Botswana is one of the most pristine wildlife areas in Africa and offers a fantastic variety of wilderness reserves and wildlife.
With its policy of exclusivity, Botswana provides an authentic safari experience with something for everyone.
The wide, grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals, including the specially adapted Sitatunga and Lechwe antelopes.
Activities range from motorised boat to mokoro (dug-out canoe) safaris to open 4wd game drives and walking safaris.
Botswana is attractive to birdwatchers with more than 600 species calling it home.
Fishing for Tigerfish is a thrilling experience.
The style of accommodation in Botswana is generally unique and remote. Luxury tented camps / lodges and old-style rustic safari camps are the norm. All of them have an emphasis on personal service, comfort and offer incredible wildlife at their doorstep. Adventure camping on islands is also possible.
The Okavango Delta is undoubtedly the most fascinating aspect of Botswana; an extraordinary wetland, a maze of crystal clear waterways and islands which hold the greatest concentrations of wildlife and most spectacular scenery found on earth.
The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta, surrounded by the world’s largest expanse of sand, the Kalahari Desert.
The Moremi Wildlife Reserve occupies a large portion of the Okavango Delta. It contains diverse habitat, ranging from permanent swamp to floodplains, islands and large areas of dry land including 'Chiefs Island' and the 'Mopane Tongue' of dry scrub and Kalahari sands, which results in prolific bird and animal life.
The Chobe National Park in the north of Botswana is noted for the superb game viewing year round along the river front and famous for the heaviest concentrations of elephant to be found anywhere in Africa today.
The Kwando, Selinda and Linyanti areas do not perhaps symbolise Botswana in the same way that the Okavango and Chobe do, yet tucked along the border with Namibia's Caprivi Strip these areas remain Africa in its untouched form with spectacular game viewing.
The Makgadikgadi Pans cover nearly 12 000 square kilometres. This area undergoes a radical transformation in the rainy summer months from a landscape offering nothing but sand, salt and sky to one teeming with tens of thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest and countless water and wading birds.
In Botswana, it is recommended to safari through some contrasting regions:
1) Spend 2-3 nights in a ‘water’ camp to explore the wildlife and wetlands of the Okavango Delta by mokoro (dug out canoe) or by small boat
2) Spend 2-3 nights in a ‘land’ or dual water/land camp to view the great variety of game and birdlife from an open safari vehicle as well as enjoy some safari walks.
3) Spend 2-3 nights and venture into the Chobe / Linyanti area including Savute; a harsh land where elephant and prides of African lion are dominant.
4) Complete your Botswana Experience and travel into the Makgadikadi Pans or the Kalahari Desert for some incredible scenery and wildlife. After the rains start, these areas are particularily famous for herds of zebra and wildebeest and migratory birds.
Botswana is a land of dramatic contrasts and is an unforgettable safari destination.
From the air, the Okavango Delta is incredibily beautiful and light aircraft flight is common between lodges.
To develop a personalised itinerary that includes travel to Botswana, please contact African Expert.
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