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Botswana

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Botswana is blessed with some of Africa’s most picturesque subtropical wilderness reserves and an array of African wildlife.

Botswana is renowned for its African beauty and majestic wildlife. The landscape – spanning deserts, rivers, and savannahs – is diverse and untamed. The varying habitats support many wild animals that can rarely be found in one country alone, making Botswana the ideal place to safari. The Big Five, which includes the Lion, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, and the Rhino, can all be found in Botswana, although it may take a trained guide to help you track them down! National parks in each of the main regions help to conserve and sustain the environment and the glorious beasts that inhabit it, and encompass a selection of lodges and camping sites for travellers.

Major Regions of Botswana

The majority of the country stretches across the Kalahari Desert, and travellers may be surprised to discover that numerous predators have adapted to the dry and arid environment, making the region a spectacular safari site. In the north runs the Chobe River, and in the north-west lies the Okavango Delta; one of the largest deltas in the world. The fresh water plains sustain an abundance of life, and large numbers of game can be seen here. Also to the north lies the Makgadikgadi Pan – a large salt pan that covers a region of the Kalahari and is extraordinarily isolated. While many travelling to Botswana are primarily interested in tracking game, the capital city Gaborone is a cultural attraction and social experience, with a large proportion of the population residing near the capital.

Animals and Activities – Botswana

Tourist operations and lodges offer a range of activities for families and adventurers alike. Guided game drives, bird watching drives, and nature walks allow one to get close to the animal kingdom and to connect with the natural world. Lions; antelopes; bat-eared foxes; hippos; giraffes; gemsbok; zebra; hyena; and the Cape Vultures can all be found here, although will differ by area. Scenic flights and river cruises are deeply relaxing and allow for a phenomenal perspective of the landscape. Those wanting to immerse themselves in the cultural world of Botswana may want to visit the many villages, to socialise, learn, and appreciate the native people.

National Parks of Botswana

The national parks provide the easiest access to animal trails, as they are specifically situated where the wildlife is more concentrated, as well as offering a range of accommodation options for various price ranges. The Chobe National Park has the world’s largest concentration of elephants, and the Moremi Game Reserve is nearest to the Okavango Delta. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is in the desert, and the Central District in the Makgadikgadi Pan has both the Nxai Pan National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Mokolodi Nature Reserve is nearest to the capital city.

When to go to Botswana

Animals can be seen year-round, and the best time for a safari holiday will depend on the aims of the traveller. For first-time safari adventurers, the best time would be from June through August, which are the milder dry winter months. From November till March, the summer rains set in, which can be uncomfortably hot and wet for those not used to the climate, although the landscape is particularly lush and green at this time, and the season is preferable for bird watching tours.