Botswana

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Need help with a Botswana custom tour? Choose from this curated list of Botswana custom travel planners and specialists to help design your private tour.

The following list is compiled from travel writers, travel experts and our readers.  An independent tour or safari, designed just for you and personalized to your needs, is often the best way to get the most out of your travel experience.

Conde Nast Botswana Travel Experts

Botswana Custom Travel Planners

Leopards on the prowl

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Linda Friedman: Custom SafarisFrom CN: Friedman, who speaks Swahili and has multiple offices in Kenya, spends eight weeks a year in Africa.
Phone: 866-530-1982
Email: linda@customsafaris.com
Website: Custom Safaris

Botswana Custom Travel Planners: Nina Wennersten and Daniel Saperstein: Hippo Creek SafarisFrom CN: Together, Wennersten and Saperstein have visited Africa well over 100 times. They can orchestrate anything from walking with the Hadzabe bushmen of Tanzania to tracking lions and leopards with a big cat expert in Botswana.
Phone: 866-930-9124
Email: info@hippocreeksafaris.com
Website: Hippo Creek Safaris

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Cherri Briggs: Explore AfricaFrom CN: With offices in Botswana, Zambia, and the United States, Briggs spends six to eight months of the year in Africa. Having served on the boards of several African conservation organizations, she applies her environmental ethics in choosing accommodations, from classic mobile tented safaris to luxe lodges, and fosters client participation in community and wildlife projects.
Phone: 888-596-6377
Email: cherri@exploreafrica.net
Website: Explore Africa

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Julian Harrison: Premier ToursFrom CN: A former ranger who was born and raised in South Africa and co-authored Fodor’s African Safari, Harrison knows where the animals are and where they aren’t. His candor, sense of value, and ability to articulate the pros and cons of every park, lodge, and activity (he can even articulate them in Afrikaans and Zulu) ensure that you get a transformative experience at a fair price.
Phone: 800-545-1910
Email: julianh@premiertours.com
Website: Premier Tours

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Phoebe Weinberg: Greatways TravelFrom CN: Weinberg’s twice-yearly trips to Africa over several decades, coupled with her encyclopedic knowledge of the most elegant lodgings, mean she can pinpoint which property, room, ranger, and guide will best match a traveler’s needs. She preps her clients with an inch-thick customized book filled with every aspect of their upcoming trip, from dining recommendations to photos of the staff at the camps
Phone: 313-886-4710
Email: phoebe@greatwaystravel.com
Website: Greatways Travel

For Families:

Botswana Custom Travel Planners

Okavango Delta

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Ryan Hilton: Admiral Travel InternationalFrom CN: He knows which lodges provide kids-only game drives and have family suites; which guides are best for keeping children engaged—think spoor identification, watercolor paints, and poking about in anthills; where you can use microphones to eavesdrop on the family “conversations” of a pod of hippos; and where your teenager can learn to drive a stick shift between game sightings.
Phone: 941-951-1801
Email: ryan@admiraltravel.com
Website: Admiral Travel

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Mark Nolting: Africa Adventure CompanyFrom CN: He’s been on a dozen safaris with his two sons, so he’s experienced in arranging adventures—think white-­water rafting on the Zambezi, playing soccer with Masai schoolchildren, or crafting bows and arrows with Bushmen—that appeal to a multi-­generational family.
Phone: 800/882-9453
Email: safari@africanadventure.com
Website: Africa Adventure Company

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Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Craig Beal: Travel BeyondFrom T&L: His South African–born mother founded Travel Beyond, taking him on his first safari at age four. He’s adept at navigating the complicated logistics of getting clients to and from remote safari destinations, and he briefs them beforehand on any backup plans.
Phone: 800-876-3131
Email: craigb@travelbeyond.com
Website: Travel Beyond

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Dan Achber: TrufflepigFrom T&L: Achber, whose father is South African, spent a few years managing safari lodges in Botswana and Zimbabwe. His experience in the bush—and the fact that he’s personally vetted nearly 100 safari camps—means he knows the difference between a good camp and a great one.
Phone: 416-628-1272
Email: dan@trufflepig.com
Website: Trufflepig

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Mark Nolting: Africa Adventure CompanyFrom T&L: The author of the compendium Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries, he has in-depth knowledge of the region and strong relationships with guides and lodge owners. And he takes client feedback (from more than 10,000 travelers and counting) very seriously, using it to improve every new itinerary.
Phone: 800/882-9453
Email: safari@africanadventure.com
Website: Africa Adventure Company

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Botswana Custom Travel Planners Ideas

Impala at Chobe National Park

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Julian Harrison: Premier ToursWendy says: Fluent in Afrikaans and Zulu, Julian Harrison was born and raised in South Africa, where he spent the early part of his career establishing his safari bona fides by working as a ranger in KwaZulu-Natal and co-hosting a weekly radio program about wildlife conservation.
Phone: 800-545-1910
Email: julianh@premiertours.com
Website: Premier Tours

Read Julian’s Botswana Small Safari Camps Guide

 

Botswana Custom Travel Planner: Cherri Briggs: Explore AfricaWendy says: With offices in Botswana, Zambia, and the United States, Briggs spends six to eight months of the year in Africa. Having served on the boards of several African conservation organizations, she applies her environmental ethics in choosing accommodations, from classic mobile tented safaris to luxe lodges, and fosters client participation in community and wildlife projects.
Phone: 888-596-6377
Email: cherri@exploreafrica.net
Website: Explore Africa

Botswana Custom Travel Planners: Nina Wennersten and Daniel Saperstein: Hippo Creek SafarisWendy says: Together, Wennersten and Saperstein have visited Africa well over 100 times. The two know that most travelers will only take one safari during their lives and they work tirelessly, drawing on their decades of knowledge and vast network of connections, to ensure that each trip really is the trip of a lifetime.
Phone: 866-930-9124
Email: info@hippocreeksafaris.com
Website: Hippo Creek Safaris

Additional Botswana Custom Travel Planners Ideas

 

Cultural Experiences:

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Top Ten for Botswana: Ideas for working with your Botswana Custom Tour Planner

1 – Birdwatch in the watery wilderness of the Okavango Delta.

Botswana Custom Travel Planners Ideas

Birdwatching at Sunset

2 – View game in the Mashatu Game Reserve.

3 – See the ancient baobabs of the Makgadikgadi Pans.

4 – Photograph the stark landscapes of the Kalahari desert.

5 – Visit the mystical Tsodilo Hills to see rock art.

6 – Safari in the savannah grasslands of Chobe National Park.

7 – Glide in a Mokoro through in the Moremi Game Reserve.

8 – Elephant walk in Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

9 – Watch weavers in Oodi.

10 – Attend the Traditional Dance Festival in D’Kar.

Botswana Tourism Website:

Botswana

As with many smaller countries; the tourism website is a mixture of tourist information and advertising for tour companies, operators and hotels.  Tread carefully.  Or, consult a Botswana Custom Travel planner to help you with choosing the right safari and customized tour options for you.

From the website:

Think Botswana is just about safaris? Think again! Whether your thing is safaris, mokoro rides, photography, bird watching, quad biking, or off-road adventures, you are sure to have an unforgettable journey in Botswana. Click here to experience Botswana and all it has to offer.

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