Widely-regarded as one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, Botswana is a wildlife enthusiasts’ haven offering some of the best game viewing on the Continent. One of the key aspects that really sets Botswana apart is the diversity of experience on offer, in large part because of the unique environments that there are to explore, with the <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/okavango-delta-and-moremi" target="_blank">Okavango Delta</a> being one of the most impressive wildlife habitats in the world which can be explored by a variety of methods – whether on foot, by vehicle or on a boat cruise and the - recently becoming UNESCO’s 1000th World Heritage Site – whilst <a style="color: #f2b618;" href="https://www.imaginetravel.com/imagine-africa/holiday-destination/botswana/places/makgadikgadi" target="_blank">Makgadikgadi</a> offers a truly unique landscape as the largest salt pan in the world, with game viewing to match.
Botswana has long held the crown of being Africa’s premier safari destination and attracts many with the diversity of safari activities on offer, with traditional mokoro canoes used as well as vehicles for wildlife viewing. Here our Botswana specialist Emma shows why getting out on foot is one of the most exciting ways to experience the Okavango Delta.
The wildlife rich paradise of the Okavango Delta offers a completely unique safari experience to the rest of the continent. Playing host to a fascinating wetland ecosystem, within the arid lands of Southern Africa, species of all shapes and sizes are drawn here in droves. The Moremi game reserve is the gem of the Delta, and it is in this oasis you will find our luxurious safari camps.
Chobe National Park is named after the Chobe River and is the second largest national park in Botswana. Chobe stretches down 200km from the northern border of Botswana to the Moremi game reserve, and it has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent.
Known as the pride of Africa, landlocked Botswana ranks as one of the most game-rich and unspoiled spots on the planet – making for a fantastic safari holiday. Complete with a fascinating Bushmen culture and the world’s largest inland delta, Botswana is perfect if you want to see superb game in a unique environment. The landscape is dramatic and diverse, marked by diamond-rich deserts, stunning salt pans, fertile flood plains, a unique wetlands experience, and national parks and reserves with safari lodges that will suit all tastes and preferences.
Landlocked between Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Botswana is one of Africa’s success stories. It is a country big on wild encounters, and a safari holiday here allows you to watch a buffalo face up to lion, ride an elephant, drive a quad bike across a lunar landscape, and spot animals galore.
It is one of southern Africa's top safari destinations with over 40 per cent of Botswana is made up of national parks, reserves and private concessions. The jewel in its crown is the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta. Named UNESCO’s 1,000th World Heritage Site in 2014, this wonderland of waterways has all the wildlife sightings an animal-lover could want; hippos, zebras, wildebeest, antelope, baboons and herds of elephants. Explore the palm-fringed islands and natural lagoons, visit Moremi Wildlife Reserve, and float along the crocodile-infested waters on a mokoro - a traditional Okavango Delta dugout canoe – with an experienced guide!
Equally gripping is the Makgadikgadi Pans, an expanse of dazzling whiter-than-white salt pans in the famous Kalahari Desert, and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a protected area filled with grasslands and dune desert – this is home to the country’s Bushmen. Whilst all Botswana’s national parks amaze, Chobe National Park, probably the most famous, is home to one of the highest concentrations of game on the African continent. It boasts the most safari lodges, and is the most accessible, and you can spot up to 15 different species of animals on any one game drive - including The Big Five – if you are lucky.
At the end of each action-packed day, enjoy blood-red sunsets and sleep under a dome of stars. For most, Botswana is all about safari, but culture-lovers may want to explore the incredible rock art site Tsodilo Hills, nicknamed the 'Louvre of the Desert.
Botswana is at the high end on the cost scale. The reason for this is that the government have decided to go down the route of high end, low impact tourism making it ecologically friendly and sustainable. It also means that you can enjoy a very private safari without the crowds.
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