Botswana

Why visit Botswana?

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A landlocked paradise, Botswana is a veritable haven for the wildlife of Africa and is the last home for many endangered bird and mammal species. If it is a pure, close up with nature wildlife experience that you yearn for – Botswana is the place to go in Africa.

Botswana has different ecosystems to offer you unique and varied experiences – The world’s largest intact inland Delta and a UNESCO World Heritage site – the Okavango Delta – the Jewel of the Kalahari, where an arid desert transforms into a flooded paradise of life after the rains; the vast, arid (Land of the Thirsty) and unending landscapes of the Kalahari; the isolated and lonely horizons of the Makgadikgadi Salt pans; the floodplains, marshlands, open savannahs of the Chobe National reserve with an amazing density of wildlife.

Experience the stunning beauty of this region on Mokoros (canoes) on the Okavango, river cruises on the Chobe, guided game drives, walking safaris, horseback or elephant back safaris, camping safaris, flying safaris – you are spoilt for choice on how you can experience the legendary wildlife of this earthly paradise.

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Botswana also has a number of other rare species which can be seen on safari including the black-maned Kalahari lion, sitatunga, puku and red lechwe antelope, brown hyena, the African skimmer and aardvark.

Botswana is committed to the conservation of environment, wildlife and cultural heritage and is a leader in eco-tourism. Over 38% of the land is protected for wildlife and nature conservation. As a traveller one can assist with these conservation programs, earning some Karma points along with a great vacation.

The local guides are very knowledgeable and many having spent most of their life in the jungle are in tune with nature and the environment.

From desert to delta there are few countries that offer such natural diversity as Botswana – home to the vast moon-like environment of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the largest game reserve in the world (the Central Kalahari), and one of the largest inland Delta’s in the world.

Best time to visit Botswana is during the green season from November through to March . Migratory birds and baby antelope are best seen during this time. May to August can be extremely chilly, but is a good time to visit  Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park as the wildlife is out in abundance.

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Botswana Experiences

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Best places to visit in Botswana?

The Okavango Delta –a place where wild creatures roam and rule, where big cats and much bigger elephants walk free in one of the world’s last great wildernesses. The delta is a byword for abundance – for animal numbers, for the variety of species, for the birdlife, for floods of Biblical proportions. And it is also a place of singular and unparalleled beauty where safari possibilities can seem as endless as the waters themselves.

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The Kalahari Desert is not an ordinary desert, it receives a lot of rainfall annually. The Kalahari sand dunes, some of which stretch west to the Namib Desert, compose the largest continuous expanse of sand on earth. These dunes are covered with a relative abundance of vegetation. With fossil river valleys, golden grasses, black-maned lions and the echoes of the local tribes, Kalahari can be called as one of the most beautiful deserts on Earth.

Makgadikgadi Pans: The largest salt pans in the world, located in the middle of the dry savanna, it is the remains of a huge lake which dried up thousands of years ago.

Nxai Pan national park: Characterised by sand dunes, vast salt pans, the famous Baines baobab trees this park offers a good opportunity to see birds and wildlife.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park: It is known for its red sand dunes and dry riverbeds. It straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and is an excellent place for wildlife watching.

Kubu Island: It is a dry granite rock island engulfed by a white sea of salt in the Makgadikgadi Pan. Today the island is protected as a national monument, and the proceeds earned from the entry fee go towards helping the local community.

Chobe River: It’s a place abundant with wildlife and the best time to visit is during the dry season (April to October) when game concentrations are at their highest. A good place to meet hippos, buffalo, cheetahs crocodiles, antelope species and huge herds of elephants. It can be combined easily with the Okavango Delta and Kalahari desert.

Moremi wildlife reserve: this game reserve lies in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The reserve has one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa and includes endangered wild dogs, herds of elephants and the ‘Big Five.’

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Top things to do in Botswana

  • Explore the Okwango Delta on a dugout canoe, locally called Mekoro
  • Witness the Zebra Migration in November
  • Horse riding amongst Giraffe and Zebra
  • Go house boating on Chobe river and spot the wild animals from your bedroom.
  • Take a walk with the local San Bushmen and learn about ancient traditions in medical practices, water sourcing and fire making.
  • Enjoy the sunset listening to the sounds of the bush sipping a local beverage
  • Meet the Kalahari Lion
  • Shoot the animals with your camera lens & create memories and photo stories
  • Live in the Safari camps next to the wildlife hotspots

Things to note

The Okavango Delta, Moremi and Chobe are Botswana’s most popular parks. The best time to visit them is from May to September, during the Dry season and winter, resulting in more moderate temperatures. In addition, the Okavango is flooded from June to October.
Hope we have given you enough reasons to consider Botswana. You can either go on a self-drive, private trip through various exclusive lodges or be a part of a mobile camping safari. Talk to us for assistance on planning a memorable adventure trip in Botswana.

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