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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, consisting of  Lion, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and Rhino, can all be found in Botswana, although it may take a trained guide to help you track them all 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; the largest inland delta 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. 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 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. 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 a local village, to socialise with and learn more about the native people.

National Parks of Botswana

The national parks provide the easiest access for game viewing, as they are specifically situated where the wildlife is more concentrated as well as offering a range of accommodation options. The Chobe National Park has the world’s largest concentration of elephants and the Moremi Game Reserve is nearest to the Okavango Delta. In the Kalahari Desert are the vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan National Park,  Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park.

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 September, which are the milder, dry winter months when game viewing is easiest. From November till March the summer rains set in and temperatures can be very high. The landscape is particularly lush and green at this time and this is the best time for bird watching and spotting baby animals.