siyawareva View biography
Growing up, Honest Siyawareva spent much of his life in close proximity to nature, thanks to his family’s passion. Fulfilling his family legacy — his father and uncle were both professional nature leaders — in 2014, Honest qualified as a professional nature leader in Zimbabwe, the only person to pass the extremely onerous examinations that year. Working for Wilderness Safaris in Zimbabwe, he has split his time between camps in Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park.
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A local of northern Zimbabwe, Keith Chisnall relishes in showing the bush culture to travelers from around the world. As a child, Keith learned the medicinal value of bush plants, how to track animals, tribal customs and the indigenous flora and fauna, and his knowledge has only grown since then. He’s worked as an engineer, salesman and detective, but his most meaningful work has been in leading educational adventures. After over 20 years of experience leading groups in “Big Five” territory, you can rely on Keith to explain every aspect and every detail of the wilderness!
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Botswana Map
by Reise Know How
A detailed map of Botswana at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Unfolded size: 27 x 39 inches.
Wildlife of Southern Africa
by Martin B. Withers
This Princeton Pocket Guide, featuring 400 color photographs by Withers and co-author David Hosking, covers all the birds, mammals, lizards and insects you are likely to encounter.
The Double Comfort Safari Club
by Alexander McCall Smith
Infinitely patient Precious Ramotswe and her prickly secretary (make that assistant detective!) Grace Makutsi, head to the Okavango Delta where there have been several unexplained and troubling events including the demise of one of the guests.
The Last Elephants
by Colin Bell & Don Pinnock
African savanna elephants--among the most magnificent and beloved of our fellow mammals--are an extraordinary, social, and intelligent species. The Last Elephants, an homage to these animals and a clarion call for their preservation, is based upon a shocking finding: savanna elephant populations across Africa are being decimated, with two to three murdered every hour for their ivory. Without action, these elephants soon will vanish from our world. They are a species in imminent danger of extinction, and it is up to us to save them.
Botswana, the Bradt Safari Guide
by Marcelle Bienvenu (Contributor), Chris McIntyre
With comprehensive coverage of history, flora, fauna and practicalities, this fourth edition presents Okavango, Chobe, the Kalahari and other popular destinations in detail.
Twenty Chickens for a Saddle
by Robyn Scott
Haphazardly schooled by her free-spirited mother and left to roam the bush, Scott writes with warmth and candor of her unconventional upbringing in Botswana, commenting on her Grandpa Ivor (personal pilot to the first president of Botswana), physician father's work, unfortunate pets, siblings and adventures.
Africa, a Biography of the Continent
by John Reader
With the ease of a practiced journalist, Reader weaves a masterful and lively tale of the continent, from ancient cultures to modern times. Both authoritative and informal, this is a splendid introduction to all of Africa.
Newman's Birds of Southern Africa
by Kenneth Newman
This commemorative 10th edition celebrates the late author with a fully revised and updated version. Edits were done by his daughter, Vanessa Newman, to reflect the latest research, taxonomy and common names.
A Natural History Guide to the Arid Kalahari
by Gus and Margie Mills
The landscapes and vegetation, the antelope, the hyenas, cats and other carnivores, the birds and the smaller creatures... all are included in this comprehensive guide. Plus: Tips and advice for getting the most out of your visit to the arid Kalahari. Not only is A Natural History Guide to the Arid Kalahari a wonderful guide to one of the most intriguing nature destinations in Africa, but you can read it like a book.
Whatever You Do, Don't Run
by Peter Allison
Allison spins captivating tales of wildlife, camps and the life of a safari guide into a hilarious, slyly informative introduction to Botswana.
Cry of the Kalahari, Seven Years in Africa's Last Great Wilderness
by Mark Owens, Delia Owens
The story of a family thrown out of Botswana for its stance on conservation. While their approach to conservation is controversial, there's no doubt that the Owens are dedicated to the wildlife of Southern Africa -- and are very good writers.
The Healing Land
by Rubert Isaacson
The author travels to the dry grasslands of southern Africa in search of the legendary Kalahari Bushmen and finds evidence of shamans, powerful religious rituals, tribal hunting practices, and much, much more.
Meals
33 Meals
11 Breakfasts
5 Brunches
6 Lunches
11 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 30, 2021 - Nov 12, 2021 (Johannesburg to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park)
  • Oct 22, 2021 - Nov 04, 2021 (Johannesburg to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park)
  • Oct 30, 2021 - Nov 12, 2021 (Johannesburg to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park)
  • Nov 04, 2021 - Nov 17, 2021 (Johannesburg to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park)
  • Nov 09, 2021 - Nov 22, 2021 (Johannesburg to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park)
1 night
Johannesburg
The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport in a very secure area. The hotel overlooks a landscaped greenbelt with walking path. The Eastgate Shopping Centre is nearby, hosting many shops and restaurants. There is a complimentary shuttle to the shopping center offered between 7:00pm to 10:00pm each evening.
3 nights
Chobe
As the only lodge in Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as a friendly visit from the local wildlife. Its recently built boardwalk gives a new meaning to game-viewing, as you enjoy some refreshments on deck while watching herds of elephant, and various other wildlife, congregate by the river to bathe, drink, and play.
2 nights
Chobe
A memorable African experience awaits guests as they experience the untouched mystery of the wildlife and nature around them, combined with thatched chalets and numerous leather, wood, or wicker sofas. Offering a calm and relaxing environment, grab a seat on Savute Safari Lodge's shaded viewing deck, as you enjoy the breathtaking views of friendly, resident elephants, the second-largest Zebra migration in Africa as they arrive on their extensive journey from river-to-river in the North, or simply hear the tale of the fabled "Stolen River" to which the lodge is located.
3 nights
Chobe National Park
In the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Xakanaxa is one of the few camps in Botswana which still offers the ambiance of a classic tented camp. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, along with the services and friendliness of the staff, evokes a feeling of belonging. By day, explore the main-buildings to maximize the views of the surrounding lagoons, islands, and diverse wildlife, and by night sit back and enjoy a sunset dinner with views of the Khwai River on the fire-deck.
2 nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Offering a true, African bush experience, Leero La Tau is located on the western bank of the Boteti River. Surrounded by vast rivers and lush views, this lodge provides a relaxing and warm atmosphere. Visit the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river and optimize its panoramic views of the River Vista- as well as keeping an eye out for the numerous wildlife that are known to cross these rivers including; Chobe Bushbuck, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena and Impala. Unwind by the bar, partake in a guided day and afternoon game drives, or simply relish in a boat activity, Leroo La Tau offers something for everyone.
1 night
Johannesburg
The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport in a very secure area. The hotel overlooks a landscaped greenbelt with walking path. The Eastgate Shopping Centre is nearby, hosting many shops and restaurants. There is a complimentary shuttle to the shopping center offered between 7:00pm to 10:00pm each evening.
3 nights
Chobe
As the only lodge in Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as a friendly visit from the local wildlife. Its recently built boardwalk gives a new meaning to game-viewing, as you enjoy some refreshments on deck while watching herds of elephant, and various other wildlife, congregate by the river to bathe, drink, and play.
2 nights
Chobe
A memorable African experience awaits guests as they experience the untouched mystery of the wildlife and nature around them, combined with thatched chalets and numerous leather, wood, or wicker sofas. Offering a calm and relaxing environment, grab a seat on Savute Safari Lodge's shaded viewing deck, as you enjoy the breathtaking views of friendly, resident elephants, the second-largest Zebra migration in Africa as they arrive on their extensive journey from river-to-river in the North, or simply hear the tale of the fabled "Stolen River" to which the lodge is located.
3 nights
Chobe National Park
In the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Xakanaxa is one of the few camps in Botswana which still offers the ambiance of a classic tented camp. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, along with the services and friendliness of the staff, evokes a feeling of belonging. By day, explore the main-buildings to maximize the views of the surrounding lagoons, islands, and diverse wildlife, and by night sit back and enjoy a sunset dinner with views of the Khwai River on the fire-deck.
2 nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Offering a true, African bush experience, Leero La Tau is located on the western bank of the Boteti River. Surrounded by vast rivers and lush views, this lodge provides a relaxing and warm atmosphere. Visit the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river and optimize its panoramic views of the River Vista- as well as keeping an eye out for the numerous wildlife that are known to cross these rivers including; Chobe Bushbuck, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena and Impala. Unwind by the bar, partake in a guided day and afternoon game drives, or simply relish in a boat activity, Leroo La Tau offers something for everyone.
1 night
Johannesburg
The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport in a very secure area. The hotel overlooks a landscaped greenbelt with walking path. The Eastgate Shopping Centre is nearby, hosting many shops and restaurants. There is a complimentary shuttle to the shopping center offered between 7:00pm to 10:00pm each evening.
3 nights
Chobe
As the only lodge in Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as a friendly visit from the local wildlife. Its recently built boardwalk gives a new meaning to game-viewing, as you enjoy some refreshments on deck while watching herds of elephant, and various other wildlife, congregate by the river to bathe, drink, and play.
2 nights
Chobe
A memorable African experience awaits guests as they experience the untouched mystery of the wildlife and nature around them, combined with thatched chalets and numerous leather, wood, or wicker sofas. Offering a calm and relaxing environment, grab a seat on Savute Safari Lodge's shaded viewing deck, as you enjoy the breathtaking views of friendly, resident elephants, the second-largest Zebra migration in Africa as they arrive on their extensive journey from river-to-river in the North, or simply hear the tale of the fabled "Stolen River" to which the lodge is located.
3 nights
Chobe National Park
In the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Xakanaxa is one of the few camps in Botswana which still offers the ambiance of a classic tented camp. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, along with the services and friendliness of the staff, evokes a feeling of belonging. By day, explore the main-buildings to maximize the views of the surrounding lagoons, islands, and diverse wildlife, and by night sit back and enjoy a sunset dinner with views of the Khwai River on the fire-deck.
2 nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Offering a true, African bush experience, Leero La Tau is located on the western bank of the Boteti River. Surrounded by vast rivers and lush views, this lodge provides a relaxing and warm atmosphere. Visit the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river and optimize its panoramic views of the River Vista- as well as keeping an eye out for the numerous wildlife that are known to cross these rivers including; Chobe Bushbuck, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena and Impala. Unwind by the bar, partake in a guided day and afternoon game drives, or simply relish in a boat activity, Leroo La Tau offers something for everyone.
1 night
Johannesburg
The Courtyard Hotel, a beautifully appointed, Tuscan-themed hotel, is located only 15 minutes from the Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport in a very secure area. The hotel overlooks a landscaped greenbelt with walking path. The Eastgate Shopping Centre is nearby, hosting many shops and restaurants. There is a complimentary shuttle to the shopping center offered between 7:00pm to 10:00pm each evening.
3 nights
Chobe
As the only lodge in Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy magnificent views over the Chobe River as well as a friendly visit from the local wildlife. Its recently built boardwalk gives a new meaning to game-viewing, as you enjoy some refreshments on deck while watching herds of elephant, and various other wildlife, congregate by the river to bathe, drink, and play.
2 nights
Chobe
A memorable African experience awaits guests as they experience the untouched mystery of the wildlife and nature around them, combined with thatched chalets and numerous leather, wood, or wicker sofas. Offering a calm and relaxing environment, grab a seat on Savute Safari Lodge's shaded viewing deck, as you enjoy the breathtaking views of friendly, resident elephants, the second-largest Zebra migration in Africa as they arrive on their extensive journey from river-to-river in the North, or simply hear the tale of the fabled "Stolen River" to which the lodge is located.
3 nights
Chobe National Park
In the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, Camp Xakanaxa is one of the few camps in Botswana which still offers the ambiance of a classic tented camp. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, along with the services and friendliness of the staff, evokes a feeling of belonging. By day, explore the main-buildings to maximize the views of the surrounding lagoons, islands, and diverse wildlife, and by night sit back and enjoy a sunset dinner with views of the Khwai River on the fire-deck.
2 nights
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Offering a true, African bush experience, Leero La Tau is located on the western bank of the Boteti River. Surrounded by vast rivers and lush views, this lodge provides a relaxing and warm atmosphere. Visit the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river and optimize its panoramic views of the River Vista- as well as keeping an eye out for the numerous wildlife that are known to cross these rivers including; Chobe Bushbuck, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena and Impala. Unwind by the bar, partake in a guided day and afternoon game drives, or simply relish in a boat activity, Leroo La Tau offers something for everyone.





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