From the vast silky, tanned waterways of the famous Okavango Delta, to the iconic riverbanks of Chobe National Park and huge, white crystalline ‘moonscapes’ of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans or blood red sands of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana safaris offer a rare, rich diversity, incredible conservation histories and some of the very best wildlife guides and most exclusive camps in Southern Africa.
From deserts & deltas to skylines in the sand…
BOTSWANA COUNTRY FACTS
Official Languages: English, Setswana
Major Wildlife Areas/Areas of Interest
Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Nxai Pan & Makgadikgadi National Park, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Tsodilo Hills.
Photographic Safaris, Safarimoons, Self-Drive Safaris (for the brave!), Riding Safaris, Pure Wildlife Safaris, Barefoot Luxury Safaris.
The Africa Travel Blog Suggests
Travelling out of peak season (Nov – Apr) offers incredible, verdant desertscapes, amazing birding and magical migrations otherwise missed during the dry Winter months.
Quick Facts & Information
Botswana is a very dry country – though surprisingly enough one of the major attractions are the wetlands of the Okavango delta. It has a population of only one and a half million people. Most people live in the south-east. Major cities are the capital Gaborone and Francistown. However, Botswana offers great wildlife and nature.
Just outside Serowe is the Khama Rhino Sanctuary which is a tribal project to save the last remaining Rhino in Botswana and breed Rhino with the ultimate objective of re-introducing them to the wild, the herd has increased to 30 over the last 10 years, a sucesses story unmatched.
Most travellers come to this country to visit the Okavango delta, a huge wetland system of up to 15,000 square kilometers. The Delta is one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Africa; Its diverse and pristine habitats, together with unmatched scenic beauty, make it one of Africa’s most important wilderness destinations. A highlight of a visit to this area is the incredible profusion of birdlife – Pel’s Fishing Owl, Wattled Cranes, Slaty Egrets, Rufous-Bellied Heron, Swamp Boubous, and a host of eagles, vultures and other raptors will keep the bird lover in heaven.
The Savuti Channel area, which borders the Delta to the west, is one of Africa’s most famous big game areas. Only 38 kilometers northwest of Savuti and off the main tourist track lies Botswana’s best kept secret: Linyanti and the western reaches of the Savuti Channel. The Linyanti and upper Savuti areas rank among the most beautiful in Botswana. Chobe National Park has a wonderful concentration of animals but has become very crowded due to the number of camps and lodges in the area. South of Maun and the Okavango delta, lies the huge open expanse of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. In March and April the Kalahari blossoms with life and huge open spaces of the Makgadikgadi pans fill with water, attracting huge migrating herds. There is no doubt that every visitor to the natural beauties will not regret his trip.