Botswana offers an all-round safari experience, whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or with family or friends.
The magnificent Okavango Delta and its diversity of habitats is astounding enough. Add opportunity to gaze at it from different angles by air, water and land and you have the ideal safari experience!
The legendary inland waterway, the Okavango Delta, slices sinuously through a large part of Botswana, creating an area of unimaginable natural splendour. Millions of litres of water reach miraculously into this part of the Kalahari Desert, infinitely enriching an environment that supports an incredible diversity of mammal, fish and bird life.
To fly over the Delta in a light aircraft for the tracking and viewing of game is scenically arresting and awe-inspiring. It is also, in certain cases, the only way to reach the more remote camps! Some camps are water based, others offer both water- and land-based game viewing. Here you can meander slowly through the watery courses in a traditional Mokoro (dug-out canoe), or travel over land in an open safari vehicle.
Botswana may be best known for its Delta, but the country also boasts two of Africa’s finest game reserves: Moremi, renowned for its huge herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and antelope; and Chobe, further north, thought to have the highest concentration of elephants in the world. For a thrilling end to a memorable day, take a sunset cruise at Chobe, and watch hundreds of dusty elephants ponderously cavorting with each other at the river’s edge as they quench their thirst.
The Linyanti Region lies within Chobe and here, in the dry season, the concentration of game is such that the visitor will see buffalo by the thousand, followed by sizeable prides of lion. The Savuti Channel, also a part of the Chobe region, stakes its own unique claim – here the legendary Bushmen left the unique mark of their native paintings on their ancient home.
Further Bushman artwork is marvelously preserved in the Makagadikgadi Salt Pans, at the edge of the Kalahari Desert in central Botswana. The scenery and game viewing in this remote region is altogether different from the lush waterways and grasslands of the Delta. Here, on the sand dunes and in the vast dry pans, quad bike excursions are the order of the day.
BOTSWANA’S MUST DO EXPERIENCES:
- Watch in awe as thousands of elephant converge on the Chobe River.
- See the wild dogs, as you view the game in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.
- View the abundance of lions in Savuti.
- Enjoy the prolific bird life in the world-famous Okavango Delta, as you gently float along in a Mokoro.
- Take a game or nature walk in the Delta.
Botswana Okavango Wetland – a Wilderness Worth Saving…
Every year Jerome Hillaire and his team from the Wild Bird Trust cross the Okavango Delta on “mokoros” or dug-out canoes to survey wetland birds.
“No one we knew had ever done this before and the raw energy of that “first-time” was inspirational.” Read the full National Geographic article here.
This short amateur video provides a fascinating look into this exploratory expedition across the Okavango Delta.