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.
Walk, drive, boat or fly through these diverse ecosystems for luxury camps and the best wildlife spots in Africa.
Impressive elephant and bird populations surround Africa’s fourth-longest river, visited by the entire food chain.
Botswana offers one of the most exceptional opportunities for a safari holiday imaginable. The game viewing is considered amongst the best on the continent and there is a strong cultural element too with the endangered Bushmen culture well worth exploring. Botswana is best known for the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta offering a unique wetland safari experience which contrasts greatly with the red sands of the Kalahari Desert and the Makgadikgadi salt pans – it’s no surprise that it is often described as the pride of Africa.
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Botswana is considered Africa’s greatest success story with a stable economy and political scene. Landlocked between Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Botswana leads the way in offering one of the most impressive safari experiences with a range of options on offer from authentic mobile safaris to luxurious lodges in prime-game viewing territory. Botswana owes its safari success in part to the fact that 17 percent of the country is protected as national parks and game reserves, coupled with having one of the lowest population densities in the world meaning that there are few clashes between nature and people.
The jewel in Botswana’s safari crown is undoubtedly the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s most iconic landscapes. The world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango is rather unique in that it is formed as the Okavango River flows inland from Angola with an outlet in landlocked Botswana, rather than the sea as you might expect. The Delta is an area of intense natural beauty, with a network of channels punctuated by islands home to a variety of luxury safari camps and lodges. The Moremi Wildlife Reserve lies to the northeast of the Delta and offers some of the finest game viewing in the whole of Africa with all of the big five present, rarer species of antelope including roan, sable, red lechwe and tsessebe as well as being considered the best spot on the continent for wild dog sightings. Nestled between the northern reaches of the Delta and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, Linyanti is a private wildlife concession offering wonderful wildlife sightings during the dry season, whilst during the green season, it is sometimes linked to the Okavango Delta through the Selinda spillway.
One of Botswana’s most-accessible parks, Chobe National Park is the country’s second largest national park and belongs to the greater Okavango region, linked to the Delta through Moremi and Savute. Best known for its impressive elephant population, Chobe offers all-round rewarding game viewing but is busier thanks to its easy accessibility both from elsewhere in Botswana as well as Victoria Falls, making it popular with day-trippers.
Standing in stark contrast to the verdant richness of the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert is another of Botswana’s most well-known regions and makes up three-quarters of the country. Contrary to popular belief it is not strictly speaking a desert, but rather offers a unique wilderness experience. The game viewing in the Kalahari is rich and varied, and this is one of the best places on the continent to see meerkats, as well as offering the chance to interact with the last remaining San Bushmen. Another of the most impressive sights in Botswana is the Makgadikgadi Pans which lie in the northern Kalahari. A photographer’s paradise, the pans offer a magical feeling of complete solitude. From January to March during the height of the rains, the pans flood which not only attract impressive birdlife including flamingos, but also one of the most breath-taking wildlife spectacles as zebra and wildebeest migrate across the pans.
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Did you know?
The largest concentration of African Elephants is rumoured to be in Chobe National Park, although figures vary hugely as to how many elephants live there and estimates are as high as 120,000.
Did you know?
Botswana is home to one of the world’s largest salt flats, the Makgadikadi Pans. The collection of pans situated in the northeast of Botswana covers an area almost the size of Portugal.