As a safari destination Botswana is hard to top - you can combine incredibly diverse wildlife areas for the ultimate African safari. So whether you fly-in or drive-in, here are 10 superb reasons to visit Botswana and really see the heart and soul of Africa.
© Elephants at Chobe River
Elephants at Chobe and Linyanti
You'll see so many you won't believe it! The Chobe Riverfont and Linyanti waterways attract enormous herds of Elephant, in the tens of thousands, during the dry winter months when water is scarce elsewhere - it is truly an amazing sight.
The Desert Experience
The Kalahari is immense and silent but also intensely beautiful with many remarkable features - a Kalahari safari is a wild and remote experience for the adventurous at heart. You'll be surprised at the wildlife and flora here and how each species has adapted to survive in such arid conditions. Year-round game drives and walks with Bushmen are top attractions in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
The Okavango Delta Phenomenon
One of the world's largest inland delta's, the Okavango receives flood waters from mighty rivers further north in Africa, which arrive at the height of the dry winter season in Botswana. This annual flooding is a lifeline to wildlife, attracting large numbers of animals from far and wide. Resident wildlife has learned to adapt and thrive in this wetland environment with fascinating results.
Wild Dogs and other Rare Wildlife
Moremi Game Reserve and adjoining private land concessions in the Okavango provide the perfect environment in which to see endangered Wild Dogs in their natural habitat. Botswana has a number of other rare species which can be seen on safari in various areas, such as Black-maned Kalahari Lion, Sitatunga, Puku and Red Lechwe antelope, Brown Hyena, the African Skimmer and Aardvark.
Mokoro Safaris and Island Walks
>This magical combination of activities in the Okavango Delta sets it apart as a safari destination. A mokoro is a traditional style canoe which is steered by a guide, who poles the craft along through the beautiful wetlands. On thrilling island walks you can track game through the vegetation and learn about flora and fauna in the Delta.
Explore a Land of Contrasts
Desert and delta, mighty rivers and salt pans - this range of eco-systems and the associated wildlife is a major attraction for visitors. Botswana becomes a first choice for a safari when you add these features to the fact that you can stay in a full range of accommodation to suit your needs, from camping to 'blow the budget' and everything in between across all regions.
Southern Zebra Migrations
Botswana's little known Zebra migrations rival those of East Africa. In the wet summer months, thousands of Zebra migrate from the Linyanti region to Savuti region to feed on the nutritious grasses which spring up in the rainy season. At the same time, as the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans transform with the onset of the rains into a lush watery haven, huge Zebra herds migrate to this area to feed on the lush sweet grasses growing on the edges.
Tuli Block - Land of Giants
The Tuli Block is the largest game conservation area in Southern Africa. It's dramatically different from the rest of Botswana and steeped in history. The term Land of Giants refers to the scale and grandeur of the land, its historic heritage and impressive wildlife. You'll see the biggest, tallest and heaviest of certain species and enjoy many kinds of exciting activities.
Walks with Bushmen
The Bushmen (San) are an ancient race that have lived in the heart of Southern Africa for thousands of years. You can learn about their unique way of life and amazing survival skills when you visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans where you can be guided by their renowned animal tracking skills.
Tsodilo Hills - a Unesco World Heritage Site
Visit this untouched area in the Central Kalahari and see thousands of Bushmen (San) rock paintings at about 500 different locations. This is a site of huge archaeological importance and also a sacred area for the San people. The area is remote but the journey is so worthwhile for the palpable ambiance and spiritual atmosphere.