Ideally you need to plan your trip with a Botswana safari specialist that has experience and has visited the areas you plan to travel, this may be a Tour operator/agent or even just a well travelled friend. Travel in Africa is not as simple as in more developed areas, with ‘African time’ being one of the major complicating factors! It is recommended that you book through a tour operator that can present you with a well planned and informative itinerary that has taken time to listen to what your expectations and interests are and tailored a safari to suit. The main points to decide initially are: when can you visit (based on your available time), how long can you visit, what points of interest are you wanting to particularly meet, what level of accommodation are you looking for and how does that suit your budget. An experienced operator will be able to offer advice to assist you with making these choices.
In addition, the more research you do prior to travel the more informed your choices will be; resulting in a truly rewarding experience.
Recommended reading whilst planning your trip (and in the case of guide books, to take along on your Botswana safari) includes: