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How to be a sustainable traveler in Botswana

Botswana’s primary attraction is its diverse wilderness. From the endless palm-covered islands of the Okavango Delta to the moonscape saltpans of the Makgadikgadi region, it’s the perfect destination for anyone seeking to travel sustainably through pristine, unfenced surroundings.

Botswana’s commitment to safeguarding its wildlife heritage is unparalleled in Africa. The country covers a total area of 581,730 square km, and approximately 40% of this land falls within a wildlife-protected area. These areas are a sanctuary for the world’s largest concentration of elephant, and a stronghold for other endangered large mammals such as the black rhinoceros, African wild dog, cheetah and lion. For birding enthusiasts, there exists no better place in the world to view the Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane, and seeing the elusive Pels Fishing Owl for the first time has been known to bring bird-watchers to tears! For passionate eco-friendly travelers, Botswana is the ideal holiday destination. The country regards conservation and mindful travel a top priority.

Here are a few ways you can lower your carbon emissions and be a sustainable traveler while exploring Botswana

01. Choose Eco-Friendly Accommodation

Eco-friendly Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

The first step to sustainable travel in Botswana is to book eco-friendly accommodation. Before you book your holiday, make sure to choose a lodge or hotel that supports green initiatives. You can start by reading reviews on eco-friendly sites that share information on environmentally sustainable practices of popular hotels or alternatively, ask one of our Family Travel Specialists which eco-friendly lodge would best suit your family’s needs. See our recommended Botswana safari lodges here. 

02. Treat Your Room as Your Home



By having your own personal space, you will be able to make some eco-friendly adjustments in your room, such as turning off the lights, unplugging idle electrical appliances, taking short showers and turning off taps when you’re not using water. These small environmentally conscious steps go a long way in protecting our planet.

03. Support Local Entrepreneurship

You can be an eco-friendly traveler by seeking to purchase products and services from such local businesses in the vicinity of your stay.

04. Be alert for Animal Tourism

Only view wildlife in their natural environment

Sustainable travelers should watch out for inappropriate animal tourism during their trips. Always avoid tour destinations that promote animal captivity. Tourists should view animals exhibiting their natural behaviours in their own environments, which contribute towards their protection. Botswana has a great reputation when it comes to wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism.

Find out more about Animal Interaction, and when you should say no!

05. Choose your Souvenirs Wisely

You can be an eco-friendly traveler by resisting the urge to buy souvenirs made from animal products, such as ivory and leather. You should only choose biodegradable products, such as environmentally friendly stationery, recycled bags, and other items made from natural materials.

06. Dispose of Waste Correctly

Clean up your surroundings and dispose of waste correctly

Always make sure you dispose your waste and packaging in bins or recycling bins. You should take the initiative of cleaning up your surroundings while traveling by disposing of waste correctly including paper bags, plastic bags, and cloth bags.

07. Use Solar Heat where Necessary

Solar energy is one of the most abundant but neglected sources of energy due to the over-dependence on electricity. As an eco-friendly traveler, appreciate the sun by using it to dry your clothes, heat your water, warm your room, and even generate solar power. Such simple gestures go a long way to conserve electric energy.

Some additional information to consider when planning your trip to Botswana: 

Botswana and Families 

The Kids Club at Khwai Bush Camp

Most activities in Botswana have an age restriction to ensure the safety of younger travelers, such as mokoro safaris from the age of 12 years, game drives from the age of six years and walking safaris from the age of 12 years. Many camps will also require families to hire private safari vehicles in order to allow kids to join safaris. Want to book a family safari to Botswana? Our Family Travel Specialists will share their insight on which family-friendly lodges will suit your needs. 

Botswana and Malaria 

Botswana is a malaria area and we highly recommend speaking to your travel clinic about the required medication. There are a variety of anti-malaria tablets you can take which your local clinic will advise you on. All of our preferred partners offer insect repellent in the rooms. 

Activities in Botswana

Boat safari on the Chobe River

The great thing about a Botswana safari is that there is something for everyone. Dependent what you would like to experience, your dedicated travel specialist will match the accommodation to meet your needs. You can experience a mokoro safari, motorised boat safari, walking safari, helicopter flip over the Delta, hot air balloon safari, quad biking, horse riding, community visits, bushmen walk and interaction, meerkat interaction and sleep outs, as well as specialised activities such as photography safari.

Contact one of our travel experts to help you plan the ultimate Botswana adventure